World Religions

Chinese Bishop Joseph Li Shan baptizes a woman during a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a government-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing, on Sept. 22. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
Yaqiu Wang October 05, 2018
The provisional agreement between the Vatican and Beijing gives no assurance the government will curb its recent crackdown on religious practice, which includes unprecedented control over Muslims and Buddhists.
A retired bishop waits to hear confession at an unofficial Catholic church in Youtong village, Hebei Province, China. (CNS photo/Thomas Peter, Reuters)
Kevin Clarke August 24, 2018
Several watchdog groups say that religious freedom around the world is taking a beating, and the Catholic pastoral group Aid to the Church in Need says the persecution of Christians is “today worse than at any time in history.”
A banner showing St. John Paul II hangs from a lamp pole in Krakow, Poland, as Pope Francis arrives to attend World Youth Day in 2016. Surveys show that Poland leads Europe, and the United States, in religious commitment. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Stephen Bullivant July 13, 2018
U.S. religious belief has been more resilient than in other modernized, affluent countries. Still, weekly churchgoing pales compared with Poland.
The New Age spiritual guru Adi Da in 1986 (Wikipedia)
Ashley McKinless June 29, 2018
In “Dear Franklin Jones,” Jonathan Hirsch sets out to answer some questions about his family.
The Washington-based Pew Research Center issued a report on religious freedom around the world last week that found that Europe registered the sharpest increase in “social hostilities concerning religion” in 2016, the last year for which it has full statistics.
Matthew Petti January 26, 2018
The language spoken by Jesus and kept alive by Syriac Christians finds an unlikely haven in Paramus, New Jersey.