World Religions

“The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer,” 1883, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (Wikimedia Commons)
Terrance Klein October 31, 2018
No one dies for God as an unspeakable mystery, as simply the word we use for the openness of the human spirit.
Jordan Denari Duffner October 24, 2018
Two timely texts can help elevate our thinking and improve the ways we relate to our Muslim brothers and sisters.
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.