Last year saw the largest displacement of religious communities from their homes in recent memory, according to a new U.S. government report assessing countries’ religious freedoms in 2013. Continue reading
The Supreme Court temporarily exempted a religious college from the contraception coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The decision, which comes just days after a ruling in favor of some businesses objecting to provide birth control, has provoked sharp rebuke from the court’s three female justices. Judy Woodruff gets the details from Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal. Continue reading
Watch here for reactions and statements outside the Supreme Court this morning. We’re expecting the court’s ruling on the Hobby Lobby case any moment. Today’s Morning Line lays out what’s at stake in the high profile case over corporate rights:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul were among the speakers at a gathering of religious conservatives in Washington. Judy Woodruff reports that the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference provided a chance to try out possible 2016 campaign messages. Continue reading
Pope Francis hosted the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican for a prayer summit on Sunday evening in a move meant to inspire a renewed interests in peace talks from both sides. Continue reading
Juggling the political and religious rivalries between Israel and the Palestinians during his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis called on Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres to join him at the Vatican for prayer and reflection. Jeffrey Brown gets insight into how the Pope navigated his trip from Nicholas Casey of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from Jerusalem. Continue reading
While the pope’s spokesman said that Francis had “no political agenda or proposals to make” during his trip to Israel, Francis’ presence in the Holy Land, in Palestinian territory and Jerusalem, was filled with political implications. Continue reading
Pope Francis met with King Abdullah in Jordan Saturday on the first day of a three-day tour of the Middle East, stressing the relationships between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. This is only the fourth visit of a pope to the region in fifty years. Robert Danin of the Council on Foreign Relations talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the Pope’s balancing act of destinations and words.
Buddhist monks Tuesday carried jars of holy water during a ceremony in Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia. The holy water ceremony is part of the observation of Vesak Day, which is commonly known as “Buddha’s birthday” — observed during the full moon in May or June. The holy day celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Siddhartha Gautama, considered the founder of Buddhism.
Orthodox Christians — in a call for peace amid high tensions — prayed in front of the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine on Thursday Continue reading