A child prays in a Jericho church in the north of Swaziland. Photos by Alex Gallafent/The World. In the history of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, there has long been a divide between public health advocates and churches. Religious leaders … Continue reading
Associated Press reporter Matt Apuzzo and Ray Suarez discuss how elected officials from the New York City area have reacted to the revelations about New York police tactics for monitoring local Muslims. They also discuss whether the revelations will backfire … Continue reading
Under mounting pressure, the Obama administration today proposed an “accommodation” to a mandate that religious groups cover birth control free-of-charge. President Obama made the announcement this afternoon in the White House Press room.
A new birth control mandate was under duress this week as Roman Catholic officials said it violated Church teachings and Republicans said it threatened religious freedom. Ray Suarez discusses the rule with Anthony Picarello of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Methodist Federation for Social Action’s Jill Warren. Continue reading
Rick Santorum was projected to move into second place in the GOP nomination delegate count after scoring wins in three states Tuesday. Gwen Ifill and Christina Bellantoni examine the new state of play in the Republican race, then Judy Woodruff and senior Santorum strategist John Brabender discuss his candidate’s campaign. Continue reading
Catholic leaders are pushing back against a new Department of Health and Human Services ruling requiring employers who offer health insurance to provide contraception free of charge. While churches are exempt from the rules, Catholic hospitals and universities must comply. Betty Ann Bowser reports on the controversy. Continue reading
Nearly one in three Americans will change religions sometime in their lives. Author Eric Weiner, who previously wrote “The Geography of Bliss,” looks at how religious preferences play out in the United States in his new book, “Man Seeks God: … Continue reading
Former NPR reporter Eric Weiner’s new book, “Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine,” recounts his voyage around the world to discover more about his own beliefs. During a season that, for many, centers on religion and spirituality, Ray Suarez and Weiner discuss the quest for God and personal faith. Continue reading
A Minnesota congregation celebrated Christmas this year by retelling the true story of a Christmas Eve attack on the SS Leopoldville troop-transport ship during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the unusual holiday tale as part of the Under-Told Stories Project. Continue reading
Kosho Sudo, a Buddhist sculpture master craftsman from Kyoto, Japan, and students carve a statue of Buddha earlier this week. The Buddha is made of pine from Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, which was hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. About 5,000 people have contributed to the carving of the nearly nine-foot-tall, six-foot-deep statue.