Religion

  • August 5, 2012   BY Tom Kennedy  

    Police SWAT officers surround a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin where at least six people were killed when a shooter, who was shot dead by a police officer, opened fire on congregants. Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images. At least … Continue reading

  • August 3, 2012   BY Tom LeGro  

    Nepalese children dressed in traditional cow costumes take part in a procession for the Gai Jatra in Kathmandu on Friday. Families who have lost a relative during the year parade a cow, a sacred animal which some believe helps the departed soul to enter the afterlife.
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  • August 1, 2012   BY Tom LeGro  

    Sri Lankan mahouts wash an elephant Wednesday near a fountain ahead of the Esala Perahera festival in the ancient hill capital of Kandy. The Buddhist festival, which features a nightly procession of dancers, fire twirlers, traditional musicians, acrobatic fire performers and elephants, draws thousands of tourists and spectators from around the island.
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  • July 12, 2012   BY Kira Kay  

    Nationalist protestors argue with police as Orangemen march past the Nationalist Ardoyne shops of North Belfast in Northern Ireland on Thursday. Photo by Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images. Attempts to prevent violence at a contentious annual Protestant-Loyalist Orange Order parade in North … Continue reading

  • July 11, 2012  

    Protesters have been out on the streets of Belfast in recent days in advance of Thursday’s annual parade honoring Protestant King William’s victory over his Catholic rival in 1690. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports on the ongoing religious tension — 14 years after Ireland’s sectarian conflict formally ended. Continue reading

  • June 20, 2012   BY Tom LeGro  

    Ultra-orthodox Jewish dancers perform in Jerusalem on Tuesday during the opening of the Israel Museum exhibition “A World Apart Next Door,” a cultural exploration of the Hasidic Jews.
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  • May 28, 2012  

    The Vatican scandal deepened Monday when the pope’s butler, arrested for allegedly releasing confidential documents last week, said he will cooperate with a Vatican criminal investigation. Margaret Warner and the National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen discuss suggestions that a cardinal may be responsible for disclosures. Continue reading

  • May 21, 2012  

    A group of Roman Catholic leaders and institutions sued the Obama administration over the federal mandate to provide birth control to employees, saying it violated religious freedom. Gwen Ifill and The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy discuss the lawsuit. Continue reading

  • May 9, 2012   BY Annie Strother  

    Buddha statue on Vesak at the Borobudur temple in Magelang, Indonesia, on Sunday. Commonly referred to as the “Buddha’s Birthday,” Vesak commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.
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  • April 30, 2012   BY Larisa Epatko  

    The Jamia Binoria Madrassa in downtown Karachi is considered one of Pakistan’s more moderate Islamic institutions. Within these whitewashed concrete walls, students receive a mixture of secular and religious education. Continue reading