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.
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
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
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
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
A new Vatican report criticizes the largest group of U.S. Catholic nuns — the Leadership Conference of Women Religious — for promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” Judy Woodruff discusses the charge with Christendom College’s Donna Bethell and Fordham University’s Jeannine Hill Fletcher. Continue reading
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