• August 1, 2012    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    KARACHI, Pakistan | 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

  • April 19, 2012  

    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

  • April 10, 2012    

    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