"He deserves to pray. He has a right to faith, too," says Safiyyah Muhammad of her autistic son, Sufyaan. Their mosque in Irvington, New Jersey and other houses of worship are working to accept and include people with disabilities and special needs.
St. John's University history professor John Rao, a traditionalist Roman Catholic, has made the three-day pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres Cathedral more than half a dozen times and says the experience is filled with ritual, ceremony, and spiritual fervor.
David Masci, a senior research fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, discusses religious, ethical, and moral perspectives on lifting federal funding limits on embryonic stem cell research.
In 1858, a peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous said she saw "a lady dressed in white" in Lourdes, now an international pilgrimage destination that hosts more than 5 million visitors a year.
Photographer Yankl Conzen was not Jewish, but he embraced Jewish culture and history. His poignant photographs of Purim depict children from one of Jerusalem's Orthodox neighborhoods.
These Purim photographs capture the Jewish holiday's themes of identity and masquerade through its tradition of dressing in costume.
Saint Nicholas was known for his generosity and good will. He was so generous that he became known as "the gift giver."