October 31, 2012 The name is pretty grisly. But these annual or semi-annual festivals, which involve yak blood and take place high in the mist-wrapped highlands of Nepal, reflect the complex relationship that Buddhists have with eating meat.
October 31, 2012 The Mormon Church announced earlier this month that young women can begin their mission trips when they're 19 — two years earlier than the previous policy allowed. The shift is also a seismic change in philosophy — and sends the signal that young women have more options in planning their futures.
October 27, 2012 It's Eid al-Adha, or the feast of the sacrifice, a four-day religious holiday that is one of the holiest events of the Muslim world. But there is little to celebrate in Syria's largest city, Aleppo. A cease-fire called for the holiday is already crumbling, and in some areas it never took hold.
October 20, 2012 During a tragic era in Hawaiian history, more than 8,000 people with leprosy — now known as Hansen's disease — were banished to the island of Molokai. Mother Marianne Cope began caring for these patients in the late 1800s, answering their desperation with hope. Sunday, the nun will become a saint.
October 17, 2012 But a search for the word "Mormon" on the evangelical legend's website still points users to discussions of cults. Graham recently endorsed Mitt Romney's bid for the White House. Romney is a Mormon.
October 15, 2012 Catholic voters are an important constituency in the Buckeye State, representing about 26 percent of voters. But different issues bring out different Catholic voters, a theologian explains. Some voters stress the church's teaching on issues like abortion, while others focus on social justice.
October 11, 2012 In a speech at the College of William and Mary, the Dalai Lama described the unique nature of human compassion versus that of other animals. What matters as much as his conclusions, says commentator Barbara J. King, is the spiritual leader's beautifully scientific stance towards life.