• Pope Francis sits during an audience for Christmas greetings to the Curia in the Clementina hall at the Vatican December 22, 2014.

    The Pope's Christmas greeting was far from joyous as he told the Cardinals for being too power hungry and living hypocritical lives.

  • IllRideWithYou: Aussies offer support to Muslims Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    Some Australian social-media users sent a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege stretched on for almost a day, offering to accompany anyone who felt intimidated on public transit. Hostages were held for more than 16 hours inside Sydney's Lindt Chocolat Cafe by a gunman who had a flag bearing an Islamic declaration of faith that has been used...

  • Lawyer: Free speech at stake in anti-Muslim film Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:09 AM ET

    A lawyer for Google argued that if a ruling stands allowing a bit player in "Innocence of Muslims" copyright privileges, it could extend to minor characters in blockbusters, shatter copyright law and ultimately restrict free speech because anyone unhappy with their performance could have it removed from the Internet. Chief Judge Sidney Thomas said the court...

  • Vatican finds millions of euros 'tucked away' Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:26 AM ET
    The Vatican

    The Vatican has found hundreds of millions of euros were found "tucked away" in accounts of various Holy See departments.

  • Pope Francis calls for inter-faith dialogue in Turkey Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    In his first visit as pope to a predominantly Muslim country, Pope Francis said that interreligious dialogue was required to combat “fanaticism".

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Nov 23- For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. From an office in Britain's second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East. "How do you save innocents in Syria?

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 21- The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. Once textbooks are approved in Texas, they are often sold nationally and used for years in...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 21- The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday plans to vote on whether to approve textbooks criticized for exaggerating the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. Once textbooks are approved in Texas, they are often marketed nationally and used for years in...

  • HANGZHOU, China, Nov 7- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off a visit to China on Friday facing criticism that the troubled diplomatic relationship between the two nations has hampered trade, but promptly raised concern about human rights during the mostly business portion of his trip. Harper, on his first visit to China in two years, announced the...

  • World's biggest Bible factory is in... China? Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 1:09 AM ET
    A machine pulls in the first page of 'The Bible of the Woman' into the production line.

    The world's biggest Bible factory has just published its 125 millionth copy – in officially atheist China. The Financial Times reports.

  • RIYADH, Oct 20- Saudi Arabia's biggest bank has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within about five years. The decision, made as the bank launches a $6 billion initial public offer of its shares, the largest-ever equity sale in the Arab world, shows how Saudi Arabia's...

  • RIYADH, Oct 14- Plans by Saudi Arabia's biggest bank for a $6 billion initial public offer of shares, the largest-ever equity sale in the Arab world, have run into religious controversy with some clerics suggesting it violates Islamic principles. "The conflict between religion and the economy in the kingdom has been negative for a long time, but this will not stop...

  • Jobs and religion: The case against Abercrombie Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 4:23 PM ET
    Pedestrians are reflected in the window of an Abercrombie & Fitch store in San Francisco.

    Here's what the case against teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, that's headed to the Supreme Court, is all about, says Dan Eaton.

  • DALLAS, Oct 7- Prominent civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson on Tuesday met the family of the man infected with Ebola and fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital, as health officials keep close tabs on those who came in contact with the patient. Jackson also met with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and is scheduled to meet religious leaders.

  • Modi in America: India's top man goes on tour Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 10:23 AM ET
    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart, Tshering Tobgay, before the start of their bilateral meeting in New Delhi.

    The Indian prime minister is being welcomed by corporate executives, Indian Americans and, most importantly, Barack Obama.

  • NEW YORK/ BEIRUT, Sept 25- French fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq on Thursday and the United States hit them in Syria, as a U.S.-led coalition to fight the militants gained momentum with an announcement that Britain would join.

  • India's Modi to get rock star reception in New York Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 PM ET

    Thousands more are expected to pack New York's Times Square to watch his address in Hindi on big screens as well as smaller viewing parties around the country and on TV in India. The Indian diaspora hopes this visit by a leader who was until recently barred from the United States will signify India's importance not only on these shores but in wider the world too.

  • UPDATE 2-Schaeuble rebuffs calls for German stimulus Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    BERLIN, Sept 9- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble rebuffed calls for Berlin to spend more to boost the euro zone economy, telling parliament on Tuesday that painful structural reforms were the best way to return Europe to growth.

  • ATLANTA, Sept 8- S. Truett Cathy, the founder of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain known for its chicken sandwiches as well as for its president's public opposition to gay marriage, died on Monday at age 93, the company said.

  • Religious conversion polarize in Modi's India Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 7:57 PM ET
    Christians and Muslims sit in the rain during a protest rally in New Delhi on August 1, 2012.

    Hindu activist Rajeshwar Singh is on a mission to end centuries of religious diversity in India, one conversion at a time.