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  • Pope says 'door is open' to rethink priest celibacy Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    Pope Francis says priestly celibacy is up for discussion.

  • DUBAI, May 19- Bahrain's central bank is finalizing rules for the supervision of sharia-compliant advisory firms, part of a wider overhaul of standards as the Gulf state steps up its efforts in Islamic finance. Having been a pioneer of the sector, Bahrain is now competing with other centers such as Dubai, London and Kuala Lumpur for Islamic finance business.

  • Text of Sisi interview with Reuters Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 4:46 AM ET

    CAIRO, May 15- Egyptian presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gave Reuters a wide-ranging interview. The following is the full text. Q: How long do you think it will take to make real difference.

  • AHMEDABAD, India, April 30- Police opened a investigation against Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, tipped to be India's next prime minister, after he flashed his party's symbol and made a speech after casting his vote in a violation of election rules.

  • VADODARA, India, April 30- India's Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi looked triumphant after voting on Wednesday in the world's largest election, but the man tipped to be the next prime minister is still not assured of winning an outright majority.

  • VADODARA, India, April 30- India's Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi looked triumphant after voting on Thursday in the seventh stage of the world's largest election, but the man tipped to be the next prime minister is still not assured of winning an outright majority.

  • *Communal massacres, Islamist revolt test Nigeria's unity. UNGWAN GATA/ ABUJA Nigeria, April 28- When Fulani raiders carrying rifles, machetes and clubs stormed his village one night last month, Pius Nna was stunned to see his teenage nephew among them.

  • *France, United Nations have spoken out against partition. BAMBARI, Central African Republic, April 24- In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorising the country's south: partition.

  • 1 million homes: Arab builder scores massive deal Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 1:41 PM ET
    Egyptian  Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, right, looks at plans of the new housing initiative with Arabtec CEO Hasan Abdullah Ismaik during the signing ceremony in Cairo on Sunday.

    UAE's Arabtec signed a $40-billion pact to build a million homes in Egypt, a deal that has major political implications.

  • *Putin harnesses Russian Orthodox Church to support Ukraine policy. MOSCOW, March 7- As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an "internal political crisis" in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity.

  • Chart of the Day: Religious giving slides Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    A report from Giving USA Foundation shows that donations made to American religious organizations have slowed of late.

  • Religious liberties for businesses?     Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto the anti-gay measure of a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service due to religious beliefs. Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council, and Josh Barro, MSNBC contributor, weigh in.

  • Cardinals present pope with proposals for financial reform Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    *Vatican bank has embarrassed Church for decades. VATICAN CITY, Feb 19- Cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming Vatican finances gave him their proposals on Wednesday with one suggesting a new central economic ministry that would incorporate the Holy See's scandal-plagued bank.

  • Vatican monsignor faces new money laundering charge Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 6:55 AM ET
    The Vatican

    Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, now on trial for an alleged plot to smuggle 20 million euros, was charged with laundering millions through the Vatican bank.

  • Nader and theologians: Not so fast, Mr. Langone Friday, 10 Jan 2014 | 9:58 AM ET
    Ralph Nader (L) and Ken Langone (R)

    Some Catholic theologians backed by activist Ralph Nader are criticizing billionaire Ken Langone for comments to CNBC about potential church fundraising problems.

  • Nader vs. Langone on minimum wage     Friday, 10 Jan 2014 | 7:53 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports a group of Catholic theologians backed by Ralph Nader has penned a letter to Ken Langone criticizing him and asking his support for a hike in the minimum wage.

  • The pope was right-ish — but here's the problem Friday, 3 Jan 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    Moses Maimonides

    The pope had a good message on the poor but his attack on capitalism was hard to digest. You know who we need now? A Medieval Jewish rabbi.

  • Catholicism and capitalism     Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 1:23 PM ET

    Will the Pope's comments on capitalism and the "idolatry of money" hurt the church's drive to raise money for the restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral? CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports roughly $100 million of the $180 million needed has been raised.

  • The Pope and St. Patrick's Cathedral     Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 11:16 AM ET

    Worries are increasing that recent negative comments from Pope Francis about capitalism may hinder fundraising efforts for the renovation of New York City's St. Patrick's Cathedral, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • Cardinal Dolan responds to donor concerns     Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 7:52 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Carbrera reports on whether recent comments from the Pope will make it harder for the Catholic Church to raise money from the wealthy.