ATLANTA-- When Ed Buckner and his family went to a north Georgia state park to celebrate his son's birthday, he was surprised and concerned to find Bibles in the state-owned cabin he had rented.» Read More
With attention turning from Europe to the "new" world, worshippers in the Philippines prayed quietly and took to social media on Tuesday in the hope their cardinal might be chosen as the next leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
BEIRUT, Feb 12- Syrian rebels are launching a major operation to take control of the strategic eastern city of Deir al-Zor after pushing out government forces from oil-producing areas around it, a rebel commander said.
Pope Benedict left the Catholic world in shock after becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to resign his office, saying that failing strength had left him unable to lead the church through a period of relentless change and turmoil.
Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign. NBC News Vatican analyst George Weigel and Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council senior fellow, provide perspective.
The latest odds on Pope Benedict XVI's successor.
Chester Gillis, Georgetown University professor, discusses the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28th.
Jessica Bridge from Ladbrokes puts odds on who will be the next pope.
CNBC's Claudia Pensotti reports on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first Pope to resign in nearly 600 years.
Text of Pope Benedict XVI's abdication announcement, delivered to cardinals gathered for a ceremony to name three new saints.
Father Robert Sirico, Acton Institute, discusses the Pope's announced resignation at the end of the month and weighs in on likely candidates to replace the Pontiff.
According to a report circulating this morning, a Vatican spokesman said Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month. The Pope is stepping down due to health reasons, reports the "Squawk Box" news team.
WASHINGTON, Feb 7- U.S. Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday rejected the Obama Administration's latest bid for compromise over a hotly disputed health policy that requires employees at religiously affiliated institutions to have access to insurance coverage for contraceptives.
WASHINGTON, Feb 7- U.S. Roman Catholic leaders on Thursday said the Obama administration did not go far enough toward their issues in the offer of compromise offered last week over health care coverage of contraceptives for employees of faith-based institutions.
SYDNEY, Feb 7- Economic instability and legal obstacles have slowed the introduction of modern forms of Islamic finance in Afghanistan. The Agricultural Development Fund, set up in 2010 through a $100 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, offers both conventional credit and Islamic financing.
*Dubai ruler orders development of Islamic business. Muslims around the world will use Dubai's standards to prepare food, and take disputes to Dubai for Islamic arbitration. In Islamic finance, the tiny city state of about 2 million people faces tough competition from more established centres such as Kuala Lumpur, Bahrain and even London.
WASHINGTON, Feb 1- The Obama administration on Friday sought to settle a dispute with some religious leaders over the inclusion of contraceptives in employees' health insurance plans by proposing to separate birth control from other benefits.
DUBAI, Jan 30- Kingdom Holding Co, the international investment firm of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has formed a sharia board of prominent scholars in order to raise more of its funding through Islamic finance. Elgari serves on several sharia boards including the Islamic arms of HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank.
LONDON, Jan 23- Algeria's swift use of lethal force against Islamist fighters who seized one of its main gas fields raised concerns in the West but came as no surprise at home and showed clearly how the government would respond to future jihadist attacks.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18- Malaysian economist Azrul Azwar gave a presentation in Singapore last week that cost him his job.
DAKAR, Jan 15- A powerful southern offensive by Islamists in Mali last week, halted only by French air strikes, showed that a loose alliance of rebels from al Qaeda's North African wing and local groups has been united by the threat of foreign intervention.