A procession of Christian girls, venerating the Cross, in the village of Qanat Bekish, Lebanon.
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Sept. 14 is the the Feast of the Holy Cross celebrated by many Catholics and some Christians. A scholar revisits the history of the cross, how it became a symbol of divine love, but also of violence.
Pope Francis at the Monument Mary Queen of Peace, in Port Louis, Mauritius on Sept. 9, 2019.
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Pope Francis recently completed a tour of three African nations. His visit needs to be understood in the context of the church's long history in Africa and its modern-day difficulties.
An electric cremator in Austria.
Up to 10% of deceased people in big cities get no burial ceremony, in many cases because they requested it.
Domenichino’s A Virgin with a Unicorn. Artists of the Middle Ages believed the unicorn could only be captured by a virgin.
Unicorns are a staple of social media. Today we might think of them as all magic and rainbows, but their past is one of ferocious beasts, religion, and mistranslation.
A Senegalese nun prays during a service at the St. Peters church in Dakar, Senegal.
Neither French nor American, Senegalese secularism stands midway between these two models
The Australian Christian Lobby galvanised Folau’s Christian supporters by setting up a fund-raising website that earned more than A$1 million in its first day.
For many people of faith, the very identity of Christianity is at stake in the battle over religious freedom. But not all Christians see it that way.
Luca Signorelli, The Damned Cast into Hell, 1499-1504, a, fresco in Orvieto Cathedral, Italy.
This doctrine is not for the fainthearted.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison sings during a service at the Horizon Church in Sydney in April.
Along with a belief in miracles, other key aspects of Pentecostal doctrine – from divine providence to pietism – will likely shape the actions of our re-elected Prime Minister.
Notre Dame circa 1475.
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The coercive Christian rule under which Notre Dame was sanctioned drove a wide exploitation of nature. Let it stand as a reminder of our environmental sins and a call to action.
Muslim clerics and members of the Pakistani Christian minority light candles to commemorate the victims of this week’s bomb blasts in Sri Lanka. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
For centuries, Westerners viewed Islam as an inherently violent religion. But the struggle today, for all religions, including Christianity, is between liberals and conservatives, fundamentalists and moderates, reason and revelation.
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In the Bible, heaven is where God resides, rather than a place of eternal life. But over time it has become conflated with ideas of paradise and eternal salvation.
Hell is a complicated idea- and most Christians do not believe it has anything to do with fire and brimstone.
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"Hell" in the Bible is a highly symbolic idea designed to persuade people to stay faithful to their God, not to set out a precise agenda for the afterlife.
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Veganism is not a religion, and nor is belief in Santa Claus. So why are Christianity, Islam and Buddhism classed as religions?
South African churches still have a long way to go in accepting queer worshipers. Supplied by author.
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At local level some congregations are bravely creating alternative models where LGBTIQ people can feel safe and be accepted
Pastor Alph Lukau - his “resurrection” of a man made world news.
South Africans are facing abuse at the hands of charlatan religious leaders.
Not many knew Prophet Shepherd Bushiri until three people died in a stampede at his Enlightened Christian Gathering Church in Pretoria.
Prosperity gospel in South Africa is in the news for all the wrong reasons. But for its followers, it's not a con, just a different approach to God.
Metropolitan Epiphanius, head of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which is newly independent of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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Ukraine's Orthodox Church recently broke off from Russia. This dispute has a history that goes back to medieval Christianity, and continues to shape modern-day politics.
ZCC members at Moria City.
A new biography sheds light on Engenas Lekganyane, founder of the Zion Christian Church.
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Two thirds of Anglicans supported leaving the EU but most evangelicals and charismatics voted Remain.
Illustrations from the Nuremberg Chronicle, by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)
Reports of demonic possession are once again on the rise. But during the devil’s last apogee in early modern Europe, demonic afflictions were taken seriously by both priests and physicians.