A chaplain prays for a COVID-19 patient in Los Angeles while on a video call with the patient’s daughter in November 2020.
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Chaplaincy emerged as a professional field in the mid-20th century. In the years since, their roles have evolved and they have also come to include many diverse religious traditions.
Pupils in a school in Nairobi, Kenya, pray before a meal.
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Statistics on religious affiliation in Africa are often questionable - partly because of religion’s link to ethnicity and politics.
Painting depicting transfiguration of Jesus, a story in the New Testament when Jesus becomes radiant upon a mountain.
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Recent protests on racial justice have also questioned the portrayal of Jesus as a white man. An art historian explains how this image appeared and came to be marketed worldwide.
A New Jersey minister welcoming members of the KKK into his church in 1923.
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White supremacists feed off a narrative of America being white and Protestant. The Church’s history in the US is enmeshed with racist ideology.
Pope Francis giving a boy his first communion at the Church of the Sacred Hearth in Rakovsky, Bulgaria, May 2019.
This centuries-old argument over doctrine needs to change and we have a pope who wants that to happen.
A group of millennials are working to bring Catholic religious practice to American college campuses.
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Many young Catholics are moving away from their faith and joining the growing number of the religiously unaffiliated. The missionary group FOCUS is evangelizing on campuses, though there are concerns.
ZCC members at Moria City.
A new biography sheds light on Engenas Lekganyane, founder of the Zion Christian Church.
President Donald Trump with televangelist Rev. Pat Robertson.
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In recent years, Christian television has moved into news and politics. A scholar explains its impact on beliefs and on politics.
William Sloane Coffin Jr., followed by his sister, arrives at federal building in Boston on May 20, 1968.
The anti-Vietnam War efforts of Yale University chaplain William Sloane Coffin Jr. and other church leaders alienated many Protestant Americans – with lasting repercussions.
John and Helen Haynes on their wedding day in 1962. John, a Protestant, was cut out of three wills after marrying Helen, a Catholic.
Marrying across Australia’s Catholic-Protestant divide.
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Until 1970s the Catholic-Protestant divide was deeply entrenched in Australia. On this episode of Trust Me, I'm An Expert, journalism academic Siobhan McHugh shares stories of those who married across it.
A scholar explains how yoga is being Christianized in different parts of the world. But some Hindus and Christians argue that yoga is fundamentally Hindu.
In the Western world, the U.S. is one of only one of two countries with capital punishment, and support remains strongest in the ‘Bible Belt’. Here’s a look at the historic arguments within Christian communities over the death penalty.
Blood on the streets: the 1572 St Bartholomew’s Day massacre.
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The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for repentence for the divisions caused by the schism between the Protestant and Catholic faiths.
“I bless this business deal.”
No other nation has conjoined business success and piety quite like America has. Is Donald Trump’s election a strange perversion of this tradition?
Jennie A. Brownscombe’s ‘The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth’ (1914).
The Pilgrims were thankful for finally being able to vanquish Thomas Morton and Ferdinando Gorges, who spent years trying to undermine the legal basis for settlements in Massachusetts and beyond.
Protestors chant after a rally.
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In America’s past, efforts by disadvantaged citizens to secure greater political influence have been met with violent repression.
Some, but not all, of Kenya’s churches are opposed to the formal recognition of atheists.
The furore over atheism in Kenya comes at a time of slow but steady growth in the number of people unaffiliated to any religion, thanks to religious discontent and access to scientific knowledge.
Giles Fraser thinks that ‘Brexit recycles the defiant spirit of the Reformation’. How wrong can he be?
After The 1572 St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre many Protestants fled France for England.
David Cameron has pledged that Britain will take 20,000 Syrian refugees – but how did Henry VIII manage those in need 500 years ago?
Edinburgh to see a huge pro-union orange march on Saturday.
An Orange Order march in Edinburgh on Saturday in support of the Union has been widely viewed as likely to be counter-productive and to provide a further boost to a currently buoyant Yes campaign. Commentators…