WorldViews: Religion


Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 01/27/2014

The papal peace doves are the perfect metaphor for Pope Francis’s first year

The new pope has set high goals with high rhetoric but suffered setbacks in his efforts.

By Max Fisher  |  02:48 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Why Sunnis and Shiites are fighting, explained in two minutes

A brief video guide to sectarian conflict in the Middle East.

By Max Fisher  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Religion

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Reza Aslan on Jesus’s skin color: ‘Megyn Kelly is right. Her Christ is white’

“If you are a white, middle-class suburbanite then so is your Jesus,” says the scholar of religions.

By Max Fisher  |  02:49 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 07/22/2013

Yes, that's a photo of the pope carrying his own bag (onto his specially chartered plane)

Francis loves such shows of modesty, but his job can make them tough.

By Max Fisher  |  11:37 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Italy, Religion

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 06/21/2013

'I am proud to be called a radical Buddhist': More Burmese embracing anti-Muslim violence

The rapidly growing movement professes sectarian violence that bears little resemblance to the Buddhism of the Dalai Lama.

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma, Religion

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013

A revealing map of the countries that are most and least tolerant of homosexuality

African and Muslim countries score as the least tolerant, with Western and Latin countries the most accepting.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, Gender, Maps, Philippines, Religion

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 05/03/2013

A distressing map of religious freedom around the world

Fifteen countries are cited for "systemic, ongoing and egregious" violations of religious liberty.

By Max Fisher  |  10:24 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Religion

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/02/2013

What the Muslim world believes, on everything from alcohol to honor killings, in 8 maps, 5 charts

A sweeping study of Muslim attitudes in dozens of countries turned up some fascinating results

By Max Fisher  |  12:23 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Religion

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 05/01/2013

64 percent of Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan support the death penalty for leaving Islam

A new Pew survey on views in the Islamic world finds an alarming trend.

By Max Fisher  |  01:48 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, Egypt, pakistan, Religion

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Pope Francis's defense against the worst allegation about his role in the dirty war

Critics say that then-cardinal Bergoglio withdrew the church's support for two priests shortly before their kidnapping by the military.

By Max Fisher  |  01:17 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina, Religion

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Argentina's Congress broke into a fight when Bergoglio was announced as pope

The lower chamber's leftists didn't want to interrupt a ceremony devoted to Hugo Chavez.

By Max Fisher  |  05:55 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina, Religion

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Sorry, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is not the first non-European pope

He is actually the 11th. There have been several from the Middle East, including Saint Peter, and two from Africa.

By Max Fisher  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/13/2013

What name will the new pope choose? Some clues in this infographic

A visual representation of 2,000 years of papal names.

By Max Fisher  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nextpope, Religion

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Video: Papal candidate Luis Antonio Tagle has quite a singing voice

The Filipino cardinal is described as a rock star within the church, so it's appropriate.

By Max Fisher  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion, The Philippines

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Chart: The curious history of papal elections

Conclaves used to take many months, then suddenly in 1846 they started lasting only a few days. Why?

By Max Fisher  |  12:43 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 03/11/2013

The Vatican goes dark: Inside the conclave's high-tech blackout

Any communication with the outside world is punishable by excommunication

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:37 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion, Vatican City

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Photos: The Vatican's special 'white smoke' stove for announcing the new pope

Photos: The Vatican's special 'white smoke' stove for announcing the new pope

By Max Fisher  |  01:24 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 02/26/2013

The story of Pope Benedict's controversial red shoes, which he will give up

Benedict's much-discussed loafers were made by a cobbler who did work for President Obama and landed him in Esquire magazine.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:21 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion, Vatican

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 02/13/2013

The one chart that shows the Catholic church's looming identity crisis

European Catholics today make up just 24 percent of the church's following, but 53 percent of its Cardinal electors.

By Max Fisher  |  02:43 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013

This map of global Catholic populations shows the church's looming dilemma

Does the church focus on its largest following, in Latin America, its growing base in Africa, or its traditional center in Europe?

By Max Fisher  |  04:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Religion

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Pope Benedict's resignation lauded as 'a great lesson' in Latin America

Across Latin America, the pope's announcement that he will step down at the end of the month is drawing official comment as well as some speculation that the next pope could come from the region.

By Juan Forero and Nick Miroff  |  03:40 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cuba, mexico, Religion, Venezuela

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 02/11/2013

When the pope was powerful, and why that changed

The office was once among the most powerful in the world, but has since lost much of its relevance outside of the church.

By Max Fisher  |  02:27 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Pope Benedict fell short of John Paul II's legacy as a global political leader

Though his predecessor involved himself deeply in global political affairs, Benedict played little role in world affairs.

By Max Fisher  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 02/11/2013

A two-minute video explains the Vatican's dilemma in finding a new Pope

The Catholic Church is facing two very different challenges in two different parts of the world.

By Max Fisher  |  10:57 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Our Christian Earth: The astounding reach of the world's largest religion, in charts and maps

A new study from Pew shows Christianity's amazing reach and its vast majorities across several regions.

By Max Fisher  |  02:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Religion

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Trayvon Martin case, Iraqi woman’s death spark ‘hoodies and hijab’ rally

Parallels are being drawn between the high-profile case of Trayvon Martin and the death of Shaima Alawadi.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:23 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iraq, Trayvon Martin, Shaima Alawadi, race, religion

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Gay Texas judge refuses to wed straight couples

She said she wouldn’t perform marriage ceremonies until same-sex marriage was legal.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:07 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Texas, religion, homosexuality