The Washington Post's Acts of Faith offers breaking and ongoing news, analysis and opinion about major religion stories.

The trend lines do not look good.

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Racial homogeneity is a shortcoming within white evangelicalism as a whole.

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Why the iconic Virgin of Charity means so much to Cubans and Pope Francis

Pope Francis will celebrate the first papal Mass in her shrine outside Santiago on Tuesday.

Critics say the comments were a one-two punch of blaming the poor for poverty and claiming that Godlessness is at the root of society's ills.

"It's sort of like getting the Martin Luther Kings, the Ghandis, the Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschels, the Dorothy Days, the Fannie Lou Hamers of our time together.”

Trump had said he would prioritize the protection of persecuted Christians.

“She started kicking and screaming once that adrenaline kicked in and asking, 'Where's my mommy?' " EMT Ryan Ciampoli said.

Violent attacks against Jews worldwide have dropped, but anti-Semitism is manifesting itself in other ways.

It’s time to allow Conservative rabbis to officiate at interfaith weddings.

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The pontiff is no stranger to lending his voice in support of migrants.

The physician's attorney said the procedure was part of a custom practiced by a Muslim religious group in India.

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Pope Francis repeated on Saturday that some migrant holding centers in Europe amount to “concentration camps,” even after Jewish groups urged him to stop using the loaded term.

Pope Francis is warning that “a good part of humanity” will be destroyed if tensions with North Korea escalate, and he is calling for diplomacy and a revived United Nations to take the lead in negotiating a resolution.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has kept alive a lawsuit by nonbelievers who want to be allowed to give invocations at the start of state House sessions.

The ancient Knights of Malta religious order on Saturday elected a temporary leader during a period of reform after the last grand master was effectively ousted by Pope Francis.

Parishioners at a New York City chapel that sheltered 9/11 first responders are praying for a miracle to save it from falling victim itself to the prosperity of its resurgent neighborhood.

The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday.

Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, Pohick afternoon tea, Cathedral Flower Mart, spring revival and more.

Pope Francis demanded that Egypt’s Muslim leaders teach a rejection of violence in God’s name during a delicate visit Friday to the Arab world’s most populous country, and he strongly backed its uncompromising crackdown on political Islam and militancy.

A lawyer for the ex-wife of right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says the radio personality is a “cult leader” who’s turning their children against his former wife.

In a story April 26 about a federal raid on the headquarters of Benny Hinn Ministries, The Associated Press erroneously reported the Senate Finance Committee ended a three-year investigation of Hinn and five other television evangelist in 2010 by clearing the six of wrongdoing. The committee had no definitive findings of wrongdoing.

Memories are all that remain of a 600-year-old white oak tree that was believed to be among the oldest of its kind in the nation.

A St. Louis man ordered to spend more than a quarter century in prison on drug charges has failed to have his prosecution overturned, despite his argument that he has a religious duty to sell heroin.

Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt this weekend, hoping to comfort its Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks while seeking to improve relations with Egypt’s Muslim leaders.

The final sections of a 600-year-old white oak tree that’s believed to be among the oldest in the nation were taken down Wednesday at a New Jersey church.

The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $4.45 million to settle separate lawsuits brought by three men who allege they were sexually abused over a decade ago by a former Roman Catholic priest and convicted sex offender.

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