Belief in a punitive or a forgiving God guides people's opinions of prisoner re-entry programs and the death penalty.
Israeli police are investigating suspected Jewish vandalism of an abbey near the Old City.
The violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts.
Security for the pope is the heaviest ever seen.
There are no camps and no official aid programs for the exodus of Christians from Iraq.
Thousands of Christians flee Sadad as group closes in after capture of Mahin.
The terror group forced more than 200 Christians to pay a tax and sign a document making them second-class citizens in Al-Qaryatain.
The country's lack of mosques means Muslims will not feel integrated, a government spokesman says.
Forced from their homes, the Syriac Christians take their music with them.
Ethnic divisions flare in Kenya in the wake of the al-Shabaab massacre which killed 148 people.
"I hope the international community does not look on, mute and inert, at such an unacceptable crime," Francis said.
Jesus's death on the cross, though a singular event for Christians, was just one example of the Roman Empire's many gruesome, grisly and public tools of torture.
A Vatican official's message came a day after Islamic militants attacked a university in Kenya.
After years of slow but steady decline, Christians are being driven from the Middle East by ISIS.
A proposed extension of the barrier would separate convent and monastery in Cremisan Valley, between Bethlehem and Jerusalem
"We are ready to bear witness to whom we are and what we do according to the words of Christ."
Baghdad's Sacred Heart church was full as worshippers remembered the darkest year in memory