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Living Intimately With Thoughts of Death

Since my cancer diagnosis, I have lived intimately with thoughts of death. Cancer patients of all…

A Clash of Worldviews as Pope Francis and Putin Meet Again

Rome — Officials in Italy locked down the capital, closed public parks and diverted traffic on…

How Battles Over Serving Same-Sex Couples Play Out in Court

Cakes. Flowers. Wedding invitations. They are at the center of a long-running clash over same-sex marriage…

Trump’s Day of Prayer

Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer,…

Pope Francis Seeks to Mend Open Wounds With Orthodox Church in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania — When Pope John Paul II made history in Romania 20 years ago by…

Burkina Faso Wracked by Escalating Violence

DAKAR, Senegal — A mission to rescue kidnapped tourists that went fatally awry. A church burned…

Lebanon Dispatch: Basketball Is ‘War, Minus the Shooting’ in Sectarian Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Frankly speaking, their team was never going to win. But that did not…

In Search of Ancient Morocco

ImageThe walled garden of the hotel Dar Paru in M’Hamid, with a door that opens into…

‘So Help Me God’ No More: Democrats Give House Traditions a Makeover

WASHINGTON — The witness rose from her seat, raised her right hand and swore to tell…

Sudan dispatch: Bullets, Tear Gas and Love: Romance Blooms in the Midst of Sudan Protests

The minivan sped along the Nile, weaving through the evening traffic. The bride sat up front…

Sri Lanka Dispatch: Extremism Found Fertile Ground in Sri Lankan Hometown of Radical Preacher

KATTANKUDY, Sri Lanka — When the Wahhabis came, with their austere ideology and abundant coffers, the…

Global Health: Religious Objections to the Measles Vaccine? Get the Shots, Faith Leaders Say

The measles outbreak in the United States is now the largest since the disease was declared…

Sri Lanka Bombings Claimed by ISIS, and President Vows Shakeup

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the coordinated suicide bombings…

Faith Politics on the Rise as Indonesian Islam Takes a Hard-Line Path

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Joko Widodo, the Muslim president of Indonesia, is into heavy metal and saving…

With Letter on Sexual Abuse, Pope Benedict Returns to Public Eye

ROME — In his retirement, Pope Benedict XVI is apparently tired of hiding. The former pontiff,…