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Could Pentecost Stage a Comeback?

Pentecost — a holiday once celebrated on a scale rivaling Christmas or Easter — has faded into obscurity outside of Europe. Could it stage a comeback?

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In France, the Fight Over Charlie Hebdo’s Legacy Is Getting Ugly

A controversial left-wing sociologist says that last January's show of unity was more about racism than patriotism. And the French are pissed.

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When Prayer Turns to Violent Penance

From Malaysia to Cuba, how religious minorities use rituals — from simple prayer to violent penance — to create a sense of community.

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Why Pope Francis Inspires Raúl Castro to Go to Church

Warming relations between Havana and the Vatican demonstrate a broader trend of reconciliation between the once-hostile ideologies, which has accelerated under social welfare-minded Francis.

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Preaching Hate and Sectarianism in the Gulf

Why did Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates provide a pulpit for a firebrand cleric who calls for the destruction of Shiites, Alawites, Christians, and Jews?

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Footloose and Falun Gong

An evening with the dance performance trying to bring down the Chinese Communist Party.

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