An Iranian woman prays as she attends Christmas Eve mass at the St Joseph Armenian Catholic church in Tehran on Dec. 24, 2016.        (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Turns Away Iranian Christians

Despite White House promises and U.S. legal protections for religious minorities, Washington rejects appeal for asylum from more than 100 Iranian Christians.

Henry IV, king of the Germans, surrenders his crown to Pope Gregory VII, who sits enthroned. (Woodcut by John Foxe/Rare Books and Manuscripts Library/Ohio State University Libraries/Wikimedia Commons)

Will Pope Francis Surrender to China?

In capitulating on the issue of bishop appointments, the Vatican would lose a 1,000-year struggle.

A man sweeps up rubble in preparation for Christmas Day mass at the Mar Hanna Church near Mosul, Iraq, on Dec. 22, 2016. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Pence Plan to Target Aid for Christians in Iraq Sparks Concern

Aid experts fear the Trump administration’s focus on Christians and other religious minorities could do more harm than good.

Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Dec. 10, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Why Recognizing Jerusalem Is Good for Peace

Until the Palestinians realize that Israel is here to stay and start negotiating in earnest, it behooves Washington to signal that they are losing ground.

KIRKUK, IRAQ - SEPTEMBER 25: People are seen casting their referendum vote at a voting station on September 25, 2017 in Kirkuk, Iraq. Despite strong objection from neighboring countries and the Iraqi government. Some five million Kurds took to the polls today across three provinces in the historic independence referendum.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Not Everyone in Kurdistan Is Cheering Kurdish Independence

In Iraq’s multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk, this week’s referendum has sparked celebration — and serious discontent.

Syrian refugees at the Zaatari refugee camp on the Jordanian border on May 31. (Photo Alvaro Fuente/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A Refugee Without a River

Two years after fleeing Iraq, one woman’s plans for resettlement are still on hold. A minority among refugees in Jordan, is her plight being overlooked?


Saudi Arabia’s ‘War on Terror’ Is Now Targeting Saudi Shiites

Riyadh has decided its violent confrontation with Iran needs to come to the homefront.


Tillerson Blasts ISIS for Genocide in Religious Freedom Report

America’s top diplomat also called out allies including Saudi Arabia and Turkey for violating religious freedom.

SRINAGAR, INDIA:  An Indian Hindu pilgrim begins his trek to one of the holiest Hindu shrines at the Amarath cave situated at a height of 3,800 meters (12,800 feet) in Indian Kashmir, 09 June 2006. Last year more than 400,000 Hindus made the holy hike over glaciers and along narrow paths overhanging deep gorges to offer prayers to an ice stalagmite they believe depicts Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. AFP PHOTO/STR  (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists

Pilgrims headed to the divided region of Kashmir get armed guards and national encouragement — if they're Hindu.

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on October 14, 2015 at the Vatican. Pope Francis apologised Wednesday on behalf of the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have recently shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican. The Vatican has been the focus of several controversies including the coming out of a gay priest and the leak of a controversial letter, while the pontiff himself ended up in the headlines for a gaffe which helped oust Rome's mayor.  AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO        (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Should Reject Callista Gingrich as Ambassador (for Adultery)

The pontiff rejected a French ambassador just because he was gay; surely, he should reject Trump's pick for her sins.


Jerusalem’s Forever Crisis

The epicenter of the Arab-Israeli crisis will always be the Temple Mount, where both sides struggle over ancient history and modern-day politics.

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