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Religion serves as the social bedrock of many communities around the globe, while also acting as a source of division and conflict. Pulitzer Center stories tagged with “Religion” feature reporting on faith, its effects on people’s lives, and the role it plays in civil society. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on religion.

 

Rethinking Conversion

Unfortunately, we’ve lost sight of how best to welcome newcomers to Judaism.

Church vs. State

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal but popular war on drugs has forced the Catholic Church to ask itself a defining question: What is its responsibility under an immoral regime?

No Place on Earth

In a new book from FotoEvidence, Pulitzer Center grantee Patrick Brown's photography gives horrific depth to the Rohingya genocide.

The Hazara

A look into the sacred spaces of the Hazara Shia, the third largest group ethnic group in Afghanistan.

Russia’s War in Ukraine Leads to Historic Split in the Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church in Ukraine has been under the authority of Moscow since 1686. Until the 2014 war with Russia, that situation bothered few. Now a growing number of congregations, approximately 500 so far, have joined a new independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, angering Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Ballymurphy Precedent

In The Ballymurphy Precedent, Collum Macrae probes the killings of 10 unarmed Catholics, including a priest and a mother of eight, in the West Belfast housing estate of Ballymurphy in August, 1971.

Foreign Influence in the Balkans

Krithika Varagur reports on foreign religious and political investment in the Balkans, focusing on Bosnia and Kosovo, which have been affected by both rising extremism and populism.

Myanmar's Rohingya: Anatomy of a Genocide

In 2017, Myanmar’s military targeted Rohingya Muslims in a pogrom of mass murder and rape. We investigate the deadliest massacre of a state-orchestrated genocide, years in the making.

The Only Way Out in El Salvador

In El Salvador, brutal gangs like MS-13 and 18th Street do not allow members to quit without penalty of death, perpetuating an endless cycle of violence. There's only one exception: joining an evangelical church.

When Will the Rohingya Refugees Return Home?

Refugees fear the fate that awaits them in Myanmar and are refusing to return without guarantees of safety. In the camps girls face being trafficked into the sex trade or forced into child marriages.

Prophets and Profits

While churches in the economic north are emptying out, those in the global south—especially in Africa—are growing. In Ghana, Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism are booming, but at what price?

The Rohingya Crisis

Did the United States ignore signs of a coming mass atrocity against the Rohingya when it chose to upgrade its relationship with Myanmar and lift sanctions on the country?

Rohingya Under Attack

"All I have left are my words," the Rohingya Muslim refugee said. The AP documents systematic gang rape of Rohingya women by the Myanmar military, and reconstructs a massacre in one Rohingya village.

Women's Rights in Poland

After a failed attempt to completely ban abortion, a look at the ongoing reality of women's rights in Poland.

Meet the Journalist: George Black

More than a billion gallons of raw sewage and industrial effluent pour into the Ganges every day. Can Prime Minister Narendra Modi clean up India's sacred river when everyone else has failed?

Meet the Journalist: Justin Catanoso

Pope Francis encounters the limits of his moral authority in Latin America, where his encyclical on climate change and environmental protection is met with scorn from those who need to be influenced.

Meet the Journalist: Alia Malek

One hundred years after the Armenian genocide in Turkey, Alia Malek examines how sectarian allegiances are erasing history as she explores the fate of those living in Turkey, Syria, and Armenia.

This Week: Poverty in America

This Week: Nearly one in five children in America suffers from being poor, deportations are straining relations between Australia and New Zealand, and ISIS has undermined faith in Iraq.

This Week: Seeking Answers for Iran’s Chemical Weapons Survivors

This week: Scientists investigate the long term effects of chemical warfare on Iranian soldiers, a look into how artistic integrity is maintained inside the Chinese Communist system, and more than 100 people are suing Guam's Catholic Church over accusations of sexual abuse by priests.

Human Rights Reporting

Students will critically examine the legal, professional and moral obligations of journalists as witnesses to all kinds of human rights violations.

The Power of Poetry

In this lesson, students investigate educational resources using diverse media in order to understand how poetry can be used as a means of communication.

Museum of Current Crises

This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.

Can Iran and the U.S. Negotiate?

Students will analyze both sides of the mistrust between Iran and the US and will create their own informed opinions of the nuclear negotiations.