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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.

'Who Is This Stupid God?'

While President Rodrigo Duterte wages a relentless war on the Catholic Church of the Philippines, a strident bishop fights to restore his country's moral foundations.

A Woman's Crime and Punishment

When unmarried sex is outlawed, pregnancy out of wedlock is proof of a crime. Women are jailed—along with their babies.

The Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide

After years of the raging wars in Iraq and Syria, most people still think the conflicts are about territory and political power. But religious practice and belief have a lot to do with it.

Suggestible You

Inside our heads is an ancient power. A tool of miracle-workers, charlatans, witch doctors, hypnotists and physicians alike. It's a basic part of who we are. It's the hidden power of suggestibility.

Islam with Chinese Characteristics

China's Muslim minorities make up only two percent of the population, but comprise 20 million people. How do they relate to Islam, the state, the majority Han Chinese and one another?

Boycott, Divest, Sanctions

On college campuses and in religious institutions across the country, there is renewed focus on Israel, anti-semitism and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement.

Europe's Other Muslim Fringe

Feminists, LGBT people, artists and other progressive European Muslims are taking ownership of their their faith in innovative ways. How are they shaping the future of Islam in Europe?

Saudi Arabia: A Changing Kingdom

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has been on the throne since January 2015, but already has signaled important shifts in the country’s internal governance and foreign policy.

Rejuvenating Ganga

India has declared 2015-2016 as Jal Kranti Varsh, or Water Revolution Year. What will this mean for the Ganges, the country’s most sacred and notoriously polluted river?

‘Religion in the Public Sphere’ Forum April 25

Washington University in St. Louis day-long forum brings together leading academics and journalists for focus on religion and public policy. Forum concludes with speech by Shaun Casey, Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs at the US State Department.

Jeffrey Stern and "The Last Thousand"

Jeffrey Stern, former Pulitzer Center grantee, publishes his first book about an Afghanistan minority—and the problems they encounter as the U.S. troops pull out.