Faith and Religion

People attend the official lighting of a giant Hanukkah Menorah, set up by the Jewish Chabad Educational Center

Why Are There 8 Days Of Hanukkah?

Jews celebrate Hanukkah’s traditions around the world. Why does this festival of lights last eight nights?

 | Alexandra Miller and Max Tracey

This image shows a scene from the documentary "A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting."

Explaining The Reemergence Of Antisemitism

Findings show that antisemitic hate incidents have reached their highest levels in over 40 years.

 | Emily Grossberg

Ben Stern Rally Against Hatred in Berkeley, CA.

101-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Still Working To Fight Antisemitism

Ben Stern lived through nine concentration camps and two death marches.

 | Diana Zito

A nun makes caramel candy.

These Iowa Nuns Are Devoted To Making Life A Little Sweeter

The nuns of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa, are preparing for the holiday season by making and selling caramel candies.

 | Cat Sandoval

Pope Francis waves to people.

The Meaning Behind Pope Francis' Meeting With Transgender People

Some say Pope Francis' meeting with transgender people may not translate into doctrinal change, but it could lead to cultural acceptance.

 | Amber Strong

Why Do We Say 'God Bless You' When Someone Sneezes?

Today, the response to a sneeze is mostly an ingrained reaction.

 | Simon Kaufman and Casey Mendoza

Pope Francis meets indigenous Canadians

Pope Francis Visits Site Of Native Abuse In Canada To Apologize

Pope Francis is on a week-long visit to Canada that centers on an apology.

 | Mimi Mees and Amber Strong

Pope Francis kisses hand to Canadian Indigenous woman.

Pope Lands In Canada, Set For Apologies To Indigenous Groups

On Monday, the pope is meeting with residential school survivors in Maskwacis, where he is expected to deliver an apology.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Bruce Frank, a chair of the Southern Baptist Convention's sexual abuse task force.

Southern Baptists Agree To Keep List Of Accused Sex Abusers

The vote on sex-abuse reforms fell short of what some survivors of abuse in Southern Baptist churches sought.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A teacher helps students.

What Schools Are Doing To Cultivate Religious Inclusivity

As diversity across the country increases, schools are looking for ways to be inclusive of all the kids that make up the community.

 | Amber Strong

Pope Francis in a crowd after finishing Easter Mass

Pope Makes Easter Plea For Ukraine Peace, Cites Nuclear Risk

"Please, please, let us not get used to war," Pope Francis pleaded during Easter Mass.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Pope Francis delivers his message in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Steps Up Pleas For Talks To End 'Cruel And Senseless War'

The pontiff reiterated his condemnation of war as barbarous and sacrilegious.

 | AP

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and Rabbi Peter Berg

Rabbi Reflects On Religious Ceremony With Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff

Emhoff held a virtual Passover dinner earlier this year, lit the first menorah in the VP's residence and was the first to affix a mezuzah to the door.

 | Amber Strong

A woman performing a ceremony

Witchcraft Is Seeing A Major Resurgence Among Younger Generations

New practitioners are drawn to witchcraft for the sense of control it can offer — especially after the chaos of the past couple years.

 | Casey Mendoza

Hagia Sophia

Turkey Plans To Reopen The Hagia Sophia As A Mosque

The Hagia Sophia has been a museum since 1935, but before that it was a mosque for nearly 500 years.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

A group of bishops and other United Methodist leaders gather after reaching an agreement on a separation plan

United Methodist Church Expected To Split Over LGBTQ Disagreement

The announcement comes about a year after the denomination officially reaffirmed its stance against gay marriage.

 | LeeAnne Lowry

Imam Mohamed Magid and Rabbi Bruce Lustig

Imam, Rabbi Say Interfaith Connections Will Keep Hatred At Bay

A D.C.-area imam and rabbi have been working to grow connections between their two religions in the hopes of combating hate.

 | Alexandra Miller

A real Salem witch tells us what pop culture gets wrong.

A Real Salem Witch Tells Us What Pop Culture Gets Wrong (And Right)

Teri Kalgren educates the public about what it's like to be a modern witch.

 | Noor Tagouri