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A police officer stands guard to maintain traffic safety at the site of the New Year's Eve stampede in Shanghai on January 3, 2015

China rounded up 100 Christians in coordinated raids and banned people from talking about it on social media

Beijing is hugely cracking down on religious groups that refuse to be controlled by the state.
Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Jailing Muslims, burning Bibles, and forcing monks to wave the national flag: How Xi Jinping is attacking religion in China

The officially atheist Chinese Communist Party disapproves of all kinds of grassroots organizations as they are seen to undermine its grip on power.
Interfaith couples and families find creative ways to celebrate the winter holidays together.

6 interfaith couples and families reveal how they celebrate the holidays

Here's how six interfaith couples and families navigate and celebrate their religious differences during the winter holiday season.
Meijer pharmacist not pictured.

A woman says a pharmacist refused to give her medication her while she was having a miscarriage because he’s ‘a good Catholic male’

Rachel Peterson was prescribed a medication called misoprostol, which would complete her miscarriage — but she says a pharmacist refused to give her the medication or transfer it to another location. Now, she wants Meijer to take action.
29-year-old Lobsang Tayang is one of several millennial monks who are rejuvenating Buddhism in Mongolia.

Inside the lives of Mongolia’s ‘millennial monks,’ who play basketball, pray for 12 hours a day, and visit the outside world only tw...

In Mongolia, today's millennial generation is the first to come of age since democracy was introduced, and young monks are finding a new set of challenges to keep their religion alive.
Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a worship service at the International Church of Las Vegas October 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

‘Disgraceful’: Separating immigrant children from their parents is so unpopular even Trump’s base is not supporting it

Franklin Graham, an ardent defender of Trump's has called the situation "disgraceful" and the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has also said that "separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral."
Matt Liston, the founder of a blockchain-based religion. Liston has refuted the claim that he is a Cryptprophet.

There is now a blockchain-based religion. No, this is not a joke.

"People are wondering, 'What the f--k is this?" said Matt Liston, founder of the blockchain-based religion "0xΩ."
Regions of America that transcend state lines include the Bible Belt and the Rust Belt.

The US is split into more than a dozen ‘belts’ defined by industry, weather, and even health

Have you heard of the Jell-O Belt? Or the Stroke Belt? As it turns out, there are more than a dozen US regions that go by a "belt" moniker, each sharing a set of characteristics that set it apart from the US as a whole.

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte personally ordered the investigation of a 71-year-old nun for being an ‘undesirable foreigner’

Duterte said he ordered the investigation into "disorderly conduct" by Sister Patricia Fox for taking part in a human rights fact-finding mission.