Recent comments of Pope Francis suggest an openness to priestly marriage. A scholar shows how early church practices did not include mandatory celibacy for priests.
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Cypress wood might have been used in ancient palaces in Persia partly because of its sacred value in a religion known for its "fire temples," a new study finds.
Muslims from the Salafist tradition can often be seen as 'radical.' There is not much understanding of Salafism, its history and its diversity. Here's what it means to be a Salafist.
A woman in Spain who suddenly became very religious and believed she was speaking with the Virgin Mary actually had a brain tumor that appears to have caused her symptoms.
Donald Trump will place his hand on the Bible and swear an oath to serve the United States. Here's how religion made its way into the ceremony ... and the government.
Hikers exploring caves in southern Israel recently made an unexpected discovery: engravings of a cross and a menorah located close together on a cistern wall.
As the cultural diversity in the U.S. increases, scholars are exploring how to discuss with children issues of importance, like race and religion, through stories.
Spiritual feelings may activate the same areas of the brain as other rewarding and pleasurable experiences, like love, sex and drugs.
The oldest and most complete version of the stone tablets are going on auction in Beverly Hills this week.
The original bedrock of the tomb said to belong to Jesus Christ has been exposed for the first time in centuries.
The church is said to be built over the original burial place of Jesus Christ. The structure in the middle of the dome is the Holy Edicule, which is built directly over the tomb.
The original rock where Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been buried in Jerusalem has been exposed to the light of day for the first time in centuries.
Just in time for All Souls Day on Nov. 2, the Catholic Church has published instructions for the cremation of the "faithfully departed."
The percentage of Americans who say they currently smoke marijuana has nearly doubled since 2013, a new survey finds.
The model of a stupa, or ancient Buddhist shrine, was found in a crypt beneath a Buddhist temple in Nanjing, China.
Photos reveal an ornate model of a stupa, or a chest used for meditation, beneath a temple in China. The stupa holds the skull bone of the Buddha himself.