Ron Folman got a tattoo 15 years ago. That's not all that unusual. But the Israeli's man tattoo is a bit shocking. It's an identical replica of the tattoo his father received at the German concentration camp Auschwitz during the Holocaust.
American literary scholar Stephen Greenblatt won the Pulitzer Prize for excellence in nonfiction for his book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. Greenblatt's book unfolds the story of the ancient Roman poet Lucretius and how Lucretius' poems helped catalyze Renaissance thinking.
Rüstem Altinküpe, a practicing Muslim in Germany, has operated a butcher shop in Germany since 1988. He practiced halal slaughter, the form of animal slaughter required by observant Muslims. Germany banned halal slaughter in 1995, but Altinküpe challenged the ban and won in 2002. Still, his butcher shop is idled as Germany bureaucracy throws up more barriers.
The Haggadah, the Jewish religious text read at Passover, is 3,000 years old. Novelists Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander have recently published the New American Haggadah, a distinctly modern Jewish-American version of the text.
Passover, the festival honoring the Jewish emancipation from slavery in Egypt, begins Friday night at sundown. The Passover story has been told through numerous mediums, now including silhouette choreography.
In one of Turkey's most religiously diverse provinces, close ties with Syria fuel support for Assad regime
In Turkey, the civil strife in Syria has meant refugees streaming across the border. In mostly-Muslim Turkey, most Turks are staunchly on the side of the Sunni Muslims trying to overthrow Assad rule. But in Hatay province, a former Syrian province and one of the most diverse provinces in the country, more people support Assad, perhaps than anywhere outside of Syria.
In Swaziland, the strained relationship between religious leaders and public health officials is improving, if slightly. The two groups are trying to work together more as the country battles an HIV infection rate among adults that may be as high as 25 percent.
The Boston Globe's photography critic, Mark Feeney, looked at the photo of the Miami Heat wearing hoods, which LeBron James posted on his Twitter account this week, and was struck by the emotion and stillness of the image, calling it an insight into the morality and the grief the shooting of Trayvon Martin has inspired.
Pope Benedict XVI spent the weekend in one of Mexico's most conservative and deeply Catholic states, Guanajuato. But elsewhere in Mexico, the Catholic Church is battling to hold onto its followers as more Mexicans turn to evangelical Christianity.
Pope Benedict XVI is in the midst of an historic trip to Latin America. After a three-day visit to Mexico, he moved to Cuba, where the Catholic Church has been vocal in pushing the island nation to move toward greater freedom.