Religion

Our ongoing coverage of faith and religion — and its influence on important issues around the globe.

Culture

This Englishman’s search for truth was about the transformation of spirit, and of gender

Over several years in the 1940s, Michael Dillon underwent a groundbreaking physical transition from female to male through a series of surgical operations. It was just one part of his remarkable story of personal transformation. But all of that was just part of this Englishman’s remarkable story of personal transformation. Michael Dillon was outed by the newspapers after he transitioned from female to male in the 1940s. Dillon's pioneering journey is a fascinating story about gender, identity and spirituality.

Development

Did religion save this Guatemalan town?

Guatemala is reported to be the most evangelical country in the Americas. And, according to the Pew Research Center, it has the highest rate of believers that faith reaps success. Almolonga, a small mountain town, is held up as proof.

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Lifestyle & Belief

Letters to God

The postal service in Jerusalem often gets letters addressed to God. Reporter Daniel Estrin visits with the man charged with opening that kind of mail and sneaks a peek at some of the letters.

Lifestyle & Belief

West Bank clashes

There's been a growing number of Jewish settler attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank. Some settlers say the attacks are justified. Each side blames the other and both blame the Israeli army for not protecting them.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global hit

A record company executive tells host Lisa Mullins that he'd love to discover the next Spice Girls. So Lisa Mullins asks him, "why did you sign a recording contract with three small-town priests from Northern Ireland?"

Lifestyle & Belief

When two ideals collide

Freedom of expression and freedom of religion are both protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But in recent years the world has seen substantial conflict between the two.

Global Politics

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Albania, the world's first officially atheist country. Albania's Communist leaders banned all religious organizations in 1967 and anyone caught worshipping suffered severe penalties. But religion rose up again after Communism fell in the early 1990's. Correspondent David Chanatry has the story.

Lifestyle & Belief

Atheist campaign in Spain

The World's Gerry Hadden reports on a campaign to promote atheism in Spain. As part of the campaign, advertising posters on buses in Barcelona have been displaying messages like "There's probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy life."