While the world celebrates Charles Darwin's 200th anniversary, creationism has become massive in the US. The movement is also growing in Europe, especially in the UK where Christian fundamentalists want to influence British school-teaching.
The Jan. 24 decision of Pope Benedict XVI to revoke the excommunications of four bishops from the priestly fraternity of Saint Pius X was welcomed by traditionalists, but many Catholics faithful to Rome remain sceptical.
Iraqi officials have mounted an extensive security operation to protect nearly five million Shia pilgrims converging on the holy city of Karbala after three days of deadly attacks. The religious celebration will reach its climax on Monday.
The ultra-traditionalist Roman Catholic bishop who has drawn criticism from the Vatican and from Jewish groups for denying the extent of the Holocaust has been removed as the head of an Argentine seminary.
Pope Benedict XVI has cancelled the excommunication of four bishops ordained by the late French bishop Marcel Lefebvre. A controversial figure, Lefebvre supported Latin mass and defied the ecumenical approach favoured by John Paul II.
The Mecca pilgrimage is growing each year in popularity. Around 3 million people from all over the world made the trip to Saudi Arabia this year. A financial blessing for the kingdom but a challenge for the security of pilgrims.