Ultra-Orthodox Jewish teens attend the funeral for Rabbi Mordechai Leifer in Ashdod, Israel, Oct. 5, 2020.

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Japan’s infamous ‘happy’ cult sets sights on the United States

Happy Science is among the most enduring and far-reaching “new religious movement,” as they’re called in Japan. 

Japan’s infamous ‘happy’ cult sets sights on the United States
Humanist Purnendu Goswami, 49, at his ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan, India. Goswami runs a school for underprivileged children on the ashram grounds.

‘Fanaticism is all about aggression’: One man's journey from a Hindu nationalist to a humanist

‘Fanaticism is all about aggression’: One man's journey from a Hindu nationalist to a humanist
Pastor Gábor Iványi, one of Hungary’s best-known religious leaders, stands in his office near a photograph.

This pastor officiated Orbán’s wedding. Now he’s one of his fiercest critics.

This pastor officiated Orbán’s wedding. Now he’s one of his fiercest critics.
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Contempt for the messiah: The scandal behind Shinzo Abe’s murder

Contempt for the messiah: The scandal behind Shinzo Abe’s murder
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How Brazil’s first lady is playing a role in the fight for the evangelical vote in the presidential election 

How Brazil’s first lady is playing a role in the fight for the evangelical vote in the presidential election 
The Great Synagogue of Dohány Street in Budapest, Hungary.

'Nothing Orbán says is by accident': Jewish leaders in Hungary grapple with anti-Semitic tropes in politics

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been accused of using anti-Semitic tropes to promote his vision of Hungarian nationalism. Some members of the Jewish community say this makes them uncomfortable, but Jewish leaders have been slow to speak out about it.

'Nothing Orbán says is by accident': Jewish leaders in Hungary grapple with anti-Semitic tropes in politics
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a panel discussion with a white blurry background.

Orbán portrays himself as a ‘defender of Christianity.’ Critics aren’t so sure.

Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, portrays himself as a defender of Christianity, a religion which he says is under threat as a result of immigration, globalism and liberalism. Orbán’s critics question the sincerity of the Hungarian leader’s faith and wonder if his pro-Christian rhetoric is simply all about staying in power.

Orbán portrays himself as a ‘defender of Christianity.’ Critics aren’t so sure.
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Brazil's elections test the political power of religion

Brazil is still the largest Catholic country in the world, but Protestant evangelicals are a fast-growing segment of the population. And they’re making their presence felt politically.

Brazil's elections test the political power of religion
A Virgin Mary statue in a public square in France

The state of religion in France

For years, people have been questioning the concept of laicité — France's strict form of secularism — and how it plays into religious freedom. In this special hour of The World airing on Saturday, Paris-based reporter Rebecca Rosman takes a trip across France where she speaks to Catholics, Jews, Muslims and atheists about their right to believe, or not to believe.

The state of religion in France
Damares Alves talks with the press in Brasilia, Brazil, in this Dec.6, 2018 photo released by Agencia Brasil. 

Damares Alves is a rising star in Brazilian politics

Damares Alves has led a sometimes silent, sometimes vocal campaign to push policy priorities favored by evangelical conservatives. 

Damares Alves is a rising star in Brazilian politics
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Evangelicals in Brazil want to make contact with Indigenous groups. But why?

Indigenous communities in Brazil have long had a difficult relationship with Christian missionaries. Experts say it's not about religion, but mineral riches.

Evangelicals in Brazil want to make contact with Indigenous groups. But why?
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Afro Brazilian religious groups are under attack

​​​​​​​As evangelicals grow in number and political influence in Brazil, members of other religious traditions are feeling uneasy. Some have even been attacked. Evangelical activists have targeted many Afro Brazilian religious centers and destroyed icons, and have even attacked clergy members.

Afro Brazilian religious groups are under attack
people at a church

Brazil’s evangelicals work with the US on a political mission

Protestant evangelicals from Brazil and the United States have a long history of close relations. Today, Capitol Ministries is a powerful player in that relationship. And in Brazil, the group has strong ties with President Jair Bolsonaro's government.

Brazil’s evangelicals work with the US on a political mission
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Brazil’s evangelicals stand with President Bolsonaro

Protestant evangelicals are a fast-growing segment of the country. Politically, President Jair Bolsonaro is their candidate.

Brazil’s evangelicals stand with President Bolsonaro
Pope Francis dons a headdress during a visit with Indigenous peoples at Maskwaci, the former Ermineskin Residential School, in Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada

Pope Francis apologizes to Canada's Indigenous communities. But some say it doesn't go far enough.

Thousands of Indigenous people gathered in Alberta province on Monday to hear the long-awaited apology from the pope to Indigenous communities for generations of abuse and cultural suppression in Canada's residential schools. But some say more has to be done. Crystal Fraser, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta, spoke to The World's host Marco Werman.

Pope Francis apologizes to Canada's Indigenous communities. But some say it doesn't go far enough.