Yorkshire, the English county famous for cricket, the War of the Roses and a Monty Python sketch where a group of men compete for the worst story about childhood deprivation, has taken Britain's first black archbishop to heart - voting him Man of the Year.
The case of a boy who has been refused a bus pass because he has not been baptised as a Roman Catholic has been referred to the Equality Commission. Elliott Stewart, 11, was denied a free pass to St Leonard’s School in Durham.
A narrator in Japanese traditional puppet theatre, a composite art form known as Bunraku, has performed a special piece called 'The Gospel in Bunraku at a church in Sapporo, on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido.
Former PM Tony Blair is meeting religious leaders confidentially to establish plans for an international inter-faith foundation to promote greater cooperation between the faiths and to work against extremism practiced in the name of religion.
Publicly-funded schools sponsored by the church do not set out to indoctrinate pupils or promote a particular philosophy, says the Archbishop of Canterbury. But critics say they can still discriminate and inhibit social mixing.
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the world's 77 million Anglicans, has endorsed a strong statement against religiously sanctioned violence by Pope Benedict at an inter-faith peace conference in Naples this weekend.
The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney has set out his view of women as 'equal but different'. Savi Hensman traces the patriarchal assumptions behind this position, and questions its claims to biblical authority.
Both in the UK and the USA, 'religion' is discussed furiously. The loudest voices, including some prominent anti-religious figures and a range of what could be called zealous religiosi, are often those least equipped for thoughtful debate - and least interested in acquiring the skills and data.
Hard-line Christian groups who say mild-mannered Harry Potter is an occult conspiracy are unlikely to be reassured by news that one of its key characters is gay - even though JK Rowling has confirmed the series is based on Christian themes.