Philip Jenkins is professor of history at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion and author of The Great and Holy War and The Many Faces of Christ.
Within a decade, a sixth of the world's Catholics will be African—yet the continent has few canonized saints. This is starting to change.
The Gulf states do not practice religious freedom in anything like the Western sense. Still, Christianity has secured a surprisingly strong foothold.
In 1944, an Anglican bishop consecrated a Chinese woman to the priesthood—30 years before women attained that rank in the Episcopal Church.
The title character of Mohammed Hanif's novel Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a Catholic nurse in Pakistan. Turning the other cheek is not her strong suit.
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