Pilgrims Inc.: Soul Searching†and Commerce on the†Way of St. James

Pilgrims Inc.: Soul Searching†and Commerce on the†Way of St. James

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2014

Not long ago, only a few people would make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Now, over 200,000 people a year spend several grueling weeks along the route. Traditionalists turn up their noses at the crowds, but the rewards are still vast. By Juan Moreno on the Camino de Santiago† more... Comment ]

The Muslims of TromsÝ: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

The Muslims of TromsÝ: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2014

During Ramadan, Muslims fast until the sun goes down. But what if you live in a place where there is no sunset? The believers in TromsÝ, Norway spent years searching for a solution to that conundrum. Now that they have found one, new problems have arisen. By Dennis Betzholz †in TromsÝ, Norway more... Comment ]

Foreign Minister Zebari: 'Iraq Is Facing a Mortal Threat'

Foreign Minister Zebari: 'Iraq Is Facing a Mortal Threat'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2014

In an interview, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, warns that his country is threatened with collapse under the pressure posed by ISIS terrorists. But, he says, it isn't a civil war yet. Interview Conducted By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Days of Terror: Iraqi Christians Live in Fear of ISIS

Days of Terror: Iraqi Christians Live in Fear of ISIS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2014

Some 40,000 Christians live in Qaraqosh, a town near Mosul, Iraq. Residents have been gathering daily in 12 local churches as ISIS jihadists advance towards the community. Their existence is a precarious one. By Katrin Kuntz in Qaraqosh, Iraq more... Comment ]

Pope John Paul II's Canonization: The Making of a Miracle

Pope John Paul II's Canonization: The Making of a Miracle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2014

Pope John Paul II will be canonized in April. A woman from Costa Rica experienced a stunning recovery from a brain aneurysm after praying to the late pontiff. Her story provides a unique look at the Vatican's miracle workshop. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

The Pope's Sex Problem: Catholic Survey Reveals Frustrated Flock

The Pope's Sex Problem: Catholic Survey Reveals Frustrated Flock

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2014

The Vatican last year sent out a survey to Catholics around the world focusing on attitudes to sex and sexuality. The responses are now in -- and they show that the Church is badly in need of reform. Can Pope Francis meet such expectations? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Controversial Theologian Hans KŁng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

Controversial Theologian Hans KŁng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Hans KŁng fought his whole life for the reforms being weighed by the Vatican today. In a SPIEGEL interview, the elderly Swiss theologian discusses Pope Francis' chances to revolutionize the church, why John Paul II shouldn't be canonized and what he hopes to learn in heaven. By Markus Grill more... Comment ]

Radio Vatican: Unpredictable Pope Challenges Journalists

Radio Vatican: Unpredictable Pope Challenges Journalists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

Each day, Radio Vatican translates the pope's words into 44 languages. The station's staff of 400 are some of the best and brightest from some 60 countries. But Pope Francis is very unpredictable, making a tough job even harder. By Fiona Ehlers in Rome more...

French Philosopher Finkielkraut: 'There Is a Clash of Civilizations'

French Philosopher Finkielkraut: 'There Is a Clash of Civilizations'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

French society is under threat, argues philosopher Alain Finkielkraut in a controversial new book. The conservative spoke to SPIEGEL about what he sees as the failure of multiculturalism and the need for better integration of Muslim immigrants. Interview Conducted by Mathieu von Rohr and Romain Leick more... Comment ]

Waning Numbers: Germany to Suspend Monitoring of Scientology

Waning Numbers: Germany to Suspend Monitoring of Scientology

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Germany's domestic security agency has reportedly decided to suspend monitoring of the controversial Scientology organization in the country. The decision, part of wider reforms, has led to criticism by some states. more... Comment ]