Over 50 percent of Russians believe in the supernatural and miracles. The boom in dubious medical practices has gained pace since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today, there are more faith healers than physicians in the country.
Religion has a major impact on the sport of football in Iran. Many professional players in the country, however, favor progressive political reforms. Most fans simply want to enjoy the beautiful game.
The intrigue continues to swirl around the German camp in Vatutinki as the world champions prepare to start their title defense against Mexico in Moscow on Sunday. But one question appears to have been answered.
The pope has addressed a global inter-Church conference in Geneva, and called on all denominations to work together. He's keen to close the gap between the 1.3 billion-strong Catholic faithful and other Christians.
The largest Jewish building project in Germany since the Holocaust, Berlin's Jewish Campus is set to break ground on Sunday. The site will accommodate some 500 children and is designed to instill hope.
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