Religion

A Hasidic man pushes a buggy in the Old City in Jerusalem on November 26, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Nine Israelis have been killed in a series of stabbings, shootings and hit-and-run attacks in Jerusalem over the past month, unsettling the ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years. The tension and violence on the streets of the city is threatening to further isolate communities and to encourage extremist politicians to exploit the situation.

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A Hasidic man pushes a buggy in the Old City in Jerusalem on wednesday in Jerusalem, Israel. Nine Israelis have been killed in a series of stabbings, shootings and hit-and-run attacks in Jerusalem over the past month, unsettling the ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years

Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel pray during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 20, 2014. Sigd marks the community's longing to return to Jerusalem, where they see their biblical roots.

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Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel pray during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem on Thursday. Sigd marks the community’s longing to return to Jerusalem, where they see their biblical roots

Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, a self-styled "godman" is escorted to the high court after his arrest, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 20, 2014. A self-styled Indian religious leader was charged on Thursday with sedition and waging war against the state after a days-long siege of his sprawling compound ended in his arrest along with 450 hardcore followers. Police evacuated more than 10,000 followers on Wednesday from the fortified compound of a bizarre cult headed by 'godman' Satguru Rampalji Maharaj before capturing him late in the evening.

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Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, a self-styled “godman” is escorted to the high court after his arrest, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. A self-styled Indian religious leader was charged on Thursday with sedition and waging war against the state after a days-long siege of his sprawling compound ended in his arrest along with 450 hardcore followers

The Muslim holy site of the Dome of the Rock on the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the Jerusalem Old City is seen through barbed wire on November 10, 2014. The ongoing tension over Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound is inflicting a "stab wound" on the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur said.

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The Muslim holy site of the Dome of the Rock on the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem.

TOPSHOTS An Indian Sikh devotee takes a ...TOPSHOTS An Indian Sikh devotee takes a dip in the holy sarover (water tank) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 6, 2014. Devotees are visiting Sikhism's holiest shrine to mark the 545th birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indian Sikh devotee takes a dip in the holy sarovar (water tank) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Devotees are visiting Sikhism’s holiest shrine to mark the 545th birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus. 

A boy carries shoes as Buddhist monks walk in front of the Royal Palace during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni coronation, in Phnom Penh...A boy carries shoes as Buddhist monks walk in front of the Royal Palace during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni coronation, in Phnom Penh October 28, 2014. Cambodians mark the 10th anniversary of Sihamoni's coronation from October 28-29. REUTERS/Samrang Pring (CAMBODIA - Tags: RELIGION ROYALS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

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A boy carries shoes as Buddhist monks walk in front of the Royal Palace during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni coronation, in Phnom Penh. 

A boy crawls under a cow during a religious ceremony celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu

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A cow is garlanded and offered food during a religious ceremony celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu, on Thursday.

 A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches. The policy has driven an increasing number of Christians and Christian converts 'underground' to secret congregations in private homes and other venues. While the size of the religious community is difficult to measure, studies estimate there more than 65 million Christians inside China with studies supporting the possibility it could become the most Christian nation in the world within a decade.

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A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches

Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid al-Adha at the Vasi Ullah mosque in Allahabad, India

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Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid al-Adha at the Vasi Ullah mosque in Allahabad, India

Kashmiri Muslims watch from a window as a sheep is sacrificed on the occasion of the religious festival of Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Eid al-Adha is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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Kashmiri Muslims watch from a window as a sheep is sacrificed on the occasion of the religious festival of Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, India. Eid al-Adha is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.