Templeton Prize: Former British chief rabbi wins £1.1m award

Britains former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has won the 2016 Templeton Prize, worth £1.1m ($1.5m), for his efforts to help steer young people away from the message of extremists by encouraging religions to connect with them, it was announced on 2 March. Mar 2, 2016

Pope overturns tradition to allow women in Holy Thursday rite

Pope Francis overturned a centuries-old tradition on 21 January, which banned women from a foot-washing service during Lent, upsetting conservatives and delighting womens rights activists. Until now, only men or boys were formally allowed to take part in the service, in which a priest washes and kisses the feet of 12 people to commemorate Jesus gesture of humility towards his apostles on the night before he died. Jan 22, 2016