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How Putin is using the Orthodox Church to build his power
The Orthodox Church is now at the absolute center of public life and official morality.
STIs, Shame, and the Sabbath: What It’s Like to Learn About Sex as an Orthodox Jew
Modern Orthodox children aren't as sheltered from secular life the way some more strict Jewish denominations are, but talking about sex is still taboo, and can leave some kids confused—I know I was.
What I Learned from Living with the Controversial Catholic Sect Opus Dei as a Queer Person
I spent a year living in an all-male religious commune run by an obscure Roman Catholic sect. Here's what that was like.
Life After Leaving Israel’s Ultra Orthodox Jewish Communities
For many ex-ultra-Orthodox Jews, leaving the community means being excommunicated by their families, shunned by their friends, and learning how to navigate the modern world alone.
A Former Orthodox Rabbi Reveals Himself Through Taboo Sexual Art
Russian artist Vartan explores his identity in the artistic realm through powerful mystical sculptures.
Dramatic Photos of Fully Grown Adults Getting Baptized
It's not just screaming children taking the plunge.
Remus Ţiplea, Words by Robert Alexe
Why Israeli's Prime Minister Is Getting Major Flak for Eating at a Florence Restaurant
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a backlash for dining with Italian Prime Minister at a three-Michelin-starred but decidedly non-kosher restaurant.
Photos of Greek Christians Crawling to Pray on the Island of Tinos
Every August, pilgrims literally crawl to a holy icon of Virgin Mary that is believed to have healing powers.
Michael Pappas, Words: Melpomeni Maragkidou
In Photos: Jerusalem In the Wake of the LGBT Pride Murder
A fatal stabbing spree by an ultra-Orthodox man at Jerusalem’s LGBT pride march on July 30 shocked the city, Israel, and the world. VICE News reports on the demonstrations and tension following this event.
How a Brutal Murder Is Changing Jerusalem’s LGBT Community
In the week after a deadly stabbing at Jerusalem's gay pride parade that shocked Israel, the Holy City's LGBT and Orthodox communities have been thrust into a moment of crisis.
Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Stabbing Suspect Identified as 2005 Attacker
Yishai Schlissel had just been released from a 10 year prison sentence for the 2005 stabbing.
war and conflict
We Witnessed an Initiation Ceremony That Turned Ragtag Rebels Into Cossacks
VICE News watched an hourlong initiation rite where a band of rebels fighting in Eastern Ukraine officially become Cossacks, renowned for centuries for their battlefield prowess.
Jack Losh and Daniel Metcalfe