Selected religion-related news from around the Web.
Reuters: Christian churches back Jews facing anti-Semitism in Hungary
When Hungarian radical right-wingers rallied against a Jewish conference in Budapest in early May, a well-known Protestant pastor hid behind the stage while his wife stepped up to the podium to denounce Jews and Israel.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Both sides on abortion applaud verdict
No one on either side of the intractable abortion debate was sorry Monday to learn that Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of first-degree murder.
AP: Politics and the pulpit: Black churches at heart of gay marriage debate in Illinois
When a proposal to legalize gay marriage started gaining momentum in the home state of President Barack Obama, it seemed a quick and easy deal: The pastor of his former megachurch endorsed it with powerful testimony at the Capitol and Democrats control Illinois' government.
Korea Herald: Missionaries urge Korea to lift travel ban
Kim Jin-dae hoped he could persuade the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to lift its ban on travel to countries it deemed as too dangerous for Korean passport holders, but he knew better.
AP: Africa, Asia See Boom in Priests as Europe Withers
The number of Catholic priests in Africa and Asia has shot up over the past decade while decreasing in Europe, mirroring trends in the numbers of Catholic faithful that helped lead to the election of Pope Francis as the first non-European pope in over a millennium.
RNS: Church-based scouting alternatives attract interest
They have pledges. They have merit badges. And they may go camping.
WSJ: The Pentagon's problem with Proselytizing
In early April, Army Reserve soldiers in Pennsylvania were told in a redeployment briefing that evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics were "extremists," the same category as al Qaeda.
WSJ: Islamists rely on TV sheiks to woo the masses in Egypt
Secular youth used Facebook and Twitter two years ago to help topple President Hosni Mubarak from power, but now Salafi Islamists are gaining sway in Egypt because of TV sheiks like Khaled Abdullah.
CS Monitor: Is there a God? The Vatican invites Mexicans to discuss.
A Vatican envoy has arrived in Mexico with a message: God is not dead.
Globe and Mail: A leap for some faiths, but many Canadians are losing their religion
Mariam Butt was raised by Muslim parents in Brampton, Ont., but only started truly practising the faith a little over a year ago, when she was 17. There was no self-consciousness about wearing the hijab or ducking away to pray five times a day where she lives.