Top Religion News Association stories for 2016: The election of Donald Trump, a man who suggested banning Muslim immigration to the U.S., and attracted overwhelming evangelical support, is the top religion story of the year, according to the Religion News Association. But Trump came in as runner-up for the top religion newsmaker of the year, behind Muslims Khizr and Ghazala Khan, who described the death of their son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, in Iraq to a spellbound Democratic National Convention.
2016 in review: The 2016 election — with its polarizing campaign and surprising result — produced not only an unexpected president. It also gave us several of the year’s biggest religion news stories.
François Fillon becoming the conservative candidate for France's presidential election is as unforeseen as the role religion played in rallying Catholic voters behind him.
Despite support in rural and suburban areas, the head of the far-right, xenophobic National Front faces more challenges than Trump or Brexit — including her even more extremist niece.
Analysis: The pontiff passed over prelates favored by culture warriors of the right and chose more pastoral bishops. That's a big change.
Analysis: Key takeaway from recent interviews and previous stories about popes' histories pre-ordination: popes are men, and Christians, not religious robots.
As tensions boiled over following a string of killings of black men, the lingering pain of racism in America has once again been brought to the forefront.
Analysis. Two years after the apostolic visitation of U.S. women's communities, some are being invited to the Vatican for discussions. Is this part two of the investigation?
Analysis: By the time the closing gavel came down near midnight Thursday on the Democratic National Convention, the entire battlefield in the culture wars had shifted -- dramatically.
Democrats have a chance to close the so-called "God gap" -- the dynamic that has seen regular worshippers picking Republican candidates far more than they do Democrats.