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Jordan's King Abdullah speaking at a lectern (© Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Jordan’s King Abdullah II honored as champion of religious harmony

The newest recipient of the Templeton Prize — for affirming life's spiritual side — is Jordan's King Abdullah II, for promoting interfaith harmony.
Three people standing in front of hedge (© Emily Berl/State Dept.)

Exploring religious freedom and diversity in the U.S.

Religious freedom is a founding principle of the U.S. A group of international visitors traveled the U.S. for an up-close look at religion in American life.
Five children in a row holding books up to their faces (© Wavebreak Media Ltd./Alamy)

5 ways the U.S. supports literacy around the world

Find out how the U.S. is helping to build a literate world where everyone has an equal chance to succeed in life and work.
Runners racing on a track (© Damian Dovarganes/AP Images)

Smithsonian honors Special Olympics athletes and history

A new museum exhibition traces the roots of the Special Olympics organization, focusing on founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and four accomplished Special Olympians.
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The right for all to worship as they wish

At the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, these survivors share their stories of being persecuted for the ways they choose to worship.
Young boy gesturing in front of picture of Nelson Mandela gesturing (© Ben Curtis/AP Images)

Nelson Mandela’s legacy of peace lives on

Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 this July. People all over the world are reflecting on what the anti-apartheid icon who died in 2013 means to them.
Nelson Mandela waving to crowd (© David Longstreth/AP Images)

Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday: A look back at visits to the...

South Africa's first black president inspired Americans with each of his visits to the U.S. before he died in 2013. Nelson Mandela still does in 2018, the centenary of his birth.
Map with regions of Africa highlighted (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

The growing power of young people [infographic]

While effects can vary, the growing majorities of young people in Africa and elsewhere will undoubtedly have a strong impact on their societies.
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The pride of the LGBTQ community [video]

Learn why Americans and millions around the world celebrate LGBTQ Pride during the month of June.