VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Guides hope socially distanced tourism will bring an end to overcrowding at Vatican attractions.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — In recent months, pedestrian walkways through the oldest parts of the city have been reworked to make them wheelchair-accessible, and new technology is bringing holy sites to life for everyone.
SEOUL, South Korea (RNS) — After a sharp decline in Chinese visitors, South Korea is adding halal restaurants and providing prayer rooms in a government-led effort to attract more Muslim tourists.
MOMBASA, Kenya (RNS) — Tourists normally come for snorkeling and lounging on sun-splashed beaches, but lately many come to seek the counsel of witch doctors about illnesses, runs of bad luck or bad marriages.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia plans to build a 'semi-autonomous' visa-free travel destination along its northwestern Red Sea coast where restrictions on women's dress and other conservative norms could be waived.
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops want President Trump to consider 'ordinary Cubans' as he scales back on what he calls a one-sided deal with the island nation.
(RNS) A new initiative helps women, especially those from Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community, earn an income.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - This Christmas, for once, Bethlehem really can boast again that there is no room at the inn, as relative calm in the Israeli-occupied West Bank brings pilgrims and tourists flocking to the town of Jesus's birth.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina -- In a secular country where many Muslims drink alcohol and wear European-style clothing, the arrival of a Saudi-built mall where no alcohol is sold and the sight of burqas and traditional Arab robes is worrying for some.
A remote monastery that once attracted Steve Jobs's attention now hopes construction of a nearby hotel could encourage international visitors.
A MEJDI trip might include a visit to Jesus’ birthplace of Bethlehem -- but also a meeting with an imam to talk about Jerusalem’s importance to Islam, and a Shabbat meal with an Orthodox Jewish family.
ISTANBUL (RNS) Some of Rumi's followers believe the 13th-century mystic's whirling dervish ceremonies have been wrongly appropriated for profit.
AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) While Israel has long claimed that Jesus was baptized on the Israeli side of the river, increasingly, scholars are lining up to support archaeological research showing the baptism site is actually in Jordan.
(RNS) An increasing number of Jewish people are traveling to Germany.
ROME (RNS) Among the Latin Americans flocking to Rome, the pope's fellow Argentines are leading the way, with 66 percent more people traveling from the pope’s homeland compared to a year ago.