Spirit of St. Francis lives strong in Assisi

ASSISI, Italy (RNS) Some 6 million visitors come to this hillside town every year — and the biggest draw is the legacy of its most famous native son, St. Francis, who remains a figure of unmistakable relevance to many of today's most pressing social concerns. By Francis X. Rocca.

Survey: Syrian rebels seek Islamic democracy

(RNS) Members of the Syrian opposition generally want a democratic government that protects the rights of minorities, though many also want a constitution based on Islam, according to a recent survey. By Oren Dorell.