Pope Francis at the start of the Amazon synod, at the Vatican, Oct. 7, 2019.
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Hundreds of bishops, priests, missionaries and tribal leaders are at the Vatican for the Synod of the Amazon, a three-week meeting focused on the environmental crisis threatening Amazonian peoples.
Fred Rogers rehearses with some of his puppet friends in Pittsburgh,.
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A new film on beloved children's television icon Fred Rogers hits theaters next month. Rogers' moral values contributed to the power and appeal of his neighborhood.
Naloxone, available as a nasal spray called Narcan or in injectable form, resuscitates 100% of people who overdose if administered quickly.
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Opioid overdoses killed 47,000 Americans in 2017 — more than gun violence. Many fewer would have died if they'd been treated with the life-saving drug naloxone, also called Narcan.
How much is harm worth?
How much is your suffering worth in court? Often, it depends on the judge. But justice may be better served by letting victims choose between monetary compensation and a more restorative remedy.
A survey conducted in Jauary 2018 by the Pew Research Centre showed 84 percent of US Catholics had a ‘favourable’ opinion of Pope Francis. Six out of ten people also said he represented a ‘major change for the better’.
Pope Francis continues to champion the importance of science in our world. Having the head of the Catholic Church support various scientific movements is a win for us all.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces at al-Omar oil field in Deir Al Zor, Syria, at the announcement that they had ended the Islamic State’s control of land in eastern Syria, March 23, 2019.
Kurdish women have fought on the front lines of military battles since the 19th century. A scholar explains the origins of Kurdistan's relative gender equality in a mostly conservative Muslim region.
The life-sized wooden statue of the Black Christ in St. Philip Church in Panama.
The statue of black Christ has a deep significance for the people of Panama. An object of deep devotion, it also serves as a reminder of colonialism.
In Catholic understanding, Jesus gave his disciples the power to forgive sins.
Following the sexual abuse scandals, there is a push to force the Catholic Church to compromise the confidentiality of the confessional. A Catholic scholar explains why confession is so important.
Christian fundamentalists have become a politically powerful group since the movement’s foundation in 1919.
Protestant fundamentalism was officially born in the United States in 1919, fueling a culture war that continues today.
A few things to know before you head out for a job interview.
What makes an action 'good' or 'evil'? And are there situations under which lying for a job interview might be justified?
School children in India celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
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Mahatma Gandhi is an iconic figure for the world. Richard Barlett Gregg helped introduce him to Americans.
MIT President L. Rafael Reif acknowledged in a letter that the late Jeffrey Epstein gave funding to many researchers.
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Institutions that benefited from donations from benefactors such as Epstein are facing hard questions. In a somewhat similar ethical debate in 1905, a pastor argued for return of a Rockefeller gift.
A procession of Christian girls, venerating the Cross, in the village of Qanat Bekish, Lebanon.
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Many Catholics and some Christians celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross during the fall. A scholar revisits the history of the cross, how it became a symbol of divine love, but also of violence.
The El Segundo Chevron oil refinery, left, and the Bom Futuro National Forest, right.
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California's new plan to fight global climate change is innovative. But it raises tricky ethical questions with no easy answers.
Blowing the shofar during Rosh Hashana is one of the holiday’s many traditions.
AP Photo/Emile Wamsteker
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are quintessentially Jewish holidays, but an ethicist argues that their values around becoming a better human being, transcend any one religion.
The Supreme Court ruled that baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, could refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs.
There's been a reversal of power between religious and secular sides of American culture. The Supreme Court is now at the center of that shift.
Young environmentalists are putting the ethical dimensions of climate change at the center of a global debate that has historically focused on politics, efficiency and cost-benefits analysis.
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Economic and political assessments of climate change have for years helped justify inaction. Now, young environmentalists worldwide are shifting the debate to focus on values, ethics and justice.
Uighurs wait in line at a face scan checkpoint in Turpan, Xinjiang in northwest China on April 11, 2018.
An anthropologist who interviewed Uighurs in China found different ways in which Chinese authorities used checkpoints, social media and smartphones to identify, categorize and control this group.
Ultra orthodox Jews watch Rabbi Israel Hager vote in Bnei Brak, Israel, Sept. 17, 2019.
The winner of Tuesday's Israeli election must form a government and tackle four problems that will shape the future of the country and the relations among its citizens and Palestinian non-citizens.
Jallianwala Bagh, in Amritsar, India, where hundreds were killed on April 13, 1919, under British colonial rule.
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A hundred years ago, peaceful Indian protesters were massacred under British colonial rule. A scholar argues why a formal apology is overdue.