Wounded Knee Memorial at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
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Wounded Knee is among the worst massacres in Native American history, when in 1890 the US military shot and killed 146 unarmed men, women and children in South Dakota.
For many Muslim women, a hijab is a way of expressing resistance.
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Hijab is not simply about religion – women wear it for a variety of reasons.
Your phone tracks your movements all the time.
Most tech companies make it difficult for users to say no to aggressive surveillance practices. But it is helpful to know about the default settings on your smartphone and how to change them.
A smarter use of social media can improve your sense of well-being.
Don't swear off social media. Use it to your advantage.
Elizabeth Ann Seton shrine.
Elizabeth Seton was canonized in 1975 as a saint. Charities founded by her continue her work with poor immigrants.
A woman holds up a quilt with photos of people who say they were abused as children by priests, in San Diego, 2007.
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There is rich Catholic heritage of resistance. Catholic protesters have used powerful religious symbols, including vials of their own blood, as an extension of Christ's blood, to demand change.
More and more Americans are choosing to be single.
Singles can face mistaken stereotypes and value judgments that they are less happy, or lonelier. For many, being single is simply a relationship preference or even an orientation.
Catnip induces changes in cat behavior.
Catnip can induce changes in cat behavior. An expert argues that giving it to cats raises questions about human power and animal autonomy.
A painting showing Saint Francis Borgia, a 16th century saint,, performing an exorcism.
Forty-five years ago, 'The Exorcist' terrified viewers with its portrayal of a practice that goes back several centuries and continues today in Christianity.
Supporters of Shiite Houthi rebels attend a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, in 2017.
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The Houthis belong to the Shiite branch of Islam. The Houthi insurgency began in the early 1990s, spurred in part by growing influence of different Sunni branches of Islam.
The Blackfeet always faced their tipis towards the rising sun, including on winter solstice.
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For indigenous peoples, winter solstice has been a time to honor their ancient sun deity. Their rituals reveal a deep understanding of the natural world.
A person dressed as Santa Claus waves as part of the festivities, during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Behind today's mythical Santa Claus from the North Pole, is a real saint – St. Nicholas. How he came to be today's gift-giving jolly figure from the North Pole is a fascinating story by itself.
What might have motivated the young missionary killed on a remote island in India?
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In their zeal to evangelize the world, at the end of 19th century, young families were sent overseas with little to no training in anything beyond the Bible and no promise of funding.
A sculpture of Meister Eckhart in Germany.
Meister Eckhart was a 14th-century Dominican friar, who gave sermons on the direct experience of God. His words are finding resonance among today’s spiritual seekers.
Hanukkah demands fewer religious rituals than most other Jewish observances.
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Despite the primacy of Christmas in American culture, the visibility of Hanukkah in pop culture reminds Jews that they have their own holiday in which they can take pride.
In the United States, Hanukkah has gained much significance.
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Hanukkah is ranked one of Judaism's minor festivals. It's popularity in the US has a lot to do with the country's history.
Dorothy Day with publisher Robert Ellsberg.
The founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Dorothy Day, led a life full of paradoxes. An expert explains how there's much to learn from her life - especially how to see beauty in the least.
The Salvation Army is among the top few U.S. charities.
Around this time of the year, The Salvation Army's red kettles become visible as part of holiday giving. How this British evangelical organization came to the US is interesting history.
Researchers have found people use the ‘like’ button on social media posts for many reasons.
The 'like' button does far more than just express how much a person likes a particular picture or post. It could be used to make social comparisons.
The largest public housing complex in the country, Queensbridge Houses, is located near the spot where Amazon plans to put a new headquarters.
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When large companies move into an area, the result is often gentrification. When this happens, the economic and social costs for displaced residents is typically high.
Vaccine work because they help create herd immunity.
Billboards spreading misinformation on the risks of vaccination have popped up around American cities. A bioethicist explains why decisions not to vaccinate children are indefensible.
‘Protest chaplains’ came together to pledge their support to the Occupy Wall Street protests at Judson Memorial Church in New York in 2011.
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The traditional role of chaplains is changing. They are increasingly present in social movements such as Occupy, Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter.
Loren Jacobs's prayer for victims of the Tree of Life congregation offended many Jews. Jacobs is part of a group called Jews for Jesus – a messianic Jewish organization with a complicated history.
Pakistani religious groups protest against a Supreme Court decision that acquitted Asia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy, in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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There has been outrage over the release of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. An expert explains how blasphemy laws are hardly obsolete throughout the West.
Missionary media has played an important role in shaping world news.
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Evangelist Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network has launched the first Christian 24-hour TV channel. History shows that missionary media has played a key role in providing information from around the world.