A home in New York decorated for 2020 Halloween.
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For members of the minority religion of Wicca and witchcraft – part of contemporary paganism – Halloween is not just a children's holiday: It is both a celebration and acceptance of death.
A moral minority of evangelicals are moving away from Trump.
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Polls show that a majority of evangelicals back Trump. But that hides a growing divide between enthusiasts of the president and those who question his fitness for office, argues a moral theologian.
The ceremony for the beatification of Carlo Acutis, an Italian boy who died in 2006 of leukemia, is held Oct. 10 in front of the St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, Italy.
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Italian teenager Carlo Acutis, who died at the age of 15, is on the path to becoming a saint. A scholar explains the long history of child saints in the Catholic Church.
Viktor Orbán speaking at a summit on Poland on Sept. 11.
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Once an atheist, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban embraced Christianity on his way to power – and has used it to consolidate his position since.
Religious services through Zoom: A pastor conducts online services from the basement of her home in Falls Church, Virginia.
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During the pandemic, the practice of faith has moved to being a more personal one for many. A scholar of the Judeo-Christian tradition explains how tragedy often resulted in private piety.
Pope Francis’ comments on same-sex unions underline his commitment to justice for all.
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The pontiff hasn't changed church teaching on marriage in indicating support for same-sex civil unions. Rather, he is reminding Catholics they should be concerned about justice for all.
An homage to Samuel Paty, a teacher murdered after showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Oct. 18, 2020.
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Macron wants to 'build an Islam in France that can be compatible with the Enlightenment.' But that goal assumes France is compatible with Islam, says a Muslim scholar of religion and politics.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in Oct. 12 for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Taking oath is an important tradition before assuming charge of a public office. It entails a commitment to the future. What is the history of oath-taking?
Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate.
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If successful, Barrett would become the seventh current Supreme Court justice to be raised a Catholic, but more importantly the sixth conservative Christian.
Reading material or preparing a speech?
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Trump uses more religious terms in his set-piece addresses than any other president in the last 100 years.
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House..
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The Christian right began to coalesce around social and cultural changes in the late 1970s. A scholar explains the emergence of conspiracy theories at the time.
Sister Ardeth Platte, wearing black to honor the international Women in Black movement, being hugged by a supporter ahead of being sentenced in 2003.
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The lifelong activist and Dominican sister was arrested over 40 times, often with Sister Carol Gilbert, for peaceful actions protesting nuclear weapons.
You don’t need rose-tinted spectacles to find joy – even in the most stressful times.
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The pandemic and political turmoil have left many people feeling anxious, angry and despairing. Being open to joy might bring some respite.
Rohingya refugees wait during distribution of food items in 2017 in Bangladesh.
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A scholar who spent time in refugee camps argues that Bangladesh's culture as well as a painful history of a war in which 10 million sought refuge played a role in the country's opening up of its borders.
Above it, only skies? In it, only believers? Imagine that!
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Despite growing numbers of non-religious Americans, self-declared atheists are few and far between in the halls of power – putting the US at odds with other global democracies.
Hindu cremation being performed on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi, India.
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Hindu philosophy believes the soul to be immortal. Death is considered to be the end of only physical incarnation, as the soul continues its journey of multiple births until its final liberation.
A 19th-century engraving depicts the Angel of Death descending on Rome during the Antonine plague.
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Societies and cultures that seem ossified and entrenched can be completely upended by pandemics, which create openings for conquest, innovation and social change.
Your country needs YOU to be a critical friend.
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From medieval thinkers to James Baldwin, loving one's country has never meant you can't be critical of it too.
Voting, the right thing to do?
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'I don't like the candidates,' 'I don't know enough to make a decision,' 'I don't want to give this election legitimacy' – an ethicist takes on nonvoters.
Members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal organization, which began in Pennsylvania in 1967, holding a meeting in France.
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The Catholic charismatic movement in the United States began during the 1960s. The practices of Catholic charismatics encompass various forms of Pentecostalism.