The abyss of hell.
The meaning of hell might have changed over the centuries, but for devout Christians it remains a core part of their faith.
What does it mean for a pope to apologize?
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Popes are not infallible, yet apologies are rare.
A 1979 image that shows disciples of Rajneesh lying on the ground, in meditation at the mystic’s headquarters in Poona, India.
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A scholar explains the popular use of the label 'cult,' and what makes it problematic.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at a massive rally in his support n Moscow, March 3, 2018.
The result of Russia's upcoming election is already known: President Vladimir Putin will be re-elected. Will he be content to be a lame duck, or will he undermine democracy to suit his ambition?
Betsy DeVos, shaking hands at a school choice rally shortly before she became education secretary in 2017.
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The cycle of overpromising and disappointment has left donors, politicians and policymakers of all stripes looking to improve K-12 public schooling with an underwhelming track record.
After years of claiming they want to fix what’s wrong with public schools, education reformers are still hunting for solutions.
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The cycle of overpromising and disappointment has left donors, politicians and policymakers looking to improve K-12 public schooling with an underwhelming track record.
Many enthusiasts judge craft beer by more than its flavor.
Labels for boutique beers made by giant corporations may give the impression that a tiny craft brewery slapped them on the bottles. That confusion is by design.
Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar.
Laws like Title IX are supposed to shield athletes from abuse. But lax enforcement allows sports organizations to protect perpetrators over athletes.
Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in the world.
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There are about 2,000 billionaires in the world, controlling over $7.6 trillion. How does that compare to the income of an average American?
Pouring Saison, a classic Belgian farmhouse-style ale, at Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine.
Winemakers call the ecological factors that define their product terroir. By redefining that idea to include history and social ties, New England craft brewers have grown an industry with local roots.
Intersectionality in action: Brazilian women are organizing across class and race lines to decry inequality in a country that remains deeply ‘machista.’
Before #MeToo, Brazilian women launched #MyFirstHarrassment and marched for racial equality. Today, this feminist resurgence is tackling health care, plastic surgery, violence and more.
Cardinal Bernard Law in Rome in 2011.
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The passing of Cardinal Bernard Law is another moment to revisit the issue of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and why it remains a challenge.
Biblical principles have provided an understanding on how to help the needy.
New economic realities have raised new challenges in applying Biblical principles to economic life. But they could still provide guidance on how to help those in need and how to levy taxes.
Hanukkah was instituted in 164 B.C. to celebrate military victory, but the meaning has changed over time with the circumstances of the Jewish people.
Breaking down the big numbers.
Today's news can often involve mind-bogglingly large numbers. A math professor shares some tricks for understanding it all.
A worker cleans a statue of Vladimir Lenin in St. Petersburg. But how much Russian history gets whitewashed today?
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Because the Kremlin hopes to project strength and unity, history isn't used as much to inform as it is to inspire, with events cherry-picked to fit within a fuzzy framework of 'Russian greatness.'
It seems that Russian state media is starting to chip away at Trump’s burnished image.
The country's state-run media outlets have been quick to denounce any election meddling talk as anti-Russian hysteria. So what's behind the shift in tone?
Pope Francis talks with bishops during the Liturgical Week at the Vatican in August 2017.
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A liturgy expert explains that until the 12th century local bishops made decisions on Catholic liturgical practices even though the Catholic Mass was celebrated in Latin until 1970. How did that change?
Many religions see natural disasters as divine punishment. But, a scholar argues, it's not that simple.
Students at Ponar Forest in Lithuania, where Nazis massacred many Jews.
Daniel B. Bitran
In recent years, the number of people traveling to sites of death, natural disaster, acts of violence, tragedy and crimes against humanity has dramatically increased. Is it immoral?