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.
Clergy sex abuse was among the biggest religion stories of 2018. In this photo, a demonstrator holds up a protest sign at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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For scholars, researching the Catholic Church can mean a laborious process involving several years. And talking to survivors of clergy sex abuse can carry its own pain and personal toll.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
Ilhan Omar, a Somali American, who was elected from Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, will be the first woman in U.S. Congress to wear a hijab.
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The de Young Museum of San Francisco recently opened an exhibit devoted to the Islamic fashion scene. Here's how Muslim women's fashions challenge popular stereotypes.
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.
Evangelicals of color are among the fastest growing segments of the American population.
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Two of the fastest growing segments of the American population Latino and Asian-American voters - also are part of evangelical America. Their views on immigration are very different.
A colorful Martin Luther figure, part of an exhibition in Germany, in 2017.
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On Oct. 31, 1517, a German monk, Martin Luther, started the Protestant Reformation. Its impact went far beyond the split in the Church that most people are familiar with.
Rally organized by HIAS, a Jewish group that supports refugees, outside the White House.
The idea of welcoming the stranger is central to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Today, that engenders a responsibility to shield refugees and other immigrants from violence and oppression.
A conservator works with a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls containing Psalm 145 at The Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia.
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Five of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Museum of Bible were found to be forged. The scrolls are considered priceless. Here's why.
People place flowers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
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After the killing of 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, a scholar explains why this hate crime reminds her of the political climate between the two world wars in the US.
A Halloween ghost.
Ghost stories are often about the departed seeking justice for an earthly wrong. Their sightings are a reminder that ethics and morality transcend our lives.
The Floating Mosque of Palu that survived after the earthquake.
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A majority of the over 24 mosques spread over Palu were damaged in the tsunami. Two of them survived, though one of them is gradually sinking.
Member of the Coalition of Catholics and Survivors hold a protesting outside the Boston archbishop’s residence in 2003.
While the problem of priestly abuse might be centuries old, its modern paper trail began after World War II, when 'treatment centers' appeared for rehabilitating priests. Many were send to New Mexico.
Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
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The National Council of Churches, which represents 38 Christian denominations, has long been the voice of progressive religion. But over the years, its influence has waned.