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JD Vance, who has many of the same policy positions that many American Catholic conservatives hold, at a rally in Ohio in 2021. AP Photo/Jeff Dean

What is Catholic Integralism?

Catholic Integralists believe that religious values – specifically Christian ones – should guide government policies. They oppose liberalism, which they view as valuing individualism and liberty.
People gather for Pagan sunrise celebrations in Ireland, on the morning of the winter solstice. Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images

Yule – a celebration of the return of light and warmth

Yule, celebrated by Wiccans and many other Pagans in the Northern Hemisphere on Dec. 21, the day of the winter solstice, is a time for reflection.
Widespread skepticism toward COVID-19 vaccines took some scientists by surprise. Eric Lee/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Religion shapes vaccine views – but how exactly? Our analysis looks at ideas about God and beliefs about the Bible

Specific beliefs may have more to do with people’s vaccine views than their religious affiliation – but it depends on which vaccine you’re talking about.
An artist’s impression of Ghana’s envisioned National Cathedral. Image courtesy www.nationalcathedralghana.org

Ghana’s plan for a grand new national cathedral is controversial - but will it attract pilgrims and tourists?

Globally, visiting religious destinations and sites for pilgrimage by religious faithful and tourists has gained recognition.
Supporters of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party describe their presidential candidate and his running mate as unifiers because of their ethnic and religious mix. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Nigeria’s election: six dangers of mixing religion with politics

Damage to the fragile Nigerian state is one possible fallout of mixing religion with politics.
The pagan tradition of celebrating the winter solstice with bonfires on Dec. 21 inspired the early Christian celebrations of Christmas. Gpointstudio/ Image Source via Getty Images

How Christmas became an American holiday tradition, with a Santa Claus, gifts and a tree

Christmas was popularized in the United States during the American Civil War, when Harper’s Weekly featured the image of Santa Claus visiting the Union Army on its front page.

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