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Lent is a period of fasting and reflection for many Chistians. Pascal Deloche/Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

What are the origins of Lent?

The 40-day Lenten season, when many Christians observe fasting, began in mid-February. A scholar explains how the practice may have emerged around the fifth century.
Entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, burial place of the founder of the Bahá’í faith, near Acre, Israel. Bahá’í World News Service © Bahá'í International Community

Who are the Baha'is and why are they so persecuted?

The Baha'i faith originated in Iran and today has 100,000 communities across the globe, including the United States. Here is their history.
Crosses placed in memory of those killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas on Nov. 6, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Mass shootings in America: 4 essential reads

Four articles from The Conversation archive offer insight on mass shootings in America.

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