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An 'Intimate Portrait' Of Dorothy Day, The Catholic Activist With A Bohemian Past

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:53:00 -0400

Kate Hennessy drew from family letters, diaries and memories in writing Dorothy Day, a biography of her late grandmother. Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and is now a candidate for sainthood.

Israel Arrests Man Suspected In Wave Of Bomb Threats Against Jewish Centers

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:49:00 -0400

The man in his late teens is the "primary suspect" in the case, according to authorities. Scores of bomb threats were phoned in to Jewish community centers across the U.S. over the past few months.

For Afghan Immigrants, Nowruz Celebrations Of Spring Are A Taste Of Home

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:01:00 -0400

Celebrating this ancient festival was banned under the Taliban. For refugees and immigrants in America, the holiday and the feasts that accompany it are an important cultural link to Afghanistan.

Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:05:00 -0400

Jesus' tomb has been freshened up in time for Easter. "This monument today is free," said Antonia Moropoulou, who led the Greek team that handled the renovations.

The Vatican Sends Its Social Media Guru To SXSW Festival

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:01:00 -0400

Bishop Paul Tighe, the Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, was a member of the Vatican's inaugural panel at the Austin fest. He discusses the Catholic Church's social media role.

The Rise Of Secularism And The Alt-Right

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:12:26 -0400

More Americans are no longer affiliated with a religious institution. Peter Beinart of The Atlantic tells NPR's Scott Simon how that rise in secularism contributed to the rise of Donald Trump.

Move Over, St. Patrick: St. Joseph's Feast Is When Italians Parade

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

The wearing of the red honors the patron saint of Sicily. But the real celebrating centers around extravagant altars filled with traditional food, religious symbols and tributes to loved ones.

The New Rulings Against Trump's Travel Ban: What Was Blocked And Why

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:15:00 -0400

Judges in Maryland, Hawaii struck blows against a new attempt to bar residents of six mostly-Muslim nations from entering the U.S. A judge in Washington state won't extend a suspension to the new ban.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Has A New Adversary — The Church

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:34:00 -0400

The profanity-prone president and his country's Catholic Church are at loggerheads, mostly over Duterte's war on drugs, which has killed more than 7,500 people in less than a year.

Religious Communities Continue The Long Tradition Of Offering Sanctuary

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

As a response to immigration enforcement, religious communities are preparing to shelter people at risk of deportation. They're drawing on the ancient tradition of offering sanctuary for refugees.

Employers' Hijab Ban Isn't 'Direct Discrimination,' European Court Says

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:27:00 -0400

When she was hired in 2003, a receptionist didn't wear a hijab to work. Her attempts to wear one three years later resulted in her being fired.

Matzo Makeover: Can The Bread Of Affliction Become A Snack Addiction?

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:25:00 -0400

A pair of longtime pals are trying to cheer up the flavorless Passover staple by creating an artisanal matzo that (hopefully) jumps right into the market aisle with all of the other cool crackers.

Youth Hold 'Meet A Muslim' Events To Encourage People To Learn About Each Other

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:56:00 -0500

A Muslim youth organization held an event on Saturday that they called "Meet a Muslim." The idea is to encourage people to talk and learn about each other.

Jewish Synagogues Celebrate Purim With Plays

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:29:43 -0500

The Jewish holiday Purim begins tonight. The celebration involves a reenacting of a story and it's called a Purim spiel. But they don't always stick to the past.

Christians Turn To Podcasts To Say Things They Can't Say In Church

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 18:12:00 -0500

Toby Morrell and Mike McHargue are among a seemingly growing trend of ex-pastors, musicians and authors who are bucking Christian theology through podcasts.