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Notes from the Field: Bathing at the Grotto (Lourdes)

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Sacred Journeys
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Take a look inside the baths at the grotto and hear from American pilgrims how they feel before and after taking part in this ritual. Continue


Churches and Conversations on Race

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"We need to grow in understanding. We haven’t listened to the young people, churches included, and so when I say “listen” I really mean listen to the stories of the young people," says Lisa Sharon Harper of the Christian social action group Sojourners, "because they are ones bearing the brunt of most of the crisis we’re experiencing." Continue


Hanukkah Reignited

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"We wanted to make it clear that this wasn’t going to be just another Hanukkah program," says Rabbi Burt Visotzky of the Jewish Theological Seminary. "We wanted it to be a mix. We wanted there to be music, we wanted there to be fun." Continue


War and Human Rights in Colombia

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"We lived our life feeling comfortable, in a way, with conflict. It was always there, so maybe we don’t know how it is to live without it," says Paula Gaviria of the Colombia Victims' Unit for Attention and Reparation. "Only people who have suffered conflict, like victims, are the ones that really know that peace needs to be made." Continue


Lourdes

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Lourdes has become one of the holiest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, visited annually by more than five million people who come in search of healing from its sacred waters. Since the end of World War II, soldiers from around the world have journeyed to Lourdes seeking healing and unity with one another at a week-long gathering known as the International Military Pilgrimage. Continue


Notes from the Field: Buddhism (Shikoku)

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Take a closer look at one of the fastest growing religions in the world, Buddhism, and the man who made it accessible to the masses to better understand the meaning that henro find in the pilgrimage to Shikoku. Continue


Pope Francis Trip to Turkey

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"East and West are not contradictory to each other. They are part of the same body,” says Metropolitan Elpidophoros, a bishop in the Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul. “And in the last years, thank God, we have extremely good relations." Continue


Churches and Race; War in Colombia; Pilgrimages; Hanukkah

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Churches and Conversations on Race; War and Human Rights in Columbia; Bruce Feiler on Religious Pilgrimages; Hanukkah Reignited at Jewish Theological Seminary Continue


Bruce Feiler Extended Interview

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Watch more of our conversation with Bruce Feiler on his journey to Lourdes with wounded warriors, on pilgrimage as movement, and on the power of pilgrimage as “a walk that has been ground into the stones, the dirt, the path.” Continue


Bruce Feiler on Religious Pilgrimages

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Sacred journeys, says author Bruce Feiler, are “this experience of trying to get closer to God. There is so much noise in our lives; sometimes in order to hear you have to step away from that ordinary life and open yourself to the extraordinary." Continue


Shikoku

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The Japanese island of Shikoku is the birthplace of the most revered figure in Japanese Buddhism, the monk and teacher Kobo-Daishi. For hundreds of years, a 750-mile pilgrimage route has circled this mountainous island, connecting 88 separate temples and shrines that claim connection to Daishi, also known as the Great Master. Continue


Closer to Truth - Series Overview

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Created and hosted by Robert Lawrence Kuhn and directed by award-winning producer/director, Peter Getzels, Closer To Truth is a television series about cosmos, consciousness and meaning. The series explores fundamental issues of universe, brain/mind, religion, meaning and purpose through candid conversations with leading scientists, philosophers, scholars, theologians and creative thinkers. Continue


Notes from the Field: Medina (The Hajj)

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Explore the city of Medina and learn about the prophet Muhammad. Continue


Notes from the Field: Who was Bernadette? (Lourdes)

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On Feb 11, 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette was gathering firewood beside the river near the grotto Massabielle when she said she first saw the unidentified apparition. Bernadette said that over time, the apparition eventually identified itself as the Immaculate Conception. What was the Catholic Church’s reactions to this ordinary girl’s extraordinary experiences? Take a look. Continue


Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica

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Since apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe first took place in 1531, she has been a companion throughout important events in Mexico’s national history, says Monsignor Jorge Antonio Palencia. “Our Lady has accompanied the nation across the foundation, through the independence movement, then through the revolution movement." Continue


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