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    Catholic leaders have often expressed their opposition to certain uses of science, such as anything that threatens human life. But the Church has no objection to basic scientific research itself — from it. That work is honored as trying to understand what God created — in the case of an observatory in Arizona, the entire visible universe. More

    June 3, 2005 | Comments

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    There is an old but persistent stereotype that some religious believers are so strict and stern they have no time or taste for laughter. Brad Stine is a successful performer who thinks evangelical Christianity and standup comedy can go together, and that humor can help spread faith. More

    May 27, 2005 | Comments

  • Read an interview with Norwegian jazz musician Tord Gustavsen. More

    May 20, 2005 | Comments

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    In Darfur, in western Sudan, a perfect storm of religious, racial, political, military, and environmental conflicts produced warnings of a humanitarian disaster. But that has been averted for now by a massive relief effort. The situation is still dangerous, especially because of marauding fighters called the Janjaweed, but refugees are being cared for. More

    May 13, 2005 | Comments

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    By most standards, filmmaker Gerry Straub’s career is in a tailspin. His earnings have dropped significantly, but he’s not complaining. He believes that happiness is measured not by what you earn, but by what you are able to give away. He’s let go of almost everything except his work. Straub makes documentaries about the world’s poverty, hoping it will motivate us to do something about it. More

    May 13, 2005 | Comments

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    Donnie McClurkin is a Gospel superstar whose voice is recognized around the world. But on Sunday mornings, as Pastor McClurkin, he has more local concerns — like the parking problems in his church’s neighborhood. More

    May 6, 2005 | Comments

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    Read the extended Donnie McClurkin interview.

    May 6, 2005 | Comments

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    For over 50 years, a family of New York City philanthropists has commissioned prominent artists to interpret Passover themes for the extended family’s annual seder, and now some of the remarkable results are available for all to see at the New York Public Library. More

    April 29, 2005 | Comments

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    Before World War II, 80 percent of the residents Dzialoszyce were Jewish. Then came the Nazi Holocaust, and the few Jews who returned after the war were killed by Poles. Menachem Daum is a filmmaker, the son of Holocaust survivors, who grew up hearing stories about Polish anti-Semitism. Daum visited Dzialoszyce with his two sons to learn about the Jews who once lived there and anti-Semitism today.

    April 29, 2005 | Comments

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    We visited the prayer shawl ministry at St. James Episcopal Church in Lothian, Maryland, where members gather to knit and crochet shawls they hope will provide not only physical warmth but spiritual comfort as well. More

    April 29, 2005 | Comments