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It was a week of prayers and pleas for peace and gestures of reconciliation to all sides in the Holy Land.
For most of its history, Christianity had a powerful representation in Europe, Africa, and Asia, and much of what is now referred to as "the Islamic world" was once Christian, according to the latest book by Penn State history and religious studies professor Philip Jenkins.
Christianitiy is one of the ancient religious traditions of India, and scholars are searching for manuscript evidence to document its early roots there.
"My lifelong belief is that love and death interwoven are the heartstrings of religion. The greatest of all truths is that love never dies. The opposite of love is not death. It is fear."