Topic: Belief and Practice

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    St. John's University history professor John Rao, a traditionalist Roman Catholic, has made the three-day pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres Cathedral more than half a dozen times and says the experience is filled with ritual, ceremony, and spiritual fervor.

    June 11, 2010 | Comments

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    Watch religion scholar Stephen Prothero, author of the new book “God Is Not One,” discuss why all religions are not different paths to the same God and why distinctions among religions matter. More

    May 10, 2010 | Comments

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    “It’s affixed and not movable, because that’s like God is—our rock, always there, always affixed to our hearts,” says Rabbi Tamara Miller. More

    April 9, 2010 | Comments

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    Because of differing church calendars, Western and Eastern Christians usually celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on different dates. Over the centuries, distinct Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Holy Week practices have developed. However, both Orthodox and Western Christians say celebration of the Resurrection is the most important event on the church calendar. More

    April 2, 2010 | Comments

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    Read Pamela Greenberg’s new translation of Psalm 136, which is one of the psalms of praise recited at many Passover seders. More

    March 25, 2010 | Comments

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    Burning palms and imposing ashes at the beginning of Lent reminds us of our human frailty, says Pastor Steve Buechler of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. More

    February 12, 2010 | Comments

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    Saint Nicholas is remembered by Christians on December 6 as a protector of those in need and a model of the true meaning of Christmas. More

    December 4, 2009 | Comments

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    Hindu goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswathi are worshipped and honored with fire, water, prayers, chants, and other offerings. More

    October 2, 2009 | Comments

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    Rabbi Irwin Kula of the National Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership says Yom Kippur and the High Holidays are about life, not death. The paradox, he says, is that “one of the great ways to focus ourselves on life is to think about death.” More

    September 25, 2009 | Comments

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    Read new translations of three psalms that are part of the liturgy of the Jewish High Holy Days. More

    September 25, 2009 | Comments

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