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Religion & Ethics Newsweekly Video: Painting icons

This week, Orthodox Christians mark the final days of Great Lent, a time of repentance, fasting, and prayer in preparation for Orthodox Easter, or Pascha, on May 5. Iconographer Seraphim O’Keefe talks about how icons play a role similar to fasting in the Orthodox tradition.

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Refugee finds his own church ‘sanctuary’

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (RNS) Saul Timisela spends his days in a Sunday school classroom, with a small bed and a rack on which to dry his laundry. The room is decorated with cards from children expressing their love. “It is my home and I love it,” says Timisela, who's been seeking sanctuary to avoid deportation back to Indonesia. By Bob Braun.