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Joanne M. Pierce

Joanne M. Pierce is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Joanne M. Pierce

Why parts of Good Friday worship have been controversial

By Joanne M. Pierce — March 31, 2021
(The Conversation) — Prayers for Jews and veneration of the cross are often misunderstood as anti-Semitic or racist.

US army chaplain Emil Kapaun advancing toward sainthood

By Joanne M. Pierce — March 10, 2021
(The Conversation) — Can the Catholic Church canonize someone whose spiritual heroism came during the violence of war?

What are the origins of Lent?

By Joanne M. Pierce — February 22, 2021
(The Conversation) — The word “Lent” has Germanic roots referring to springtime. But not much is known about its origins as the religious observance.

What is hell?

By Joanne M. Pierce — April 18, 2018
(The Conversation) — The Christian belief in hell has developed over the centuries, influenced by both Jewish and Greek ideas of the afterlife.

Why the legacy of Shakers will endure

By Joanne M. Pierce — January 18, 2017
Marked as it may be by sadness, perhaps their inevitable individual “death” is necessary in order to reach their fullest bloom and bear their richest fruit within the culture that survives them.
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