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Death & Dying

Most Americans today are choosing cremation – here’s why burials are becoming less common

By David Sloane — August 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — As late as 1970, only about 5% of Americans chose to be cremated. In 2020, more than 56% Americans opted for it.
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Indiana Rep. Walorski’s work called “mission” during funeral

By Associated Press — August 12, 2022
GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke about Walorski’s work as a Christian missionary in Romania with her husband, as the director of a local humane society and as a television news reporter before entering politics.

Afghan man charged in killing of 2 Muslims in Albuquerque

By Stefanie Dazio and Mariam Fam — August 9, 2022
Naeem Hussain was killed Friday night, and the three other men died in ambush shootings. Police in New Mexico’s largest city are trying to determine if the deaths are linked.

Albuquerque killings send fear through Islamic communities

By Mariam Fam and Stefanie Dazio — August 8, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Earlier this week, police confirmed that local detectives and federal law enforcement officers were looking for possible ties among the separate crimes.

Wisconsin megachurch pastor Stuart Briscoe, lifelong broadcast evangelist, dies at 91

By Riley Farrell — August 5, 2022
(RNS) — His Wisconsin church remains the largest in the state, and his media ministry, 'Telling the Truth,' continues to broadcast online and on the radio.

Salvadoran Archbishop praises government crackdown on gangs

By Associated Press — August 1, 2022
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s gangs, which have been estimated to count some 70,000 members in their ranks, have long controlled swaths of territory and extorted and killed with impunity.

Expansions on euthanasia should be sounding alarm bells for us all

By Avi Shafran — July 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘In our utilitarian and utopian zeal, the right to die today may become the duty to die tomorrow,’ warns Toronto physician Mark D’Souza.

Life in Lviv: Ukrainian priest on funerals, food aid and prayers for victory

By Marika Proctor — July 13, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. Oleksiy Zavada, a Ukrainian Catholic priest, describes how life in western Ukraine carries constant reminders of the realities of war on the front lines. 

Blaming ‘evil’ for mass violence isn’t as simple as it seems – a philosopher unpacks the paradox in using the word

By Elise Springer — June 15, 2022
(The Conversation) — The word ‘evil’ sends a clear message – or does it? There are deep tensions in what the word means, and what it can accomplish.

Jesuits in moment of silence in Mexico for murdered priests

By Associated Press — July 11, 2022
MEXICO CITY (AP) —The Jesuits were shot to death in the small church in the town of Cerocahui.

Judge: Execution can’t proceed without religious requests

By Juan A. Lozano — July 7, 2022
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials granted all of Gonzales’ requests except for allowing his spiritual adviser to hold his hand.

High court: States must allow prayer, touch in executions

By Jessica Gresko — March 25, 2022
(AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts' opinion also urged states to think about the religious needs of inmates in the context of executions and proactively adopt policies.

Iraqi baby buried as death toll in EU-Belarus crisis grows

By Vanessa Gera — November 24, 2021
Poland has ordered a state of emergency along its border to stop migrants from coming through, and to keep family — or smugglers — from approaching the border to facilitate their travel further west.
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