Health & Lifestyle

Like Joe Biden, many Catholics find the rosary to be a comfort and anchor in crisis

By Bob Smietana — November 23, 2020

(RNS) — Long a staple of Catholic life, the rosary is back in the spotlight with the election of Joe Biden, who will become America’s second Catholic president.

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Fauci and Collins dispense Thanksgiving COVID-19 advice at cathedral forum

By Adelle M. Banks — November 13, 2020

(RNS) — Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci advised weighing the risks. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said he’s skipping the family gathering this year.

Dying ‘the Buddhist way’ gains in hospice centers in the West

By Ken Chitwood — November 12, 2020

(RNS) — The emergence of Buddhist-oriented hospices in the U.S. and elsewhere is said to show a dissatisfaction with conventional Western views of life and death.

Stressed by COVID, online seekers discover Buddhism’s calming practice

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — November 10, 2020

(RNS) — Buddhist teachings about suffering and the impermanence of all things, many find, have particular relevance in this moment.

Ben Carson, Seventh-day Adventist, tests positive for coronavirus

By Jack Jenkins — November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Seventh-day Adventist website stresses health as a spiritual concern, saying, ‘we believe God calls us to care for our bodies, treating them with the respect a divine creation deserves.’

Study finds that queer Christians quit the church twice as much as others

By Kathryn Post — November 6, 2020

(RNS) — A study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion strongly associated queer identity with a decision to attend church less frequently or stop going altogether.

A former Catholic school-turned-Nashville swingers club is reborn as homeless shelter

By Bob Smietana — November 5, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Churches and other faith-based groups form the backbone of the emergency shelter system for the homeless. But COVID-19 means many shelters are having to shut down or find creative ways to open.

North Carolina Pentecostal church ordered to close after coronavirus outbreak

By Yonat Shimron — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — An abatement order was issued for the United House of Prayer for All People after an outbreak of COVID-19 led to more than 121 cases and at least three deaths.

My child with Down syndrome is not a political statement — and neither is Amy Coney Barrett’s

By Amy Julia Becker — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — We stay mired in our polarized political corners if we view women’s choices primarily as political statements when they in fact reflect ethical decisions made in the context of social forces.

In Disney’s ‘Clouds,’ Justin Baldoni makes a teen cancer movie about joy

By Paul O'Donnell — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — Justin Baldoni, best known for his role on the CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin’, has modeled his career of late around Western culture’s allergy to talking about death.

COVID-19, food crisis give new life to ancient practice of gleaning

By Elizabeth E. Evans — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — In recent years, gleaning has made a comeback as a solution to the problems of persistent hunger and the lack of fresh produce options.

Michael Hebb, a death wellness expert, wants people to plan for their end

By Yonat Shimron — October 21, 2020

(RNS) — ‘With the coronavirus there’s been an incredible wake-up call to our mortality,’ said Hebb, who has created resources to help people learn how to plan for it and support loved ones who may be nearing the end of life.

Hasidic Jews feel like the only minority New York officials are comfortable targeting

By Menachem Wecker — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — ‘We’re an easy target. The last remaining group that it’s acceptable to target and vilify are Orthodox Jews,’ said Barry Spitzer, who represents the Brooklyn neighborhood Borough Park and is the first Hasidic district manager in the state.

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