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Fasting may have become a health fad, but religious communities have been doing it for millennia

By Iqbal Akhtar — July 30, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar of religion explains the wisdom religious traditions provide on the practice of fasting.
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Why Reform Jewish leaders support H.R. 40, the federal reparations bill

By Deitra Reiser, Hannah Goldstein, Sarah Bassin — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — If we wish to redeem the soul of America, our efforts at earnest truth-telling must result in equally serious attempts to provide redress for past and ongoing harms through reparations.

Running on ‘Stop the Steal,’ the GOP goes all in on presidential sedevacantism

By Mark Silk — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — It's our version of the traditionalist Catholic delegitimizing of the pope.

Not everyone cheered the ancient Olympic games, but the sacred games brought together rival societies

By Joel Christensen — July 28, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar of ancient Greek literature explains what the Olympics of modern day have in common with the 776 B.C. games at Olympia.

Who gets to unplug the pope?

By Thomas Reese — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — Even a pope needs a medical directive.

Taliban ‘has not changed,’ say women facing subjugation in areas of Afghanistan under its extremist rule

By Mona Tajali, Homa Hoodfar — July 27, 2021
(The Conversation) — Burqas and male chaperones for women were features of the Taliban’s extremist rule of Afghanistan in the 1990s. Those policies are now back in some districts controlled by these Islamic militants.

Why the Ben & Jerry’s meltdown?

By Jeffrey Salkin — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — Yes, the boycott is problematic. And it could have been worse.

Bob Moses, civil rights leader, led us to imagine the end of racism

By A. James Rudin — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — The great educator and civil rights leader reminds us that there may be no more noble cause than democracy.

Joy and grief will coexist as Americans return to pre-pandemic life – ‘everyday memorials’ will help

By David Sloane — July 26, 2021
(The Conversation) — Many people are starting to celebrate the return to a pre-pandemic life. How does that feel to those who have suffered losses and are still grieving?

On Tisha B’av, the meaning of Tree of Life revealed

By Beth Kissileff — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Some ideas for the architect who will rebuild the site of the Pittsburgh massacre.

How limiting Latin Mass may become the defining moment for Pope Francis

By Steven P. Millies — July 23, 2021
(The Conversation) — Pope Benedict XVI expanded the Latin Mass in 2007 in an olive branch to traditionalists. His successor hopes reversing that decision may better serve unity in the church.

In times of stress, turning to contemplation can be helpful – here’s why religions emphasize rest

By Kristen Lucken — July 23, 2021
(The Conversation) — Most religions have periods of rest incorporated into their practice. Medical science has affirmed that short periods of contemplation can have benefits for one's physical and mental health.

Confessions of an exhausted Catholic

By John Gehring — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — The Catholic narrative in public life has become a soul-wearying experience.
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