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Rubble from demolished buildings cover a temple in Varanasi, India, on Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Need to know: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Refurbishing holy site, India's Modi levels ancient spiritual landscape

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 'dream project' at an 18th-century shrine to Lord Shiva has swept up monasteries, old-age homes and shops that had existed for generations.

Supporters of hospitalized Christian author pool funds to cover medical costs

Friends, family and supporters of prominent Christian author Rachel Held Evans are pooling funds to help cover her medical expenses after she was hospitalized over the weekend and placed into a medically induced coma.

In Mexico, Holy Week penitents continue bloody 16th-century traditions of absolution

The celebration of Holy Week in this colonial town southwest of Mexico City is one of the most dramatic and shocking in the country.

Cohousing communities hope to offer antidote to America's epidemic of loneliness

In a time of social isolation and loneliness, co-housing communities are on the rise. Residents say life together has challenges but offers many rewards.

World's oldest marathoner, at 108, is a model of more than simply stamina

The 108-year-old's record-breaking running career traverses key issues like classism, racism, literacy bias, ableism and ageism, writes Simran Jeet Singh.

Angry metro clergy await homosexuality decision from United Methodist Church

Right after a governing body of the United Methodist Church in February approved keeping the denomination’s ban on gay clergy and on any clergy officiating at same-sex weddings, the Rev. Tex Sample of Trinity United Methodist Church in Midtown Kansas City was indignant and defiant.

 

 

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