BOSTON (RNS) — At least 30 gravestones were desecrated with swastikas and anti-Semitic messages at the Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River, Mass., over the weekend.
SAN ANDRÉS MIXQUIC, Mexico (RNS) — In Mexican families, the remembrance of loved ones is so frequent and natural that it can seem as if the deceased has never died.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Tunnels stretching more than a kilometer (half-mile) in length beneath Jerusalem's main cemetery have been carefully dug over the past two years to make room for some 22,000 graves — enough space to meet the city's needs for the next decade.
ROME (RNS) Researchers say the absence of headstones was a result of decrees issued by Pope Urban VIII, who ruled in 1625 that Jews be buried in unmarked graves and ordered headstones to be removed from existing graves.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) I saw with my own eyes evidence of the darkness of hatred that can enfold us, and I saw with my own eyes the sparks of light and love that shine even more brightly when darkness is thickest.
You desecrate a cemetery — you desecrate God. Any questions?
(RNS) 'We actually have to convince the administration that bigotry against Muslims is wrong,' said Dalia Mogahed, a Muslim researcher and activist.
(RNS) That's what Islamophobia is really about: You don't belong here. This is our land, our water, our beliefs, our country.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) The vote against the proposed 80-plot cemetery on an old farm site would have served a congregation of Bosnian Muslims.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The bill was suggested by Jewish groups who pointed out the frequent desecration of Jewish cemeteries abroad, especially in nations that once had significant Jewish populations.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In the first century B.C., a grassy hillside just north of what is now St. Peter's Square was used as a burial place for local Romans. Now the Vatican is ready to let the public see what it uncovered there.
(RNS) No one wants to talk about death at the dinner table, says Lizzy Miles, a social worker in Columbus, Ohio. But sometimes people need to talk about the "taboo'' topic. Hence the birth of "death cafes.''