(The Conversation) — While Halloween has its origins in Christian tradition, Day of the Dead is a mix of a thriving indigenous culture and the religion of its 16th-century conquerers.
(The Conversation) — Evidence suggests that cannabis prohibition over the past 50 years has disproportionately punished France’s Muslim minority.
(USA Today Network) — The race to colonize Mars is underway, but one astronomy professor thinks we should slow down and figure out if there is life on Earth's planetary neighbor before our exploration destroys it.
(RNS) Some of Junipero Serra’s sharpest critics say he was part of an imperial conquest that beat and enslaved Native Americans, raped their women, and destroyed their culture.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) A call for greater acceptance of gays and lesbians has put African and Western churches on a collision course, as some African clerics liken mounting criticism from the U.S. and Europe to a new wave of colonization by the West.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) Kateri Tekakwitha on Sunday was declared the first Native American saint, and while some see her story as an affirmation of Native Americans' place in the Catholic Church, others view it as the result of the excesses and arrogance of colonialism. By Renee K. Gadoua.