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The world’s largest Muslim pilgrimage site? Not Mecca, but the Shiite shrine in Karbala

By Edith Szanto — September 9, 2020

(The Conversation) — Every year, Shiite Muslims mark the death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussain with a mourning period that lasts a total of 50 days. Ashura, the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the day Hussain died. For millions of Shiites, this mourning period culminates in a pilgrimage to Karbala in […]

Decades-old Hindu pilgrimage, aided by Modi government, takes a populist turn

By Kalpana Jain — September 23, 2019

VARANASI, India (RNS) — Religious fervor, supported and aided by India’s right-wing Modi government, is on the rise among some blocs of millennials in India.

Pope Francis of Assisi? A pontiff boosts the birthplace of a saint

By Josephine McKenna — September 15, 2016

ASSISI, Italy (RNS) When the pontiff visits this Umbrian hilltown next week it will mark the third time in less than four years — and locals couldn’t be happier.

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