US Navy employees receive the sacramental ashes during an Ash Wednesday celebration.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian May
The day that begins the Lenten season is called Ash Wednesday. Here's why it holds deep religious significance for Christians.
Southern Baptist Convention messengers hold signs during a rally protesting the convention’s treatment of women in 2018.
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Recent media reports point to years of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist pastors. An expert writes why a long culture of women's submission is responsible for this crisis.
Cardinal Pell is the most senior Catholic cleric to be charged with child sex abuse.
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While Pope Francis has publicly acknowledged sexual abuse by clergy, the hierarchical structure of the Catholic Church still makes it difficult to report and address cases of abuse.
A still from Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ.
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When it was released 15 years ago, Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ,' was a box-office success. The theme of Jesus has been a successful one that many filmmakers around the globe have cashed in on.
St Augustine Catholic Church Archive.
Catholic Church records document the earliest black history in the US, going back to the 1590s. These records tell the histories of Africans, free and enslaved, who were part of Spanish expeditions.
Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington D.C., prays during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2011.
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In the Catholic understanding, priesthood is not simply a job that a someone can be fired from. Ordination is a deeply spiritual ceremony that is believed to transfer the power of the Holy Spirit.
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests protest against clergy sex abuse in Los Angeles in 2010.
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The Catholic survivor movement in the United States was founded by two women: Jeanne Miller and Marilyn Steffel, in the late 1980s. It has taken close to 30 years for the Vatican to take action.
Pope Francis sits during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia at the Vatican in December 2018.
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Pope Francis is meeting bishops for a global summit to discuss sexual abuse by clergy. Such a response, says an expert, is part of a past pattern, unlikely to bring a lasting change.
President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton, during the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.
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Presidents Day celebrates the American president – not only as a political leader, but as a moral leader. But can a president be a person of strong moral character, as well as a strong leader?
Missionary nuns in a Congolese military camp in 1960.
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The term refers to passages in the Christian gospels, in which Jesus urges his apostles to make 'disciples of all nations.' Later, it became a prime motivator of missionary efforts.
A Bible class at a Georgia high school in 2011.
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Many states are planning to introduce Bible literacy classes in schools. These classes have a long and acrimonious history.
A student on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, trying out the hijab on World Hijab Day, 2017.
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For Muslim women, the hijab is not simply about religion. They may wear it for a variety of reasons. On World Hijab Day. women – Muslim and non-Muslim, are invited to experience this head covering.
Educators can use story-telling to make students more politically aware.
Election campaigns inspire hope, but they can also quickly lead to political despair. A scholar says young citizens can learn how to take positive action and stay hopeful.
Food donated for TSA workers who continue to work without pay.
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As people say thanks to those who are turning up for work without being paid, an expert explains what true gratitude really means.
Wounded Knee Memorial at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
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Wounded Knee is among the worst massacres in Native American history, when in 1890 the US military shot and killed 146 unarmed men, women and children in South Dakota.
For many Muslim women, a hijab is a way of expressing resistance.
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Hijab is not simply about religion – women wear it for a variety of reasons.
Elizabeth Ann Seton shrine.
Elizabeth Seton was canonized in 1975 as a saint. Charities founded by her continue her work with poor immigrants.
A woman holds up a quilt with photos of people who say they were abused as children by priests, in San Diego, 2007.
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There is rich Catholic heritage of resistance. Catholic protesters have used powerful religious symbols, including vials of their own blood, as an extension of Christ's blood, to demand change.
Clergy sex abuse was among the biggest religion stories of 2018. In this photo, a demonstrator holds up a protest sign at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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For scholars, researching the Catholic Church can mean a laborious process involving several years. And talking to survivors of clergy sex abuse can carry its own pain and personal toll.
Catnip induces changes in cat behavior.
Catnip can induce changes in cat behavior. An expert argues that giving it to cats raises questions about human power and animal autonomy.