June 25th, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Documentary attempts to answer life’s biggest questions

Roger Nygard was seven years old when he first realized he was going to die.

He had found the entry on tuberculosis inside his family’s medical encyclopedia one day and it appeared that he was exhibiting all the symptoms noted in the book: coughing, fatigue, and sleepiness.

The young Nygard aptly put on his winter suit on that cold Minnesota night and went outside by the lake across from his home to wait for death to come. After twenty minutes though, his feet got cold and he decided to go back inside to have dinner.

You can see a trailer for the documentary here.

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Filed under: Atheism • Buddhism • Christianity • Confucianism • Culture & Science • Faith • Interfaith issues • Traditions

June 25th, 2010
01:51 PM ET

My take: The economic draft

Editor's Note: Shane Claiborne is an author and activist and one of the architects of a community in Philadelphia called The Simple Way. Shane worked in India alongside Mother Teresa and has spent time in Iraq with the Christian Peacemaker Team during the recent war. His books include Jesus for President, Follow Me to Freedom, and bestselling Irresistible Revolution. Check out more at: www.thesimpleway.org.

By Shane Claiborne, Special to CNN

It’s been graduation season here in Philadelphia. Cars honking, people yelling, balloons everywhere … Folks in my neighborhood know how to celebrate a graduation, because it means that some teenager has beaten the odds, and triumphed over all the obstacles.

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Filed under: Christianity • Opinion

June 25th, 2010
11:24 AM ET

Vatican expresses shock over police raids following sex abuse claims

The Vatican is expressing "shock" over the manner in which raids were carried out Thursday in Belgium following accusations of child sex abuse involving church figures.

The Vatican in a statement Friday registered "strong shock for the manner in which some of the raids were carried out yesterday by the judicial Belgian authorities" and expressed indignation that two cardinals' tombs were violated.


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Filed under: Catholic Church • Sex abuse

June 25th, 2010
09:08 AM ET

Photo spotlight: 'Mud people festival'

Catholic devotees in Aliaga, Philippines listen to Mass while covered in mud and leaves during the Taong Putik Festival or "Mud People Festival," on Friday, June 24. They cover themselves in mud, banana leaves, twigs and vines to emulate John the Baptist's disguised appearance when he baptized Jesus Christ, according to the Bible.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Culture & Science • Traditions

June 25th, 2010
08:37 AM ET

Dealing with the anniversary of a loved one's death

In Judaism, the Yahrzeit is the commemoration of the day of someone's death, according to the Hebrew calendar. Mourners recite the Kaddish prayer three times that day, go to synagogue and light a candle that burns for 24 hours. Outside the Jewish faith, the concept of an annual ritual to remember a loved one's death can be as simple as reading a book or having a family meal. Full Story

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Filed under: Faith • Traditions

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