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Join us as we travel down all 6,374.9 miles of our city's streets, every alleyway and quite a few hallways to map and photograph every religious site and to interview clergy and lay leaders at the sites.

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“Here! Horrible! Me!” A Video African Prayer in the South Bronx

Mousama’s simple but powerful prayer translated from Wusulu (a language spoken in the country of Mali and elsewhere).

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Did NYC come from Potbelly Hill? Updated 2016

Did NYC come from Potbelly Hill? Updated 2016

Is religion the cradle of civilization?

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Sunday News: religious events & people around the world that affect New Yorkers

Sunday News: religious events & people around the world that affect New Yorkers

Secularist policing in France. Vatican & secularist Chinese govt in negotiations.

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OpEd: Is the public school a religion-free zone?

OpEd: Is the public school a religion-free zone?

There is a mythology that in the public schools religion cannot be mentioned, the Bible can't be taught, and religious expression is prohibited. As we ...

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Immigrant ruins: churches regroup as Brazilians leave the city

Immigrant ruins: churches regroup as Brazilians leave the city

What if the anti-immigrant forces have their way? What would New York City faith look like? What happened by 2013 among Brazilian churches gives a ...

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From Danceteria to The JCC: ‘70’s child, Rabbi’s daughter Shira Dicker finally had a Bat Mitzvah (party)

From Danceteria to The JCC: ‘70’s child, Rabbi’s daughter Shira Dicker finally had a Bat Mitzvah (party)

A teenager of the 1970s who rebelled against the more conservative Jewish conventions is revisiting the “disco Judaism” of her h.s & college years. From ...

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn has begun!

  • Judge closes hearing in Charleston church shooting trial

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A hearing on suppressing evidence in the Charleston church shooting trial will be closed because an open hearing could compromise Dylann Roof's right to a fair trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. […]

  • The Latest: Judge closes hearing in church shooting case

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on objections made to closing a hearing in South Carolina church shootings trial (all times local): […]

  • Indiana woman uses religious objections law in abuse defense

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for a woman charged with child abuse for allegedly beating her son with a coat hanger says Indiana's religious objections law gives her the right to discipline her children according to her evangelical Christian beliefs. […]

  • Indonesian priest attack inspired by murder of French Catholic cleric

    By Tom Heneghan JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian teenager who attacked a Catholic priest in his church was inspired by the murder of a French priest in July and guided by a radical compatriot in the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, Jakarta’s national police chief said on Wednesday. Karnavian said the unsuccessful attack showed the phenomenon of a “lone wolf” radicalized over the internet was spreading in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, projecting the violence of the Middle Eastern militant group Islamic State (IS) as far afield as Indonesia, where Muslims and Christians have mostly lived in harmony. The attacker took his inspiration from reports of the murder of Father Jacques Hamel, 85, who died after two militants slit his throat during Mass in a suburb of Rouen in northern France in July. […]

  • Pope extends stamp on Church with new human development ministry

    Pope Francis on Wednesday announced the creation of a new Vatican ministry for human development in the latest move by the reforming pontiff to put his personal stamp on the Catholic Church. The new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is being established by papal decree and will start work on January 1. Francis is to retain personal oversight of Vatican policy on migration, an issue dear to his heart. […]

  • Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Eric Church lead CMA nods

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and budding newcomer Maren Morris are the leaders at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards. […]

  • Pope to oversee migration issues in shakeup of Vatican offices

    Pope Francis on Wednesday announced major changes to the Vatican bureaucracy, slimming down the number of offices and giving himself direct charge of migration issues, continuing a reform push he promised when elected more than three years ago. In a document known as a Motu Proprio, Latin for "by his own initiative", the pope said he would merge four Vatican offices into a "Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development" starting on Jan. 1. When elected in 2013, Francis pledged to cleanse the Church's bureaucracy, which had been rocked by scandals and charges of greed and corruption. […]

  • Pope assumes responsibility for migrants in Vatican reform

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is showing his profound concern for refugees by assuming direct responsibility for migrant issues in a new Vatican department that merges four Vatican offices into one handling peace, the environment and human trafficking issues. […]

  • Pope applauds Colombia peace deal but sidesteps truth panel

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised Colombia's peace deal but has declined an invitation to have a Vatican envoy help select judges for the proposed truth and justice commission. […]

  • Pope welcomes Colombia ceasefire, declines Vatican role

    Pope Francis on Wednesday welcomed the end of Colombia's war with the FARC rebels but declined an invitation to help establish a court to prosecute atrocities committed during the conflict. Francis, the first pontiff to come from Latin America, had been asked to appoint a representative to a five-person panel entitled the Special Peace Jurisdiction, which will be charged with trying and sentencing individuals accused of committing war crimes during the 52-year conflict. Francis "was pleased to learn that negotiations have been finalised between the government and FARC," the Vatican said in a statement. […]

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