Religion | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Religion

RSS Feed
NPR

Little Festivity As Syria's Holiday Cease-Fire Fails

It's Eid al-Adha, or the feast of the sacrifice, a four-day religious holiday that is one of the holiest events of the Muslim world. But there is little to celebrate in Syria's largest city, Aleppo. A cease-fire called for the holiday is already crumbling, and in some areas it never took hold.
NPR

Muslim And Buddhist Fighting In Myanmar Kills 67

At least 67 people are dead and hundreds of homes have been burned, in a new outbreak of inter-communal violence in Myanmar, the country also known as Burma. It's the second bout of violence between Buddhists and Muslims in northwest Myanmar, near the border with Bangladesh. More than 80 people died in June, and tens of thousands of Muslims have been living in squalid conditions in refugee camps since then.
NPR

Taking The Sacred Hajj Pilgrimage ... VIP Style

More than two million Muslims are making the hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. The trip is expected to be spiritually fulfilling, as well as hot, crowded, and exhausting. But some travelers make the four-day pilgrimage in high style. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Jamal Elshayyal of Al Jazeera English about VIP hajj packages.
NPR

What We Say About Our Religion, And What We Do

A recent Pew survey found that an unprecedented one in five Americans now say they are not affiliated with any religious denomination. Or, looked at another way, nearly four out of five identify with an organized faith. Research also shows those Americans overstate how often they go to church by about half.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Voters To Decide Fate of Amendment On Religious Holidays

virginia capital

One of the few campaigns on the Virginia ballot which is almost universally supported is an amendment permitting legislators to delay veto sessions a week, so they don't coincide with Passover.

NPR

More Americans To Join The Ranks Of Saints

Sunday, Pope Benedict canonizes seven Catholics. Among them are two Americans, putting the total number of Americans among the thousands of officially recognized saints at 12. Host Guy Raz talks about the newly recognized saints with the Rev. James Martin, contributing editor at Catholic magazine America and author of the book My Life With the Saints.

Pages