Grave problems for small businesses as Philippines bans holiday visits to cemeteries
NNA, MANILA – The two-day 'Undas' Catholic holiday in the Philippines is one of the best times for small traders at cemeteries to make good money as thousands flock there to pay respects to loved ones.But grave cleaners and hawkers selling flowers and candles especially in densely populated Manila this year will likely encounter police officers enforcing no-visiting rules on All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day, which will fall on the first two days of November, instead of the yearly hordes of the faithful.The government has banned visits to public and private cemeteries, memorial parks, and col...
NNA Business News
Poll: Religious people believe climate change is a real threat, not a controversy
People of all faiths, including white evangelicals, are convinced climate change is real and a threat, according to a new poll, but whether they believe it’s caused by humans depends on the denomination.Further, climate change doesn’t seem to be controversial among Roman Catholics, despite the contention of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who is Catholic, that the issue was too “controversial” for her to comment on during a recent Senate hearing.A majority of Catholics not only believe that climate change is happening, but that it is caused by humans and they are worried by it, a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
This beatboxing Buddhist monk from Japan is making music to ‘reduce suffering’
Yogetsu Akasaka. Screencap his official YouTube channel.A Japanese monk who “makes music for anxiety and less suffering” is being rewarded with millions of listeners. Yogetsu Akasaka, a 37-year-old Zen Buddhist monk, uses a loop station to combine and overlay beatboxing with Buddhist chanting, and then uploads the videos to YouTube. His most popular video, “Heart Sutra Live Looping Remix,” has two million views so far.Akasaka's modern rendition of the Heart Sutra (般若心経), historically one of the best-known and more popular sutras, went viral on YouTube in May 2020. The Buddhist monk combines be...
Dancehall star Buju Banton’s rejection of mask-wearing stymies Jamaican government’s efforts to stem ‘COVID-19 fatigue’
Screenshot of Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton taken from his appearance in the video for the remix of fellow Grammy winner Koffee's song “Pressure.”Like many other governments, Jamaica's political administration is facing an uphill battle around reinforcing its COVID-19 safety guidelines. With the number of new cases remaining high, deaths are reported almost daily. As of October 21, the island had a total of 179 deaths and 8,600 confirmed positive cases, 155 of which were new.Despite such concerning figures, however, “COVID-19 fatigue” appears to be taking its toll. An increasing number o...
Melinda Henneberger: How could bloodthirsty execution of Kansas woman ever amount to justice?
The selectively pro-life Trump administration has brought back the federal death penalty with what I think we can safely call a vengeance during this tough-on-crime campaign season. Did Attorney General William Barr, only recently honored at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast for his “Christlike behavior,” even flinch when ordering that a Kansas woman will be murdered in our name on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception?Most of those who suffer great cruelty as children do not go on to brutalize others as adults. But Lisa Montgomery, the woman we’re killing by lethal injection on Dec. 8, ...
The Kansas City Star
Editorial: Pope Francis leads change for same-sex couples
Pope Francis appears ready to lead Catholics worldwide to a greater recognition of same-sex unions, declaring in a new documentary that same-sex couples are “children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”While stopping well short of endorsing actual same-sex marriage, the pope said that such couples should be legally recognized. “What we have to create is a civil union law,” he said.As modest as such a statement may seem by contemporary standards, it could be the start of a dramatic shift in that attitude of the Catholic Church t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples: 'They are children of God and have a right to a family'
Pope Francis says same-sex unions need to be legally protected in a stunning departure from the Vatican on the issue.“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family,” Francis said in a new documentary that premiered in Rome Wednesday.“Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” he added.According to the Catholic News Agency, the remarks came as the documentary, “Francesco,” touched on how the church should care for LGBTQ people.“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the 8...
New York Daily News
14-year-old arrested after rabbi was punched outside University City synagogue, police say
UNIVERSITY CITY, Calif. — A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday on suspicion of a hate crime, a week after a rabbi was punched near his University City synagogue.The boy was booked into Juvenile Hall on battery and hate crime charges, San Diego police Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said.Hours before the arrest was announced, Rabbi Yonatan Halevy spoke with The San Diego Union-Tribune about the Oct. 10 encounter on Governor Drive.Last weekend, he and his father were walking toward the synagogue when a teen rode past on his bike, then abruptly turned around — and brought a clenched fist down on top of the r...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mike Sielski: The secrets of Travis Fulgham's wild and unlikely journey to the Eagles
By now, you probably know the backbone of it, the wild story of Travis Fulgham. Son of diplomats. Lived all over the planet. Didn’t play football until he was 16. Walked on at Old Dominion. Sixth-round draft pick/long shot. Waived four times by three teams, including once by the Eagles, who signed him again and put him on the practice squad. A couple of wide receivers get hurt. Fulgham gets to suit up. Catches the go-ahead touchdown one week. Catches 10 passes for 152 yards and another touchdown the next.Those are the broad strokes. This is the small and private scene that they produced: a fat...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Don’t rule Trump out yet, White Christians poll numbers say.
Dubai: Religion, traditionally an alien subject in American elections, is poised to play what could be a significant role in next month’s presidential polls.The United States constitution was carefully drafted to emphasise the separation of state and religion. In public life, US institutions go to great lengths to project secular tendencies, in schools, workplace and ultimately the White House.In 1802, Thomas Jefferson, one of the leading founding fathers of the republic and the lead author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, wrote that the US constitution was written in a way that aim...