The Kremlin has exerted tight control over news and social media in an effort to control the information Russians receive about the Ukraine war.
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Even as it wages a propaganda and disinformation campaign in Ukraine, Russia is fighting to retain control of the story within Russia.
Bearers carry the relic and the statue in honor of St. Anthony of Padua during a procession in Rome, Italy. St. Anthony of Padua was proclaimed a doctor of the church in 1946.
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Saints are recognized for exceptional virtue and faith. But some also are commemorated for their scholarship.
A US soldier at a training area in Germany.
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What’s the significance of the US beefing up its military presence in Europe? The Conversation provides a roundup of articles addressing the crisis in Ukraine.
A live broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking is shown on Dec. 23, 2021, from a media control room in Russia.
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America is being ‘hysterical’ about Russian troop buildups near the Ukrainian border. That’s the official news in Russia, where citizens are getting government’s preferred view of the Ukraine crisis.
A Jewish woman lights a candle for the festival of Hanukkah at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem.
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The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which in 2021 began on Nov. 28, focuses on the story of the Maccabees. But women are also heroes in stories about that era, including Judith and Hannah.
The Catholic Church’s two-year synodal process formally opened Oct. 10 at the Vatican.
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Pope Francis formally opened a two-year process called a “synod on synodality” for the Catholic Church on Oct. 10.
Pope Francis has laid emphasis on protecting the environment, but he’s not the only pope to speak about caring for nature.
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Environmentalism may seem like a new mindset, especially in the Church. But care for creation has been woven into Catholicism for centuries.
People around the world mourned loved ones on International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31, 2021.
False narratives about drug addiction and policies that are not supported by research are deepening the overdose epidemic in the US.
Disease and public health confusion were common in 18th-century England.
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The 2,000-line poem by Scottish physician John Armstrong was written during a time of pandemic, war and increasing public disinformation. What can readers learn from it today?
Native American students at the Carlisle Indian School, circa 1899.
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Ernest Knocks Off was 18 when he arrived at the Carlisle boarding school in 1879. He was one of many young Native people who fought – in his case, to the death – to retain their language and culture.
Many religious groups often get labeled as cults.
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A religion scholar explains why the label of ‘cult’ gets in the way of understanding new religions and political movements.
When Pope John Paul II was beatified, Zimbabwe’s ruler, Robert Mugabe, was in attendance and given Communion.
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Biden is not the first public figure to whom the Catholic Church wants to deny Communion. Over the centuries, the Church has often come under criticism for either denying or giving Communion.
People visiting a Christ sculpture at the Santa Maria Magdalena Church during the Holy Week in Granada, Spain.
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Prayers and symbols have the power to bind people together, writes a religion scholar, and so it is important to understand the history and context of Good Friday prayers.
Army chaplain Emil Kapaun helps a soldier on the battlefield during the Korean War in 1952.
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In early Christianity, soldiers could be baptized only if they refused to kill other human beings. While this changed over the years, tensions linger over Christian goals.
Lent is a period of fasting and reflection for many Chistians.
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The 40-day Lenten season, when many Christians observe fasting, began in mid-February. A scholar explains how the practice may have emerged around the fifth century.
The Weeknd performs at the 2020 American Music Awards on Nov. 22 in Los Angeles.
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Over the past year, the singer has carefully constructed a visage that has made him nearly unrecognizable.
Children begin to learn grammar well before they start school, when they craft their first short sentences.
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Grammar isn’t a way to bully people for making mistakes, says a longtime English instructor. It is a way to understand how our language operates, in all its many written and spoken varieties.
Vice President Mike Pence says he ‘welcomes’ objections to Biden’s Electoral College win, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats reject any such effort.
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The 1887 Electoral Count Act spells out the process for Congress to convene and review election results on Jan. 6, and it requires both the House and Senate to uphold any challenges to Biden’s win.
An image of 15-year-old Carlo Acutis during his beatification ceremony in Assisi, Italy.
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Many saints are venerated for specific reasons, professions or even nations. There are saints who are believed to provide assistance in selling a property.
If the House of Representatives selects the president, each state would get a single vote – not one vote per House member.
Judges are generally reluctant to decide elections, as the Supreme Court controversially did in 2000. As a result, Trump’s flurry of litigation could wind up throwing the election to the House.