Friday, May 26, 2017

What we can learn from the Dutch on Memorial Day

Gunmen attack coptic Christian convoy in Egypt, killing at least 26
New York Times: Gunmen opened fire on vehicles carrying Coptic Christians in southern Egypt early Friday, killing at least 26 people, according to a church official, in the latest deadly assault on the country's embattled religious minority.

What we can learn from the Dutch on Memorial Day
Religion News Service: Dutch Remembrance Day, which they call Herdenkingsdag, focused on local memories of World War II. The memories can be about good things, but often the communal sense is reinforced in a special way by sharing painful memories, writes Richard Mouw.

Young Nebraska priests' chants become best-selling album
Associated Press: Members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a Catholic order formed in 1988 that focuses on pre-Vatican II liturgy and sung prayers, have the best-selling classical album on Amazon and one of the top classical albums on iTunes.

An ancient Nordic religion is inspiring white supremacist terror
Reveal: Across the country, white supremacists have turned to an ancient heathen religion known most commonly as Odinism. In at least six cases since 2001, professed racist Odinists have been convicted of plotting - or pulling off - domestic terrorism attacks, according to a review of terrorism cases from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

The prayers of Chris Cornell
America: Many of Chris Cornell's songs are filled with Christological and sacramental imagery, even as he groped for peace in the darkness of depression and frustration. His voice was that of many seekers. One hopes he will continue to be a consolation to them, even now that he is gone, writes Christopher M. Hadley. The funeral for the Soundgarden singer, who committed suicide this month, is scheduled for Friday.

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