Religion News: Pope makes surprise shantytown visit
WEEK IN RELIGION
Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a shantytown in Rome earlier this month, visiting the laborers from countries like Peru and Ecuador who reside there in rudimentary shacks made of wood, concrete and metal.
The pope regularly made visits to the slums of Buenos Aires when serving as a bishop in Argentina, earning the nickname of “slum bishop.” He has often used his platform as pope to lobby for more humane conditions and opportunities for the poor.
According to a recent Gallup poll, three out of every 10 Jewish people in America identify as Republicans, a statistic that has largely held stagnant over the last couple of years. Digging deeper, the poll also showed that Jewish men were more likely to be conservative than Jewish women, as were less-educated Jews and Jews who identified as being more religious.
‘The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family’ by Roger Cohen
In this luminous memoir, award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own forebears. As he follows them across continents and decades, mapping individual lives that diverge and intertwine, vital patterns of struggle and resilience, valued heritage and evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic, national), converge into a resonant portrait of cultural identity in the modern age.
bindi: The decoration worn on the forehead by many Hindu women. There are various explanations for the bindi: It can be a blessed symbol that signifies female energy and is believed to protect women and their husbands; a traditional symbol of marriage; a third eye, the eye of inner vision or spiritual wisdom; or simply a decoration like jewelry. It is worn by Indians of all religions.
RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Mongolia is:
• Buddhist: 53 percent
• Muslim: 3 percent
• Christian: 2.2 percent
• Shamanist: 2.9 percent
• Other: 0.4 percent
• None: 38.6 percent
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