WEEK IN RELIGION
After nearly a decade of renovations, a popular pilgrimage site for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike has been reopened in the Holy Land. Located on Mount Nebo in Jordan, the site of the supposed death of Moses was recently reopened to the public after renovations began in 2007. Mount Nebo is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the “promised land,” and then subsequently buried after his death. The site was first discovered in 1933 after the remains of a Byzantine church and monastery were found. The modern chapel, or Moses Memorial, located at the site was built to protect the artifacts and to serve as a worship center. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, special envoy for Pope Francis and prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, reopened the church in front of a crowd of about 500 people. The site as served as a place of pilgrimage since the late fourth century.
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STUDY SAYS
Millennials leaving church because of divorce
Divorce is a major reason that millennials are leaving the church according to a new study. In a recent study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, Americans who were raised by divorced parents (21 percent) are less likely than children whose parents were married during most of their childhood (34 percent) to report attending religious services at least once per week. The study also found that 31 percent of religious Americans who were brought up by divorced parents said they attend religious services at least once per week, compared to 43 percent of religious Americans who were raised by married parents.
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GOOD BOOK?
“The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian” by Brian D. McLaren
Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary religion, argues that — notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance — Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun. Drawing from his work as global activist, pastor, and public theologian, McLaren challenges readers to stop worrying, waiting, and indulging in nostalgia, and instead, to embrace the powerful new understandings that are reshaping the church.
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THE WORD
cathedral: The central church of a diocese in a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Roman Catholic Church or the Anglican churches.
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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Uruguay is:
— Roman Catholic: 47.1 percent
— Non-Catholic Christians: 11.1 percent
— Nondenominational: 23.2 percent
— Jewish: 0.3 percent
— Atheist or agnostic: 17.2 percent
— Other: 1.1 percent
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