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Buddhist chaplains on the rise in U.S., offering broad appeal

UPDATED: Tue., May 17, 2022

Wedged into a recliner in the corner of her assisted living apartment in Portland, Skylar Freimann, who has a terminal heart condition and pulmonary illness, anxiously eyed her newly arrived hospital bed on a recent day and worried over how she would maintain independence as she further loses mobility.

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‘It was just unbearable’: American Rabbi who stayed in Ukraine for siege flees with family as bombs near Sumy

UPDATED: Thu., March 10, 2022

A journey of at least 500 miles from Sumy, a city near Ukraine's eastern border with Russia, to Moldova and on to Romania, was scheduled to end later that day with Rabbi Yechiel Shlomo Levitansky and his wife and children taking a flight to Israel. Levitansky, who's been living and building a Jewish congregation in Sumy for the past 17 years, said on a video call from the driver's seat of his car that he'd not stopped to reflect completely on the decision to leave.
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New art at the cathedral

Parishioners at the Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in downtown Spokane have been faithfully raising money for years to build a shrine to St. Peregrine, the patron saint of people with cancer. Though there’s still money left to raise, organizers hope the shrine will be complete in time for St. Peregrine’s feast day on May 1.
Opinion >  Column

Faith and Values: I believe hell isn’t permanent

When discussing the concept of an afterlife, we talk a lot about heaven, but we also talk a lot about hell and what it means to be condemned. Traditionally, hell has been described as a place of eternal damnation, but I see it as a prison sentence with the possibility of parole.
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Donations to Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Salvation Army through group also funding far-right interests draws scrutiny

The donations to the two local charitable organizations make up a small fraction of Donors Trust's $180 million in giving in 2020, according to a tax filing first obtained by CNBC and linked to Spokane by the news outlet the National Catholic Reporter earlier this month. That document also contained evidence of giving, through what are known as "donor-advised funds," to a group called VDARE, whose founder has espoused white nationalist views, and the Tea Party Patriots Foundation, a Georgia-based organization that helped organize the rally featuring President Donald Trump before some attendees violently breached the Capitol Building. Donors Trust paid out $75,000 to the VDARE Foundation in 2020, according to the tax filing, and $250,000 to the tea party group. 

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