Religion

10:03am

Sun August 25, 2013
Ecstatic Voices

Atheists Take Old Hymns Out Of The Chapel And Into The Streets

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 8:16 am

The Renaissance Street Singers give a performance at the Winterdale Arch, near the West 81st Street gate in Central Park.
Joel Rose NPR

9:50am

Wed August 21, 2013
Vatican

Report: Former Pope Benedict Says God Told Him To Resign

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:58 am

Pope Benedict XVI, on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced his retirement in February, he surprised pretty much everyone. He was, after all, the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.

At the time, Benedict cited his age and diminishing strength as his reasons for resigning.

Today, we get word from the Catholic wire service Zenit that Benedict resigned because "God told [him] to."

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6:23am

Sun August 18, 2013
The Sunday Conversation

Sister Fights To Save Her Order From Financial Collapse

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:41 pm

Sister Maxyne Schneider talks about a photo of the kitchen in France where the sisterhood was started in 1650.
Josh Stilts

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Sister Maxyne Schneider became a Catholic nun when she was still a teenager. Now, more than 50 years later, she's president of the Sisters of St. Joseph, a congregation of nuns in Springfield, Mass.

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12:03am

Sat August 17, 2013
Ecstatic Voices

Sufi Mystics Get A Modern Soundtrack

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 5:35 am

Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin.
Courtesy of the artist

2:34pm

Tue August 13, 2013
Ecstatic Voices

Life As Prayer: The Singing Nuns Of Ann Arbor

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 4:31 pm

Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz (right), vicaress general and music director for Dominican Sisters of Mary. On the group's new album, she plays organ and composed three selections.
Courtesy of the artist

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