Cover Story: Preparing for the Hajj

WORLD WATCHES ISLAM

Muslim-pilgrims-HajjHOPES FOR A SAFE HAJJColumnist Stephanie Fenton, an expert on religious holidays and milestones, writes our Cover Story this week on the Hajj, which begins September 10 although pilgrims already are on the move worldwide. Why is the Hajj so important in 2016? First, due to the toxic rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign, the whole world is watching Islam this year. Second, Muslims and non-Muslims are praying, this year, for a safe Hajj—after last year’s horrific trampling incident that left more than 2,000 men and women dead.

 

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HOLIDAYS & MILESTONES

Don’t miss a date! Remember www.InterfaithHolidays.org, our master calendar...

SHE’S A SAINT—On September 4, the Vatican officially canonized St. Teresa as a saint. Here is the Vatican’s biography of St. Teresa. From her book No Greater Love, here is the chapter called “On Love.” We also have permission to share a second chapter from St. Teresa’s book.

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HAPPY LABOR DAY!—If you are using your American holiday to catch up on your reading, then you’ll enjoy Stephanie Fenton’s overview of the observance—and, she’s also found some delicious recipes.

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110901-September-11 movie poster (3)15th ANNIVERSARY of 9/11—Will you mark this milestone? Or is “9/11” slipping into the history books? Film critic Edward McNulty suggests we reach back and watch a remarkable collection of short films that were made in response to the terrorist attacks in 2001.

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FROM THE MOON … WITH LOVE

Neil Armstrong on the moon (2)GOD SIGNS—Every week, columnist Suzy Farbman inspires us with surprising stories about people who do remarkable things—often for the people they love. That’s especially true of the columnist this week that begins with famous pianist Bob Milne, then winds up taking us into the life of the late Neil Armstrong and his wife.

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FILM, FAITH
& POPULAR CULTURE

Visual Parables Journal September 2016 issue (1)ED McNULTY—Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org. Ed supports his ongoing work by selling subscriptions to his long-running digital magazine: The Visual Parables Journal. Each issue is jam-packed with complete study guides for your own individual enjoyment or use in your small group. The September issue now is available.

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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