Katie Hoyos didn’t know what was missing from her “Beauty and the Beast” collection until she saw it: a phone case featuring Belle and the Beast striding toward the LDS temple in Salt Lake City.
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It seems that Muhammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, who has broken with tradition by allowing cinemas to open, open-air pop concerts to be held, and, most amazing of all, women to drive, is thinking about permitting the opening of churches within the boundaries of Saudi Arabia.
A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more than 1,300 of these “nones” why they choose not to identify with a religion. Hear the most common response they gave.
Climbing Mt. Rinjani had always been on Chilton’s bucket list. The two-day trek to the rim of the crater isn’t for the faint of heart, but as Chilton’s photos show, hundreds of people attempt it every weekend. “By the time I got up to the summit, there were already 150 to 200 people that were up at the summit too." Chilton made it to the very top of the volcano, but minutes after he snapped a few photos of the sunrise, disaster struck.
In recent years, the percentage of U.S. adults who say they regularly attend religious services has been declining. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that the main reason people regularly go to church, synagogue, mosque or another house of worship is an obvious one: to feel closer to God. But the things that keep people away from religious services are more complicated.
For the collector who has almost everything, there’s a chance this week to claim ownership of a Bible that literally was out of this world. A Los Angeles auction firm is taking bids on a microform, or photographically reduced, King James Bible that went to the moon on the 1971 Apollo 14 space flight.
“Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the United States, and the world doesn’t know,” says Tim Ballard, founder of Operation Underground Railroad. In fact, somewhere in the world, every thirty seconds a child is sold for sex, labor, or organ harvesting. A new documentary, Operation Toussaint, sheds light on this issue and the incredible efforts to rescue the victims of it.