On India’s west coast, revelers hoist up statues of an elephant-headed god, and parade them toward the Arabian Sea. They sing and chant, and hand out food to bystanders.
For 10 days, they perform pooja — Hindu prayers — at the statues’ feet and then submerge them in bodies of water.
This is a tradition in Mumbai, India’s biggest city, near the end of each year’s monsoon rains: a festival honoring Ganesh, or Lord Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom and good luck. He has a human body and an elephant head.
BEIJING — China’s government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning Bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China.
By CADY LANG
Here’s what you need to know
Rosh Hashanah ushers in the beginning of the Jewish year and is a holiday that celebrates the creation of the world, something that’s reflected in its name, which means “head of the year” in Hebrew.
Rosh Hashanah 2018 will begin at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 9, and will continue through nightfall on Tuesday, Sept. 11, marking the start of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of reflection and repentance that concludes with Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah starts on the first days of Tishrei (the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar), which usually places it in September or October, and many choose to celebrate the holiday on just one day.
As the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest times for those who practice Judaism, with many popular traditions that are observed.
Bosco died in 2013 at 85.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh informed the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office about the allegation, which church officials said was made recently.
Bosco was not yet a bishop at the time of the alleged inappropriate touching. He was a monsignor, serving as a chaplain and instructor at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.
The Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh put three priests on administrative leave on Friday after accusations of sexual abuse of a minor surface. This comes as the Catholic Church in Australia rejected a government recommendation to report child abuse reported in confessional.
In a bombshell statement published last weekend when Pope Francis was in Ireland, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to Washington, urged Francis to resign on the grounds he knew for years about the sexual misconduct of an American cardinal and did nothing.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said this week that his office will investigate allegations of sexual abuse by clergy in the St. Louis area, launching an independent inquiry in a region that is home to more than a half-million Catholics.