India’s Ganesh Festival: Mumbai Parties, Prays For Elephant-Headed God : NPR

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.

Source: India’s Ganesh Festival: Mumbai Parties, Prays For Elephant-Headed God : NPR

What Is Rosh Hashanah: Meaning, Greeting, Food | Time

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.

Source: What Is Rosh Hashanah: Meaning, Greeting, Food | Time

Former Greensburg Bishop Anthony Bosco accused of ‘inappropriate touching’ | TribLIVE

Former Diocese of Greensburg Bishop Anthony Bosco is accused of inappropriately touching a nursing student in the late 1960s, according to the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

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.

Source: Former Greensburg Bishop Anthony Bosco accused of ‘inappropriate touching’ | TribLIVE

Church abuses: Missouri becomes first state to announce investigation into alleged church abuses after Pennsylvania report – The Washington Post

The state’s attorney general will look at the archdiocese in an area that is home to more than a half-million Catholics.

August 25 at 9:00 AM

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.

Source: Church abuses: Missouri becomes first state to announce investigation into alleged church abuses after Pennsylvania report – The Washington Post