Muslims looking for Qibla, or the direction that Muslims face during prayer, can get assistance from the help of Google’s new Qibla Finder app. Qibla points people across the globe to the Kaaba, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and the site of Islam’s most sacred mosque. Using augmented reality to help Muslims face the Kaaba while praying, users hold their phones up and turn their bodies around until a Kaaba emoji appears in the distance. Once a user is facing the right direction, a blue line appears on the screen. Although there are a number of Qibla finding apps available, Google officials said when people search for “Qibla,” they are looking for a website or app that gives them advice about facing the right direction for prayer. Google launched the app during the holy month of Ramadan, which is part of a package of services, including a list of popular Muslim vloggers on YouTube and Ramadan stickers for Google Allo, to help celebrate the month.

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Study shows going to church is healthy

According to a new study by Vanderbilt University, people who attend church worship services could reduce their mortality risk by 55 percent. The study was conducted by Marino Bruce, a professor and the associated director for Vanderbilt’s Center for Research on Men’s Health, who collected data on more than 5,000 people. Bruce found that the reduction in mortality risk was especially prevalent between the ages of 40 and 65. The study also found that people who did not attend church at all were twice as likely to die prematurely as those who had attended a worship service in the last year.

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“The Bible for Grown-Ups: A New Look at the Good Book” by Simon Loveday

“The Bible for Grown-Ups” neither requires, nor rejects, belief. It sets out to help intelligent adults make sense of the Bible — a book that is too large to swallow whole, yet too important in our history and culture to spit out. Literary critic Simon Loveday’s book — a labor of love that has taken over a decade to write — is a thrilling read, for Christians and anyone else, which will overturn everything you thought you knew about the Good Book.

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Vedas: Pronounced “VEH-daas.” Hinduism’s most ancient scriptures. There are four: Rig Veda, Atharva Veda, Sama Veda and Yajur Veda.

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According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Chad:

— Muslim: 52.1 percent

— Protestant: 23.9 percent

— Catholic: 20 percent

— Animist: 0.3 percent

— Other Christian: 0.2 percent

— None: 2.8 percent

— Unspecified: 0.7 percent

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