On the one-year anniversary of St. Teresa of Calcutta, better known as Mother Teresa, being canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, the first Roman Catholic cathedral in Kosovo was consecrated in her name on Sept. 5. The St. Teresa Cathedral, located in Pristina, is the only cathedral dedicated to the Albanian saint. St. Teresa spent most of her life working in the slums of India. Pope Francis appointed the Rev. Ernest Troshani Simoni, an Albanian priest, as his special envoy to lead the ceremonies, which was attended by thousands of Christians and Muslims. “It was a great joy for me when I heard from the pope that I personally would come to Pristina, to send my heartfelt congratulations to the Kosovar-Albanian brothers, and that the Lord’s blessing be in the hears of all Kosovaars,” Simoni said. During the ceremonies, different areas of the cathedral were blessed with oil by priests, including a newly mounted sculpture of St. Teresa.

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Muslims, Mormons youngest faith groups in U.S.

According to a new study conducted by PRRI, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists are the youngest religious group in the U.S. One-third of of Muslims (42 percent), Hindus (36 percent) and Buddhists (35 percent) are under the age of 30. In contrast, nearly six in 10 white evangelical Protestants, white Catholics and white mainline Protestants are at least 50-years-old.

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“If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir” by Ilana Kurshan

At the age of 27, alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce, Ilana Kurshan joined the world’s largest book club, learning daf yomi, Hebrew for “daily page” of the Talmud, a book of rabbinic teachings spanning about 600 years and the basis for all codes of Jewish law. A runner, a reader and a romantic, Kurshan adapted to its pace, attuned her ear to its poetry, and discovered her passions in its pages. This memoir is a tale of heartache and humor, of love and loss, of marriage and motherhood, and of learning to put one foot in front of the other by turning page after page. Kurshan takes us on a deeply accessible and personal guided tour of the Talmud, shedding new light on its stories and offering insights into its arguments ― both for those already familiar with the text and for those who have never encountered it.

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ward: Large congregations in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are called wards, and they are led by a bishop and two counselors.

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

— Catholic: 73.8 percent

— Protestant: 4.9 percent

— Muslim: 4.2 percent

— Orthodox: 2.2 percent

— Other: 0.8 percent

— None: 12 percent

— Unspecified: 2 percent

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