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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #148

This episode began with a report about supporters of citizens of Southern Sudan who rallied in front of the White House this week to protest the devastating conditions in that country and demand famine relief assistance. The program continued with a segment about the increasing number of women lay ministers. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly reported on this trend with a look at Kate DeVries, a former special education teacher currently serving as lay leader to a Catholic parish in a Chicago suburb. R & E contributing correspondent Judy Valente reported from Chicago and talked extensively with DeVries about her calling, her love for the church and her frustrations regarding the role of women in the Catholic church. Next was a segment that focused on the devotional and challenging life of Mepkin Abbey as it struggles to survive. The program concluded with an exploration of the Jewish observance of Tisha B'Av, a holiday that commemorates the destruction of the first Temple in 586 BCE by the Babylonians and the second temple, rebuilt about 70 years and destroyed in 70 CE by the Romans. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This series provides in-depth coverage of the top religion and ethics stories of the week as well as religious and ethical perspectives on domestic and foreign events and the arts. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the series brings viewers breaking news through live and taped reports filed by a team of correspondents in the field and interviews with prominent newsmakers.

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