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Hallelujah Anyway: Anne Lamott on Reclaiming Mercy and Forgiveness as the Root of Self-Respect in a Vengeful World

“Kindness toward others and radical kindness to ourselves buy us a shot at a warm and generous heart, which is the greatest prize of all.”<p>There are certain words — large, beautiful, buoyant words — weighed down by a heavy religious inheritance that make the nonreligious among us uneasy. <i>Soul</i> is one …

Cost of homelessness: Governments will save money by spending on accommodation services, study finds

It is significantly cheaper for governments to provide last-resort housing than to have people continuing to sleep on the streets, new research …

Pope Francis asks: Do you believe in God’s love for you?

Cultivating confidence in God’s deep personal love is the secret to happiness, humility, and love for others<p>VATICAN CITY — Confidence in God’s deep …

Faith

Mental illness and poverty: you can't tackle one without the other

A recent report by Lord Richard Layard suggests that “Happiness depends on health and friends, not money”. The conclusions presented argue that the UK government should focus more on providing better healthcare and resources for dealing with mental health issues in a variety of societal contexts, …

Mental Health

India's comic-book superheroine trains her powers on acid attacks

Two years after unveiling a comic about a rape survivor turned superhero who takes on her abusers, film-maker Ram Devineni is using a sequel to highlight the acid attacks that maim and scar hundreds of women in India every year.<p>Priya’s Shakti was the first Indian comic book of its kind, using …

Comic Books

101 Romantic Movies You Can Stream on Netflix Tonight

Grab some popcorn and settle in: it's time for a romantic movie marathon! We've rounded up a diverse selection of the best quirky rom-coms, tearjerker historical romances, steamy erotic films, and classic love stories for your viewing pleasure. We've got foreign flicks, new indie movies, and …

Entertainment

3 steps to improve rural sanitation in India - a pathway to scale and sustainability

Almost 600 million Indians living in rural areas defecate in the open. To meet the ambitious targets of the Indian government’s Swachh Bharat Mission …

Box-sized stainless steel flats to be attached to buildings in Paris to provide affordable homes - CNN Style

Written by Sophie Morlin-Yron, CNN<p>The 19th-century cityscape of Paris is about to change.<p>Wedged in between brick buildings and jutting out from rooftops will be a series of modern "parasite properties".<p>Glass, steel and wooden wonders designed to fill every precious nook of space in prime areas of …

How Different Religions See God - The Story of God with Morgan Freeman Article

The world’s religions have varying concepts of the Divine, and depict their deities in many different ways. Those diverse traditions have inspired great works of religious art, literature and cinema, and their influence even finds its way into people’s homes, in the form of the devotional objects …

Hinduism

'Pawn Stars' was not filming during Chumlee's arrest

Don’t expect to see the live-reaction to Chumlee’s arrest in any upcoming episode of “Pawn Stars.”<p>FOX411 has learned the show had already wrapped production for this season when Austin “Chumlee” Russell was arrested on suspicion of 20 felonies, including drug-possession and possession of a firearm …

Indian women reclaim public spaces, defying male critics

While numbers of working women and female students are on the rise in India, it is unusual to see women out by themselves at night<p>By Rina …

India

Widows in India: My children threw me out of the house | International Women's Day

<b>Vrindavan, India -</b> Self-immolation, sati, on a husband's pyre may have been banned in India, but life for many widows in India is still disheartening as they are shunned by their communities and abandoned by their families.<p>"I used to wash dishes and clothes in people's house to earn money, but the …

The women who refuse to do India's dirtiest job

“Every morning I would take a broom and tin plate to the homes of the upper caste <i>thakurs</i> to pick up their faeces. I would collect the waste in a cane basket and later throw it in a dumping ground outside the village.”<p>As you watch a confident Ranikumari Khokar educate a group of boys and girls on …

India

Enough is enough: India women fight to enter temples

<b>For centuries, temples and shrines in India have used "tradition" to keep women out, but now women are increasingly fighting for their right to worship, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi.</b><p>In recent weeks, the patriarchal managements of shrines that bar women devotees, have been facing …

This is a watershed moment for India. It must choose freedom over intolerance

The standoff at New Delhi’s famous Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) that has transfixed India has nothing of the routine campus controversy about it. Following the arrest of a student leader, India’s Hindu nationalist BJP government now finds itself facing down a large coalition of progressive …

India

Women In India Are Now Legally Allowed To Be Head Of Their Households

Excluding women from the role violates their "fundamental right of equality guaranteed by the Constitution," lawyers said.<p>India is slowly giving women the recognition they deserve.<p>The Delhi high court ruled that the eldest female member of a family can now act as the legal head of household, also …

Indian Women Launch Campaign To End Female Genital Mutilation

"It seems that their thinking is by keeping quiet on the issue, it will vanish and can be wished away."<p>The global campaign against female genital mutilation has made headlines in recent months due to high-profile activists like Gambian-American Jaha Dukureh. Now, members of a small Muslim community …

The Indian girls who survived being raped

<b>Photographer Smita Sharma has been chronicling the lives of rape victims in India for years.</b><p>Helped by local health workers and non-governmental organisations, Ms Sharma has travelled the length and breadth of the country to meet survivors of rape and record their stories.<p>The subjects of the …

Indian women march to temple, demanding 'right to pray'

<b>Police in western India have prevented hundreds of women from marching to a temple traditionally open only to men.</b><p>The protesters want access to pray in its inner sanctum, but were stopped in a village 70km (43 miles) from their destination in Maharashtra state.<p>The group want to end the …

The greatest inspirational quotes from children's books

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.<p>– AA Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh<p>Roald Dahl's greatest philosophical quotes ever<p>Read more<p>The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.– Dr Seuss, I Can Read With …

Books

"After my garden grows": how gardening keeps girls out of child marriage in India

<i>After My Garden Grows</i> is a new short documentary about Monika, one of 40,000 rural Indian girls participating in the Girls Project, a partnership …

Gardening

Indian acid attack survivor is new face of fashion brand

<b>An Indian fashion retail brand has signed up prominent acid attack survivor and campaigner Laxmi Saa to be the face of its new range of designer outfits for women, in a campaign they are calling "Face of Courage".</b><p>Ms Saa was 15 when a 32-year-old man threw acid at her for rejecting his offer of …

Don’t prepone it – do the needful. 10 Indianisms we should all be using

Prepone. Don’t all shudder at once. You may think this word sounds wrong, but millions of Indians use it every day. Shorter and handier than using the phrase “Do you want to bring our meeting forward by a day?” In 2010, the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, but is still rarely used …

Language

Banished for menstruating: the Indian women isolated while they bleed

Poornima Javardhan, 25, felt dread and trepidation as she got ready to spend five days in a <i>gaokor</i> – a hut outside her village where girls and women are banished during menstruation.<p>“During the rainy season, it is all the more difficult to stay in a <i>gaokor</i> because water comes inside and sometimes the …

Gender

Places of rape in India: 'Ladies Park', school bus, mall

<b>A school bus, a shopping mall and a park are all places that are generally regarded as safe.</b><p>But as an exhibition of photographs currently on in the capital, Delhi, shows, these are also locations where women have been raped in India.<p>The Rape in India Project is a crowd-sourced platform of photos …

The steep cost of incarceration on women of color

For Debra Henderson, love has come with a hefty price tag.<p>Her ex-husband was incarcerated multiple times, her boyfriend was recently released after serving seven months for a felony and her son has had a few brushes with the law. In all, Henderson, who is 40 and makes $60,000 a year working at an …

Could a sanitary pad disposal machine make a huge difference to women’s health in rural India?

Menstruation forced young girls to drop out of schools and exposed them to reproductive diseases. A non-profit organisation hopes to change that.<p>Five …

Spotify told us the top 20 songs people listen to in the shower — here they are

At a conference earlier this week, Ek revealed that there are 39,000 active playlists named "Shower." And these playlists get 550,000 streams every day. (No pun intended).<p>But what songs are these people listening to in the shower?<p>Business Insider reached out to Spotify to find out which songs go …

Persecution of Indian Women: Documentary Exposes Abortion, Sex Trafficking, Rape

India suffers from an abysmal literacy rate, weak infrastructure and rampant poverty. But one of the toughest challenges the world's second largest …

Women's News (India)