Religion

4:37pm

Thu May 12, 2011
Religion

Divining Doomsday: An Old Practice With New Tricks

Originally published on Tue May 17, 2011 1:27 pm

On the National Mall in Washington, D.C. last week, David Liquori (right) talks with passersby about May 21.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Margaret Pease stands on a corner in downtown Pittsburgh, handing out doomsday pamphlets.

"JUDGMENT DAY FOLKS!" she yells with a volume that would make a drill sergeant proud. "May 21, 2011!"

For the past seven months, Pease has been crisscrossing the country in a caravan with eight others, warning anyone who will listen that God's wrath is near.

"I might be a little loud, but I want people to get the message," she says. "I don't want anybody's blood on my hands. ... JUDGMENT DAY FOLKS!"

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7:29am

Sat May 7, 2011
Religion

Is The End Nigh? We'll Know Soon Enough

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:52 am

In Pittsburgh, Margaret Pease spreads the message that Judgment Day is fast approaching.
Jennifer Jordan WYEP-FM

Brian Haubert grabs some pamphlets and marches toward the flea market in Palmyra, N.J. Armed with a poster that trumpets Judgment Day on May 21, 2011, he braces for rejection. Announcing God's wrath is not always a popular message.

"I've been called a heretic," says Haubert, a 33-year-old actuary. "I've been told I read the wrong Bible. And then there's the occasional person who seems to be genuinely interested," he says.

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4:13pm

Wed April 27, 2011
Religion

John Paul's Rise Toward Sainthood: Going Too Fast?

The chants began even before Pope John Paul II had been put to his final rest, as his coffin was carried through St. Peter's Square: "Santo Subito! Santo Subito!"

"Sainthood now!"

A month later, Pope Benedict XVI — his successor and close friend — launched the process that would do just that. On Sunday, John Paul II will be beatified in Rome, bringing him one step away from sainthood.

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8:00am

Sat April 23, 2011

12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Religion

A Boy, An Injury, A Recovery, A Miracle?

Pope John Paul II will be beatified in May, which puts him halfway toward sainthood. To have gotten this far, the Vatican must believe that the late pope is responsible for a miracle. Earlier this year, the Vatican declared that a woman was miraculously healed from Parkinson's disease after she prayed to the late pontiff.

And this raises the question: How does the Vatican investigate miracles?

Let's start in Ferndale, Wash., where a potential miracle is under investigation.

An Accident On The Court

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