One Thing I Don’t Plan to Do Before I Die Is Make a Bucket List

Until my cancer diagnosis, I did not understand that one future comes at the exclusion of all others.

#canadian-football-league, #cancer, #death-and-dying, #families-and-family-life, #pilgrimages, #restoration-and-renovation, #travel-and-vacations

Pope’s Planned Visit to Iraq, Amid Pandemic, Raises Questions of Timing

Pope Francis has said he is determined to visit the war-torn country. But some worry that the visit will become a superspreader event in a land where the virus still rages.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #francis, #iraq, #pilgrimages, #quarantines, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vatican

Tomb of Joshua, Revered Prophet, Beckons Believers in Baghdad

No one knows for certain if Joshua, the Old Testament prophet, actually lived or where he might be buried. But for over 1,000 years, the sick and faithful have visited a Baghdad tomb said to be his.

#baghdad-iraq, #bible, #moses-prophet, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #religion-and-belief, #tombs-and-tombstones

Shadows on the Silk Road

Finding omens of American decline on a long walk across Asia.

#aristotle, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uzbeks-ethnic-group

From Iraq, an Intimate Glimpse of the Religious Holiday of Arbaeen

Every year, millions of pilgrims descend on the central Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the Shiite holiday of Arbaeen, one of the largest organized gatherings in the world.

#hussein-saddam, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #karbala-iraq, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #photography, #pilgrimages, #shiite-muslims, #travel-and-vacations

The Pilgrimage Must Go On: Senegal Holds Festival That Could Draw Millions

Pilgrims from across the West African country flocked to the holy city of Touba, where they slept, ate and prayed together for the Magal religious festival — despite coronavirus concerns.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #festivals, #karbala-iraq, #mecca-saudi-arabia, #pilgrimages, #senegal, #shortages

Pilgrims, Fewer and Socially Distanced, Arrive in Mecca for Annual Hajj

The coronavirus pandemic has curtailed the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, limiting the number of people and barring people from outside the kingdom.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mecca-saudi-arabia, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #saudi-arabia

The Hajj Pilgrimage Is Canceled, and Grief Rocks the Muslim World

The coronavirus pandemic upended the plans of millions of Muslims, for whom the once-in-a-lifetime trip is a sacred milestone.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #mecca-saudi-arabia, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #saudi-arabia

How the Buddha Got His Face

His image is so commonplace that you could believe it must always have existed — yet for six centuries after his death, he was never once depicted in human form.

#buddhism, #monasteries-and-monks, #nomadic-people, #pilgrimages, #religion-and-belief, #silk-road-ancient-trade-route, #varanasi-india

Saudi Arabia Must Suspend the Hajj During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The presence of millions of pilgrims in Mecca and Medina will have lethal consequences.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #mecca-saudi-arabia, #medina-saudi-arabia, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia

What the Great Pandemic Novels Teach Us

People have always responded to epidemics by spreading rumor and false information and portraying the disease as foreign and brought in with malicious intent.

#books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #plague, #quarantines, #writing-and-writers

‘God Created the Virus. But Now He Has Lost Control.’

Pakistan’s government is dithering in the face of the epidemic because it’s not sure what to fear the most.

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Worried About Coronavirus, India Tries to Head Off a Mass Hindu Pilgrimage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges Indians to stay home at a time when hundreds of thousands of Hindus usually try to gather at Ayodhya.

#adityanath-yogi, #bharatiya-janata-party, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hinduism, #india, #modi-narendra, #pilgrimages, #politics-and-government, #uttar-pradesh-state-india