As the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, returned to class in January for the first time since December’s deadly shooting spree, they and their parents were greeted by police escorts, support counselors, teachers—and a team of “comfort dogs.”
The interior of the West End Temple in New York City’s Rockaway Beach neighborhood in Queens looks like a construction zone—walls and floors gutted down to the wooden studs, bathroom fixtures gone, warped pews piled in the banquet hall.
The synagogue is being dried out after Superstorm Sandy pushed four feet of water into the building from nearby Jamaica Bay.
As Cuba moves toward a post-Fidel Castro society, its churches are
finding ways to "give a Christian witness with integrity" in a country
that places restrictions on areas of life such as free expression, said
the general secretary of the World Council of Churches after a visit to
the Caribbean island.
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