The new guidelines govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected.

WEEK IN RELIGION

The Vatican recently announced updates in its rules for the use of relics in the saint-making process. The new guidelines govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected.

The update explicitly bans the selling of hair strands, hands, teeth and other body parts of saints. It also prohibits the use of relics in sacrilegious rituals and states that the Roman Catholic church might have to obtain consent from surviving family members before exhuming the remains of sainthood candidates. Body relics are often featured during beatification and canonization masses to allow the faithful to publicly venerate the new saint for the first time.

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STUDY SAYS

Spiritual but not religious still identify with religious tradition

According to a recent study conducted by PRRI, only 30 percent of Americans who are spiritual but not religious are religiously unaffiliated. About 18 percent identify as white mainline Protestant, 18 percent as Catholic, 13 percent belong to a non-Christian tradition.

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GOOD BOOK?

“Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life” by Scott M. Marshall

Never before has a book like this one delved into the spiritual odyssey of cultural icon Bob Dylan. Tracking an American original — from his Jewish roots to his controversial embrace of Jesus to his enduring legacy as the composer of the Tempest album — “Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life” delivers the story of a man in dogged pursuit of redemption.

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THE WORD

rector: In the Anglican and Episcopal churches, the priest in charge of a parish who is responsible for conducting worship and leading spiritual affairs.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Nicaragua is:

Roman Catholic: 51.6 percent Evangelical: 33.9 percent Other: 1.5 percent Unspecified: 12.9 percent None: 0.2 percent

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