Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1547 is fed over PBS on Friday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m. (check local listings).
• Mindfulness Going Mainstream: The practice of mindfulness meditation is becoming popular in schools, corporations and even on Capitol Hill. Correspondent Lucky Severson speaks with mindfulness teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn and Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan about how this Buddhist practice can help ease anxiety and promote compassion.
• Syria Monastery: The violence in Syria has disrupted all areas of life, including religious life. The Syrian desert monastery Deir Mar Musa, 50 miles southwest of Homs, was once a center of pilgrimage and interfaith dialogue. Now, the Catholic priest who leads the monastery has been expelled from Syria and the future of the ministry is uncertain. Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro visited before the violence exploded and has our report about Deir Mar Musa and the work once done there.
• Ramadan Quran Recitation: During the holy month of Ramadan, in addition to sunrise to sunset fasting, Muslims traditionally read the entire Quran. Sheikh Mohammad Alraee, a well-known reciter who began memorizing the Quran at the age of four, explains the practice.