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St. Francis of Assisi, What Religion Teaches Us About Dying Well, and More March 21, 2013
Summary: The new pope and his namesake, a meditation on life and death, and a neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife.
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The New Pope and His Namesake March 21, 2013
Wearing an old tunic and no shoes, St. Francis of Assisi devoted himself to helping the poor. We get to know the humble friar, the new Pope's namesake.

Jon Sweeney, editor and translator of Francis of Assisi in His Own Words: The Essential Writings
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In Confronting Death, Finding Meaning in Life March 21, 2013
Death isn't something we like to talk about. But author Erica Brown says the last days of life can be among our most meaningful--for ourselves and for our loved ones. She leads us through how different traditions handle death, from the Jewish practice of sitting shiva to the Muslim ritual washing of the deceased.

Erica Brown, author of Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death
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A Voice from the Edge of Heaven March 21, 2013
A successful neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander thought he understood the mysteries of the brain. That changed when he came down with a rare form of bacterial meningitis. While in a coma, he began a deeply vivid journey to otherworldly realms. And he became convinced he found proof that our souls endure beyond our bodies and brains.

Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife