Emily Belz

Emily reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Violence continues

India | As Christians and Hindus clash in India, a group gathers in front of the White House to protest and pray
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/26/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Mobs threw stones into two churches on Monday in Bangalore, India, while 500 Hindus burned 50 homes and two prayer halls, part of a surge of anti-Christian violence that has consumed India for the last few weeks. In just the past week, Hindu extremists have vandalized more than 20 churches.

With a death toll of 27 during this period of clashes and the displacement of tens of thousands of Christians, Indians are saying the violence, which has spread to five states, could burn on until elections in May.

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Decisions on death

Family | The Senate Special Committee on Aging discussed end-of-life care without even mentioning "personhood"
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/25/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-For any family who has paced anxiously in the halls of a hospital, mulling over decisions about loved ones near death, bills and attorneys' documents are far from their minds.

But those are often the practicalities that have to be dealt with. If the patient has not signed an advance directive stating how to be treated in case of incapacitation, which most Americans haven't, then the family is torn between wanting to pursue every cure possible and wanting to lessen their loved one's pain-often with high costs.

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Worldwide religious liberty

Religion | Although a State Department report found greater overall freedom, several countries bear watching
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/23/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The State Department released its annual religious freedom report Friday, finding overall greater religious liberties around the world. The report indicated that countries imposed fewer travel restrictions on religious groups and permitted more building repairs and church attendance.

But all is not well in places like Vietnam and Jordan.

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