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PaganNewsBeagle Faithful Friday Oct 24

In today's Faithful Friday installment of the PaganNewsBeagle, we bring you some of the more interesting stories of faith and religion we found this week. We’ve got: Hindu-Americans celebrate Diwali; Brazilians (even non-Catholics) love the Virgin Mary but Afro-Caribbean believers there feel under attack; and an amazing Japanese Shinto festival.

Hindus this week are celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights. American Hindus are using the holiday to educate others about their religion.

In the U.S. East Indians celebrate Diwali as a cultural festival, even if they are not practicing Hindus, says this Pew Research Center survey.

Although many Brazilians are leaving Catholicism, their enthusiasm for the Virgin Mary remains strong.

Evangelical Christianity is growing in Brazil, and AlJazeera Amercia reports that followers of Afro-Caribbean indigenous faiths are increasingly feeling under attack.

And from Japan, a truly "smashing" Shinto autumn harvest festival. (Check out the photos on this story!)

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