Christianity

Footage from a church mid-explosion brings hope to Beirutis
This Greek Orthodox church's altar survived the blast unscathed - even its oil lamp stayed lit.

'There's no atheist in the impact zone'

The believers honouring lost surfers at sea
Mikhail Thompson is a South African surfer and mentor who has administered a number of 'paddle-out' ceremonies during his lifetime. 

A paddle-out is a way of honouring someone who’s had a love for the ocean where surfers circle together in the ocean and float beyond the breakwater. 

It always mean one thing - that another surfer has died. 

He describes the profoundly spiritual experience of surfing waves, and how losing someone from the close-knit surfer community leaves a void. 

(Photo credit: BBC)