Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit for additional information. Show #1732 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on April 11 (check local listings). 

Severely Impaired Premature Babies – Technology has allowed premature and critically ill newborn babies to survive, but sometimes with major problems. Dr. John Lantos, Ethicist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, says, “The big question today is, of the survivors, how many survive without devastating neurologic impairments or other chronic medical problems.” Betty Rollin speaks with physicians, families and a chaplain at Children’s Mercy’s Intensive Care unit about wrestling with issues of life and death.

The Sarajevo Haggadah – Beginning sundown April 14th, Jews will be observing Passover with the Seder, the special meal which commemorates their ancestors’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. The book that guides the ritual is the Haggadah. Kim Lawton reports on one of the most famous Haggadahs in the world, the Sarajevo Haggadah, named for the Bosnian city where it is now kept. The rare, beautifully illuminated manuscript was created more than 600 years ago in Spain, and many see its story as a compelling symbol of the Exodus.

Additionally, the Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly website has been nominated for the Webby’s People’s Voice award in the “Religion & Spirituality” category . You can vote for us here: 



Lindsey Bernstein


The organizations and/or individuals who submit materials for distribution by Religion News Service are solely responsible for the facts in and accuracy of their materials. Religion News Service will correct any errors brought to its attention.