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Citing Religious Beliefs, Muslim Gitmo Inmates Object To Female Guards

Saturday, May 02, 2015

A judge has blocked women from shackling and escorting the five Muslim men on trial for plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Soldiers, in turn, have filed Equal Opportunity complaints against the judge.

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What Else Might We Term 'God'?

Friday, May 01, 2015

In 13.7 last week, guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams suggested we rethink the definition of "God." Commentator Alva Noë responds this week, questioning how this would work — and what we would gain.

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Dozens Of Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nearly 150 writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.

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Morning Edition

Learning About The Quran ... From A Catholic Archbishop

Thursday, April 30, 2015

As a young priest, Michael Fitzgerald studied Islam and served the Vatican in Muslim countries. Devoted to promoting Catholic-Muslim understanding, he's now teaching Jesuit students about the Quran.

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Pope Francis Calls Gender Pay Gap A 'Pure Scandal'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that Francis' remarks, at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, are some of his most forceful statements yet in favor of women.

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Pope's Coming Statement On Global Warming Will Be Significant

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pope Francis is preparing to urge world leaders to take action on global warming — an example of how scientific and religious leaderships can work together for the common good, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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All Things Considered

Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.

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All Things Considered

Why Russian-American Jews Are Ballroom Dance Leaders

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

As ABC's Dancing with the Stars celebrates its 10th anniversary, we explain why Russian Jewish immigrants and their descendants have stepped to the front of this country's ballroom dance scene.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finding Space for Dialogue in the Quran

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Carla Power, author of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Holt Paperbacks, 2015) recounts the year she spend study the Quran. 

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Fresh Air

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Friday, April 24, 2015

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.

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A New Way To Think About 'God'

Friday, April 24, 2015

All traditional ideas of God are demonstrably inadequate to our time; they perpetuate conflict or fail to inspire us to rise to the challenges of today's world, says guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams.

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'A God That Could Be Real' In The Scientific Universe

Thursday, April 23, 2015

If we take seriously our scientific knowledge, we can redefine God in a new and empowering way that expands our thinking and may help motivate and unite us, says guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams.

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Tea Tuesdays: Tea, Tao And Tourists — China's Mount Hua Is Three-Part Harmony

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One of China's five sacred mountains, Mount Hua is a lotus-shaped range of peaks and hub of Taoism. It has many harrowing paths to well-being — and to tea.

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Morning Edition

Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, but astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build an 18-story telescope.

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Shroud Of Turin Goes Back On Display In Italy For A Limited Engagement

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The 14-by-3.5-foot cloth, believed by many faithful to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, will be shown to the public until June 24.

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Pope 'Considering' Cuba Visit, Vatican Says

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Holy See is in talks for Francis to make a trip to the island nation in September. The pontiff helped forge a breakthrough in relations between Havana and Washington.

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Morning Edition

Vatican Ends Battle With U.S. Nuns

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Vatican took over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious three years ago claiming the group undermined Catholic teaching while promoting "certain radical feminist themes."

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All Things Considered

They Speak Hebrew And Keep Kosher: The Left-Behind Ethiopian Jews

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two years ago, Israel ended with great fanfare a program that brought tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. But many are in limbo, separated from family, the result of stricter religious law.

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Vatican Ends Scrutiny Of U.S. Nuns

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's an abrupt conclusion to a five-year doctrinal overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the main umbrella group for nuns in the U.S., that began in 2012.

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New Survey Shows The World's Most And Least Religious Places

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sixty-three percent of people who took part in a global survey of religious attitudes say they are religious, according to WIN/Gallup International, the organization that carried out the polling.

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