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Popes In The Holy Land: After 2,000 Years, A New Tradition

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pope Francis becomes one of the few pontiffs who have visited the birthplace of Christianity when he makes a three-day journey to the Holy Land where he will reach out to other faiths as well.

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Protestant Churches Grapple With Growing Sexual Abuse Crisis

Friday, May 23, 2014

The conservative nature of many Protestant schools and churches has been blamed for shielding child abusers. Journalist Kathryn Joyce talks efforts to bring them to light.

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Morning Edition

'Unmosqued' Examines Muslim Variant Of Unchurched Youth

Friday, May 23, 2014

A new documentary making the rounds on college campuses is striking a chord with young Muslims. It depicts them drifting away from Islam and argues that mosques are to blame.

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Morning Edition

Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel

Friday, May 23, 2014

Conflicts arise when Israeli settlement or security construction cuts into land, often owned by local churches, where Palestinians live or work. Local Christians hope Francis will push their cause.

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All Things Considered

Pope To Visit Children At Palestinian Refugee Camp

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pope Francis will soon visit a Palestinian refugee camp near Bethlehem, meeting children in a community center that perches above the crowded camp. Emily Harris shows you what he will and won't see.

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Amish Leave Pa. In Search Of Greener, Less Touristy Pastures

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Dutch draw tourists โ€” and their money โ€” to Lancaster County. But commercialism and development threaten the Amish lifestyle, so some families are moving to more isolated communities.

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Are India's Elections A Wake Up Call For The Diaspora?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

An overwhelming win for India's conservative opposition party could profoundly change the direction of the world's largest democracy. But what do Indian Americans think?

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All Things Considered

The 1,000-Year-Old Schism That Pope Francis Seeks To Heal

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Catholic and Orthodox churches split in 1054. In the Holy Land this week, the pope and Orthodox leaders will meet to try to start restoring unity. But not everyone is eager for reconciliation.

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Nigerian Church Spreads African-Style Zeal Across North America

Sunday, May 18, 2014

White missionaries used to travel to Africa to save souls. Today, the trend is reversed, as evangelists from the global south target Americans and Europeans they say are ripe for Christian renewal.

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All Things Considered

Southern Baptist Leaders Seek Softer Approach To Homosexuality

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Though the denomination still considers homosexuality a sin, some leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention are telling pastors to rein in harsh rhetoric and accept that gay people are in their pews.

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Educating Girls: Big Payoff For $45 A Year

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Girls without an education are six times more likely to marry young than those who've finished high school, according to a new report from the World Bank Group. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more.

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Debate: Is Death Final?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The idea of an afterlife has fascinated humans for millennia. In a recent Intelligence Squared debate, two teams faced off over the concept of life after death from a scientific perspective.

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The Takeaway

Tracing An Ill-Fated Voyage to Escape the Nazis

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Today marks the 75th anniversary of a ship setting sail. It's a ship you probably haven't heard of, but one that tells an important and dark story about our country's past.

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The Takeaway

NYPD Uses Jails to Recruit Muslim Informants

Monday, May 12, 2014

According to documents obtained by our partner The New York Times, a team of NYPD detectives have been going through the city's jails looking for Muslim immigrants in order to turn them into informants.

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A Voice For Abuse Survivors Within The Catholic Church

Sunday, May 11, 2014

In 1960, an Irish priest sexually abused Marie Collins. Now Pope Francis has named her to a Vatican panel on the church pedophilia crisis.

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U.N. Panel Could Find Vatican Guilty Of Torture

Sunday, May 11, 2014

This week the Vatican faced a U.N. panel investigating priest sex abuse. The panel called for an end to what it called a Vatican "climate of impunity."

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Florida Rabble-Rouser Seeks To Open Civic Meeting With Satanist Prayer

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the constitutionality of saying secular prayers before government meetings. Chaz Stevens is testing the court's opinion in Deerfield Beach.

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Kidnappers In Nigeria Distorting Muslim Faith?

Friday, May 09, 2014

Boko Haram claims that its kidnapping of Nigerian girls was a decree from Allah. But The Islamic Monthly's Arsalan Iftikhar says the group must take a closer look at what the religion actually says.

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WNYC News

Local Religious Leaders Divided Over Supreme Court Prayer Decision

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Supreme Court says that prayers before town meetings are Constitutional.

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Accusations Of Embezzlement, Sex Roil Old Kentucky Monastery

Thursday, May 08, 2014

A former accountant for the Abbey of Gethsemani is accused of stealing more than $1 million. But he says he was targeted for revealing details of what he says were sexual affairs inside the monastery.

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