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Brunei's Shariah Law Spurs Boycott Of Beverly Hills Hotel

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The Beverly Hills City Council voted Tuesday to ask Brunei's government to divest itself of the famed luxury hotel. Brunei's harsh new laws have made its hotels a target of celebrity boycotts.

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All Things Considered

UN Committee Grills Vatican Officials On Sex Abuse

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Vatican has faced two days of grilling before the U.N. Committee on Torture investigating the Catholic Church's handling of cases of sexual abuse by priests.

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The Takeaway

The Campaign to Save a 9/11 Revenge Killer

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Ten days after 9/11, Mark Stroman walked into a gas station and shot a Bangladeshi immigrant named Rais Bhuiyan in the face. Bhuiyan started a campaign to have his attacker spared from the death penalty. New York Times Columnist Anand Giridharadas chronicles Bhuiyan and Stroman's stories in his new book.

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Vatican Tells U.N. Committee That Abuse Claims Have Dropped

Monday, May 05, 2014

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said there had been a "stabilization and even decline of cases of pedophilia."

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Upholds Prayer at Town Meetings

Monday, May 05, 2014

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public meetings can include an opening prayer, saying that the practice does not constitute a religious preference.

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Morning Edition

Blessed Be Thy Bicycle: New York Riders Roll Into Church

Monday, May 05, 2014

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine held its 16th annual ceremony to bless the city's bikes and cyclists on Saturday. Some come for God's help; others are just hoping for "a little extra mojo."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Pope's Theologian

Monday, May 05, 2014

Walter Kasper, German cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and author of Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (Paulist Press, 2014), talks about his book (that got a good review by Pope Francis) and the shift in emphasis from judgment to mercy in the church today.

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WNYC News

Ex-Cop Accused of Anti-Semitic Vandalism

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The alleged vandal was caught on a security camera.

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First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Announces Divorce

Sunday, May 04, 2014

"My belief in marriage is undiminished by the reality of divorcing someone I have loved for a very long time," Bishop Gene Robinson says.

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Yiddish Culture Takes Center Stage

Friday, May 02, 2014

An effort to preserve the Yiddish language is getting a boost from the theater world. The artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene talks about preserving the language through art.

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All Things Considered

As Egyptian Laws Tighten, One Outlaw Preacher Defies State Power

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Wary of the messages people are hearing in mosques, the Egyptian government is telling tens of thousands of preachers what they should be saying in their sermons. One preacher is defying the order.

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Egyptian Court Hands Down 683 Death Sentences

Monday, April 28, 2014

It's the second mass death sentence in just two months in Egypt; however, all but 37 of the 529 people convicted in March had their sentences commuted.

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Crowds Jam St. Peter's For Historic Day Of Four Popes

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people filled the Vatican's massive plaza to witness the extraordinary sight of two popes — one reigning and one retired — declaring two of their predecessors as saints.

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Two Very Different Popes Will Be Canonized

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pope John Paul II was a favorite of traditionalists in the Catholic Church. John XXIII was beloved by liberals. By canonizing them together, Pope Francis hopes to keep all Catholics in the same tent.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, April 25, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

The Case Against Home Ownership (First) | Climate Change, Abroad (Starts at 28:40) | A Social History of God (Starts at 41:57)

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Saint Who? John XXIII Overshadowed By John Paul II

Friday, April 25, 2014

Catholics have known for years that Pope John Paul II was destined for sainthood, but many aren't so familiar with John XXIII, who also will be canonized on Sunday.

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Morning Edition

Got My Goat? Vermont Farms Put Fresh Meat On Refugee Tables

Friday, April 25, 2014

Americans don't eat much barbecued goat, but the meat is a mainstay in many African, Asian and Caribbean diets. In Vermont, farmers raise it for refugees and immigrants, and hope to mainstream it.

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Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Word about what the pope reportedly said when he called a woman in Argentina set off speculation that he wants to reverse church teachings. His spokesman says that's reading too much into the story.

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The Ten Commandments In The Digital Age

Thursday, April 24, 2014

From adultery to envy, is social media making it harder to honor the Ten Commandments? Paul Edwards of The Deseret News talks about its series on how the Commandments fit into American life today.

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All Things Considered

2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Millions of pilgrims are expected Sunday for the joint canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Rome is cleaning up and preparing everything from first aid stands to portable toilets.

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