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Pope Francis' First Year In Review

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Pope has earned praise and criticism for his first year leading the Catholic Church. The National Catholic Reporter's Michael Sean Winters and conservative columnist Gayle Trotter weigh in.

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Morning Edition

One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, Pope Francis' pastoral approach in his first year has given the Catholic Church a new glow. But it's still unclear where he intends to take the church.

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All Things Considered

On Italian Newsstands, Pope Francis Gets His Own Fanzine

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Imagine: a papal People magazine. It's not far-fetched. A new magazine, My Pope, is covering the weekly activities of Pope Francis — and it's put out by a publisher known for celebrity gossip rags.

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Morning Edition

Kentucky Southern Baptists Draw Crowds With Gun Giveaways

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Kentucky Baptist Convention has found a surefire way for getting people through church doors: free guns. The church raffle events combine dinner, sermons and a Second Amendment message.

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All Things Considered

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Alpha Lambda Mu filled a void last year, becoming the first Muslim fraternity in the country. Its founder says he just wanted to provide Muslim American men a place to be themselves.

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Studio 360

From Donald Trump to the Son of God

Friday, March 07, 2014

Mark Burnett pretty much invented reality TV as we know it: Survivor, The Apprentice, The Voice. But his latest hit was the 10-hour miniseries The Bible — out of which he's carved a feature film on the life of Jesus.

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VIDEO: Dalai Lama Prays Senators Will 'Act With A Pure Mind'

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Buddhist spiritual leader delivered the U.S. Senate's opening prayer on Thursday. If the politicians heed his words, "happiness will follow," he says.

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Russian, Ukranian Faith Leaders Encourage Hope During Crisis

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are being felt by Orthodox Christians in the US. Ukrainian and Russian religious leaders here discuss how they see their roles in the crisis.

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Italian Publisher Launches Pope Francis Fan Magazine

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The premiere issue of Il Mio Papa (or My Pope) includes a pull-out centerfold of the smiling, cassock-clad pontiff. But Francis tells an Italian newspaper there's too much hype surrounding his papacy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Francis' First Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

It’s Ash Wednesday and this month is the one-year anniversary of the Francis papacy. Catholics, are you participating this year for the first time in a while? Are you getting ashes today? Are you going to make a sacrifice for lent this year?

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All Things Considered

Roadside Service: Drive-In Church Brings God To Your Car

Monday, March 03, 2014

Around the country, some parishes are embracing social media or scheduling services around sporting events to draw worshipers. In Florida, one church offers congregants a drive-in altar by the sea.

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Pope Francis Lets A Vulgarity Slip During Vatican Address

Monday, March 03, 2014

It was a simple slip of the tongue, they say. But when the pope accidentally utters a vulgar word in a public speech, people notice.

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Creation Museum: Bill Nye Debate Sparked Funding 'Miracle'

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Ken Ham, the museum's founder, says a $73-million Noah's Ark theme park was saved from bankruptcy thanks in part to the media attention generated by the face off.

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All Things Considered

'Invisible' Same-Sex Couples Push For Civil Unions In Greece

Friday, February 28, 2014

The LGBT community says Greece is a macho country where being gay means being anti-Greek. Greece currently holds the EU presidency, and activists are using that to spotlight their struggle.

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Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why 'People Care' About His Muslim Faith

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rep. Keith Ellison didn't expect all the controversy he caused after becoming the first Muslim elected to Congress. He talks about his faith journey in his new book My Country 'Tis of Thee.

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Uganda Punishing Gays: 'Sodomy Is Not A Human Right' Says Evangelical Leader

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lawmakers in Uganda have passed an anti-gay law that imposes harsh punishments for homosexual acts. Critics say some American evangelists are to blame. Evangelical leader Scott Lively responds.

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Benedict Dismisses Renewed Rumors About Why He Left The Papacy

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's been one year since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down. Now, he has publicly called speculation that he might not have resigned willingly "simply absurd."

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Morning Edition

Ardent Atheists Spread Their Reverence For Disbelief

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Amid the religious evangelists in San Diego's Balboa Park, there's a table with a banner that reads, "Relax, Hell Does Not Exist." These atheists are looking for converts.

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Do Religious Freedom Bills Discriminate Against LGBT?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Business owners could be able to deny services to LGBT people if an Arizona bill is signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Gifts of Atheism

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In his new book, Imagine There's No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern WorldMitchell Stephens, historian, journalist and professor of Media Studies at New York University, argues that most advancements in human thought were made by non-believers.

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