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Largest Group Of U.S. Presbyterian Churches Allows Same-Sex Marriages

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Presbyterian Church (USA), which includes more than 4,000 ministers and 1.8 million members, will let individual churches decide whether to perform gay-marriage ceremonies.

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Tea Tuesdays: Gift Of The Moon, Bane Of The Spanish — The Story Of Yerba Mate

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Legend has it the moon gifted this drink to the Guaraní people of South America. It was banned by the colonial government. The Jesuits made it their most profitable crop. Oh, and the pope drinks it.

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Morning Edition

After Attacks, Is Europe Still Safe For Jews?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Jews have been feeling increasingly vulnerable, journalist Jeffrey Goldberg says. In an article for The Atlantic, he wonders whether anti-Semitic attacks mean Europe is no longer safe for Jews.

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Pope Francis' Financial Reforms Rattle Vatican's Old Guard

Saturday, March 14, 2015

As the second anniversary of his papacy nears, Pope Francis has made significant progress in bringing transparency to the Vatican's finances and Cardinal George Pell is carrying out sweeping reforms.

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All Things Considered

Pope Francis Very Popular Among Both U.S. Catholics, Non-Catholics

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pope Francis has maintained high approval ratings even as the Catholic Church struggles with declining membership and the effects of the sexual abuse scandal.

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Pope Francis Says His Tenure At The Vatican Will Be Short

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pope Francis also said he misses the relative anonymity he had as a bishop — and that he'd like to sneak out for a pizza, unrecognized.

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All Things Considered

Southern Baptist Leaders Highlight Benefits Of Youthful Matrimony

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Southern Baptist Convention is quietly nudging its 16 million members to tie the knot at a younger age. Baptist leaders say that marriage should be considered a foundation of adult life.

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Supreme Court Revives Notre Dame's Appeal In Contraception Case

Monday, March 09, 2015

Last February, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago backed a lower court's ruling that dismissed Notre Dame's challenge. That decision was vacated Monday.

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Morning Edition

Vatican Says Ransom Sought For Missing Michelangelo Letters

Monday, March 09, 2015

In a development reminiscent of a Dan Brown thriller, the Vatican confirmed a report that it has received a ransom demand for the return of two stolen letters written by the renaissance master Michelangelo. It's the first time the theft has been revealed. A spokesman said the Vatican refused to pay.

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All Things Considered

Dresden Anti-Immigration Protests Cause Tension In Muslim Community

Friday, March 06, 2015

The German city of Dresden was at the center of large anti-immigration protests for months. Members of the city's Muslim community live with the tension caused by the protests.

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Morning Edition

Will Greece's New Government Help The Muslim Minority Integrate?

Friday, March 06, 2015

For decades, Muslims in northeastern Greece were cut off from the rest of the country. Mainstream politicians backed by the Greek Orthodox church ignored them.

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All Things Considered

Kurdish-German Journalist Makes Light Of Hate Mail In Spoken Word Act

Thursday, March 05, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish meets journalist Mely Kiyak, a German-born daughter of Kurds from Turkey. In her spoken word performance, she stages readings of hate mail directed at people of foreign origins.

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All Things Considered

Highest-Ranking Muslim German Official Says Terrorist Attacks Bolster Discrimination

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Aydan Özoguz, Germany's federal commissioner for migration and refugees, is the highest-ranking Muslim in the German government. She says she is frustrated by the way terrorist incidents drive wedges between different groups in Germany.

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Cardinal Egan, Ex-Archbishop Of New York, Dies

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The cause was cardiac arrest, the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement. Cardinal Edward Egan was 82.

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WNYC News

Cardinal Edward Egan, Former Archbishop of NY, Dead at 82

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The former Archbishop died in a New York hospital of cardiac arrest.

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The Takeaway

The Politics of Religious Holidays & School Breaks

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Muslim-Americans campaigning for school days off on holy holidays got a victory in New York. Other communities have recently struck religious holidays from the calendar. Who's right?

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Specials

Reveal: Military Torture, Internet Availability and the Secrets of Religon

Thursday, March 05, 2015

In this episode of Reveal, learn the secrets behind a powerful religious group, why so many cities still have poor Internet service, and our military's experiences with torture.

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All Things Considered

French Law 'Laicite' Restricts Muslim Religious Expression

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish is in France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population. France is a secular country, and it has a law called "laicite," which maintains a strict separation of church and state.

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All Things Considered

In France, Young Muslims Often Straddle Two Worlds

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

An estimated 40 percent of France's 7 million Muslims live in and around Paris, many of them in the poor suburbs. It's hard to escape the banlieues, even for those who work or attend school elsewhere.

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All Things Considered

Debate About French Muslim Identity Plays Out In Hip-Hop

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

As part of our stories about Muslims in Western Europe, commentator Hisham Aidi, author of the book Rebel Music, talks about how music factors into the cultural differences between French Muslims.

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