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Jehovah's Witnesses Cover Up Child Sex Abuse

Monday, February 16, 2015

A new investigation finds a pattern of child sexual abuse and cover-up in the Jehovah's Witness religious organization. 

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ISIS Video Purports To Show Mass Beheading Of Coptic Christians

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The footage is supposed to show militants from the self-declared Islamic State executing 21 Coptic Christians captured by the extremist group last week.

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Some See Extreme 'Anti-Theism' As Motive In N.C. Killings

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina is a self-described anti-theist, what some some experts see as a new extremism developing among some atheists.

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Taking Stock Of Pope Francis After Two Years On The Job

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pope Francis had many accolades placed on him when he became Pope. Nearly two years later, host Indira Lakshmanan speaks with Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo about whether or not he's living up to his reputation.

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Attack On Copenhagen Cafe Apparently Aimed At Cartoonist

Saturday, February 14, 2015

At least one person is dead following the attack on a seminar put on by artist Lars Vilks, who received numerous death threats for the 2007 publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Pope Welcomes 20 New Cardinals

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Twenty Catholic prelates become princes of the church on Saturday. Many of them come from poor countries, reflecting the pope's focus on ministering to the impoverished.

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Obama Calls UNC Murders 'Brutal And Outrageous'

Friday, February 13, 2015

The president spoke a day after the Justice Department announced an investigation into the killings of three Muslim university students as a possible hate crime.

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All Things Considered

Pope Encounters Resistance On Some Reforms

Friday, February 13, 2015

At the Vatican this week, the pope's G9 — a committee of nine cardinals — is working on how to overhaul Vatican governance.

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Couples Who Choose Not To Have Children Are 'Selfish,' Pope Says

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Francis spoke of a "greedy generation" that is opting not to procreate. His remarks come less than two weeks after he said Catholics do not need to breed "like rabbits."

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Part Asian-American, All Jewish?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

After years of dealing with doubters, one writer examines the lives of other people with mixed Asian-American and Jewish heritage, and what that means for their faith.

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All Things Considered

Filmmaker Takes A Stand Against Extremism In Oscar-Nominated 'Timbuktu'

Monday, February 09, 2015

Abderrahmane Sissako's film was inspired by the seizure of the Malian city by Islamist fighters in 2012. It has won international accolades with its lyrical beauty and critique of religious extremism.

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Morning Edition

Papal Group Considers Sanctions On Bishops Who Cover Up Abuse

Monday, February 09, 2015

A commission advising Pope Francis on how to tackle clerical sex abuse of minors has completed its first full meeting at the Vatican. The commission has been criticized for its slow start.

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Morning Edition

'Visit My Mosque' Campaign Builds Bridges In Britain

Monday, February 09, 2015

More than 20 mosques across Britain recently opened their doors for a day to non-Muslims. Imams and worshipers served tea and cakes, and answered visitors' questions about their faith.

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Oscar Romero, The Murdered Archbishop Who Inspires The Pope

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Pope Francis and the Vatican have recognized Romero, who served as archbishop of San Salvador, as a martyr. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on his life, and the possibility he might become a saint.

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All Things Considered

Decades After His Murder, An Archbishop Is Put On Path To Sainthood

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Pope Francis has declared slain Archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr. Previous popes declined to do so, possibly because of Romero's role in liberation theology.

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Obama Condemns 'Horrific Acts' In The Name Of Religion

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The president said that God never justifies the killing of innocent people. He also referred to the Dalai Lama, who attended the National Prayer Breakfast for the first time, as his "good friend."

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Pope Francis To Address Congress During U.S. Trip, Boehner Says

Thursday, February 05, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner says Francis will address lawmakers on Sept. 24 during his first papal visit to the United States.

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Pope Declares Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero A Martyr

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Archbishop was an outspoken voice against human rights abuses during the Salvadoran Civil war. He was killed while giving mass in 1980. The Pope's decree sets the stage for beatification.

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'Mormon Stories' Podcast Founder Contemplates Excommunication

Sunday, February 01, 2015

John Dehlin of the Mormon Stories podcast may soon be kicked out of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He says he found some parts of the church's history "deeply disturbing."

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In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A women-led mosque held its first jumma'a, or Friday prayer service, in Los Angeles this week. The group is hoping to strengthen the Muslim community in America by empowering the faith's women.

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