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Seminarian Hopes Pope Francis Will Heal Religion's 'Crisis Of Faith'

Melissa Block speaks with John Connaughton, a 36-year-old American seminarian studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, about what it's like to witness the transition of popes firsthand.
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Pope Francis Criticized For Not Confronting Dictatorship During 'Dirty War'

Audie Cornish talks to Michael Warren, Buenos Aires Bureau Chief for the Associated Press, about Pope Francis and his time with the Roman Catholic Church during Argentina's "dirty war" in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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Pope Francis Displays 'Common Touch' On First Day

Pope Francis' spent his first day as leader of the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday.
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Syrian Rebels Aren't Able To Fill Government's Role As They Take Cities

Audie Cornish talks to Elizabeth O'Bagy from the Institute for the Study of War about her recent visit to rebel groups in Syria and the political and military landscape of the opposition in Syria.
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Pope Francis' Namesake Was Patron Saint Of Animals, Ecology

Saint Francis of Assisi is the namesake of the new pope, Francis. To learn about the life of Saint Francis and his legacy in the Catholic Church, Melissa Block talks with with Father Jeremy Harrington. He's guardian of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America.
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As Global Chains Move In, The Champs Elysees Gets A New Look

Some Parisians worry that an avenue once considered the most beautiful in the world is starting to take on the character of an American shopping strip.
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Courts Become A Battleground For Secularists, Islamists In Syria

Islamist brigades are competing with pro-democracy civilians to shape Syria's future. In many areas in rebel-held northern Syria, Islamists have set up religious courts that deliver rulings under Shariah, or Islamic law.
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After Weeks Of Wrangling, An Israeli Government Takes Shape

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has finally put together a coalition that appears focused on domestic issues rather than security questions or negotiations with the Palestinians.
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Shanghai's Dead Pigs: Search For Answers Turns Up Denials

The discovery of thousands of dead pigs floating in the waters around Shanghai has turned up disturbing reports: of pig dumping and the sale of meat from diseased animals among pig farmers. In the village where some of the pigs came from, we found serial denials.

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