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Geraldine Brooks: "The Secret Chord"

A new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "March" reinterprets the life of King David as he journeys from humble origins to become the slayer of Goliath and the ruler of a kingdom.


Bishops Question How To Achieve Pope's Vision Of An Inclusive Church

Pope Francis has opened an assembly of bishops to talk about issues facing families — such as marriage, divorce and contraception. He reiterated that the Catholic church opposes same-sex marriage.

The Synod Could Be The Defining Moment Of Francis' Papacy

Sunday is the first day of a three-week meeting of Catholic bishops to tackle questions of marriage, divorce and homosexuality — issues that go to the heart of what it means to be a Catholic.

Pope's Visit Brings Focus To Tenuous Intersection Of Faith And Politics

Many Americans are reassessing Pope Francis' triumphant U.S. tour because of his meeting with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis.

Hijab-Wearing Model Appears In H&M Ad, A First For Fashion Giant

When H&M put a Muslim girl in a headscarf in an online ad this summer, it prompted celebration among Hijabi fashionistas. Is it a sign that the public is more open to Muslim culture?

Vatican Fires Priest After He Comes Out As Gay Ahead Of Bishops' Meeting

Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa appeared at a news conference with his partner. In an interview he called the Church's stance on homosexuality "backwards."

Amid Societal Shifts, What Will New Mormon Leader Appointments Mean?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will announce three new top leaders. Scholar Matthew Bowman discusses what the change could mean at a time when social issues challenge the faith.

Before The Pope Met With Kim Davis, He Met With A Gay Couple

A day before his private meeting with controversial Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, Pope Francis met with his friend from Argentina at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Vatican Responds To 'Clarify' Pope's Meeting With Kentucky Clerk

The Vatican says Francis did not ask for a meeting with Kim Davis, who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and should not be seen as supporting Davis' stance.

Vatican Details Pope's Meeting With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

Responding to a flood of interest, the Vatican says the private meeting shouldn't be seen as an endorsement of all of Davis' views.