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The Jewish Divide Over Jerusalem's Most Sensitive Holy Site

Israeli policy bars Jews from praying on the Temple Mount, the Jerusalem hilltop sacred to Jews and Muslims. But some rabbis and right-wing politicians are increasingly challenging the ban.
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Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith Had Up To 40 Wives

The Church of Latter-day Saints never denied polygamy was part of its history. But in a series of new essays, it describes the now-banned practice in detail.
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Chicago Archdiocese Documents Detail Decades Of Sex Abuse

The Archdiocese of Chicago released thousands of pages of documents detailing allegations of sexual abuse by three dozen priests. The documents had been kept secret for decades in some cases and the church says it is releasing them now in an effort to be transparent and to help bring healing to the victims of abuse. But abuse survivors say they feel betrayed, duped and deceived. They and their attorneys contend they were not allowed to help prepare the document release and therefore don't know what's still being hidden from public view.
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Charlotte's College Of Faith Lacks A Campus But Not A Football Team

Normally, colleges create their football teams. But now we have the story of a football coach who created a college. It's an online school called College of Faith in Charlotte, N.C.
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Holy Goats! They're Kind Of A Big Deal In One Nepali Town

The people of Nepal like goat dishes. They like goat sacrifices. But not all local goats meet such a fate. In one town, goats do as they please. After all, they're divine!
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The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World

Did you know about the bat-demon of Tanzania? Or the Japanese girl who haunts school bathrooms? We've rounded up some spooky stories that come from different cultural contexts. The chills translate.
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Palestinians Condemn Closure Of Disputed Religious Site In Jerusalem

Israel closed the Temple Mount, holy to both Muslims and Jews, following an assassination attempt against a Jewish activist who wants Jews to be able to pray at the site. The site will be open Friday.
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Tunisia's Secularists Victorious In Parliamentary Vote

The Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party won just under 40 percent of the seats, beating out the ruling Islamist Ennahda party.
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Evangelicals Mobilize Voters, But GOP Candidates Less Vocally Supportive

Republican candidates haven't been emphasizing their message to religious conservatives this year. But polls suggest evangelical Christians could be their most important block of voters come Election Day. David Greene talks to Pastor Bill Tvedt of the Jubilee Family Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
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Pope Says God Not 'A Magician, With A Magic Wand'

Speaking at an assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Francis also affirmed that evolution and the Big Bang are consistent with a creator.

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