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Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.
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American Catholics Have Mixed Response To Early Synod Report

The Synod is a two-week meeting of Bishops at the Vatican, called by Pope Francis. A tentative report released this week included a softer message toward gay people and divorced individuals.
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Interfaith Chaplains Revitalize An Old Role On College Campuses

A third of young Americans report no religious affiliation. Given the odds, you might expect life around a college chaplain's office to be pretty dull these days. Not so.
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The Unlikely Bond Between A D.C. Church And The Punk Music Scene

For decades, D.C. churches have served as a support system for the city's punk rock scene, but how did that come to be?

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Q&A With Journalist Suzanne Pollak About Arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel

Suzanne Pollak of Washington Jewish Week spoke with WAMU about the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel on charges of voyeurism.

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D.C. Rabbi Arrested On Voyeurism Charges, Synagogue Calls Incident 'Painful'

The leader of a Georgetown synagogue has been arrested on charges of voyeurism, police say.

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What They're Saying: Vatican's New Tolerance On Gays And The Divorced

We take a look at viewpoints from the Catholic and secular media about a stunning interim report released by a synod of bishops meeting at the Vatican.
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Vatican Report Conciliatory Toward Gays, Unmarried Couples

An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops calls for the church to welcome gays, unmarried couples and those who have divorced. Steve Inskeep talks to Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter.
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Vatican Report Expresses More Tolerance For Gays, Unmarried Couples

The preliminary document isn't binding, but suggests the influence of Pope Francis' urging that Catholicism become more merciful.
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A Surprising Tie That Binds Hong Kong's Protest Leaders: Faith

Many older activists were educated at missionary schools, which informs their sense of social and political justice. It's sure to be noticed by Beijing, which sees religion as a threat to its rule.

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