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Pope Francis Says He's Open To Studying Whether Women Can Be Deacons

The pontiff says he is willing to create a commission on the issue. It could signal a turning point for the Roman Catholic Church, which does not allow women to serve in ordained ministry.
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Michigan Bank Discovers The Need For Islamic Finance Products

Some interpretations of Islam outlaw charging interest. That makes most banking pretty hard, but there are ways to practice Islamic compliant finance. One bank in Michigan gave it a go.
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Acceptance Grows, Slowly But Steadily, For Gay Evangelicals

Growing up, gay evangelicals may have thought they had to be one or the other. It's different now. At one welcoming Baptist church in Kentucky, a member says, gay congregants "walk through the door."
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Obama Gets All In His Blackness At Howard

Some applauded the president's speech at the historic black university as a break from "respectability politics" that demean African-Americans. Other saw it as more of the same.

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As U.S. Attitudes Change, Some Evangelicals Dig In; Others Adapt

America's culture war is being fought inside evangelical Christian circles. Some are resisting secular society's trends that conflict with biblical teaching. Others have found a way to live with them.
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Watch Live: PBS Presents, 'Armed In America'

PBS explores gun violence in the United States during its two-night Armed In America special, which will include town hall discussions moderated by All Things Considered weekend host Michel Martin.
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What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil

Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.
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'Little Mosque' Creator Zarqa Nawaz On Mixing Comedy And Religion

The writer/filmmaker uses humor to help people understand Islam, but it took years for some mosque members to come around to her jokes. Nawaz's new memoir is called Laughing All The Way to the Mosque.
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London Elects First Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan Of The Labour Party

The former human rights lawyer beat Conservative Party candidate Zac Goldsmith. Khan's religion was a flashpoint throughout the campaign; he accused Goldsmith of trying to scare and divide voters.
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New Yorkers Remember Anti-War Activist Father Daniel Berrigan

Father Daniel Berrigan was 94 when he died last Saturday. The Jesuit priest came to prominence in 1968 when he and eight others burned hundreds of draft files in protest of the Vietnam War. Berrigan served a prison term for the action and went on to lead countless other demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience.

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