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Sisters And Vatican II: A Generational Tug Of War

On Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII opened Vatican II, with a desire to let some fresh air into the Catholic Church. It was a revolution, especially for the nuns who were encouraged to go into the world and help the needy. But now the nuns are being censored, and a generational rift has emerged.
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Why Is Vatican II So Important?

Fifty years ago, Pope John XXIII shocked the world when he created the Second Vatican Council. Known as Vatican II, the council called thousands of bishops and other religious leaders to the Vatican, where they forged a new set of operating principles for the Roman Catholic Church. Today, the council's legacy is at once celebrated and carefully managed.
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Anti-Muslim Ads In Metro Provoke Protests

The controversial Metro ads, which liken Muslims to savages, have been the subject of protests. Protesters in Takoma Wednesday say the signed represents bigotry and not Jewish belief.

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German Catholics' Path To Heaven Comes With Taxes

German Catholics are facing a stark choice: pay a church tax or forget about receiving the sacraments, including baptisms, weddings and funerals. Germany taxes registered Catholics, Protestants and Jews. In 2011, the tax raised $6.5 billion for the Catholic church alone. Progressives and liberals are up in arms over the German bishops' decree.
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Anti-Muslim Ads Go Up In Four Metro Stations

Metro will have to post a series of advertisements depicting radical Muslims as savages by 5 p.m. today, according to a federal judge's ruling.

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Christians Divided Over Science Of Human Origins

The story of Adam and Eve is a primary belief for many Christians. Some scholars argue research on the human genome shows that modern humans did not descend from the Biblical couple, and that Christianity must reconcile modern science and religious beliefs. Originally broadcast September 22, 2011.
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50 Years After Vatican II Transformation Continues

The Catholic Church started an ambitious effort 50 years ago to adapt to the modern world. Vatican II changed everything from the language used during worship, to the role of women within the Catholic church. Host Michel Martin discusses the role of Vatican II in today's church with Greg Tobin, author of The Good Pope.

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