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Pope Francis Says The Court Is The 'Leprosy Of The Papacy'

As the pope begins a meeting with his Council of Cardinals, an Italian newspaper publishes a wide-ranging interview with him, in which the pontiff affirms separation of church and state and expounds on the nature of good and evil.

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII To Become Saints Next April

Pope Francis has selected the Second Sunday of Easter as the date for their canonization. The ceremony at the Vatican is expected to draw large crowds, especially from John Paul II's native Poland.

The Religious Alternative To Obamacare's Individual Mandate

The new federal health law has a few exemptions from its insurance mandate, including health care sharing ministries. Members pay a monthly fee to help cover some of each other's medical costs — but there are no guarantees.

Ancient Jewish Tradition Meets Contemporary Design

What happens when you ask architects to re-imagine a structure mandated by the Jewish holy book? A freaking cool cultural piece of art, that's what.

Pork Politics: Why Some Danes Want Pig Meat Required On Menus

No traditional Danish meal is complete without a piece of pork tucked in somewhere — which helps explain the outrage that followed after some Danish day cares dropped pork to accommodate Muslims. The battle over menus is the latest sign of Denmark's struggle with multiculturalism.
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Muslim Leaders Push For Eid ul-Adha Observance In Montgomery County

Muslim community leaders are urging Montgomery County officials to close schools in observance of a Muslim holiday.


What Was The Pope Thinking?

Pope Francis said in an interview this week that the Catholic Church has been too focused on gays, abortion and birth control. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Father Thomas Reese, senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, about whether the pope's remarks signal a change in Church doctrine.

Pope Calls For 'New Balance' On Hot Button Social Issues

In an interview published Thursday, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being "obsessed" with anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-contraception doctrine. He said the Church needs a "new balance" or it could "fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel."

Pope Says Church Too Focused On Gays, Abortion, Birth Control

Audie Cornish talks to Rev. James Martin of America, a Jesuit magazine, about a recent interview with Pope Francis in which he says the church should not talk so much about gays, abortion and contraception.

Church Must Find Balance, Pope Says, Or Fall Like Cards

Francis' comments came in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications. He said when the church does speak about issues like gays, abortion and contraception, it should do so in context. "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," he said.