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Rockaway Church Is Port In A Storm

Weeks after superstorm Sandy, Rockaway, Queens still looks like a disaster zone. St. Francis de Sales Parish has become a kind of central command for distributing food and supplies to thousands of residents every day. Monsignor John Brown of St. Francis talks to host Michel Martin about the recovery effort and what keeps him going.
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'Testament Of Mary' Gives Fiery Voice To The Virgin

Irish writer Colm Toibin's novella recounts familiar stories of the New Testament, as seen through the eyes of Jesus' mother. But this isn't the iconic blushing virgin you're used to seeing. Toibin's Mary is modeled after the fierce heroines of Greek tragedies — and she is filled with anger.
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Church Of England Names New Top Cleric

The Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, has been appointed as the next archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Church of England. The former oil executive has only a year's experience as a bishop. Philip Reeves has the story.
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Black Voters Rethinking Gay Marriage?

On Election Day, Washington, Maine and Maryland states voted to legalize same-sex marriage, stopping a 32-state losing streak. In Maryland, African-American faith leaders took vocal positions on both sides of the issue, and host Michel Martin hears from two of them: Reverend Delman Coates and Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr.
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Former Nun Finds Her Stride As Mom, Businesswoman

Grace Steckler joined a convent at 18 — but left at 30 after realizing her chosen path wasn't right for her.

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Man Behind Anti-Islamic Film Sentenced To Year In Prison

Mark Basseley Youssef admitted to violating four of eight conditions of his probation. He'd previously served 21 months in prison for bank fraud. His film, Innocence of Muslims, which depicted Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, sparked violence in the Muslim world.

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