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Archbishop Kurtz: Pope Francis Is 'Engaged' With People

Pope Francis celebrates his 77th birthday on Tuesday. Linda Wertheimer talks to the recently elected head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, about the pope's recent statements on global economics.
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Pastor Says He Will Minister To Gays Even If He's Defrocked

Rev. Frank Schaefer was convicted and suspended at a church trial last month of violating the Methodist Book of Discipline by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony.
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The Pope, Poverty And Policy

Pope Benedict stunned the world when he stepped down earlier this year. His successor, Pope Francis, has been shaking things up ever since. The first Jesuit to head the Vatican, Francis is renewing the Church's focus on poverty and putting a new face forward. We find out more about the history of the Jesuits, the Holy See and consider the influence Francis is having on policy around the world, including the United States.

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In The Midst Of Newtown's Grief, Pastor Says There Is Light

Reverend Matthew Crebbin had to comfort shocked residents after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 28 people last year. A year later, he speaks with host Michel Martin about the role faith played in keeping the town together.
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Alexandria Church Embraces Unusual Musical Tradition

Members of the Church of God and Saints of Christ have been passing down musical traditions — without committing songs to paper — for more than 100 years.

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Florida Man Airs Grievances With Festivus Pole In Capitol

On Wednesday, Chaz Stevens' beer can-covered pole joined a number of other displays in the state Capitol in Tallahassee. There are also a religious Nativity scene and an atheist display. Stevens says he's protesting what he sees as a flagrant disregard for the separation of church and state.
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Pope's Propensity For Shaking Things Up Makes Him Man Of The Year

Time magazine has named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year. The magazine cited Francis' willingness to take on thorny issues such as homosexuality, the role of women in the church, poverty and the nature of capitalism. At the same time, the pontiff has done so while projecting an air of humility and compassion, which has captured the world's attention in just nine months.
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Is Pope Francis Really 'The People's Pope'?

Time magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, calling him "The People's Pope." Francis has called on the Roman Catholic Church leadership to emphasize compassion and prioritize caring for the poor. Host Michel Martin speaks to a panel of Catholic leaders to hear their thoughts on Pope Francis.
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Pope Francis Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says

The new pope has pulled the papacy "out of the palace and into the streets," Time says. The 2013 runner-up is NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Was Francis the right choice?
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The International Disability Treaty

The Americans with Disabilities Act served as the model for an international treaty. But while 138 countries have ratified the treaty, the U.S. has not. Two State Department officials join us to discuss the leadership role they hope the United States can continue to play on the issue.

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