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When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One

When members of a choir sing, their heart rates quickly become synchronized, beating in the same rhythm. Researchers think this may be why singing together is a key part of religious rituals around the world, and such a joy for the singers.
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Live From Mecca, It's Ramadan

Sounds and images from the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holy city in Saudi Arabia that is closed to non-Muslim visitors, are streaming live online, depicting pilgrims' visits for Ramadan.
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When Does Ramadan Start? It's Complicated.

The beginning of the Muslim holy month is timed to the sighting of the crescent moon. But different communities place that moment at different times.
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After Rulings, Faith Leader Continues To Fight Gay Marriage

Reverend Derek McCoy fought hard against the legalization of same-sex marriage, calling it a morality issue. He speaks to host Michel Martin about how his congregation feels about the rulings and what it plans to do next.
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Two Former Popes Can Thank New Pope For Sainthood

The Catholic Church will soon have two new saints, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Church watchers are interpreting what the elevation of these two men says about the current pope, Pope Francis, and his priorities. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with John Allen, correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter about the pope's recent move.
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Two Former Popes Approved For Sainthood

Pope Francis has cleared the way for Pope John Paul II to be canonized after approving a second miracle attributed to his intercession. And Francis also approved Pope John XXIII for sainthood, even though he his not credited with a second miracle. In approving the canonization of both, the new Pope has pleased both conservatives and reformers in the Catholic Church.
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From Deep In The Bible Belt, Pastor Looks For 'Hope After Faith'

Jerry DeWitt was a preacher in the bible belt for 25 years teaching, leading, and comforting his congregation. But then, he lost his faith. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to DeWitt about how he went from deep Christianity to an Atheist. It's all in his new book "Hope After Faith."
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Pope John Paul II Will Be Made A Saint

Theologians recently attributed a second miracle — the curing of a Costa Rican woman with a brain injury — to Pope John Paul II. The Vatican announced Friday that Pope John XXIII a saint.
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The Politics Of Abortion In Texas

State Senator Wendy Davis has caught national attention after her 11-hour filibuster to block a bill that would limit abortions in Texas. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with reporter Wayne Slater and Professor Jim Henson about what this means in Texas and what it says about the abortion debate across the country.
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Church Of Epiphany Opens Doors To Muslims

Every Friday at 1 p.m., instead of hearing church bells ringing at the Church of Epiphany, you will hear the Muslim call to prayer, called the "azan." For the last five years, this church located in the heart of D.C., has opened its doors to a faith different than its own - and for Muslims, it is a relationship born of need.

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