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Southern Baptists See Their Future In A Black Pastor

The Southern Baptist Convention is expected to elect its first black president on Tuesday: Fred Luter, a former street preacher who turned a dying New Orleans church into a powerhouse. His election is a milestone for the 167-year-old denomination at a time when minorities make up a growing share of a shrinking membership.
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After 30 Years In Syria, Outspoken Priest Is Expelled

When anti-government demonstrations began last year, the Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio supported the young Syrians calling for democracy. During his three decades in Syria, the Italian Jesuit priest helped restore an ancient monastery outside of Damascus and promoted Christian-Muslim dialogue.
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Bishops Ask If Enough Done To Stop Sex Abuse

U.S. Catholic bishops are wrapping up their annual meeting in Atlanta. They vowed to continue fighting the Obama administration over contraceptive health coverage. Plus, ten years after sexual abuse scandals were revealed, the bishops assessed whether they're doing enough to protect children. Host Michel Martin speaks with two religion reporters.
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Radio's Bryan Fischer Tries Pushing Romney Right

The evangelical radio host recently made national news for leading an attack against Mitt Romney's openly gay national security spokesman, who later resigned. But Fischer's viewpoints on abortion, gay marriage, education and taxes have been influencing his listeners long before this.
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Friars Come To Nuns' Defense In Vatican Investigation

The Franciscan friars of the U.S. have expressed support for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The organization which represents most of the country's nuns is the subject of a Vatican investigation. Audie Cornish speaks with Father Joe Nangle, of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Arlington, Va., about his order's decision to support the Sisters.
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Born To Be Wild: Catholic Nuns Hit The Road

American Catholic nuns are outraged over federal government budget cuts to programs that help the poor. They're taking their fight to the streets, on a bus tour. This comes at a critical time because of a conflict with the Vatican over "serious doctrinal problems." Host Michel Martin speaks with one road tripping nun, Sister Simone Campbell.

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