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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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For An Ex-Christian Rocker, Faith Lost Is A Following Gained

Can non-belief in God become a belief system itself? NPR's John Burnett has the story of the Texas indie band Quiet Company, who made a splash with a surprisingly positive album about frontman Taylor Muse's crisis of faith.
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Pope Francis Reveals He Once Worked As A Bouncer

Long before becoming the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis worked some odd jobs. At a church in Rome over the weekend, the pope talked about sweeping floors, working in a chemical lab and teaching in high school. And at one time, he kicked troublemakers out of clubs.
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ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk

A woman in Michigan says that a Catholic hospital failed to give her adequate health care when she came to the hospital after her water broke when she was 18 weeks pregnant. That has sparked a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.
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Black Churches And HIV: 'Sex Is A Reality ... We Gotta Deal With It'

African-Americans are the racial group most affected by HIV in the U.S., and many black churches are stepping in to do something about it. Pastor Timothy Sloan of Texas talks with host Michel Martin about destigmatizing the disease from the pulpit.
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The Role Of Faith In Jewish Life

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Great Britain, spent his life thinking about the role of religion in public life. Host Rachel Martin speaks Sacks, who will begin teaching next year at New York University.
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New Pope's 'Dream' Includes Tolerance, Compassion And Tradition

This week, Pope Francis released a new document called the "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel). His first major document has captured the attention of Vatican watchers, who describe a vision statement of what Francis sees for the future of the Catholic Church.
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Pope Signals A New Direction For The Church

Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation criticized the way much of the world, including the United States, does business. Host Scott Simon talks with the Rev. James Martin, editor at large for America magazine, on why this document is so interesting.

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