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Learning About The Quran ... From A Catholic Archbishop

As a young priest, Michael Fitzgerald studied Islam and served the Vatican in Muslim countries. Devoted to promoting Catholic-Muslim understanding, he's now teaching Jesuit students about the Quran.
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Pope Francis Calls Gender Pay Gap A 'Pure Scandal'

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that Francis' remarks, at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, are some of his most forceful statements yet in favor of women.
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Why Russian-American Jews Are Ballroom Dance Leaders

As ABC's Dancing with the Stars celebrates its 10th anniversary, we explain why Russian Jewish immigrants and their descendants have stepped to the front of this country's ballroom dance scene.
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Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.
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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.
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Tea Tuesdays: Tea, Tao and Tourists — China's Mount Hua Is Three-Part Harmony

One of China's five sacred mountains, Mount Hua is a lotus-shaped range of peaks and hub of Taoism. It has many harrowing paths to well-being — and to tea.
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Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, but astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build an 18-story telescope.
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Shroud Of Turin Goes Back On Display In Italy For A Limited Engagement

The 14-by-3.5-foot cloth, believed by many faithful to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, will be shown to the public until June 24.
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Pope 'Considering' Cuba Visit, Vatican Says

The Holy See is in talks for Francis to make a trip to the island nation in September. The pontiff helped forge a breakthrough in relations between Havana and Washington.
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Vatican Ends Battle With U.S. Nuns

The Vatican took over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious three years ago claiming the group undermined Catholic teaching while promoting "certain radical feminist themes."

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