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'Bishop Of Bling' Suspended By Pope Francis

In Germany, Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst is at the center of a controversy over millions spent on renovations at his residence and offices.

Election In Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Town Tests Gender Norms

"It's a new thing. I hope it will be accepted, but I'm not so sure," one resident says about women running for town council. "Here women who express themselves aren't seen as a good thing."

At A Younger Age, Mormon Women Are Eager To Share Their Faith

A year after the Mormon Church lowered the minimum age for female missionaries from 21 to 19, a quarter of all missionaries are now women. The female missionaries might be helping the church's message reach a more diverse population.

Mexico's 'Prison Angel,' Sister Antonia Brenner, Dies At 86

In 1977, she moved into a 10-by-10-foot cell at Tijuana's notorious La Mesa penitentiary, where she came to be known as "La Mama" by the prisoners, whom she called her children.

House Stenographer Seizes Microphone In Bizarre Rant

In one of the strangest moments of a strange few weeks on Capitol Hill, the House stenographer launched a tirade about God, the Constitution and Freemasonry

Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel

Hidden deep in the hills of Appalachia, there's a tradition of worship music that has not changed since the 18th century. The hymnody is still practiced by congregations of the Old Regular Baptist Church, where a leader calls out a line and the people respond in a mournful, soaring chorus.
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Muslim Activists In Montgomery County Want Off For Eid ul-Adha

Eid ul-Adha, a Muslim holiday, is on Tuesday, and activists in Montgomery County want to see the county recognize the holiday in public schools.


Heaven Is Waiting; Hell Is A Different Question, Nun Says

The Catholic Church has long held that saints are in communion with God after death, says Mary Catherine Hilkert, a Catholic theologian and Dominican Sister of Peace. But, she says, "never has there been a statement about anyone definitively being in hell."

Elizabeth Smart: My Faith And 'My Story'

Elizabeth Smart was just 14 when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom. She was held for nine months and forced to act as her captor's second wife. Host Michel Martin talks with Smart about her new memoir and her Mormon faith, which played a big part in her story.

Can Stories Overcome Identity Politics?

Novelist Elif Shafak describes how fiction has allowed her to explore many different lives, to jump over cultural walls, and how it may have the power to overcome identity politics.