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Slowly, Priest Realized Celibacy Was A 'Destructive' Force

After 17 years as a priest, Thomas Groome decided that celibacy was "not life-giving" and left the church to get married. He remains a devout Catholic and professor of theology and talks with host Rachel Martin about how having a family has enriched his faith.

A Jewish Comic And A Muslim Researcher Walk Into A Party ...

When Dalia Mogahed, a Muslim analyst who advised the White House on faith-based partnerships, met comedian and author Judy Carter, the two struck up an unlikely friendship.

With Echoes Of France, Debate On Religion Divides Quebec

The Canadian province has proposed a "secularism charter" that would ban government workers from wearing religious symbols. Supporters say it would preserve gender equality and the separation of church and state. Critics say the measure curbs religious freedom. The issue has echoes of a debate that's played out in France twice in the past decade.
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Should Montgomery County Schools Observe Muslim Holidays?

Montgomery County Public Schools do not currently observe the two major holidays in the Islamic faith — something that advocates say is a consequence of an outdated policy.


75 Years Ago, Kristallnacht Presaged The Holocaust

It was once impossible to imagine Germany without Jews. You only have to look at the Yiddish language to have a sense how richly the Jewish experience was integrated in the cultural life of Germany. That ended in the most vicious and heinous manner, 75 years ago Saturday, in what became known as Kristallnacht — "The Night of Broken Glass." The broken glass was from Jewish homes and buildings, and came to symbolize shattered Jewish lives. Some also consider it the start of the Holocaust. Back in 1988, NPR reporter Ketzel Levine pulled together some of the sounds of that period. This is an excerpt from that story.

Digging Into The Truth About Messages, Images And Hard Times

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about a televangelist in Singapore, a blog that analyzes news photography and one surprising recession trend.

Survey Finds Anti-Semitism 'On The Rise' In Europe

Nearly half of those surveyed in Hungary and France said they had considered emigrating over safety concerns.

Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World?

In 2003, U.S. forces discovered a trove of Jewish documents in a flooded Baghdad basement. They tell the tale of a once-thriving Jewish community. The painstakingly restored documents will be exhibited in the U.S. before they are returned to Iraq. But some Jewish groups are trying to prevent that.

Supreme Court Examines Anew Prayer At Government Functions

The U.S. Supreme Court delved into a subject Wednesday that has bedeviled it for decades: how to reconcile a tradition of public prayers with the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion. At issue were almost exclusively Christian prayers that took place at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.

The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time

The Vatican is vowing to defeat the Church of England — not in the pews but on the cricket pitch. The Vatican has launched a cricket club, which draws from seminarians and priests of different nationalities who live and study in Rome. It's hoped the club will forge ties with teams of other faiths.