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What Was The Pope Thinking?

Pope Francis said in an interview this week that the Catholic Church has been too focused on gays, abortion and birth control. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Father Thomas Reese, senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, about whether the pope's remarks signal a change in Church doctrine.
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Pope Calls For 'New Balance' On Hot Button Social Issues

In an interview published Thursday, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being "obsessed" with anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-contraception doctrine. He said the Church needs a "new balance" or it could "fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel."
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Pope Says Church Too Focused On Gays, Abortion, Birth Control

Audie Cornish talks to Rev. James Martin of America, a Jesuit magazine, about a recent interview with Pope Francis in which he says the church should not talk so much about gays, abortion and contraception.
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Church Must Find Balance, Pope Says, Or Fall Like Cards

Francis' comments came in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications. He said when the church does speak about issues like gays, abortion and contraception, it should do so in context. "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," he said.
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Judge: Boy In Tennessee Can Keep Name 'Messiah'

A magistrate last month ordered a different name because she said only Jesus Christ had "earned" the title.
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Obesity & Preserving Culture: Latinos Discuss Their Parenting Challenges

For Latino parents, choosing what language to speak at home isn't a simple choice. And it isn't easy to find the right way to talk about concerns like child obesity with their kids. Host Michel Martin speaks with a roundtable of Latino parents to get their advice on how they are handling these, and other, tough conversations.
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Brazilian Believers Of Hidden Religion Step Out Of Shadows

Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion, has been widely practiced by people of African descent in Brazil but mostly in secret — until now. After centuries of slavery and discrimination, Brazil's Afro-Brazilian community is proudly celebrating its African roots.
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Tweeting For Atonement: Sharing Sins On Social Media

People of the Jewish faith are seeking atonement during Yom Kippur, but one congregation is giving the holiday a new twist. Members are using social media to tweet for forgiveness. Host Michel Martin speaks with Cantor Debbi Ballard to find out how the process works.
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The Secret To Making It Through A Yom Kippur Fast? Kreplach

Jews across the world are sitting down to a big meal before Friday's Yom Kippur fast. And many of them are eating kreplach. Some say these strange-sounding-yet-good-tasting dumplings are a holiday meditation on our inner and outer selves. Or maybe they're just a delicious example of the peasant cooking of Eastern Europeans.
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Saudi's First Female Film Director Says Women Aren't Victims

Film director Haifaa Al Mansour comes from a small town in Saudi Arabia where, she says, there are many girls who have big dreams, strong characters and infinite potential. She's made a movie about one of them, titled Wadjda. Host Michel Martin speaks to Al Mansour about the film and being a female movie director in Saudi Arabia.

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