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Nuns And The Vatican: A Clash Decades In Making

A recent Vatican crackdown has taken many American sisters by surprise. But observers say the conflict has been brewing since the Second Vatican Council, the controversial church liberalization launched in the 1960s.
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From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith

Teresa MacBain admits that when she was ordained as a minister, she had big questions. She thought they'd make her faith stronger, but instead they haunted her. Then one day, she couldn't take it anymore. In a move that's left her unemployed and nearly friendless, MacBain has come out as an atheist — and she says it's a big relief.
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In Spain, The Church Offers More Than Salvation

Spain has Europe's highest jobless rate, but the Catholic Church is still hiring. A group of Spanish bishops has produced a recruitment video as they seek to boost the dwindling numbers of priests. And it appears to be having some initial success.
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Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That

Sikhs and other religious and minority groups often say they're unfairly singled out for additional screening. Now they hope to make their case with the help of a new mobile app.
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Pastor Joel Osteen: An Everyday Message, Magnified

Osteen is the pastor of the largest church in America: Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His television program reaches more than 10 million households in the U.S. What's made him so popular? Osteen says it has more to do with positive messages than scripture readings.

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