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Supreme Court Rules For Muslim Inmate In Prison Beard Case

The court said a ban on beards violated the prisoner's religious freedom. The state of Arkansas had argued that the beard presented security concerns and that it could be used to hide contraband.

Pope Francis Says Catholics Don't Need To Breed 'Like Rabbits'

On his return from a weeklong trip to Asia, Pope Francis emphasized the church's ban on artificial means of birth control and said Catholics should practice "responsible parenthood."

A Memoir Of A Family's Diaspora, And A Mother's Depression

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen looks back on his life and asks: Could a family's constant movement — four countries in four generations — contribute to a mother's struggle with mental illness?

Prominent Irish Government Minister Comes Out As Gay

Leo Varadkar, speaking to Irish radio, also says he supports an upcoming referendum to approve same-sex marriage in the traditionally conservative Catholic country.

ISIS Frees 200 Elderly Yazidis; Reportedly 'Too Expensive To Feed'

The mostly infirm refugees from the religious minority were released by the self-declared Islamic State. Speculation is that they had become a burden to the militants.

Record Turnout For Pope's Sunday Mass In Manila

Francis concludes his four-day visit to the region's only predominately Catholic country advocating for the poor and warning against the government's "insidious" family planning program.

Longtime Church Organist Keeps Traditional Hymns Alive

Churches are retiring their hymnals and organs, hoping to attract younger crowds, but at West Auburn Congregational in Maine, Charles Marshall has been playing for 70 years with no plans to retire.

Building Ties To Counter Religious Extremism In LA

Law enforcement is working to detect and prevent radical Islam in the U.S. NPR's Rachel Martin presents different perspectives on what prevention looks like.

Greece Arrests Four In Latest Anti-Terror Raids

The arrests are said to include Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is believed to have been the mastermind behind a foiled plot to conduct attacks in Belgium.

France Approves Secret Burials For 'Charlie Hebdo' Attackers

Said Kouachi has reportedly already been buried at the city of Reims, where he lived before the deadly attack. His brother, Cherif, is to be buried at his hometown of Gennevilliers, outside of Paris.