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Pope Includes Victim Among Members Of Commission On Sex Abuse

Marie Collins of Ireland, a survivor of abuse at the hands of a priest, has gone on to be an advocate for victims. Others on the commission include Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley.

Westboro Baptist's Fred Phelps: More Than A Hater?

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps died on Wednesday. He's best remembered for his anti-gay views, and for leading protests at funerals. But he once was viewed as a fighter for civil rights.

Fred Phelps, Head Of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies

Fred Phelps, anti-gay activist and patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at age 84. Frank Morris of KCUR reports on the interesting past of one of the most reviled men in America.

Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Sr. Dies

He led a tiny congregation in Topeka, Kan., that drew national attention for its protests at funerals of soldiers and celebrities. Phelps wanted to spread his views about homosexuality and abortion.

Quest For A Friend Helps Undo Decades Of Medal Of Honor Bias

Approximately 50 years ago, Michel Libman started lobbying the government to have his childhood friend awarded a Medal of Honor. His efforts led to a review of some 6,000 cases and, eventually, to many of the 24 soldiers honored Tuesday. He and his wife speak about his work and his friend.

Westboro Baptist Will Find Justification To Continue, Pastor's Son Says

The church's controversial founder, Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., is "on the edge of death," his son says. The pastor's death, he adds, would bring a crisis to his followers, who see death as God's judgment.

Uniform Rule May Keep Religious Americans From Military Service

Observant Sikhs need to get an exemption in order to keep maintain long hair and beards. One service member who is Sikh says the application process has a chilling effect on those who want to serve.

Westboro Baptist Founder Is 'On The Edge Of Death,' Son Says

Fred Phelps is in hospice care and has been excommunicated from the church he founded in Topeka, his son Nathan wrote in a statement he posted to Facebook on Saturday night.

Tsunami's Ghosts Haunt Japanese Earthquake Survivors

After the 2011 tsunami in Japan, there was a jump in the number of people believing they were possessed. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Richard Lloyd Parry of The Times of London about this story.

Not A Lazy Move: Making Sweatpants Work For Work

In a popular scene from Seinfeld, Jerry chastises George for wearing sweatpants out in the world. But the rise of fashionable sweats suggests maybe George was ahead of the curve.