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Depictions Of Muhammad Aren't Explicitly Forbidden, Says Scholar

Many Muslims see any depiction of the Prophet Muhammad as disrespectful. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with religious scholar Reza Aslan about how radical Islamists have used that to justify attacks.
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Vatican Committee Reportedly Declares Slain Archbishop A Martyr

Oscar Romero was gunned down in 1980 after he denounced a crackdown by El Salvador's junta on its left-wing opponents at the start of a 13-year civil war.
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When You Gotta Go: Manila Police Asked To Use Diapers During Pope's Visit

The city's "traffic enforcers" will be on duty for up to 24 hours at a stretch during the pontiff's visit, with no time to run to the toilet.
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Between Speech And Religion, Freedoms Often Spell Friction

Renee Montagne speaks with Suzanne Nossel, executive director for PEN American Center, to discuss how issues of free speech and religious freedom can clash.
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'Charlie Hebdo,' A Magazine Of Satire, Mocks Politics, Religion

The publication that was the target of a deadly attack is part of a long tradition of French satire dating to the days before the French Revolution.
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An Army Chaplain, First Tested By War, Finds His Faith Renewed

When David Peters went to Iraq as an Army chaplain, his relationship with God faltered. But after years of feeling adrift, he eventually found that the trauma of war had actually deepened his faith.
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Yoga, Petting Puppies, Halloween: Banned By Malaysia's Muslim Clerics

The clerics are delivering a growing number of fatwas against what they see as insidious dangers. Liberal Muslims are annoyed by what they say is moral micromanaging.
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Pope Francis Announces 20 New Cardinals

The 20 new cardinals come from 18 different countries, including several from Asia, Africa and Oceania. Steve Inskeep talks to Vatican-watcher John Allen, a correspondent for The Boston Globe.
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Pope Announces 20 New Cardinals, With Homelands From Myanmar To Mexico

Some of the prelates come from countries that have never before been represented at such a high level in the Catholic Church — including Tonga and Cape Verde.
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Attracted To Men, Pastor Feels Called To Marriage With A Woman

Allan Edwards is attracted to men, but his faith conflicts with homosexuality, so he doesn't act on it or identify as gay. Instead, he's married, starting a family and staying true to his beliefs.

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