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Faith Debates: Free Contraception, New Liturgy

Catholics leaders are roiled by President Obama's heath care overhaul that will require insurance plans to cover free contraceptives. And some priests and parishioners are wondering if a new liturgy, one moving closer to Latin, will bring people closer to God. Host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter.
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Catholic Groups Fight Contraceptive Rule, But Many Already Offer Coverage

Catholic bishops are lobbying the Obama administration to change new regulations requiring most employers to offer prescription birth control at no cost as part of their health insurance plans. They say it violates their religious beliefs, but many Catholic universities and hospitals are already providing such coverage.
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Pew Study Shows Rise In Religious Lobbying

Maureen Fiedler of Interfaith Voices interviews Allen Hertzke about a Pew Forum report on the fivefold increase in the amount of money being spent by religious groups on lobbying in Washington since 1970.

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Ali Calls 'All-American Muslim' A Welcome Relief

TLC's new reality show, All-American Muslim follows five Muslim-American families. It aims to dispel misconceptions and stereotypes about the religion. In a recent piece in The Guardian, Wajahat Ali writes that TLC's portrayal is a "welcome relief from the usual tawdry caricatures of Muslims."
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Catholics Adjust To Season With New Liturgy

Catholics across the country are celebrating the start of their annual Advent season in an unfamiliar way. For the first time in four decades, the wording of the official Catholic liturgy has changed. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin talks with Father Carmen D'Amico of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Meadow Lands, Penn., after he performs his first mass with the new translation.
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Islamic Group Asks FBI To Investigate Anti-Muslim Blog

A series of threatening posts on an anti-Muslim blog could soon be subjected to an FBI investigation.

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New Catholic Mass Already Causing A Stir

This weekend, Catholics may experience a surprise when they attend Mass. The words and music are different, thanks to the first major change of the English-language Mass in 40 years. Supporters say the new prayers are more elegant; critics say they're clumsy and are a triumph of conservatives.

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