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With Vatican's Backing, Catholics Address Sex Abuse

This week, a Vatican-backed symposium in Rome tackled the painful subject of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Some victims' advocates decried the meeting as "cheap window dressing." But others say it may signal the the Vatican is moving toward reformers and away from deniers of the abuse.
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The High Price Of Being A Black Atheist

A group of African American humanists is running an ad campaign during February. It features historical figures, including Frederick Douglass and Langston Hughes, who they believe shared humanist values. Alix Jules is part of the campaign and he speaks with host Michel Martin about his experience as a black atheist.
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Mixed Reactions To First Native American Saint

The Vatican recently announced that the 17th-century Mohawk woman, Kateri Tekakwitha, will be canonized as a Catholic saint. Many Native Americans say this is an honor, but others feel it legitimizes the abuses of colonialism. Host Michel Martin speaks with WCPN reporter Brian Bull, who has been covering this issue.
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Catholics Split Over Obama Contraceptive Order

Catholics are swing voters, and polls show a narrow majority think women employed by Catholic hospitals and universities should have access to contraceptive coverage through their health plans. But the GOP presidential hopefuls are framing the issue as a question of religious freedom.
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Bishops Stand Strong Against Birth Control Mandate

The White House and American Catholic bishops are at a stalemate over a rule requiring many religious organizations to provide insurance coverage for contraception. "If the argument is over religious liberty," says one scholar, "the bishops win. If the argument is over contraceptives, the administration wins."
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Making An Exercise Space for Muslim Women

A Northern Virginia community center is expanding cultural and community offerings to Muslims and non-Muslims in the Washington region.

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