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Pope Francis Canonizes First Sri Lankan Saint

Francis is in Asia on a six-day tour intended to build the Roman Catholic Church's following on a continent that holds 60 percent of the world's population but only 12 percent of Catholics.
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Rep. André Carson To Become First Muslim On House Committee On Intelligence

In a 2014 interview, Carson said it's impossible to combat the threat of global terror without help from Muslims.
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Kansas City Catholics Divided Over Vatican Investigation Of Bishop

Robert Finn, head of Kansas City's diocese, is the only U.S. bishop convicted of shielding a sexually abusive priest. Supporters say Finn received conflicting advice about how to handle the problem.
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'Charlie Hebdo' Editor On New Issue: 'We're Happy To Have ... Done It'

Gerard Briard said when the artist showed the staff the cover — featuring a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad — everyone burst out laughing and "jumped up for joy."
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Pastor's Gay Brother 'Frustrated That NPR Made This A News Story'

Last week, Pastor Allan Edwards told NPR about his choice to marry a woman despite his attraction to men. His story prompted comments from many — including his brother Dexter.
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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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