Pope Francis travels to Rio de Janeiro on Monday for Catholic World Youth Day. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks about the trip with Rocco Palmo, who writes the Catholic blog, "Whispers in the Loggia."
A South Carolina woman, new to the Catholic Church, is on her way to Brazil to see the pope. She tells Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin that she feels Francis is a role model for young Catholics.
The George Zimmerman verdict has divided many people in this country, including African-American church-goers. Host Michel Martin talks about how faith leaders are responding to it. She speaks with Joshua DuBois, former spiritual adviser for President Obama, and author Reverend Kenn Blanchard.
Writer and scholar Reza Aslan converted to Christianity when he was a teenager, but found that as he grew older, he was far more interested in Jesus as a man than as a Messiah. His new book, Zealot, considers Jesus in the context of the time and place in which he lived.
George Zimmerman has been acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder after a Florida jury found him not guilty late Saturday night. Sunday morning, Pastor C.J. Haynes of the New Salem Primitive Baptist Church in Sanford is preparing to minister to his flock. He speaks with host Rachel Martin.
England's Channel 4 is airing the Muslim call to prayer every morning during the month of Ramadan. It's a decision that's caused controversy among both Muslims and non-Muslims. Host Michel Martin speaks with BBC radio host Sheetal Parmar about the issue.
When members of a choir sing, their heart rates quickly become synchronized, beating in the same rhythm. Researchers think this may be why singing together is a key part of religious rituals around the world, and such a joy for the singers.
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