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Uniform Rule May Keep Religious Americans From Military Service

Observant Sikhs need to get an exemption in order to keep maintain long hair and beards. One service member who is Sikh says the application process has a chilling effect on those who want to serve.
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Westboro Baptist Founder Is 'On The Edge Of Death,' Son Says

Fred Phelps is in hospice care and has been excommunicated from the church he founded in Topeka, his son Nathan wrote in a statement he posted to Facebook on Saturday night.
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Tsunami's Ghosts Haunt Japanese Earthquake Survivors

After the 2011 tsunami in Japan, there was a jump in the number of people believing they were possessed. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Richard Lloyd Parry of The Times of London about this story.
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Not A Lazy Move: Making Sweatpants Work For Work

In a popular scene from Seinfeld, Jerry chastises George for wearing sweatpants out in the world. But the rise of fashionable sweats suggests maybe George was ahead of the curve.
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Tiny Italian Town Thumbs Its Nose At Lenten Abstinence

The town of Poggio Mirteto celebrates its independence from papal rule with a Freedom Festival. But the hamlet is still religious, and some residents wish the revelers would just go away.
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Grilled Cactus, Rice Soup, And Other Food For Lent

Many of the world's Christians are now observing the solemn period of Lent. Food blogger and historian Frederick Douglass Opie offers a taste of the different food traditions of Lent.
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Pope Francis' First Year In Review

The Pope has earned praise and criticism for his first year leading the Catholic Church. The National Catholic Reporter's Michael Sean Winters and conservative columnist Gayle Trotter weigh in.
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One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing

Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, Pope Francis' pastoral approach in his first year has given the Catholic Church a new glow. But it's still unclear where he intends to take the church.
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On Italian Newsstands, Pope Francis Gets His Own Fanzine

Imagine: a papal People magazine. It's not far-fetched. A new magazine, My Pope, is covering the weekly activities of Pope Francis — and it's put out by a publisher known for celebrity gossip rags.
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Kentucky Southern Baptists Draw Crowds With Gun Giveaways

The Kentucky Baptist Convention has found a surefire way for getting people through church doors: free guns. The church raffle events combine dinner, sermons and a Second Amendment message.

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