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Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book

The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story behind the 2010 book was all made up.

After Saying Yes, Duke Nixes Muslim Call To Prayer From Chapel Bell Tower

The school had announced it would allow the traditional call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower. The decision was excoriated, and today the private university in Durham, N.C., reversed course.

How Orwell's 'Animal Farm' Led A Radical Muslim To Moderation

When Maajid Nawaz was 16 he joined a radical Islamist group. After four years in prison in Egypt, he decided to leave it. "I'm very, very lucky to have been able to get through it," he says.

Pope Francis Backs Freedom Of Speech — But Within Limits

Francis said there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it concerns religion. He was answering a question about the deadly attack last week on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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.

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.

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.

'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."

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.

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.