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Vatican Tries To Mend Fences With American Nuns

The Vatican issued a report praising the work of U.S. nuns — a relief to those worried that a probe started in 2008 would be critical of a perceived liberal streak among American nuns.
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At Last, Muslims Can Savor A Halal Spin On Spain's Famous Jamón

Authentic jamón ibérico from free-range pigs fed on acorns is a key Spanish food that observant Muslims can't enjoy. But a Tunisian émigré is now making halal ham from lamb and beef in southern Spain.
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Hanukkah History: Those Chocolate Coins Were Once Real Tips

Many Jewish families celebrate the holiday by handing out gelt, chocolate coins covered in gold and silver. These days they're treats for kids. But the practice began as a way to thank labor.
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Hanukkah's Real (And Imagined) History

Robert Siegel speaks with Simon Schama, author of The Story of the Jews, about the political history of Hanukkah.
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Vatican, Citing 'Delicate Situation,' Rejects Dalai Lama Meeting With Pope

It's an apparent reference to the Holy See's relations with China — they haven't had diplomatic ties since 1949. Tibet's spiritual leader is in Rome for a meeting of Nobel Peace Prize winners.
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Kentucky Says Noah's Ark Theme Park Won't Get Tax Breaks

Kentucky says the Christian group behind the project wouldn't commit not to discriminate in its hiring on the basis of religion. The group says it will challenge the state's decision.
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After Rabbi's Arrest, Local Women 'Take Back The Mikvah'

Local women are reclaiming the Jewish ritual bath, or mikvah, several months after a rabbi was arrested for allegedly filming women taking part in the ancient tradition.
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Problems With Your Boss? Try A Chat With The Office Chaplain.

Chaplains have long been present on college campuses and in the military but increasingly they can also can be found in the workplace, specially trained to help employees offload office frustrations.
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Landmark D.C. Exhibit Explores Images Of Mary As Woman, Mother

Artistic portrayals of the biblical Mary focus not just on the woman as a religious figure, but a symbol for the trials of young motherhood. That's the theme of a new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

As the nation endures a season of racial tension, NPR's Michel Martin talks about the mission of the black church and whether it remains relevant in the social justice movement.

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