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Vatican Affirms Plan To Make Missionary Junipero Serra A Saint

The choice of Serra, whom the church sees as an evangelist, has drawn criticism over his role in the California mission system of the 18th century.
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Texas Shooting Sheds Light On Murkiness Between Free, Hate Speech

The organizers of Sunday's contest for cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad specifically chose Garland, Texas, for their event. The Curtis Culwell Center also hosted a Muslim group's meeting in January.
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When A Caller Claims He's The Pope, Be Careful: He May Be Telling The Truth

When Franco Rabuffi's phone rang, the caller said it was Pope Francis. Rabuffi promptly hung up the phone. It turns out that it was actually Pope Francis — which Rabuffi realized on the third try.
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Citing Religious Beliefs, Muslim Gitmo Inmates Object To Female Guards

A judge has blocked women from shackling and escorting the five Muslim men on trial for plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Soldiers, in turn, have filed Equal Opportunity complaints against the judge.
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Dozens Of Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

Nearly 150 writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.
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Learning About The Quran ... From A Catholic Archbishop

As a young priest, Michael Fitzgerald studied Islam and served the Vatican in Muslim countries. Devoted to promoting Catholic-Muslim understanding, he's now teaching Jesuit students about the Quran.
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Pope Francis Calls Gender Pay Gap A 'Pure Scandal'

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that Francis' remarks, at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, are some of his most forceful statements yet in favor of women.
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Why Russian-American Jews Are Ballroom Dance Leaders

As ABC's Dancing with the Stars celebrates its 10th anniversary, we explain why Russian Jewish immigrants and their descendants have stepped to the front of this country's ballroom dance scene.
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Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.
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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.

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