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Philadelphia Faces Challenges Ahead Of Pope Francis' Visit

Philadelphia's archbishop is preparing for Pope Francis' visit in September. The challenges, he says, include raising the $45 million needed to stage the event.

Pope: Sometimes Marital Separation 'Morally Necessary'

Francis, speaking during his weekly general audience, said couples splitting may be required to protect "the weaker spouse" and children.

Bible Study Resumes At Emanuel AME Church 1 Week After Massacre

Members of the Bible study gathered Wednesday night in the same room where 21-year-old Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire one week ago killing 9 people. The first two funerals are held Thursday.

Deadly Shooting At S.C. Black Church Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

A 21-year-old white man, Dylann Roof, has been charged with nine murders and is being held in jail. We have a timeline of what is known so far in the investigation.

Emanuel AME Church Reopens, Charleston Worshippers Pay Their Respects

The historic church, known as Mother Emanuel, was open for the first time since a gunman killed nine people there Wednesday night — in what authorities describe as a racially-motivated attack.

Forgiveness, Tolerance: Sunday Themes After Deadly Church Shooting

The nation's churches on Sunday paid tribute to the 9 people who were killed last week at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. It was the first Sunday service since the shooting.

Emotional Service Held At Charleston Church Days After Shootings

The Sunday gathering is the first since the killing of nine members of a Bible study group last week at the church.

Churches Try To Stay Safe — And Keep Their Open-Door Policies

After a shooter walked into a prayer meeting and killed nine people this week, faith leaders struggle to balance security and community. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rev. Charles Watkins in Charleston.

The Long History Of Brutality Against Blacks At Worship

The murders of parishioners at an AME church in Charleston are the most recent example of violence visited upon an African-American church — but it's not the only instance.

Prophet Muhammad Cartoons To Be Broadcast On Dutch TV

A far-right politician who gave a speech at a Dallas area event attacked last month for featuring a Muhammad drawing contest, said the images will be aired on Wednesday.