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Pope's Speech To Congress To Be Broadcast From Capitol

Jumbotrons, typically used for Memorial Day and July Fourth celebrations as well as for presidential inaugurations, will be set up on the West Front of the Capitol for the speech in September.

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Pope Francis Delights Crowds In Ecuador, Moves On To Boliva

The pope wrapped up the first leg of his South American mission which is focused on aiding the poor. Over the last 3 days, he was a crowd pleaser in Ecuador. He next visits Bolivia and then Paraguay.
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Muslim Children Participate In Ramadan Rituals: Fasting And Prayers

Islam's holy month of Ramadan means the devout are fasting from dawn to dusk. Most who fast are adults but so do many children. Ramadan, however, can mean different things to different kids.
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Calif. Birthday Celebrations Reinforce Dalai Lama's Global Presence

The Dalai Lama is in Southern California, part of a celebration for his 80th birthday. Renee Montagne talks to Robert Barnett, director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University.
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Pope Francis Begins South America Tour With Mass In Ecuador

Pope Francis kicks off a three-nation South America tour with a mass in Ecuador on Monday. Aiding the poor is at the center of his mission, which will include stops in Bolivia and Paraguay. It is his second South American trip since becoming pope.
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Ecuador Is The First Stop On Pope Francis' South America Trip

The Argentine pontiff has embarked on a nine-day swing through Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, some of the region's poorest countries. Francis is focusing on issues that affect the downtrodden.
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In A Time Of Grief And Recovery, A Sunday Sermon Foretold

The Rev. John Black, of the Campbell Chapel AME Church in Bluffton, S.C., talks to NPR's Arun Rath about grief, forgiveness and rebirth — themes in the sermon he has planned for this Sunday.
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In Philadelphia's Fishtown, A Fierce Debate Over The Fate Of A Polish Church

The Philadelphia Archdiocese has plans to demolish the city's oldest Polish church, but it's facing strong resistance: Longtime parishioners and neighborhood newcomers have joined forces in protest.
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Syrian Christians Face New Threat From Rebel Alliance

Syrian Christians face new threats from a rebel coalition that is fighting both the self-declared Islamic State and the regime.
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Iceland's Pirate Party Wins Repeal Of Blasphemy Law

The insurgent political movement, which has just three members in parliament, led the rollback of the 75-year-old law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" religious teachings.

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