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The Great Schism: When The Catholic And Eastern Orthodox Churches Split

Pope Francis goes to Greece this week to meet the Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople. Monsignor Paul McPartlan of Catholic University explains the history of the divide.
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Tennessee Lawmakers Want To Make The Bible The Official State Book

Tennessee lawmakers have passed a measure making the Bible the state's official book. But opposition is coming from an unexpected group: religious conservatives.
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Accountability At Center Of Catholic Church's Sex Abuse Scandal

As the church works through its sex-abuse crisis, the Vatican is struggling to figure out how to hold cardinals and bishops accountable, investigative journalist Jason Berry tells NPR's Scott Simon.
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Pope Francis Opens Door To Divorced Catholics In 'Amoris Laetitia'

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with writer Rocco Palmo about Pope Francis' "Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love." The 256-page document was sent out Friday morning.
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U.S. Catholics Divided Over Pope Francis' Family Life Guidelines

Pope Francis released new guidelines on family life Friday arguing the church should show more understanding in matters affecting modern families. American Catholics have a range of reactions.
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Some Relationship Advice From Pope Francis

In his new exhortation, "The Joy of Love," Francis addresses marriage, sex and love. For a 79-year-old man who has taken a lifelong vow of celibacy, the pontiff has some pretty solid tips.
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On Divorce And Remarriage, Pope Calls For More Grace, Less Dogma

On Friday, Pope Francis announced that the Catholic Church should work with couples to determine the best choices for them. He spoke of prioritizing individual conscience on contraception, too.
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Pope Francis Issues Major Document Regarding Family Issues

The Vatican on Friday released a long-awaited document, entitled "The Joy of Love." Steve Inskeep talks to Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter about what's included in the pronouncement.
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Mississippi Residents Divided Over Guns In Churches Law

A Mississippi bill that would allow congregants to carry a concealed firearm into a place of worship is about to become law. Some congregations believe the measure will bolster security. Others worry it could bring more anxiety.
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States Ban Non-Essential Travel To Mississippi Over 'Religious Freedom' Law

The governors of New York, Washington, Vermont and Minnesota have banned state officials from making non-essential trips to Mississippi in response to the state's new "religious freedom" law. Critics of the policy say it allows groups to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

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