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Decades After His Murder, An Archbishop Is Put On Path To Sainthood

Pope Francis has declared slain Archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr. Previous popes declined to do so, possibly because of Romero's role in liberation theology.
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Obama Condemns 'Horrific Acts' In The Name Of Religion

The president said that God never justifies the killing of innocent people. He also referred to the Dalai Lama, who attended the National Prayer Breakfast for the first time, as his "good friend."
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Pope Francis To Address Congress During U.S. Trip, Boehner Says

House Speaker John Boehner says Francis will address lawmakers on Sept. 24 during his first papal visit to the United States.
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D.C.'s Salvadorans Greet Pope's Romero Announcement With 'Jubilation'

Parishioners at a Catholic church in Mount Pleasant are celebrating the declaration by the Vatican that murdered Salvadoran Monsignor Oscar Romero is a martyr of the faith.

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Pope Declares Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero A Martyr

The Archbishop was an outspoken voice against human rights abuses during the Salvadoran Civil war. He was killed while giving mass in 1980. The Pope's decree sets the stage for beatification.
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Vatican's Women Initiative Gets Off To A Bad Start

A promotional video produced ahead of Wednesday's conference on women's issues has been widely ridiculed as a sexist stereotype of the modern Western woman.
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'Mormon Stories' Podcast Founder Contemplates Excommunication

John Dehlin may soon be kicked out of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He says he found some parts of the church's history "deeply disturbing."
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In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

A women-led mosque held its first jumma'a, or Friday prayer service, in Los Angeles this week. The group is hoping to strengthen the Muslim community in America by empowering the faith's women.
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From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank

In God's Bankers Gerald Posner explores the history of money, power and the church. During World War II, he says, the Vatican made money off of the life insurance policies of Jews sent to death camps.
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Mormon LGBT Announcement Met With Cheers, Skepticism

Robert Siegel talks to Mormon leader Elder Dallin Oaks about the press conference this week where the church announced it would support LGBT anti-discrimination legislation in return for laws that protect religious freedom.

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