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To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

As a way to bring new people to the chuch, a few mainline churches are experimenting with informal services centered around craft beer. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an attempt to do church differently.
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5 Things You Might Not Have Known About God And Beer

What do ancient Sumerians, Paulaner monks, Arthur Guinness and a whole bunch of party-hardy millennials have in common? Pairing beer with God.
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Turkey's 'Rockin' Imam' Inspires Youth, Tests Boundaries

By day, he's in charge of a small mosque in a village in southeastern Turkey. By night, Ahmet Tuzer becomes the lead singer in the band FiRock, which mixes Sufi mysticism and psychedelic rock.
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In A Church Built On Tradition, The Pope Likes Spontaneity

Seven months into his papacy, Pope Francis is shaking up the Catholic world, with outspoken interviews and cold calls to ordinary people. But some Catholic conservatives are deeply uncomfortable and worried that the Vatican has lost control of the papal message.
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Running On Faith To Lose Weight

With the holidays coming up, is your mind on the menu yet? Well, Rabbi Eli Glaser says that eating well is more than just a health concern for Jews, it's a matter of faith. He talks to host Michel Martin about his non-profit group, Soveya which helps Jewish people tackle issues of obesity and weight loss.
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Priceless Italian Treasure Is Shown Off In Rare Exhibition

For the first time, 70 pieces of the Treasure of San Gennaro — said to be more valuable than the British crown jewels — have been transported from a vault in Naples to a museum in Rome. The collection highlights historic gifts from European leaders, including Napoleon.
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WATCH: Boy Upstages Pope's Speech

The youngster runs up onstage and clings to Pope Francis during a speech by the pontiff at St. Peter's Square.
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'We Hurt A Lot Of People,' Westboro Pastor's Granddaughter Says

Nearly a year after breaking with the Westboro Baptist Church, two of Pastor Fred Phelps' granddaughters are enjoying a new freedom. But as they tell a Canadian newspaper, they also want to extend empathy to those they hurt in the name of a cause championed by the man they call "Gramps."
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'Bishop Of Bling' Mansion May Become Refuge For Poor

German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been suspended by Pope Francis after reports about lavish spending on renovations at his residence in Limburg. Now, the home he spent tens of millions of dollars on may be put to use as a refugee center or soup kitchen.
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Accusations Of Coverups Roil Minnesota Archdiocese

In this encore story, which first aired on All Things Considered on Oct. 24, a whistle-blower has revealed how church leaders at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis repeatedly covered up sexual misconduct by priests and gave pedophiles extra money.

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