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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.
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Tea Tuesdays: Tea, Tao and Tourists — China's Mount Hua Is Three-Part Harmony

One of China's five sacred mountains, Mount Hua is a lotus-shaped range of peaks and hub of Taoism. It has many harrowing paths to well-being — and to tea.
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Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, but astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build an 18-story telescope.
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Shroud Of Turin Goes Back On Display In Italy For A Limited Engagement

The 14-by-3.5-foot cloth, believed by many faithful to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, will be shown to the public until June 24.
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Pope 'Considering' Cuba Visit, Vatican Says

The Holy See is in talks for Francis to make a trip to the island nation in September. The pontiff helped forge a breakthrough in relations between Havana and Washington.
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Vatican Ends Battle With U.S. Nuns

The Vatican took over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious three years ago claiming the group undermined Catholic teaching while promoting "certain radical feminist themes."
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They Speak Hebrew And Keep Kosher: The Left-Behind Ethiopian Jews

Two years ago, Israel ended with great fanfare a program that brought tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. But many are in limbo, separated from family, the result of stricter religious law.
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Vatican Ends Scrutiny Of U.S. Nuns

It's an abrupt conclusion to a five-year doctrinal overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the main umbrella group for nuns in the U.S., that began in 2012.
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New Survey Shows The World's Most And Least Religious Places

Sixty-three percent of people who took part in a global survey of religious attitudes say they are religious, according to WIN/Gallup International, the organization that carried out the polling.
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Armenian 'Genocide' Remarks By Pope Francis Spark Row With Turkey

The pope continues his theme of outspoken criticism against the complicity of silence of today's world community against the persecution of Christians and other minorities by Islamic extremists.

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