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Pope Francis Uses Encyclical To Deliver Moral Message On Climate Change

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to John Carr of Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Thought and Public Life about Pope Francis' call to moral action on climate change.

When Charleston, S.C., Pastor Spoke, 'People Listened'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers about the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston who was a victim of Wednesday's shooting.

Despite Attack, Charleston, S.C., Congregation Remains Strong

Charleston mourns the loss of nine residents after a gunman shot them to death at a historic church Wednesday.

Saudi Muslims Mix Tradition With Shopping In Ramadan Celebration

Saudi Muslims are turning the holy month of Ramadan into a display of consumerism and commerce. It is traditionally a month of fasting and prayer that began with the first Muslim community, Mecca.

Both Catholics, Non-Catholics Applaud Pope For Bold Remarks On Climate Change

Catholics across the nation are reacting to a sweeping encyclical issued by Pope Francis on the issue of climate change. The 184-page papal letter explains that it is a global problem with far reaching environmental and social ramifications.

Pope Francis Calls For Urgent Action On Climate Change In Encyclical

Pope Francis blames climate change on apathy, political shortsightedness and a pursuit of profits. In a papal encyclical, he calls climate change one of the principal challenges facing humanity today.

Charleston, S.C., Church Formed Around Anti-Slavery Movement

The Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., has a rich history closely tied to political activism. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Rev. Stephen Singleton about the 200-year-old congregation.

Charleston, S.C., Church Shooting Suspect In Police Custody

The suspect in the shooting deaths of nine people in Charleston, S.C., is in custody. Officials identify him as 21-year-old Dylann Roof. He was taken into custody in Shelby, N.C.

'Mother Emanuel' Church Suffers A New Loss In Charleston

The church that was the scene of Wednesday's mass shooting has survived a string of challenges, from racism to an earthquake. Emanuel took its current name at the end of the Civil War.
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Virginia Church Reinvents Itself As Affordable Housing Developer

The First Baptist Church in Clarendon, Va. has a potential solution to the affordable housing crisis — use church property to create apartments.