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With Song And Celebration, Mosque Chips Away At Sunni-Shiite Divide

Sunni and Shiite Muslims have been in conflict for centuries. But a mosque in the Bay Area is trying to break down those walls. With music, open mic nights and open arms, they've found common ground.

With Violent Clashes On The Rise, Israel Builds Wall In East Jerusalem

News of the wall being erected comes a day after Israeli officials say five stabbings or attempted stabbings of Israelis by Palestinians assailants took place on Saturday.

Despite Mass. Court Decision, Parishioners Vow Vigil Will Continue

Parishioners in Scituate, Mass. began occupying their Catholic church 24 hours a day after the Boston archdiocese announced it would be closed. An appeals court ruled this week they're trespassing.
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John Danforth: "The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics"

The former United States senator and ambassador to the United Nations is also an Episcopal priest. He argues in a new book that religion can act as a bridge in an era of bitterly divisive politics.


2 Brothers Beaten, 1 Killed, Allegedly By Their Parents And Fellow Churchgoers

New Hartford, N.Y., police say Bruce and Deborah Leonard are among those who fatally beat the Leonards' son, age 19, inside the Word of Life Church. Another son, 17, is in the hospital.

Israel Steps Up Security Amid Increasing Violence In Jerusalem

Israel is increasing security measures amid ongoing violence, bringing objections from human rights activists and Palestinians.

'No One Wants' This Level Of Violence In Jerusalem, Rabbi Says

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Rabbi Uri Ayalon, a social activist who lives not too far from the bus attack in Jerusalem Tuesday. He says most of the Palestinian population is not violent.

State Department Report Warns Of Global Threat To Religious Diversity

Religious diversity is under threat across the Middle East and other parts of the globe, according to a State Department report on religious freedoms, which recounts the rise of ISIS and its attacks on Christians and other minorities.

Palestinians Confront Escalating Violence In Jerusalem After Attacks

Families of two Palestinians accused of attacks on Israelis describe their shock and some of the anger driving a new wave of violence.

Vatican Denounces Letter Criticizing Pope Francis On Family

A letter leaked by a veteran Vatican analyst known to be critical of the Francis papacy, has thrown the synod on the family into turmoil and confusion. Allegedly signed by 13 conservative cardinals, the letter complained to the pope that the assembly has been stacked against them. Within hours of the letter's publication Monday, four of the cardinals said they never signed the letter.