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The Pope Walks In Bethlehem, Part Of His 'Pilgrimage For Prayer'

Pope Francis visits Bethlehem on Sunday in the middle of a three-day trip to the Middle East. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Emily Harris about the significance of the pope's visit.

Pope Francis Prays At Wall Separating Israel, West Bank

The pontiff showed symbolic approval for an independent Palestinian state as he arrived in Bethlehem by helicopter. He also invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican for a prayer meeting.

Popes In The Holy Land: After 2,000 Years, A New Tradition

Pope Francis becomes one of the few pontiffs who have visited the birthplace of Christianity when he makes a three-day journey to the Holy Land where he will reach out to other faiths as well.

Protestant Churches Grapple With Growing Sexual Abuse Crisis

The conservative nature of many Protestant schools and churches has been blamed for shielding child abusers. Journalist Kathryn Joyce talks efforts to bring them to light.

'Unmosqued' Examines Muslim Variant Of Unchurched Youth

A new documentary making the rounds on college campuses is striking a chord with young Muslims. It depicts them drifting away from Islam and argues that mosques are to blame.

Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel

Conflicts arise when Israeli settlement or security construction cuts into land, often owned by local churches, where Palestinians live or work. Local Christians hope Francis will push their cause.

Pope To Visit Children At Palestinian Refugee Camp

Pope Francis will soon visit a Palestinian refugee camp near Bethlehem, meeting children in a community center that perches above the crowded camp. Emily Harris shows you what he will and won't see.

Amish Leave Pa. In Search Of Greener, Less Touristy Pastures

The Pennsylvania Dutch draw tourists — and their money — to Lancaster County. But commercialism and development threaten the Amish lifestyle, so some families are moving to more isolated communities.

Are India's Elections A Wake Up Call For The Diaspora?

An overwhelming win for India's conservative opposition party could profoundly change the direction of the world's largest democracy. But what do Indian Americans think?

The 1,000-Year-Old Schism That Pope Francis Seeks To Heal

The Catholic and Orthodox churches split in 1054. In the Holy Land this week, the pope and Orthodox leaders will meet to try to start restoring unity. But not everyone is eager for reconciliation.