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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.

Pope Francis: Climate Change A 'Principal Challenge' For Humanity

In a major encyclical, the pontiff calls on humanity to acknowledge a "sense of responsibility" for the Earth and said it was time to stop "masking problems."

As Ramadan Begins, Muslim Migrants Welcomed At Belgrade Mosque

Serbia is a transit hub for refugees from the Mideast and Africa. This poor Balkan nation struggles to cope with the migrants, whose exile is all the more poignant as they try to celebrate Ramadan.

The Pope Is About To Weigh In On Climate Change. Not Everyone Is Happy

A number of conservative politicians have cast a dim eye on Pope Francis' statements on climate change. A teaching document coming out Thursday aims to make the environment a moral imperative.