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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.

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.

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.

Pope's Remarks On Armenian 'Genocide' Spark Row With Turkey

Francis, marking the 100th anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I, described the deaths as a "genocide," causing Turkey to recall its Vatican ambassador.
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Keeping The Faith: Black Catholic Church Looks Back On 95 Years In Ward 8

The history of Catholic church in Anacostia built by black parishioners who faced discrimination by a local white congregation.

Christians Debate Sinfulness Of Servicing Same-Sex Weddings

Christian conservatives who say that servicing a same-sex wedding violates their religious beliefs cite New Testament verses that suggest it is sinful not only to engage in homosexual behavior, but also to "approve" of it. Moderate theologians say such a literalist reading takes the lessons of the Bible out of context.

Community Takes Passover Tradition Back To The Desert Wilderness

Wilderness Torah celebrates the holiday in a setting rooted in heritage. Participants immerse in Jewish culture but also find meaningful personal connections from isolation not felt in everyday life.

In Easter Address, Pope Condemns Violence Against Christians

Francis, in his annual Urbi et Orbi message, decried the bloodshed in Africa and the Middle East. He also expressed hope for the framework deal on Iran's nuclear program.

Will New Zealand Rebuild The Cathedral My Forefather Erected?

NPR's Philip Reeves recently visited the earthquake-battered cathedral in New Zealand built by a 19th-century ancestor. He found his family history entwined in a fierce contemporary controversy.

Movies Explore The Intersection Of Religion And Violence

There has been a spate of religious movies and documentaries from Killing Jesus to Going Clear. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rev. Gary Hall of the National Cathedral in Washington.