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Catholic Church At Crossroads: Demographics, Social Issues Pose Challenges

Pope Benedict XVI leaves the church in the midst of change: American Catholics' social views tend to diverge from the Vatican's, and the church now sees much of its support in South America and Africa. One former member of the College of Cardinals says the next pope will have to be aware of the church's needs in South America.
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Pope Benedict XVI Delivers Final Sunday Blessing At Vatican

Some 100,000 people packed St. Peter's Square to hear the pope's last blessing. They interrupted him several times with applause and cheers. Benedict has one more scheduled public event: a general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday.
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The Benefits Of Letting Bygones Be Bygones

Forgiving someone who's done you wrong can be challenging, but learning how to do it can benefit your mind and body. Frederic Luskin of the Stanford Forgiveness Project writes about this in his book, Forgive For Good. He joins host Michel Martin to talk about why learning to forgive is worth it.
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Roman Catholics Choose A New Pope

The newly elected Roman Catholic pope, the former Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, represents many “firsts.” He’s the first pontiff from the Americas, the first Jesuit pope, the first pontiff to choose the name Francis and the first pope in the modern era to be elected after a papal resignation. Diane and her guests discuss the challenges facing Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church.

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Tebow Won't Attend Controversial Megachurch Opening

The Jets quarterback reversed a decision to attend the opening of a new facility for the First Baptist Church in Dallas, whose pastor has disparaged other religions and homosexuals.
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In A Swirl Of Humanity, A Chance Encounter With A Saint

India's Kumbh Mela festival is considered the largest religious gathering in the world, and it can be completely disorienting for an outsider. An NPR reporter found an expert guide.
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An Indonesian Extremist Trades Rifle For Spatula

Between 2002 and 2009, homegrown Indonesian militants staged deadly attacks almost yearly. The story of one former terrorist-turned-chef — and his unrealized dreams of global jihad — help illustrate why terrorism hasn't flourished in the Muslim-majority country.

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