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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."
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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.
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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.
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Leaked Encyclical Highlights Growing Resistance To Pope's Reform Agenda

A draft of Pope Francis' encyclical on climate climate change was leaked Wednesday before its scheduled release.
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Will Pope's Much-Anticipated Encyclical Be A Clarion Call On Climate Change?

On Thursday, the Vatican releases Pope Francis' document on the environment and poverty. He has said he believes global warming is a moral, and man-made, issue — angering climate change skeptics.
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Vatican Prosecutor Indicts Defrocked Priest On Pedophilia Charges

Jozef Wesolowski, the former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic, is the first person arrested in the Vatican on charges of pedophilia. If convicted, he could face up to 12 years in jail.
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'Religious Nones' Are Growing Quickly. Should Republicans Worry?

The share of Americans without a religion is growing dramatically — to the highest point in U.S. history. It could have implications for the future of politics.
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How 'Diet Gurus' Hook Us With Religion Veiled In Science

From Paleo to vegan to raw, nutrition gurus package their advice as sound science. But peel the studies away and you'll find timeless myths and superstitions of religion.
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Climate Change Is A 'Moral Issue,' Says Archbishop On Papal Encyclical

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami about the encyclical that Pope Francis is expected to deliver next week where he will address the environment and climate change.
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Pope Creates Tribunal To Investigate Bishops Accused Of Hiding Sex Abuse

Pope Francis has created a tribunal to hear cases of bishops who failed to protect kids from pedophile priests.

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