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Pope Francis Very Popular Among Both U.S. Catholics, Non-Catholics

Pope Francis has maintained high approval ratings even as the Catholic Church struggles with declining membership and the effects of the sexual abuse scandal.
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Pope Francis Says His Tenure At The Vatican Will Be Short

Pope Francis also said he misses the relative anonymity he had as a bishop — and that he'd like to sneak out for a pizza, unrecognized.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Highlight Benefits Of Youthful Matrimony

The Southern Baptist Convention is quietly nudging its 16 million members to tie the knot at a younger age. Baptist leaders say that marriage should be considered a foundation of adult life.
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Supreme Court Revives Notre Dame's Appeal In Contraception Case

Last February, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago backed a lower court's ruling that dismissed Notre Dame's challenge. That decision was vacated Monday.
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Vatican Says Ransom Sought For Missing Michelangelo Letters

In a development reminiscent of a Dan Brown thriller, the Vatican confirmed a report that it has received a ransom demand for the return of two stolen letters written by the renaissance master Michelangelo. It's the first time the theft has been revealed. A spokesman said the Vatican refused to pay.
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Dresden Anti-Immigration Protests Cause Tension In Muslim Community

The German city of Dresden was at the center of large anti-immigration protests for months. Members of the city's Muslim community live with the tension caused by the protests.
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Will Greece's New Government Help The Muslim Minority Integrate?

For decades, Muslims in northeastern Greece were cut off from the rest of the country. Mainstream politicians backed by the Greek Orthodox church ignored them.
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Highest-Ranking Muslim German Official Says Terrorist Attacks Bolster Discrimination

Aydan Özoguz, Germany's federal commissioner for migration and refugees, is the highest-ranking Muslim in the German government. She says she is frustrated by the way terrorist incidents drive wedges between different groups in Germany.
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Kurdish-German Journalist Makes Light Of Hate Mail In Spoken Word Act

NPR's Audie Cornish meets journalist Mely Kiyak, a German-born daughter of Kurds from Turkey. In her spoken word performance, she stages readings of hate mail directed at people of foreign origins.
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Cardinal Egan, Ex-Archbishop Of New York, Dies

The cause was cardiac arrest, the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement. Cardinal Edward Egan was 82.

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