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West's Allure Dulls Monkhood's Luster For Some Buddhists

Since the Dalai Lama's exile from Tibet in 1958, reincarnated high lamas have been born in, or exposed to, the West at an increasing rate. Journalist Tim McGirk wrote about the effects of that exposure in this month's issue of The Believer.
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As Islam Grows, U.S. Imams In Short Supply

The more than 2,100 American mosques are facing a challenge. There aren't enough imams, or spiritual leaders, to go around.
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Islamists Make Sufi Shrines A Target In North Africa

Sufi Islam is a small sect that is not politically active. And yet Sufi shrines have been repeatedly targeted by radical groups during upheavals in North Africa and elsewhere.
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Knights Of Malta Celebrates 900th Anniversary At Vatican

Pilgrims and tourists who visit the Vatican Saturday will have a special treat, as the Knights of Malta march in procession to the tomb of St. Peter. The last of the great chivalrous orders is celebrating the 900th anniversary of its official recognition by Pope Paschal II.
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Garry Wills: "Why Priests? A Failed Tradition"

Pope Benedict XVI, the Roman Catholic Church's top priest, took the world by surprise with his decision to resign. Pulitzer Prize-winning author -- and lifelong Catholic -- Gary Wills asks why we need priests and suggests Christianity would have been better off without the priesthood.

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Richard Land Not Quitting Fight For Nation's Soul

As a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, Richard Land has spent nearly 25 years on the front lines of America's so-called 'culture war'. Now, as social conservatives worry that they're losing key policy battles, Land tells host Michel Martin that he may be stepping down from his post, but not from the fight.
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Parishioners Debate Cardinal Mahony's Legacy

In Los Angeles, Roman Catholic parishioners are still coming to terms with the release of thousands of pages of church documents detailing clergy sex abuse. The newly public files also reveal how former Archbishop Roger Mahony and other leaders acted to shield accused priests, in some cases assigning them to other states to avoid police.

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