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Book Review: 'Waking Up: A Guide To Spirituality Without Religion'

Astrophysicist Adam Frank reviews Sam Harris' Book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion.
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Pope John Paul II's Would-Be Assassin Lays Roses At His Tomb

In 1981, Mehmet Ali Ağca shot the pontiff twice at close range as the pope's open motorcade passed through St. Peter's Square. He was jailed for three decades before his release in 2010.
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After Year Of Atheism, Former Pastor: 'I Don't Think God Exists'

Former pastor Ryan Bell embarked on a year without God at the start of 2014. He says, "Before I wanted a closer relationship to God and today I just want a closer relationship with reality."
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Citing 'Historical Inaccuracies,' Egypt Bans 'Exodus' From Theaters

The movie Exodus: Gods and Kings has been banned in Egypt on the grounds of "inaccuracies" and a "Zionist view of history."
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'The Bishop's Wife' Tracks A Killer In A Mormon Community

The mystery about the disappearance of a young Mormon woman was inspired by a real-life story. Author Mette Ivie Harrison talks about her own struggles with faith and stereotypes of Mormon mothers.
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With Each New Upheaval In Iraq, More Minorities Flee

"We like Iraq, but Iraq doesn't like us," says a displaced Christian man. He's just one of example of religious minorities who have been dislodged from parts of Iraq where they have ancient roots.
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Irish Court OKs Turning Off Life Support For Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman

Doctors told the High Court the 18-week fetus' prospects of survival were low. There have been two similar cases in Ireland since 2001; both fetuses died in the womb. The decision won't be appealed.
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Basilica Feeds Thousands On Christmas Day

For 40 years, volunteers with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception have been serving Christmas dinners.

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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.
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Pope Francis: 'Many Tears This Christmas'

In his annual Christmas Day blessing, the pontiff condemned killing in Iraq, Syria and Pakistan and the "brutal persecution" of religious and ethnic minorities.

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