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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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Pope Francis And His Gift For Blending The Spiritual And The Political

Despite detractors within the church, Pope Francis' emphasis on humility and mercy has won him strong support worldwide. He has addressed thorny issues such as Vatican finances and clerical sex abuse.
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Mother, Empress, Virgin, Faith: 'Picturing Mary' And Her Many Meanings

This Christmas, images of Mary created over five centuries glow on the walls of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Curator Kathryn Wat says that, to her, Mary represents bravery and strength.
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Satanic Temple's Holiday Display Vandalized In Florida Capitol

A woman is in custody and the atheist group behind the display said it plans to press charges. The diorama of Lucifer falling into the flames of hell was part of the rotunda's free speech zone.
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Pope To Vatican Leaders: In-Fighting Must Stop

Pope Francis gave a harsh Christmas speech this week, diagnosing the Vatican leadership with "spiritual Alzheimers." Vatican watcher Rocco Palmo tells NPR's Audie Cornish about the pope's message.
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Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican's Bureaucrats

He accused the Curia, which oversees the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism. Francis has made reforming the Vatican a major part of his agenda.
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Cuba's Jews, Catholics Have Very Different Takes On The U.S. Thaw

The country's tiny Jewish community is embracing the breakthrough. But some Catholics feel betrayed by President Obama's overtures to Cuba's communist government.
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U.S. Catholics To Feel Pope's Impact With Archbishop Appointments

Since his election less than 2 years ago, Pope Francis has appointed or promoted some 40 American bishops, elevating new leaders in many cities. The most prominent is the new archbishop of Chicago.

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