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Yann Martel: "The High Mountains of Portugal"

The best-selling author of "Life of Pi” on his new novel. Three connected tales set decades apart in Portugal about love, grief and faith. A quest to find an old crucifix, a surreal ghost story, and a fable about a chimpanzee.

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Professor Who Said Christians, Muslims Share A God Is Leaving Christian College

Larycia Hawkins says she expressed solidarity with Muslims; evangelical Wheaton College said she contradicted its statement of faith. Hawkins, who faced possible termination, is leaving the school.

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Three African-American Churches Open To Compromise On Shaw Bike Lane

The controversy surrounding the District’s proposals to build a major north-south bike lane through the Shaw neighborhood has taken a civil turn.

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High-Profile Advocate Takes Leave From Papal Commission On Sex Abuse

Peter Saunders, a British survivor of sexual abuse by a priest, was a prominent and outspoken critic of the Vatican, pushing for more measures to protect children and punish pedophilia.
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New Western Wall Rules Break Down Barriers For Jewish Women

Israel has made a deal to create an area at Judaism's holiest site where women and men can pray together. But some say creating a government-supported egalitarian prayer space undermines unity.
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Pope Francis To Meet With Leader Of Russian Orthodox Church In Cuba

Pope Francis will meet in Cuba next week with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in an effort to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West.
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Meeting Between Pope And Russian Orthodox Patriarch Will Be 'First In History'

The Vatican and the Moscow Patriarchate say it's the first meeting between leaders of the two churches, which split in the 11th century.
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At Baltimore Mosque, Obama Tells Muslims: You're Part Of America Too

President Obama on Wednesday visited a U.S. mosque for the first time in his presidency. That has left some Muslims asking: What took so long?
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Obama Challenges Anti-Muslim Rhetoric In First Visit To U.S. Mosque

"Muslim Americans keep us safe," President Obama said on Wednesday as he visited a mosque in the U.S. for the first time as president. His speech was designed to draw contrasts with rhetoric from some Republicans running to succeed him.
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Obama Visits Mosque In U.S. For First Time During His Presidency

The president's visit, which will also include a roundtable with Muslim community members, is intended to "reaffirm the importance of religious freedom" to life in America, the White House says.

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