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In A Time Of Grief And Recovery, A Sunday Sermon Foretold

The Rev. John Black, of the Campbell Chapel AME Church in Bluffton, S.C., talks to NPR's Arun Rath about grief, forgiveness and rebirth — themes in the sermon he has planned for this Sunday.
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In Philadelphia's Fishtown, A Fierce Debate Over The Fate Of A Polish Church

The Philadelphia Archdiocese has plans to demolish the city's oldest Polish church, but it's facing strong resistance: Longtime parishioners and neighborhood newcomers have joined forces in protest.
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Syrian Christians Face New Threat From Rebel Alliance

Syrian Christians face new threats from a rebel coalition that is fighting both the self-declared Islamic State and the regime.
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Iceland's Pirate Party Wins Repeal Of Blasphemy Law

The insurgent political movement, which has just three members in parliament, led the rollback of the 75-year-old law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" religious teachings.
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Investigators Say Weather Caused Mount Zion AME Church To Burn

The State Law Enforcement Division says that there was no evidence of criminal intent at the church in Greeleyville, S.C., on Tuesday. Thunderstorms had passed through the area that night.
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The Push To Mandate Vaccines For Schoolchildren

California passes a new law requiring all children enrolled in school to be vaccinated. It's the largest state in the nation to do so. The push to require vaccinations and the tension between public health and personal beliefs.

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Charleston's Black Leaders Want To See Justice As Much As Forgiveness

After the South Carolina church killings, victims' families offered the accused shooter forgiveness. While Charleston's leaders have followed suit, some say the compassionate response is premature.
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Pope In U.S. Visit Will Meet With Poor, President, Politicians

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis will visit Cuba and the U.S. Sept. 19-28. He will become the first pope to address Congress.
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Questions Over What To Do With Unused Embryos

For some who use in vitro fertilization to have a baby, more embryos are created than used -- leading to thousands in storage. Complicated legal, moral and personal questions over what to do with unused embryos.

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Conservative Pastors Deliver Sharp Criticism Of Same-Sex Marriage

Conservative pastors are vowing to mobilize in opposition to the Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage. Although the decision applies to government actions, not religious ceremonies, some of these pastors say they reject such a separation of church and state functions.

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