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Friday, Nov 30

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In Gesture To India, Pakistan Offers Easy Access To Sikh Holy Site

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For decades, India's Sikhs have longed to reach one of their holiest sites, a soaring white temple, built on a river bank. A new corridor will allow them visa-free access to the temple.

Tuesday, Nov 27

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Killing Of American Missionary Ignites Debate Over How To Evangelize

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John Allen Chau, a 26-year-old American missionary, was killed when he sneaked onto an island in the Bay of Bengal. For centuries, the islanders have resisted all contact with the outside world.

Thursday, Nov 22

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When India's Interfaith Couples Encounter Threats, 'Love Commandos' Come To Their Aid

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Couples who marry against their parents' wishes sometimes risk their lives in doing so. That's where the Love Commandos come in. They run 500 safe houses and help couples elope or hide from relatives.

Tuesday, Nov 20

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Chickenpox Outbreak Hits N.C. Private School With Low Vaccination Rates

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Three dozen students have been infected at Asheville Waldorf School — which has among the very highest rates of parents claiming religious exemption from state vaccine requirements.

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Swastika Defaces Duke University Mural Honoring Synagogue Shooting Victims

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The Nazi symbol was spray-painted over a Star of David on a campus memorial to the 11 people killed last month at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania.

Friday, Nov 16

23

The Faithful Are Angry As Catholic Church Fails To Unite On Addressing Clergy Abuse

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This week's widely anticipated meeting of U.S. Catholic bishops ended without recommendation on how to deal with clergy abuse. Further action is now up to the Vatican and a global synod in February.

Thursday, Nov 15

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'My Family Has Been Broken': Pakistanis Fear For Uighur Wives Held In China

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Rights groups estimate as many as 1 million Uighurs are detained in Chinese camps, with the aim of stripping away their ethnic identity, suppressing their Muslim faith and ensuring loyalty to China.

Wednesday, Nov 14

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The Cost Of Courage: The 2 Couples Who Rescued My Family From The Nazis

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Two couples sheltered Uri Berliner's family when the Nazis came to power. One thrived; the other paid a terrible price.

A Toy Monkey That Escaped Nazi Germany And Reunited A Family

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Gert Berliner packed a stuffed monkey when he fled the Nazis as a child. He kept the toy for more than a half century before donating it to a museum, an act that led to a remarkable discovery.

Tuesday, Nov 13

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U.S. Bishops Delay Response To Sexual Abuse Crisis At Vatican's Insistence

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The U.S. Conference of Bishops this week planned to take up measures regarding clergy sexual abuse. The Vatican told them to delay any decisions until a February meeting in Rome addresses the crisis.

Ex-Detainee Describes Torture In China's Xinjiang Re-Education Camp

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"They made me wear what they called 'iron clothes,'" the man tells NPR, describing a 50-pound metal suit he was forced to wear for 12 hours. When he returned home, people were afraid to speak to him.

Monday, Nov 12

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Vatican Insists U.S. Bishops Put Off Vote On Their Response To Sexual Abuse Crisis

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"At the insistence of the Holy See, we will not be voting" on a standard of conduct and other actions, said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Friday, Nov 9

02

Satanists Sue Netflix, Warner Bros. For $150M, Saying 'Sabrina' Copied Their Statue

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The Satanic Temple has used the statue to protest for freedom of religion. Now, it says the media giants have lifted its copyrighted design for a depiction of evil in the streaming series.

Thursday, Nov 8

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Immigrant Communities Were The 'Geographic Solution' To Predator Priests

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One way Catholic leaders hid sexually abusive priests was to move them into immigrant communities where victims may be less likely to speak up.

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Greece Strikes Tentative Deal To Remove Orthodox Clergy From State Payroll

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Archbishop Ieronymos jointly announced the agreement, which is aimed at separating religion and state. But it is drawing resistance from other Church leaders.

Wednesday, Nov 7

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Guam's Catholic Church To File Bankruptcy Amid Deluge Of Sex Abuse Lawsuits

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Guam's archdiocese is facing claims from nearly 200 alleged survivors. "Bankruptcy is the method to deliver the greatest measure of justice to the greatest number of victims," said a Church lawyer.

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Through Personal Testament, 'Why Religion?' Explores Belief In The 21st Century

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Distinguished scholar of Christianity Elaine Pagels sets out to explain why religion is still around today, through the lens of her lived tragedies — the deaths of her son and husband 30 years ago.

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Resurgence Of Cleric Scandal Invigorates Conservative U.S. Critics Of Pope Francis

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Politically conservative Catholics criticize Francis for being pro-migrant, anti-capitalist and less rigid in doctrine than predecessors. The cleric sex abuse scandals have emboldened these critics.

Tuesday, Nov 6

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Is There A Cure For Hate?

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After the Pittsburgh mass killing, many are wondering how to turn extremists away from violence and hate. But there is very little research, and even less funding, to make that happen.

Monday, Nov 5

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'Why Religion?' Asks 'How Hearts Can Heal' After Tragedy

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Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book combines memoir and biblical scholarship to reflect on loss and faith.

Sunday, Nov 4

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After Tragedy In Pittsburgh, An Extraordinary Effort To Honor 'The Holy Ones'

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As the Squirrel Hill community worked to honor the 11 victims of last week's attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, the investigation into the mass shooting complicated traditional Jewish preparations.

Saturday, Nov 3

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The First Jewish Sabbath Following The Deadly Pittsburgh Shooting

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Michel Martin talks with WESA's Sarah Boden about Saturday services on the first Shabbat after the Pittsburgh attack.

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The Delicate Task Of Burying The Tree Of Life Victims

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NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rabbi Daniel Wasserman of the Jewish burial society that's been honoring and burying the bodies of the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

Friday, Nov 2

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Americans Of All Faiths Plan To Attend Shabbat Services In Solidarity With Jews

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There is a call for non-Jews to join Jewish congregations this weekend in a show of solidarity. A rabbi and a pastor in St. Louis talks about the event, labeled #ShowUpForShabbat.

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Protesters Delay Release Of Pakistani Woman Acquitted For Blasphemy

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Asia Bibi's sentence was overturned this week, prompting protests by hardline religious groups. They are calling for Bibi to be killed, along with the three judges who issued the verdict.

Thursday, Nov 1

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Jewish Leaders Encourage Americans Of All Faiths To #ShowUpForShabbat

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Leaders want to send a "resounding message that love triumphs over hate." An increased police presence at Jewish institutions will continue, as it has since the Pittsburgh shooting.

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France's Jewish Community Deeply Shaken Over Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

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Jews in France, who have seen their own community subjected to murderous attacks, have reacted with horror and sympathy to Saturday's deadly shooting in Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, Oct 31

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After Synagogue Shooting, Religious Leaders Evaluate Security

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Faith leaders are stuck in a quandary. They're trying to balance a mission of keeping houses of worship welcoming spaces with a responsibility to tighten security.

Synagogue Shooting Suspect, Robert Bowers, Indicted On 44 Federal Charges

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The indictment, which includes hate crime charges, accuses Bowers of entering the Tree of Life synagogue with three handguns and an AR-15 rifle. Once inside he indicated his desire to "kill Jews."

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Nearly 30 Percent Of Anti-Semitic Online Attacks Are Bots

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A study released last week by the Anti-Defamation League revealed that anti-Semitic online slurs have surged in the lead-up to the mid-terms, and many of the attacks are automated.