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Saturday, Oct 20

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Matthew Shepard Laid To Rest, 20 Years After His Death

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To mark the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder, he will be interred at the National Cathedral. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Bishop Gene Robinson about Shepard's life and death.

Friday, Oct 19

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Feds Launch Sex Abuse Investigation Of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church

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The Justice Department issued subpoenas to at least six of the state's eight dioceses seeking private files and records following revelations that more than 1,000 minors were abused, NPR has learned.

Sunday, Oct 14

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Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI Elevated To Sainthood

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In a ceremony at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis declared the sainthood of the murdered Salvadoran archbishop, the former pontiff and five other people.

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American Pastor Andrew Brunson Meets With Trump After Being Released From Turkey

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Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who had been detained and jailed in Turkey for two years on charges of spying and aiding terrorists was released. He met with President Trump on Saturday.

Saturday, Oct 13

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Pope Francis Defrocks 2 Chilean Priests In Deepening Sex Abuse Scandal

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The two high-ranking retired clerics, Archbishop Francisco José Cox Huneeus and Bishop Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández, were expelled from the priesthood because of alleged "manifest abuse of minors."

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After Cardinal's Resignation, Parishioner Shares His Struggle With Catholic Church

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been accused of covering up sex abuse scandals during his tenure in Pittsburgh. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with a Catholic who still believes in God but questions the church.

Friday, Oct 12

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Washington Archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl Resigns Amid Pressure

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NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro about Cardinal Donald Wuerl's resignation and Shapiro's plea for lifting the statute of limitations for sexual abuse crimes.

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Pope Francis Accepts Cardinal Wuerl's Resignation

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., stood accused of being complicit in covering up years of sexual abuse by priests. NPR talks to Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter.

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Pope Accepts Resignation Of D.C. Archbishop Donald Wuerl Amid Sex Abuse Crisis

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Two months ago, a Pennsylvania grand jury detailed how Wuerl learned of credible abuse allegations against priests under his supervision — and still gave the men new parish assignments.

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News Brief: Hurricane Michael, Kentucky House Race, New Saint

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Post Michael, what does Mexico Beach, Fla., look like now? As midterms draw near, we examine Kentucky's 6th congressional district. Sunday, Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero becomes a saint.

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A 'Voice For The Voiceless': Sainthood For El Salvador's Archbishop Óscar Romero

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Romero was an outspoken champion of the poor who pleaded for social justice during a time of widespread violence. On Sunday, Romero will be canonized as a saint at the Vatican.

Thursday, Oct 11

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To Help Immigrants Feel Safer Around Police, Some Churches Start Issuing IDs

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"No one in our city should live in fear," said Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. The Catholic archdiocese program is modeled on one in Dallas, which aims to alleviate immigrants' fears of police stops.

Monday, Oct 8

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Vatican's Meeting Of Bishops Is Overshadowed By Abuse Allegations

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As the Catholic Church deals with new sex-abuse revelations, the pope opened a three-week gathering of bishops in Rome Saturday on how to make the Church relevant for young people.

'False Calm' Acts As A Record Of Real Life In Patagonia

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Argentine writer María Sonia Cristoff wants to be honest: She won't shape her subjects' narratives or take control of another person's story. This is both the book's great strength and great weakness.

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Faith Groups Get Out The Vote For The Midterm Elections

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President Trump has asked his evangelical supporters to help stop Democrats from taking control of Congress, but religious progressives are also getting people to the polls.

Sunday, Oct 7

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Indonesians Attend Mass After Earthquake Kills More Than 1,700

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The death toll continues to climb in Indonesia after an earthquake and tsunami struck nine days ago. Some people in the hardest-hit area went to church for Sunday services.

Brett Kavanaugh's Church Community Reacts

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NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Washington Post reporter Michelle Boorstein about her reporting on how Brett Kavanaugh's church is dealing with the controversy around his Supreme Court appointment.

Wednesday, Oct 3

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Pope Francis' Popularity Falls Sharply Among U.S. Catholics

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Six of 10 U.S. Catholics say Pope Francis is doing only a "fair" or even a "poor" job handling the clergy abuse crisis. He is now only as popular as his predecessor, Pope Benedict.

Friday, Sep 28

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Pope Francis Defrocks Priest Fernando Karadima, A Notorious Abuser In Chile

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Karadima has been the face of the church's sex abuse scandal in Chile. In 2011, a Vatican tribunal found him guilty of sexually abusing dozens of minors.

Thursday, Sep 27

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Wyoming Reopens Dormant Clergy Sex Abuse Case

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The Catholic bishop in Cheyenne, Wyo. urged police to re-open an old clergy sex abuse investigation he says was flawed. The state has no statute of limitations for felony child sexual abuse.

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Pope Francis Urges Catholics To Trust Historic Agreement With China

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The statement on the appointment of bishops in China has sparked confusion and criticism among some Catholics. The pope reassured them that functionaries won't be named to deal with religious issues.

Tuesday, Sep 25

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German Bishops' Report: At Least 3,677 Minors Were Abused By Clerics

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The study found that 5 percent of priests in the country's dioceses had been accused of abuse. Germany's justice minister said the study was "shocking and probably just the tip of the iceberg."

Sunday, Sep 23

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China And Vatican Sign Agreement On Appointment Of Bishops

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The "provisional" deal — signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers on both sides — gives the Holy See a say in naming of bishops, and grants the pope veto power over candidates.

Saturday, Sep 22

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Indians Are Partying And Praying For Elephant-Headed God Ganesh

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For 10 days, they sing, dance, chant and pray at the feet of Ganesh statues, then submerge them in water. The festival was once used to circumvent British rule.

Wednesday, Sep 19

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As Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis Deepens, Conservative Circles Blame Gay Priests

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Some conservative Catholics are blaming clergy sex abuse on gay priests, citing "homosexual networks" in the church. The argument reflects wider cultural and political conflict in Catholic circles.

Tuesday, Sep 18

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Memoirist: Evangelical Purity Movement Sees Women's Bodies As A 'Threat'

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In Pure, Linda Kay Klein reflects on the "deep, long-lasting shame" caused by churches that claim women and girls are responsible for the sexual desires of men.

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What The Yom Kippur Fast Means To A Man Who's Known Hunger

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Shadrach Mugoya Levi is the spiritual leader of a community of Uganda Jews. After a year of study in Jerusalem, he says he's more prepared than ever for the Day of Atonement.

Thursday, Sep 13

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Pope Meets With Church Leaders Amid New Sex Abuse Allegations

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Pope Francis met with a delegation of U.S. Catholic Church leaders. The pope also announced that he's calling an unprecedented meeting in February of more than 100 bishops from around the world.

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U.S. Leaders Of 'Lacerated' Catholic Church Meet Pope To Discuss Sex Abuse Crisis

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As Pope Francis grapples with a growing scandal, an accused bishop has resigned in West Virginia and a new study has emerged documenting the scale of clerical abuse in Germany.

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Congregation Remembers Botham Jean

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Botham Jean, the man shot to death in his own apartment by a Dallas police officer, is being remembered by his faith community.