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Pope Francis Heads To Egypt

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:09:00 -0400

Pope Francis travels to Egypt this week in an effort to strengthen ties with Islam. He also will meet with Egypt's Coptic Christian community, which has been targeted in deadly attacks.

In Surprise TED Talk, Pope Francis Asks The Powerful For 'Revolution Of Tenderness'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:38:00 -0400

The pontiff's message seemed to be directed at the audience in the room. "The more powerful you are," he said, "the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don't, your power will ruin you."

Wearing A Hijab, A Young Muslim Boxer Enters The Ring

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:01:00 -0400

After three years of training and a battle with USA Boxing over its uniform policy, Amaiya Zafar will fight in her first competitive bout on Saturday. She says she fell in love with the sport at 13.

At Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony, Trump Vows To Confront Anti-Semitism

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:21:00 -0400

President Trump said he "will always stand with the Jewish people." His administration has been criticized for its reaction to recent anti-Semitic attacks, among other controversies.

Writer Recalls Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation In The U.S.

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Former NPR Code Switch Editor Tasneem Raja writes about her experience on female genital mutilation in the United States within her sect of Islam, the Dawoodi Bohras.

Black-Jewish Relations Intensified And Tested By Current Political Climate

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:01:00 -0400

Activist ties that go back to the Civil Rights Movement are being strained by divergent viewpoints on the movement for black lives and Israel's position on Palestine.

Russia Labels Jehovah's Witnesses An Extremist Group

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:08:00 -0400

Russia has banned Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist group, in a sign of the Russian Orthodox Church's political influence. Steve Inskeep speaks with Washington Post reporter Andrew Roth in Moscow.

This Week In Race: Guess Who's Not Coming To The White House

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:01:00 -0400

Karma, man.

Top Russian Court Bans Jehovah's Witnesses, Claiming 'Extremist Activities'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:11:00 -0400

The country's Supreme Court has ruled that the sect must cease operations and the state will take over its assets. The sect has been subject to arrests, property seizure and bans on its literature.

How Young Muslims Define 'Halal Dating' For Themselves

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:54:00 -0400

Young Muslims find a middle ground for fostering romantic relationships between what is permissible and what is forbidden.

This Islamic School Helps Students Build Their American And Muslim Identity

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The Al Fatih Academy in Virginia is one of about 270 Islamic schools in the U.S. The staff aim to give their students a well-rounded education and promote civic awareness.

Supreme Court Considers Separation Of Church And State In Playground Case

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:30:00 -0400

A request for Missouri state funds to resurface its playground landed before the Supreme Court Wednesday because that preschool is part of a church ministry.

Christian Teen Magazine 'Brio' Returns With A 'Biblical Worldview'

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:06:00 -0400

For about 20 years starting in 1990, Brio magazine was the evangelical answer to Seventeen. Focus on the Family is bringing it back, saying it sees a renewed need among teens for alternative voices.

Short Hiatus In War Gives Ukrainians In Donetsk A Chance To Celebrate Easter

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:38:54 -0400

Easter is one of the few times the 3-year-old war in Eastern Ukraine takes a hiatus. The overnight curfew lifted on Saturday so residents could pray and play all night into Easter Sunday.

A Look Centuries-Old Misconceptions About Mary Magdalene

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:38:54 -0400

Mary Magdalene has been characterized as a prostitute for hundreds of years — which has no basis in the Biblical text. Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak explains why the myth has persisted.