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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.
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.
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.
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.
Pope Francis met with a delegation of U.S. Catholic Church leaders.
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.
Botham Jean, the man shot to death in his own apartment by a Dallas police officer, is being remembered by his faith community.
Pope Francis is meeting with U.S. archbishops Thursday about the sex abuse crisis and in particular the accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, formerly the archbishop of Washington, D.
Pope Francis is set to meet with a group of U.S. cardinals and bishops Thursday in Rome, to discuss the roiling clergy sex abuse scandal and the role some bishops played in its cover-up.
The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, will meet in Rome with Pope Francis and other church leaders to discuss further investigations into abuse.
NPR's Michel Martin asks James Garcia, a deacon at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about his decision to establish a task force to investigate clergy sex abuse.
It's Day 4 of Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. Twitter bans conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. New York and New Jersey launch probes into Catholic Church sex abuse allegations.
Bless us, sister, for audiences will have the living bejeezus scared out of them when "The Nun" opens in cinemas nationwide on Friday.
The attorneys general for both states have launched active investigations into abuse allegations. Last month, a grand jury report from Pennsylvania detailed abuse by more than 300 Catholic priests.
Some parents and administrators don't feel it's their place to discuss a recent report on clergy sex abuse with young children. But are providing a space for students to voice their concerns.
Critics say Catholic law favors secrecy over transparency and discourages bishops from punishing abusive priests. Increasingly, civil authorities are taking on these investigations.
The failure of church authorities to police their own clergy has led lay Catholics and civil authorities to move on their own. After Pennsylvania, other state attorneys general have launched investigations.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Eva Dou, a China political news reporter for the Wall Street Journal, about China's crackdown on Uighur Muslims.
Being sexually abused as a child can shape someone's entire life: their health, relationships, spirituality. And the loss of income can be enormous.