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Pray With The Pope, From Your iPhone
The pope brought a tablet to his usual Sunday address, as he announced the ClickToPray app for communal prayer around the world, with a call for young Catholics to engage.
Jan 20 5:41PM NPR-Religion

Welcome To The World's Largest Gathering Of Humans
It's India's Kumbh Mela festival, which is expected to draw a record 15 million pilgrims this year, all looking to take a dip in the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers.
Jan 20 1:01PM NPR-Religion

The Forward,' Storied Jewish Paper, Shutters Print Edition After 121 Years
The newspaper, founded in 1897, says it is shifting the focus of its Yiddish and English content to digital and laying off nearly 30 percent of its staff in the process.
Jan 18 10:07PM NPR-Religion

zlem Cekic: How Can Kindness Disarm Hate?
After being elected to the Danish parliament, zlem Cekica Muslim immigrant to Denmarkbegan receiving hate mail. To counter it, she did the unexpected: she met her harrassers face to face.
Jan 18 2:56PM NPR-Religion

McJesus' Sculpture To Be Pulled From Israeli Museum After Violent Protests
Jani Leinonen's artwork, which depicts Ronald McDonald slumped on the cross, drew the ire of local Christians. Now, the piece is getting taken down just as the artist himself had requested.
Jan 17 9:01PM NPR-Religion

U.S. Evangelicals Push Back Against Trump's Syria Pullout Plan
Christian leaders in the U.S. fear President Trump's decision to pull out of Syria will leave Christian minorities in the region vulnerable to attack.
Jan 16 9:17PM NPR-Religion

Millions Of Hindus Gather For Traditional Dip In Holy River
The world's biggest gathering of human beings, the Kumbh Mela, starts Tuesday in India. Pilgrims dip in sacred waters at the confluence of 3 rivers. Up to 120 million people are expected thru March.
Jan 15 10:05AM NPR-Religion

Muhammad: Forty Introductions' Isn't Setting Out To Satisfy
Michael Muhammad Knight's new book on the religious figure is designed to seduce, educate, and irritate its audience into curiosity about Islam and Muhammad and on all three fronts it succeeds.
Jan 15 10:01AM NPR-Religion

After 24 Years, Scholar Completes 3,000-Page Translation Of The Hebrew Bible
Literary scholar Robert Alter says he didn't think the existing English translations of the Bible did justice to the original Hebrew. So he spent nearly a quarter century writing his own by hand.
Jan 14 9:58AM NPR-Religion

Judge Blocks Trump Birth Control Policy In 13 States And D.C.
The policy makes good on Trump's promise to peel back the requirement that employers offer contraception coverage at no cost. The rule is on hold in D.C.
Jan 14 9:52AM NPR-Religion

Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber Gets 'Shameless' About Sex
Bolz-Weber's new book pulls from her own experiences, stories told by her parishioners, and the Bible itself for an examination of the way conservative Christian ideas about sex affect peoples' lives.
Jan 13 10:21PM NPR-Religion

Texas Chapel In Path Of Trump's Proposed Border Wall
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Father Roy Snipes, whose chapel sits on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
Jan 13 12:43PM NPR-Religion

Gospel Music Industry Leaders Must Speak Out Against R. Kelly, Writer Says
R. Kelly, amid allegations of sexual abuse, still has defenders in the gospel music industry. NPR's Scott Simon talks with writer Candice Benbow, who says it's time for industry leaders to speak up.
Jan 12 1:07PM NPR-Religion

Opinion: The Strange Silence Over China's Muslim Crackdown
NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the world's inattention to China's crackdown on Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Chinese Muslims.
Jan 12 1:07PM NPR-Religion

Last Known WWII Nazi Living In U.S., Deported To Germany Last Year, Is Dead at 95
The United States stripped Jakiw Palij of his citizenship in 2003, but it was difficult finding a country to take him. He was never charged for his involvement in the Holocaust.
Jan 11 11:49AM NPR-Religion

Pakistan Wants To Reform Madrassas. Experts Advise Fixing Public Education First
The government hopes to reform seminaries, which are often seen as places where students are indoctrinated with extreme interpretations of Islam. Experts argue the entire education system must change.
Jan 10 1:36PM NPR-Religion

China To Let 2,000 Ethnic Kazakhs Relinquish Citizenship And Leave The Country
The announcement, from Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry, comes after reports of massive repression of ethnic Muslim minorities in far western China.
Jan 10 11:30AM NPR-Religion

Saudi Woman Granted Refugee Status, Could Get Asylum In Australia
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun fled her family during an overseas trip and tried to fly to Australia, but was stopped in Thailand. The U.N.
Jan 9 1:10PM NPR-Religion

Pakistan's Prime Minister Tries To Reform Politically Powerful Madrassas
Pakistan's Islamic seminaries are widely seen as indoctrinating students with extreme interpretations of Islam. Pakistan's prime minister has vowed to change them. But many madrassas are resisting.
Jan 9 10:00AM NPR-Religion

Australia Will Consider Granting Asylum To Saudi Woman Who Fears For Her Life
The 18-year-old fled her family and was detained in Thailand en route to Australia. Australia's Department of Home Affairs says her application for a humanitarian visa will be "carefully considered.
Jan 8 8:19PM NPR-Religion