Former Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins (right) is greeted by supporter Donna Demir after a news conference on Jan. 6 in Chicago. Hawkins, who's Christian, was suspended by Wheaton, an evangelical Christian school, after she said Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Administrators initiated steps to fire her. On Saturday the professor and school announced they'd parted ways. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Peter Saunders, a British advocate for survivors of sexual abuse by priests, in Rome on Saturday. Saunders is a high-profile abuse survivor and critic of the Vatican — and until Saturday, was a member of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory commission. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Within the current prayer area, to the left of the wooden bridge, a division between the men's and women's sections is marked by a barrier. The new prayer space will be to the right of the bridge. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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For the first time since their churches split in the 11th century, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will meet in person. They're seen here in photos from earlier this year. Ivan Sekretarev/Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with members of the Muslim community Wednesday while visiting the Islamic Society of Baltimore in Windsor Mill, Md. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tej Rokka is a Nepali pastor who works with the evangelical group Climbing for Christ. He's standing inside Savior Alone Redeems Asians church, in Kathmandu, where he preaches. Sworup Nhasiju hide caption

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The Mother Mosque of America was built in 1934, making it the oldest standing mosque in the country. Now a historic landmark, these days it serves primarily as a cultural center and museum. Claudine Ebeid/NPR hide caption

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Religious leaders from more than 100 predominantly Muslim countries attended a summit in Marrakech to counter the extremist ideology that fuels groups like ISIS. Martijn Booister/Flickr hide caption

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The World Changers group brainstorms on what to do to clarify their message of Islam. Paola Marizán/WNIN hide caption

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani opens a book he gave to Pope Francis as a gift at the Vatican on Tuesday. Rouhani is the first Iranian leader to meet with the pope since 1999. With sanctions against Iran falling away, Rouhani also announced business agreements with Italy as part of his visit to Europe. Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this photo from Nov. 7, 2008, a U.S. Army chaplain leads soldiers on a tour of St. Elijah's Monastery on Forward Operating Base Marez on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. The monastery was apparently destroyed by ISIS in 2014. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption

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Rescue workers help Russian Orthodox believers marking Epiphany by swimming late Monday in a pond in Pushkin, outside St. Petersburg. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged into icy rivers and ponds across the country. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP hide caption

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Brother William Valle of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in Chillum, Md., loads potatoes onto his cart at the Capitol Area Food Bank, in Washington, D.C. A new government initiative seeks to engage faith-based groups on food waste — for instance, by using their existing relationships with food banks to redirect excess food to the hungry. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Matthew Secich's wife, Crystal, behind the sausage counter at the deli they opened in Unity, Maine. Jennifer Mitchell/MPBN hide caption

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