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Sanctuary Churches: Who Controls The Story?

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There are many rituals associated with the Hindu Sindh holiday Cheti Chand, which falls on March 29 this year. One that continues to hold meaning for the author is the consumption of tahri, or sweet rice, during langar, the communal meal at the end of the celebration. Pooja Makhijani for NPR hide caption

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(Top) In downtown Hamtramck, teenagers hang out in Pope Park, which commemorates the Polish Pope John Paul II's visit to the city in 1987. (Bottom left) Co-owner Jamal Jawany poses for a portrait at Delite Cafe and Deli. (Bottom right) Ezzi Jawany, 74, waits for his order at his son's deli, Delite Cafe. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Hamtramck, Michigan: An Evolving City Of Immigrants

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Concerns After Texas School Opens 'Prayer Room' That's Attracting Muslim Students

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Author Finds A Counter-Narrative Of Equality In Adam And Eve Story

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Seema Parveen, 42, has been divorced by three different men. In India's Muslim community, a husband can divorce his wife by uttering the word "talaq" — Arabic for divorce. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Muslim Women In India Ask Top Court To Ban Instant Divorce

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Imam Johari Abdul-Malik (center), of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Northern Virginia, speaks alongside other leaders of the Muslim community during a December 2015 news conference in Washington, D.C., about growing "Islamophobia" in the United States. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Push To Name Muslim Brotherhood A Terrorist Group Worries U.S. Offshoots

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Last Friday night, the Berlin bookstore Shakespeare and Sons hosted a Sabbath dinner as part of the pre-kickoff activities for Nosh Berlin, the German capital's first Jewish food festival. Guests at the bookstore included many non-Jewish Germans who purchased tickets. Veronica Zaragovia for NPR hide caption

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Fatima Avelica, 13, daughter of of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, attends a rally with loved ones and supporters for his release outside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices on March 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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An 'Intimate Portrait' Of Dorothy Day, The Catholic Activist With A Bohemian Past

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department K-9 officers search the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada after an employee received a suspicious phone call that led to the evacuation of about 10 people from the building on Feb. 27. A suspect in Israel has been arrested in connection with the waves of bomb threats like this one. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Nowruz, the Persian New Year, is a celebration of the start of spring marked through large parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. Above, a Nowruz haftseen table, laden with seven items meant to symbolize rebirth or renewal. creativeelixir/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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The Edicule in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre is traditionally believed to be the site of Jesus' tomb. A $4 million restoration project, led by a Greek team, has cleaned and reinforced the structure. Sebastian Scheiner/AP hide caption

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Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem

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The Vatican Sends Its Social Media Guru To SXSW Festival

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The Rise Of Secularism And The Alt-Right

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As they travel the parade route, tuxedoed men and youths distribute strings of colorful beads, dried fava beans and genuine Italian kisses. Courtesy of The Italian American St. Joseph Society hide caption

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A person enters the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., on Wednesday. A judge there imposed a preliminary injunction blocking part of President Trump's new travel ban from going into effect. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Philippine Catholic bishop Broderick Pabillo leads a vigil for victims of extrajudicial killings at a church in Manila in August 2016. The country's Catholic Bishops' Conference has issued a rare pastoral letter condemning President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs, which has killed some 7,500 people since last June. Zeke Jacobs/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Has A New Adversary — The Church

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After escaping violence in El Salvador in 1984, Magdalena Rivas found refuge in Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass. More than 30 years later, she revisits the small chapel where she slept. Gabrielle Emanuel/WGBH hide caption

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Religious Communities Continue The Long Tradition Of Offering Sanctuary

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A European court has sided with employers who restrict Muslim women from wearing Islamic headscarves. Here, women wearing niqab visit the Dutch Senate last November, as restrictions on Islamic head coverings were being debated. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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