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In this image taken from a video provided by Adnkronos International, Ali Agca stands in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on Saturday. Agca, who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, laid flowers at the late pontiff's tomb. AP hide caption

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Minister Ryan Bell decided to "try on" atheism for a year; now, although he says atheism is an "awkward fit," he's going to continue to not believe in God. Natalie Gee hide caption

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After Year Of Atheism, Former Pastor: 'I Don't Think God Exists'

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Citing 'Historical Inaccuracies,' Egypt Bans 'Exodus' From Theaters

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'The Bishop's Wife' Tracks A Killer In A Mormon Community

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An Iraqi Christian prays inside a shrine on the grounds of the Mazar Mar Eillia Catholic Church in Irbil, in northern Iraq. Irbil has become home to hundreds of Iraqi Christians who fled their homes as the Islamic State advanced earlier this year. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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With Each New Upheaval In Iraq, More Minorities Flee

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An illustration depicts Jesus Christ transforming water into wine during the wedding at Cana (John 2:7). Joseph Martin Kronheim/Kean Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

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Pope Francis salutes the faithful during a meeting with members of the Pope John XXIII Community association in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on Dec. 20. The first pope from the global south wants to reshape the church for the contemporary world. L'Osservatore Romano via AP hide caption

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Pope Francis And His Gift For Blending The Spiritual And The Political

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Curator Timothy Verdon says "Mary is unexpectedly fashionable" in Fra Filippo Lippi's Madonna and Child, painted in the 1460s. Provincia di Firenze, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence/National Museum of Women in the Arts hide caption

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Mother, Empress, Virgin, Faith: 'Picturing Mary' And Her Many Meanings

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Pope To Vatican Leaders: In-Fighting Must Stop

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Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with cardinals and bishops of the Curia at the Vatican on Monday. The pope said the Curia suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism. Andreas Solaro/AP hide caption

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