The Gulf oil spill has prompted a lot of soul-searching. Michael Spooneybarger/AP hide caption

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Nikki Haley speaks to supporters Tuesday at an election party after winning the South Carolina GOP gubernatorial nomination. Chris Keane/Getty Images hide caption

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Cardinal Jaime Ortega, shown here at a May 20 news conference in Havana, was among clerics who recently met with Cuban President Raul Castro, who pledged to improve conditions for political prisoners. Javier Galeano/AP hide caption

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A French newspaper displays an advertisement recruiting young men to be Catholic priests. The French church has launched a public relations campaign to try to update the image of the priest and reverse the decline in numbers of French men entering the vocation. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Representatives of the U.S.-based Women's Ordination Conference protest in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The group's executive director said the Vatican has turned a blind eye to male priests who "destroy the lives of children and families, but jumps at the chance to excommunicate women." Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful at the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens during the celebration of a Mass on May 31. A group of Italian women who have had relationships with priests wrote an open letter to the pope, criticizing clerical celibacy. Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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