Conservative French presidential candidate Francois Fillon delivers a speech April 9 during a campaign meeting in Paris. The two-round presidential election is set for April 23 and May 7. Fillon has played up his religion during the campaign, and that has played well with France's Catholics. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

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Conservative French Presidential Nominee's Unusual Tactic: Tout His Faith

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Amy Clayton teaches a fifth-grade history class at St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Md. The school, which almost closed eight years ago, has experienced growth over the past few years, largely due to an influx of Catholic families who were drawn to Hyattsville by a desire to live among others who share their values. Tom Gjelten/NPR hide caption

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Catholics Build 'Intentional' Community Of Like-Minded Believers

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Fanesca is made with grains and vegetables, and includes toppings such as peanuts, fried plantains, hard-boiled eggs and mini empanadas. Amy Robertson for NPR hide caption

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia addresses a gathering in McLean, Va., in 2006. Scalia was a devout Roman Catholic, but said, "The only article in faith that plays any part in my judging is the commandment 'Thou Shalt Not Lie.' " Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Scalia Expressed His Faith With The Same Fervor As His Court Opinions

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The closing ceremony of the Second Vatican Council in St. Peter Square on Dec. 9, 1965. Forty bishops pledged to forsake worldly goods, but the agreement was largely ignored. Pope Francis' emphasis on helping the poor has revived talk about the Pact of the Catacombs. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis' Emphasis On Poverty Revives The 'Pact of The Catacombs'

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Jim Gaffigan is the author of Dad is Fat and Food: A Love Story. The Jim Gaffigan Show, which airs on TV Land, was recently renewed for a second season. Brad Barket/Invision/AP hide caption

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Comic Jim Gaffigan On Stand-Up, Faith And Opening For The Pope

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Seminarians attend a theology class at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill. Courtesy of Mundelein Seminary hide caption

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Vietnamese-Americans light candles at St. Helena, a Catholic church in Philadelphia, on April 4. Like many other once-struggling churches, St. Helena has been revitalized by immigrant parishioners. About 200 Vietnamese families worship at this church, along with others from Latin America, the Philippines and Africa. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Built By Immigrants, U.S. Catholic Churches Bolstered By Them Once Again

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3-D renderings of four skeletons found buried near the altar of an early church in the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. Smithsonian X 3D hide caption

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Bones In Church Ruins Likely The Remains Of Early Jamestown's Elite

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Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald is one of the Catholic Church's top experts on Islam. He has served the Vatican in places such as Tunisia, Uganda and Egypt, and now is promoting interfaith understanding by teaching Jesuit students in Cleveland about the Quran. /Rob Wetzler hide caption

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Learning About The Quran ... From A Catholic Archbishop

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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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