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Thursday

Henry Kissinger, legendary diplomat and foreign policy scholar, dies at 100

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Wednesday

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, shown here in 2008, was born on May 27, 1923. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Henry Kissinger, controversial diplomat and foreign policy scholar, dies at 100

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Monday

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Can America's 'Civil Religion' Still Unite The Country?

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Sunday

Retiring NPR Correspondent Looks At How Religion Beat Has Changed

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Thursday

The Mulema family fled the Central African Republic, spent years in a refugee camp, and were eventually resettled in Newark, Del., by Jewish Family Services. Tom Gjelten/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Refugee Program 'On Life Support,' Facing Big Challenges

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Monday

The Vatican Has Announced The Church 'Cannot' Bless Same-Sex Unions

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Wednesday

Faith groups are deeply split over the Equality Act. Evangelicals, Catholics, Latter-day Saints and Orthodox Jews say it limits religious freedom. Mainline Protestants and other progressive faith groups support it. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Some Faith Leaders Call Equality Act Devastating; For Others, It's God's Will

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Wednesday

A health care worker holds a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y., on Wednesday. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Some U.S. Faith Leaders Express Moral Concerns About Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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Christian Groups Resist Johnson & Johnson Vaccine For Using Abortion-Derived Cells

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Monday

Empty pews are marked for spacing in a Manhattan church on Nov. 27, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Clergy On The Pandemic Front Lines: 'How Do We Really Grieve?'

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Thursday

A mob of former President Donald Trump supporters breached the U.S Capitol security on Jan. 6. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A 'Scary' Survey Finding: 4 In 10 Republicans Say Political Violence May Be Necessary

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Friday

Biden's Support Of Abortion Rights At Odds With Catholic Bishops

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Thursday

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden attended the virtual presidential inaugural prayer service from the State Dining Room of the White House. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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At The National Prayer Service, A Plea To Avoid 'Simplistic Calls For Unity'

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Faith Leaders Called For Divine Blessing Of New Administration On Inauguration Day

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Tuesday

"JESUS SAVES" banners were among those carried during a rally on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington before rioters stormed the Capitol. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Militant Christian Nationalists Remain A Potent Force, Even After The Capitol Riot

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Monday

Some Christians Feel It's A God-Given Mission To Fight On Trump's Behalf

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Thursday

Friday

Critics Say New Trump Rule Gives Contractors More Freedom On Religious Discrimination

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Thursday

The Justice Department plans to execute five people in the coming weeks. The planned executions pose a challenge to Attorney General Bill Barr's adherence to Catholic teachings, which oppose the death penalty. Star Tribune via Getty Images/Star Tribune via Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Executions Pit The Trump Administration Against The Catholic Church

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Thursday

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks during a Senate hearing earlier this year. On Thursday, Collins called on religious leaders to keep their worship spaces closed, despite rising protests from some church leaders. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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NIH Director Tells Churches To Do The 'Altruistic, Loving Thing' And Stay Closed

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NIH Head Suggests Churches Shouldn't Return To In-Person Worship Yet

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Monday

Pope Francis arrives at the window of his studio for the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Friday

Yazidi refugees from Iraq are among those fleeing religious persecution. The Biden administration promises to allow refugees into the U.S. at much higher numbers than the Trump administration did. Muhammed Muheisen/AP hide caption

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Biden Gives New Hope To Refugees Fleeing Religious Persecution

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Monday

LGBTQ supporters gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8, 2019. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Religious Freedom Arguments Give Rise To Executive Order Battle

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