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Black Pastor Wants His Mostly White Congregation To Understand Racial Justice

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Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz speaks from Orlando, Fla., during the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. Holtz questioned Democratic candidate Joe Biden's Catholic faith. Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP hide caption

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Political Conventions Show How Religion Is Playing A Role In Campaigns

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A parishioner sits after Mass last month at a Catholic church in New York City. An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults believe that houses of worship should be subject to the same restrictions on public gatherings that apply to other institutions. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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2 Out Of 3 Churchgoers: It's Safe To Resume In-Person Worship

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Cesa Pusateri, 12, and her grandfather, Timothy Waxenfelter, principal of Quigley Catholic High School, leave with his collection of speech and debate books after the closure of the school in Baden, Pa., on June 8, 2020. According to the National Catholic Educational Association, at least 100 schools have announced in recent weeks that they won't reopen this fall. Jessie Wardarski/AP hide caption

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The Closure Of Catholic Schools Is 'Devastating,' Advocates Say

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Coronavirus Pandemic Hits Catholic Schools Especially Hard

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A member of the security personnel wears a mask during a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong / Getty Images hide caption

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COVID-19 Surge Has Some Church Leaders Rethinking Whether To Reopen

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The choir at Meadowridge Baptist church in Fort Worth, Texas, performs at a worship service in October 2019. Tom Gjelten/NPR hide caption

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Multiracial Congregations May Not Bridge Racial Divide

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Recent SCOTUS Decisions On Religion Open Up New Questions

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James Henley Thornwell regularly defended slavery and promoted white supremacy from his pulpit at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. A.H. Ritchie/The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, 1871 hide caption

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White Supremacist Ideas Have Historical Roots In U.S. Christianity

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Evangelical Christians traditionally focus on individual sin and salvation. But some are taking a wider view when it comes to addressing systemic racism. Reza/Getty Images hide caption

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Evangelical Christians Grapple With Racism As Sin

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Why Talking About Systemic Racism Can Be Difficult For Evangelical Pastors

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