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Leaders from the United Methodist Church confer during the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Mo. America's second-largest Protestant denomination faces a likely fracture as delegates voted to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. Sid Hastings/AP hide caption

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United Methodists Face Fractured Future

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Evangelicals pray during a church service in Havana, Cuba. Religious groups on the island have come out in opposition to a new constitution which will be voted on on Sunday. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis has called Catholic leaders from around the world to the Vatican this week for a meeting about clergy sexual abuse. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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As Pope Holds Sex Abuse Summit, U.S. Catholics Not Hopeful For 'Bold Moves'

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Catholic Leaders To Gather In Rome To Discuss Continuing Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis

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People pray during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix in 2017. Matt York/AP hide caption

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After Explosive Sex Abuse Allegations, Southern Baptist Leaders Promise Reform

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Pope Francis meets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI prior to the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. Vatican Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Dozens of clergy members, immigration activists and others participate in a protest against the imprisonment and potential deportation of an immigration activist. Religious liberals are becoming increasingly outspoken in their opposition to many Trump administration policies. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Provoked By Trump, The Religious Left Is Finding Its Voice

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Christian icons damaged by fighting are seen in a monastery in the village of Maaloula, north of Damascus, Syria. U.S. evangelicals are concerned that a pullout of U.S. troops will leave Syrian Christians vulnerable to attack. Alexander Kots/AP hide caption

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U.S. Evangelicals Push Back Against Trump's Syria Pullout Plan

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The new Congress is more Christian than the U.S. population in general, according to a new survey from Pew Research. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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The New Congress: Fewer Christians But Still Religious

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The federal government remains partially shut down in an impasse over President Trump's demand for border wall funding. Hundreds of thousands of government workers will be going without a paycheck, presenting financial challenges for many. Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Financially Struggling Government Workers Are Caught Up In Shutdown

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An overwhelming majority of evangelical Christians continue to support President Trump, despite allegations of infidelity. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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For Evangelicals, A Year Of Reckoning On Sexual Sin And Support For Donald Trump

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Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler, Jr. speaks at the school's convocation ceremony in 2013. Mohler, who has led the seminary for 25 years, commissioned a report on the role racism and support for slavery played in its origin and growth. Bruce Schreiner/AP hide caption

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Southern Baptist Seminary Confronts History Of Slaveholding And 'Deep Racism'

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Southern Baptist Seminary Reviews Its Legacy Of Racism

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Eleanor Roosevelt holds up a copy of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in December 1948. Fotosearch/Getty Images hide caption

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Boundlessly Idealistic, Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Is Still Resisted

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