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Pope Francis listens to a children's band during his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Dec. 21. L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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For Pope Francis, A Year Of Reconciliation Abroad Amid Opposition At Home

The pope worked to repair relations within the Christian world, but things were tougher in the Catholic world. A church historian says no other pope has met as much opposition from bishops and clergy.

Syrian children wait as a checkpoint that once separated their Damascus suburb from government-held areas is bulldozed. Rebels left the town in a truce negotiated with the help of local activists and notables. Alison Meuse/NPR hide caption

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In A Syrian Suburb Cleared Of Rebels, A Gradual Return To Everyday Life

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Pastry chef Aggie Chin shares her recipes for a dinner party dessert, a citrus pavlova cake, and festive drink of pink champagne and a dollop of grapefruit sorbet. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Desserts To Help Ring In The New Year

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For Pope Francis, A Year Of Reconciliation Abroad Amid Opposition At Home

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Colin Ozeki, a high school student with autism, is on track to graduate this year from Millennium Brooklyn High School with an advanced diploma. Amy Pearl/WNYC hide caption

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Getting Students With Autism Through High School, To College And Beyond

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