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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.

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White Christmas Beegie Adair

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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Blktop And the Stylus Followed
Jingle Bells Oscar Peterson
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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town The Mason Embry Trio

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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Sleigh Ride Boston Pops Orchestra & Keith Lockhart
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Encore!
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Main Title from Home Alone - Somwhere in My Memory

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

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8th Street Nocturne Quiet Life Motel & David Schulman
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Anhinga
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Silent Night Nashville Childrens Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra

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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Twentytwofourteen The Album Leaf
Princess Leia's Theme John Williams
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