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Bangladesh began transporting Rohingya refugees by boat to the island of Bhashan Char, with rights groups alleging people were being misled into leaving. -/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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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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Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., becomes a cardinal during a ceremony Saturday known as a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Pope Francis cautioned new cardinals never to lose their connection to the people. Fabio Frustaci/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pope John Paul II addressing a crowd in 1978. A Vatican investigation into church leaders' failings that allowed the rise of a now-disgraced former U.S. cardinal has led some Catholics to call for "difficult reckoning" with the sainted pope. AP hide caption

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Vatican's McCarrick Report Casts A Dark Cloud Over Pope John Paul II's Legacy

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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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An ethnic Hui Muslim man stands in front of Laohuasi Mosque in Linxia, Gansu province, in 2018. Chinese Muslims are most densely clustered in the northwestern regions of Gansu, Ningxia and Xinjiang, but live across the country, as they have for more than a millennium. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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China Targets Muslim Scholars And Writers With Increasingly Harsh Restrictions

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Many Americans are mourning the loss of Thanksgiving traditions due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as family gatherings. But some are seeking new rituals to mark the holiday. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Families And Friends Mourn Loss Of Thanksgiving Traditions, Seek New Ones

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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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A member of Jesus' Church prays on top of a car during a Sunday church service held at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge, Maryland, on March 22, 2020. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Some churches at the center of COVID-19 outbreaks have shunned attention or responded with defiance, while others have limited crowd sizes and encouraged congregants to wear masks and practice social distancing. Alex Edelman /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Some Faith Leaders Defiant, Others Transparent Over COVID-19 Outbreaks

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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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Diwali is known as the "festival of lights." But really, it's more than that. It is a new year for Hindus across the globe. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. jayk7/Moment/Getty Images hide caption

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How Hindus In Wyoming Are Celebrating Diwali, the 'Festival Of Lights,' Amid Pandemic

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President-elect Joe Biden spoke Thursday morning with Pope Francis. The two met in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A new Vatican report details the church's handling of abuse allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, shown here in 2015. Robert Franklin/AP hide caption

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Religious leader and philosopher Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was the former chief rabbi of the U.K. He has died at the age of 72. BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Towering Intellect Of Judaism, Dies At 72

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Evangelical voters have shown strong support for President Trump over the last four years, and 8 in 10 voted for him in the 2020 election as well. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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2020 Faith Vote Reflects 2016 Patterns

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that pits the City of Philadelphia against Catholic Social Services. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Faith, LGBTQ Rights Collide At Supreme Court

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Archbishop of Washington Wilton D. Gregory delivers his homily at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on May 21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Pope Francis named Gregory as a future cardinal this week. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Archbishop Wilton Gregory Says 'Carry On' Work For Racial And Societal Justice

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Two priests are going on trial in the Vatican court — one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy and the other charged with aiding and abetting the alleged abuse, which allegedly took place at the St. Pius X youth seminary. The seminary's residents are known as the "pope's altar boys" and serve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Vatican Court Hears Unprecedented Sexual Abuse Criminal Trial

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A person participates in a rally Sunday for President Trump on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Trump supporters and protesters clashed in Times Square, prompting nearly a dozen arrests. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump has paid far more attention to Catholics this year than he did in 2016. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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For Trump, Conservative Catholics Are The New Evangelicals

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