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Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof told a federal judge Wednesday that he will not present evidence or witnesses in the penalty phase of his trial. Roof (pictured in 2015) faces the death penalty. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis' Causes Take On Greater Urgency

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Pope Francis delivered his Christmas day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Sunday, before a crowd of some 40,000 people. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Remembering Holocaust Hero Marion Pritchard

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After Ignoring Evangelical Voters In 2016, How Democrats Can 'Reclaim Hope'

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After Berlin Market Attack, Nearby Churchgoers Look For Compassion

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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

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'Chrismukkah': Interfaith Families Negotiate A Christmas-Hanukkah Combination

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Jews commemorate Hanukkah by eating fried foods. For most American Jews, that means latkes — potato pancakes fried in oil. But other cultures toss different foods into pots of boiling oil. Take, for example, these fried and jam-filled doughnuts, called sufganiyot in Hebrew, on display at a bakery in Kadima in central Israel. David Silverman/Getty Images hide caption

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Hanukkah Lights 2016

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There are 12 million Catholics in China, less than 1 percent of the population. St. Peter's Catholic Church in downtown Shanghai is one of the country's few officially approved churches. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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In China's Tiny Catholic Community, Hopes Rise For Beijing-Vatican Ties

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White House Moves To Block Creation Of Muslim Registry

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