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A menorah is installed outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on the first night of Hanukkah.The synagogue was the site of a mass shooting in October. It was one of a number of tragedies and revelations that made 2018 a difficult year for the city of Pittsburgh. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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For Pittsburgh, A Difficult Year Reveals Long-Buried Problems

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2018 Put Pope Francis To The Test

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Tilko, a refugee from Iraq (at center with her back to the camera), at a Hanukkah celebration on Dec. 4 with the Jewish volunteers who helped her resettle in America. Jerome Socolovsky/NPR hide caption

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After Pittsburgh Shooting, Jewish Congregations Vow To Keep Helping Refugees

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Grandmother's Rosary Is An Anchor To Family Around The World

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Chinese Authorities Raid 2 Prominent Independent Churches

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The moon rises behind a church in the Pittsburgh Diocese, one of six dioceses mentioned in the massive report on sexual abuse among Pennsylvania clergy. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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For The Catholic Church, A Year Of Unending Clergy Abuse Revelations

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Trump Attends Christmas Eve Service That Had A Message About Migrants

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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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Filipinos pose for souvenir shots at the "Christmas House" owned by businessman Alexander Cruz in suburban Cainta, Rizal province, Philippines, on Dec. 12, 2017. The whole house, decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights, has attracted local and foreign tourists. Bullit Marquez/AP hide caption

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Love The Holidays? The Philippines Celebrates 4 Months Of Christmas Mania

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Youth pastor Kyle Smith of First Assembly of God Paradise reads from the Bible on his phone because his copy of the book burned in the Camp Fire. His congregation is one of several now worshiping with congregations in Chico. Polly Stryker/KQED hide caption

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'Blessings Come In' As Churches Take In Refugee Congregations After The Camp Fire

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Devotees of Lord Ayyappa, the deity of the Sabarimala temple in India's Kerala state, protest a Supreme Court verdict in Ahmadabad, India, in October. The temple had barred women of menstruating age from entering the temple, but India's Supreme Court struck down the ban. Ajit Solanki/AP hide caption

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India's Supreme Court Orders Hindu Temple To Open Doors To Women, But Devotees Object

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In the video game Darshan Diversion, avatars of women in red saris try to reach the top of a temple but are thwarted by Hindu priests if a red blinking light indicates that the women are menstruating. Screenshot by Padmini Ray Murray hide caption

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Embroidery thread, a picture of the baby Jesus and gold coins are some of the objects people took with them as they fled their homes. Courtesy of Ahn Quach Crandall, Katia Lom and Maya Kara hide caption

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People dressed as Santa Claus compete in a run to mark Christmas at Xiannu Mountain in Chongqing, China. Even though only about 5 percent of the population is Christian, many people celebrate during the holiday. VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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