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Pope Francis, pictured earlier this week, unveiled a new mandatory-reporting edict on Friday. It requires any Vatican official who learns of an allegation of abuse within the city-state or by Vatican officials to report it to Vatican prosecutors. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Days after footage showed Pope Francis refusing to let lay Roman Catholics kiss the papal ring, the pontiff explained it was an attempt to stop the spread of germs. On Wednesday Francis allowed 85-year-old Sr. Maria Concetta Esu to kiss his hand during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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LifeWay Christian Store, the retail arm of the Southern Baptist Convention's publishing company, plans to close all 172 of its outlets by the end of 2019. Chas Sisk/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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LifeWay Christian Closing Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores

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News Brief: FAA Head On Capitol Hill, Jussie Smollett

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Joseph Azam says he left his senior post at News Corp. in late 2017 over the coverage of Muslims, immigrants and race by Fox News and other Murdoch news outlets. Sasithon Pooviriyakul hide caption

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Former Murdoch Executive Says He Quit Over Fox's Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

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Peter Tarjan of Miami and his cat Jodi. Tarjan's grandparents and parents died in the Holocaust. The Holocaust Memorial Museum recently hired a full-time curator in South Florida to collect objects from Holocaust survivors to preserve history. Caitie Switalski /WRLN hide caption

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'Time Is Running Out': Museum Curator In Florida Races To Preserve Holocaust Items

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West Virginia Accuses Catholic Diocese Of Covering Up Clergy Abuse

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News Brief: Trump's FAA Pick, Clergy Abuse Suit, Disney-Fox Deal

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At the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on Friday, Nayab Khan, 22, cries at a vigil to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand. Mark Makela/Reuters hide caption

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Coping With The Persistent Trauma Of Anti-Muslim Rhetoric And Violence

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"The Vatican is a world of men; some truly are men of God," says Sister Catherine Aubin, a French Dominican nun who teaches at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome. "Others have been ruined by power. The key to these secrets and silence is ... abuse of power. They climb up a career staircase toward evil." Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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After Years Of Abuse By Priests, #NunsToo Are Speaking Out

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Interfaith Outreach After The New Zealand Attack

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