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  • Pope's first Easter Mass sends messages of peace
    Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass praying for world peace and urging a diplomatic solution to the standoff on the Korean peninsula. Only two weeks after his election, the first pope from the developing world continues to make his mark on the Catholic Church.March 31, 2013
  • Shroud of Turin goes on display amid new research
    The Shroud of Turin went on display for a special TV appearance Saturday amid new research disputing claims it's a medieval fake and purporting to date the linen some say was Jesus' burial cloth to around the time of his death.March 30, 2013
  • America Abroad: Religious minorities in the Middle East
    The Middle East is largely Muslim but it's also the birthplace of Christianity, Judaism and many other religions. This edition of America Abroad is a discussion about Christian communities in Egypt, Jews in Tunisia, Alawi's in Syria and the declining religious diversity in the Middle East.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 28, 2013
  • Francis made strong critique of church at conclave, Cardinal says
    Pope Francis issued a strong critique of the church before the College of Cardinals just hours before it selected him as the new pontiff, according to comments published Tuesday by a Roman Catholic magazine in Cuba.March 26, 2013
  • Karen Armstrong speaks on the world's religions and our global responsibilities
    Acclaimed British comparative religion writer Karen Armstrong gives a 2012 Chautauqua Lecture about the long and sometimes violent path to modernization and democracy. She says the "Golden Rule" is embedded in all of the world's major faiths, and we all must feel responsibility for the pain of other human beings throughout the world.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 22, 2013
  • At installation Mass, Pope Francis urges protection of nature, the poor and weak
    Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world's 1.2 billion CatholicsMarch 19, 2013
  • Minneapolis Basilica celebrates Mass, special ties to new Pope Francis
    The Basilica was decked out in papal colors, gold and white bunting hung from the entrance, and a flag with the pope's coat of arms was displayed near the pulpit.March 14, 2013
  • New pope's views bind simplicity with 'complexity'
    Twin messages are now expected to frame the beginning of the papacy of Pope Francis: Reinforcing the Vatican's views on issues such as birth control and women's ordination, yet showing an activist streak toward poverty and international debt.March 14, 2013
  • Photos: Mpls. Basilica honors Pope Francis I with celebratory Mass
    The Basilica of Saint Mary on the edge of downtown Minneapolis held a celebratory Mass Thursday in honor of the new pope, Francis I.March 14, 2013
  • Pope Francis stops by hotel to pick up luggage, pay bill
    Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself in a decidedly different style for the papacy usually ensconced inside the frescoed halls of the Vatican.March 14, 2013
  • New Pope 'a fresh start,' but old problems await
    In choosing 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio of Argentina, now Pope Francis, the College of Cardinals signaled the growing importance of Latin America, Africa and Asia in the church's fortunes. But they also affirmed their commitment to traditional church doctrine.March 14, 2013
  • Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis
    Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Francis, associating himself with the humble 13th-century Italian preacher who lived a life of poverty.March 14, 2013
  • Catholics overjoyed at 1st Latin American pope
    Tears and cheers erupted across Latin America on Wednesday as an Argentine cardinal became the first pope from the hemisphere, and many expressed hope that he could help bring the church closer to the poverty-wracked region that is home to more Roman Catholics than any other.March 13, 2013
  • Obama sends prayers, warm wishes to new pope
    President Barack Obama offered prayers and warm wishes Wednesday to the newly elected pope, applauding the selection of the first pope from the Americas as a sign of the region's strength and vitality.March 13, 2013
  • Profile: Pope Francis is first from the Americas
    Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina's conservative Catholic church.March 13, 2013

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