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Pope Francis Middle East Trip Report – Pope Francis led an historic visit to the Middle East May 24-26 that was filled with spontaneous gestures and dramatic calls for peace and interfaith understanding.  Kim Lawton reports on the pope’s trip and what people of faith hope will result from it.

Pakistan Polio Campaign – The World Health Organization has warned that new polio outbreaks are rising in several areas, threatening recent successes in wiping out the crippling disease.  Pakistan is one of the places where polio is endemic.  Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Karachi on that nation’s efforts to vaccinate its public, including projects with Muslim imams to convince Pakistanis that vaccine programs are not spy operations and that they are consistent with Islam. (Originally aired on October 4, 2013)

More Mormon Missionaries – At a time when many Christian denominations continue to lose members, the number of people in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is going up steadily, from three million in 1970 to more than 15 million today, worldwide.  One reason is new, lower age limits for both men and women who want to serve as missionaries.  Lucky Severson reports that there are now more than 80,000 Mormon missionaries around the world trying to combat what one Mormon leader calls the “growing level of wickedness.” (Originally aired December 13, 2013)


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