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Pope Francis had a busy week in Brazil, visiting slums and prisons, blessing the Olympic flag and bringing three million people to mass on Sunday.

But it was on the plane back to Rome where the newly-anointed pontiff took questions from reporters and made perhaps his biggest headline of the trip.

Pope Francis Photograph

According to the Wall Street Journal, he was asked about homosexuality, the reported "gay lobby" and the topic of gay priests in the Catholic Church.

Here is how Pope Francis, 76, broached the delicate, hypothetical question of how he would respond to finding out that a cleric in his ranks was gay.

"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" the pontiff said, speaking in Italian. "You can't marginalize these people."

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Religious scholar Reza Aslan recently appeared on the Fox News online show Spirited Debate and found himself grilled on why a Muslim would write a book about Jesus.

Aslan appeared on the show Friday to promote his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, about how the environment Jesus grew up in shaped him.

But host Lauren Green didn't seem to want to talk about the book so much, however, as she wanted to talk about how Reza Aslan is a Muslim.

She seemed insistent that this fact somehow affects the quality of his new book about Jesus. Her very first question leading off the interview:

"You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"

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The trailer for Kirk Cameron's new movie, Unstoppable, was banned by Facebook and YouTube, but the ban has since been lifted on both, to his delight.

“Victory!! Friends, you did it,” the former Growing Pains star wrote on his personal page after a campaign to get the bans overturned was successful.

YouTube initially labeled the controversial Unstoppable teaser a violation of its “policy against spam, scams and commercially deceptive content.”

The new film, the devoutly conservative Christian says, addresses why God lets bad things happen to good people, and his personal journey of faith.

“If God is good, why is there so much suffering? Why all the pain? Why does He allow evil to in a world when he could stop it?” Cameron asks.

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The Church of Scientology has lost Leah Remini.

The New York Post's Page Six claims that the actress has made a "dramatic break" from the controversial religion practiced by many celebrities.

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The Post says the former co-host of The Talk questioned and objected to many common practices within the Church, and criticized its leader, David Miscavige.

"She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt," a source is quoted as saying in Page Six, citing its "interrogations" and "thought modifications."

Moreover, Remini, 43, "questioned the validity of excommunication of people" or tearing apart families or abusing people "under the umbrella of 'religion.'"

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Pat Robertson is at it again.

No, the conservative preacher did not blame women for their cheating husbands this time. Nor did he claim that LGBT activities are members of the Illuminati. But you're getting warmer...

Yesterday, during an appearance on The 700 Club, Robertson was asked by a viewer if Facebook Liking photos of same-sex couples means one is supporting this supposedly anti-Christian lifestyle.

"That makes me want to throw up,” he said. "To me I would punch ‘Vomit;’ not ‘Like.' But they don’t give you that option on Facebook.”

Maybe someday they will, Pat. We can only hope - nay, pray! - that The Big Guy is listening. That means you, Mark Zuckerberg...

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A high school in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., has officially banned Tebowing, the post-game or post-score prayer posture inspired by NFL player Tim Tebow.

The ban comes in response to a formal complaint, alleging violation of separation of church and state, by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Tebowing Shirt

Tebowing took the NFL by storm in 2011. Then Tim's career sort of imploded, but controversy over the religious star and his on-field ritual rages on.

At Lahser H.S., the football team led traditional post-game prayers at midfield, allowing members of its team and visitors to take part in the tradition.

That's not uncommon at all levels of competition, but the Tebowing took it too far, according to the ACLU, which said it exceeds its proposed guidelines.

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Taylor Swift is beloved by millions, but to the Westboro Baptist Church, this is emblematic of the fact that our society is going straight to ... you know.

“This girl is a whore,” Ben Phelps, the leader of group said in announcing the WBC's plan to protest her August 3 concert in Kansas City, Missouri.

Taylor Swift Curves

The WBC called Taylor “the whorish face of doomed America” in a press release, and Phelps explains, “She’s widely loved. She’s got huge approval ratings.”

“What she’s famous for is hopping around from one bed from another. This girl is a whore. Who else is gonna say that if it’s not the church of the Lord Jesus?"

Imagine if this guy saw Miley Cyrus Twerking.

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Jenelle Evans’ live-in boyfriend Nathan Griffith is not gay, she insists, with the model himself weighing in to say that sodomy is against his religion.

The gay rumors started after pictures surfaced of him in bed with another guy - photos the Teen Mom 2 star and her friends quickly decried as fakes.

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“That’s not him at all, it’s a completely different guy,” one source said. "The picture is rumored to be Nathan posing for Entourage Bathhouse in Las Vegas."

"He's never even been to Vegas!"

Jenelle addressed the rumors personally, insisting "Nathan is NOT GAY" on Twitter, while Griffith came out swinging as well in a lengthy missive.

“My mom was and is a minister,” Nathan Griffith wrote.

“My family is religious and I’m not trying to be a hater but God burned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Um sodomy is against my religion sorry to disappoint you.”

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Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon would have been noteworthy no matter what, but the feat alone didn't set Twitter ablaze.

While many aspects of the event, the coverage and Wallenda himself were Tweeted, his prominent profession of faith sparked the most discussion.

As Wallenda inched across the cable suspended 1,500 feet in the air for 23 minutes, he continuously offered up public testament of his Christian beliefs.

This became especially prominent when the rising winds over the gorge began to sway the cable Wallenda stood on. At one point he said aloud:

"Golly, wind. Go away, in the name of Jesus. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, Lord. Oh, yeah. That's my savior. That's Jesus."

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The Westboro Baptist Church has responded to a little girl's lemonade stand campaign to raise money for peace the only way they know how.

Over the weekend, the touching story of Jayden Sink and her lemonade stand for peace - across the street from the infamous WBC - went viral.

Setting up shop at the Equality House - a rainbow-colored dwelling owned by a nonprofit - Jayden set out to sell lemonade for love and understanding.

Members from the Topeka, Ks., church apparently attempted to call the local police and later stooped to yelling profanities at her lemonade customers.

When that failed, the WBC updated their sign out front:

Westboro Baptist Church Sign

Can't you just feel the warm embrace of the "church."

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