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Episode #1812

Pope Francis to Visit Turkey - On November 28-30, Pope Francis will visit predominantly Muslim Turkey, once the center of ancient Christianity. The Western and Eastern churches split in 1054 and have remained separate ever since. Pope Francis will meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians. In a special report from Turkey, Kim Lawton looks at local hopes for how the visit will affect Orthodox-Christian dialogue and interfaith relations.

Westerners Who Join Radical Islam - One estimate says 15,000 Westerners - men and women, from many countries - have enlisted in ISIS and other branches of violent, radical Islam this year. Correspondent Dan Lothian talks with experts and a former recruit about the promises, lack of knowledge, social media and other reasons some young Europeans and Americans have gone to join radical Islam.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica - It's the most popular Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world. December 12th is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, venerated by millions of believers after her mystical appearance to a Mexican nobleman in the 1500s. Fred de Sam Lazaro tells the story of the Saint's importance to Mexico through the centuries and today, as 20 million people visit her shrine each year. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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