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Episode #1324

Reiki & the Catholic Church: Kim Lawton traveled to Milwaukee to report on a religious conflict over the eastern healing technique Reiki. Practitioners place their hands on or above someone, in order, they say, to balance the body's energy centers. Advocates, including some Catholic nuns who practice Reiki, say it promotes healing. But a recent statement from the US Catholic bishops says Reiki is incompatible with Christianity.

Rescuing Child Sex Workers: It is estimated that there are as many as 50,000 sex slaves and prostitutes in Cambodia, and that one in 40 girls born in the country will be sold into sex slavery. Lucky Severson traveled to a secluded place a few hours drive south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia where Somaly Mam, a former prostitute herself, now operates sanctuaries in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam that care for over 500 girls who were once forced into prostitution at a very young age.

Lenten Season: This coming week, Christians around the world begin observing Lent, the 40 day period of prayer and fasting before Easter. Rev. Steve Buechler of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland describes some Lenten traditions in his congregation. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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