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May 17th, 2010
04:48 PM ET

Portrait of the schism tamer

Archbishop Rowan Williams, head of the world Anglican Communion, is trying to prevent schisms in the communion after clashes over homosexuality and women bishops.

“There’s no beast more ferocious than two Christians who disagree.”

It's a quote I stumbled on while reading about religious conflict. I understood it better after covering the Episcopal Church’s decision to confirm the ordination of an openly gay bishop, Eugene Robinson, in 2003.

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Anglican • Culture wars • Episcopal • Leaders • Politics

May 17th, 2010
02:58 PM ET

Yogi fasts for 65 years?

In India, yogis are sought after for their ability to preform great acts of spirituality. A few years ago there was one yogi who rolled from one end of the country to the other. IBNLive's Meghdoot Sharon tells us about a bizarre medical claim in India: Did an 82-yr-old yogi fast for decades?

What do you think?

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Faith Now • Food • Hinduism

May 17th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

Most Intriguing Person: 'Lord Jesus Christ'

A Belchertown, Massachusetts, man whose legal name is Lord Jesus Christ is recovering from his injuries after being hit by a car in a Northampton crosswalk last week.

Christ, 50, said he's still sore from the accident but he's very religious and praying for a quick recovery.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Faith Now

May 17th, 2010
01:03 PM ET

Protests over Israel's grave removal show Jewish split

CNN's Guy Azriel reports that religious tensions among Israeli Jews are reaching new heights this week over the decision to relocate graves found at a spot where a hospital extension is to be built at the southern city of Ashkelon.

According to the Israeli Antiquities Authority the graves, dating back to the times of the Byzantine Empire, belong to pagans, but some ultra-Orthodox Jews are not convinced. Removing Jewish graves is against their interpretation of their faith.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Israel • Judaism • Politics

May 17th, 2010
12:26 PM ET

Is Naomi Campbell turning to kabbalah?

The latest fashion must-have in Naomi Campbell’s closet may be a piece of red string.

Word is, after likening kabbalah to Alcoholics Anonymous, the super model is having secret meetings with Madonna’s kabbalah mentor, Eitan Yardeni. The red string bracelet is thought to ward off misfortune; the cell phone throwing super model may need it.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science • Faith Now • Judaism

May 17th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

Indians flock to marry and shop on lucky day

Tens of thousands of Indian couples tied the knot Sunday, one of the luckiest days in the Hindu calendar.

"There are 50,000 weddings happening today" in Mumbai alone, said wedding planner Jarret D'Abreo of Marry Me.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Culture & Science • Hinduism

May 17th, 2010
12:18 PM ET

Lawyer: Vatican to pursue new U.S. legal strategy

The Vatican will embark on a sweeping new legal strategy Monday in responding to allegations of sex abuse in the United States, CNN has learned.

Responding to a Louisville, Kentucky, lawsuit that seeks to depose top Vatican officials - including Pope Benedict XVI - the Holy See plans to file a motion Monday denying that the church issued a document mandating secrecy in the face of abuse allegations, as many victims allege, according to a Vatican attorney.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Faith Now • Leaders • Uncategorized

May 17th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Ted Turner: Is God speaking in Gulf Coast spill?

Ted Turner has never been one to keep his opinions to himself.

Sometimes referred to as “The Mouth of the South,” the CNN founder lashed out against religious believers in the past. He once dubbed Christianity a “religion for losers” and wondered aloud whether the Ash Wednesday observers around him at work were “Jesus freaks.” His marriage to Jane Fonda was rumored to become strained when she started finding religion.

And while his stance has certainly mellowed with the years - he apologized for his past comments and joined with churches in 2008 to fight malaria - his suggestion that God may have had a hand in the oil disaster that killed 11 and is threatening the Gulf Coast may take some by surprise.

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- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Culture & Science • Faith Now • Money & Faith

May 17th, 2010
09:11 AM ET

The Muslim Miss USA/Carrie Prejean Connection


Rima Fakih, a Muslim, was crowned Miss USA last night.

With last year's pageant kerfuffle over Carrie Prejean's announced opposition to gay marriage - a position she said is grounded in her Christian faith - the Las Vegas event is now officially a staging ground  for pressing national discussions about religion in American life.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Culture & Science • Faith Now • Islam

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team.

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