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June 2nd, 2010
05:12 PM ET

Faith endures for Vietnamese in New Orleans

CNN's Jessica Ravitz and David Banks are on assignment in the Gulf region and filed this report:

The importance of Catholic faith is evident in the yards of many in New Orleans East, a community that sits on the outskirts of the Louisiana city.

Here, numerous statues of the Virgin Mary overlook manicured lawns, well-kept gardens and even driveways.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Faith Now

June 2nd, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Lady Gaga on Catholicism

From the Editors: Larry King Live Senior Producer Nancy Baker was on site in London for Larry King's interview with Lady Gaga. She filed this report:

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to meet a global sensation. I traveled to London this week for Larry King’s interview with superstar Lady Gaga.

Arranging this special one-on-one – part of our celebration of Larry’s 25th anniversary with CNN – was no easy task. Lady Gaga is in the midst of her sold-out world tour, The Monster’s Ball. To say her schedule is jam-packed is to understate the case.

Still, her team carved out the time. The venue was a designated room in the backstage area of the O2 Arena, where Lady Gaga would thrill (and I do mean THRILL!) her fans with a brilliant concert performance just hours later.

Right on time – to the minute – Lady Gaga walked in, accompanied by just three people.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Culture & Science

June 2nd, 2010
02:02 PM ET

Playing God

Morgan Freeman has played God in films before, but a new role has him asking, "Is there a God?" The Academy Award-winning actor is executive producer, host and narrator for a new series on the Science Channel, "Through the Wormhole." He was on American Morning Wednesday.

Don't miss the American Morning blog amFix

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Culture & Science • Movies • TV

June 2nd, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Fallen evangelical leader Ted Haggard launches new church

Ted Haggard, the megachurch pastor and former National Association of Evangelicals chief whose career was undone by a gay prostitution and drugs scandal in 2006, plans to start a new church.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Evangelical • Faith Now

June 2nd, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Anti-gays hide their bias behind the Bible

Editor's note: LZ Granderson is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, and has contributed to ESPN's Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. He is a 2010 nominee and the 2009 winner of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) award for online journalism as well as the 2008 National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) winner for column writing.

My partner and I recently took our mothers to Las Vegas for a week for Mother's Day. It's not our favorite city, but for a pair of 60-somethings who can sit at the penny slot machines for hours, it was heaven.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Opinion

June 2nd, 2010
06:41 AM ET

Focus on the Family expresses some support for the Gores

This is not James Dobson's Focus on the Family.

The conservative evangelical group has never been shy about bashing Democrats, but it is expressing support and undertanding for Al and Tipper Gore after the couple announced plans to separate. Here's part of a release the group sent to journalists yesterday:

Focus on the Family Media Availability re: Al and Tipper Gore Marriage Separation

Al and Tipper Gore have announced their separation today after 40 years of marriage.
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Filed under: Christianity • Faith Now • Politics

June 2nd, 2010
05:27 AM ET

A masterpiece in minutes

Update, June 7: Many of you wrote wanting to know more about the music used in the time-lapse video. The song is called "Detectors in the Eyes" and it's by Andrew Shapiro.

It took six days for a group of Buddhist monks to create an extravagant sand mandala at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

But you can watch the entire process in about two minutes thanks to the time-lapse video above.

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Filed under: Buddhism • Culture & Science • Leaders

June 2nd, 2010
05:27 AM ET

My Take: Can mixing monks and science change the world?

Editor's Note: Arri Eisen is a professor at Emory University.

By Arri Eisen, Special to CNN

The assignment we gave a group of three monks was to imagine a scenario and then describe how the different human organ systems might respond to that scenario. The scene is Dharamsala, India, where I and other Emory University scientists are teaching science to Tibetan monks and nuns and they're teaching Buddhism to us.

We've just spent a day teaching about the different organ systems for respiration, circulation, reproduction, etc.

Kalsang, one of 85 monks in the program, steps to the front of the class of 30 other monks and begins to describe the scenario his group came up with. It was this: they imagined they had just learned of Tibetan independence.  How would the different organ systems respond to sheer happiness?

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Filed under: Buddhism • Culture & Science • Opinion • Tibet

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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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