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June 3rd, 2010
12:52 PM ET

Catholic bishop stabbed to death in Turkey

Luigi Padovese was killed Thursday in Iskenderun, Turkey.

A Catholic bishop has been stabbed to death in southern Turkey, the Vatican Embassy in Ankara confirmed on Thursday.

The victim was identified by the Vatican as Luigi Padovese, the apostolic vicar of Anatolia and president of the Turkey Bishops Conference. He was assaulted on Thursday in his house in Iskenderun, located in Hatay province, the Vatican said.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Faith Now • Violence

June 3rd, 2010
10:35 AM ET

One man's crusade to bring justice

Efraim Zuroff's great-uncle was kidnapped in Lithuania, in 1941, by a gang of Lithuanians "roaming the streets of [Vilnius] ... looking for Jews with beards to arrest." He was murdered soon after along with his wife and two sons, Zuroff said.

Zuroff would go on to spend his life hunting Nazis. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, more names of alleged Holocaust criminals have turned up from Lithuania than from anywhere else in Eastern Europe, Zuroff said.

But prosecuting them for war crimes has been a disappointment, he said, because Lithuania has failed to punish a single one of its own Holocaust war criminals since its independence in 1991.

"Nowhere in the world," Zuroff said, "has a government gone to such lengths to obscure their role in the Holocaust."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Journeys • Judaism

June 3rd, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Is being 'spiritual but not religious' a copout?

"I'm spiritual but not religious." It's a trendy phrase people often use to describe their belief that they don't need organized religion to live a life of faith.

But what exactly does being "spiritual but not religious" mean, and could there be hidden dangers in living such a life?

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Journeys

June 3rd, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Are we set up to believe in a higher power?

Deepak Chopra asks: "Are human beings set up to believe in a higher power? Some scientists say yes, based on either a 'faith gene' or certain areas of the brain that light up on an MRI when people pray or think about God.

"But this is a highly destructive "yes," because it reduces spirituality to a mechanical function like heart rate or the secretion of growth hormone."

Read the full story by Deepak Chopra from Oprah.com

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Culture & Science • Opinion

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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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