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October 10th, 2010
08:40 PM ET

More Cuban political prisoners to be released, Catholic Church says

Three Cuban political prisoners who were not part of an originally announced release, will nonetheless be freed, Cuba's Roman Catholic Church said Saturday.

The three would join 52 other detainees Cuba pledged to free following a deal brokered by the island's Catholic Church and Spain's foreign ministry, according to a news release by archbishop of Havana.

The church identified the three additional prisoners as Rolando Jimenez Posada, Arturo Suarez Ramos and Ciro Perez Santana.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Americas • Catholic Church • Cuba • Faith Now

October 10th, 2010
03:29 PM ET

Opinion: Gaining freedom through faith and good works

Editor's note: The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. is president and founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. He began his theological studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary and deferred his studies when he began working full-time in the Civil Rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rev. Jackson received his Master of Divinity degree in 2000. Next week: Rev. DeForest "Buster" Soaries Jr. writes about his campaign to eliminate debt as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey. He is featured in CNN's "Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special" which premieres October 21.

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Special to CNN

My faith tradition has always been inextricably bound with the tradition of the civil rights movement. The blood, sweat and tears of "the movement" have run through my life; they touched and entangled me with an indelible spirit of never giving up, always trying to serve.

Through the good and hard times, I lean on my faith to help me traverse the twists and turns of life.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Black issues • Christianity • Leaders • Money & Faith • Race

Israeli Cabinet approves loyalty oath for new citizens
October 10th, 2010
03:23 PM ET

Israeli Cabinet approves loyalty oath for new citizens

The Israeli Cabinet has approved an amendment to a citizenship law that requires new citizens to declare their loyalty to a "Jewish and democratic state," the prime minister's office said Sunday.

A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office confirmed vote, saying 22 ministers voted for the change and eight voted against it.

Now that the proposal has passed the Cabinet, it will be taken up by Israel's parliament, the Knesset, for passage into law.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Faith Now • Israel • Judaism • Middle East

October 10th, 2010
07:14 AM ET

Vatican aims to strengthen Christian communities in Mideast

A Catholic conference aimed at strengthening Christian communities in the Middle East opens in the Vatican Sunday.

The gathering follows a warning from the Catholic Church that "with the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, attacks against Christians are increasing almost everywhere."

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Coptic • Interfaith issues • Islam • Middle East • Uncategorized

Call for more church sign iReports
October 10th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Call for more church sign iReports

Editor's Note: CNN Photojournalist Derek Davis snapped this photo of a church sign while on assignment in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Remember: we're looking for your pictures of church/temple/mosque signs.

If you've got a good one, post it as a CNN iReport and we'll feature the best ones on the Belief Blog.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Church signs • Faith Now

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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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