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Palin to accompany evangelist Franklin Graham to Haiti
December 9th, 2010
10:04 PM ET

Palin to accompany evangelist Franklin Graham to Haiti

It turns out that Sarah Palin's next overseas trip won't be to England or Israel, as was widely reported Thursday.

CNN has learned that the former Alaska governor will be traveling to Haiti this weekend with Franklin Graham and his relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

Read the full post about Palin's trip to Haiti on CNN's Political Ticker

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Americas • Politics • Sarah Palin

December 9th, 2010
09:51 PM ET

Conservative Christians ask Apple to reinstate controversial app

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN

The conservative Christian leaders behind a controversial app that Apple recently discontinued said Thursday that they want the technology giant to reinstate a toned-down version of the app.

The Christian leaders created the app to promote a document urging opposition to abortion and gay marriage and support for religious liberty, among other positions.

Apple pulled the app from its online iTunes and iPhone stores in late November because "it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people," an Apple spokeswoman said last week.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Culture wars

President Obama's remarks at national Christmas tree lighting
December 9th, 2010
08:26 PM ET

President Obama's remarks at national Christmas tree lighting

President Barack Obama spoke Thursday night at the lighting of the national Christmas tree on the ellipse, just outside the White House:

This is a very proud holiday tradition. Snow or shine, in good times and in periods of hardship, folks like you have gathered with presidents to light our national tree. Now, it hasn’t always gone off without a hitch. On one occasion, two sheep left the safety of the nativity scene and wandered into rush-hour traffic. That caused some commotion.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Christmas • Holidays • Politics

Evangelical author Philip Yancey asks: What good is God?
December 9th, 2010
01:24 PM ET

Evangelical author Philip Yancey asks: What good is God?

Philip Yancey, a popular evangelical author, was driving on a deserted road in New Mexico one Sunday morning when something went wrong.

His Ford Explorer hit a patch of black ice and fish-tailed. Yancey wrestled with the steering wheel, but his SUV tumbled over an embankment, shattering glass, plastic and metal - and much of Yancey’s thin body.

He was rushed to a hospital where he was strapped to a gurney for seven hours. A young doctor finally approached him with bad news:  Yancey’s neck was broken and a bone fragment may have nicked a major artery.

“I must emphasize this is a life-threatening situation,” the doctor told Yancey. “Here’s a phone. You may want to contact your loved ones and tell them goodbye…”

FULL POST

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Books • Christianity • Jesus

December 9th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Texas Reverend: 'Okay to say Merry Christmas'

Rev. Robert Jeffress, First Baptist Church, Dallas, launches GrinchAlert.com,calling out stores without Christmas cheer.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Christianity • Christmas • Church • Culture wars • Holidays • United States

Bishop: Virgin Mary apparition did appear
December 9th, 2010
10:25 AM ET

Bishop: Virgin Mary apparition did appear

Editor's note: This report comes from Ben Krumholz of CNN Affiliate WLUK in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

An apparition of the Virgin Mary did appear in rural Brown County in 1859, Bishop David Ricken of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay has ruled.

Ricken announced his findings at a crowded, invitation-only Mass Wednesday morning at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion. The site has been a popular destination for prayer since word of the apparent apparition, which was reported by Sister Adele Brise, a Belgian-born nun.

“To see that so many good things have come about here, story after story after story, its living proof that something very authentic is here,” said Bishop Ricken.

Ricken’s declaration makes the shrine the only site of an approved apparition in the United States, according to the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. It is now considered to have the same status as other well-known sites, such as Lourdes, France; Guadalupe, Mexico; and Fatima, Portugal.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • United States

Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral
December 9th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral

Editor's Note: This report comes from the CNN Political Ticker.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Thursday plans to picket Saturday's funeral for Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Kansas-based Church – monitored by anti-hate groups such as the Anti-Defamation league and the Southern Poverty Law Center – is known for its extremist opposition to homosexuals, Jews and other groups.

The church members also oppose the War in Iraq.

According to the church's website, members will hold a protest from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Edwards, the estranged wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a six-year battle with breast cancer.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Church and state • Gay rights • Homosexuality • North Carolina • Politics • United States

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