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Senators argue over Christmas
December 15th, 2010
05:22 PM ET

Senators argue over Christmas

With a stacked legislative agenda to pass before the end of the year, the latest battle in the Senate centers on when members will head home to their districts to celebrate Christmas.

After Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, left the door open to keeping the Senate in session through the holiday, Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl accused him of "disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians."

Read the full story about the fight in the US Senate over Christmas on the CNN Political Ticker

Editor's Note: A number of religious groups are joining in on the debate too.  Orlando megachurch pastor Joel Hunter, who has been sending the President scriptural devotions to his blackberry, said in a statement: “In the season when 'Peace on earth...' was declared at the coming of the Prince of Peace, there is no better time to ratify the new START Treaty that will make peace and our national security more certain."

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Filed under: Christianity • Church and state • Politics • United States

December 15th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Drug lord with a spiritual bent

New details emerge about a Mexican drug lord believed by some to be "spiritual." He banned his gang from using drugs and alcohol and passed out bibles to the poor.  CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

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Filed under: Belief • Bible

December 15th, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Hookers for Jesus

HLN's Joy Behar talks with former escort Annie Lobert, founder of Hookers for Jesus, a ministry which helps prostitutes.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Jesus

10 Shiite pilgrims die in attacks in western Baghdad
December 15th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

10 Shiite pilgrims die in attacks in western Baghdad

At least 10 Shiite pilgrims were killed and dozens wounded in attacks targeting them in Iraq on Tuesday evening, officials said.

In western Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood a roadside bomb detonated near a gathering of pilgrims killing at least 10 and wounding 21 others, an Interior Ministry official said.

To the north of Baghdad, in Diyala province, at least 14 people were wounded when a roadside bomb detonated near a procession of Shiite pilgrims in Khalis, according to the town's mayor.

Read the full story here about the violence against Shiite pilgrims.

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Filed under: Uncategorized

December 15th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

32 die in suicide bombings outside Shiite mosque in Iran

Suicide bombings outside the Imam Hussein Mosque in Chabahar in southeastern Iran killed at least 32 people Wednesday, Iran's Fars News Agency reported, citing a provincial coroner's office.

Fariborz Ayati, the director of the Sistan-Baluchestan province's coroner's office, said 29 bodies have been identified. The three others are two men and a 13-year old girl, he said.

The violence comes as Shiite Muslims across the world are observing Ashura, a period of mourning commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammed's grandson and one of Shiite Islam's holiest figures.

Read the full story of the attack outside a mosque in Iran here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Iran • Religious violence

Casting Crowns – Christian rock's global ambassadors
December 15th, 2010
12:03 PM ET

Casting Crowns – Christian rock's global ambassadors

By Steve Almasy, CNN

During a recent weekend concert tour for United States troops in the Middle East, a man came up to Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall.

The soldier wasn't even supposed to be there, but his transfer into Afghanistan had been delayed just long enough for him to attend the Christian band's concert.

I'm going back to fight, the man told him.

FULL POST

- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • Music

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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 with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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