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'New' zodiac signs cause instant identity crises
January 14th, 2011
09:06 PM ET

'New' zodiac signs cause instant identity crises

The e-mail messages began filling astrologer Shelley Ackerman's inbox as soon as the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the zodiac chart is off by about a month.

OMG I'm not a Leo help me with that

My daughter and her friends are very upset. Have they changed signs?

I'm not worried I KNOW I'm a true Scorp

Darling, what does this mean in our world? I couldn't be a Pisces

Ackerman, a New Yorker who has offered astrology services for more than two decades, says this is the first time she has seen such a strong reaction among her clients

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January 14th, 2011
08:29 PM ET

Archbishop Emeritus explains Pope John Paul II's road to beatification

Washington Archbishop Emeritus Theodore McCarrick spoke to CNN on Friday about the process behind Pope John Paul II's road to beatification.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

January 14th, 2011
08:09 PM ET

Cardinal Wuerl on John Paul II's reported miracles

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Catholics around the world celebrated Friday's announcement of the coming beatification of Pope John Paul II. The former pope was fast-tracked for sainthood by Pope Benedict, who waived the normal five-year waiting period after a person's death to begin the beatification process. Pope Benedict will make the beatification pronouncement at a mass on May 1, 2011.

Washington Archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl will be among those at the mass.

As a young priest, Wuerl was the assistant to the American Cardinal John Wright at the time John Paul I's death in 1978.  Because Cardinal Wright was in a wheelchair, Wuerl wheeled him into the secret conclave at the Sistine Chapel and was there when John Paul II was elected.

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Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Pope John Paul II • Vatican

9 Reasons Pope John Paul II mattered
Pope John Paul II in a file photo
January 14th, 2011
03:14 PM ET

9 Reasons Pope John Paul II mattered

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Pope John Paul II is in the news today in a big way, with the Vatican announcing he will be beatified in May - the last step before sainthood.

Most people know that John Paul was hugely important - one of the most consequential popes in history - without exactly knowing why.

Here are 9 reasons:

1. John Paul II turned the role of pontiff into global celebrity. "He was the first pop pope," says Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion professor and CNN Belief Blog contributor. "Although rather conservative theologically he was the first to marry the papacy to the cult of celebrity."

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Leaders • Pope John Paul II • Vatican

Debbie Friedman, legendary Jewish singer, dies at 59
January 14th, 2011
12:55 PM ET

Debbie Friedman, legendary Jewish singer, dies at 59

Debbie Friedman, who gave Jewish music a modern folk sound, died this week due to complications from pneumonia. She was 59.

The immensely popular singer/songwriter was eulogized Tuesday as an artist who brought blessings to “not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of people.”

Rabbi Heidi Cohen of Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, California, also read a statement from Friedman's sister, Cheryl Friedman.

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Filed under: Faith • Judaism • Music

January 14th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

John Paul II closer to sainthood

John Paul II moved closer to sainthood Friday as the Vatican announced he will be beatified later this year.

The beatification ceremony, led by Pope Benedict XVI, will take place on May 1, the first Sunday after Easter, and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of the faithful to St. Peter's Square, the Vatican said.

After that, the late pope will be known as "the Blessed John Paul II."

In order for a candidate to be beatified, one miracle after death must be proven through the scrutiny of medical and theological experts.

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Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Leaders • Pope John Paul II • Vatican

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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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