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Obama reappoints religious freedom ambassador amid controversy
February 8th, 2011
08:48 PM ET

Obama reappoints religious freedom ambassador amid controversy

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

President Barack Obama has renominated his stalled pick for international religious freedom ambassador, likely extending a controversy over the pick and over the White House’s approach toward religious freedom issues.

Obama first nominated Suzan Johnson Cook, a prominent Christian pastor, to the post in June. But a Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote on her confirmation dragged on until December, as one senator reportedly put a temporarily hold on the nomination.

Obama nominated Cook again on Monday.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Foreign policy • Politics • Religious liberty

Spiritual lessons from financial crisis?
President Obama, flanked by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geitner and Elizabeth Warren, announcing her appointment in 2010.
February 8th, 2011
07:38 PM ET

Spiritual lessons from financial crisis?

By Becky Brittain, CNN White House Producer

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration is turning to faith to figure out how to better protect consumers.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hosted a roundtable on Tuesday with ministers, rabbis and other spiritual leaders to get their input on how the financial crisis has affected their congregations.

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Filed under: Business • Economy • Interfaith issues

Catholics can confess on the go with new app
"Confession: A Roman Catholic App" isn't a joke, creators say, but is designed to aid with the sacrament.
February 8th, 2011
05:58 PM ET

Catholics can confess on the go with new app

Bless me father for I have sinned. It has been 300 tweets since my last confession.

Whether you've been "borrowing" free Wi-Fi or coveting your neighbor's avatar - or, heaven forbid, something worse - a new mobile app is designed to help you atone for it.

Lame tech jokes aside, the makers of "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" say their software is seriously designed to help believers with the sacrament, and to help those who have left the church take a digital step back home.

Read the full story here about the new confession app.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Technology

February 8th, 2011
10:32 AM ET

Buffalo churches to pay $25 police entrance exam fees

Some Buffalo churches concluded their services Sunday with recruiting sessions, of sorts. Members were encouraged to start on a potential path to a career in law enforcement.

True Bethel Baptist Church, led by Reverend and city Councilman Darius Pridgen, is one of the churches that agreed to pay the $25 application fee for the Buffalo Police Entrance Exam for those who are not able to afford it.

Police officers were at services to provide information and advice for potential applicants.

Read the full story on WGRZ.com
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Baptist • Church • New York

Indonesian police probe attack on churches
Indonesians from various religions hold hands in Jakarta on January 7 to condemn religious clashes in the country.
February 8th, 2011
07:50 AM ET

Indonesian police probe attack on churches

From Kathy Quiano, CNN

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) - Indonesian authorities are searching for attackers who targeted three churches in Central Java Tuesday, police said.

"The scene is now under police control. It's calm, but security is high," National Police spokesman Boy Rafli said.

Authorities are "asking local religious leaders to stay calm and find diplomatic ways to solve the problem," he said.

Tuesday's attack comes after an attack on members of a Muslim minority sect Sunday that killed three people and injured five others.

Police said the home of a Ahmadiyah sect preacher was raided Sunday by more than 1,000 people - some wielding knives, sticks and rocks.

Read the full story here about the probe into church attacks in Indonesia.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Indonesia • Muslim • Violence

Treat Muslim Brotherhood with caution, Blair urges
February 8th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Treat Muslim Brotherhood with caution, Blair urges

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

London (CNN) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood needs to be treated with caution, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Monday.

"It's not an extremist group in a way that we have seen in other countries; on the other hand, we shouldn't be complacent about it either," he said.

"It is founded on a different view of the relationship between religion and public policy than most people in secular societies would want," he argued.

"Religion is an important part of our society, its voice should be heard, but I wouldn't want to live in even a democratic theocracy," the former prime minister said at the office of his Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which works to promote multifaith understanding.

Read the full story here about Blair's comments on the Muslim Brotherhood.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Africa • Belief • Church and state • Egypt • Europe • United Kingdom

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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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