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March 31st, 2011
01:53 PM ET

Muslim beauty contestant says she faces threats

A British woman hoping to become the first Muslim to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant has gotten "indirect" threats against her life, she told CNN on Thursday.

Shanna Bukhari said she'd received "a lot of support from all communities," but that she got "some hate mail from all communities as well."
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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Culture wars • Muslim

March 31st, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Nun robbed in Ohio church

Cops say the elderly Sister was robbed by a man who asked for some water. And to make matters worse she was dressed at the time, in the traditional black and white outfit.

Read the full story at WOIO.com
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church

March 31st, 2011
11:09 AM ET

2 more retired Philadelphia priests placed on leave in abuse probe

Two more priests have been placed on administrative leave by the Philadelphia Archdiocese as part of an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse of children by clergy.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, the archbishop of Philadelphia, announced that the two unnamed priests, who are currently retired, have been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately, pending a more thorough independent investigation.

That investigation is being conducted by Gina Maisto Smith, a former child abuse prosecutor in Philadelphia, and a team of experts.

"These steps are interim measures and are not in any way final determinations or judgments," Rigali said in a written statement.

Earlier this month, 21 other priests were also placed on administrative leave following a review of sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Church in Philadelphia.

Read the full story here about the Philadelphia priests put on leave.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Courts • Faith Now • Sex abuse

Kentucky's Libyan community prays for homeland
Members of the Lexington Muslim community pray at the Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah mosque.
March 31st, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Kentucky's Libyan community prays for homeland

Editor’s Note: CNN’s Soledad O’Brien chronicles the dramatic fight over the construction of a mosque in the heart of the Bible belt. Watch “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door,” airing at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET April 2 on CNN.

By John Sepulvado, CNN

Lexington, Kentucky (CNN) – The parking lot in suburban Lexington begins filling up around 1 p.m. Men park their compact cars and file in through one side of a ranch-house-style building. Women leave their large SUVs and head through another door.

As they remove their shoes, the men talk about the conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East – especially in Libya. Several young boys crawl on the red carpet, while the women, wearing brightly colored headscarves, read quietly to their daughters in the back of the room.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Faith Now • In America • Islam • Kentucky • Libya • Mosque • Muslim

Filmmaker: I found God in Hollywood
Lee Stanley, right, and his son, Shane, left, with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on the set of their 2006 film, "Gridiron Gang."
March 31st, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Filmmaker: I found God in Hollywood

By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) – It’s not impossible to be a Christian in Hollywood, Lee Stanley will tell you. What it does take is guts - the same guts it takes to be a Christian anywhere, he says.

Stanley wasn’t a believer when he moved from New England to California in the 1960s. He was in love with a fantasy – not the idea of making it big on the big screen, but being around the water all the time.

The aspiring baseball player had realized he wasn’t going to make it to the major leagues, so he turned to another passion - diving. He had no idea the trek West would lead him on the road to becoming a filmmaker who tells stories of redemption and faith.

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- Producer/Writer

Filed under: California • Faith Now • Movies • TV

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