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Analyzing the church in Obama's new video
The second image in President Barack Obama's campaign announcement video is of a church.
April 6th, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Analyzing the church in Obama's new video

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

There's been lots of analysis of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign announcement video, released this week, but virtually no comment on the second image to appear in the film. It's a shot of a church.

The video lingers on the church for just a couple of seconds before breaking  away to an American flag, and there's no sign to indicate the house of worship's denomination or location.

Still, its inclusion as the second image in Obama's first official piece of 2012 election appears telling.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Politics

April 6th, 2011
02:06 PM ET

Museum of divine statues to open in Lakewood, Ohio

The final touches are being completed on a new museum scheduled to open in Lakewood, on Sunday, April 10, from noon until 5 p.m.

The Museum of Divine Statues is the first of its kind in the United States: A museum dedicated entirely to Catholic statuary and religious artifacts.

"The statue restoration started as a hobby," said Lou McClung, museum founder and curator.

Seven years ago, he began rescuing and repairing old statues for churches across the country.

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Filed under: Belief

For Lent, can man live by brew alone?
J. Wilson (right) is only drinking beer for lent. Eric Sorensen (left) a brewmaster helped make the beer.
April 6th, 2011
08:42 AM ET

For Lent, can man live by brew alone?

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - For the 46 days of Lent, J. Wilson is forgoing solid food and only drinking beer and water - just as Bavarian monks did hundreds of years ago.

Wilson is a husband, father, newspaper editor and beer enthusiast. The 38-year-old is the proprietor of the beer blog brewvana, where the motto is, "An ideal condition of harmony, beer and joy."

"That pretty much sums up our lifestyle," Wilson told CNN.

Wilson is not a suds-soaked frat boy, but a careful home brewer with an eye for history and a hope for a spiritual breakthrough.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Europe • Germany • Holidays • Lent • United States

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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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