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July 20th, 2011
08:58 PM ET

Campus Crusade for Christ loses the 'crusade'

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)– The massive Christian ministry founded to minister and convert college students around the globe is changing its name.

Campus Crusade for Christ will change its name to "Cru" for its U.S. operations in early 2012, the Orlando-based ministry announced.

The new name was revealed late Tuesday to 5,000 staff members at a conference in Colorado.

Bill Bright and his wife Vonette founded the college ministry in 1951.

Bill Bright talked about his idea for the ministry with a seminary professor one day.  The professor scrawled the name Campus Crusade for Christ on a slip of paper and brought it to Bright the next day, according to Steve Sellers, the vice president of CCC.

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Filed under: Christianity • Faith Now

July 20th, 2011
04:43 PM ET

Irish prime minister slams Vatican over child sex abuse

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Ireland's prime minister has launched a stinging attack on the Vatican, a week after a report said the Catholic Church in Ireland did not take serious steps to stamp out child abuse by priests, even after the scandal blew up worldwide.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the Cloyne report, focused on the area around the southern city of Cork, had exposed the Vatican as seeking to frustrate an inquiry into child sex abuse for its own benefit.

"The rape and torture of children were downplayed or 'managed' to uphold, instead, the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and reputation," he told Ireland's lower house of parliament, or Dail, as it debated a motion on the report.

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Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Ireland • Sex abuse • Vatican

4,500 couples participate in Indonesian interfaith marriage ceremony
July 20th, 2011
02:35 PM ET

4,500 couples participate in Indonesian interfaith marriage ceremony

By Kathy Quiano, CNN

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) - More than 4,500 Indonesian couples tied the knot at a Jarkarta sports stadium on Tuesday, in what the event’s organizers claim was the world's largest interfaith wedding event.

The couples were married in Islamic, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist and Hindu ceremonies – with each participating in whichever rites were appropriate. The event’s organizers said the mass wedding was aimed at helping poor couples who couldn’t afford to pay for their own weddings.

A humanitarian organization, Pondok Kasih Foundation, initiated the event and worked with Jakarta’s government and private sponsors to stage the mass wedding.

In a press release, organizers said the event was focused on promoting Pancasila, Indonesia’s state philosophy, which encompasses five basic principles that include belief in one God, just and civilized society, unity and democracy.

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Filed under: Indonesia • Interfaith issues

Who is new Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput?
July 20th, 2011
07:56 AM ET

Who is new Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput?

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)–The City of Brotherly love welcomed a new Catholic Archbishop on Tuesday. But Archbishop Charles Chaput arrives in Philadelphia from the Rocky Mountains during very rocky times for the archdiocese.

One of the country’s largest dioceses, with 1.5 million congregants who account for nearly a third of the city, Philadelphia is reeling from a sex abuse scandal that has indicted four priests and a parochial school teacher and that has unleashed a bevy of civil law suits.

Amid American church abuse scandal, Philadelphia stands out

Chaput, former Archbishop of Denver, Colorado, takes his new post in Philadelphia at the behest of Pope Benedict XVI following the resignation of Cardinal Justin Rigali five months after the Philadelphia scandal broke.

“I ask all of you to pray for me and this great local church which we now share,” Chaput said at a press conference Tuesday at which he shared the podium with Rigali.

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Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Vatican

July 20th, 2011
06:20 AM ET

Finding God in the Mississippi Delta

By Tommy Andres, CNN

Moorhead, Mississippi (CNN) - The Mississippi Delta is the kind of place where everyone shows up for a funeral.

It was on such a day in 1997 that Lucas McCarty and his grandfather had come to pay their respects to a young man who'd been killed in a car crash.

John Woods was there to bury his son.

Lucas and John had met a handful of times before, but that's the day John found his new son and Lucas his "black daddy" – each one delivered in his own way from a tragic past.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Faith & Health • Mississippi

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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 and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team.

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