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August 17th, 2011
04:12 PM ET

Man charged with planning to disrupt Spanish protest march ahead of papal visit

By Al Goodman, CNN

Madrid, Spain (CNN)–A man arrested in Madrid on suspicion of planning an attack against a demonstration to protest the visit of Pope Benedict XVI was a volunteer for the papal visit's organizing committee, a committee senior spokesman said Wednesday.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday at the IFEMA fairgrounds by plainclothes police officers as he was about to receive a backpack and a green shirt worn by volunteers, said the spokesman, Rafa Rubio, the communications director for World Youth Day, told CNN.

A police statement Tuesday said a man studying chemistry in Madrid was arrested on suspicion he was planning an attack against a march set to protest the high cost of the visit of the pope to the Spanish capital starting Thursday, the police said.

The suspect "planned to attack using noxious gases and other chemical substances," the national police said in a statement.

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Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Europe • Pope Benedict XVI • Spain

Documentary shines light on pint-sized preachers
A new documentary looks at young children who preach in church
August 17th, 2011
03:08 PM ET

Documentary shines light on pint-sized preachers

By Stephen Walsh, CNN

(CNN)– They preach, they heal the sick, and they swagger from the pulpit. But these aren't your average preachers, they are children dubbed pint-sized preachers. The viral internet phenomenon is transitioning to TV in a new documentary.

On Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET, the National Geographic Channel will air “Pint-Sized Preachers,” a documentary looking inside the controversial world of child evangelists and the families who watch over them.

The hourlong documentary tells the stories of three young boys who have gained notoriety for their explosive sermons and, in one case, a self-proclaimed power to heal the sick with a single touch.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Faith Now • TV • United States

Bachmann reaches out to religious leaders in S.C.
Michele Bachmann is reaching out to religious leaders
August 17th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Bachmann reaches out to religious leaders in S.C.

By Peter Hamby, CNN

(CNN)–Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will hold a meeting with pastors in Florence during her three-day visit to South Carolina.

The Thursday afternoon gathering with religious leaders, which is closed to reporters, is being organized by the Florence County Republican Party and the Florence County Tea Party, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by CNN.

That's not the only effort she's making to appeal to Christian conservatives during her trip to the state, which holds the first primary contest in the South.

Read the full story from CNN's Political Ticker
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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Faith Now • Michele Bachmann • Politics

August 17th, 2011
04:00 AM ET

My Faith: Sen. Joe Lieberman embraces 'the gift of the Sabbath'

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, looks forward to Fridays, when he can get home, switch his BlackBerry off and just be Joe - Hadassah Lieberman's husband, father of four, grandfather of 11.

Lieberman is an observant Jew who has long made a point to put his faith before politics - even if that means a post-sunset vote in the Senate will force him to walk the four miles from the U.S. Capitol to his Georgetown home.

In keeping the fourth commandment to honor the Sabbath to keep it holy, he doesn't work or get in a car or turn on a light.

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Filed under: Belief • DC • Judaism • My Faith • Politics • Torah • United States

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