By Elise Labott, CNN
Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday about an often overlooked downside to the Arab Spring.
The popular revolts against longtime dictators in the Middle East and North Africa may have given hope to millions of Arabs, but the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report found that the uprisings have exposed ethnic and religious minorities to new dangers.
Growing religious intolerance, Clinton warned, threatened to undermine these fragile democratic transitions.
By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
(CNN) – Tuesday’s special election to replace scandalized New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is happening in one of the most Jewish and most Democratic congressional districts in the country, but the frontrunner is neither a Democrat nor Jewish.
The race for New York’s 9th Congressional District has attracted national attention because polls give Republican candidate Robert Turner an edge, a potential sign of trouble for President Barack Obama and for the Democrats ahead of next year’s election.
Adding to the surprise over Turner’s apparent lead in the Brooklyn and Queens-centered district is that his Democratic opponent, David Weprin, is an Orthodox Jew.
By Peter Taggart, CNN
Belfast, Northern Ireland (CNN) – A respected former Catholic bishop in Ireland is calling for an end to clerical celibacy in the wake of the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the church worldwide, and says he finds it "heartbreaking" that some prospective priests turn away from the calling because of the celibacy rule.
In his recently published book, "A Troubled See, Memoirs of a Derry Bishop," Dr. Edward Daly said that allowing clergymen to marry would ease many of the church's problems.
There needs to be a place in the modern Catholic church for a married priesthood, said Daly, a prominent figure in the Catholic church in Ireland and the most senior Irish cleric to question the Vatican's celibacy rule.
By Richard Allen Greene, CNN
(CNN) - Victims of abuse by Catholic priests asked the International Criminal Court to charge Pope Benedict XVI and other top Vatican officials with crimes against humanity, a victims' group announced Tuesday.
The pope and other church leaders "tolerate and enable the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world," the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and the Center for Constitutional Rights said in a joint statement.
They filed more than 20,000 pages of documents with the international court in the Netherlands to support their charges, they said.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNN he was aware of the filing but had no comment.
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