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November 14th, 2011
09:41 PM ET

Bob Jones III latest Christian leader to doubt Obama's Christianity

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Bob Jones III, chancellor of the fundamentalist South Carolina university that bears his family’s name, has become the latest conservative Christian leader to publicly cast doubt on President Barack Obama’s stated Christian commitment.

"I've no reason to think he's a Christian,” Jones told National Journal in an interview published Saturday. “Anyone can say he's a Christian.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity

November 14th, 2011
04:29 PM ET

Faces of Faith: Changes to the Catholic Mass

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)–Big changes are coming to the Catholic Mass on Thanksgiving weekend as the church enters the liturgical season of advent.

The changes are to English translations of the original Latin of the Roman Missal, which guides Catholic worship services.

Congregants used to reciting the Mass from memory will have to utilize pew cards with updates to the Mass.

In this week's installment of Faces of Faith, CNN's Athena Jones explores what the changes will mean for Catholic congregants and clergy.

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Filed under: Belief • Bible • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Content Partner • Mass • TV-CNN Newsroom

November 14th, 2011
03:42 PM ET

Officials, Jewish leaders march after anti-Semitic incident

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) – Local officials and Jewish leaders took the streets in Midwood, Brooklyn, in New York on Sunday after cars were torched and anti-Semitic graffiti popped up in the neighborhood Friday.

The group marched along Ocean Parkway in the heavily populated Jewish neighborhood where three cars were set fire. Nearby was graffiti that said "KKK" and "SS" - shorthand for the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazi military group, CNN affiliate NY1 reported.

"I'm terribly hurt, I am terribly upset, I am terribly bothered," Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind told NY1.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Faith Now • Judaism • Violence

November 14th, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Your Take: Comments on Penn State, Catholic Church abuse scandals

By David Michaels, CNN

(CNN) – On Thursday, we posted a story that pointed to various parallels between the Penn State and Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandals.

The question of whether those are valid comparisons became a hotly debated topic in our comments section, opening up a discussion about the ways the two cases might help shed light on one other.

Many readers agreed that there were similarities in what offenses allegedly took place inside each institution, but saw differences in how the two organizations handled the fallout.

JesusThe parallel is there. JoePa kept the abuse allegations in-house as did the Pope. Both didn't turn things over to the Police. The Pope went a step further when he was a Cardinal in sanctioning and transferring Priests so accused (before it became known to the public that the Church was doing so). Both are guilty, but JoePa at least has an out ¬– he had a purported higher authority that he reported the wrongdoing to...the Pope has no such excuse!

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Holiday Shopping • Sex abuse • Sports

November 14th, 2011
05:05 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, November 14

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for more.

From the Blog:

CNN: Latino evangelicals challenge Alabama brethren on immigration
When the Alabama legislature approved what is considered the nation's toughest anti-illegal immigration law, much of the state's religious community was quick to condemn it. But Latino evangelical leaders say a key voice in Alabama's debate is missing – that of their own denominations.

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: Morning Read

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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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