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January 31st, 2012
11:48 PM ET

Inside a Scientology center

The Church of Scientology opened its newest facility. KOVR reports.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: California • Church • Scientology • United States

Susan G. Komen drops funding for Planned Parenthood
January 31st, 2012
11:11 PM ET

Susan G. Komen drops funding for Planned Parenthood

By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation revealed Tuesday it was cutting funds to Planned Parenthood, sparking an outcry from abortion rights advocates blaming “political pressure” and praise from an anti-abortion group.

The major breast cancer research group cut funds to the prominent family planning organization after Planned Parenthood has come under increasing scrutiny from Congress over how it provides abortion services. The Komen Foundation gave few details on the reasons behind the decision, attributing the announcement to "changes in priorities and policies" and the need to "most fully advance [its] mission."

"It is critical to underscore that the women we serve in communities remain our priority. We are working directly with Komen Affiliates to ensure there is no interruption or gaps in services for women who need breast health screening and services,” the group said in a statement.

The Komen Foundation did not respond to repeated requests for more information about the decision.

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: Abortion • Politics

My Take: Why evangelicals should dump Gingrich
Callista and Newt Gingrich campaign this week at a retirement community in Sumter County, Florida.
January 31st, 2012
12:52 PM ET

My Take: Why evangelicals should dump Gingrich

By David French, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: David French is a constitutional lawyer, veteran of the Iraq war and the co-author (most recently) of "Why Evangelicals Should Support Mitt Romney (And Feel Good about It!)."

(CNN) At the moment, Newt Gingrich appears to be riding high with evangelical voters. After dismal performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, Gingrich dominated the evangelical vote in South Carolina and has made a strong pitch to evangelical voters in Florida.

There’s no question that evangelicals are intrigued, and they are just now starting to take a close look.

They won’t like what they see.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Opinion • Politics

January 31st, 2012
09:36 AM ET

Egypt's Coptic Pope in poor health, official says

By Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, CNN

Coptic Pope Shenouda III, the spiritual leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian community, is in deteriorating health, the head of the Egyptian General Coptic Association said Tuesday.

Shenouda, 88, "suffers from kidney disease and diabetes," said Sherif Doss, but said he was still "functional."

Bishop Basanti of Helwan governorate denied rumors that the pope is in a coma.

"He is well and under good medical care," the bishop insisted, saying that he would give his regular weekly address Wednesday evening.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Coptic • Egypt

January 31st, 2012
04:32 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, January 31

By Dan Merica, CNN

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 the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Catholics clergymen come out swinging against HHS regulation
Catholics around the country got an earful on Sunday from the pulpit over a new health insurance policy by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that forces employers to cover contraception and abortion as part of preventative care regardless of religious beliefs. The use of abortion and contraceptives violates Catholic teachings.

CNN: Islam doesn’t justify ‘honor murders,’ experts insist
Leading Muslim thinkers wholeheartedly endorsed the Canadian judge's verdict, insisting that "honor murders" had no place and no support in Islam.

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: Uncategorized

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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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