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My Take: As we shrink government, let’s grow charitable giving
March 27th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

My Take: As we shrink government, let’s grow charitable giving

Editor’s Note: Glenn Beck is a radio and television host and is founder of The Blaze, a news and opinion website, and GBTV.

By Glenn Beck, Special to CNN

I have never felt particularly charitable on April 15.

Instead, I typically feel like the victim of the most sophisticated burglary in world history. Yet it is on Tax Day that we learn a lot about the giving nature of our political leaders, at least those who release their tax records. Those documents provide a lens into politicians’ financial priorities and benevolence.

While the American people certainly don’t have a “right” to see the tax returns of any private individual, the public has grown to expect that those running for the highest office in the land will voluntarily allow us to view their filings.

Each election cycle, the media and general public take voyeuristic pleasure in examining how candidates made money and the charities they supported before knowing that the national microscope would be on them.

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Filed under: Money & Faith • My Take • Opinion

Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba
March 27th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

Gallery: Pope's trip to Cuba

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Cuba

Once in a Castro labor camp, now Cuba's cardinal
Cardinal Jaime Ortega has won respect for gaining reforms in Cuba, but he still has his critics, who say he hasn't done enough.
March 27th, 2012
12:59 PM ET

Once in a Castro labor camp, now Cuba's cardinal

By David Ariosto, CNN

Havana, Cuba (CNN) – Not long after Fidel Castro and his bearded band of guerilla fighters rolled into Havana in 1959, conditions appeared so dire for the island’s Catholic clergymen that their cardinal fled to Argentina’s Embassy seeking political asylum.

Manuel Arteaga died in 1963 from illness while still in Cuba, and for more than three decades the island would officially remain an atheist state. Castro’s communist revolution endeavored to rid the country of its religious influence, confiscating church property and expelling or oppressing religious workers.

A young priest named Jaime Ortega, who would one day become the nation’s cardinal, was among them. In 1966, the Cuban government sent him to a military work camp for several months.

Today, the 75-year-old cardinal heads the island’s Roman Catholic Church, thrust into the spotlight perhaps more than ever with Pope Benedict XVI's visit this week to Cuba.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Cuba • Pope Benedict XVI

March 27th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

The pope, political prisoners and Cuba

(CNN)–Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba following the Vatican-brokered release of political prisoners. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Cuba • Faith Now • Politics • Pope Benedict XVI

March 27th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

Celebrating the Festival of Colors

(CNN)–Thousands gathered in Spanish Fork, Utah, for Holi, the annual Festival of Colors.

CNN affiliate KSTU reports on how the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple celebrated by tossing colors into the air and at each other to mark the spring festival.

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Filed under: Belief • Faith Now • Hare Krishna

Papal visit to Cuba spurs talk of jailed U.S. contractor
Alan Gross with his wife Judy Gross.
March 27th, 2012
08:35 AM ET

Papal visit to Cuba spurs talk of jailed U.S. contractor

By David Ariosto, CNN

Havana, Cuba (CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Cuba this week, forging inroads with the Castro government and ultimately helping to bring about the release of a jailed American contractor. At least, that's how Judy Gross would like to see this week's papal visit play out.

"I hope it's very likely," she told CNN's Erin Burnett on Friday.

Her husband, Alan Gross, is in prison outside the Cuban capital on subversion charges. He was arrested on December 3, 2009, for distributing what officials described as sensitive communications equipment to the island's small Jewish community.

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Filed under: Cuba • Judaism • Pope Benedict XVI

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