By Laura Koran, 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.
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One unnamed male student in the BYU video says he had thoughts of suicide.
CNN: BYU student video on homosexuality is not in violation of honor code, says administrator
The students featured in a video about being gay at Brigham Young University are not in obvious violation of the honor code, according to Carri Jenkins, an assistant to the president of BYU. Jenkins went on to say that for the video alone, the students would not be punished. The honor code, Jenkins said, is “based on conduct, not on feeling, and if same-gender attraction is only stated, that is not an honor code issue.”
CNN: Celebrating Easter in a temple
Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina had its Easter service in a local Jewish temple because of an earthquake centered in Virginia. CNN affiliate WCSC reports that the earthquake last August weakened the mortar between the bricks in the church that dates back to 1886.
CNN: Pope calls for end to Syria bloodshed in Easter message
Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called for an end to violence in Syria, as well as a renewed peace effort in the Middle East, in his annual Easter Mass message from the Vatican as Christians worldwide marked the holiday.
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Catholic News Agency: Live your faith in the marketplace, cardinal tells business leaders
Christians should integrate their faith with their work in the private sector, the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace for told business leaders as he launched a new teaching document.
The Washington Post: ‘Dr. Schnoz’ drops plans for another video poking fun at Jewish noses
The Jewish doctor from Miami who was scolded by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for producing a music video that mocked Jewish noses has canceled a contest for another music video based on the same theme.
The Huffington Post: Gamal Abdou Massoud, Egyptian Christian Teen, Sentenced To Three Years For Insulting Islam; House Firebombed By Angered Muslims
A juvenile court in Egypt has sentenced a Coptic Christian teenager to three years in prison for allegedly insulting Islam on his Facebook page, according to Reuters Africa. This is the maximum penalty for the offense under Egyptian law.
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I certainly believe in the separation of church and state. I do not believe in the separation of faith and politics, and the reason why is that faith is simply a world view. Everybody has a world view. So we’re saying that only those with religious world views aren’t welcome at the table?
Pastor Rick Warren tells Jake Tapper on ABC’s This Week
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Some Jewish leaders are encouraging Jews to see Jesus as one of their own.
CNN: Jews reclaim Jesus as one of their own
In the past year, a spate of Jewish authors, from the popular to the rabbinic to the scholarly, have wrestled with what Jews should think about Jesus. And overwhelmingly, they are coming up with positive answers, urging their fellow Jews to learn about Jesus, understand him and claim him as one of their own.