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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CNN: Bible reading marathon wraps up in Washington
For nearly 90 continuous hours, rain or shine, believers read the Bible from beginning to end on the steps of the nation's Capitol. The Bible marathon began with a reading of Genesis 1:1 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. For 23 years, a small nonprofit group called the International Bible Reading Association has one purpose: "To encourage reading the Bible, both publicly and privately," says the Washington organizer Michael Hall, senior pastor of People's Church in Washington.
CNN/WBRZ: Prisoners play Jesus and disciples
A cast with an armed robber as Jesus and a convicted murderer as the disciple who betrays him takes the stage in a production of "The Life of Jesus Christ" at the largest-maximum security prison in the United States. Prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola have been working on the play for more than a year with inmates from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. The play runs through Saturday at the Angola prison.
CNN: Ahead of elections, French Muslims feel like scapegoats for nation’s problems
There's no doubt in university student Ouissem Satouri's mind about who he is. He’s Muslim. And he’s French. And there’s no contradiction between the two. “I’m sitting here with you in a French cafe, wearing French clothes and having a French book in my bag, and I'm never asking myself if I am French or not,” says Satouri, who’s studying politics in Paris. “I am speaking French, I am living in France, I am dreaming in French, I want to live in France. I am French. But I am Muslim also.”
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The Telegraph: Religious symbols banned from London Olympics faith badge
Religious symbols have been banned from a "faith" badge designed for chaplains at the London Games in case they cause offence. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) asked its advisory committee of faith representatives to suggest ideas for the lapel pin. But plans for a design featuring symbols of each of the nine faiths represented on the committee were rejected — because not all religious believers would feel "comfortable" wearing symbols of other faiths.
CBC News: Polygamous family deemed unworthy of special tax status
It's now up to a federal tax judge to decide whether the leader of the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C., is the head of a religious group that deserves special tax status, or whether he's simply the head of an unconventional and very large family without any such protection.
The Guardian: Georgian Orthodox church patriarch's mass baptisms boost birth rate
The patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox church has baptised hundreds of babies in a Tbilisi cathedral and has been credited with raising the birth rate. Patriarch Ilia II has promised to become the godfather of all babies born into Orthodox Christian families who already have two or more children.
CNN: My Faith: Returning to church, despite my doubts
Andrea Palpant Dilley, author of “Faith and Other Flat Tires,” writes about discovery that doubt can be a part of her faith.
CNN: Your Take: Comments and responses on National Day of Prayer
Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," responds to some of the comments on his CNN Belief piece on the National Day of Prayer.
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Billy Graham says that he "never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage."
CNN: Billy Graham backs North Carolina amendment to ban gay marriage
The Rev. Billy Graham, the world's best-known evangelist, has endorsed a ballot initiative to constitutionally ban gay marriage in his home state of North Carolina, a rare move for a preacher who has typically avoided political fights. North Carolinians will vote on the state's Marriage Amendment Act before North Carolina voters next Tuesday.