By Arielle Hawkins, 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: Survey: Catholics divided on political issues, as adherent numbers decline
As important as the Catholic vote is in the 2012 election, a new survey finds that the group is far from monolithic and is not largely focused on the issues that get a lot of attention from church leaders – abortion and gay marriage. Among the Catholics surveyed by the Public Religious Research Institute, 60% believe the Church should focus more on social justice issues and their obligation to the poor, even if it means focusing less on social issues like abortion and right to life. Thirty-one percent say the opposite – they favor social issues over social justice issues.
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Religion News Service: Election Day Communion aims to heal the partisan breach
Come to me, all ye who are weary of negative political ads and burdened by the wounds of a brutal campaign season. I will give you rest. That twist on the call of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew is resonating this year as more than 400 local churches prepare for a new tradition: Election Day Communion. As voting winds down on Nov. 6, people of every political stripe will leave their respective partisan bunkers and line up side by side to receive the sacrament.
The Jerusalem Post: Diaspora Jews stand with Women of the Wall
Hundreds of people around the world on Monday simultaneously recited the shema prayer in a unique flashmob event, in response to the arrest of Women of the Wall chairwoman Anat Hoffman last week. Hoffman was arrested during a late night event on October 16 while accompanying approximately 250 members of the Hadassah Women’s Organization to the Western Wall.
The Sacramento Bee: Mormon church a widely diverse entity in Sacramento region
At 9 o'clock Sunday mornings, as many as 400 Tongans, Samoans, Maori and other Pacific Islanders fill the Mormon Church south of Florin Road to sing and pray in Tongan with a smattering of English. They're followed at 11 o'clock by about 300 Marshall Islanders and Fijians in Marshallese, Fijian and English.
Reuters: French Muslims demand group ban after mosque attack
The French Muslim Council (CFCM) urged the government on Monday to ban a far-right group that occupied a mosque on Saturday and issued a "declaration of war" against what it called the Islamization of France.
Huffington Post: LSU Airbrushes Crosses Out Of Fan Photo
Louisiana State University landed in hot water last week when the school appeared to have airbrushed Christian crosses out of a photo of several LSU fans who had painted the symbols on their chests. LSU often posts fan photos on the school's website and Facebook page and in its email newsletter. After the Oct. 13 football game against the University of South Carolina, the administration emailed a picture to the student body of a group of fans who call themselves the "Painted Posse" because they paint themselves in the school's colors for games. Posse members also notably paint crosses on their chests as a symbol of their Christian faith.
EWTN: Vatican still planning peace mission to Syria, despite violence spreading
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Oct. 22 that the Holy See is still studying the situation in Syria and is preparing to send a peace delegation, despite violence related to the ongoing conflict spilling over into Lebanon and Jordan. In a brief statement made public Monday, Fr. Lombardi explained that the delegation would leave “as soon as possible” and that the planning for the mission is still ongoing.
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This billboard on wheels, sponsored by American Atheists, will follow the Romney campaign throughout southern Florida.
CNN: Atheist billboard attacks Romney’s faith, but Mormons say it's misleading
When he campaigns in southern Florida on Monday, Mitt Romney will have an unwelcome traveling partner: a mobile billboard attacking his religion. The billboard on wheels, sponsored by American Atheists, attacks the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its treatment of African-Americans and gays, though the church says the attacks are inaccurate.