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November 14th, 2012
03:57 PM ET

Harlem churches attract European tourists to worship

(CNN) – On any given Sunday in Harlem, visitors might be surprised to see who is attending black churches.

Tourists are lining up to worship in Harlem, where black churches are becoming big, inspirational attractions for white European travelers.

It's a growing trend, and a cultural experience that's uniquely American. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

Read more from CNN's In America Blog

Soledad O'Brien's documentary "Who is Black in America?" airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on December 9 on CNN.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church

November 14th, 2012
03:41 PM ET

5 things we learned from Franklin Graham

By Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors

Washington (CNN) – The Rev. Franklin Graham spends most of his time running an international aid group called Samaritan’s Purse. But he usually makes headlines for his political pronouncements.

Over the past year, Graham has attracted attention for his role placing newspaper ads in which his dad, the iconic Rev. Billy Graham, encouraged voters to support conservative values in the lead-up to Election Day. Franklin Graham is CEO and President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which in addition to financing the ads removed a reference to Mormonism as a cult from the group’s website. The move came as Franklin and Billy Graham met with Mitt Romney, who was campaigning to be the first Mormon president, shortly before Election Day.

The younger Graham stopped by CNN’s Washington bureau this week en route to New York, where he was checking in on Samaritan Purse’s Superstorm Sandy relief and promoting a Christmas campaign collecting gifts for poor children.

5 things we learned from his visit:

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Billy Graham • Christianity • Politics

November 14th, 2012
05:43 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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.

From the Blog:


Riaad Moosa says that Islam is a religion which is tolerant and open to comedy, especially in South Africa.

CNN: Comic talks Muslim humor and Islamophobia
If laughter is the best medicine then few are more qualified to offer a prescription than Riaad Moosa. The South African comic-turned-movie-actor is a fully trained doctor, but it's his Indian heritage and Muslim faith that provide the basis for his stand-up material. "I'm a comedian who happens to be Muslim [and] my comedy stems on all forms of my identity," he says.

CNN: Liberal Catholics use election results to battle bishops
Emboldened by the re-election of President Barack Obama, a cadre of liberal Catholic activists and groups is waging a campaign alleging that America's Catholic bishops are out of touch with Catholic laypeople. The Catholic bishops, who are in Baltimore this week for a quarterly meeting, spoke out against the Obama administration during the election cycle over what they said were White House violations of religious freedom.

FULL POST

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Morning Read

Dyes, candles and mountains of food: Your Diwali shots from around the world
A rangoli artwork, as created and captured by iReporter Kshitij Sharma, adorns a sidewalk in Pune, India. "I think this festival reminds us to stay away from bad things and to promote communal harmony," he says.
November 14th, 2012
05:43 AM ET

Dyes, candles and mountains of food: Your Diwali shots from around the world

By Stina Backer and Eoghan Macguire, for CNN

Diwali is one of the most important events in the Hindu spiritual calendar. It is known as the "Festival of Lights" and takes place between mid October and mid November each year.

This year we asked iReporters from around the world to submit their best images of the celebration.

View the other Diwali photos and read the full story
- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Hinduism • Jainism • Sikh

Comic talks Muslim humor and Islamophobia
Riaad Moosa has been known to crack jokes on the death of Osama bin Laden and his experiences of being singled out for searches at airport security.
November 14th, 2012
05:42 AM ET

Comic talks Muslim humor and Islamophobia

By Robyn Curnow, CNN

(CNN) - If laughter is the best medicine then few are more qualified to offer a prescription than Riaad Moosa.

The South African comic-turned-movie-actor is a fully trained doctor, but it's his Indian heritage and Muslim faith that provide the basis for his stand-up material.

"I'm a comedian who happens to be Muslim [and] my comedy stems on all forms of my identity," he says.

FULL STORY
- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Entertainment • Islam

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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 and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team.

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