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: Church of England rejects female bishops by six votes
After decades of debate, the Church of England formally voted down draft legislation that would have allowed women to become bishops. Debate on the draft legislation Tuesday spanned seven hours and saw more than 100 people voice support or opposition for the draft legislation.
Smoke billows from a spot targeted by the Israeli military inside the Gaza Strip last week.
CNN: Name of Israel’s anti-Hamas operation has biblical meaning
To English speakers, the name of Israel’s anti-Hamas campaign sounds pretty straightforward: “Operation Pillar of Defense.” But reading the name of the Israeli operation in Hebrew might provoke some head-scratching. In Hebrew, the Israel Defense Forces have branded their recently launched anti-Hamas effort as “Operation Pillar of Cloud.”
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Reuters: Pope Benedict’s third book on Jesus reaffirms doctrine of his virgin birth
Pope Benedict published the last part of his trilogy on the life of Jesus on Tuesday, delivering an early childhood narrative which strongly reaffirms the doctrine of the virgin birth as an “unequivocal” truth of faith. The book, 137 pages in its English version, is titled “The Infancy Narratives – Jesus of Nazareth” and will be published around the world in some 20 languages. It goes on sale on Wednesday.
CNN: Pakistani court throws out blasphemy charges against Christian girl
A Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed blasphemy charges against Rimsha Masih, a Christian teenager whose case prompted international outrage. "She is a free woman, like any ordinary citizen," said Abdul Hameed Rana, one of Rimsha's lawyers. The high court in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad found that the accusations against her were legally unsound, he said.
The Jerusalem Post: Israel wins case to retain Austrian Jewish archive
The Jerusalem District Court rejected last week a lawsuit submitted by Vienna’s Jewish community to obtain Austrian Jewish documents from the 17th to 20th centuries. It is a “very important decision” for the archive, Israel’s state archivist Dr. Yaacov Lozowick told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
Religion News Service: Analysis: Film revives questions about Abraham Lincoln’s faith, but offers few answers
There is a moment in Steven Spielberg’s masterful new film “Lincoln” when the 16th president asks the kind of big question usually tackled by religion: Why are we here? “Do you think we choose the times into which we are born,” Daniel Day-Lewis, as Abraham Lincoln, asks two young workers in the telegraph office. “Or do we fit the times we are born into?” That’s as close as the film comes to probing the faith of Abraham Lincoln. But the nature of Lincoln’s faith - or the lack thereof - has remained one of the most fascinating aspects of the man who freed the slaves, preserved the Union and carried the wounded nation through its bloodiest war.
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CNN: Rubio ignites debate with answer about creationism
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio attempted to walk the line between science and faith-based creationism in remarks that that have provoked the ire of liberal blogs, leaving the door open to creationism in responding to a recent question about the age of the Earth.