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Atheist group apologizes for misquoting Palin, but defends billboard's intent
March 4th, 2013
04:06 PM ET

Atheist group apologizes for misquoting Palin, but defends billboard's intent

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – An atheist group that misquoted former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a billboard in Texas is apologizing to the Republican and correcting the mistake. But it continues to defend the “intent and context” of the effort.

CNN first reported on Sunday that American Atheists, a group known for its in-your-face tactics, was sponsoring a billboard calling out Palin for something she said while on Fox News.

“We should create law based on the God of the Bible,” the billboard reads.

The only problem: That isn’t what Palin said.

FULL POST

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Politics • Sarah Palin

March 4th, 2013
10:27 AM ET

Cardinals meet Monday; could set date to elect new pope

From Richard Allen Greene and Mark Morgenstein, CNN

Rome (CNN) - The process of picking a new pope was one step closer to starting on Monday, as more than 140 Catholic cardinals began a meeting at the Vatican.

The cardinals gathered on Monday morning, but haven't yet decided when the conclave to select Pope Benedict XVI's successor will start, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters.

"It's on the table, but no decision has been reached," Lombardi said.

The General Congregations meeting is a key step before the conclave, when all cardinals under age 80 meet at the Vatican to vote for the next pope.

Lombardi said 142 cardinals attended Monday morning's session. Of that group, 103 were cardinal electors who will choose the next pope. Twelve cardinal electors have not yet arrived in Rome, but were expected to arrive later Monday and Tuesday, he said.

FULL STORY
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Pope • Pope Benedict XVI

White smoke wagering; betting on the new pope
March 4th, 2013
09:56 AM ET

White smoke wagering; betting on the new pope

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – As the College of Cardinals decide when they’ll lock themselves away to begin the process of electing a new Pope, the odds makers are already at work.

Feilim MacAnIomaire with the online betting site PaddyPower, says betting on who the pope will be, from what country he will come, how long the conclave will last, how many ballots it will take, and what name the new pope will take is big business.

FULL STORY
- Dan Merica

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope • Vatican

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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 with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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