A family shattered, reborn
September 29th, 2013
08:40 AM ET

From grief to grace: Wife of Amish schoolhouse shooter breaks her silence

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog co-editor

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Among the flowers and plants in Marie Monville’s sunny yard sits a rosebush, a gift from her first husband, Charlie.

A few years ago, Monville painstakingly unearthed the roots and transplanted the bush from her old house 10 miles away - a house that Charlie had thrown into tumult and grief.

The bush’s prickles recall the pain she and her family have endured, Monville said, and its peach-colored blossoms offer a yearly reminder that God creates new life from old.

After years of silence, Monville is now telling a story of her own.

It’s the story of how a milkman’s daughter became a murderer’s wife, and how she found a divine calling after a devastating tragedy.

“If this wasn’t my life,” Monville said during a recent interview in her kitchen, family pictures smiling from the fridge, “I never would have expected it to look this beautiful.” FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Books • Christianity • Death • Evangelical • Faith • Faith Now • TV-Piers Morgan

September 17th, 2013
09:59 PM ET

Rick Warren on guns, God and son's tragic death

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Lake Forest, California (CNN) — In his first interview since his son's suicide in April, famed pastor Rick Warren told CNN that he knew his son, Matthew, had bought a gun, dismissed rumors that Matthew was gay and said he doesn't blame God for the tragedy.

"I have cried every single day since Matthew died," Warren said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with CNN.

"But that - that's actually a good thing. Grief is a good thing. It's the way we get through the transitions of life."

Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, founded Saddleback Church in Southern California in 1980, growing it from a small congregation to a multisite megachurch with some 20,000 weekly worshippers.

Warren is also author of the spiritual self-help guide “The Purpose Driven Life,” one of the best-selling books of all time, with more 36 million copies sold.

But even as the Warrens grew in prominence - attending conferences with presidents and prime ministers - their son Matthew struggled with borderline personality disorder and deep depression, they said during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Death • Evangelical • Faith • Faith Now • Guns • Leaders • TV-Piers Morgan • Violence

September 17th, 2013
10:24 AM ET

The five things you need to know about Rick Warren

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor

(CNN) - Best-selling author and megachurch pastor Rick Warren is one of the country's most influential Christian leaders.

But Warren and his wife, Kay, have nearly disappeared from public view since their son's suicide in April.

That changed Tuesday night, when Rick and Kay Warren spoke with CNN's Piers Morgan about the death of their son, how their faith has changed and their new mission in life.

Here are five things to know about the Warrens.


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Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Christianity • Evangelical • Faith • Faith & Health • Media • TV-Piers Morgan

September 17th, 2013
08:40 AM ET

Rick Warren opens up about son's suicide in exclusive interview

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Lake Forest, California (CNN) - Rick and Kay Warren stood outside their son's home, sobbing in each other's arms.

They knew.

They had talked Matthew, 27, off the ledge many times. But not this time.

A nod from a police officer who inspected Matthew's house confirmed their worst fears.

“I just hit the ground,” Kay Warren said.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Death • Evangelical • Faith Now • TV-Piers Morgan

November 28th, 2012
05:49 AM ET

Rick Warren on gay marriage

American evangelical Christian pastor Rick Warren discusses homosexuality and gay marriage with CNN's Piers Morgan.

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Filed under: Gay marriage • Homosexuality • TV-Piers Morgan

April 26th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

Dalai Lama: World belongs to 'humanity,' not leaders

By Catherine Shoichet, CNN

(CNN)– The Dalai Lama says he supports the principles behind Arab Spring protests.

"The world belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader, kings or religious leaders. The world belongs to humanity. Each country belongs essentially to their own people," he said in an interview Wednesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

Politicians at times forget that, even in democratic countries like the United States, he said.

"Sometimes they are short-sighted," he said. "They are mainly looking for the next vote."


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Filed under: Buddhism • Church and state • TV-Piers Morgan

April 25th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

The Dalai Lama sits down with Piers Morgan

(CNN)–On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes His Holiness The Dalai Lama for a wide-ranging and enlightening interview, touching on politics, religion and temptation.

Morgan sat down with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in Rochester, Minnesota, following his annual physical.

The Dalai Lama revealed his fondness for a recent resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"Of course as individual, individual person. I love President Bush," says The Dalai Lama.

"Which one?" asked Morgan.

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Filed under: Buddhism • Content Partner • TV-Piers Morgan

March 10th, 2012
11:09 AM ET

Pastor Mark Driscoll on marriage, sex

(CNN)–Pastor Mark Driscoll discusses his new book "Real Marriage" with Piers Morgan.

Driscoll's book sparked controversy when it released earlier this year.  Read more about the controversy here from CNN's Belief Blog.

Read Driscoll's take on the controversy here on the CNN Belief Blog.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Faith Now • TV-Piers Morgan

Kirk Cameron defends views on gay marriage
March 7th, 2012
02:16 PM ET

Kirk Cameron defends views on gay marriage

By Breeanna Hare, CNN

(CNN)–Kirk Cameron lost at least one fan with his remarks about homosexuality and gay marriage last week, but the former "Growing Pains" actor is standing his ground.

He explains in a statement that he "spoke as honestly" as he could when asked about his views on "homosexuality, gay marriage and abortion" while being interviewed for his film, "Monumental," "but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community."

Cameron continued, "That is not true. I can assuredly say that it's my life's mission to love all people."


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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Faith Now • Homosexuality • TV-Piers Morgan

February 28th, 2012
04:14 PM ET

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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.