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April 4th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Pope's preacher apologizes for anti-Semitism remark

The pope's personal preacher apologized Sunday for comparing fury over sexual abuse within the church to anti-Semitism.

"If, against my intention, I've hurt the Jewish people's feelings and those of the victims of child abuse, I'm truly sorry and ask forgiveness," the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa said in an interview published in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Leaders

April 4th, 2010
01:33 PM ET

Cardinal: Faithful not influenced by 'gossip'

In a rare move, a senior cardinal spoke before the pope's Easter Mass address at the Vatican on Sunday, saying the pontiff maintains the support of Catholics around the world "who do not let themselves be influenced by the gossip."

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, former Vatican secretary of state and the dean of the College of Cardinals, did not specifically mention the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the Catholic Church in recent months. But his remarks clearly referred to those who have criticized Catholic leaders, including Pope Benedict XVI himself, for not having done much more during his years as a top official.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Leaders

April 4th, 2010
01:28 PM ET

Martin Luther King's Easter message

All around the world this weekend, Christians are celebrating Easter. Sunday also marks the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death. Forty-two years ago, an assassin's bullet took his life as he struggled to secure the promises of American democracy for the children of slaves.

Every now and again, the convergence of significant historical moments occasions a time for serious reflection. How might we think about the significance of the resurrection of Jesus and the martyrdom of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the lives we currently live as Americans? What lessons does Easter hold for us? And what does remembering King's death teach us?

Read the full commentary by Princeton University's Eddie S. Glaude

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • Leaders • Politics

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