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April 7th, 2010
02:54 PM ET

April 7th, 2010
01:10 PM ET

Church 2.0

A key spiritual adviser to President Obama is taking his church onto Facebook. Dr. Joel Hunter from Northland Church outside of Orlando, Florida, sat down with CNN's Carol Costello over Skype to talk about ministering to the masses on the internet and what it's like to send a devotional message to the president's Blackberry.

Hunter says he is one of several pastors who e-mail devotions to the president. Currently Hunter is sending Obama selections from the Gospel of Mark and a brief commentary.

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Filed under: Christianity • Politics

April 7th, 2010
12:25 PM ET

Is our version of heaven a recent invention?

Puffy clouds, golden harps and pearly gates. Sounds like the traditional image of heaven. But where do those celestial images come from?

Not from the Bible, according to a provocative article in Slate.

Slate's Johann Hari says the traditional Christian image of heaven as a place where people will be reunited with their loved ones is, well, not as traditional after all. He says that version of heaven "is a very recent invention, only a little older than Goldman Sachs."

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Filed under: Art • Books • Christianity • Culture & Science • Journeys • Traditions

April 7th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

Norwegian bishop admits child sex abuse

A former Catholic bishop in Norway has admitted sexually abusing a minor 20 years ago, a spokesman for the Norwegian Catholic Church said Wednesday.

Bishop Georg Mueller admitted to having sexually abused an altar boy but said there were no other victims, said church spokesman Andreas Dingstad.

Mueller, 58, became a priest in 1978 and served as bishop of Trondheim, Norway, from 1997 to 2009. The abuse is said to have happened more than 20 years ago, when Mueller was a priest in Trondheim, Dingstad said.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Faith

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