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April 12th, 2010
09:57 PM ET

A Supreme Court without Protestants?

About three quarters of all justices to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court have been Protestant. Roughly half have been either Episcopalian or Presbyterian. So who would have thought we'd ever arrive at day when a Supreme Court without Protestants was a distinct possibility?

Thanks to NPR's Nina Totenberg, we know that that day has arrived. "[W]hen Justice Stevens retires," Totenberg notes, "it is entirely possible that there will be no Protestant justices on the court for the first time ever."

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Filed under: Courts • Politics

April 12th, 2010
05:17 PM ET

Study: Anti-Semitic incidents rise sharply in '09

The number of anti-Semitic incidents around the world more than doubled from 2008 to 2009, according to a Tel Aviv University study.

In 2009, 1,129 such incidents were recorded - an increase of more than 100 percent from the 559 incidents noted in 2008, according to the study, released Sunday by the university's Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism.

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Filed under: Judaism

April 12th, 2010
03:07 PM ET

Ringo Starr: 'Vatican has more to talk about than the Beatles'

The Vatican may have forgiven the Beatles over the weekend for their "satanic" messages - but Ringo Starr, the legendary band's drummer, says he couldn't care less.

In a tribute published to mark the 40th anniversary of the breakup of the band, who singer John Lennon once claimed were "more popular than Jesus," the Vatican newspaper "L'Osservatore Romano" said it had forgiven them and called them a "precious jewel."

But Starr told CNN: "Didn't the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic - and they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles."

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Culture & Science

April 12th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

Vatican overhauls sex abuse case procedures

The Vatican is overhauling its rules on how it handles accusations of sexual abuse by priests, it said Monday, without giving any details.

The powerful Catholic Church body that handles such allegations has been working on updating the 2001 rules "for some time," the Vatican said.

It published a new summary of its procedures on sexual abuse cases Monday, as it fights the perception that it has tried to hush up abuse in the past. The summary said the overhaul is taking place.

The church has been badly shaken by allegations of widespread child abuse by clergy in deeply Catholic Ireland, and hundreds of people who say they were abused have come forward in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

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Filed under: Catholic Church

April 12th, 2010
02:50 PM ET

Shroud of Turin on display

The shroud of Turin, which some Christians believe is Jesus Christ's burial cloth, went on public display Saturday for the first time since it was restored in 2002.

About 2 million people - including Pope Benedict XVI - are expected to view the shroud while it's on view at the Turin Cathedral for the next six weeks.

The shroud, which bears the image of a face that some Christians say is Jesus', was restored eight years ago to remove a patchwork repair done by 16th-century nuns after the cloth was damaged in a fire.

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Filed under: Catholic Church

April 12th, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Deaf, but not silent: Priest abuse victim speaks out

Arthur Budzinski wiped away the tear running down his cheek.

He had just returned from the basement, where he was talking to Gary Smith, a longtime friend and former classmate.

The two men, both deaf, feverishly gestured to one another in sign language over a videophone, discussing the recently released documents relating to a Milwaukee priest molesting students - the same priest they said had molested them.

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Filed under: Catholic Church

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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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