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April 26th, 2010
03:49 PM ET

Opinion: No-name radicals vs. 'South Park' just a distraction

Free speech issues and portrayals of Islam needlessly stirred a hornet's nest recently when "South Park" depicted the Prophet Mohammed disguised in a bear suit in the 200th episode of the popular Comedy Central TV show.

But what many people don't realize is that the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, already used an image of Mohammed on "South Park" without any strife whatsoever in a July 2001 episode called "Super Best Friends."

Read the full commentary by human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science • Islam • Opinion

April 26th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Green monastery heavenly for Benedictine sisters

Green living is a spiritual calling for a group of Christian women in the upper Midwest. Call it a heavenly approach to being good stewards of the Earth.

While most people don't think about sustainable buildings in a spiritual light, the Benedictine Women of Madison, Wisconsin, believe they should.

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science

April 26th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Pope's UK visit on despite 'foolish' condom memo

Pope Benedict XVI will not call off a trip to Great Britain despite a leaked Foreign Office memo that made "foolish" suggestions about things he could do while there, the pope's spokesman reiterated on Monday.

"As far as the Vatican is concerned, the case is closed. There never was the slightest doubt about the trip," the Rev. Federico Lombardi told CNN.

What did the Foreign Office memo say? Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Leaders • Politics

April 26th, 2010
10:36 AM ET

Obama meets, prays with Rev. Billy Graham

President Obama prayed Sunday with the Rev. Billy Graham at Graham's mountaintop home before leaving North Carolina to attend the memorial service for 29 West Virginia coal miners killed in a recent explosion.

Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Graham at his family home, according to Graham spokesman Larry Ross. He is the 12th president, dating back to Harry Truman, to meet with the so-called "pastor to the presidents."

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Leaders • Politics

April 26th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

Judge to attend grandson's bar mitzvah after all

A South African judge who said he planned to skip his grandson's bar mitzvah because of expected protests over the judge's role in a report that was critical of Israel has now decided to attend the event, he said Sunday.

The judge, Richard Goldstone, authored a United Nations report on the 2008-2009 war in Gaza that accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes.

Read the full post on CNN's news blog, This Just In

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Judaism • Uncategorized

April 26th, 2010
10:17 AM ET

The force behind church abuse cases

The last month has seen a blizzard of new sex abuse accusations against the Catholic Church from across the United States. Almost all of them - and the intense media attention they've garnered - can be traced to one man: a Minnesota lawyer named Jeff Anderson.

Last week, an alleged victim of priest abuse in Wisconsin announced a lawsuit against the Vatican itself. Anderson is representing the alleged victim.

A couple of days earlier, a Mexican man who alleged abuse by a priest years ago filed suit against Mexico's top Catholic cleric in a U.S. court. The plaintiff is another Anderson client.

And throughout April, new documents have come to light suggesting that the current pope may have played down warnings about abusive priests in the United States. Those documents came from Anderson's St. Paul, Minnesota, office.

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Leaders

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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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