June 10th, 2010
02:19 PM ET

Anti-Islam party's success worries Dutch Muslims

Opinion polls had predicted the anti-Muslim Party for Freedom would do well in Dutch elections this week - but not this well.

Led by the controversial politician Geert Wilders, the party nearly tripled its representation in parliament, from 9 seats to 24, according to exit polls.

That has Dutch Muslims worried.

"We are all concerned now. It's like we are not welcome any more," said Ibraham Spalburg, the head of SPIOR, an umbrella organization of Muslim groups around the Dutch city of Rotterdam.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Islam • Politics

June 10th, 2010
11:39 AM ET

Empire State Building declines to light up for Mother Teresa

CNN's Mythili Rao reports from New York:

August marks what would have been Mother Teresa's 100th birthday, with commemorative masses, exhibitions and other events around the world heralding the occasion. But count the Empire State Building out of the celebrations.

New York City's tallest skyscraper has declined to shine the colorful, festive lights that it reserves for special occasions in her honor, leaving some of the nun's followers feeling slighted.

"Selection as an Empire State Building Lighting Partner is at the sole discretion of the ownership and management of the Empire State Building Company LLC," the privately owned building's website says. The site says that selection is "a privilege, not an entitlement."


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Culture wars

June 10th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

The real Anglican/Episcopal fight?

Think the issue that’s threatening to tear the Anglican Communion apart is a debate over homosexuality? Author Diana Butler Bass says you’re wrong.

Bass offers a provocative take on the “real reason” for the Episcopal Church’s clash with the Anglican Communion on her Beliefnet blog.

The divide burst into public view in 2004 when the Episcopal Church confirmed the ordination of its first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson. The chasm widened last month when an Episcopal diocese in California consecrated a lesbian bishop.


- CNN Writer

Filed under: Anglican • Belief • Christianity • Church • Culture wars • Episcopal • Homosexuality

June 10th, 2010
06:41 AM ET

Priest gathering overshadowed by church sex abuse scandal

By Paula Newton, CNN

For a second day Thursday, thousands of priests from around the world are gathered in Rome for a conference to mark the end of the "Year of the Priest."

But even in song and prayer, these priests cannot deny the utter sadness that has consumed their vocation this year. Accusations that the Catholic Church has covered up the criminal misdeeds of some priests have shocked the faithful.

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

June 10th, 2010
06:29 AM ET

How should the pope address sex abuse scandal?

Thousands of priests from around the globe have gathered in Rome this week to mark the end of the Vatican's Year for Priests, and Pope Benedict XVI is expected to address the church sex abuse scandal during the event.

We've asked five crisis communication experts to give their advice on how the pope should handle the issue.

- Associate Producer

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

June 10th, 2010
05:38 AM ET

Arizona charges dismissed against polygamist sect leader

A judge dismissed charges against polygamist leader Warren Jeffs on Wednesday after the Mohave County, Arizona, prosecutor requested they be thrown out, citing "much more serious charges" against Jeffs in Texas and the desire of his alleged victims that he "face these more serious charges as soon as possible."

Jeffs, the leader and "prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had been awaiting trial in Arizona on four charges of being an accomplice to sexual conduct with a minor.

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Fundamentalism

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