June 27th, 2010
05:08 PM ET

Church banner clash at gay pride parade

In this week's Faces of Faith segment, seen every Sunday morning on CNN, CNN correspondent Susan Candiotti profiles a conflict at a Catholic church in New York. For years a parishioners marched in the annual gay pride parade with their church's name on the banner. This year church officials asked them not too.

Full coverage of this story here.

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Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Culture wars • Gay rights • Homosexuality

June 27th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

Pope deplores abuse raid on Belgium church HQ

(CNN) - A raid at the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Belgium by police investigating child abuse was "deplorable," Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday.

The pope expressed his "closeness and solidarity in this moment of sadness, in which, with certain surprising and deplorable methods, the searches were carried out" in a letter to the head of the Belgian Bishops Conference, Andre Joseph Leonard.

Police were searching for documents related to allegations of child abuse, a spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor said Thursday.

The Vatican said Friday it was shocked by the raids, alleging that two cardinals' tombs were violated in the raids in the town of Mechelen.

"We also express our regret at some of the infringement of confidentiality, that those victims on whose name the raid were conducted have the right to," the Vatican said in its statement Friday.

See the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Leaders • Pope Benedict XVI

June 27th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Prayers in the Gulf

It's Sunday morning and residents in in four states are waking up to another day of prayer.  Last Sunday, Louisiana's legislature had designated the day as a day of prayer.  The governors of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama have declared today a day of prayer across the Gulf.

In CNN's oil spill coverage there's a great article by Belief Blog contributor Jessica Ravitz about the Vietnamese fishing community in the Gulf. She spoke with Rev Vien Nguyen, a major force in the community and the priest at Mary Queen of Vietnam church in New Orleans East.

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Filed under: Catholic Church

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