June 28th, 2010
04:30 PM ET

Pope reprimands cardinal over sex abuse criticism

Pope Benedict XVI slapped down Cardinal Christoph Schonborn on Monday over comments earlier this year in which he was seen as criticizing a fellow cardinal.

Schonborn - the archbishop of Vienna, Austria, and a former student of the pope - had said that  Cardinal Angelo Sodano had blocked an investigation of sexual abuse charges against a former archbishop of Vienna, according to the Catholic News Service.  Sodano was the Vatican's secretary of state at the time.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Traditions

June 28th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

Secularist billboard defaced

It was meant to be controversial: a billboard campaign with the message "One Nation Indivisible," purposely leaving out the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegience. Over the weekend, vandals replaced those words on one of the signs with spray paint. Full story

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Filed under: Belief • Culture wars

June 28th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

Tennessee mosque opens its doors to counter protests

A mosque outside Nashville, Tennessee, recently opened its doors to the community to help ease concerns over a proposed 52,000-square-foot Islamic center, according to CNN affiliate WKRN.

People of all faiths gathered at the open house, supporting the message of religious tolerance. But the proposed center is not sitting well with two Congressional candidates who issued statements explaining their concerns. Full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam

June 28th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Will Supreme Court decision ignite another religious debate?

A Supreme Court ruling today against a Christian campus group that barred students who don’t share its views on marriage may have settled a legal question, but the debate may rage on.

The court took the case after the Christian Legal Society sued a California law school that denied it official recognition because the society limited its core membership to those who share its beliefs on faith and marriage.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Courts • Culture wars • Education • Homosexuality • Uncategorized

June 28th, 2010
11:57 AM ET

A Buddhist celebration in Sri Lanka

Editors Note: CNN Assignment Editor Maggie Mazzetti recently returned from Sri Lanka and filed this report.

The sharp crack of fireworks punctuated the night sky and drew my attention to the other side of the street.  People who had gathered to watch the Vesak ceremony quickly moved out of the way as a shower of sparks rained down onto the sidewalk.

About 10 yards down the road, a second firework erupted, sending another group scrambling for cover.  Over the loud speaker, the droning chant of the Buddhist monks inside the main temple grew louder.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Buddhism • Holidays

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