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

- CNN.com Senior Producer

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

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.

- CNN Belief Blog

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.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church

June 26th, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Survey: 4 in 10 say Jesus is coming back by 2050

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released a new survey this week that looks at the year 2050. Of note to followers of the Belief Blog is 41% of people surveyed believe Jesus is coming back by the year 2050.

"...the public is divided over whether Jesus Christ will return to earth by 2050. About four-in-ten (41%) expect Jesus Christ to return while slightly more (46%) say this will definitely or probably not happen. Opinions about the return of Jesus Christ are little changed from 1999 when 44% said it would definitely or probably happen."


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Jesus

June 25th, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Documentary attempts to answer life’s biggest questions

Roger Nygard was seven years old when he first realized he was going to die.

He had found the entry on tuberculosis inside his family’s medical encyclopedia one day and it appeared that he was exhibiting all the symptoms noted in the book: coughing, fatigue, and sleepiness.

The young Nygard aptly put on his winter suit on that cold Minnesota night and went outside by the lake across from his home to wait for death to come. After twenty minutes though, his feet got cold and he decided to go back inside to have dinner.

You can see a trailer for the documentary here.

- CNN Video Assistant

Filed under: Atheism • Buddhism • Christianity • Confucianism • Culture & Science • Faith • Interfaith issues • Traditions

June 25th, 2010
01:51 PM ET

My take: The economic draft

Editor's Note: Shane Claiborne is an author and activist and one of the architects of a community in Philadelphia called The Simple Way. Shane worked in India alongside Mother Teresa and has spent time in Iraq with the Christian Peacemaker Team during the recent war. His books include Jesus for President, Follow Me to Freedom, and bestselling Irresistible Revolution. Check out more at: www.thesimpleway.org.

By Shane Claiborne, Special to CNN

It’s been graduation season here in Philadelphia. Cars honking, people yelling, balloons everywhere … Folks in my neighborhood know how to celebrate a graduation, because it means that some teenager has beaten the odds, and triumphed over all the obstacles.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Opinion

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