November 7th, 2010
12:53 PM ET

Nuns get $220,000 from sale of rare baseball card

Editor's Note: CNN's Phil Gast brings us this story.

Years after his death, baseball legend Honus Wagner hit a home run for a group of nuns, who will use proceeds from the sale of his extremely rare baseball card to do charitable work.

Texas-based Heritage Auctions conducted the internet auction, which concluded Thursday night with a winning bid from Doug Walton, whose family owns seven stores in the Southeast specializing in sports cards and collectibles.

"I have been in the market for this card for a long time," Walton told CNN. "It is the Mona Lisa of baseball cards."

Walton paid $262,900, Heritage said, with $220,000 of that going to the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The card's price beat initial estimates by $162,900.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Business • Catholic Church • Sports

November 7th, 2010
12:39 PM ET

Homeless church fights to hang on

Editor's Note: CNN's John Murgatroyd brings us this report from Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta’s Urban Foursquare Church is facing a problem that many of its parishioners already deal with: homelessness.

Pastor Mark Anthony Mitchell started the church in Lakewood, one of Atlanta’s poorest neighborhoods.

“We’re about the heartfelt needs of the poor and underclass,” he said.

Mitchell rents an abandoned church that is for sale. The congregation is months behind in the rent and facing eviction.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Georgia • Houses of worship • United States

November 7th, 2010
07:16 AM ET

Pope urges Spain to shun secularism

Pope Benedict XVI defended religion from  critics Sunday as he dedicated the Sagrada Familia church, a still-unfinished  emblem of the Spanish city of Barcelona.

"This is the great task before us: to show everyone that God is a God of  peace not of violence, of freedom not of coercion, of harmony not of discord,"  he said.

And he pushed back against what he sees as increasing secularism in the  world, saying, "I consider that the dedication of this church of the Sagrada  Familia is an event of great importance, at a time in which man claims to be  able to build his life without God, as if God had nothing to say to him."

He also defended the traditional family, after Spain's Socialist  government legalized same-sex marriage.

"The generous and indissoluble love of a man and a woman is the effective  context and foundation of human life in its gestation, birth, growth and  natural end," he said.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Gay marriage • Homosexuality • Pope Benedict XVI • Spain

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