November 24th, 2010
03:11 PM ET

Priest accused of hiring hitman

Dallas police say a priest arrested on charges of sexual abuse allegedly hired a hit man to kill his accuser. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

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Filed under: Courts • Violence

November 24th, 2010
08:56 AM ET

Pope raises possibility of resignation in book

A pope not only should, but must resign if he is not able to carry out his duties, Pope Benedict XVI says in a wide-ranging new book out Tuesday.

If the head of the Roman Catholic Church is "physically, psychologically or spiritually" unable to carry out his duties, he has not just a right but an obligation to step down, the pope says.

No pope has resigned in nearly 600 years.

Benedict is 83 years old and apparently in good health.

His predecessor, John Paul II, served until his death despite becoming so physically frail in his later years that it was difficult to hear him speak.

Benedict's comments on resignation come in a book which has been making headlines for its revelation that the pope may consider the use of condoms morally justified in some circumstances.

He says there may be a case for prostitutes to use them to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Books • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

Muslim life in Killeen, Texas one year after Fort Hood shooting
November 24th, 2010
08:19 AM ET

Muslim life in Killeen, Texas one year after Fort Hood shooting

Editor's Note: By CNN's Robert Howell in Killeen, Texas. In March, CNN's Soledad O'Brien will be premiering a documentary about being Muslim in America, looking at the controversy over the building of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. See more here.

When Wagdi Mabrouk heard the news about the shootings on Ft. Hood he remembers thinking how close he was to the alleged shooter.

"Nidal Hassan, I knew him very well. I prayed right beside him."

Mabrouk, a retired command Sergeant Major was overseas for work on Nov. 5, 2009 when Major Nidal Hassan allegedly opened fire on this base of over 50,000 soldiers. Though so far away, the news hit very close to home.

"It happened right outside our backdoor, it was unbelievable, it was just unbelievable. It just took us by surprise," Mabrouk said.

The deadly shooting of fellow soldiers by one of his own Muslim brothers is something he has struggled with. Something he knows tore at the fabric of this tight-knit Army town.


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Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam • Military • Mosque • Muslim

CeCe Winans at gospel competition
November 24th, 2010
07:20 AM ET

CeCe Winans: 'The world needs good news'

Editor's note: CNN's Gabe La Monica recently interviewed gospel singer CeCe Winans. La Monica caught up with Winans at Verizon's "How Sweet the Sound" gospel competition in Washington as she was planning to head to Ghana. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation:

La Monica: You're a woman of God, a woman of faith, and you've been singing gospel since you were 6 years old?

Winans: Oh, probably as long as I've been living; my first solo was probably when I was about 8.

La Monica: Has your faith always been integral to your music?

Winans: Yes, yes, it always has. ... It started out in church, but you know you come to a point, probably when I was a teenager, when you begin to really understand what being a person of faith really means.


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Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • Music

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