January 13th, 2011
11:00 PM ET

Wisconsin school finds 340 year old bible

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A 340-year-old discovery has put a small Lutheran school and church in Bonduel, Wisconsin, on the world map.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • United States

January 13th, 2011
10:51 AM ET

Police: Two clerics in Pakistan allegedly inspired governor's killing

Police in Pakistan are searching for two hard-line Muslim clerics who allegedly inspired the assassin of a liberal politician gunned down last week, a police official told CNN.

The clerics' names appear in a confession statement delivered to a judge by Muhammad Mumtaz Qadir, the gunman who killed Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer, said deputy Islamabad police chief Bin Yamin.

Qadir was serving as one of Taseer's security guards when he fired more than 20 bullets at his boss in broad daylight outside an upscale Islamabad shopping plaza.

In his statement, Qadir credited Sunni clerics Mufti Haneef Qureshi and Imtiaz Shah for motivating him to kill Taseer after the politician spoke out against Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws, police said.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Belief • Islam • Pakistan • Violence

January 13th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Police face off with Christian protesters in Cairo

From Ian Lee, For CNN

More than 1,000 police officers shut Cairo's Mansheyit Nasr district Wednesday after clashing with hundreds of Christian protesters.

Rocks and shards of glass littered the street as helmeted police carrying riot shields and nightsticks stood guard.

Officials on the scene offered no explanation as to the cause of the protest. Journalists were restricted from entering the area. Wounded officers were seen being helped to leave the area.

Injuries were reported on both sides, but numbers could not be confirmed.

Police were also seen dragging protesters away.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Coptic • Egypt • Violence

January 13th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

Not all in northern Sudan embrace Islamic law

Many southerners are voting for an independent Sudan this week, thirsting for freedom from the north. They equate sharia or Islamic law that President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to strengthen with slavery.

Al-Bashir has declared that if Southern Sudan votes in favor of separation, sharia will become the main source of Sudan's Constitution, Islam the state religion and Arabic the official language.

Many in the north are embracing al-Bashir's pledge.

Newspaper publisher Al-Tayib Mustafa said he will be happy to see his nation break in two. Islam, he said, comes above all else.

"When the south goes, then the north will be Muslim," he said. "For a Muslim, unity is not as important as religion. Sharia is religion. Sharia is Islam."

Read the full story here about Sharia law uproar in Sudan.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Church and state • Islam • Muslim

January 13th, 2011
08:35 AM ET

John Paul beatification news could come Friday, reports say

By Richard Allen Greene and Hada Messia, CNN

The Vatican could announce as soon as Friday that the late Pope John Paul II is to be beatified, putting him on the verge of sainthood,  several Italian newspapers reported this week.

Catholic Church officials have credited him with a miracle, Il Giornale  reported Thursday, and all that remains is for the pope to confirm it. The  newspaper La Repubblica carried a similar report. Neither story named its  sources.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi refused to confirm the news,  but said it was "reasonable to expect it" if the Catholic cardinal in charge of  the beatification process had an audience with Pope Benedict XVI on Friday.

The pope's daily audiences are normally announced at noon on the day they  take place.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Pope Benedict XVI • Uncategorized • Vatican

January 13th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

My Take: Haiti’s earthquake, one year later

Editor’s Note: Kent Annan is the co-director of Haiti Partners, the author of “After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World is Shaken” (InterVarsity Press, 2011), and blogs at http://www.kentannan.com.

by Kent Annan, Special to CNN

On January 12, 2010, so much came crashing down in Haiti—on people who lost their lives, on people who lost everything but their lives. And it was only the beginning of the suffering.

A year later, it’s easy to make a list of urgent, intertwined needs: security, jobs, government (including a mired election), corruption, infrastructure, health/cholera, food, education, environment, a million people still homeless, the release of international aid, and so on. There is some progress and also much reason for frustration.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Church • Opinion

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