May 15th, 2011
05:29 PM ET

Evangelist Billy Graham is released from the hospital

(CNN) - Evangelist Billy Graham was at home Sunday after being discharged from an Asheville, North Carolina, hospital where he was treated for pneumonia, the hospital said.

The 92-year old minister was admitted to the Mission Hospital early on Wednesday and returned to his home in the nearby town of Montreat, North Carolina, Sunday afternoon. His physicians said Graham's response to treatment has been good, but stressed his recovery will be slow.

"He has responded very well to treatment, with progressive improvement since his admission," said Lucian Rice, Graham's primary care physician. "We expect continuing recuperation at home with very gradual recovery, returning to normal activities over several weeks. I'm delighted that he has come back this fast."

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • North Carolina • United States

State TV: 2 dead and 60 injured in clashes involving Coptics in Cairo
Egyptian riot police were deployed and created a human barrier between the men and the demonstrators.
May 15th, 2011
07:30 AM ET

State TV: 2 dead and 60 injured in clashes involving Coptics in Cairo

From Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, For CNN

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) - Violence erupted in the Cairo neighborhood of Maspero when pro-Coptic protesters clashed with unidentified men, leaving at least two people dead and 60 injured, state TV reported early Sunday.

The demonstrators initially staged a sit-in in front of the state TV building to demand greater rights for the religious minority.

Problems between Egypt's Muslim majority and its Coptic Christian minority have been on the rise in recent months, with a number of violent clashes reported between the two groups.

Dozens of unidentified men, dressed in plain clothes, began firing live ammunition into the air and attacking the demonstrators around the entrance of the sit-in enclosure with sticks and stones. They also threw Molotov cocktails. It was not immediately clear who the attackers were or what their motive was.

"They did not have beards. It was just a bunch of bad guys carrying guns and clubs," said Maged Girguis, a pro-Coptic protester.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Coptic • Egypt • Violence

May 15th, 2011
07:28 AM ET

U.S. imams arrested for alleged Pakistani Taliban links

Miami (CNN) - Two South Florida imams and a third family member were arrested Saturday on charges of providing support to the Pakistani Taliban, the Justice Department said.

In addition, three others in Pakistan were also indicted on the same charges.

FBI agents arrested Hafiz Khan and his son Izhar Khan in South Florida, the department said. They are expected to make their initial court appearance in federal court Monday.

Another of Hafiz Khan's sons, Irfan Khan, was arrested in Los Angeles and will appear in court there.

Also charged are three Pakistani residents: Ali Rehman, Alam Zeb and Amina Khan. Amina Khan is Hafiz Khan's daughter, and Zeb is his grandson.

Read the indictment (pdf).

Read the full story here about the arrested imams.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Florida • Islam • United States

Call for more church sign iReports
May 15th, 2011
07:23 AM ET

Call for more church sign iReports

This church sign photo comes to us courtesy of CNN Photojournalist Jim Castel. He snapped it at the First Southern Baptist Church while on assignment in Hurricane, Utah.

Remember: we're looking for your pictures of church/temple/mosque signs.

If you've got a good one, post it as a CNN iReport and we'll feature the best ones on the Belief Blog.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief

My Take: How technology could bring down the church
May 15th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

My Take: How technology could bring down the church

Editor's Note: Lisa Miller, formerly the religion editor at Newsweek, is the author of “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife,” recently released in paperback.

By Lisa Miller, Special to CNN

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, and Bible publishers are ostentatiously commemorating the landmark by producing an abundance of gorgeous doorstops. Leather bound Bibles. Two-volume sets. Replicas of the 1611 version complete with “original” illustrations.

The hoopla is entirely justified, since the King James Bible revolutionized Bible reading, bringing Scripture into a common vernacular for the first time for the English-speaking world.

It is not too much to say that the King James Bible - mass produced as it was, thanks to a new technology called the printing press - democratized religion by taking it out of the hands of the clerical few and giving it to the many.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Opinion • Technology

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May 2011