September 9th, 2011
02:25 PM ET

Explaining the 9/11 ceremony controversy

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - The controversy continues in New York over how to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

On Thursday, HLN's Joy Behar tackled the issue with a priest, a rabbi and an imam.

Religious leaders from across the spectrum have criticized the city's decision not to include clergy or any formal prayer, saying faith played an important role in the recovery from the tragedy.


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Filed under: 9/11

Mel Gibson to produce movie about Jewish icon
Mel Gibson is set to produce a film about a Jewish icon
September 9th, 2011
11:24 AM ET

Mel Gibson to produce movie about Jewish icon

(CNN) - For his next project, Mel Gibson is setting his sights on a film about a Jewish hero, according to Deadline.

The embattled actor, who's come under fire for making anti-Semitic remarks, has teamed up with Warner Bros. to create a movie about Judah Maccabee, a famed warrior in Jewish history. (Warner Bros. is owned by the same parent company as CNN.)

Gibson is set to produce the film through his Icon Productions company, and will decide on whether to direct or act in the feature after the script is completed. Joe Eszterhas ("Basic Instinct," "Showgirls") is attached to pen the script, which, according to Deadline, will also have input from Gibson.

Read the fulls story on CNN's Marquee Blog
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Filed under: Bible • Judaism • Movies

September 9th, 2011
11:08 AM ET

Family credits Virgin Mary statue for saving their house from wildfire

(CNN)– Wildfires are raging in Texas.  At the Garcia's home in Montgomery County, Texas the fire line comes right up to a statue of the Virgin Mary.  The family tells CNN affiliate KTRK they believe the statue helped saved their home.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Texas • United States • Virgin Mary

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.