By Laura Koran, CNN
Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.
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CNN: Romney to deliver Liberty University commencement speech
Mitt Romney will deliver the commencement address at the evangelical Christian university led by Jerry Falwell, Jr., Liberty University said in a Thursday post to their website. The school, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, will host the likely GOP nominee for their May 12 graduation.
CNN: Vatican blasts American nuns, calls for reforms
The Vatican is turning up the heat on a group of nuns it says are operating outside of the Roman Catholic Church's doctrines. The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the church’s doctrinal watchdog, on Wednesday announced the conclusion of a years-long “doctrinal assessment” investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 80% of the Catholic nuns in the United States. The “assessment reveals serious doctrinal problems,” said the report, which called for major reforms.
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Reuters: Merkel ally says Islam not part of Germany
A leading member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said on Thursday that Islam did not belong to Germany, remarks sure to stir controversy as the government hosts a conference to improve the integration of Muslims.
Religion News Service: Young ‘Millennials’ losing faith in record numbers
A growing tide of young Americans is drifting away from the religions of their childhood - and most of them are ending up in no religion at all. One in four young adults choose “unaffiliated” when asked about their religion, according to a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs.
ABC News: Four Muslim Men Say Texas IHOP Franchise Fired Them for Religion and Nationality
Four former managers of IHOP restaurants in Texas are fighting the owner of the franchise they worked for in court, claiming they were wrongfully terminated based on their "nationality and religion."
Catholic News Agency: Vatican's UN observer says Americans must defend global religious liberty
American Catholics must defend authentic religious freedom around the world to prevent the threat of religious persecution at home, said the head Vatican representative to the United Nations. “What is at stake here is the future of humanity itself,” underscored Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, who serves as the Holy See’s permanent observer to the U.N.
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They really wanted to create a universe parallel to our own. They wanted to reinvent creation. And in that universe, in that creation, a new language was invented, a new attitude towards human being, a new God. An S.S. man was God. We had no right to look at an S.S. man in the face, because you cannot look into God's face and remain alive.
Elie Wiesel recounts his story of life in the Nazi concentration camps to Bill Moyers on Holocaust Remembrance Day in 1991. Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, which occurred 69 years ago Thursday.
CNN: My Take: 7 life lessons from a Holocaust survivor
Caroline Stoessinger, a concert pianist and author, recounts the lessons she learned from her friend Alice Herz-Sommers, who is the world's oldest survivor of the Holocaust.
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CNN: New Bible translation aims at 'own it but haven't read it' demo
The "own it but haven't read it" demographic is his target market, says Capes, who teaches the New Testament at Houston Baptist University and was part of a team that compiled "The Voice," a new translation of the King James Bible. Capes told CNN that the motivation behind the translation, seven years in the making, was to emphasize the meaning behind the words.