October 15th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

Catholic candidates diverge in how they weigh faith and law

(CNN)–Father Thomas Reese speaks with CNN's Ashleigh Banfield on the Catholic VP candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, and how they weigh faith and split on abortion.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church

Sculpting gods from clay
October 15th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Sculpting gods from clay

(CNN)–For centuries, artisans have been crafting statues of Hindu deities on the banks of the Hooghly River in Kolkata, India.

Italian photographer Albertina d'Urso recently visited the historic Kumartuli district in the West Bengal capital.

"I think they enjoy their work because they know the idols they create will be enjoyed by others, but most of all because it is creative and handmade work," she said. "It would not be the same if it was a modern factory."

Read the full story from CNN Photos.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Culture & Science • Hinduism

October 15th, 2012
01:47 PM ET

Spiritual, but not religious

(CNN)–In this week's Faces of Faith, Randi Kaye asks, 'Do we need religion to have faith?'

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Spirituality • TV-CNN Newsroom

October 15th, 2012
04:48 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, October 15

By Arielle Hawkins, 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.

From the Blog:

From 1948 to 1961, research and newly shared personal stories revealed anti-Jewish bias at the Emory School of Dentistry.

CNN: Shining light on Emory's 'reign of terror' prompts healing – and, for one man, questions
The late Irving Shulman was the only Jewish man to enter Emory University’s School of Dentistry in 1948. That was the same year someone else came to the school: the newly appointed dean, John E. Buhler. After one academic year, Shulman flunked out. Buhler stayed on for 13 years, leading what some Jewish students would refer to as a “reign of terror.” Between 1948 and 1961, when Buhler left, 65% of Jewish students either failed out or were forced to repeat up to two years of coursework in the four-year program.

CNN: Rabbis seek to cancel New York City regulation of circumcision ritual
New York City's plan to limit an ultra-Orthodox Jewish form of circumcision is the target of a lawsuit filed in federal District Court in Manhattan. The regulation, passed in September by the city's Department of Health, requires all rabbis, called "mohels" in the context of the ritual, to get parental consent on a form stating that the procedure can lead to health risks.


- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Uncategorized

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