December 12th, 2012
01:02 PM ET

Chemical thrown on rabbi who advocated for abuse victims, lawyer says

By Rande Iaboni, CNN

New York (CNN) - An outspoken advocate for child sexual abuse victims in a tightknit Orthodox Jewish neighborhood was assaulted this week when a chemical he believes to be bleach was thrown in his face, according to his attorney.

Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg was walking the streets of his Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg on Tuesday when a man threw the chemical on his face, causing his eyes and face to burn, said Abe George, the rabbi's attorney.

The assault happened a day after the conviction of Nechemya Weberman, a prominent community member in the conservative Satmar Hasidic community, was found guilty of sexually abusing a girl over a period of three years.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Judaism • Sex abuse

Pope Benedict sends first personal tweet
The pope sends out his first tweet from his own account on Wednesday.
December 12th, 2012
10:32 AM ET

Pope Benedict sends first personal tweet

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

(CNN) - The wait is over for Pope Benedict XVI's many Twitter followers, and they have been quick to respond to the much anticipated first tweet from his personal account Wednesday morning.

Using the handle @Pontifex - meaning "bridge builder" in Latin - he posted: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart."

A flood of tweets expressing joy, admiration, antagonism and skepticism followed from the Twitterverse, not to mention a fair few jokes.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

December 12th, 2012
04:56 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, December 12

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:

CNN: My Take: Let's protect religious counselors amid 'conversion therapy' debate
Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World, explains why the religious community should fight for clients and psychiatrists’ right to receive and provide conversion therapy to alter homosexuality.

Tweet of the Day:

[tweet https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/278808536404852736%5D

Pope Benedict XVI's first tweet.


- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Uncategorized

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