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August 21st, 2013
08:46 AM ET

Vatican to say next month when John Paul II, John XXIII will become saints

By Jason Hanna and Hada Messia, CNN

(CNN) - The Roman Catholic Church will announce next month the date when the late popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized, Vatican Radio reported Wednesday.

The canonization dates for the two former pontiffs will be announced on September 30, the radio service reported, citing Cardinal Angelo Amato.

Pope Francis announced last month that his two 20th century predecessors would be declared saints.

John Paul was pope from 1978 until his death in 2005, drawing vast crowds as he crisscrossed the globe. The third-longest-serving pope in history, died at the age of 84 after suffering from Parkinson's disease, arthritis and other ailments for several years.

Pope John XXIII was famed for calling the Second Vatican Council in 1962, which ushered in great changes in the Roman Catholic Church's relationship with the modern world. He was pope from 1958 to 1963.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope • Pope John Paul II • Vatican

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    August 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  2. Lionly Lamb

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuUBCF3KKxc&w=640&h=360]

    August 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Goldwang

      You're an idiot.

      August 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
      • Lionly Lamb

        [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lWzTvdtEx0&w=640&h=360]

        August 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
  3. Bootyfunk

    very inspiring.
    John Paul II will be Saint Touchy-Feely
    and John XXIII will be Saint This Is Going To Be Our Little Secret

    August 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • Doobs

      Mother Teresa can be Saint I Don't Care If You're Dying, No Morphine For You.

      August 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
  4. patrick harris

    why are they making him a saint? why not just make him the new jesus christ? its all fake anyways

    August 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
  5. John Stefanyszyn

    Both embraced and confessed the righteousnes in their eyes of "religious freedom".
    BUT "RELIGIOUS FREEDOM" dictates that it is RIGHT to be free to worship any god...since all are equal in the eyes of FREEDOM ( the god of fortresses).

    This denies the Preeminence of the One and Only Creator.
    This denies that Christ is the Son of the One and Only God.
    This denies that Christ is the Only True Way.

    But it is Only Christ that will rule according to the Will of the One Creator Father and not according to man's love for his "freedom" will.

    There will be weeping and there will be anger when man's "religious freedom" will be taken away.

    August 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      fairy tales sure are fun...

      August 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  6. bostontola

    From Lawrence: "to say that God doesn’t exist is to say that our universe came into existence by blind chance. Either there is a God who created the universe and sovereignly rules His creation, or everything was caused by blind chance. The two ideas are mutually exclusive. If God rules, there’s no room for chance"

    If only things were so simple. Lawrence makes assertion after assertion with no basis. While he is free to do so, it reveals a lot about his thought process. Too many religious people have this flaw. Don't be so sure of your model of the universe, the universe is much more complex than that.

    There is absolutely no reason chance creation and god are mutually exclusive. They are mutually exclusive in a Christian model, but that model is riddled with inconsistencies and outright errors, you can't trust that model. If there is a god, it could have been created by the universe.

    August 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I suppose a god, if it were really a god, could have created itself. Anyway, Christians are always trying to catch up with the evolving implications of what they think they believe taken together with what they learn about the sort of reality we live in – and they do learn. Somehow it all has to fit together, the God of Israel and its strange rambling story together with modern science. They have to build what Michael Shermer called logic-tight compartments to wall off the conflicting ideas they have to live with.

      August 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
      • bostontola

        Not to mention another hypothetical scenario that is fanciful, that if there was a god prior to this observable universe, it may have wanted random chance to be part of it, so it created all possible universes knowing this one would emerge. Again, chance and god are not mutually exclusive.

        To assert that is to be so arrogant, you think you know all god's intentions.

        August 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      Boston wrote, "If there is a god, it could have been created by the universe."

      How many big bang created universes does it take to establish a realm of such extreme size that a mega-celestial cosmos will be its outcome..? Does this take away from our simplified celestial cosmos of ordinary big bang universes or are we to suppose our universe is all that there is within the vastness of Spatially Infinite Nothingness..?

      August 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
      • bostontola

        Lionly,
        Good questions, I wish I knew the answers. I can tell you there are scientists looking for ways to test those hypotheses.

        August 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Boston...

          I thank you kindly for not trashing my questions and laying waste to my thoughts... From what I know there is a push coming from astronomers to build a space telescope consisting of say 4 or so satellites to give science such a bigger view of space outside of that which now view... I think they are calling it a spatial telescope interferometer..?

          August 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
        • bostontola

          Lionly,
          There are interferometer concepts, I don't think any are budgeted for production. There is the James Webb in production. It will answer many questions and I'm sure raise more. There is an excellent You Tube video created by a young man, search on awesomeness telescope and it will pop up.

          August 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Boston...

          I viewed the video... The interferometer I long ago heard of was 4 or so satellite telescopes spread out in such a way as to collectively pin point areas within space where we see darkness much like the Hubble did but one time (I think)... This Webb telescope sounds awesome..! But if it somehow fails we cannot go and repair it... 😦

          August 21, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
        • bostontola

          Lionly,
          You're right, the L2 point is about a million miles away, no repair missions to there. They have to get it right the first shot.

          August 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
      • LEMMIWINKS

        OH SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY

        August 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  7. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized. Will they be bronzed first?

    August 21, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      Frozen in carbonite.

      August 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • Doobs

      Stuffed and mounted on plywood.

      August 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
  8. The Real Tom

    Lionly Lame, do you EVER shut up?

    August 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • Roemini

      No. No, he doesn't. And he doesn't know how to write coherently, either.

      August 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      The "real" tom? As opposed to what?

      August 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
    • Doobs

      TRT, long time no read! Nice to have you back, if even just temporarily.

      August 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  9. Age of Reason

    .."Jesus" is irrelevant, as he NEVER existed, so DO NOT believe in HIM!"

    August 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      For someone to have never existed His martyrdom has had a long lasting effect upon civilizations continuum..

      August 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
      • Roemini

        Jesus wasn't martyred for his religion. He was executed because he was a criminal in Rome's eyes. There os a difference.

        August 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Roemini..?

          Any relation to Ensign Roe Larin..?

          August 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Jesus, the most controversial person who ever walked the earth.

      August 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
      • Athy

        Or didn't walk the earth.

        August 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
  10. LEMMIWINKS

    I'D DEGLAZE THE FUCK OUT OF THAT PAN.

    August 21, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  11. LEMMIWINKS

    GOD DOESN'T EXIST

    August 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
  12. bibletruths107

    In the book of Ecclesiastes it states that the living are conscious that they will die, but the dead are conscious of nothing at all. So the question is, how is some living person going to make a dead person a saint. What benefit would it give to a dead person. Or, is it a benefit to the one giving it?

    August 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • ME II

      Technically, canonization is just announcing the acknowledgment of someone already being a saint; it doesn't *make* anyone a saint.

      August 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
      • bibletruths107

        what is the benefit of the Pope announcing these two dead popes as saints? Would not God be the one to announce anyone holy? Or is this a case of man glorifying himself?

        August 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Sired Tom, Tom, the Other One...

          What do you know about Spatially Infinite Nothingness and its potency when considering that all matter did come from such..? The wholesomeness of such Nothingness creating all matters of material essences is where many folks fail to fathom comprehensively...

          As I wrote earlier...

          Space is infinitely vast and is beyond current day science's understanding unless such is viewed as being "Spatially Infinite Nothingness"... Time itself is but a measuring tool and can only be seen as pre-history or future possibilities within the ongoing unchangeable currents of Spatially Infinite Nothingness...

          Many people seem marginally subdued within the scientific perspective that there was only a singular big bang and a solitary universe came into existence... I am under the supposition that there were unlimited amounts of big bangs being established within the unknowable vastness of Spatially Infinite Nothingness...

          Therefore we are found being within an infinite number of big bang made universes which are a unifying cosmological force yet unknowable to our scientifically mundane finite minds' understandings...

          August 21, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          LL, what's unwholesome is to be fixated on the Universe of material things, on ordered reality and other transient disfigurements of what ultimately is. Do you like cheese?

          August 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          I'm a big rat... I love cheese..! You..?

          August 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          There are really excellent cheeses in Quebec. I've just returned from the Charlevoix – no pasteurized cheeses there.

          August 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Must be comforting for you cavorting to places and eating unpasteurized cheese... Could you send a rack to the needy folks..?

          August 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
        • Ernesto Onofre

          Excellent reply.

          August 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
      • Athy

        A non-existent god can't announce anything so the pope has to do it.

        August 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
        • bibletruths107

          Athy? Is that short for Atheist? That question is not out of disrespect.

          August 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
        • Athy

          Indeed it is. A came up with it on a whim (i.e., with no deep thought) and just stuck with it. I like to keep things short. (Well, with one exception.)

          August 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
        • bibletruths107

          So, how did the earth get here?

          August 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
        • Athy

          Large earthmoving machines manufactured by Caterpillar, Inc.

          August 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
        • A Frayed Knot

          We know pretty well how the Earth got here. The Stork brought it!

          Actually, it is deep science and will require some studying from you. It's not as easy as "goddidit", I'm sorry to tell you.

          You can read a bit here:
          http://www.universetoday.com/58177/earth-formation/

          The parts which we don't know yet do not necessarily point to your "God" character from The Bible.

          August 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
        • bibletruths107

          Catepillar, Inc. manufactured earth moving machines. Sounds interesting. No intelligent design of the machines of course, that would suggest someone created it.

          August 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
        • Athy

          Shoot, Frayed. I gave him an easy answer thinking he might just believe it and move on. Now you've gone and given him the real answer, which will just confuse him more.

          August 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
        • A Frayed Knot

          bibletruths107,

          No, no... they are magical caterpillars!

          *Everything* is possible in a fantasy, you know.

          August 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
        • bibletruths107

          Frayed Knot – now I get your point of view. Fantasy world. That makes sense.

          August 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
        • A Frayed Knot

          Athy,

          My niece & nephew work for John Deere, whose GIS (and other) programs have dramatically changed what and where Earth produces stuff to keep us alive and comfortable. No magic necessary - hard work and study.

          August 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
        • Athy

          Yes. I think John Deere even predates Caterpillar in the heavy-equipment business, doesn't it? I'll have to Google it.

          August 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
        • bibletruths107

          Athy, Frayed Knot, – I'm impressed about the programs created by John Deere. Good company. In other words, someone with intelligence conceived the idea and brought it to fruition? Amazing. So it just didn't pop up huh?

          August 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
        • Observer

          bibletruths107,

          Who or what was the intelligent design that created God? Was it Zeus?

          August 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
        • bibletruths107

          God has no creator. He has always been. if you study the bible, you will note certain scientific facts that were in the bible before man even know it existed. For instance, in Isaiah 40:22 it talks about the circle of the earth. According to archeologists, Isaiah was written in 732 (before common era). Columbus sailed to prove the earth was flat around 1492 (common era). It wasn't until 2100 years later that man discovered the earth was round. How did the writers of the bible know something before it was even acknowledged? There are many scientific facts and prophecies in the bible that have been fulfilled and are being fulfilled today.

          August 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
        • Observer

          bibletruths107

          "in Isaiah 40:22 it talks about the circle of the earth."

          Yes, that is just another one of the statements in the Bible that falsely claim the earth is flat.

          A circle is a flat 2-dimensional figure. The truth is that the earth is a sphere, which is 3-dimensional. Unless you can't tell the difference between a circle on a piece of paper and a baseball, the Bible is WRONG once again.

          August 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
        • A Frayed Knot

          bibletruths,

          1. The Book of Isaiah does not say sphere, although they had a word for that.
          2. Even if they did mean 'sphere', this was becoming apparent to many scientists of the day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherical_Earth
          3. Columbus did not sail to prove that the Earth is not flat. It was well-known by scientists in the 1400s that the Earth is roundish. Perhaps his (and Magellan's) practical demonstration convinced some of the uneducated people of the time.

          August 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          bibletruths107 is like others who bash their sense of what is true into strange shapes to maintain a belief in a God in the face of evidence that the God they believe in is not sufficient to explain the things they actually know. Free advice to anyone who takes a stab at apologetics: familiarize yourself with the Münchhausen trilemma and try not to impale yourself on one horn after the other.

          August 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
        • Segoy

          The Christian world fully realized that the world was round. In the 13th century, for example, Dante wrote about a sphereical Earth in the Divine Comedy.

          August 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          The Christian world is disappointing in so many ways, Segoy. As you point out, often enough they aren't even wrong.

          August 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          (I miss-posted LoL)

          Sired Tom, Tom, the Other One...

          What do you know about Spatially Infinite Nothingness and its potency when considering that all matter did come from such..? The wholesomeness of such Nothingness creating all matters of material essences is where many folks fail to fathom comprehensively...

          As I wrote earlier...

          Space is infinitely vast and is beyond current day science's understanding unless such is viewed as being "Spatially Infinite Nothingness"... Time itself is but a measuring tool and can only be seen as pre-history or future possibilities within the ongoing unchangeable currents of Spatially Infinite Nothingness...

          Many people seem marginally subdued within the scientific perspective that there was only a singular big bang and a solitary universe came into existence... I am under the supposition that there were unlimited amounts of big bangs being established within the unknowable vastness of Spatially Infinite Nothingness...

          Therefore we are found being within an infinite number of big bang made universes which are a unifying cosmological force yet unknowable to our scientifically mundane finite minds' understandings...

          August 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
        • Athy

          Wow. Nobody can end a thread like LL.

          August 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
        • Observer

          Athy,

          That's because he's the only one who is impressed with pomposity and would waste any time reading it.

          August 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
  13. Reality

    These guys should not have had the job in the first place:

    The NT to be correct is the story of a simple preacher man aka Jesus told by five different story tellers/embellishers named Paul, Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. They made this simple preacher man into a god to win converts to their cause, the new Judaism. Some years later a few of the many embellished passages were erroneously used to establish the male papacy. Tis time to bring Christianity back to Earth where it originated. Time for equal representation in the leadership. Time for democracy in the Catholic Church. Amen.

    August 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • The Wright cousins

      It is about time you opened The Bible and read. Who knows, you may end up accepting the truth!!!

      August 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • Honey Badger Don't Care

        Most atheists that I know have read the bible more than most xtians. That is why they're atheists.

        August 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
      • The Wrong cousins

        You won't find much truth in the bible.

        August 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
        • Segoy

          How so?

          August 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          The creation myth is incorrect. Many things described cannot be repeated – the miracles, woman into salt, man living in fish, 900-year-old men, etc. Noah's story is implausible with only possible evidence of a local flood. A few people and places are verified, but little else.

          August 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
        • Reality

          And then there is this:

          origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

          New Torah For Modern Minds

          “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. (prob•a•bly
          Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell).

          The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

          Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

          The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

          The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

          August 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
  14. LEMMIWINKS

    HOLY SHIT WHO CARES

    August 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  15. Lionly Lamb

    Many people seem subdued with the scientific perspective that there was only a singular big bang and a solitary universe came into existence... I am under the supposition that there were unlimited amounts of big bangs being established within the unknowable vastness of Infinite Spatial Nothingness... We are found being within an infinite number of big bang made universes which are themselves a unifying force yet unknowable to our mundanely finite minds' understandings...

    August 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • LEMMIWINKS

      STOP BEING SO STUPID

      August 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
      • Lionly Lamb

        STOP F'N SHOUTING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        August 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
        • LEMMIWINKS

          DRINK MY DIARRHEA

          August 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
        • Iron

          Have ya tried TP'ing that diarrhea?? It must be lurking around somewhere here...

          August 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
        • LEMMIWINKS

          NO THANKS. I'VE GOT LIONLY LURCH HERE TO CLEAN UP THE MESS WITH HIS MOUTH

          August 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
  16. prophet

    God Forgives you all.

    August 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • Brother Maynard

      Which begs the question
      Why do we need to pray for all the catholic clergy?

      August 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
      • Athy

        Yeah, that sounds silly. Aren't they closer to "god" than us heathens? They don't even need to pray, just send a tweet.

        August 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • ME II

      Apparently not, or you would need to tell us.

      August 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
      • ME II

        argh... "would not need to tell us"

        August 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  17. prophet

    we are praying for all the catholic clergy.

    August 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Profit

      Careful, the NSA is monitoring all prayers.

      Not the content, just the times and locations of the parties involved.

      August 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  18. prophet

    did not see the pope feed the poor on his recent visit to them. But sadly the pope had to eat as well..

    August 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Whaddya' mean? He gave them each a wheaten wafer - they'll get pie in the sky when they die.

      August 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  19. TheSnail

    according to Gorbachev the Iron wall would not have come down starting in Poland had it not been for the help of JPII those are Gorbees words. 1 Miracle @ least

    August 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • ME II

      I think that was either the Iron Curtain or the Berlin Wall.

      August 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
      • Johnny

        Well, unless there is a Berlin in Poland then we have pretty much settled that.

        August 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
        • ME II

          One could argue that the felling of the Berlin Wall actually started in Poland, i.e. the movement that brought it down, not the physical dismantling.

          August 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • Doobs

      Are you referring to the establishment of Solidarity, the first non-communist controlled trade union in a Warsaw pact country in 1980?

      It directly influenced the spread of anti-communist sentiment of other Eastern Bloc countries and led to the dismantling of their governments, as well as the eventual dissolution of the Soviet Union.

      JPII supported Solidarity and told them to "be brave", but to credit him with a "miracle" is insulting to Lech Walesa and the thousands of trade workers in Poland and throughout Eastern Europe who faced arrest, imprisonment, and in some cases, died for their freedom.

      if you're looking for anything resembling the truth from Mikhail Gorbachev, I wouldn't hold my breath. Do you really think he'd give credit to the citizens who engaged in civil disobedience and nonviolent demonstrations that successfully overthrew several communist governments? Or is it safer to credit a dead priest who sat in a fancy conference room with him and told him that communism was a bad thing?

      August 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
  20. G to the T

    Funny – for them to be saints they would have to perform 3 miracles while alive, but I don't seem to recall any miracles being associated with these people while they were still alive. Can you imagine the headlines? "Pope heals cancer patient in front of packed room" people would be falling over themselves to convert to RCC... but... nothing... no reports of these supposed "miracles' until years/decades after the fact and the person is already dead. Where did all the flying saints go?

    August 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
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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.