January 14th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
Can you really 'try on' atheism for a year?
By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor
(CNN) - Ryan Bell, a one-time Christian pastor, says he didn't expect his yearlong experiment with atheism to get much attention.
"This wasn't intended to be an international journey that was done in public," he told CNN's Brooke Baldwin last Wednesday.
But what began as Bell's personal project has now been covered by NPR, the BBC, Religion News Service, and, of course, here at CNN.
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It's not just the mainstream media that are along for the ride, either. Dozens of blogs and columnists have weighed in on Bell's "Year Without God," with responses ranging from support to skepticism to scorn.
January 14th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
Kerry: Obama to meet with the Pope
By Kevin Liptak, CNN
(CNN)– President Barack Obama plans to soon meet with Pope Francis for the first time.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the President was “looking forward” to visiting the popular new leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican.
Kerry did not say when the trip would take place.
The White House said it had no specific travel announcements to make, but that Obama “very much looks forward to meeting Pope Francis at some point in the near future.”
Kerry, a Roman Catholic, met with Vatican leaders on Tuesday to discuss foreign policy and economic issues, including Francis’ outspoken stance on income inequality worldwide.FULL STORY
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