August 8th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

Rick Warren targeted by scammers in son's death

By Mary Snow and Eric Marrapodi, CNN

(CNN)– Still grieving the death of his son, evangelical Pastor Rick Warren is now fighting off scammers looking to make a buck off his family's loss.

Warren wrote on his Facebook and Twitter accounts on Tuesday that there were scores of fake social media accounts soliciting funds.

"179 of over 200 FAKE Rick Warren Facebook pages created by scammers to make money on my son's death have now been shut down," he wrote on his Facebook page.


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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • evangelicals • TV-The Situation Room

April 23rd, 2013
08:22 AM ET

Boston suspect's anger over MLK sermon

(CNN)–CNN's Brian Todd visit's the Tsarnaev brothers' mosque to see if the members noticed any red flags around the suspects.

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Filed under: Crime • Islam • TV-The Situation Room

January 20th, 2013
04:46 AM ET

Obama chooses Bible steeped in history

CNN's Lisa Sylvester is given access to the Bible President Barack Obama has chosen for his inauguration, a tiny book used by Lincoln.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: 2012 Election • Bible • Obama • Politics • TV-The Situation Room

October 19th, 2012
04:55 AM ET

Borger breaks down the Catholic vote

CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger talks about the Catholic vote in this year's election.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: TV-The Situation Room

August 21st, 2012
05:27 PM ET

Ryan faces split among fellow Catholics

(CNN)– Lisa Sylvester reports on the split support for Paul Ryan among his fellow Catholics, including some activist nuns.

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Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • TV-The Situation Room

July 27th, 2012
10:33 PM ET

What's at stake for Romney in Israel

By Tom Foreman and Eric Marrapodi, CNN

(CNN)—Mitt Romney will be glad handing and photo opping in Israel until Monday during the second leg of the presumptive GOP nominee's international campaign trip.

It is unmistakably aimed, in part, at a traditional Democratic voting bloc: Jewish Americans who are politically active in fundraising, campaigning and voting.

"I think Mitt Romney is going to Israel certainly to court the Jewish vote," said Randall Balmer, the chairman of the religion department at Dartmouth College and author of "God in the White House."

"It's definitely sending a message that Israel is important for Romney, that he, he has warm feelings about Israel, that he cares about Israel," said Nathan Guttman, a Washington correspondent for the Jewish Daily Forward. "It's sort of important for this kind of a Jewish electorate. But again, we should keep in mind that this is the minority of Jewish voters."

He added, "Most of them are Obama voters to start with; they won't be swayed by it; they don't really care much."

But Romney may have an even larger voting bloc in mind during his trip.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Israel • Judaism • TV-The Situation Room

July 27th, 2012
06:53 PM ET

Chick-fil-A wades into a fast-food fight over same-sex marriage rights

By Sarah Aarthun, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) - Ordering lunch just got a lot more complicated than deciding how to answer, "Do you want fries with that?"

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy sparked reactions that were swift and strong after he weighed in on same-sex marriage by saying his company backs the traditional family unit.

Politicians from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum spoke up. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage protested. And suddenly, the type of fast-food bag you carry could reveal your views on a hot-button social issue that has split the country.

Some proponents of same-sex marriage have decried Cathy's comments and called for a boycott of the chain, which had annual sales of more than $4.1 billion last year and has more than 1,615 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C., with the strongest concentration in the Southeast.

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Filed under: Billy Graham • Christianity • Food • Gay marriage • TV-The Situation Room

May 17th, 2012
02:51 PM ET

Catholic Church v. Georgetown

(CNN)–CNN's Brian Todd reports on a rebuke to Georgetown University from the Washington Archdiocese over a speech from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Bishops • Catholic Church • Church and state • TV-The Situation Room

April 25th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Romney's days as a Mormon bishop

(CNN) - CNN's Mary Snow looks at the years Mitt Romney spent as a Mormon church leader in Massachusetts.

You can also read the entire Belief Blog  series of stories looking at the faith of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.

April 7th, 2012
08:48 AM ET

Taking a rare tour of a Mormon temple

By Eric Marrapodi and Brian Todd, CNN

Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) - Elder William Walker slipped white booties over his black wing-tip shoes and instructed his guests to do the same as he led them into the newest Mormon temple in the world.

This day was the first chance the public had to see inside the sacred space for the area’s 49,000 Mormons, and it was also one of the last.

On May 6, when Thomas S. Monson, the head of the 14 million member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, dedicates this temple, the doors will close forever to the public. The church said it expects as many as 100,000 visitors in Kansas City before the temple will be closed to the public.

After that, only temple-recommended Mormons will be able to walk through the heavy wooden and stained-glass doors.

“This is a sacred space, set apart place for only those who are devout followers of the faith,” Walker said.


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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.