May 5th, 2011
05:57 AM ET

South Korean man found crucified, police say

By Richard Allen Greene and Judy Kwon, CNN

(CNN) - A South Korean man was found crucified, local police told CNN on Thursday.

Police in Munkyuong said they were overwhelmed with the investigation and declined to provide further details.

But local media depicted an elaborate reconstruction of the crucifixion of Jesus, with the victim wearing a crown of thorns and dressed only in his underwear. He put nails into the cross first, then drilled holes in his hands and hung himself on the cross, reports said.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Christianity • Faith & Health • Jesus • South Korea

April 26th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Religion, race could influence end-of-life spending, study shows

Imagine you’re in the hospital with cancer. Would you rather spend everything you have to potentially live longer, or just forgo the costly medical treatment? Your answer to that question might be influenced by your race.

A study published Tuesday in the journal Cancer finds that 80% of African Americans were willing to spend all their resources to extend life, but for white people the number is just 54%.

Differences in religious belief can be subtle, but significant to the findings. When asked how much longer they think they have to live, patients picked one of these four answers: less than five years, more than five years, “I don’t know,” and “In God’s hands.”

Those who answered “In God’s hands” were by far the most likely to exhaust finances on life-prolonging treatment. However, even within this group of religious individuals willing to spend more on treatment – blacks were still more likely than whites to spend.

Read more about the study on CNN's health blog, The Chart

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Death • Faith & Health

Indian spiritual guru dies at 85
An Indian child looks at portraits of Spirtual Leader Sri Satya Sai Baba at a shop near Prashanthi Nilayam on April 6.
April 25th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

Indian spiritual guru dies at 85

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN

New Delhi, India (CNN) - Famed Indian spiritual guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba died Sunday of respiratory failure, his doctors said. He was 85.

The orange-robed spiritual leader with a puff of dark hair is considered a living god by his followers in India and overseas.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Faith & Health • India

April 11th, 2011
10:34 PM ET

Explaining the 'Lazarus effect' on AIDS patients

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

The "Lazarus effect" is a phrase coined by doctors and relief workers in Africa to describe what happens to AIDS patients after they start receiving antiretroviral medicines.

On Sunday, churches around the world read from the Gospel of John and heard the story of Lazarus, in which Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead, as part of Lazarus Sunday.

The ONE campaign, an advocacy group co-founded by the rock star Bono to help alleviate poverty and fight AIDS in Africa, hoped the metaphor would carry on to their project to get people more involved in AIDS advocacy.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Faith & Health • Movies • TV-CNN Newsroom • United States

First lady visits Atlanta church, encourages healthy living
First lady Michelle Obama visits Northpoint Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Wednesday.
February 9th, 2011
07:23 PM ET

First lady visits Atlanta church, encourages healthy living

By John Murgatroyd, CNN

The faith community surrounding Atlanta played host to first lady Michelle Obama for a speech marking the first anniversary of her Let’s Move initiative.

Let’s Move is a program to get children to live more active lifestyles and eat healthier.

Co-hosts were Northpoint Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, and Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. She spoke in Alpharetta.

“No matter your religious persuasion or political persuasion, we all believe as our children go, so does the nation and as our children’s health goes, so does the nation,” said Andy Stanley, Northpoint’s senior pastor.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Faith & Health • Georgia

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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.