October 22nd, 2010
07:00 AM ET

The life of a so-called woman priest

Editor's Note: CNN's Philip Rosenbaum, Jonathan O'Beirne and Carl Graf bring us this story and video from Staten Island, New York.

It's a busy Sunday morning in August for Gabriella Velardi Ward in her modest home in the New York City borough of Staten Island.

Velardi Ward lights candles, gingerly lays out prayer sheets and looks at herself in the mirror, mindfully putting on her white robe and vestments.

A short woman with a behemoth sense of spiritual self, Velardi Ward also attends to earthly matters.

While she makes sure the table is full of healthy vegetarian dips and finger foods, umbrella-carrying worshipers trickle through the door before the heavens unload. She hugs new arrivals who take seats in a rough circle in the humble but welcoming suburban living room.


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Filed under: Catholic Church • New York • United States • Vatican • Women

September 19th, 2010
08:30 PM ET

September 16th, 2010
09:31 AM ET

Roman Catholic Women Priests

Editor's Note: CNN Correspondent Carol Costello and Producer Bob Ruff filed this report.

If the title makes you want to scratch you head, well, go ahead and scratch.

Catholicism, that's the Roman kind, has reserved its seats of power to men and men alone ever since Christ told Peter: "You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church."

Every Catholic leader from the Pope to the village priest is male. Women are permitted to be sisters, teach Catholicism in schools, and even assist in the Sunday Mass. But they can't actually preside over the Mass. Nor can they administer over most of the sacraments, which are reserved for priests and bishops.

Today, many Catholics are asking why? At a time when the church desperately needs more priests, why not allow women to preside over mass?

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Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Women

September 6th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

Woman set to be stoned speaks out

Editor's note: CNN's Ivan Watson brings us this report from Oslo.

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Filed under: Iran • Islam • Muslim • Politics • Violence • Women

September 4th, 2010
01:38 PM ET

Christian singer's mission: Helping former sex slaves

Natalie Grant apologizes for crying, but she can't help it.

She is describing meeting a woman from India who is a counselor in a village where some women have been saved from human traffickers.

The counselor knew all too well what these women went through. When she was 12 her parents took her to Mumbai for her birthday. Her brother traveled with them. When they got off the train, the woman told Grant, she was separated from her family.

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Filed under: Christianity • Music • Sex abuse • Women

August 24th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Religious fashion

Here's a great look inside Fashion Week in Jakarta, Indonesia. Designers face some unique challenges when trying to create cutting edge fashion for Muslim women who want to look great and still adhere to the dress code standards of Islam.

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Filed under: Culture & Science • Islam • Muslim • Women

August 23rd, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Muslim woman suing Disney

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Filed under: California • Culture & Science • Islam • Muslim • United States • Women

August 23rd, 2010
10:34 AM ET

Muslim women who wear the hijab and niqab explain their choice

Photos by CNN's Angie Lovelace, text by Soraya Salam of CNN's In America unit:

When you look at Aliya Naim or Nadia, they don’t want you to see objects of beauty, nor do they want you to see women constrained by societal standards.

Instead, they say, they want to be judged by their intellect and personalities. They say it’s the reason they don’t show too much more.

Both Muslim American women cover themselves from head to toe in adherence to their faith’s promotion of modesty and humility. Like most Muslim women who cover, they do so only in front of men who are not in their immediate family.


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Filed under: Culture & Science • Islam • Journeys • Women

August 10th, 2010
10:20 PM ET

Does the black church keep black women single?

CNN's Liane Membis filed this report:

Legs covered in skin-toned stockings, her skirt crisp to the knee, Patty Davis slips on the black heels she has shined for the day.

"Got to look good in the Lord's house," she says as she spritzes her neck with White Diamonds perfume and exits her black Lincoln Town Car.

Davis, 46, of Union City, Georgia, has attended African Methodist Episcopal churches since before she could crawl. She sits proudly in the pew every Sunday for service and is among the first to arrive for bible study each Wednesday.

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Filed under: Black issues • Christianity • Race • Women

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