February 22nd, 2013
03:01 PM ET
By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
The news may come as a sad blow to the more than 2 million people who've signed up to follow his tweets in nine languages since his account was launched with fanfare two-and-a-half months ago.
About 1.5 million of those people follow the English language feed, with nearly 700,000 following him in Spanish and just short of 335,000 in Italian. About 22,500 people follow @Pontifex in Latin.
The account will be closed to coincide with the 85-year-old pope's formal departure from office at 8 p.m. local time, Vatican Radio said.FULL STORY
February 20th, 2013
05:48 PM ET
CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on Pope Benedict's plans after he leaves his post and where he will live.
February 20th, 2013
10:47 AM ET
From Hada Messia, CNN
(CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI is considering changing the Vatican constitution to allow a vote for his successor to begin before March 15, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Wednesday.
Benedict, 85, shocked the world last week when he announced his intention to stand down effective February 28, citing the frailty of old age.
Existing rules say the Roman Catholic Church's cardinals should start voting on a replacement from 15 to 20 days after the papal throne becomes vacant. With Benedict's resignation due to start February 28, the cardinals' conclave ordinarily would start no sooner than March 15.FULL STORY
February 19th, 2013
03:10 PM ET
By Ben Brumfield, CNN
(CNN) - A California man is accused of raping a woman he met on a Christian dating website - and police fear there may be other victims.
Sean Banks, 37, met the victim on the matchmaking website Christianmingle.com, where he went by the user name "Raritiy," La Mesa Police said in a statement.
Banks used three additional online identities - "Rylan," "Rylan Butterwood" and "Rylan Harbough" - and police said they are concerned "there may have been more cases with other women."
ChristianMingle touts a safety section that includes a warning to avoid contact with members who cannot take "no" for an answer.FULL STORY
January 11th, 2013
03:40 PM ET
By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Editor
Washington (CNN) - By Friday, Hobby Lobby would have racked up $14.3 million in fines from the Internal Revenue Service for bucking Obamacare. But in keeping with the great American tax tradition, they may have found a loophole.
The company is facing $1.3 million a day in fines for each day it chooses not to comply with a piece of the Affordable Care Act that was set to trigger for them on January 1. The craft store chain announced in December that, because of religious objections, they would face the fines for not providing certain types of birth control through their company health insurance.
January 10th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
By Conor Finnegan, CNN
(CNN)-– What do the 16th president, a civil rights leader, and Michelle Obama's grandmother have in common? Their Bibles will be used in the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) made the announcement on Thursday that Obama will take the oath of office on the Robinson family Bible on Sunday and on the Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. Bibles on Monday.
The 20th Amendment designated January 20 as Inauguration Day. But traditionally, when inauguration falls on a Sunday, the president takes the oath privately on January 20 and in a public ceremony on January 21.
"President Obama is honored to use these Bibles at the swearing-in ceremonies," said Steve Kerrigan, President and CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. "On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this historic moment is a reflection of the extraordinary progress we've made as a nation."FULL STORY
January 8th, 2013
03:47 PM ET
(CNN)–Pastor Louie Giglio sits down with CNN's Michael Holmes to discuss the Passion Movement's campaign against slavery. Read more about Giglio being picked to deliver the benediction at the presidential inauguration.
December 27th, 2012
07:52 AM ET
By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday turned down a request that she block part of Obamacare that would require companies' health plans to provide for coverage of certain contraceptives, such as the morning-after pill.
They said they would be required "to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs and devices that the applicants believe can cause abortions," which would be against their religious beliefs, Sotomayor wrote in her opinion.
December 5th, 2012
03:38 PM ET
By Matthew Fitzgerald, CNN
London (CNN)— Britain is about to change a 300-year-old rule. British kings and queens - who serve as the official leaders of the Church of England - will soon be allowed to marry Roman Catholics. The historic change will end a centuries-long ban on such interdenominational nuptials.
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans last year to change the law, along with another historic amendment - the end of primogeniture, which says that males come ahead of their sisters in the order of succession, no matter who’s older.
It is a move that could affect the younger royals, including the newest member of the royal family, the baby that Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting next year.
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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.