August 10th, 2012
10:32 AM ET

Sikhs repair, reclaim temple after rampage

From Ted Rowlands, CNN

Oak Creek, Wisconsin (CNN) - Members of the Sikh temple where six people died in a weekend rampage swept, scrubbed and painted over damage to their building Thursday after investigators allowed them back inside.

A lone bullet hole remained in a metal door frame, which members say won't be repaired. The doorway leads to the main prayer area, where the only female victim - 41-year-old Paramjit Kaur - was killed.

But elsewhere, the congregation was busy polishing the tile floors, touching up patched drywall and replacing carpet, using donated supplies; and reopening the dining hall, where the SIkhs run an open kitchen for the community. Several members wept as they walked in, while others embraced.

"It takes a toll on you, thinking about the lives that were lost, when you realize our temple will never be the same again," said Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, whose uncle Satwant Singh Kaleka was among those dead.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Crime • Sikh

August 3rd, 2012
11:54 AM ET

Chicken, with a side of politics

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) - Call it a crisis of faith.

A co-worker and I walked into the office break room Wednesday, national Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, to find a dozen or so foil-wrapped sandwiches beckoning us from the counter. This being Atlanta, home of Chick-fil-A, we recognized them immediately, and a closer look at the puck-sized packages bearing the iconic scribbled red logo confirmed our suspicions - and deepened our paranoia.

"Is this a trick?" my co-worker asked as he stood frozen in front of the counter. "Will someone judge me if they see me eating one?"

We had no idea where they had come from and still don't, but our break room is often the dumping ground of leftovers from business meetings where food is served. I also froze in silence because I knew that the answer was yes, some would judge him, at least for the time being, while the company's stance on same-sex marriage is in the spotlight, sparking impassioned op-eds and fiery debate on cable news networks and Facebook Walls across the country.

Ever since Truett Cathy opened the first Chick-fil-A Restaurant at a mall in suburban Atlanta in 1967, the company has made no secret of its dedication to Christian values. Its corporate purpose is to "glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us" and "to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A." All of its locations are closed on Sunday.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief

Missing girl's brother urges Vatican to open up
Piero Orlandi, the brother of Emanuela Orlandi, joins demonstrators Sunday in St. Peter's Square.
May 27th, 2012
09:03 PM ET

Missing girl's brother urges Vatican to open up

By Livia Borghese, for CNN

Rome (CNN) - The brother of an Italian girl missing for nearly 30 years urged the Vatican to investigate her case as several hundred demonstrators carrying pictures of her marched to St. Peter's Square on Sunday.

The march came a day after Italian prosecutor Giancarlo Capaldo told CNN that a priest who used to run a church in Rome is under investigation on suspicion of complicity in the abduction of Emanuela Orlandi.

Msgr. Piero Vergari, the former rector of Sant'Apollinare, is being investigated along with four members of a criminal gang, Capaldo said Saturday.

Vergari, who left the position in 1991, did not reply to an e-mail from CNN seeking comment.

"We want the Vatican to open a serious investigation into the case," said Piero Orlandi, the missing girl's brother.

Sunday's march is the latest attempt to get to the bottom of one of Rome's most enduring mysteries, the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Vatican

April 30th, 2012
01:40 PM ET

Church holds service in a bar

(CNN)–An Oklahoma church has started live streaming services into The Drunk Monkey Tavern. CNN Affiliate KOTV reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church

April 25th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

The Dalai Lama sits down with Piers Morgan

(CNN)–On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes His Holiness The Dalai Lama for a wide-ranging and enlightening interview, touching on politics, religion and temptation.

Morgan sat down with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in Rochester, Minnesota, following his annual physical.

The Dalai Lama revealed his fondness for a recent resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"Of course as individual, individual person. I love President Bush," says The Dalai Lama.

"Which one?" asked Morgan.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Buddhism • Content Partner

April 9th, 2012
05:07 PM ET

Celebrating Easter in a temple

(CNN)–Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina had its Easter service in a local Jewish temple because of an earthquake centered in Virginia. CNN affiliate WCSC reports that the earthquake last August weakened the mortar between the bricks in the church that dates back to 1886.

The Easter service was held at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue two blocks from the church.

Read more from WCSC.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Episcopal • Houses of worship • Judaism

Holy Week around the world
April 6th, 2012
08:15 AM ET

Holy Week around the world

(CNN)–Members of the Spanish Legion carry a statue of "Christ of the Good Death" to Santo Domingo de Guzman Church during a Holy Week procession.

Click here to see a high resolution gallery of Holy Week being celebrated around the world.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity

March 27th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

The pope, political prisoners and Cuba

(CNN)–Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba following the Vatican-brokered release of political prisoners. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Cuba • Politics • Pope Benedict XVI

March 27th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

Celebrating the Festival of Colors

(CNN)–Thousands gathered in Spanish Fork, Utah, for Holi, the annual Festival of Colors.

CNN affiliate KSTU reports on how the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple celebrated by tossing colors into the air and at each other to mark the spring festival.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Hare Krishna

March 25th, 2012
06:47 PM ET

Throngs gather for pope's Mass in Mexico

By the CNN Wire Staff

Silao, Mexico (CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI led an open-air Mass Sunday before throngs of faithful Catholics in central Mexico.

Cheering onlookers waved balloons, flags and banners as the pope arrived at Bicentennial Park in Mexico's Guanajuato state. Many said they had spent the night camped out, awaiting the pope's arrival.

More than 400,000 people attended the Mass, according to Mexico's state-run Notimex news agency.

The pope urged Mexican Catholics to remain true to their faith, and called on the Virgin Mary to "continue accompanying and protecting her beloved Mexican and Latin American children, so that Christ reigns in their lives and helps them to boldly promote peace, harmony, justice and solidarity."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

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