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.

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July 14th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Faithful flock to 'bleeding' Virgin Mary

(CNN)–Dozens of believers gather on the lawn of a Baton Rouge family after their statue of the Virgin Mary appears to bleed. CNN affiliate WBRZ reports.

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Filed under: Catholic Church

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.

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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.

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Filed under: Buddhism • Content Partner

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.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity

March 24th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

Mexico spends millions to greet pope

By Rafael Romo, CNN

(CNN) - It has been a project of celestial proportions, but it's finally ready. Construction workers have labored nonstop for months.

Their mission? To build an altar worthy of a pope and an outdoor venue that can accommodate as many as 700,000 people.

The altar where Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass on Sunday is located at Bicentennial Park in Mexico's Guanajuato state, the heartland of Mexican Catholicism. Guanajuato has the highest percentage of Catholics in Mexico at well over 90 percent.

Benedict is expected to arrive at 4:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET) Friday at Guanajuato's International Airport.
The nation's Catholics have been waiting for a papal visit since Joseph Ratzinger was elevated to the papacy in 2005. President Felipe Calderon invited the pontiff to Mexico when they met in Vatican City in 2007 and then again in May of last year when Juan Diego, a Mexican Indian, was canonized.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

Cuban group occupies church to seek audience with pope
A Cuban worker walk past Our Lady of Charity where 13 dissidents are demanding to deliever a message to the Pope.
March 15th, 2012
11:33 AM ET

Cuban group occupies church to seek audience with pope

By Patrick Oppmann, CNN

Havana (CNN) - Thirteen Cubans Thursday refused to leave a Havana church where they had spent the last three days in hopes of gaining a meeting with Pope Benedict.

The pope is due to travel to the island at the end of the month following a visit to Mexico.

The group described itself as "dissidents" and refused to leave Our Lady of Charity Church after arriving there Tuesday, according to a news release from the Havana Archdiocese.


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Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

Crystal Cathedral founder resigns from board
Rev. Robert H. Schuller preaches on March 11, 1998 at the Crystal Cathedral.
March 13th, 2012
07:44 AM ET

Crystal Cathedral founder resigns from board

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The immediate plans of Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the founder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries in Southern California, and his wife are unclear after they resigned from the church's board of directors over the weekend, their lawyer said Monday.

The Crystal Cathedral, a Protestant church that helped spark the megachurch movement in the United States after opening in 1970, entered bankruptcy procedures in 2010 after years of infighting among Schuller's family and church leaders.

The Schullers have been locked in a legal dispute with other board members. Talks to reach a settlement broke down last week, according to a statement from the Schullers over the weekend.


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Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church

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