March 13th, 2013
08:21 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama: An American pope would 'preside just as effectively'

(CNN) - As cardinals gather at the Vatican to elect a new pope, President Barack Obama said he believes U.S. politics wouldn't stand in the way of an American pope doing his job.

"It seems to me that an American pope would preside just as effectively as a Polish pope or an Italian pope or a Guatemalan pope," the president said in an interview that aired Wednesday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America."
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Filed under: Faith • President Obama
Poll: Most American Catholics have positive views of pope's leadership
February 11th, 2013
11:18 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Most American Catholics have positive views of pope's leadership

Washington (CNN) - American Catholics woke up Monday to the news that the head of their church, Pope Benedict XVI, would resign at the end of the month "because of advanced age."

As they react to the news, it seems most Catholics in this country had a favorable impression of their spiritual leader, according to the most recent national polling on the issue.
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Filed under: Faith • Polls • Pope Benedict XVI
Religion, readability and the presidency: a historic combination
February 7th, 2013
10:11 AM ET
1 year ago

Religion, readability and the presidency: a historic combination

Washington (CNN) - Employing faith, whether calling for nationwide prayer or healing the nation by quoting scripture, is a presidential tradition as old as the office itself.

The nation’s first president, George Washington, was also the first to call for a National Day of Prayer, one of “fasting, humiliation and prayer” to “acknowledge the gracious interpositions of Providence.”

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Praying for immigration reform, literally
January 29th, 2013
02:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Praying for immigration reform, literally

Washington (CNN) – Evangelical advocates for immigration reform are taking a page from the New Testament, specifically the Book of Matthew.

An organization called the Evangelical Immigration Table has organized 193 churches and ministries in 39 states and the District of Columbia to hold a prayer challenge in support of immigration reform, according to the group. The Table does not endorse a Republican or Democratic immigration reform policy, but simply asks congregants to consider Christian principles as they think about the lives of undocumented immigrants.
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Filed under: Belief Blog • Faith • Immigration
Biden's gun panel meets with faith leaders
Vice President Joe Biden said President Barack Obama is exploring executive orders to help stop mass shootings.
January 9th, 2013
11:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden's gun panel meets with faith leaders

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden and officials on his gun violence committee held an unannounced meeting Wednesday evening with a group of 12 national faith leaders.

One theme brought up by several participants was the "moral tragedy" reflected in the gun violence the nation has seen over the past several months.

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Filed under: Faith • Gun control • Vice President Biden
Atlanta pastor, Evers' widow named to speak at inauguration
Civil Rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams and Atlanta Pastor Louie Giglio were selected to offer a prayer at the 2013 Presidential Inuguration.
January 8th, 2013
08:26 AM ET
1 year ago

Atlanta pastor, Evers' widow named to speak at inauguration

(CNN) – An Atlanta pastor and the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers will deliver the invocation and benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration January 21, two inauguration officials confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

Louie Giglio, a pastor and the leader of the Passion Movement, was chosen because he's a "powerful voice for ending human trafficking and global sex slavery" and due to his work in mobilizing young people for that effort, said one of the sources.

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Filed under: Belief Blog • Faith • Inauguration
January 7th, 2013
12:10 PM ET
1 year ago

White House officials reach out to Jewish community to answer Hagel concerns

Washington (CNN) – Senior members of the White House staff called key American Jewish interest groups on Sunday to tell them about the impending nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary and to try to answer their concerns about his record, several sources familiar with the calls told CNN.

One of the call recipients, who generally supports the nomination, who requested anonymity to freely discuss his call, told CNN the outreach shows "not only there is some concern, but the White House takes the concern seriously and wants to have the very conversation at the highest levels of the White House."
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Filed under: Faith • White House
Rubio clarifies age of the Earth answer
December 5th, 2012
10:26 AM ET
1 year ago

Rubio clarifies age of the Earth answer

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida attempted to clear up Wednesday his controversial answer to a question about the Earth's age last month.

"Science says (the Earth) is about 4.5 billion years old. My faith teaches that's not inconsistent," Rubio said at a Politico Playbook Breakfast in Washington. "God created the heavens and the Earth, and science has given us insight into when he did it and how he did it."
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Filed under: 2016 • Faith • Marco Rubio
Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama
November 21st, 2012
01:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama

Washington (CNN) - With the world facing “perilous times” and “anxiety stemming from economic challenges,” evangelical leader Franklin Graham is asking congregations to pray for President Barack Obama, even though Graham endorsed the president’s opponent in the 2012 election.

“Having just come through a divisive national election, I am urging pastors across this country to lead their congregations in praying daily for our president, Barack Obama … for wisdom, Divine guidance, and that God would accomplish His will and purposes,” Graham said in a statement. “While politics is noticeably partisan, prayer must never be partisan. Americans need to come together, and people of faith should lead the way, by praying diligently for our leaders whether or not they agree with them or their policies.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • President Obama
Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence
November 7th, 2012
09:31 AM ET
1 year ago

Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence

(CNN) – For many conservative Christian leaders, it was a nightmare scenario: Barack Obama decisively re-elected Same-sex marriage adopted by voters in some states. Rigorously anti-abortion candidates defeated in conservative red states.

On multiple levels, Tuesday’s election results seemed to mark a dramatic rejection of the Christian right’s agenda, eight years after the movement helped sweep President George W. Bush into a second term and opened the era of state bans on same-sex marriage.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith
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