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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
Paul Ryan asks for blessing day before election
November 5th, 2012
07:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul Ryan asks for blessing day before election

Johnstown, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan, a Roman Catholic, asked a priest he met at a restaurant Monday to bless a rosary he carries with him.

The Republican vice presidential nominee was in the middle of a five-state battleground blitz through Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin, the day before Election Day when he met Father Greg Ames prior to his second rally in Johnstown, Colorado.

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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Faith • Paul Ryan
Is Obama the 'wrong' kind of Christian?
October 22nd, 2012
10:07 AM ET
2 years ago

Is Obama the 'wrong' kind of Christian?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama was sharing a pulpit one day with a conservative Christian leader when a revealing exchange took place.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Christian who has taken public stands against abortion and same-sex marriage, had joined Obama for an AIDS summit. They were speaking before a conservative megachurch filled with white evangelicals.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • President Obama
Key Catholic group drops support for White House contraception plan
June 18th, 2012
05:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Key Catholic group drops support for White House contraception plan

(CNN) - The Obama administration's key Catholic ally on its controversial plan to require health insurers to provide free contraceptive coverage is dropping support for the plan, potentially complicating the president's relations with Catholics in an election year.

The Catholic Health Association, which comprises 2,000 Catholic hospitals, health systems and related organizations, said Friday that although it had initially supported what the White House called a compromise on the contraception issue, it is now "deeply concerned" about the plan and says the White House "has not relieved our initial concerns."

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Health care • White House
Romney to address Faith and Freedom Coalition from the road
June 11th, 2012
02:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to address Faith and Freedom Coalition from the road

Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will address an annual Faith & Freedom Conference via video conference instead of in person Saturday, the group confirmed to CNN.

Romney was originally scheduled to attend the Faith & Freedom Conference & Strategy Briefing in Washington, DC, but the event conflicts with his multi-state bus tour slated to begin on Friday in New Hampshire.
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Mitt Romney • Washington
After winning GOP primary, rabbi takes moderate tone
June 6th, 2012
07:51 PM ET
2 years ago

After winning GOP primary, rabbi takes moderate tone

Washington (CNN) – If Rabbi Shmuley Boteach wins a congressional race in New Jersey's 9th district in November he will become the first rabbi to serve in Congress. And while he moved a step closer by winning the district's Republican primary on Tuesday night, Boteach says he is not hung up on being first.

"I think it would be a beautiful thing for the Jewish community," Boteach, a Republican, said about a rabbi serving in Congress. "I am kind of wondering why we didn't have one before. And if it is me, I would be very pleased. But if it is someone else, I would be pleased… but maybe not as pleased."
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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • House • New Jersey
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