Clinton talks faith, family in personal speech to Methodist women
WASHINGTON, DC - US President Bill Clinton leaves the Foundry Methodist Church in Washington 07 April after attending Easter services with his wife Hillary (C) and daughter Chelsea (R)(PAMELA PRICE/AFP/Getty Images)
April 26th, 2014
01:51 PM ET
3 months ago

Clinton talks faith, family in personal speech to Methodist women

Louisville (CNN) - It would be difficult for Hillary Clinton to find a more welcoming crowd than the women at Saturday's United Methodist Women Assembly in Louisville.

Greeted with raucous applause from the 6,500 women (and a few men) in attendance, the former secretary of state touted her knowledge of the faith, spoke about her family's Methodist roots and addressed how the teachings of Jesus and John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, have guided her career.

And in synthesizing her view of Methodism's social gospel, Clinton's remarks seemed to come close to describing her presidential thought process, where the former first lady has acknowledged she is thinking about running for president in 2016.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Religion
Obama hears hint of politics during Easter sermon
April 1st, 2013
08:35 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama hears hint of politics during Easter sermon

(CNN) – The Easter sermon President Barack Obama and his family heard Sunday, delivered at a church near the White House, took to task the "religious right" for backward-looking policies.

The Rev. Luis Leon, speaking at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, based his sermon on the Gospel of John. He noted that Jesus told Mary Magdalene not to hold on to him, and linked the story to conservatives he said were looking to the past.
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Obama calls for reflection in weekly address
March 30th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama calls for reflection in weekly address

(CNN) - Members of the world’s religions are bound by a common belief in serving others, President Barack Obama affirmed in a politics-free weekly address on Saturday.

Describing his own family’s celebration of Easter, Obama said the holiest day on the Christian calendar was an opportunity to “recommit ourselves to following His example here on Earth.”
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Survey: Most religious Americans support a pathway to citizenship
March 21st, 2013
07:39 AM ET
1 year ago

Survey: Most religious Americans support a pathway to citizenship

Washington (CNN) - A majority of all major religious groups in the United States, according to a survey released Thursday, support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the country.

From American Jews to Mormons, from Catholics to white evangelical Christians, Robert P. Jones, the CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, said the overwhelming support for a pathway to citizenship has been growing in the last few years and is a noticeable reason many in Congress are warming to the idea.

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Filed under: Immigration • Religion
March 19th, 2013
09:08 AM ET
1 year ago

Video: Biden meets Pope Francis

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden, the leader of the U.S. delegation to Pope Francis' formal installation, met the new pontiff on Tuesday.


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Obama pushes expedited timetable on immigration reform in meeting with faith leaders
March 8th, 2013
03:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama pushes expedited timetable on immigration reform in meeting with faith leaders

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama emphasized the need to get immigration reform accomplished this year in a meeting with a diverse group of faith leaders at the White House on Friday.

Religious leaders that attended the meeting said the president spent more than an hour with them, and after making a few remarks at the top of the meeting he let each group discuss their priorities and problems with comprehensive immigration reform. During the discussion, these faith leaders said, Obama made it clear that he wanted to see a bill on immigration reform in the next 60 days.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Religion
Atheist group apologizes for misquoting Palin, but defends billboard's intent
March 4th, 2013
04:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Atheist group apologizes for misquoting Palin, but defends billboard's intent

Washington (CNN) - An atheist group that misquoted former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a billboard in Texas is apologizing to the Republican and correcting the mistake. But it continues to defend the “intent and context” of the effort.

CNN first reported on Sunday that American Atheists, a group known for its in-your-face tactics, was sponsoring a billboard calling out Palin for something she said while on Fox News.

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Filed under: Religion • Sarah Palin
Coalition of Christians pushes Congress to protect poor from forced spending cuts
February 25th, 2013
05:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Coalition of Christians pushes Congress to protect poor from forced spending cuts

Washington (CNN) – A coalition of noteworthy Christian leaders and thinkers is asking President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to protect the poor from the forced spending cuts that are due to take effect this week.

The group’s open letter frames budget decisions as a moral question for lawmakers and asks them to stop the political brinksmanship.

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Filed under: Budget • Religion
Catholic Bishops not satisfied with Obama’s contraception compromise
February 7th, 2013
03:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Catholic Bishops not satisfied with Obama’s contraception compromise

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops does not support the Obama administration’s revised proposal for providing insurance coverage for contraception, saying it falls short of addressing concerns about religious freedom.

In a response to the policy update announced last week by the Department of Health and Human Services, the church leaders said the policy offers “second-class status to our first-class institutions in Catholic health care, Catholic education and Catholic charities.”

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Filed under: President Obama • Religion
Picking up a bagel instead of a partisan fight
February 7th, 2013
12:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Picking up a bagel instead of a partisan fight

Washington (CNN) - Translation headsets squawked in four languages at the early morning breakfast in Washington, mixing in with the sounds of stirred coffee and clinking china in the immense ballroom at the Washington Hilton.

The sound reverberated over the quiet of a momentary political cease-fire in Washington.

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