Picking up a bagel instead of a partisan fight
February 7th, 2013
12:40 PM ET
2 years 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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Filed under: President Obama • Religion
Billy Graham's group removes Mormon cult reference from website after Romney meeting
October 16th, 2012
03:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Billy Graham's group removes Mormon cult reference from website after Romney meeting

(CNN) – Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev. Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at the elder Graham's mountaintop retreat, a reference to Mormonism as a cult was scrubbed from the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In a section of the website called Billy Graham's My Answer there had been the question "What is a cult?"

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Religion
August 21st, 2012
10:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney open up about their faith in a church magazine

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have opened up about their religious faith to an unlikely source: Cathedral Age, the quarterly magazine of the Washington National Cathedral.

The interviews mark a rare instance of Romney talking about Mormonism, while Obama discusses his Christian faith in detail, referencing favorite Christian writers and Bible verses.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Religion
5 Reasons 'Teavangelicals' matter
Worshipers at a church in Puerto Rico where former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum campaigned this year.
June 27th, 2012
04:40 PM ET
2 years ago

5 Reasons 'Teavangelicals' matter

(CNN) – It's a match made in political heaven – evangelical Christians and the Tea Party. Starting in 2010, the two huge conservative flanks started coming together, forming what Christian Broadcasting Network Chief Political correspondent David Brody calls the "Teavangelical" movement.

Sure, the Tea Party was supposed to be all about money matters, its name an acronym for "taxed enough already." The conventional wisdom was that the group didn't care much about social issues like gay marriage and abortion – those were the province of evangelicals.

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Filed under: 2012 • Republicans • Tea Party
Jimmy Carter bemoans money in politics on Super Tuesday
March 6th, 2012
04:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Jimmy Carter bemoans money in politics on Super Tuesday

(CNN) – Jimmy Carter, peanut farmer turned 39th president, said he was casually following Republican politics on Super Tuesday, as he does sometimes for amusement.

Watching from the sideline has given Carter some perspective he said. He is not thrilled about how things are playing out.

Tune in to the CNN Election Center tonight at 7 p.m. ET for live coverage of the Super Tuesday primaries and follow real time results on CNNPolitics.com, on the CNN apps and on the CNN mobile web site. Follow CNN Politics on Facebook and on Twitter at #cnnelections.
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Filed under: 2012 • Georgia • Jimmy Carter
Sen. Marco Rubio's religious journey: Catholic to Mormon to Catholic to Baptist and Catholic
February 23rd, 2012
05:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Marco Rubio's religious journey: Catholic to Mormon to Catholic to Baptist and Catholic

(CNN) - A new wrinkle emerged Thursday in the autobiography of a rising Republican star: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, was once a Mormon. Rubio, a Cuban-American who has played up his Catholic roots on the campaign trail and today attends Catholic churches as well as a Southern Baptist megachurch, was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a young boy.

Rubio's attendance in the church was little-known and made a splash when details of a forthcoming memoir were reported Thursday by the Miami Herald and the website BuzzFeed.

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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Marco Rubio • Religion
Will they or won’t they wear ashes?
February 22nd, 2012
12:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Will they or won’t they wear ashes?

Washington (CNN) – “You’ve got something on your forehead.”

Every year on Ash Wednesday it’s how the awkward conversation begins. A well meaning co-worker points out a black smudge on someone’s forehead, not knowing it’s supposed to be there.

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Santorum and Satan – the devil is in the details
February 21st, 2012
05:25 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum and Satan – the devil is in the details

Washington (CNN) - A 2008 speech by Rick Santorum at Ave Maria University is making waves this week, in large part because Santorum said Satan had his sights set on America and the country was facing spiritual warfare.

The speech came at the beginning of the academic year at the Catholic university in Florida. At that point, the 2008 presidential campaign was in full swing. Then-candidate Barack Obama had recently made a statement about abortion and the issue of deciding when life began, which he said was above his pay grade.

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum
Mixed Catholic reaction to revised White House contraception plan
February 10th, 2012
12:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Mixed Catholic reaction to revised White House contraception plan

Washington (CNN) – As word trickled out of a White House compromise with Catholic groups on its rule around contraception coverage on Friday morning, administration officials took to the phones to sell the plan to religious leaders across the spectrum.

Catholic officials say President Obama called New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, to explain the revised policy, which exempts religiously affiliated universities and hospitals for paying for no cost contraception for their employees but requires insurers to offer such coverage for for free to women who work at such institutions.

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Filed under: White House
Obama reflects on faith in prayer breakfast speech
February 2nd, 2012
02:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama reflects on faith in prayer breakfast speech

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Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke of his personal faith Thursday as he delivered remarks for the third year in a row at the National Prayer Breakfast.

In addition, Obama used the platform in front of religious dignitaries and politicians to express his vision of how faith and government intersect and can work together.

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Filed under: President Obama • Religion
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