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March 26th, 2014
03:50 PM ET

Jimmy Carter: Pope Francis agrees women should have enhanced role in the Catholic church

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, former President Jimmy Carter talks about his letter to Pope Francis. In it, Carter called on the pontiff to support efforts to stop abuse against women.

"I asked him to join with me in doing some of these things to prevent slavery, and to prevent killings, and to prevent unnecessary prostitution, and to prevent things of that kind," Carter said.

The former president also said he didn't ask the Pope to change the Catholic Church's policy on female priest, which he supports.

"[The Pope] said the role of women within the Catholic Church should be enhanced in the future," Carter said.

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Filed under: News • Pope Francis • Religion
March 14th, 2014
01:04 PM ET

Pope Francis marks one-year anniversary

Last year at this time a new Pope had just been elected and no one could have predicted how popular Pope France would become.

In his first year, why this Pope has everyone talking

It's been a record-setting and trend-setting year.

One year of Pope Francis: A priest reflects

CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the new Pope's most irresistible moments.


Filed under: Jeanne Moos • News • Pope Francis • Religion
February 17th, 2014
09:07 PM ET

Reality show snake-handling pastor killed by snakebite

A pastor of a Kentucky church that handles deadly snakes as part of its faith has died from a fatal snake bite.

Reality show snake-handling preacher dies - of snakebite

Jamie Coots, who passed away Saturday after refusing medical treatment had previously appeared on the National Geographic reality show "Snake Salvation."

Death by faith: Why the snake handler refused treatment

Despite the practice being illegal in every state except West Virginia, there are still over 120 snake-handling churches throughout the southeast United States.

Coots was a third-generation "serpent handler" and aspired to one day pass the practice and his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, on to his adult son, Little Cody.

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Raplh Hood, a long-time friend of deceased Pastor Coots.


Filed under: News • Religion
February 17th, 2014
08:20 PM ET

Pope Francis renews his Argentine passport

Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the man the world knows as the Pope.

Like every other world traveler, Pope Francis has a passport that sometimes expires. But unlike any other Pope, Francis insisted on paying the roughly $55 fee himself.

It's just one example of the Pontiff acting like a regular guy.

OutFront: Joe Concha, columnist for Mediaite.


Filed under: News • Pope Francis • Religion
January 20th, 2014
09:15 PM ET

Maryland mother arrested for "exorcism" killings

For many, an exorcism is just something you see in the movies or read about in books.

But, for some, it is a very real ceremony they believe will banish evil demons out of human bodies.

It is one of organized religion's most controversial practices and, unfortunately, often ends tragically as it did this weekend.

Police in Germantown, Maryland report that on Friday, Zakieya Latrice Avery killed two of her own children during what they believe was an exorcism.

Police: Maryland mom kills 2 of her children during attempted exorcism

One-year-old Norell Harris and his 2-year-old sister Zyana were found stabbed to death in their home.

A 5-year-old sister, Taniya, and 8-year-old brother, Martello, were also injured during the alleged ceremony and remain in the hospital.

One other woman, Monifa Denise Sanford, was also at the scene and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, the same as the childrens' mother.

OutFront: Director of the Major Crimes Division at Montgomery County Police Department, Captain Marcus Jones.


Filed under: Crime • Justice • News • Religion
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