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April 5th, 2013
09:32 AM ET

The Gitmo guard who converted to Islam

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) - Army Specialist Terry Holdbrooks was a member of the 463rd Military Police Company when he came to the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2003.  He was an angry, nearly atheistic 19-year-old military police guard. Nearly a year later, he left a changed man and a Muslim.

[0:18] “One of the things that kind of amazed me about Guantanamo was that the detainees could wake up each day and smile.”

Holdbrooks thought, how can these men, who have no freedom, no rights, not only tell each other jokes and keep each other’s spirits up but still believe in and pray to God?

[1:57] “Obviously there’s something more to Islam than what I’ve been told which was nothing.”

Against the rules, Holdbrooks began to have discussions with the detainees. He became particularly close to one detainee, a Moroccan man named Ahmed Errachidi. It was this relationship that started Holdbrooks' journey of religious conversion.

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March 28th, 2013
01:45 PM ET

Atheism finding its way

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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(CNN) – This is the 50th anniversary of the American Atheists – that’s the hard-line atheist group with those in-your-face billboards that show Jesus in the manger with the words "You Know It's a Myth."

It's coming at a time when the number of non-believers is growing in America – especially among the ones under 35 – according to the Pew Research Center.

Tomorrow, the American Atheists are meeting to note their half-century mark and to talk about the future. So, which way is this movement headed?

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March 22nd, 2013
04:04 PM ET

Tearing up over Passover's bitter herbs

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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Riverhead, New York (CNN) – A bitter, hot, gnarly looking root plays a key role in the upcoming seder meal at the center of the Jewish holiday Passover. Horseradish symbolizes the bitter existence the Israelites experienced in slavery under the Pharaoh in Egypt. Most people get it from a jar but it’s actually quite easy to make.

[3:21] “It’s predominantly sold for Passover and for Easter also people use it but yeah, this is the season,” said Phillip Schmitt, owner of the Schmitt family farm in Riverhead, New York. “It’s a pretty ugly root when it first comes out of the ground. I mean all these little ones are all attached. It’s pretty wild looking.”

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March 4th, 2013
09:12 AM ET

White smoke wagering; betting on the new pope

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – As the College of Cardinals decide when they’ll lock themselves away to begin the process of electing a new Pope, the odds makers are already at work.

Feilim MacAnIomaire with the online betting site PaddyPower, says betting on who the pope will be, from what country he will come, how long the conclave will last, how many ballots it will take, and what name the new pope will take is big business.

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February 28th, 2013
08:42 AM ET

Picking the next pope: an insider's guide

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – Pope Benedict XVI officially vacates the Papacy today clearing the way for the election of a new Pontiff.

Cardinals from all over the world are gathering to soon begin the process of finding a new Holy Father. But Father Tim Rausch, Professor of Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles says it won’t begin right away.

[:35] “The Cardinals need time to do what they call a ‘murmuratsio.’ Murmurotsio is a murmuring.”

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