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Pope Francis Rips 'Very Ugly Thing' He Sees at Mass

Specifically, worshippers with their cellphones

(Newser) - When the priest says "lift up your hearts" during Mass, you'd better put your cellphone down while you do it. That was Pope Francis' message Wednesday during his weekly address in St. Peter's Square, calling it a "very ugly thing" to see worshippers—even other men... More »

Texas Shooting Victims Could Sue US—and Win

Law professor makes the case; also, authorities say a church camera recorded the massacre

(Newser) - First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, often recorded its church services, raising the disturbing possibility that Sunday's massacre was captured on video. Now the New York Times reports that such a gruesome video does indeed exist. One law enforcement official says it shows Devin Kelley firing continuously for... More »

Couple Killed in Texas Church Memorialized Son There

Robert and Shani Corrigan had just buried their son last year

(Newser) - On Nov. 26 of last year, Robert and Shani Corrigan lost their 25-year-old son to suicide. They held his memorial service at Sutherland Springs' First Baptist Church in Texas, where the Michigan couple had moved years prior to start a new life. Less than a year after his death, they... More »

One Dead From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Iowa Church

The church was being heated by a gas-powered unit in an unvented basement

(Newser) - Authorities say one person died and 14 more were hospitalized after breathing carbon monoxide at their church in Iowa, where a gasoline-powered generator was running in the unvented basement to provide heat and lighting. The AP reports that medics and police officers found several people with headaches and breathing difficulties... More »

Tourist Killed by Falling Chunk of Famous Church

Florence's Basilica of Santa Croce will be closed indefinitely

(Newser) - A 52-year-old tourist from Spain was killed Thursday by falling masonry in one of Florence's most famous churches, the Basilica of Santa Croce. The church, a top tourist attraction, is where Italian luminaries Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried. The fatal accident raises questions about the state... More »

Immigrant's 'Unusual' Reprieve After 11 Months in Hiding

Javier Flores Garcia is going home to be with his family thanks to special deferred status and visa

(Newser) - Since November, Javier Flores Garcia has been separated from his family and hunkered down in a Philly church to avoid deportation, serving as a handyman and praying. On Wednesday, per NBC Philadelphia , the undocumented immigrant finally left the Arch Street United Methodist Church where he'd found sanctuary not long... More »

Closed Churches Find New Life as Breweries

Not appropriate, say clergy members

(Newser) - Ira Gerhart finally found a place last year to fulfill his dream of opening a brewery: a 1923 Presbyterian church. It was cheap, charming, and just blocks from downtown Youngstown, Ohio. But soon after Gerhart announced his plans, residents and a minister at a nearby Baptist church complained about alcohol... More »

Church Wants Developer to Pay $19M Over Shadows

Boston landmark says it would use most of the money for low-income housing

(Newser) - A historic Boston church is asking a developer to pay $19 million to compensate for shadows cast by a proposed tower, per the AP . Old South Church claims the proposed Back Bay Station project will cast shadows on the 142-year-old church that will cause moisture damage and darken stained-glass windows,... More »

Black Church Gets Happy Surprise From Former 'Terrible Racist'

Mystery donor apologizes and sends $2,000 check

(Newser) - A self-confessed former "terrible racist" surprised a Greenville, SC, pastor with a plea for forgiveness—and a fat donation. Rev. Michael Sullivan tells WSPA he was floored when he read the letter signed by "Anonymous Donor." The missive dated May 13 (which can be seen in its... More »

Blogger Played Pokemon Go in Church, Is Convicted for It

Russia's Ruslan Sokolovsky convicted of inciting religious hatred

(Newser) - A Russian blogger was convicted Thursday of inciting religious hatred for playing Pokemon Go in a church and given a 3.5-year suspended sentence. Ruslan Sokolovsky's offense is the same one that sent two women from Pussy Riot to prison in 2012. Sokolovsky posted a video on his blog... More »

Bill to Let Church Create Police Force Advances in Alabama

Birmingham congregation says it needs more protection

(Newser) - A bill designed to allow a church to have its own police force is moving forward. Alabama's Senate judiciary panel has passed a measure that would let Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham create the force, reports NBC News . The force would coordinate with local police to protect the 4,... More »

Alabama Church Moves to Form Own Police Force

Critics worry the church could use it to cover up crimes

(Newser) - Alabama's Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools, and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon add something that no other American church has: its own police force. Briarwood has asked the state legislature for... More »

Ex-Congregants Reveal Horrifying Abuse at NC Church

Word of Faith Fellowship has thwarted investigators for decades

(Newser) - From all over the world, they flocked to the tiny town of Spindale, NC, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror—waged in the name of the Lord. Congregants of the Word of... More »

Cops: Murder Plot Involved Priest, Cyanide, Suitcase

Georgian Orthodox Church official charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - It sounds like an odd espionage thriller, but it's all too true in the Republic of Georgia: Police busted a priest traveling with cyanide and say he meant to kill a high-ranking member of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Father Georgi Mamaladze, who runs the church's property department, was... More »

Oklahoma Town's Morality Ordinance Prohibits V-Day Dance

City council won't vote to repeal until after the holiday

(Newser) - In a scene that seems straight out of Footloose, a small town has cancelled a dance simply because it was to be held 300 feet from a church. Henryetta, Okla., is a town of roughly 5,500 people 60 miles south of Tulsa, and had planned a Valentine's Day... More »

San Diego Church Flier Says Voting Democrat Is 'Mortal Sin'

The diocese says that's ridiculous

(Newser) - If you live in San Diego and plan on voting for Hillary, it's best you don't read two recent newsletters from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In the Oct. 16 bulletin for the Old Town church, which is used as an election polling site, a flier was inserted. Along... More »

Woman Dies After Drinking 'Cure' That's Basically Clorox

It's promoted by a fringe church whose founder says he's from another galaxy

(Newser) - An institution calling itself the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing is anything but, according to a man who says an elixir promoted by the church as a "miracle cure" is the same concoction that killed her, ABC News reports. Doug Nash says he and his wife, Sylvia... More »

Pastor Rebukes Trump During Flint Speech

She interrupted after he mentioned Clinton

(Newser) - Donald Trump is in charge at Trump Tower but the Rev. Faith Green Timmons is the boss at Flint's Bethel United Methodist Church, the candidate discovered Wednesday. The pastor walked onto the stage and interrupted Trump mid-speech after he started attacking Hillary Clinton's record on the economy and... More »

Klansman Behind 1963 Bombing to Stay in Prison

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, denied parole

(Newser) - The lone surviving Ku Klux Klansman imprisoned for killing four black girls in a church bombing in 1963 will remain behind bars after Alabama's parole board heeded the victims' families Wednesday and refused an early release. The board rejected parole for Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, who has served... More »

In Ancient Scottish Chapel, Evidence of a Witch Prison

Aberdeen church has an iron ring set in stone

(Newser) - The remains of some 2,000 people lie beneath Scotland's East Kirk of St. Nicholas church, but an iron ring set in the stone pillar of the chapel could link directly back to a spookier past: the documented trial and execution of 23 women and one man accused of... More »

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