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Ukraine's Russian Orthodox church elects leader as fighting rages

Kiev - Ukraine's wing of the Russian Orthodox Church elected a pro-Russian conservative as its new leader Wednesday, as Kiev appealed for the church to help unite the country being torn apart by a pro-Moscow insurgency.

Woman shoots porn in church and gets arrested

A woman in Austria has been arrested after she was accused of filming porn inside a church. A male told police that he recognized the woman by her breasts.

Strippers plan to protest topless at church

Warsaw - A church congregation and the employees of a strip club have been protesting each other’s establishments for years. The strippers plan on escalating the fight this Sunday by protesting topless.

Missouri church raffles off AR-15 rifles for Father’s Day

Joplin - A church held a Father’s Day raffle in which two rifles were given away, hoping to draw more people to attend the service in order to spread the Gospel. The event has caused a stir on social media sites.

Presbyterians vote to sell stakes in 3 firms operating in Israel

Detroit - Leaders of the US Presbyterian Church voted Saturday to divest holdings in three major corporations with ties to Jewish settlements in territories captured by Israel in 1967.

Dublin announces full probe into Catholic baby homes

Dublin - The Irish government said on Tuesday it would launch a full-scale investigation into controversial Catholic homes for unmarried mothers, following revelations that up to 800 infants died in one such institution over a 35-year period.

UN watchdog demands tougher Vatican abuse fight

Geneva - A UN watchdog urged the Vatican on Friday to live up to Pope Francis' vow to stamp out child sex abuse by priests, calling on the Church to ensure violators face justice.

Vatican has shown 'total commitment' in anti-abuse fight

Geneva - The Vatican on Tuesday said it had shown its mettle in the battle against child sex abuse by priests, telling a UN hearing that it was determined to stamp out the scourge.

UN anti-torture watchdog grills Vatican over child sex abuse

Geneva - The UN's anti-torture watchdog grilled the Vatican on Monday over efforts to stamp out child sex abuse by priests, as the Church defended an approach which victims said had "failed terribly".

20 injured as car crashes into Florida church

Fort Myers - A runaway car plowed into a Florida church, smashing through a wall and injuring around 20 worshippers attending Easter services, police said on Monday.

Review: Michael W. Smith breathes life into new 'Hymns' album Special

3-time Grammy winner Michael W. Smith's new album "Hymns" comes out on March 24 and it is available at Cracker Barrel stores and online.

Vatican names former victim on child abuse commission

- A former victim of sexual abuse by priests will sit on a new commission created to root out paedophilia in the Catholic Church, the Vatican said on Saturday.Pope Francis in a statement revealed the first eight names of officials who will sit on the com...

Kenyan pastor bans women from wearing underwear in church

Nairobi - A Kenyan pastor, Rev. Njohi, told his flock that women's undergarments are a hindrance to God entering their body and banned females from wearing them in "God's house."

'NATO 3' in court on terrorism charges, entrapment is alleged

Three protesters stopped by Chicago police before a 2012 NATO Summit protest, who posted video of what appears to be clear harassment, are in court on terrorism charges after nearly two years in police custody.

Spain's new cardinal says homosexuality a 'defect'

Madrid - Pope Francis' newly chosen Spanish cardinal, 84-year-old Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, has described homosexuality as a "defect" that can be corrected with treatment, sparking condemnation from gay rights groups.

Man baptised at the age of 99

London - A 99 year-old man from Brentwood in Essex in England has been baptised. “I have been thinking about it for a couple of years,” commented Norman Machin after the baptism.

Reaching Millennials: The pastor’s blog Special

The next adult generation of the American church are the Millennials, ages 18-29. They can be reached online. But, they want answers. These young adults want to know how the Christian faith should react to today's culture:

How the church feeds America Special

In the United States, no one need go hungry. Each month, churches are setting up soup kitchens and food pantries. If every church set up a small pantry, severe needs would be eliminated.

Texas mega-church linked to measles outbreak

A Texas mega-church previously opposed to vaccinations has been linked to at least 21 cases of measles and is now urging members to get the preventative shots.

Photo Essay: Toconao — ‘Stone town’ in the silence of the desert Special

Calama - Toconao, a small town in the Atacama Desert is home to an ancient native community. The charm of the village comes from its plainness, the calm of its people, its special climate, and its lovely religious architecture that has stood the test of time.

Memorial service for Spain's train crash victims set for Monday

Santiago De Compostela - A spokesman for the local archdiocese has announced that a memorial service for the 78 dead in the train crash will be held at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela on Monday evening. The American victim of the crash has been named.

Donate to upgrade my helicopter and be blessed by God says pastor

A pastor heard the voice of the Holy Spirit, who inspired him to ask his congregation to help in raising funds in order to purchase new helicopter blades.

Op-Ed: Why are so many young adults losing their religion?

There seems to be a rapid increase in the number of young adults, or Millenials as they are sometimes called, who are not affiliated with any church.

Rape victim’s family told to stay away from church

Kottayam - A church in Kottayam district in Kerala, India has allegedly suggested that the family of a rape victim should avoid coming to church till things clear up.

The truth finally revealed: Cardinal O'Brien apologizes

The disgraced U.K. cardinal finally admits his bad sexual conduct. O'Brien initially rejected the claims, saying he was resigning because he did not want to distract from the upcoming conclave that will pick a successor to the resigned Pope Benedict XVI.

Times Square church outraged by drag show next door

Parishioners at St. Malachy's Catholic Church, in NYC, are not happy about a brunchtime drag show performed at a restaurant next door.

Photo Essay: Steeped in history, downtown Franklin is visual joy Special

Franklin - The city of Franklin is rich in history, nature, eclectic store fronts and entertainment, with Historic Downtown Franklin being its centerpiece. The aesthetic beauty of the buildings and surroundings makes it a visual joy for photographers and tourists.

Not only the Catholic Church set to elect leader

Sofia - In the midst of all the hype over who will be the next Pope, another ancient church is deciding on its leader. The little-known Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod has tied two candidates who will likely be elected in a runoff at a later date.

Op-Ed: Atheist 'church' does not make atheism religious

London - Two British comedians have started a "church" for atheists in the UK. Some say it is the start of an atheist religion, others just think it is a "congregation of unreligious people."

Church releases CD recording of silence

A church in the U.K. called St Peter's, in East Blatchington, has issued a recording of the ambiance inside the church. The recording is mostly silent, yet it has proved to be a big seller.
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