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No racial motivation in U.S. church fires: Official

Washington - Fires at six African-American churches in the southern United States do not appear to be linked or racially motivated, officials said.

Charleston church holds first service since massacre

Charleston - The church in South Carolina where a white gunman murdered nine African Americans, held Sunday its first church service since the massacre, an emotional gathering celebrating the lives of those slain.

Blacks massacred in Civil War church

Charleston - There are reports of at least nine black people shot dead at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina during a prayer meeting. The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church had served as beacon for enslaved slaves before the Civil War.

Fire ravages French basilica

Nantes - A spectacular blaze ravaged the roof of a 19th century basilica in western France on Monday, causing major damage but no injuries, authorities said.

Church says it won't use 'Ellis defense' in sex abuse cases

Ballarat - After conferring with the archbishops of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Francis Sullivan, head of the Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council, reiterated their pledge to keep the Ellis defense in the past and not the present or future.

Egypt jails 69 Islamists for torching church

Cairo - An Egyptian court Wednesday jailed 69 Islamists for life for torching a church near Cairo in August 2013, as anger flared over a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

San Francisco church removes sprinklers soaking homeless

San Francisco - Outdoor sprinklers installed outside a San Francisco cathedral to discourage homeless people from sleeping there have been removed, church officials said Wednesday.

Manny Pacquiao builds own place of worship

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has broken ground to make way for the construction of a multi-million-dollar place of worship in General Santos City in the Philippines, where he intends to spread the word of God when he retires from boxing.

At least seven churches torched in Niger anti-Charlie Hebdo riots: AFP

Niamey - At least seven churches were burned Saturday in Niger's capital Niamey during rioting in response to the publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon in France's Charlie Hebdo magazine, an AFP correspondent reported.

Suicide bombing outside Nigeria church, 'several injured'

Kano - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside an evangelist church in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, injuring several people, witnesses and a rescue worker said."There was an explosion outside the ECWA church this morning.

Catholic Church in Australia links celibacy to child abuse

Sydney - The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday said that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, and recommended that clergy should be given "psychosexual" training.

Alabama church to hold service in Buffalo Wild Wings

Hoover - An Alabama church is hoping that its members will go along with an unorthodox new weekly service — held within Buffalo Wild Wings.

Kenyan priest sentenced to death for Italian bishop's murder

Nairobi - A Kenyan Roman Catholic priest and four others were sentenced to death Thursday by a court in Nairobi for murdering an elderly Italian bishop almost a decade ago.

Nigeria preacher says cooperating after fatal building collapse

Lagos - Nigerian preacher TB Joshua on Thursday broke his silence over a building collapse that killed 80 at his Lagos megachurch but denied lack of cooperation and stuck to his theory of possible aerial sabotage.

Nigerian preacher under pressure over fatal church collapse

Lagos - A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure on Wednesday to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.

67 South Africans dead in Lagos building collapse

Lagos - South Africa's president announced Tuesday that 67 of his compatriots were among scores of worshippers killed in the collapse of a popular and controversial Nigerian megachurch.

Nigerian preacher suggests sabotage over deadly building collapse

Lagos - Nigerian preacher and televangelist TB Joshua on Sunday linked a deadly building collapse at his Lagos megachurch to a suspicious aircraft but rescue workers ruled out the theory of foul play.

Couple caught having sex in the doorway of a church

Derby - A couple in the UK were caught having sex in the doorway of a church. The incident occurred at the St Mary's church in Derby.

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...
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Members of Greater Friendship Baptist Church participate in the MLK Parade in Savannah  GA.  1/20/14
Members of Greater Friendship Baptist Church participate in the MLK Parade in Savannah, GA. 1/20/14
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The rear of the church features three beautiful stained glass windows.
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The largest Tiffany stained-glass window ever made is somewhat impressive outside, too.
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Mother Emanuel is the oldest AME church in the south and the second oldest in the world.
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Old gravestones at St. Hilda's Church in Whitby
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The desecrated Virgin Mary Statue
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The writing is a set of translations from Spanish names of numbers (uno, dos, and tres) and Arabic numerals (4–10, 21, 30, 100, and 200) to the unknown language. Some of the translated numbers have never been seen before, while others may have been borrowed from Quechua or a related language.
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The full name of the settlement being excavated was Santa Mar´ıa Magdalena de Cao.
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Decorated door of the Sanctuary of Jesuit Brothers, Warsaw, Poland.
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A second church in Chesham
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A group of counter-protesters
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The red maple across from the church glows brighter the second week of autumn, and the darker red sandstone carving over the church door is legible again: Faith, Hope, Love.
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buzzards resting on top of the church
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Judith Hemken and Tiffany Burton face charges of allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in a local church.
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A wheelchair in a church
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A burned church in Jos, Nigeria
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