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At Illinois park, Jesus' face gets bashed in - News - Wicked Local - Boston, MA

July 11, 2019
PEORIA, Ill. — Still under construction, Serenity Memorial Park is dedicated to Peorians who have lost a loved one to violence. But last week, the centerpiece of the South Peoria park — an imported statue of Jesus Christ — was the victim of violence: the hands were busted off and the face was bashed in. The $15,000 statue — which includes a plaque bearing the scripture, “Love one another as I have loved you” — might be irreparable. “It’s so

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1st black priest in US, ex-slave, positioned for sainthood

June 13, 2019
Pope Francis on Wednesday deemed the first known black Roman Catholic priest in the United States to be “venerable,” positioning the former slave for possible sainthood. The pontiff’s designation of the Rev. Augustine Tolton as venerable, meaning the church intensely scrutinized his life and recognizes it as one of “heroic virtue,” puts Tolton two steps away from possible canonization, the Diocese of Springfield explained in announcing the designation.

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Former Lawyer Becomes First Black Female Episcopal Bishop In The South 

May 10, 2019
The Episcopal Church has ordained an African American woman to serve as a bishop in the South for the very first time. The Rev. Phoebe Roaf, 55, was officially consecrated as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee on Saturday. She is the fifth black female bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church. Born in Arkansas, Roaf is a fourth-generation Episcopalian. Her brother is former New Orleans Saints player Willie Roaf. The bishop told HuffPost that growing up, she never saw anyone who looked

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A Hopping Hotline Brings the Amish and Mennonites Together 

May 10, 2019
THE VOICE ON THE OPENING recording is so cheerful it could be a representative from the tourism board of some perpetually sunny Caribbean island.“Welcome to the Amish and Mennonite Conference Line! Use it for God’s glory!”The Line is a conference room-via-phone for speakers of Pennsylvania Dutch, a dialect of German brought to the United States by European immigrants beginning in the late 17th century and preserved today almost entirely by the Amish and Mennonites in the United States and Ontario, Canad

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New law requires professors in Washington to accommodate religious holidays 

May 2, 2019
A new state law makes it easier for college students to take time off for religious holidays. Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5166 into law on Monday (April 29), making Washington the first state requiring that institutions of higher education provide academic accommodations to students who need them for religious observances. This includes rescheduling exams and permitting absences, as long as the student notifies the professor of the needed accommodation within the first two weeks of class. College p

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For millennials, mysticism shows a path to their home faiths 

April 29, 2019
Anthony Graffagnino describes himself spiritually as both frustrated and curious. A Pentecostal turned Unitarian, the 28-year-old Graffagnino said he’s had his fill with “stale and dead expressions of faith that I saw really doing nothing to better the people around me or the world around me.” Discovering the Christian mystical tradition through the work of Franciscan friar Richard Rohr helped change that. “Father Richard’s work allowed an entryway into Christianity when I didn’t think there was any,” sa

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Man Caught Walking Into New York Cathedral With Full Gas Cans, Lighters: Police 

April 18, 2019
A 37-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night after walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two full gasoline cans, lighter fluid and lighters, police said. The incident occurred two days after a massive fire severely damaged the eight-century-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, causing global shock and sorrow. The blaze was most likely the result of an accident though a major investigation is under way. In New York, the man entered the Roman Catholic cathedral in midtown Manhattan j

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