In a departure from the tense relationship across the country between law enforcement and protesters following the deaths of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City in recent weeks, Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson is being praised for striking a peaceful tone.
In his recent Christmas message to police officers about serving their community, Anderson commented specifically on their response to protests following the Missouri and New York grand jury decisions.
The highlight of his message was a point-by-point response to a concerned citizen about the manner in which police monitored the protestors without incident, which The Washington Post has called "remarkable." more >>
Citing words from a sermon she delivered just last month on accountability, cyclists in Baltimore City cried louder for Heather Cook, the first female bishop of The Episcopal Church of Maryland, to be charged with murder after she allegedly killed one of their own, a married father of two, in a hit-and-run accident Saturday.
Cook, 58, who court records reveal has a history of substance abuse, has not yet been charged in the death of 41-year-old Thomas Palermo, who friends and relatives are now grieving.
A spokesperson from the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City told The Christian Post Monday evening that they could not comment on an ongoing investigation, and staff at the Diocese have not yet delivered a statement from Cook, who has been placed on leave from the Diocese. more >>
Investigators in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero have revealed that a Roman Catholic priest who was discovered dead on Christmas Day last week was strangled to death, and not shot, as initial reports had claimed. Pope Francis has condemned the murder, calling it "unjustifiable."
"There has been a poor handling of information, because Father Lopez Gorostieta did not die from a gunshot, he died of strangulation, according to the autopsy," Attorney General Miguel Angel Godinez said on Monday.
Baltimore City cyclists are demanding that Heather Cook, the first female bishop of The Episcopal Church of Maryland, and the second highest ranking official in the church, be charged with murder after she hit a cyclist with her car Saturday then fled the scene as he died. It has also been revealed that Cook has a DUI record.
Baltimore Police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert told the Baltimore Brew that "officers were called to the 5700 block of Roland Avenue for a report of a car accident" at about 2:37 p.m. Saturday.
When they arrived, 41-year-old Thomas Palermo, a married father of two and biking enthusiast, was found injured but alive. He was rushed to Sinai Hospital but died from his injuries. Cook, 58, who was later identified as the driver of the vehicle that hit Palermo, fled the scene and only returned after she was reportedly chased down by cyclists who were present at the scene of the accident. more >>
The man who attempted to assassinate former Pope John Paul II in 1981 visited the late pontiff's grave at the Vatican on Saturday, placed flowers on his tomb and also requested to meet with Pope Francis, Italian media outlets have reported.
Mehmet Ali Agca, now 56 years old, made an attempt ot the pope's life on May 13, 1981, by shooting the pope twice at close range while the pontiff was traveling in an open vehicle through St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Although the attack did not kill John Paul II, it left the pope critically wounded with one bullet going through his abdomen and another that just barely missed his heart.
Agca, who is originally from Turkey and was a member of the far-right neo-fascist group Grey Wolves, was initially given a life sentence for the assassination attempt. However, Agca only served 19 years in Italian prison before he was pardoned by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 2000. more >>
With help from a Dominican-Pakistani priest, an American couple has bought a new home for three Pakistani children whose Christian parents were burned alive by an angry mob of Muslims in the Punjab Province after being accused of blasphemy in November.
Moved by the orphans' unfortunate situation and the barbaric death of the children's parents, Jill and Scott Kelley of Tampa, Florida, have paid for a new home for the three children of Shama Bibi and Shahzad Masih, The New York Post reports.
After being accused of ripping pages out of the Koran, Bibi and Masih were tortured, had their legs broken and were thrown into a brick kiln by a mob of about 500 to 600 Muslims in the town of Kot Radha Kishan on Nov. 4. more >>