A man arrested in connection with the killing of a young Roman Catholic priest and the beating of a second priest at the Mother of Mercy Mission in Phoenix, Arizona was recently released from prison and had a violent past, police have stated. A public viewing and mass, meanwhile, was held to remember the victim, who managed to receive last rites before he died.
"We believe the motive here is a crime of opportunity, to do a burglary, and the burglary was discovered by Father Terra, who thought somebody was knocking at the door. He [Gary Michael Moran] opened the door window near the door and started attacking [Joseph] Terra violently and entered the room," said Police Chief Daniel Garcia, according to Fox10 News on Monday.
The incident occurred last week, where 28-year-old Fr. Kenneth Walker was found shot to death by police responding to a burglary call at the church, next to 56-year-old Fr. Joseph Terra, who was badly beaten but survived the attack. more >>
A Christian columnist's question to the Twittersphere, "How old were you when you were pursued sexually by an adult authority?" prompted by a former youth pastor now felon's first-person account of sexual abuse with a youth under his care, published by Christianity Today's Leadership Journal, has created a viral online discussion.
As author and religion writer Jeff Chu posted in the introduction of his Storify post on the issue, the Leadership Journal piece written by the anonymous youth minister "focused on the perpetrator's losses, short on empathy for the victim, and widely considered tone-deaf."
Chu continued, "As the hashtag #takedownthatpost emerged to pressure the publication to reconsider the essay (which has since been taken offline), Liberty University professor Karen Swallow Prior invited other voices to the conversation — those of men and women who had been abused. She had a simple but difficult question." more >>
The president of Seattle Pacific University announced at this past weekend's graduation ceremony that an engineering scholarship would be named after Jon Meis, the 22-year-old student whose heroic actions helped end the fatal June 5 shooting at the Christian college campus.
Seattle Pacific University President Daniel Martin announced at Saturday's graduation ceremony that the new scholarship would be named after Meis due to the 22-year-old graduate's "quick thinking" and selfless behavior during the June 5 attack.
"In recognition and honor of Jon's quick thinking, selfless act and brave response, we are establishing the John Meis scholarship," Martin announced to the 2014 graduating class on Saturday. Meis, who was also graduating at Saturday's event, received two standing ovations from fellow classmates and faculty. The scholarship will go toward future engineering students at the university. more >>
A Florida woman received a surprising gift this week, when police arrived at her work to give her a brand new Bible after she lost hers last week when her car was stolen.
Susan Biggs, a 57-year-old nurse working at the Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida, received a surprise this week at the start of her 5:30 a.m. shift, when she was called to the hospital lobby. Biggs arrived in the lobby to find six officers waiting for her with a large, brand new Bible, containing the inscription: "From Your Friends at the Clearwater Police Department."
The police had decided to give Biggs a brand new Bible after hers was stolen when she was carjacked last week. Biggs had been sitting in her car, reading her Bible ahead of her 4:30 a.m. shift last week when two teenage men approached her car with guns, and ordered her to exit the vehicle. Biggs did so, and the men sped off in her Chevrolet HHR that contained her purse and her beloved Bible. more >>
The 15-year-old suspected of recently opening fire at his high school near Portland, Oregon, has been described as a "spiritual" person who was very involved with his local Mormon church.
A church elder with the local Hartley Park Ward in Gresham recently described suspect Jared Padgett as a spiritual and quiet person who was devoted to his local Mormon church. Padgett is suspected of opening fire at Reynolds High School in Troutdale on Tuesday, killing one fellow classmate and injuring a teacher before turning the gun on himself in a campus bathroom stall.
A 28-year-old priest who was just ordained two years ago was shot dead in a Catholic church in Phoenix, Arizona, while another was injured near the state Capitol Wednesday night, according to Phoenix police.
Sgt. Steve Martos explained in an azcentral report that police responded to a burglary call at the Mater Misericodiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday when they made the gruesome discovery.