A 19-year-old youth was allegedly beaten to death and his 17-year-old brother severely injured during a brutal attack by their parents, sister and three other members of their upstate New York church in a bid to force the teens to confess sins — which are still unclear, say police — and the incident has left neighbors in their New Hartford community stunned.
According to WRAL, Bruce Leonard, 65, and his wife, Deborah Leonard, 59, of Clayville, were charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of their son Lucas Leonard, 19, who died Monday after he was beaten at Word of Life Church in New Hartford, New York, some 80 miles northwest of Albany.
Police say what began as spiritual "counseling" at the church on Sunday night turned into an hours-long attack in which Lucas and his 17-year-old brother, Christopher, were battered with fists and kicked, causing injuries to their abdomen, genitals, back and thighs, according to The Associated Press. more >>
Pope Francis asked the faithful for forgiveness on Wednesday at St. Peter's Square for "scandals" that have shaken the Vatican, leading to speculation about which instances he is referring to. Some publications have suggested Francis is apologizing for a priest who had encounters with male sex workers at a parish near Rome.
"Before I begin the Catechism, in the name of the Church, I want to ask you for forgiveness for the scandals that have occurred recently either in Rome or in the Vatican. I ask you for forgiveness," Francis told the thousands before his weekly address, BBC News reported.
He added: "The Word of Jesus is strong today, woe to the world because of scandals. Jesus is a realist. He says it is inevitable that there will be scandals. But woe to the man who causes scandals." more >>
The former leader of a Virginia megachurch who was found guilty of sexually assaulting two sisters earlier this year has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for his crimes.
Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, the charismatic founding member of the Richmond Outreach Center commonly called "Pastor G," was sentenced Tuesday.
While the trial was in Texas, the Richmond-based WRIC ABC News 8 covered the sentencing, reporting that Aguilar "showed no emotion after the judge handed down the sentence," only giving "a simple wave goodbye to his dad." more >>
NEW YORK — He was selling dope by age 11, eventually got hooked on crack cocaine, and wound up in prison twice. He could have been killed countless times and once, as he tells it, was even attacked by a witch. But the man who yearned as a youth to become a god of the streets by building a drug empire, is now a man on mission for God.
Dimas Salaberrios, in his 40s, pastors a flock that meets in a community center at the Bronx River Housing Projects, known historically as ground zero for hip-hop and for being infested with crime. He is also president of Concerts of Prayer Greater NYC, a multiracial and cross-cultural organization of pastors and churches believed to be the largest of its kind in New York City. Salaberrios was also among those who successfully fought against officials' attempts to bar churches from renting city-owned community centers and public school spaces for worship services. His family's supporting presence in Charleston, South Carolina, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church earlier this year also gained notable attention.
That is what the married father of three has been up to in recent times. Thirty years ago, it was an entirely different story, one in which, for all intents and purposes, he was an enemy of God. more >>
The unavoidable truth is that many are becoming desensitized by movie sensations that are depicting ungodly themes such as witchcraft, the occult, extreme violence, perverted sex, and so on. Violent and perverse video games offer the same destructive pattern. Ironically, this headline appeared in the news in 2013: Navy Yard Shooter "Obsessed with Violent Video Games."
Our sex-saturated culture will continue to pervert with the ultimate goal of destroying.
Ariel Castro, who was exposed in 2013 for kidnapping three women and holding them for ten years, admitted that a deep addiction to pornography fed his perversion. He eventually committed suicide in prison. His idol promised pleasure but brought death and destruction. more >>
A gun shop in Tennessee is giving exclusive discount to its Christian buyers, a move sparked by the recent Oregon mass shooting that targeted Christians.
Frontier Firearms has announced that it is slashing off five percent from the purchase price for those who will declare that they are a Christian before buying firearms. Shop owner Brant Williams' offer comes in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Oregon, according to Christian Today (CT).
"If Christians are going to be targeted, we need to protect ourselves," CT quotes Williams' explanation. "The best way to protect yourself is with the best weapon available, and that happens to be a handgun." more >>