Sudanese authorities arrested 12 young Christian women in Khartoum and forced them to strip out of their clothes after they left a church service wearing what was deemed "immoral dress," a Christian persecution watchdog organization has reported.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the 12 women were leaving a service at the El Izba Baptist Church in Khartoum last Thursday wearing trousers and skirts when they were detained by the local public order police.
The women were taken to the police station and forced to remove their clothing to allow the police officers to inspect the clothing to verify the clothing's indecency. more >>
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice has been going to church while in prison and praying for an early release, according to excerpts from her diary.
The mother of four has been incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, since Jan. 5, after a judge sentenced her to serve 15 months in prison following a bankruptcy fraud conviction. In newly released excerpts from her prison diary, the Bravo TV stars opens up about life behind bars and says that she feels God's presence guiding her.
A 10-year-old boy in Pakistan was allegedly tortured with a stick by his Islamic school teacher after he refused to do construction work on a mosque in the Punjab province.
The Pakistani news site Dawn.com reported that the boy, named only as Tayyab, who is a student at Jamia Ishadal Quran seminary in the Noorpur village in the town of Pakpattan, was brutally beaten by an Islamic cleric until he passed out on Sunday.
Rozi Khan, Tayyab's father, told local media that he was alerted that his son was being physically assaulted when two of his son's classmates came to him and told him that Tayyab was being held by the cleric. more >>
A fire that broke out in South Carolina on Tuesday at a historic black church once destroyed by the Klu Klux Klan, was not intentionally lit, according to a report.
Twenty years after two members of the KKK torched Greeleyville's Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, the community again watched it burn in flames on Tuesday evening although federal law enforcement officials reportedly said that a preliminary investigation has ruled out arson. Investigators are trying to determine whether lightning may have caused the fire.
"You feel sorry, it's devastating to put the church and the community back through the same thing. Even though it was 20 years ago, it seems like it was just yesterday," Mayor Jesse Parker of Greeleyville told CNN. "We stood out here last night, the church folks, the pastor and we had a prayer vigil as the church burned … This is a Christian community, our churches are cornerstones of our community so I'm quite sure the church will rebuild." more >>
The First Church of Cannabis, a so-called religious group, says it will abstain from using marijuana during its opening worship service, according to it's leader, amid concerns that police might arrest those in attendance because pot is illegal in Indiana.
The Indianapolis-based "church," which garnered national headlines earlier this year by becoming an officially recognized religious sect, announced Monday that marijuana will not be part of its first service.
Bill Levin, leader of the group, commented on social media that he's concerned about potential police action against the First Church of Cannabis if people use the banned substance during Wednesday's service. more >>
Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris, who serves in the Archdiocese of New York, said two men spat on him during Sunday's NYC Pride parade in an unprovoked attack, following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
In a Facebook post shared with his 283,000 followers on Sunday, the Roman Catholic Priest of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the Bronx, New York, said that he was attacked by two men while walking down Broadway and 22nd Street during Sunday's gay pride festivities. It is unclear whether Morris, 42, filed a police report after the alleged incident and the suspects have not been identified.
"Walking down Broadway and 22nd Street just now, I ran into gay marriage parade. Two men walked by and spat on me. Oh well ... I deserve worse," he wrote in a June 28 Facebook post, later adding: "The two men who spat on me are probably very good men caught up in excitement and past resentment. Most in that parade would not do that." more >>