The number of Catholic priests, lay leaders, and missionaries assassinated increased last year, according to a report by an Italian Catholic organization. Twenty-two Catholic church leaders and faithful were murdered in 2013, reported the Fides News Agency of Rome.
This number was comprised of 19 priests, 1 nun, and two lay leaders. It is an increase from 2012, which had a total of 12 murders.
"As it has been for some time, Fides' list does not only include missionaries ad gentes in the strict sense, but all pastoral care workers who died violent deaths," reads a Fides article. "We do not propose to use the term 'martyrs', if not in its etymological meaning of 'witnesses' since it is up to the Church to judge their possible merits and also because of the [scarcity] of available information in most cases, with regard to their life and even the circumstances of their death." more >>
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie denied any knowledge of the politically-motivated closure of the George Washington Bridge during his re-election campaign last year, in a press conference Thursday morning.
"Ultimately, I am responsible for what happens under my watch, the good and the bad," Christie admitted. "All I can do is apologize for the conduct of people who worked for me — I can't reverse time, but if I could, I would." He described himself as "heartbroken" by the lies of his staff and "humiliated."
The governor was referring to a scandal in September, where staff he appointed decided to close down the George Washington Bridge, which connects part of New York City to the city of Fort Lee, New Jersey. While allegations and rumors run back weeks, emails surfaced Wednesday confirming that officials in Christie's employ made the decision, allegedly to punish Fort Lee's Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, for refusing to endorse the governor for his 2013 re-election. more >>
A 63-year-old Huber Heights, Ohio, woman who was pushed to tears after she was body-slammed and threatened with a Taser by a local police officer during a routine traffic stop last Thursday, is now suing the officer and the city for damages and attorney fees in excess of $25,000.
Marcia Laning and her husband filed the lawsuit against Huber Heights police officer Brian M. Doyle, police Chief Robert Schommer and the city in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, according to a report in the Norwalk Reflector.
The shocking incident was captured on dash-cam video and shows officer Doyle pulling Laning over for what he said was a marked lane violation. The video shows Laning pulling into the parking lot where she works and backing her vehicle into a spot. more >>
Growing up in South Central Los Angeles and as the son of a Crips gang founder, Tommie Scott's environment was conducive to a lifestyle of crime, violence and poverty. However, desperate to change, the soon to be ordained chaplain gave up his past to work with youth in Las Vegas who want the same change for themselves.
Scott's past experiences led him to use his story as an example of hope for gang members as he does through his work with the Nevada Clark County School District and his ministry for at risk youth at Trinity Life Center Church.
"After coming to Christ, a natural burden for the lost formed in me," Scott told The Christian Post. "Pastor Kleg Seth, who led me to Christ, came up with the idea of a basketball outreach, and more so with the youth, because I lost about 30 friends to guns and drugs during my teen years." more >>
It was a perplexing mystery for congregants of Christ Gospel Church in Kentucky. They couldn't understand why their money suddenly went missing after they knelt down to pray.
"We had one or two people make a comment to the deacons, they felt they'd been missing some money. Like, they came with $60 and now they have $20, or none," Stephen Manecke, the church's CFO, explained in a WHAS 11 report.
And that's when church deacons were put on high alert and decided that they would literally start watching while the congregation prayed. The decision proved fruitful and they quickly fingered Andrea Washburn, 39, as the force behind the missing money. more >>
A New Mexico church's security was on high alert after a former church attendee made a mass shooting threat on Monday.
The Albuquerque-based Calvary Church held its weekly Wednesday night service, but the church did not take the warning lightly.
"We take it serious, we do a lot of training on active shooters. We do a lot of training to prepare for situations like this," Vince Harrison, Calvary's safety and security coordinator, told KRQE-TV earlier this week. more >>