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Catholic church trains priests to place renewed focus on exorcism

Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding a conference on how to conduct exorcisms. The two-day training, which ends Saturday in Baltimore, is to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed,…

‘Al-Qaida in Iraq’ threatens attacks on Christians

Al-Qaida front group in Iraq threatens Christians with more violence after bloody church siege Al-Qaida’s front group in Iraq has threatened more attacks on Christians after a siege on a Baghdad church that left 58 people dead, linking the warning to claims that Egypt’s Coptic Church is holding women captive…

Series of blasts in Baghdad kills 76

String of blasts across Baghdad kills 76, most hit Shiite-dominated neighborhoods Rapid-fire bombings and mortar strikes in mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killed 76 people and wounded nearly 200 on Tuesday, calling into question the ability of Iraqi security forces to protect the capital. The blasts — at least 13…

Baghdad church siege ends with 52 dead

Bloody siege of Baghdad church ends with at least 52 dead, mostly Christians. Iraqi security forces stormed a Baghdad church where militants had taken an entire congregation hostage for four hours, leaving at least 52 people dead, including a priest, Iraqi officials said Monday. It was not immediately clear whether…

Gunmen seize hostages in Baghdad church

BAGHDAD — Gunmen have taken worshippers hostage in a Baghdad church where they fled after shooting dead two guards at the Iraqi capital’s stock exchange, a bishop and security officials said. “What we know is that a number of worshippers and two priests are being held hostage at the church…

Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle: ‘We are a nation that has killed our children’

Also attacks legal divorce Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle is in hot water again, this time for remarks she made to a church crowd Oct. 1. In her speech (audio of which appears below), Angle also appears to have “confessed” that the United States had gone astray by allowing…

Pastor in sex scandal vows to fight allegations

The famed pastor of a Georgia megachurch said Sunday that he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships, stressing that he’d be back to lead the church the next week. Addressing a New Birth Missionary Baptist Church sanctuary packed with thousands, Bishop Eddie Long neither discussed…

Update: Bishop in alleged gay sex scandal to step down

Update: The website Black Spin reported on Friday afternoon that the bishop at the center of allegations of a gay sex scandal plans to step down as the pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church after he delivers his sermon on Sunday. According to the same story, as many…

GOP candidate: Hitler invented separation of church and state

Christine O’Donnell isn’t the only Delaware Tea Party candidate making waves. The seat in the House of Representatives currently held by Republican Mike Castle — who was defeated by O’Donnell in Tuesday’s Senatorial primary — is also up for grabs. The Republican primary for that office was won by Tea…

Florida pastor says his church will never burn Quran, as protesters chant ‘death to America’ abroad

VIA MSNBC: “Florida Pastor Terry Jones told NBC’s “Today” show on Saturday that his church in Gainesville, Fla., would not burn Qurans in protest to the building of an Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. “We will definitely not burn the Quran, no,” he…

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