Religion

Crown of Thorns relic paraded from Notre Dame to Sainte Chapelle in Paris

By Tom Heneghan (French Archbishop Patrick Chauvet holds the Crown of Thorns relic during a procession outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer) A relic venerated by Christians as the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus was paraded on Friday in Paris from Notre Dame Cathedral to the dazzling Gothic chapel built to house it in the 13th century. The relic rarely leaves the cathedral and its return to the Sainte Chapelle, a medieval gem known for its soaring stained glass windows, and the Mass said to celebrate it were the first such events there since the 1789 French Revolution. (The Crown of Thorns relic displayed during a ceremony at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer ) The French Catholic Church staged the procession, the start of a weekend of ceremonies, to mark the 800th anninversary of the birth of Saint Louis, who as King Louis IX bought the relic in 1239 from Baldwin II, the cash-strapped Latin Emperor of Constantinople, and brought it to Paris. Installed in Sainte Chapelle, which was finished in 1248, it stayed there until the Revolution. (A closer look at the Crown of Thorns relic during …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Religion

Church of England Sunday attendance continues downward slide

By Trevor Grundy (RNS) The report shows that on average in 2012, 840,000 adults, or 2 percent of the adult population, attended church on Sunday. That’s down from 1.6 million Sunday worshippers in 1968. The post Church of England Sunday attendance continues downward slide appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Local News

State rests in DUI trial of Heat dancer's death

By By Rafael Olmeda , Sun Sentinel The prosecution rested its case Friday against the Fort Lauderdale man accused of driving drunk and crashing into a stopped motorcycle, killing Miami Heat dancer Nancy Lopez-Ruiz in 2010. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel headlines     ...
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Local News

Undercover sex sting now leads to arrest of 7

An undercover sting involving men soliciting sex from underage boys on the Internet has now led to the arrest of seven suspects. Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives said they used a cellphone app named “Jackd” to pose as a 15-year-old boy in each instance. Detectives said the men arranged to meet the teen, but they were arrested upon arriving at the meeting location. The men were charged with traveling to meet a minor and soliciting a child using the Internet. Child Predator Sex Sting 2.jpg …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Teen accused in attempted robbery, carjacking at Intracoastal Mall

A teenager was arrested Wednesday after he tried to rob and carjack customers at a North Miami Beach mall, police said. Augustus Robert, 18, of Miami Gardens, was arrested on several charges, including attempted carjacking and attempted robbery. North Miami Beach police said Robert approached a woman as she got into her car at the Intracoastal Mall, pointed a gun at her and demanded money. The woman fought with Robert, closed her car door and drove away before flagging down a nearby police officer, police said. That officer immediately called for backup. Robert then followed another woman to the Dollar Tree parking lot and pointed a gun at her, demanding money and her cellphone, police said. As the woman started to hand over her wallet, a bystander saw what was happening and intervened, causing Robert to run off, police said. Robert didn’t get far, though. Police arrested him in front of the Outback Steakhouse restaurant at the mall. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Christian

Stanford Denies Funding for Campus Marriage Conference Over ‘Hate Speech’ Accusations

By Heather Clark STANFORD, Calif. – The student government at Stanford University has denied funding for an upcoming conference on marriage and family due to accusations from angry students that the event would promote “hate speech” against homosexuals. Stanford University’s Anscombe Society is set to host Communicating Values: Marriage, Family & the Media on April 5th, an event that was organized to “help university students and young adults … promote the values of marriage, family and sexual integrity to the broader popular culture.” The conference will host special speakers such as Ryan Anderson, William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and co-author of What is Marriage? Man & Woman: A Defense, and Sherif Gergis, a Ph.D. Philosophy candidate at Princeton University and author of What is Marriage? Although the website for the conference communicates that organizers “denounce all attempts to use the debate surrounding this conference to promote demeaning and derogatory attitudes toward members of the Stanford LGBT community,” the Anscombe Society was denied $600 in requested funding over assertions that the event promoted hatred toward homosexuals. According to the Stanford Daily, the homosexual advocacy group GradQ spoke out against the speakers invited to appear at the conference, stating that their speech could …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Local News

Sketch of gunman who pistol-whipped man during robbery released

Police have released a sketch of a man who robbed and pistol-whipped another man at a northeast Miami-Dade County apartment complex. It happened Tuesday afternoon at the Colonial Sunset apartments at 17001 NE Ninth Ave. Miami-Dade police said the owner of the apartments and an employee were working in the office when they were robbed of cash and jewelry at gunpoint. Police said the gunman then pistol-whipped the owner and fired several shots at them, although they were not struck. The victim provided a description of his attacker to police. Police said the gunman may have been wearing a wig. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Religion

Israeli diplomats’ strike looms over Pope Francis’s May visit to Holy Land

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan (A view of Jerusalem, December 8, 2009. REUTERS/Ammar Awad) A strike by Israeli Foreign Ministry staff has caused diplomats to cancel trips to the Jewish state and could endanger a visit to the Holy Land by Pope Francis in May, union officials said. Foreign Ministry staff called the strike on March 5 in a pay dispute and said they will not handle visits by foreign dignitaries, prompting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende and other delegations to cancel trips to Israel this month. Pope Francis is due to travel to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories at the end of May. “We aren’t handling that visit at all,” said trade union chief Yair Frommer. Another diplomatic official said the Pope’s visit required intricate planning. “Time is going by and no preparations are being made, which certainly puts the visit at risk,” he said, on condition of anonymity. The official said 25 visits by foreign dignitaries and trips by Israeli delegations abroad had been cancelled or disrupted this week, as had coordination with a Vatican team preparing the Papal visit. Some high-profile visits have gone ahead, including that of British Prime Minister David Cameron last week. A Vatican official played down any threat to the Pope’s …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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U.S. company religion case on Obamacare may shake shareholder faith

By Reuters Staff (News microphones wait to capture reactions from U.S. Supreme Court rulings outside the court building in Washington, June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst ) (The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.) By Reynolds Holding The U.S. Supreme Court may be getting ready to shake the faith of shareholders. Company boards have a legal duty to put business interests first. Yet a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that corporate healthcare insurance cover contraception could give biblical doctrine priority. Some laws designed to protect investors could suffer collateral damage. The case raises the novel issue of whether for-profit corporations have religious rights under the U.S. Constitution and other federal laws. Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, a cabinet maker, say their owners’ beliefs excuse the companies from including birth control coverage in employee health plans. Amidst the broader debate, one question is whether the firms’ boards can legally make this argument. State laws generally require company directors to enhance profit and shareholder value. They have leeway to make charitable donations, tout ideological positions and promote social objectives that have at least some business purpose. That’s why Apple AAPL.O Chief Executive Tim Cook could dismiss critics of the …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Former Miami Hurricanes football player Adewale Ojomo arrested

A former University of Miami football player has been arrested on a charge of soliciting prostitution. Adewale Ojomo was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Friday morning. The Tennessee Titans defensive end played for the Hurricanes from 2008-11. He finished his college career with 79 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three pass deflections and two forced fumbles. Undrafted by the New York Giants in 2012, Ojomo has spent the past few seasons on the practice squad for the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and, most recently, Tennessee. Details of his arrest were not immediately available. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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