Archive for August, 2011

Catholic church attacked in Andhra Pradesh, Bibles and religious objects burned

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



Delhi (AsiaNews) – Another Malankara Catholic church has been targeted by extremists in India, who set fire to the altar and burned copies of the Bible contained within. The attack was reported by activists of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) and comes only days after another attack on a Malankara Church, in Pune, […]




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Probe into $5m church swindle

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



THE Uniting Church of Australia has lost up to $5 million in a major swindle, which is being investigated by police. Cars have been seized as part of a Victoria Police investigation into the theft from the church in Melbourne. It could be months before the full extent of the theft becomes clear, as accountants […]




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Burglars hit seven churches in Barron County

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



Barron County (WQOW) – In Barron County, congregations at seven churches are in shock. Some time earlier this week, each of their buildings were broken into. In most cases, equipment and cash were stolen. Staff at St. Boniface Catholic Church came to work Tuesday to find their building had been broken into. "You think, well, […]




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Testimony begins in priest’s 1992 slaying

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



Testimony began Wednesday in the trial of a Thibodaux man accused of killing a priest in 1992, though the accused has already been sentenced to life in prison for other crimes. Lafourche District Attorney Cam Morvant II said pursuing the murder case is important despite uncertainty over whether 33-year-old Derrick Odomes can receive a sentence […]




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Church burgled to buy food

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



A SCARBOROUGH reverend yesterday spoke out after a man admitted breaking into his church – and stole from a charity box. Barry Lee Wright, 32, of Trafalgar Square, who has burgled properties before, got into Westborough Methodist Church. But he was seen on closed-circuit TV cameras as he helped himself to the contents of the […]




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Gesu Catholic Church reports funds missing to FBI

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – Gesu Catholic Church on Parkside Blvd. contacted the FBI in Cleveland last week after the parish discovered money missing from one of its accounts. They've also been in touch with Fifth Third Bank, which handles its accounts. Diocese Spokesperson Sally Oberski said she doesn't know how much is missing. On the […]




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Church intern held in slaying of pastor

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



The story originally ran December 10, 2002 Amanda Garrett and Mike Tobin, The Plain Dealer The panic crackled in their voices as they gathered outside the burning rectory. Where was Father William? Where was the priest who saved their aging church and learned Polish, the only language some of them knew? As the parishioners grieved, […]




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Church Fire Ruled as Arson; Congregation Concerned

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A church service in Charleston stopped before it could even get started, Sunday. The pastor of Pentecostal Affirming Ministries arrived before the afternoon service to find the building full of smoke. Now, fire officials have determined it to be an attempted arson. Members of the congregation just had the building donated […]




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Affidavit: Church treasurer blamed theft on stress

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



SOUTHINGTON – In early December, Kelly Saucier confessed to the pastor of Plantsville Congregational Church that she was resigning from her position as treasurer and had done a terrible thing, according to a warrant for her arrest. She told the Rev. Richard A. Koenig that she stole "about $53,000 or $54,000." Saucier was charged this […]




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Former Bookkeeper Serving Time for Church Embezzlement

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



St. Isidore Catholic Church's former bookkeeper, Kathleen Dake, will spend the next several months behind bars, serving time for stealing more than $400,000 from the church. The 58-year-old Blackhawk resident, who worked for the church from 2002 to 2010, was sentenced last week to 300 days in jail and three years probation after pleading no […]




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Woman repays First United Methodist Church $44,000, charges dropped

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



After she repaid the money, charges were dropped Thursday against a woman accused of embezzling from a Battle Creek church. Kathleen Vanorsdol, 36, of Kalamazoo and her attorney Jeffrey Getting presented a certified check for $44,000 to Calhoun County prosecutors and church officials in Calhoun County Circuit Court just before Vanorsdol could have been sentenced […]




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Threats Against Priests Prompt Fort Worth Diocese Warning

| August 19, 2011 | 0 Comments



Priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth have been cautioned to watch out for their safety after two local churches received threatening phone messages. Diocese spokesman Pat Svacina said the two messages were left on church answering machines about 30 minutes apart on Monday, Aug. 8. One message was left at a Catholic […]




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Abilene Preacher Catches Alleged Thief In The Act

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



ABILENE, Texas — An Abilene pastor helped put a man behind bars after he allegedly stole from his church. The pastor at Prince of Peace Ministries says he's not surprised that a man walked into his church and stole his secretary's wallet. Pastor Darnell Bailey was working on his Bible study like he does every […]




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Jail Time In Danville Church Embezzlement Case

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



MARTINEZ, Calif. — A former Contra Costa County church bookkeeper who pleaded no contest to stealing more than $400,000 has been sentenced to 300 days in jail. Kathleen Dake entered her plea Thursday to five counts of grand theft by way of embezzlement, with an enhancement for taking more than $150,000. Dake worked as a […]




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Volunteer charged with burglary at Bloomingdale church

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



A 61-year-old church volunteer from Carol Stream has been charged with burglary after surveillance videos showed him stealing money from his parish’s safe and donation boxes, authorities said Friday. Police said Ross W. Jones, of the 900 block of Dearborn Circle, stole about $2,300 over an undetermined length of time from Mass offerings and donation […]




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