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Arson scorches Modi’in synagogue entrance

| July 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



Arsonists scorched the entrance to the Masorti (Conservative) Yedid Nefesh synagogue in Modi’in late Saturday night, causing minor damage. The fire blackened the entrance mat and melted two plastic plants. Members of the community, which numbers about 40 families, said that the incident comes just two weeks after a sign was placed on the façade […]




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Community honors memory of hate crime victim a decade later

| July 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



It wasn’t something anyone thought could happen in Bloomington. But on July 4, 1999, former IU student Benjamin Nathaniel Smith opened fire on a small group of people walking into the Korean United Methodist Church, killing IU Ph.D. candidate Won-Joon Yoon. “The physical brutality is not the norm here,” said Pam Freeman, associate dean of […]




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BENEDICT XVI DECRIES CHURCH BOMBING

| July 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



VATICAN CITY, JULY 5, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Violence is not the way to solve problems, Benedict XVI reiterated today as he condemned a bomb attack in the Philippines. At least five people were killed and dozens more were wounded when an improvised bomb was set off outside the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cotabato city as Archbishop […]




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Rabbi attacked, robbed in Moldova

| July 3, 2009 | 0 Comments



Rabbi Israel Livshits, leader of the Jewish community at the cultural and religious centre in Chisinau, has been attacked and robbed. "I have no doubts that the attack had anti-Semitic character," the rabbi told local television. The incident took place in the village of Panasesti, where Livshits was fishing with his students. "A group of […]




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Mineola synagogue vandalized with swastikas

| July 3, 2009 | 1 Comment



Rabbi Anchelle Perl wasn’t at Congregation Beth Shalom Chabad in Mineola on Friday morning as he usually is, as the temple was closed for the Fourth of July weekend. Instead, he got a call unlike any he’s ever received: Someone had sprayed two large, bright orange swastikas on the synagogue’s front doors. "As soon as […]




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Hearing postponed for man who stole from synagogue

| July 3, 2009 | 0 Comments



SUNBURY — A sentence modification hearing for the Freeburg man serving a state prison term for stealing more than $100,000 from Congregation Beth El was postponed Thursday because he hadn’t been brought to the local jail. Shelley R. Kolbert, 60, was sentenced in May to serve a 15-month to 36-month sentence in prison, return a […]




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Bombs found at two Beauregard churches

| July 3, 2009 | 0 Comments



DERIDDER — Four men, ranging in age from 17 to 21, have been jailed in connection with the discovery of two homemade bombs at two churches Thursday. Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Joe Toler said the arrests came early Thursday after deputies responded to a suspected burglary at Three Pine Apostolic Church on La. […]




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Two DeRidder churches threatened by pipe bombs

| July 2, 2009 | 0 Comments



LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Houses of worship were targeted in Southwest Louisiana. Bombs were found at two DeRidder churches and one exploded. Around 10:40, Monday morning, a bomb exploded at the Champions Center of the Grace Church in DeRidder. "City police department received a call that there was a burn mark on the side […]




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Mexican gangs target outspoken priests in drug war

| July 1, 2009 | 2 Comments



JACUME, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexican drug traffickers fighting a brutal turf war are attacking priests and preachers who denounce cartel violence, shattering clerics’ untouchable aura and breaking honor codes in the world’s second-biggest Catholic country. Gunmen killed a Catholic priest and two seminary students as they left a church in southern Mexico in early June. […]




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Church volunteer leader charged with child rape

| July 1, 2009 | 0 Comments



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Randall T. Hollifield at his home last night. A seized computer had more than 3-thousand sexually explicit pictures involving children. And bond has been set at $125,000. According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, the rapes occurred inside Hollifield’s home in Powell. "I’ve known him for […]




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Synagogue robbery in Baku

| June 29, 2009 | 0 Comments



Baku – APA. A robbery incident took place in Baku. Two donation boxes were robbed at the synagogue at Rasul Rza Street in Baku at about 00.45 last night, press service of the Interior Ministry told APA.     http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=104432




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Church blast accused sent to jail

| June 29, 2009 | 0 Comments



KATHMANDU, June 29: Kathmandu District Court on Monday refused bail to Sita Thapa Shrestha, the main accused in the May 23 Assumption Church bombing. Thapa will now have to fight her legal suit from behind bars.   http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=6892




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Forensic dept to look at Santhome church theft footage

| June 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



CHENNAI: Officers investigating the theft at the Santhome church have asked the forensic department whether the grainy CCTV footage obtained from the church cameras could be made clearer so that they can have a better look at the thief. "Forensic officials have asked for a day to reply if this was possible using advanced technology. […]




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Burglary at Santhome Basilica Church

| June 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



CHENNAI: In yet another case of an early-morning heist in a place of worship, four wooden drop-off boxes meant for offering inside the chapel of the Santhome Cathedral Basilica were found broken open on Friday morning. Church authorities are not sure about the exact amount stolen, but since the boxes were last opened on Monday, […]




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Church, cemetery thefts alleged; embezzlement totaled nearly $680K

| June 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



He sat in the pews at Gallaher Memorial Baptist Church and prayed with his fellow worshippers on Sundays. When parishioners turned their backs, authorities say, Barry Cain bilked them and customers of a cemetery out of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars.   http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/jun/27/church-cemetery-thefts-alleged/  




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