Tag: pastoral security

Jehovah’s Witnesses church leader ‘poisoned’ by rival

| March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



THE Adelaide Hills Jehovah's Witnesses community has been rocked by the alleged poisoning of a church official and his young family by a rival. The extraordinary series of events, in which glyphosate weed killer was injected into food, milk and fruit juice cartons in a fridge, was uncovered only after the victim set up a […]




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Another person charged in theft of priest’s wallet

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



RACINE — A second person has been charged in the alleged theft and fraudulent use of Caledonia priest’s credit card. According to the criminal complaint, William E. Brooks was one of four people who stole credit cards and bank cards throughout southeastern Wisconsin and then used the cards to purchase hundreds of dollars in gift […]




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Woman ‘feared rape and death’ as raiders targeted parochial house

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Donegal priest has said a woman who was cleaning a parochial house during a burglary two days ago feared she would be raped and murdered by the three armed robbers. The break-in happened on Wednesday evening at about 7.45pm, after Burt parish priest Father Gerry Sweeney left the house to celebrate Mass in a […]




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Lakeland church pastor dies months after shooting rampage

| February 21, 2012 | 0 Comments



The associate pastor of a Lakeland church that was shot three times in a September shooting rampage was found dead inside his home last week, officials said. Carl Stewart, a member of the ministerial staff at Greater Faith Christian Church, was found Thursday by a friend that routinely checked on the 65-year-old man, said Polk […]




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Remembering Murdered Priests: 25 Years Later

| February 18, 2012 | 0 Comments



BUFFALO, NY- This year marks 25 years since a crime that sent chills throughout Western New York. Father Joseph Bissonette and Monsignor David Herlihy were murdered within days of each other. This weekend, Western New York Catholics will be celebrating their lives. Now the detective who helped crack the case is sharing his story. St. […]




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Vicar murder: police issue fresh appeal

| February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



Officers said the man had been sitting on the pavement outside St Mary's Church in Thornbury, close to the vicarage where Mr Studdards was found dead on Tuesday. He was believed to have been near the church between 6pm and 8pm on Monday. Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp, from Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We […]




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Judge: Ill. man still mentally unfit for trial in mid-sermon shooting of pastor at church

| February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a pastor mid-sermon three years ago remains prone to hallucinations, barking, growling and other "nonsensical noises," making him mentally unfit to stand trial any time soon, a southwestern Illinois judge has ruled. The finding raises the specter that Terry Sedlacek may never face a jury […]




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Vicar stabbing probe: Man arrested on suspicion of murder

| February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



A man of 43 was last night being questioned over the murder of a vicar in his home. The suspect was held after Reverend John Suddards, 59, was found stabbed to death. It emerged that Rev Suddards would invite the needy and hungry into his home. A friend said: “John never wanted to turn anyone […]




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Maryville pastor’s accused killer unlikely to ever face criminal trial

| February 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



EDWARDSVILLE • A judge has ruled that Terry Joe Sedlacek, accused of murdering a minister during a Sunday morning service in Maryville in 2009, will not face a criminal trial soon, if ever. Sedlacek is mentally unfit to stand trial, and there is no substantial probability of that changing within a year, Madison County Circuit […]




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Woman faces charges in theft of priest’s wallet

| February 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



RACINE — A 40-year-old Milwaukee woman arrested in October made her initial appearance in circuit court on Thursday for allegedly using the credit card of a local Roman Catholic priest. Amanda McGettrick faces six counts of felony ID theft as a party to the crime. If she is convicted of all six charges, she faces […]




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Chatham priest killer’s sentencing scheduled

| February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



Jose Ramon Feliciano, the former church janitor found guilty in December of murdering the Rev. Edward Hinds in his rectory in Chatham in 2009, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 2. The sentencing of the 66-year-old Feliciano, who had blamed the 61-year-old victim for provoking the fatal knife attack on Oct. 22, 2009, was […]




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Church Leaders Kidnapped in India

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



A staff-member and two church leaders from a California-based church planting ministry have been captured in western India. Over this past weekend an Empart Church Planter and two church leaders (names withheld for security reasons) were taken by force on their way to an evangelistic outreach event. Empart transforms communities by training local people to […]




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Lawyers argue over psych exam for man accused of murdering Maryville minister

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



EDWARDSVILLE • Lawyers continue to wrangle over details of a proposed new psychiatric examination of Terry Joe Sedlacek, accused of fatally shooting a minister during a church service in Maryville in 2009. Sedlacek, from Troy, Ill., was charged with first-degree murder after the March 8, 2009, shooting of the Rev. Fred Winters as the minister […]




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Pensioner punched priest during Mass

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Churchill pensioner who punched a priest in the head appeared at Letterkenny District Court. 66-year-old Seamus Doherty, of the Rock, Churchill, appeared charged with assaulting Fr. Michael McKeever, at St Colmcille’s Church in Glendowan, Church Hill on January 15, 2011. He was also charged with a number of public order offences on various other […]




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Priest kidnapping in Sudan heightens tensions

| January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



Khartoum, Sudan, Jan 18, 2012 / 01:01 am (CNA).- A truckload of attackers kidnapped two Catholic priests from their rectory in Sudan on Jan. 15, causing fears for their safety at a time of continued regional tensions. The attack took place at St. Josephine Bakhita’s Catholic Church in the town of Rabak, south of Khartoum. […]




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