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Atlanta megechurch paster Eddie Long to take leave of absence

Eddie Long, one of the most popular megachurch pastors in America, is to take a leave of absence to deal with family issues. The news comes after it was claimed that his wife was allegedly seeking a divorce, although that claim has subsequently been thrown into doubt. Long announced his leave of absence, for an … Continue reading

Newt Gingrich warns against Anti-Christian Spring

If 2011 was the year of the Arab Spring, will 2012 be the year of the Anti-Christian Spring? That’s a prospect raised by Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich at a campaign stop in South Carolina, where he said his priority is to defend religious liberty across the planet. Speaking to a couple of hundred supporters, … Continue reading

Giles Fraser resigns from St Paul’s

Dr Giles Fraser has resigned from his position as canon chancellor at St Paul’s Cathedral. He had been in the post for a little over two years. His resignation, announced on Twitter and subsequently confirmed by a cathedral spokesman, comes after reports that Fraser allegedly disagreed with plans to use legal means to remove OccupyLSX … Continue reading

Obituary: Keith Gordon Ham, aka Swami Bhaktipada, dies aged 74

Keith Gordon Ham, the New Yorker better known as former US Hare Krishna leader Swami Bhaktipada, has died at the age of 74. He was being treated in a Mumbai hospital for kidney failure. Ham was one of the first to join the Hare Krishna movement in America in the 60’s, and he quickly rose … Continue reading

Pope Benedict XVI names three new saints, despite bible-burning interruption

Pope Benedict XVI named three new saints on Sunday, despite his Mass being briefly interrupted by a man who burnt a copy of the Bible. The new saints are Italian bishop and missionary Monsignor Guido Maria Conforti, Spanish nun Sister Bonifacia Rodriguez de Castro, and Rev. Luigi Guanella, an Italian priest. The interruption came as … Continue reading

Third time lucky? Harold Camping’s rapture is here! But sssh! It’s a very quiet one…

Is today going to see the world end? Will the faithful be taken up to be with God in heaven? Or will it be just business as usual? Harold Camping, who first predicted that the world would end in 1994, then that it would be over on May 21st this year, has recently been pushing … Continue reading

Harold Camping followers expect the world to end on Friday October 21st

Remember that rapture that didn’t happen in 1994? The one that was reschedule for May 21st 2011 and then once again didn’t happen? Well, it’s finally here: tomorrow, Friday October 21st, is the rapture, according to some followers of Harold Camping. And this time, they really mean it. In a podcast released earlier this month, … Continue reading

Harold Camping now says the world will end on Friday October 21st

Harold Camping, who previously predicted the end of the world would come in 1994 and then on May 21st 2011, now says that the final day will be this Friday, October 21st. And he’s really sure this time. Back in May this year, Camping’s insistence that the world would end on May 21st became somewhat … Continue reading

Kansas City’s Catholic bishop Robert Finn accused of not reporting child porn

Kansas City’s Catholic bishop Robert Finn has been accused of not reporting child porn found on a priest’s computer. The news makes him the highest-ranking US Catholic bishop accused of failing to protect children. He has pleaded not guilty. There has long been controversy over the way in which the Catholic Church around the world … Continue reading

Israeli scholars to use computer program to identify Bible authors

Israeli computer scientists and Bible scholars are joining forces to create an algorithm that will determine the identities of the authors of the Bible. Kind of. While the algorithm obviously won’t be able to come up with any names, it will┬ábe able to identify changes in writing style, and should help scholars finally determine how … Continue reading