Clergy sex abuse suits could bankrupt San Diego diocese
The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said Friday it may declare bankruptcy in the coming months as it faces “staggering" legal costs in dealing with some 400 lawsuits alleging priests and others sexually abused children. In a letter that was expected to be shared with parishioners this weekend, Bishop Robert McElroy said the cases were filed after California lifted a statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse claims.news.yahoo.com
Vatican says they're gifts; Indigenous groups want them back
The Vatican Museums are home to some of the most magnificent artworks in the world, from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to ancient Egyptian antiquities and a pavilion full of papal chariots. The Vatican’s Anima Mundi Ethnological Museum, located near the food court and right before the main exit, houses tens of thousands of artifacts and art made by Indigenous peoples from around the world, much of it sent to Rome by Catholic missionaries for a 1925 exhibition in the Vatican gardens.news.yahoo.com
Country star Eric Church announces free show for ticketholders of concert he canceled to watch Final Four
Country music star Eric Church announced a free show for ticketholders of the concert he canceled to attend the Final Four game between UNC and Duke — what he calls a “sports enthusiast’s dream.”
Letters: Marketing of religion
But true religion will reclaim its turf before too long, through better marketing. In the Middle Ages, when the Church needed cash for its building programs, it marketed indulgences to its parishioners. Those unborn beings are totally dependent on people of conscience to raise their voices for their right to defense too. Unborn babies’ right to life should never have to be subject to others’ self-serving inhumane decisions, cruel discrimination, monetary greed, nor partisan infamy. The world is owned mostly by three big conglomerates: Vanguard Group Inc., Black Rock Inc. and State Street Inc.myrgv.com
Benedict woes come as German church reform pressure rises
A report on decades of sexual abuse in Germany that shone an unflattering spotlight on retired Pope Benedict XVI has come on top of already strong pressure in Germany to reconsider Catholic rules on issues including homosexuality and women’s roleswashingtonpost.com
Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer visit scene where MP Amess was killed
In a rare show of unity, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Keir Starmer visit the scene where lawmaker David Amess was killed in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, along with the Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Amess, 69, was talking with voters at a church when he was stabbed to death, in what the police have said was a terrorist attack.news.yahoo.com
San Antonio church gives its members $100 per family to ‘pay it forward’
Oak Hills Church says it handed out 762 envelopes Sunday between its two services, each one with a $100 bill inside. Church officials don’t expect most of the money to stay within the congregation, though, with lead minister Travis Eades urging members who didn't need the money to "pay it forward."
A brush with nature: Explore "Alexander von Humboldt and the United States" at Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibit “Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture” focuses on a six-week visit in Humboldt’s life that would later impact onfredericksburg.com
Faith-based organizations prepare to serve possible influx of unaccompanied migrant minors
SAN ANTONIO – Local faith-based organizations are working hard to educate themselves on how to best serve a possible influx of unaccompanied migrant minors in the city. “It is not as easy as setting up a temporary shelter or a migrant shelter,” Rogers said. “We need to change the way we speak about immigration and that comes from me listening to the migrant community, people of color, Latinx,” Rogers said. Most of all, he said that the conversation surrounding immigration needs to change for any plan to work successfully. AdAlso on KSAT:JBSA-Lackland, Fort Bliss will be used to house unaccompanied migrant children, Pentagon saysHuman smuggling cases on the rise in Uvalde, law enforcement saysFreeman Coliseum may house migrant children if agreement is reached with federal government, Bexar County judge says
Landmark church in Deco District faces costly repairs after winter storm
SAN ANTONIO – A small pump wasn’t enough to take out the water that had found its way beneath the floor of Jefferson Community Church, a Deco District landmark, after last week’s winter storms. “After two days, it didn’t look like it had moved at all,” said Pastor Olivia Walker, who had attended the church as a child. When last week’s beautiful blanket of snow that covered the church had melted, it came in through the gaps around the foundation, Walker said. She said the sanctuary was spared, but water covered the floors of storage areas and choir rooms. Its congregation, now with only about 100 members, had already made costly repairs and improvements trying to shore up the building.
East Side residents come together to end gun violence after church shooting
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio community members are pushing a new movement called “Stop in the Name of Love” that aims to stop gun violence on the East Side. Church leaders led the call to action through prayer, praise, and worship. The “Stop in the Name of Love” movement comes after a gunman opened fire on a church property on Feb. 7. “I’m asking you guys, the community, to come together, to love one another, to please stop the hate. Related: San Antonio police arrest man in East Side church shooting
Who is singing the National Anthem at the 2021 Super Bowl?
Sullivan and Church will join forces to sing the national anthem at the next months Super Bowl, where Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Before the big game begins between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the nation will come together to sing the national anthem. According to an article from USA Today, country singer Eric Church and R&B singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan will perform the national anthem in a duet. Read also:This is the team America collectively believes will win the Super BowlAdWill this be lowest-attended Super Bowl ever? A sexy Alexa, Dan Levy’s M&M habit: Super Bowl ads to watch
Man claims he broke into West Side church to pray
SAN ANTONIO – Police are investigating after a man claims he broke into Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Friday morning to pray. The man was arrested on outstanding warrants. Police are determining whether to file charges against the man for the break-in at the church at 159 Camino Santa Maria.
San Antonio church leaders evaluating when congregations can begin to meet again
San Antonio – San Antonio church leaders say they are actively having conversations about when their congregations will meet again for a live service. Chris Johnson, pastor of the First Baptist Church San Antonio, says pastors from across the city are calling and emailing each other to figure out a safe plan for their members. He said each church will decide when and how it’s safest for their congregation to meet again. Health experts with the city of San Antonio are recommending that churches wait to hold live services for a bit longer, based on what local data is showing. The Archdiocese of San Antonio of San Antonio released the following statement:"On April 16, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller extended the decree regarding changes impacting parishes in the Archdiocese of San Antonio due to COVID-19 until May 18.
Local church continues to feed hungry during pandemic
Volunteers begin with a prayer before opening the food pantry. This was the first time his church held the food pantry since the pandemic began, causing people everywhere to lose their jobs. “The need is everywhere in San Antonio, including all the way out here,” said Lisa Granato, another volunteer. “This is what we do in a time of need.”Volunteers sort food for distribution at Resurrection United Methodist Church’s food pantry. Resurrection United Methodist is one of only a few churches that are still conducting their own food pantries during this pandemic.
Women, children now have shelter after devastating church recovery house fire
The campus helped women going through drug and alcohol addiction as well as domestic abuse. Church officials said eight women and three children were displaced after the fire. An accidental fire destroyed the home which has left eight women and three children without shelter. An accidental fire destroyed the home which has left eight women and three children without shelter. We were just like, ‘Wow.’”An accidental fire destroyed the home which has left eight women and three children without shelter.
San Antonio-area churches announce changes amid coronavirus outbreak
SAN ANTONIO – The city, county and state each issued new public health emergency declarations this week that prohibits large gatherings of more than 10 people. The declaration comes in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. While places of worship are excluded from the group gatherings ban, many local churches are still deciding to cancel services. Changes to church services in and around San Antonio:*This list will be updated as we are notified by churches.
Church provides homeless a place to sleep to escape freezing temperatures
SAN ANTONIO – Dozens of homeless people have a warm place to sleep Thursday night, thanks to the help from Church Under the Bridge. The church has room for up to 75 people. Along with warmth, there are also resources to try and help them improve their living situation. Hopefully, they have the motivation to just do just that,” said Greg Goodrich, senior pastor of Church Under the Bridge. The church is feeding these groups of people and showing a movie before bed.