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30 photos of churches that were turned into beautiful homes

Across the world, people are buying old churches and turning them into modern homes. One couple in Maryland renovated in a $US320,000 church, but they have kept most of the original architecture. A converted Gothic church in London is on the market for $US7.7 million. Visit Insider’s homepage for more […]
30 photos of churches that were turned into beautiful homes
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Californians are banned from singing or chanting during religious services

As California continues to battle a spike in coronavirus cases, the state’s Department of Public Health has banned people from singing or chanting in places of worship. California was praised for its successful early response, but the state has recently experienced record-highs in new cases. On May 25, the state […]
Californians are banned from singing or chanting during religious services
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Top US general says he was wrong to take part in Trump’s church photo op

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley admitted Thursday that he was wrong to participate in President Donald Trump’s photo op at St. John’s Church on June 1. “I should not have been there,” Milley said in a keynote address at a National Defence University commencement ceremony. […]
Top US general says he was wrong to take part in Trump’s church photo op
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The CDC removed its warning against church-choir singing, even though it’s known to be a ‘super spreader’ activity

In original “interim guidance,” the CDC recommended communities of faith consider suspending or decreasing group singing activities since they’re known to transmit the novel coronavirus. But a day later, the organisation deleted that recommendation with no explanation or warning. White House officials told the Washington Post the change was related […]
The CDC removed its warning against church-choir singing, even though it’s known to be a ‘super spreader’ activity
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California is allowing places of worship to hold services with up to 100 attendees as part of new reopening measures

California released new state guidance on Monday allowing places of worship to reopen with limited capacity at the discretion of county health departments. According to the guidance, places of worship must adhere to new rules, which include implementing a COVID-19 prevention plan, heightening cleaning protocols, and enforcing social distancing. The […]
California is allowing places of worship to hold services with up to 100 attendees as part of new reopening measures
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A 171-year-old church in Connecticut that was converted into a 3-bedroom home just hit the market for the first time in 50 years. Here’s a look inside.

A 19th-century church converted into a three-bedroom home in Essex, Connecticut, is on the market for $US1.3 million. The 8,543 square-foot building has high ceilings, a rooftop patio, another large outdoor deck, and two kitchens. Take a look inside the New England home. Susan Malan at William Pitt Sotheby’s International […]
A 171-year-old church in Connecticut that was converted into a 3-bedroom home just hit the market for the first time in 50 years. Here’s a look inside.
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Inside 19 of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world

Cathedrals are examples of incredible feats of early architecture. They differ from churches in that they must have a cathedra, the seat of a bishop. Many European cathedrals were constructed between 1000 and 1600 AD. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is the largest in […]
Inside 19 of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world
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The US Department of Justice sided with a Virginia church in a legal dispute over whether stay-at-home orders unfairly discriminated against the church

The US Department of Justice sided with a Virginia church in a legal dispute over whether stay-at-home orders unfairly discriminated against the church. The DOJ wrote in a statement of interest that Virginia’s stay-at-home orders had “impermissibly interfered with the church’s free exercise of religion.” The case is one of […]
The US Department of Justice sided with a Virginia church in a legal dispute over whether stay-at-home orders unfairly discriminated against the church
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Louisiana pastor Tony Spell defied stay-at-home orders to hold in-person services. Now, he wants congregants to donate their stimulus checks to churches.

Louisiana pastor Tony Spell first garnered widespread media attention for continuing to host in-person church services with hundreds of people in defiance of state stay-at-home orders. Now, the pastor has come under fire for his #PastorSpellStimulusChallenge asking congregants to donate their coronavirus stimulus checks to churches. He told CNN that […]
Louisiana pastor Tony Spell defied stay-at-home orders to hold in-person services. Now, he wants congregants to donate their stimulus checks to churches.
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Officials traced over 70 coronavirus cases to one church in California

At least 71 people at the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church in Sacramento, California were confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. After Sacramento County Department of Health Services director Dr. Peter Beilenson announced the outbreak, church officials slammed the figures and his office’s conclusions that the infections came from informal gatherings […]
Officials traced over 70 coronavirus cases to one church in California
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An evangelical pastor who was charged after holding in-person church services says he doesn’t like livestreams because he can’t touch parishioners

Tony Spell, an evangelical pastor at the Life Tabernacle Church in suburban Baton Rouge, Louisiana, faces six misdemeanour charges after continuing in-person church services despite the state’s stay-at-home order. Spell has held several services with hundreds of people in attendance over the last several weeks, and on Tuesday hosted 300 […]
An evangelical pastor who was charged after holding in-person church services says he doesn’t like livestreams because he can’t touch parishioners
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Parishioners killed man who opened fire inside a Texas church

Two people reportedly died after an incident Sunday at the West Freeway Church of Christ in northwest Texas. After a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service, two congregants fatally shot the attacker. In addition to the shooter, police confirmed one other person had died after the incident, and […]
Parishioners killed man who opened fire inside a Texas church
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23 hauntingly beautiful photos of abandoned churches around the world

These abandoned churches in Italy, France, Romania, Belgium, Poland, and the Czech Republic are now crumbling after being abandoned. Some of the original architecture remains, like stunning stained-glass windows and gilded altars. Other features, however, have been lost as these churches, chapels, and synagogues are overtaken by nature. Photographer Roman […]
23 hauntingly beautiful photos of abandoned churches around the world
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A church administrator and his wife allegedly stole $1.2 million from their congregation to pay for trips to Disney World and Pittsburgh Pirates games

David Reiter, 50, and his wife, Connie, 44, are accused of stealing $US1.2 million from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania. Police say they used the money to fund trips to Disney World and Hershey Park, and to purchase Pittsburgh Pirates tickets, scrapbooking materials, and music lessons for […]
A church administrator and his wife allegedly stole $1.2 million from their congregation to pay for trips to Disney World and Pittsburgh Pirates games
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Dying malls across the US are being transformed into churches

As the retail apocalypse sweeps the US, hundreds of malls are being deserted. But a blessed few are being transformed into something entirely different. Empty and out-of-use malls are being revamped as fitness centres, offices, public libraries, movie theatres, medical clinics, and even churches.  “Only so many consumers are going to […]
Dying malls across the US are being transformed into churches
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The Trumps’ family church explains everything you need to know about Donald

VIDEO: Norman Vincent Peale, minister of the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan and author of best-seller "The Power of Positive Thinking" had a significant influence on the Trump family, says family biographer Gwenda Blair, author of "The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a Presidential Candidate."
The Trumps’ family church explains everything you need to know about Donald
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The Trump’s family church explains everything you need to know about Donald

VIDEO: Norman Vincent Peale, minister of the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan and author of best-seller "The Power of Positive Thinking" had a significant influence on the Trump family, says family biographer Gwenda Blair, author of "The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a Presidential Candidate."
The Trump’s family church explains everything you need to know about Donald
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Burning Man Runs Into Church, Causes Fire That Kills Himself And Pastor

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A man ran into the rectory of an Episcopal church with his clothes on fire, causing a blaze that killed himself and the church’s pastor, authorities said Wednesday. Investigators believe that John Sterner, 56, was covered in a flammable substance when he entered the building […]
Burning Man Runs Into Church, Causes Fire That Kills Himself And Pastor
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Korean War Priest’s Valor In Combat Earns Him A Posthumous Medal Of honour

[credit provider=”via US Army” url=”http://www.army.mil/article/98274/Army_chaplain_to_be_awarded_Medal_of_Honor/”] A young soldier scurried up an exposed hill toward the sounds of fighting, leaving a military chaplain in his wake and stopping only to scoop up some ammunition.Halfway there and he can hear the all out hell he’s heading into … the Korean War … […]
Korean War Priest’s Valor In Combat Earns Him A Posthumous Medal Of honour
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Cardinal Used Google Search To Learn More About Papal Candidates

[credit provider=”REUTERS”] Greg Barker, the Climate Change minister, has recalled how Cardinal Peter Turkson used Google ahead of his decision to vote for Benedict XVI to be pope.Greg Barker has given Mandrake an intriguing insight into how the cardinals go about the business of choosing a new pope.
Cardinal Used Google Search To Learn More About Papal Candidates
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Pope Francis Called Gay Adoption A Form Of Discrimination Against Children

[credit provider=”REUTERS”] Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been elected the new pope and will now be known as Pope Francis.Bergoglio, 76, was “runner-up” last time the College of Cardinals elected a pope because he “appealed to conservatives,” according to John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter.
Pope Francis Called Gay Adoption A Form Of Discrimination Against Children
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Two Former Scientologists Say They Were ‘Duped Into Donating Millions’

[credit provider=”The Church of Scientology ” url=”http://www.scientologynews.org/press-releases/grand-opening-scientology-ideal-organisation-st-paul-minnesota.html”] Two former members of the Church of Scientology have filed a lawsuit claiming the church and its affiliates deceived members into donating millions to misrepresentd causes.Luis and Maria Garcia of Irvine, California, filed the complaint in federal court in Tampa, Florida, near the […]
Two Former Scientologists Say They Were ‘Duped Into Donating Millions’
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Judge In The Bible Belt Says Go To Church Or Go To Jail

[credit provider=”via Think Progress and the Muskogree Phoenix”] A judge in Oklahoma, one of the many states to make up America’s famed Bible Belt, has issued a controversial ruling that seems to fly in the face of separation of church and state.Judge Mike Norman told 17-year-old Tyler Alred, who had […]
Judge In The Bible Belt Says Go To Church Or Go To Jail
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Chick-fil-A Likely Has Permanent Brand Damage

[credit provider=”Statigram/emiiilyjones” url=”http://statigr.am/p/305133697882480354_15549694″] Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s controversial comment that the company ‘supports biblical families’ has secured the fast-food outlet plenty of press coverage this summer, while dividing its customers.”Appreciation Day” saw block-long queues of patrons eager to show their support, while those who opposed the comments retaliated with “kiss-ins.” […]
Chick-fil-A Likely Has Permanent Brand Damage
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Rick Perry Thinks Satan Is To Blame For The Separation Of Church And State

[credit provider=”AP”] In a conference call with fellow evangelicals earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) shared his thoughts on the origins of the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.Rather than tracing the idea to the nation’s founders, Perry warned of a more nefarious source: Satan.
Rick Perry Thinks Satan Is To Blame For The Separation Of Church And State
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Desperate European Nations Are Considering Taxing Church Properties

[credit provider=”flickr/dexxus” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus/4779229303/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] For centuries, the church has enjoyed tax breaks and special privileges that have helped them become the ridiculously wealthy organisation they are today. But as Europe’s nations, cities, towns, and the general public struggle through the economic downturn, more and more people have called for an end […]
Desperate European Nations Are Considering Taxing Church Properties
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New York Priest Claims Ohio Man Confessed To Murdering His Girlfriend

[credit provider=”Flickr / emilio labrador” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/3059349393/3418857871/in/photostream/”] The man suspected of killing his girlfriend and setting a fire near her dead body to destroy any evidence has reportedly confessed to the crime while hiding out in New York.Jonathan Smith, who has been on the run since July 14, spoke to a […]
New York Priest Claims Ohio Man Confessed To Murdering His Girlfriend