Transportation supervisor accused of pay-to-play scheme

A city Department of Transportation supervisor abused his power by having a firm whose contract he oversaw steer $58,000 in donations to a Staten Island church where he serves as pastor, president and trustee — and then raided the funds for personal use, city officials charged. Olakunle Ashimi  has

Matthew Broderick to read ‘A Christmas Memory’ at NJ Church

Matthew Broderick, a high-priced talent with an estimated net worth of $45 million, is in the Christmas spirit. His next performance will be far off-off-Broadway, but it is sold out, since tickets were free. On the twelfth day of Christmas this Friday night, the Tony Award-winning performer will give a

At least 10 people killed in Cairo church attack

Egypt’s Health Ministry spokesman says at least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, have been killed in a shootout outside a south Cairo church. Khaled Megahed says Friday’s attack took place when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire outside Mar Mina church. One gunman was shot dead as was

Deacon charged with grabbing woman’s crotch on subway

A deacon at a Queens Catholic church was arrested for grabbing a woman’s crotch on a Manhattan subway train, authorities said Monday. Jaime Pinzon, 55, was arrested Friday for allegedly molesting the 27-year-old victim on an F Train near West 47th Street and Avenue of the Americas around 9:30

Teacher accused of having sex with minor she met at church

A teacher in Texas was arrested Tuesday following an alleged sexual relationship with a minor she reportedly met while volunteering at a church. According to KXAN, Nicole Marie-Faires Andrews, a former middle school teacher, was accused by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office of engaging in an illicit sexual relationship

Alleged church vandal caught on surveillance cam

Parishioners at one of the five vandalized churches in New Jersey mocked the man caught on tape lobbing a rock at the building’s sign — and said they’d pray for him. “It wasn’t a good throw, he wasn’t a strong guy,” 17-year-old Tahj Valentine said as he vacuumed up

God is not a man, church decides

STOCKHOLM — The Church of Sweden is urging its clergy to use gender-neutral language when referring to the supreme deity, refraining from using terms like “Lord” and “He” in favor of the less specific “God.” The move is one of several taken by the national Evangelical Lutheran church in updating

Pastors want names removed from Roy Moore endorsement letter

A letter of support signed by 50 pastors that embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore’s wife posted to Facebook Sunday following sexual misconduct allegations against Moore was actually a rehashed endorsement letter from August — and several pastors now want their names removed, according to reports. Five women have accused

Texas church members gather for first time since deadly attack

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — Hundreds of people will gather in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday to worship with surviving members of a local church where a shooting rampage left more than two dozen people dead. Members of the First Baptist Church will hold a church

Upstate church encouraging worshippers to bring guns

An upstate church is encouraging its worshippers to come armed following the massacre at a Texas chapel on Sunday, “We are not a gun-free zone,” reads the latest sign in front of the Lighthouse Mexico Church of God in Oswego County, which is about 30 minutes north of Syracuse,

Tourist killed in famous church by falling chunk of ceiling

A tourist died visiting the famous Basilica of the Holy Cross in Florence, Italy, when a piece of the ceiling hit him, authorities said. More On: tourism Tourists won't stop sitting on the edge of this terrifying waterfall Iceland challenges visitors in hilarious tourist video North Korea wants to become a tourist destination Tourists might get

1 dead, several wounded in Tennessee church shooting

A gunman believed to have been dressed as a clown opened fire in a Nashville-area church Sunday morning in what officials called a “mass casualty situation” that left eight wounded and one person dead. A woman was killed and eight people injured — including the suspected shooter — during the rampage

Harvey victims turn batting cages into makeshift church

— Charlie Scudder (@cscudder) September 3, 2017 Legions of Texas church-goers refused to bow to Harvey over the weekend, gathering in tents, parking lots — and even batting cages — to pray when their houses of worship got washed out. “I have to come here,” Donna Windhorst told the Dallas Morning News

Joel Osteen blames Houston for church shelter mix-up

Joel Osteen blamed the city of Houston on Wednesday for not immediately designating his megachurch as a shelter — as he denied rampant allegations that it was shuttered to Tropical Storm Harvey victims. The toothy multimillionaire televangelist was all smiles on CBS “This Morning” as he explained how the city instead

Osteen church staffers were rescued from rising floodwaters

Three staff members from Joel Osteen’s megachurch in Houston were among thousands who were rescued from rising floodwaters, according to a spokesman. The Lakewood Church employees were plucked from their homes with the help from another congregant as Tropical Storm Harvey dumped nearly 40 inches of rain on the fourth-largest city

Joel Osteen’s church says it never closed its doors

The doors to Joel Osteen’s megachurch in Houston will open Tuesday to Tropical Storm Harvey victims — while the beleaguered church insisted it was never closed in the first place. “We have never closed our doors,” a Lakewood Church spokesman said in a statement to CNN. “We will continue to be

NYC church, synagogue vandalized with white supremacist symbols

In two separate incidents at religious sanctuaries, hate-spewing vandals scrawled white supremacist symbols on a historic church uptown and a synagogue in lower Manhattan, sources said. A swastika was found Thursday morning plastered onto the St. Paul and St. Andrew Methodist Church in the Upper West Side, according to police sources. Later

Churchgoers praise pastor’s wife for bleaching vagrants off sidewalk

Parishioners at a downtown church — besieged by combative homeless people — said Sunday they back their pastor and his wife, who have kept vagrants away by pouring powdered bleach on the sidewalk. There were no vagrants camped out Sunday at the First Ukrainian Assembly of God church, where worshippers thanked

Immigrant facing deportation finds refuge at church

A Guatemalan immigrant facing deportation has taken her three children and sought refuge inside a Manhattan church. Amanda Morales — who entered the country illegally in 2004 — has been hiding out with her kids at the Holyrood Episcopal Church in Washington Heights since Thursday. “I don’t want them to deport her,”

Vagrants are going to war against an East Village pastor

Homeless vagrants are seeking unholy vengeance on a humble East Village pastor and his family who are trying to boot their fetid encampment from their church’s doorstep. “It’s gotten so bad that we might move away. I’m fearful for my childrens’ safety,” a worried Irina Belets said of the bums’ war

Thief swipes more than $2K in music equipment from church

Police are looking for a raincoat-clad thief wanted for stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of musical instruments from a Queens church. The suspect, wearing a bright yellow jacket, broke in through the side door at Canaan Baptist Church in North Corona on Tuesday afternoon. Surveillance footage from inside the church shows

Bat-wielding vandal smashes church doors

A baseball bat-wielding creep vandalized a Brooklyn church Wednesday, police said. Surveillance video shows the suspect walking up to the entrance of the Williamsburg Spanish Church on Grand Street in Williamsburg and begin bashing the glass doors with the wooden bat. After taking six cuts with the bat, the man can be

My grandfather started the most hateful church in America

Libby Phelps Alvarez, 34, is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. — the most notorious anti-gay hate group in America. Libby fled the church and her family eight years ago, and in her new memoir “Girl on a Wire: Walking the

Vito Lopez’s leftover campaign stash is going to his church

Vito Lopez is still touching people from beyond the grave. Vito Lopez's leftover campaign stash is going to his church Late Vito Lopez failed to document $55K in campaign funds Vito Lopez’s charity aided his political career: FBI probe Judge who tried to weasel out of DWI blasted by judicial

Meet the bishop “waging holy war’ on both liberals and Muslims

The Bishop of Cordoba, Demetrio Fernández González, is “waging holy war” against Muslims and lefties who want to wrest control of a cathedral away from the Catholic Church — who stole it from the Moors 800 years ago. The bitter fight has broken out over the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Andalusia,

Family’s odd relic turns out to be church’s decades-old statue

tuePHILADELPHIA — A nearly life-sized statue missing for decades from an Italian church is being returned by an American couple who finally solved the mystery of their family’s odd relic. Ed Nader told NewsWorks the statue of St. Pantaleon, considered the patron saint of physicians, spent years in his great-grandmother’s closet. He