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New Jersey priest says his congregation has DOUBLED since he sued Governor Phil Murphy

New Jersey priest says his congregation has DOUBLED since he sued Governor Phil Murphy over COVID restrictions and Supreme Court sided with the place of worship

  • Reverend Father Kevin Robinson is priest at St. Anthony of Padua in New Jersey 
  • In May, Robinson sued Governor Phil Murphy over COVID-19 restrictions 
  • Murphy limited church gatherings as part of statewide stay-at-home order 
  • Robinson said restrictions were unconstitutional and discriminatory 
  • Supreme Court ordered lower courts to reconsider Murphy’s restrictions 
  • Robinson said size of his congregation doubled since suing the governor 

The Reverend Father Kevin Robinson of St. Anthony of Padua said that the size of his North Caldwell, New Jersey, congregation has doubled in size since May

A northern New Jersey priest who sued Governor Phil Murphy after he was threatened with arrest if he held Mass said that the size of his congregation doubled after he went public with his campaign.

The Reverend Father Kevin Robinson of St. Anthony of Padua filed suit against the Democratic governor in May after the stay-at-home orders issued because of the COVID-19 outbreak placed restrictions on religious services.

Robinson appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News on Thursday and said that the size of his congregation doubled since he first appeared on the program in May to discuss the lawsuit.

Within a week of that show, President Trump called for COVID-19 restrictions on church gatherings to be lifted.

‘People are looking for the truth, holiness, and some courage [and] conviction,’ Robinson said when asked why the size of his congregation has doubled.

‘Other churches are closed and people coming to us are very grateful.’

Robinson said that he has managed to keep indoor services socially distanced while providing hand sanitizer and other hygienic equipment aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

He sued Murphy after the governor limited capacity in churches to just 25 per cent while allowing some secular businesses and schools the right to gather at even greater capacity.

Robinson sued New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy after he imposed restrictions on religious gatherings after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The above image shows St. Anthony of Padua Church in North Caldwell, New Jersey

Robinson sued New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy after he imposed restrictions on religious gatherings after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The above image shows St. Anthony of Padua Church in North Caldwell, New Jersey

‘Order 107 articulates no rationale whatsoever for treating religious gatherings as a greater threat to public health and safety than commercial gatherings that involve manifestly far greater risk of viral transmission among millions of potential customers or in the enclosed premises of the offices maintained by ‘essential’ businesses and the media,’ the complaint reads.

Last week, the Supreme Court ordered lower federal courts in Colorado and New Jersey to reexamine state restrictions on indoor religious services to combat the coronavirus in light of the justices’ recent ruling in favor of churches and synagogues in New York.

The high court’s unsigned decisions did not rule that limits imposed by Colorado Governor Jared Polis and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy were improper.

But they did throw out federal district court rulings that rejected challenges to the limits.

The High Plains Harvest Church in the rural town of Ault in northern Colorado sued Polis, while Robinson and a rabbi challenged the restrictions in New Jersey.

Last month, the Supreme Court split 5-4 in holding that New York could not enforce certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues.

Robinson sued Murphy (seen above on December 15 in Newark, New Jersey) claiming that his restrictions on church services were unconstitutional

Robinson sued Murphy (seen above on December 15 in Newark, New Jersey) claiming that his restrictions on church services were unconstitutional

The high court subsequently ordered a new look at California worship service restrictions that had been challenged.

Colorado told the justices last week that it had amended a public health order ‘to remove capacity limits from all houses of worship at all times in response to this Court’s recent decisions.’

That should have settled the matter because ‘there is no reason to think Colorado will reverse course – and so no reason to think Harvest Church will again face capacity limits,’ Justice Elena Kagan wrote in a brief dissent that was joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.

No justice noted a dissent from the New Jersey decision. 

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Kerala priest, nun get life sentence in Sister Abhaya murder case


Thiruvananthapuram, December 23

A CBI special court on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment the catholic priest and nun, who were found guilty of the murder of Sister Abhaya in Kottayam 28 years ago.

Special CBI Judge K Sanal Kumar pronounced the sentence against two accused – Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy – and slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh on each of them.

The court had on Tuesday found the two guilty of the murder of Sister Abhaya, who was found dead in a well in St Pius convent in Kottayam in 1992.

The duo was also sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for tampering with evidence. The sentences will run concurrently.

While pronouncing the verdict on Tuesday, the court had said the murder charges against the two accused would stand.

The special court had said the accused were guilty of murder in the case under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (tampering of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code. PTI





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Catholic priest named as child abuser was at church camp in 1958 when deaf boy, 10, disappeared

Catholic priest Jerry Repola was named as a child sex abuser in a new report and was a counselor at a church camp in 1958 when a 10-year-old deaf boy disappeared

A Catholic priest who was named as a child sex abuser in a new report was a counselor at a church camp in 1958 when a 10-year-old deaf boy disappeared before his skeletal remains were discovered a year later.

Jerry Repola worked at the Catholic Camp St. Malo in Colorado in August 1958, when Bobby Bizup vanished in mysterious circumstances after a day of fishing in the mountains.

Bones belonging to the little boy were found in July 1959 in a spot that had been extensively searched by a 500-strong crew, the Colorado Civil Air Patrol and an Indian tracker the year before.

It has now been revealed that Repola, who died in March 1971 from a long illness, sexually abused a teenage boy when he was a parish priest in Grand Junction in 1967 and authorities believe the boy could be one of several victims.   

Repola is the third priest who was working at the camp when Bobby’s died who is now known to have sexually abused children via their positions in the Catholic church, reported 9 News.

One of the others, Harold Robert White, has been described as ‘the most prolific known clergy child sex abuser in Colorado history’, while the other, Neil Hewitt, was one of the last to see Bobby alive and the person who found his remains the year after he vanished.  

The three priests all had long ties to the camp, working there as counselors for many years, and investigators have now launched a new probe into the little boy’s disappearance and death.

The revelation about Repola’s history of abuse comes in a new report released by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office Tuesday, where he was one of nine Catholic priests identified as having sexually abused children dating back to the 1950s in Colorado.

The report is an update to the damning ongoing investigation by the Colorado Attorney General which in October 2019 named 43 Colorado priests who sexually abused at least 166 children between 1950 and 2019 and exposed systemic cover-ups of allegations within the church.

To date, the probe, which was agreed to by the church and the state in 2019, has uncovered the abuse of at least 212 children by 52 priests in Colorado over a 70-year period.   

Repola sexually abused a boy when working as a priest at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Grand Junction, according to the new report from Attorney General Phil Weiser’s Office.

He trained to be a priest at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver from 1956 before being ordained in Walsenburg in 1964.

Bobby Bizup vanished in mysterious circumstances after a day of fishing in the mountains while attending Camp St. Malo in Colorado in August 1958

Bobby Bizup vanished in mysterious circumstances after a day of fishing in the mountains while attending Camp St. Malo in Colorado in August 1958

Bones belonging to the little boy (pictured with his family) were found in July 1959 in a spot that had been extensively searched the year before

Bones belonging to the little boy (pictured with his family) were found in July 1959 in a spot that had been extensively searched the year before

The Colorado Attorney General's Office released a new report Tuesday, naming nine more Catholic priests who sexually abused children in Colorado. One of the names was Repola's who was at the camp when Bobby vanished

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office released a new report Tuesday, naming nine more Catholic priests who sexually abused children in Colorado. One of the names was Repola’s who was at the camp when Bobby vanished 

It was during his training that he worked as a camp counselor over three summers at Camp St. Malo in Rocky Mountain National Park. 

After he was ordained he was assigned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in La Junta for a year before being transferred to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Grand Junction in 1965.

It was here that Repola sexually abused a teenage boy in 1967, the report reveals. 

Church records reveal the priest was then moved around, first being removed from parish ministry and given a chaplaincy in Alamosa in 1968 and later being placed on a leave of absence from the Pueblo Diocese and sent for ‘professional counseling’, the report shows. 

Repola became ill in 1970 and died the following year. 

The abuse of the teenage boy has been substantiated and authorities believe there could be other victims.  

‘Repola’s record as a diocesan priest and his pattern of assignments indicate that the Pueblo Diocese may have been aware that he engaged in such behavior,’ former U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer writes in the report. 

‘The short duration of his assignments, the geographic scope of his assignments, his leave of absence, the requirement that he participate in professional counseling, and the Pueblo Diocese’s silence about the reasons for any of these events indicate that the Pueblo Diocese may have known Repola engaged in the sexual abuse of children. 

This makes Repola the third priest working at the camp the summer of Bobby's death now known to have sexually abused children. Camp St Malo above

This makes Repola the third priest working at the camp the summer of Bobby’s death now known to have sexually abused children. Camp St Malo above

Investigators have now launched a new probe into the little boy's disappearance at the camp more than six decades on

Investigators have now launched a new probe into the little boy’s disappearance at the camp more than six decades on

‘We reach that conclusion having seen in our investigations numerous child sex-abuser priests in Colorado with a similar pattern of assignments and employment actions.’ 

Two other priests also working at Camp St. Malo in the summer of 1958 were previously named in the 2019 review to have sexually abused children.   

Harold Robert White, who died in 2006, sexually abused at least 70 children during his two decades as a priest and is described in the report as ‘the most prolific known clergy child sex abuser in Colorado history’. 

Neil Hewitt, who left the priesthood in 1980, married and is now living in Arizona, abused at least nine children over an 18-year period. 

Hewitt admitted to 9 News that he molested at least two named victims including Stuart Saucke, who later committed suicide and left behind a note detailing the abuse at the hands of the priest. 

Hewitt was also the person who found Bobby’s remains in 1959. 

He insisted to 9 News last year he ‘did not do anything’ to the 10-year-old boy but admitted he was one of the last to see him alive after he told him he couldn’t have any ‘more candy’ so ‘he took off.’

Aside from the three abusers present at the time of Bobby’s death, the camp’s founder Joseph J. Bosetti was also found to have molested a teenage boy in 1949 and 1950. 

Mark Haas, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Denver, which operated Camp St. Malo, told 9News that they had no further information to provide about Bobby’s disappearance.

Haas said: ‘This tragic situation occurred 62 years ago and no one currently working for the Archdiocese has any direct knowledge of it. We are not in a position to respond to speculation about something that happened six decades ago.’

Harold Robert White has been described as 'the most prolific known clergy child sex abuser in Colorado history'

Neil Hewitt was one of the last to see Bobby alive and found his remains

Harold Robert White (left) has been described as ‘the most prolific known clergy child sex abuser in Colorado history’ while Neil Hewitt (right) was one of the last to see Bobby alive and found his remains. Both priests were also at the camp when Bobby disappeared

The Catholic summer camp, which closed in the 1980s, welcomed young schoolboys for outdoor recreation including swimming, shooting, hiking and camping.

In the summer of 1958, Bobby, an only child and born almost completely deaf, attended the camp.

He was last seen fishing for trout at Cabin Creek close to the camp property on August 15 – his fifth week-long visit to the camp.

The 10-year-old never made it back to the camp at the curfew of 6 p.m. and a search was launched. 

The search grew to more than 500 people, with the boy’s parents, Airmen from Lowry, volunteers from the Colorado Civil Air Patrol, search and rescue squads, an Indian tracker and bloodhounds from California drafted in to comb the area and drain water sources. 

A sighting of a boy matching his description in nearby Estes Park diverted police there but turned out to be another boy.

The search was called off 10 days later and his disappearance and death ruled an accident.

It was accepted that he had wandered off, gotten lost and succumbed to the elements.  

The next year and five days into his fourth summer at the camp, Hewitt found a piece of clothing and a bone as he led a hike up Mount Meeker. 

A new search began and more bones, clothing and Bobby’s hearing aid battery were all discovered within a day.  

Bobby's cause of death was ruled 'probably from exhaustion and exposure' and was classed an accident and his parents have since died. An investigation has now been launched

Bobby’s cause of death was ruled ‘probably from exhaustion and exposure’ and was classed an accident and his parents have since died. An investigation has now been launched 

His cause of death was ruled ‘probably from exhaustion and exposure’ and was classed an accident. 

No further investigation was made and the little boy’s parents have since died. 

But in November this year, following the report naming Hewitt and White as sexual abusers and seven decades on from his death, the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch opened an investigation into his disappearance and death. 

Harriet Dudich, Bobby’s cousin and one of his closest surviving relatives, told 9 News the family had ‘believed all these years’ his death was an accident but said it was ‘real good news’ it was now being investigated further. 

The presence of the three priests named as sexual abusers at the camp is expected to be part of the investigation, 9 News reported.   

In 2019, the Colorado Attorney General and the Archdiocese of Denver, the Diocese of Colorado Springs and the Diocese of Pueblo reached an agreement giving the state access to seven decades of church records. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in La Junta where Repola worked before being transferred to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Grand Junction in 1965. It was at the latter that Repola sexually abused a teenage boy in 1967, authorities reveal

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in La Junta where Repola worked before being transferred to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Grand Junction in 1965. It was at the latter that Repola sexually abused a teenage boy in 1967, authorities reveal

The ongoing investigation, led by former US Attorney Troyer, has so far exposed decades of abuse of children by priests and named 52 priests where the allegations of abuse have been substantiated.  

The first report, released in October 2019, revealed at least 166 children were sexually abused by 43 Catholic priests in Colorado dating back to 1950.

It also revealed the church had willfully covered up allegations of abuse and failed to report them to police, with over half of the victims abused after the state’s three dioceses already knew the priests were abusers.   

After the first report’s release last October, another 46 victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Colorado Catholic priests have come forward and nine more priests have been identified as abusers.

They are: Father Kenneth Funk, Father Daniel Kelleher, Father James Moreno, Father Gregory Smith, and Father Charles Woodrich of the Denver Archdiocese and Repola, Monsignor Marvin Kapushion, Father Carlos Trujillo and Father Joseph Walsh of the Pueblo Diocese. 

The report found that most of the children were aged 10 to 14 at the time of the abuse. 

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They criticize a priest who forced a child to kiss the coffin of a bishop who died of coronavirus | The State



Strong criticism has received an Orthodox priest originally from Greece, after someone cfit in photography by having a child kiss the coffin of a bishop, who would have been a victim of the coronavirus.

Religious and faithful of the church of Bishop Ioannis de Lagadas have decided to take his remains to the temple to give him a warm farewell, apparently following all the protocols to avoid contagion of covid-19.

In the image that circulates in networks about this act, the priest can be seen carrying the child, both with masks, who would have kissed the coffin at the request of the religious.

But the local newspaper Keep Talking Greece He indicated that the situation would have been much worse, as they indicated that the coffin was open and that the minor had been forced to kiss the bishop’s corpse.

Several inhabitants of that country have demanded a thorough investigation of this event.

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Christian priest was shot twice outside Lyon church by husband whose wife he had been sleeping with


Christian priest was shot twice and left for dead outside Greek Orthodox church in Lyon by angry husband whose wife he had been sleeping with

  • Nikolaos Kakavelakis, 52, was gunned down by his Lyon church on October 31
  • There were initial fears he was the latest victim of Islamic terrorism in France
  • But Father Kakavelakis has now awoken from his coma and revealed his attacker 
  • He says he was shot by a husband whose wife the priest had been sleeping with 

A priest who was shot twice outside his Greek Orthodox Church in Lyon was the victim of an angry husband whose wife he was sleeping with. 

Nikolaos Kakavelakis, a 52-year-old father of two, was initially feared to be the latest victim of Islamic terrorism in France after he was attacked with a sawn-off shotgun on October 31.

But Father Kakavelakis has now emerged from a coma and told detectives that the man who attempted to murder him was a love rival.

Nikolaos Kakavelakis, was shot twice outside his Greek Orthodox Church in Lyon was the victim of an angry husband whose wife he was sleeping with

Nikolaos Kakavelakis, was shot twice outside his Greek Orthodox Church in Lyon was the victim of an angry husband whose wife he was sleeping with

The 52-year-old father of two, was initially feared to be the latest victim of Islamic terrorism in France

The 52-year-old father of two, was initially feared to be the latest victim of Islamic terrorism in France

Nicolas Jacquet, the Lyon Prosecutor, said in a statement released on Saturday that the attacker ‘turns out to be the husband of a woman who was having an affair with the victim.’

An investigation for ‘attempted murder’ has since been launched, and the arrested suspect’s wife is also in custody, said the prosecutor.

The attacker has solely been identified as a 40-year-old man of Georgian nationality who lives close to the Greek Orthodox Church in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon.

He has admitted gunning Father Kakavelakis down while he was locking his Church up, and then left the priest for dead.

Father Kakavelakis has now emerged from a coma and told detectives that the man who attempted to murder him was a love rival

Father Kakavelakis has now emerged from a coma and told detectives that the man who attempted to murder him was a love rival

The suspect ran to his home nearby, and believed he might have got away with the crime, until Father Kakavelakis made a miracle recovery.

The suspect was arrested at his home on Friday, and had now made a ‘full confession’, said Mr Jacquet. His wife was arrested at the same time, he added.

Father Kakavelakis, a Greek national who had been a priest in Lyon for the past decade, had resigned from this job a month ago, and was working out a notice period.

The attack on him came two days after three people were murdered in the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Basilica in the southern French city of Nice.

A Tunisian-born terrorist linked to radical Islamism carried out the crimes, and was shot 14 times by police before being taken into custody.

The attacker has solely been identified as a 40-year-old man of Georgian nationality who lives close to the Greek Orthodox Church (pictured)

The attacker has solely been identified as a 40-year-old man of Georgian nationality who lives close to the Greek Orthodox Church (pictured)

Last month school teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by a Chechen-born terrorist after showing Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to a class of school children as part of a ‘free speech’ lesson.

This led to many assuming the attack in Lyon might be linked to terrorism, but that has now been ruled out by the French authorities.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said his government was determined to allow ‘each and everyone to practice their worship in complete safety and in complete freedom’.

Following the Lyon attack, the Greek Orthodox Holy Diocese of France released a statement reading: ‘We pray for a speedy recovery and unequivocally condemn all forms of violence.’



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Priest “gang member” from California does not show his face after a woman with whom he had a forbidden relationship unmasked him | The NY Journal



A catholic priest in California was temporarily suspended from his duties amid an internal investigation into alleged involvement with gangs and a prohibited relationship with a 41-year-old woman who was his assistant.

Against the priest Guadalupe Ríos from St. Joseph’s Church in Selma weighs a restraining order to protect the temple workers from the alleged debauchery of the religious.

The female, who had a 4-year relationship with the man, described Ríos as a marijuana and alcohol addict who threatened to kill himself at gunpoint if she left him.

“Mr. Ríos and I were in the Rectory when he put the gun to his head in front of me,” said the woman, as quoted by ABC 30.

Local media reported this week that the father is accused of maintaining a “physical” and “romantic” relationship with the female, who alleged to the authorities that she was beaten in the face by the suspect and thrown to the ground on more than one occasion.

“When I started crying from the‘ shock ’, I asked him what he was doing and he said,‘ Either I am going to die, or you or both. ’ Due to his past as a member of gangs and the delinquent friends with whom he passed, I have for safety and that of my family ”, added the alleged victim.

“His weapons are accessible and since he threatened me before killing me, I am afraid of what he may do when he learns that the Diocese has learned the truth about him and is coming after me in revenge,” the complainant stated.

The priest was convicted in 2016 for an incident on the road for driving under the influence of alcohol or .19% alcohol in the blood, twice the allowed limit.

Despite the allegations, Selma Police Chief Joe Gomez told the same station that his department has received no reports of crimes related to the protection order.

For his part, the chancellor of the Diocese of Fresno, Cheryl Sarkisian, relied on the confidentiality of the investigation so as not to elaborate on the facts raised publicly.

Ríos, who appears in photos of social networks with long weapons such as assault rifles and a .357 Magnum revolver, has not made any expressions to the press.

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Priest will go to prison for allowing a marriage between a woman and a dying old man | The NY Journal



The authorities of Genoa, Italy, are investigating what for them it is a “mysterious wedding” between a 93-year-old millionaire man and a woman 20 years his junior, because apparently the lady, helped by a priest, she would have abused the poor condition her husband was in.

The wedding took place in the middle of the night in 2014, with only 2 witnesses present at the union. That night, Milanese businessman Gian Battista Bianchi Albrici and Gabriella Radaelli said “yes, I do” to the priest, Pietro Franco.

Now, both Gabriella and priest Franco could end up in prison, 4 years and 16 months behind bars, respectively, like Radaelli’s son and his partner, who could also face sentences of 16 and 20 months in prison.

According to the Italian press, Albrici was a bon vivant: he had a yacht on the Genoese shore and a villa in the idyllic town of Camogli, near Genoa.

He died shortly after the wedding, leaving behind a multi-million dollar inheritance that Radaelli was the recipient of in his will.

It was the billionaire’s son who challenged the document and reported the scam to the police. The local press has reported that Radaelli was actually a serial “gold digger” who has had multiple victims. Among them is the billionaire surgeon who “designed” the late Pope John Paul II’s artificial hip.

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Greek Orthodox priest is fighting for life in hospital after being shot twice in the stomach in Lyon


A Greek Orthodox priest has been shot and severely wounded by an attacker in the French city of Lyon.

The Christian clergyman, who is said to be 52 years old, was locking up his church when the gunman struck at around 4pm on Saturday. 

The victim is an Archpriest, a term used in Eastern Christian religions to describe a non-monastic priest, who was easily identifiable as a member of the clergy because of his a distinctive religious clothing.   

Witnesses to the attack on the 52-year-old, who has been in France since 2012, said they heard the sound of two gunshots and then the sound of a woman screaming. It is thought that the woman’s screams caused the attacker to flee. 

The gunman was described as ‘male and in his forties’ armed with a sawn-off hunting rifle. He is thought to have fired his weapon twice.  

Law enforcement are pictured attending the scene of the shooting in Lyon today

A Greek Orthodox priest has been shot and severely wounded by an attacker in the French city of Lyon. (Pictured: Law enforcement attending the scene of the shooting today)

A manhunt was launched across the city, and there were fears that he might strike again.

The church where the priest ministered is well known to the sizeable Greek community in Lyon.

It is thought that there were no guards outside the Church, as there are at other Christian places of worship in France.

The wounded priest is a Greek national, said a spokesman for the local emergency services, who confirmed that his condition was ‘life threatening’. 

Following the attack, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said: ‘This is a very serious incident. Details are still emerging. A crisis unit has been set up.’  

Fanny Dubot, the Mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Lyon, said ‘the security initiative had been stepped up’ in Lyon since the Nice attack, but she was ‘not aware’ of specific measures being made to secure the Greek Orthodox church in her district.

Gerard Darmanin, France’s Interior Minister, confirmed he had opened a crisis unit in Paris, and told anyone in Lyon to ‘avoid the area and follow instructions’.

Those living in the area were told to lock themselves in their homes and stay away from public places. 

It came on the day President Macron said it was ‘our duty to protect our freedoms’ as furious protests continued to rage against Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that he has backed.

Mr Macron told Qatar-based TV channel Al-Jazeera: ‘I can understand that people could be shocked by the caricatures but I will never accept that violence can be justified.

‘I consider it our duty to protect our freedoms and our rights.’

There have been numerous calls from Al-Qaeda to attack French interests.. 

It follows an Islamist terrorist murdering three people in a Catholic basilica in Nice, in the South of France, on Thursday.

Brahim Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian, survived despite being shot 14 times by police, and is currently under armed guard in a secure hospital wing.

French President Emmanuel Macron immediately declared France ‘under attack’ following disturbing incidents related to extremists targeting Christians.

Pictured: The Greek Orthodox church in Lyon where a priest was shot earlier today

Pictured: The Greek Orthodox church in Lyon where a priest was shot earlier today 

The attacks come amid fury across the Islamic and Arab world at President Macron for defending satirical cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed and the Muslims who revere him.

During a visit to emergency service personnel in Nice on Thursday, Mr Macron said: ‘We won’t give in. Once again, our country has been hit by an Islamist terrorist attack.

‘Once again, this morning, it was three of our compatriots who fell, in Nice, in this basilica. Very clearly, it is France that is under attack.’

The of the Nice attack was the same as that used to kill school teacher Samuel Paty in the Paris suburb of Conflans Sainte Honorine earlier this month.

Mr Paty was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee after the teacher showed the Charlie Hebdo cartoons to children.

Mr Macron had placed 4000 extra soldiers on the streets of France, in part to protect churches and other places of worship. 

Fury against French President Emmanuel Macron continues to rage across the Muslim world as protests were held today in India, Pakistan and Iraq over the premier’s stance on Charlie Hebdo cartoons.  

Macron has become the focal point of Islamic fury after defending Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which were used as justification for a teacher’s murder in the Paris suburbs two weeks ago.   

Protests are being staged across the Muslim world, with demonstrations seen today in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, and India.    

People chant slogans as they set fire to France's flag during a protest against the cartoon publications of Prophet Mohammad in France and comments by the French President Emmanuel Macron, in Karachi, Pakistan today

People chant slogans as they set fire to France’s flag during a protest against the cartoon publications of Prophet Mohammad in France and comments by the French President Emmanuel Macron, in Karachi, Pakistan today 

Protesters burn effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

Protesters burn effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today 

People burn a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against his comments about Prophet Muhammad caricatures, in Peshawar, Pakistan today

People burn a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against his comments about Prophet Muhammad caricatures, in Peshawar, Pakistan today 

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with a large banner calling for a boycott of French products and depicting French President Emmanuel Macron with the nose and ears of a pig, during a rally protesting against the comments of Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Yemen's country's third-city of Taez today

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with a large banner calling for a boycott of French products and depicting French President Emmanuel Macron with the nose and ears of a pig, during a rally protesting against the comments of Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Yemen’s country’s third-city of Taez today 

Turkish President Erdogan said Wednesday that Western countries mocking Islam wanted to ‘relaunch the Crusades’, heightening a confrontation with France over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that have stirred anger in Muslim-majority countries.

In a speech to lawmakers of his AK Party in parliament, President Tayyip Erdogan also said that standing against attacks on the Prophet was ‘an issue of honour for us’, suggesting Ankara may be digging in for a prolonged standoff.

The row with France flared after a French teacher who showed pupils cartoons of the Prophet published in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was beheaded in France this month. 

Iraqis protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Halabja, Iraq today

Iraqis protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Halabja, Iraq today 

Muslim demonstrators hold a placard with a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron Macron with a footprint over his face during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Kolkata today

Muslim demonstrators hold a placard with a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron Macron with a footprint over his face during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Kolkata today 

The caricatures are considered blasphemous by Muslims.

In a sign of spreading anger at France’s defence of the right to publish the cartoons, demonstrators denounced France in street protests in several Muslim-majority countries. 

‘France down, it insulted our Prophet,’ shouted protesters in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Erdogan sharply criticised Macron at the weekend, saying the French leader needed a mental health check, prompting France to recall its ambassador from Ankara. On Monday, Erdogan urged a boycott of French products.

The Turkish leader again questioned Macron’s state of mind on Wednesday and, in remarks addressed to ‘the West’, described colonial powers as ‘murderers’ for their record in Africa and the Middle east.

A protester carries an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi on October 31, 2020

A protester carries an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi on October 31, 2020

A protester jumps on an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

A protester jumps on an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today 

Protesters throw an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

Protesters throw an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today 

Protesters hold a placard and banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron's comments considered insulting to Muslims, in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia today

Protesters hold a placard and banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron’s comments considered insulting to Muslims, in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia today 

‘They literally want to relaunch the Crusades. Since the Crusades, the seeds of evil and hatred have started falling on these (Muslim) lands and that’s when peace was disrupted.’

Turkish officials said separately Ankara would take legal and diplomatic steps in response to a caricature of Erdogan in Charlie Hebdo, which officials called a ‘disgusting effort’ to ‘spread its cultural racism and hatred’.

The cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo showed Erdogan sitting in a white t-shirt and underpants, holding a canned drink and lifting the skirt of a woman wearing an Islamic hijab to reveal her naked bottom.  

Iraqis protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Halabja, Iraq today 

Demonstrators stand on defaced posters of France's President Emmanuel Macron on a road during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and Macron's comments, outside a French consulate in Kolkata today

Demonstrators stand on defaced posters of France’s President Emmanuel Macron on a road during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and Macron’s comments, outside a French consulate in Kolkata today 

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron in Taez today

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron in Taez today 

‘Our battle against these rude, ill-intentioned and insulting steps will continue until the end, with reason but determination,’ Turkey’s Communications Directorate said.

State media reported that Turkish prosecutors had launched an investigation into Charlie Hebdo’s executives.

The row has its roots in a knife attack outside a French school on Oct. 16 in which a man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of the Prophet in a civics lesson. 

The French government, backed by many citizens, saw the beheading as an attack on freedom of speech, and said it would defend the right to display the cartoons.

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Yemen's third-city of Taez today

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Yemen’s third-city of Taez today 

A placard and banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron are seen during a protest against Macron's comments considered insulting to Muslims, in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia today

A placard and banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron are seen during a protest against Macron’s comments considered insulting to Muslims, in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia today 

Protesters hold placards during a protest against comments of French President Emmanuel Macron considered insulting to Muslims, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia today

Protesters hold placards during a protest against comments of French President Emmanuel Macron considered insulting to Muslims, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia today 

Placards reading "The yellow Devil is in Paris" hang in a window as a mark of a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron's comments, in Almaty, Kazakhstan today

Placards reading ‘The yellow Devil is in Paris’ hang in a window as a mark of a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments, in Almaty, Kazakhstan today 

Macron has said he would redouble efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs subverting French values. 

France’s foreign ministry on Tuesday issued safety advice to French citizens in Indonesia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq and Mauritania, advising them to exercise caution. They should stay away from any protests over the cartoons and avoid any public gatherings.

In Cairo, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said freedom of expression should stop if it offended more than 1.5 billion people.

The Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar university, one of the world’s most eminent seats of Sunni Muslim learning, urged the international community to criminalise ‘anti-Muslim’ actions.

Muslim activists of different organizations stage a protest against French President Emmanuel Macron, near the French Consulate in Kolkata, India today

Muslim activists of different organizations stage a protest against French President Emmanuel Macron, near the French Consulate in Kolkata, India today 

Muslim activists from various organizations participate in a protest against France, near the French Consulate, in Kolkata, India today

Muslim activists from various organizations participate in a protest against France, near the French Consulate, in Kolkata, India today 

Muslim demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Kolkata today

Muslim demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Kolkata today 

Indonesian president Joko Widodo today condemned what he called ‘terrorist’ attacks in France, but also warned that remarks by President Macron had ‘insulted Islam’ and ‘hurt the unity of Muslims everywhere.’

Conservative Islamic organizations in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, have called for protests and boycotts against France, sharing an image of Macron as a red-eyed devilish snail.

‘Freedom of speech that injures the noble purity and sacred values and symbol of religion is so wrong, it shouldn’t be justified and it needs to stop,’ the Indonesian leader, who is known by his popular name Jokowi, said in a televised address.

He added, however, that ‘linking religion to acts of terrorism is a massive mistake. Terrorists are terrorists.’

Students of Jamaat-e-Islami party shout slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Students of Jamaat-e-Islami party shout slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today 

Students of Jamaat-e-Islami party shout slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Students of Jamaat-e-Islami party shout slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Somalis march during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron's comments, along the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia yesterday

Somalis march during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments, along the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia yesterday 



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Aggression: Brian Boucher is no longer a priest


Brian Boucher, a priest convicted of sexually assaulting minors in 2019, was dismissed from the clergy, the Archdiocese of Montreal reported on Friday.

“Mr. Boucher can no longer exercise any priestly function or occupy a position reserved for clerics. In addition, he is prohibited from teaching in Catholic schools and institutions, or from exercising public functions such as reader or minister of communion within a parish community ”, one said in a press release.

The decision was made last year and was confirmed this summer as there was no appeal filed with the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Brian Boucher was sentenced to eight years in prison in March 2019 for sexual assault on two underage boys in the Montreal area. Spread over several years, these multiple assaults began in 1995 for the first victim, who was only 14 at the time, and in 2010 for the second, who was 13 at the time.

A year ago, an external investigation had been entrusted to the retired judge of the Superior Court of Quebec Pepita G. Capriolo in order to understand why the now ex-priest was able to crack down without being worried.

The Archdiocese said Friday that the English version of the report was presented on September 2 to Archbishop Christian Lépine and that a French version will be completed “shortly”.

“At present, the Archbishop and his team are acquainted with the findings and are studying the recommendations with a view to making them public before the end of November,” it was argued.



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The surprising reaction of a father towards a girl who made a curious gesture during her christening | The NY Journal



Endless funny scenes that the Internet has given us are starring children, since the innocence of their age makes them do funny things that can even take away the solemnity of some serious moments.

This is precisely what happened to him a girl who has stolen a smile from thousands of Internet users for a curious moment that she lived in what seems to be her baptism. But what has attracted the most attention is the priest’s reaction.

It turns out that the girl is approached by a woman to the altar so that the priest give him the blessing; he places his hand on her head and the little girl thought he was greeting her, so did not hesitate to hit his hand while the woman who accompanied her takes her arm to prevent her from doing it again.

The priest took what the little girl had done with humor and began to snicker and then continued with the ritual.

The video soon went viral and generated thousands of comments in which users highlighted the good attitude of both the minor and the priest.

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