State House officials at first banned the Nativity display inside the building because, you know, Separation of Church and State, but then a state rep threatened to unleash holy hell in the form of a lawsuit because Jesus rules, separation drools, and, of course, the baby Jesus won, at least for three hours tomorrow, the Herald reports.
Atheists reply. Large Baphomet statue, noodly appendages or simple aluminum pole, anyone?
The Jewish Journal takes a look at how two area congregations are trying to revitalize themselves. In Marblehead, Rabbi David Meyer figured if the Millennials won't come to him, he'll go to them. The temple now has a young-professionals group - Jews 'n' Brews - that gets together once a month at a local watering hole. Meyer always picks up the tab for the first round. And in Brookline, Congregation Mishkan Tefila is settling in at its new home on the Congregation Kehillath Israel's Harvard Street campus after selling off its own Newton campus that had simply become too large for it.
Our own Ron Newman shows us the packed seats inside the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization's "Out of Many, One" rally at the Islamic Society of Boston in Roxbury tonight. Among those who spoke: Sen. Warren and Mayor Walsh, as Mark Smith shows us: Read more.
Gedalia Pasternak captured three people showing support for members of the Islamic Society of Boston on Prospect Street in Cambridge around 12:30 pm. The guy in the back is a mosque member who was rushing over to give them a hug.
There will be a vigil in front of the Islamic Society of Boston mosque at Roxbury Crossing at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.
St. Anthony's Shrine on Arch Street has posted photos of the well-dressed guy they say broke into the shrine between 4 and 6 a.m. yesterday. If he looks familiar, you know the number to call.
If any election needs them, it might be this one, no? The Massachusetts Council of Churches has compiled a list (scroll down a page or two) of Boston-area churches that will be hosting election-related prayer services and vigils tonight and tomorrow.
Local Satanists say it's time the Boston City Council give the devil his due - by letting them open one of the council's bi-weekly meetings with an invocation.
The council has long started its regular meetings with an invocation by a member of the local clergy, who are invited on a rotating basis by individual councilors. Read more.
La Bibliotequetress noticed this sign hanging at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Tremont Street tonight. The Sox are now down 0-2 to the Indians in a best-of-five series.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports (with photos) on the arrival of Saint Padre Pio's heart at St. Leonard's Church yesterday.
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the six-month jail sentence of a Christian landlord who pushed a Muslim tenant down the stairs of her Somerville triple decker after harassing the tenant and her children for weeks about their faith. Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter reports that Elizabeth Seton Academy is closed, effective immediately.
Patrick Keogan, 44, is scheduled for arraignment in federal court today on charges he left a threat on the Islamic Society of Boston's Facebook page to burn the Roxbury mosque to the ground, the US Attorney's office reports.
It's the second time in a little over a year that somebody has been charged with threatening violence against the mosque. Read more.
Luke O'Neil reports on the Twelve Tribes, which owns the Blue Blinds Bakery in Plymouth.
Growing up, Kayam Mathias said he was beaten 20 to 30 times a day.
"I grew to be numb to it, to quell the rage within and just not feel anything."
Mayor Walsh talked at a prayer service at the Good Shepherd Church of God in Christ in Roxbury:
Tonight, we pray for victims and their families in Louisiana, in Minnesota, and in Dallas, Texas.
And I join with you in praying that the appropriate authorities will bring true justice in all of these situations.
But I want to start by acknowledging the hurt and the fear people are feeling in Boston.
I want to recognize the trauma in this city and this church. ...
The East Boston Times reports on reaction to the Archdiocese of Boston's decision to transfer Father Wayne Belschner from Sacred Heart Parish to Dedham.
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