Religion

By - 8/4/16 - 1:56 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports that Elizabeth Seton Academy is closed, effective immediately.

By - 7/26/16 - 3:54 pm

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.

By - 7/17/16 - 11:48 am

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."

By - 7/9/16 - 10:11 am

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. ...

By - 7/1/16 - 10:09 am

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.

By - 6/25/16 - 12:35 pm
Jesus loves you and traffic in Jamaica Plain

Isabel Rey watched traffic come to a standstill in Jackson Square for about 15 minutes this morning as some people proclaimed their devotion to Jesus in the middle of Centre Street.

By - 5/17/16 - 11:33 pm

Two longstanding Jewish facilities on Washington Street are working with a developer to raze and replace their existing buildings and add a 73-unit residential building. Read more.

By - 4/19/16 - 10:14 pm

Village 14 reports on a sermon by Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel about the infamous Newton forum in which some Jews heckled a black woman describing her son's treatment at a local school and tried to boo the school superintendent off the stage.

By - 4/11/16 - 4:42 pm
$1-million bill

Rick is now busy figuring out how to spend the $1-million bill he got from some religious group in Downtown Crossing today.

By - 4/8/16 - 6:51 pm

The Globe reports that Congregation Mishkan Tefila, which is selling its 24-acre Hammond Pond Parkway campus to BC, is near an agreement to share space with Congregation Kehillath Israel on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner. The two congregations would retain their separate identifies.

By - 3/30/16 - 6:33 pm
Beheaded Virgin Mary in Billerica

Billerica Police are looking for whoever cut the head and hands off a Virgin Mary statue at St. Mary's Church on Boston Road overnight.

The vandalism comes a couple days after a similar beheading at a church in Burlington.

Detectives are looking at whether the incidents are connected.

By - 3/16/16 - 6:28 am

The Boston Business Journal reports the Knights of Columbus are taking over Crux and merging it with its own Catholic Pulse site. Crux columnist Margery Eagan is not moving to the K of C, though.

By - 3/14/16 - 12:35 pm

In a statement today, Catholic Memorial School says it's taking several steps to deal with the repercussions of Friday's anti-Semitic chanting by fans before a basketball game against Newton North, including banning students from tonight's MIAA Division 1 semifinal against Cambridge at the Garden.

The team itself, which had nothing to do with the chants, will be allowed to play, the school says: Read more.

By - 2/29/16 - 5:38 am

Spotlight's win as Best Picture probably came a bit late for him to stay up for over in Rome.

The actual reporters and editors who told the stories of the pedophile priests and their victims were in the auditorium. One of them, Matt Carroll, livetweeted the experience. Read more.

By - 2/18/16 - 10:47 am

A Revere tour operator who organized buses for local Catholics to see the Pope in Philadelphia last September says the bus companies he hired sent rickety buses driven by sleepy, non-English-speaking drivers that left riders terrified and wondering if they'd make it out alive. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 8:35 am
Restoring Black Lives matter sign at Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain

Katie Ernst watched kids putting up new fliers over the vandalized part of a Black Lives Matter sign at Hope Central Church on Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain yesterday.

By - 2/11/16 - 2:16 pm
Hope Church on Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain with vandalized sign

Marg Zamos-Monteith shows us Hope Central Church on Seaverns Avenue, where a Black Lives Matter sign was defaced the night after a JP Black Lives Matter vigil and four months after a similar banner in front of First Baptist Church on Centre Street was torn down (then replaced).

By - 1/4/16 - 2:00 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the state can keep children away from a would-be foster couple who believe corporal punishment is part of their religious duty - even if they agree to limit the spanking to their natural children and not spank any foster children.

Gregory and Melanie Magazu of Fitchburg, who have two children of their own, sought to become foster and "pre-adoptive" parents in 2012, but were denied permission by the state Department of Children and Families because they said their Christian beliefs sometimes compelled them to spank their own children. Read more.