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Atlanta church faces eviction
February 16th, 2011
05:06 PM ET

Atlanta church faces eviction

By John Murgatroyd, CNN

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - Mark Anthony Mitchell is praying for a miracle.

Mitchell, pastor and founder of Atlanta’s Urban Foursquare Church, knows the day is coming soon when his congregation most likely will have to abandon its home in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

Last week, officers from the county marshal’s department arrived at the church bearing an eviction notice. But because dozens of children were in the building as part of a preschool program, the church was spared being evicted on the spot.

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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Courts • Georgia • United States

Philadelphia cardinal orders investigation of 37 priests
Left to right, from top: Edward Avery, James Brennan, Charles Engelhardt, William Lynn and Bernard Shero were charged in connection with sex abuse against minors.
February 16th, 2011
04:57 PM ET

Philadelphia cardinal orders investigation of 37 priests

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) - The Catholic Church in Philadelphia will investigate as many as 37 priests identified in a grand jury report as remaining in "active ministry with credible allegations of child sexual abuse," Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, said Wednesday.

"Sexual abuse of children is a crime. It is always wrong and gravely evil," Rigali said in a news release. "The grand jury report makes clear that for as much as the archdiocese has done to address child sexual abuse, there is still much to do."

He also announced that three priests were placed on administrative leave pending a review.

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Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Courts • Pennsylvania • United States • Vatican

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