Grandson describes evangelist Billy Graham's regrets
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Rev. Billy Graham has two regrets,
according to his grandson.
The Rev. Will Graham says his 92-year-old grandfather told him
that he wished he had read the Bible more and prayed more.
The younger Graham spoke to KTIS radio at this month's
dedication of the new Billy Graham Community Life Commons at
Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn.
Will Graham, son of the Rev. Franklin Graham, is a third
generation evangelist who recently preached outside London.
He says his grandfather has trouble getting around, but his mind
is still sharp.
Billy Graham, who turns 93 November 7th, has a new book coming
out next week on aging. It's called "Nearing Home: Life, Faith and
SC diocese: Bishop probe could mean parish attacks
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina
says its bishop is accused of abandoning the faith in a process
that doesn't allow him to know his accusers and could lead to
attacks by the national church on the diocese and its parishes.
The diocese has distanced itself from the national Episcopal
Church in part because of its stance on ordaining gay bishops and
sanctioning same-sex unions.
Bishop Mark Lawrence was recently contacted by the national
church's Disciplinary Board for Bishops. The panel informed him,
based on information from churchgoers in the diocese, that he's
alleged to have abandoned the doctrine, discipline and worship of
the Episcopal Church.
About 100 clergy from the South Carolina diocese met Tuesday
behind closed doors to discuss the allegations and procedures to
The diocesan statement said the Episcopal Church "is in a
constitutional crisis" over doctrinal issues. It said, "While
those include a changed understanding of sexual ethics and
Christian marriage, it goes much further to the matter of
scriptural interpretation and authority."
HISTORIC CHURCH CLOSING
Church from 1860 with few remaining members to close near the
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A more than 150-year-old church one block
from the Ohio Statehouse will soon close because its congregation
The last service at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown
Columbus is planned for Nov. 20.
Church leadership council member Linda Wood said the church has
only about 40 active members, making it difficult to pay the bills.
The congregation was founded in 1839, and the church was
dedicated in 1860. The Columbus Metropolitan Library website says
the church has a stained glass window that was displayed first at a
Chicago world's fair, where it won an award.
A lawyer overseeing the closing says the plan is to sell the
church, possibly to a buyer who will turn it into a performance
Church officials bless benefactors as new shepherds of
struggling Philly Catholic school
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An independent group of benefactors has
agreed to take over a struggling Roman Catholic school from the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia, pledging to keep its religious
identity while making it financially sustainable.
The new arrangement - the first of its kind in the archdiocese -
transfers responsibility for the St. Martin de Porres elementary
school from the church to a lay board of directors.
Board members want to ensure St. Martin's continued existence
and affordability in North Philadelphia, where many public schools
are considered unsafe and academically deficient.
Church officials, who have closed more than 30 cash-strapped
schools in the archdiocese over the past five years, applauded the
agreement and hoped it could be replicated at other strained
schools. Similar arrangements have saved parochial schools in other
The Philadelphia archdiocese has 178 schools serving about
68,000 students, which represents a 35 percent drop in enrollment
Nigerian pleads guilty to underwear bomb attack
DETROIT (AP) - A Nigerian man has pleaded guilty to attempting
to bring down an international flight over Detroit with a bomb in
his underwear, telling a surprised courtroom on the second day of
his trial that the failed attack was retaliation for the killing of
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab told the court that the underwear bomb was
a "blessed weapon to save the lives of innocent Muslims."
He added that other Islamic militants would attack soon if the
U.S. continues to, in his words, "promote the blasphemy of
Mohammed and the prophets."
Abdulmutallab said he carried a bomb in his underwear onto
Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas 2009 with the intention
of killing the nearly 300 people on board. The bomb didn't work,
and passengers jumped on Abdulmutallab when they saw smoke and
Abdulmutallab's attorney, Anthony Chambers, said he's sure the
25-year-old Nigerian prayed about entering a plea that would send
him to prison for life.
Egypt military denies shooting protesters
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's military rulers are now blaming Christian
protesters and "enemies of the revolution" for triggering clashes
that left 26 dead, almost all of them Christians.
At a news conference to present their version of the events,
generals from the Supreme Council showed footage of priests and a
Coptic Christian activist they accused of "instigating" the
violence on Sunday night with calls for demonstrations and of
storming the state television building. He accused protesters of
"savage" attacks on the military.
Many of those killed were crushed when armored military vehicles
sped through crowds of protesters and ran them over. Other victims
had gunshot wounds.
Witnesses and Christian protesters have denied the demonstrators
started the fighting. Videos show the violence appeared to begin
when military police charged protesters who were peacefully holding
speeches outside the state TV building. Another shows a soldier
firing at protesters at close range from the back of a speeding
armored vehicle weaving through the crowd.
Pope condemns violence in Egypt
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI says he's "deeply
saddened" by the recent violence in Cairo, referring to protests
that left 26 dead, most of them Coptic Christian demonstrators.
Benedict condemned what he called attempts to "undermine the
peaceful coexistence" among Egyptian communities.
Egypt's Coptic Christians, who represent about 10 percent of the
85 million people in the Muslim-majority nation, have long
complained that they are second-class citizens in their own
Benedict, speaking at his weekly public audience Wednesday, said
he supports efforts to protect the human rights of all,
particularly minorities, in support of national unity.
Muslim comic series aims to break through in US
DETROIT (AP) - Comic book fans might call it a great origin
story: In the aftermath of 9/11, a Muslim man creates a comic book
series, "The 99," inspired by the principles of his faith.
It builds a global audience and investors contribute millions
for it to continue and expand. But there have been obstacles for
the creator, Naif Al-Mutawa (AHL-moo-tah-wah).
Some hardline Muslims think the series should not use human
characters to embody the 99 qualities of Allah, as spelled out in
the Quran (ku-RAHN').
The series has yet to gain traction in the United States, where
the political and cultural climate since 9/11 has brought
skepticism and suspicion about anything related to Islam.
Al-Mutawa says the resistance is evidence that more is needed to
counter intolerant ideologies of all types.
5 men arraigned in Ohio Amish beard-cuttings
MILLERSBURG, Ohio (AP) - Five men suspected of forcefully
cutting the beards of fellow Amish have been arraigned in an Ohio
courtroom and released on $50,000 bonds.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Levi Miller, Johnny
Mullet, Lester Mullet and two other men were in Holmes County
Municipal Court on Wednesday on kidnapping and burglary charges.
Prosecutor Steve Knowling tells the newspaper the leader of their
group, Sam Mullet, posted bail.
The sheriff says men entered a home Oct. 3 and used scissors and
clippers to cut the beards of the bishop of another community and
Amish beards carry spiritual significance. Mullet says
beard-cuttings are in response to criticism from other Amish
leaders about his practices.
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