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By adamg - 6/19/21 - 3:36 pm

The First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. at the Monnument, will ring its bells 600 times at noon on Sunday now that the US has passed 600,000 deaths from the virus.

By adamg - 3/12/21 - 4:32 pm
Wanted for church vandalism

Wanted for church vandalism.

Boston Police report they are looking for a man they say jammed the locks a St. Teresa of Calcutta Church and St. John Paul II Catholic Academy, 800 Columbia Rd. in Dorchester and St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston with an unknown substance early this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 3/5/21 - 12:32 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a professor denied a promotion at a religious college retains the right to sue because she is not a "minister," which would otherwise let the school discriminate against her on religious grounds. Read more.

By adamg - 1/24/21 - 9:33 pm

A Boston city council already embroiled in controversy over how many mayoral elections to hold this year - in addition to dealing with the pandemic, racial inequities and police reform - now has to battle Satan, in the form of a lawsuit filed by the Satanic Temple of Salem over its refusal to let any Satanists give one of the invocations that start Wednesday council meetings. Read more.

By adamg - 1/5/21 - 1:26 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 1-5-21

Mayor Walsh announced today that because of a citywide Covid-19 positive test rate of 8.8% and an ICU bed occupancy rate of 93%, the city will be extending bans on gyms, bowling alleys and museums - along with reduced capacity limits for restaurants, offices and houses of worship, until Jan. 27. Read more.

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By adamg - 1/1/21 - 8:36 pm

WCVB reports 44 people who attended one of four services at Genesis Community Church have tested positive for Covid-19 and that the church has now called off all in-person services for awhile.

By adamg - 12/16/20 - 12:46 pm

The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain has canceled its normal Thursday food-bank pickup for Thursday due to the impending snowstorm, and is looking for donations today to help it get food out over the upcoming pre-holiday weekend to the 300 families it normally serves. Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/20 - 10:49 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Gov. Baker has the power to order businesses shut and to limit the size of gatherings during a public-health emergency, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 11/14/20 - 12:31 pm

Boston Police report arresting George Swain at his Greater Victory Temple Church, 1218 Blue Hill Ave. in Mattapan, yesterday on multiple counts of child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/20 - 1:11 pm

The Pappas Post reports the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has suspended Methodios Tournas as metropolitan, or leader, of the Greek Orthodox Church in Massachusetts and most of the rest of New England, through Christmas. Read more.

By adamg - 9/23/20 - 11:48 am
Final copy of the Jewish Advocate

The Jewish Advocate announced this week that its issue this week will be its last in print. Read more.

By adamg - 9/18/20 - 1:43 pm

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts tonight. It's normally a time to go to temple, where the new year is brought in with blasts from the shofar. but, of course, not this year. Several congregations in Brookline and Brighton have organized outdoor shofar blowings at 4 p.m. on Sunday (5 p.m. at Amory Park): Read more.

By adamg - 8/17/20 - 11:50 am

Boston Police report arresting a man they say officers caught red-handed after lifting a large flat-screen TV from St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 230 Warren St. early this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 7/30/20 - 7:42 pm

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reported yesterday that somebody stole the flower boxes from in front of St. Mary Church on Warren Street - but that a local resident and a former resident who now runs a florist shop in Stoneham teamed up to replace the boxes and flowers. But, the paper reports today, the flowers were once again stolen sometime between last night and this morning.

By adamg - 7/29/20 - 10:17 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a woman's suit against the Archdiocese of Boston for the way she was fired as director of musical ministries at a Franklin church without even considering her claim that the new parish priest didn't like either her age or gender. Read more.

By adamg - 7/12/20 - 12:49 pm

Boston Police report somebody lit a statue of the Virgin Mary on fire at Saint Peter Parish Church, 284 Bowdoin St., shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/20 - 5:19 pm
Boston clergy in silent vigil outside police HQ for same number of minutes as George Floyd suffered

Boston clergy stood or kneeled in silence today outside Boston Police headquarters for nine minutes - the same amount of time a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on George Floyd's neck, killing him. Photo by MiMu.

By adamg - 5/19/20 - 10:23 am

The Archdiocese of Boston announced this morning that parishes that take certain steps could re-open for Masses as early as Saturday evening. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/20 - 10:44 pm

The Massachusetts Council of Churches is not real happy with Gov. Baker's decision to let churches re-open immediately, even with some limitations, despite evidence they have sometimes turned into breeding grounds for coronavirus. Read more.

By adamg - 5/17/20 - 10:49 pm

The Massachusetts Municipal Association has gotten a copy of at least some of Gov. Baker's planned orders for easing pandemic restrictions, which he will announce tomorrow at his daily press conference. Read more.

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