Owners present pets to Philippines priest for blessing

A pet dog dressed as a crowned Miss Universe is photographed at a pet fashion show celebrating World Animals Day in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

MANILA (Reuters) – Elaborately dressed cats and dogs and even a palm-sized sugar glider were among the animals blessed outside a Philippine mall on Sunday in celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and World Animal day.

Pet owners raised their furry friends as a priest sprinkled holy water on the menagerie.

“They are like humans to us, so we need to have them blessed and make sure they do not get sick, and continue being with me,” said Filipino dog owner Ram de Castro, while carrying his pet dressed in Miss Universe-inspired red evening gown.

More than 100 pets were brought in for this year’s religious and blessing ceremony.

Anna Padrilao, a cat owner, said it was only right that her pet gets blessed because he is also a creation of God.

“Animals should be treasured the same way as humans”, she said.

World Animal Day, a day of action recognized worldwide for animal rights and welfare, is celebrated on Oct. 4, the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Reporting by Peter Blaza; Writing by Karen Lema; Editing by Alison Williams

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French priest admits pocketing 700,000 euros

A Catholic priest will be sent to court after admitting he stole more than 700,000 euros ($ 741,000) collected from churchgoers and buyers of holy candles over a quarter of a century, the French public prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.

René Heuillet, 80, admitted pocketing proceeds of regular church collections between 1987 and retirement in early 2013, plus 100,000 euros from votive candle sales, said a statement from the prosecutor’s office in Foix, in southwestern France.

He seemingly spent little of the money. Public prosecutor Karline Bouisset said the authorities had frozen holdings of 656,000 euros on his bank account.

The case was brought to light by the priest who succeeded him in the Pyrenean mountain village of Saint-Lizier, said the statement, which said the trial was set for Jan. 16.

(Reporting by Julie Rimbert; Writing by Brian Love; Editing by Ingrid Melander)

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The Chicago mob and the Stradivarius – priest admits to bizarre plot

(Reuters) – In a case that reads like a movie script, a Catholic priest on Wednesday pleaded guilty to trying to help a convicted mob hitman recover a purported Stradivarius violin hidden in the wall of a house.

Eugene Klein, who had been a federal prison chaplain, admitted to conspiring in 2011 to defraud the United States by passing messages from mobster Frank Calabrese to an unnamed associate on how to get the violin out of Calabrese’s Wisconsin home.

If found and authenticated as made by 18th-century instrument maker Antonio Stradivari, such a violin would have been worth millions of dollars. Calabrese had also claimed the violin had once been owned by pianist Liberace, according to local media accounts.

Calabrese, also known as “Frankie Breeze,” was serving a life sentence at the federal prison in Springfield, Missouri, in connection with more than a dozen gangland slayings.

Federal authorities were selling his property to compensate the families of victims, and he wanted the violin recovered before the house was sold, court documents said.

Klein, 66, had been permitted to meet with Calabrese regularly to provide religious ministries, like giving communion. He knew that he was not supposed to pass messages to and from Calabrese, prosecutors said.

But Klein agreed to be a messenger, the plea agreement said. The communications included a letter concealed in religious reading materials and passed to Klein through a slot in the door of Calabrese’s prison cell, the plea agreement said.

The letter had instructions on how to find the violin, and how to get into the home.

Klein didn’t turn over the letter but admitted to telling the unnamed person what it said.

Federal authorities had found paperwork about a 1764 violin in another of Calabrese’s homes. A certificate describing the violin bore an emblem with the word “Stradivari,” but it said the violin was made by Giuseppe Antonio Artalli, court documents said.

No violin was found.

Thomas Durkin, Klein’s attorney, questioned whether the violin ever even existed, and he compared the hunt for it to “looking for a unicorn,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Durkin was not immediately available for comment.

Klein, of Springfield, Missouri, faces up to five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine when he is sentenced on June 23.

Calabrese died in prison in 2012.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Police: Man wore priest robe to steal church cash (AP)

AP – A 52-year-old Jackson man accused of donning a priest’s robe to steal parishioner donations from a church has been arrested. Sgt. Kevin Hiller told the Jackson Citizen Patriot the man stole an undisclosed amount of money and checks from St. John Catholic Church about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Hiller said the man used the robe to gain access to a room where the money was located.
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Judas Priest – Worth Fighting For (Acoustic)

Great song and a superb performance!
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this song is from the 2000 album “Let’s get free”…dead prez are some of the most down to earth MCs I know…. Lyrics: Intro: “I was born, in a dump My mama died and my daddy got drunk They left me, to die or grow In the middle of Tobacco Road I grew up in a rusty shack All i owned was hangin on my back And Lord knows, how I learnt This place called Tobacco Road Tobacco Road, you’re dirty and you’re filthy Tobacco Road, gonna get me some dynamite and a crane I’m gonna blow it up, Lord knows gonna start all over again” “My mind is the place where I make my plans The world is the place where I take my stand The beauty of life is mine today They cannot take my mind away” [M1] Fuck what you heard, I’m from Africa This ain’t no act it’s mathematical Past the black radical I choose the M1, because it’s practical Nothin was changed, we ain’t protected No names, it’s all factual They push the wrong buttons, count down to detonate Brooklyn blown away and the world will have to speculate This is what we learn in the streets, fuck a degree Believe in none of what you hear and half of what you see [Stic] It’s like watching your own father smoke crack I have nightmares on shit like that No way in hell I’ll ever get like that I seen a lot of shit in twenty-two years It’s like a tour of duty My life is booby-trapped, it’s hard to see the beauty When your heart is turning ice cold Cold like your hands exposed to blistering winds My mother keep her eyes closed, she say she prayin I
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