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With Groom in the Hospital, Couple Gets Married via Skype

Share On her wedding day, 27-year-old Helen Oh found herself standing alone at the altar, in front of 500 friends and family. Samuel Kim, her husband-to-be, wasn't by her side, and wasn't even in the same building. But the Big Day still ended on a high note, thanks to some resourceful improvisation, and a Skype connection. A few days before the wedding, Kim came down with a serious lung infe...

New, Church-Approved iPhone App Offers Confessions On the Go

Devout Catholics and Apple devotees can now conduct their sacraments on the go, thanks to a new iPhone app designed to make confessions a little more convenient. 'Confession: A Roman Catholic App' markets itself as "the perfect aid for every penitent." The app provides a step-by-step guide to the confession process, and offers a so-called "personalized examination of conscience for each user," ...

Elderly Couple Crash Car Into Old Church, Blame Faulty GPS System

An elderly British couple recently got lost while driving around Germany, so they decided to consult their vehicle's GPS navigation system. As it turns out, the device was totally faulty, but the couple didn't realize it until they had already crashed into a 19th century German church -- because, apparently, the GPS system told them to. The church suffered about $37,000 in damage, but the septuage...

Al-Qaeda Websites May Have Spurred Suicide Bombing of Egyptian Coptic Church

On New Year's Day, a suicide bombing killed 21 people at a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was quick to accuse foreign groups of orchestrating the attack, while domestic investigators turned their attention to extremist groups within the country. Now, new evidence has emerged to suggest that Al-Qaeda may have at least lain out the groundwork for the plot via...

Google Earth Helps Thieves Steal Lead from British Churches

Remember Tom Berge, the English builder who used Google Earth to steal lead tiles from the roofs of nearby buildings? Well, it turns out there are plenty more metal scavengers just like him -- and they're making life especially difficult for Britain's churches. According to Tony Baldry, estate commissioner for the Church of England, roughly 8,000 churches have made insurance claims for lead the...

New Jersey Pastor Tells Married Church Officials to Quit Facebook

A New Jersey pastor has ordered his married church officials to either delete their Facebook accounts, or resign from their positions in the church. According to the AP, the Rev. Cedric Miller asked about 50 officials to delete their accounts in order to set an example for the church -- which has been rife with marital discord, the pastor claims, due to social networking sites. Miller told the AP ...

U.K. Methodist Church Offers Daily Prayer iPhone App

While the Pope inches the Catholic Church toward the digital age with the patience of Job, another church to the north continues to spread its technological wings far and wide, touching the blogosphere, the pearly gates of Twitter, and, most recently, the realm of smartphone apps. According to the BBC, the Methodist Church in England has just launched its very own app for the iPhone and iPod To...

Churchrater.com Helps Worshippers Find the Right Spot for Them

If you're looking for a great restaurant, you can go to Yelp or any other review site to browse through thousands of individual culinary recommendations. And if you're in the market for a great church, you can do the exact same thing, thanks to a growing number of sites devoted exclusively to consumer-rated houses of prayer. On Churchrater.com, users exchange opinions and insights on their holy ha...

Polish Priest Measures Parishioners' Piety With Fingerprint Scanner

Share Aside from the Good Lord, parishioners at a Catholic church in Poland will soon have another seemingly omnipresent being making sure they attend mass: technology. According to Reuters, father Grzegorz Sowa recently installed in his church an electronic fingerprint scanner that keeps track of how often schoolchildren attend mass. If a student attends mass 200 times over a three-year period, ...

New Zealand Church Fined for Jamming Cell Phones

A church in Auckland, New Zealand is in hot water for illegally installing a cell-phone jammer to prevent mobile-addicted worshipers from interrupting services. The Mount Albert Church is being slapped with a $1,250 fine (about $894 in U.S. currency) by the Economic Development Ministry, which banned the sale and manufacture of such devices in August. The jammer would have likely gone unnotice...

Canadian Thieves Return Stolen Monitors to Church, With an Apology

Residents of Kelowna, British Columbia were shocked and appalled when, in early June, thieves pilfered dozens of computer screens from a resident's driveway, according to The Province. Kelowna General Hospital had donated the monitors to Trinity Baptist Church, and had planned to then distribute the screens to impoverished hospitals in Cameroon, Africa. As a church volunteer loaded the monitors i...

More Churches Hopping on Twitter Bandwagon

Two months ago, we reported that Washington state's Mars Hill Church had embraced Twitter as an integral part of its new-style worship service. According to a report by Time.com on Sunday, more churches are now following Mars Hill's suit by following their parishioners' tweets. Churches from Jackson, Michigan to Charlotte, North Carolina have flocked to the microblogging service, according to t...

Seattle Church Encourages Twittering During Service

Churches often encourage their parishioners to discuss sermons with friends, and to bring guests to take part in the services. It's just that the Ballard neighborhood "campus" of Seattle's Mars Hill Church doesn't make them wait until they get home to spread the word. No stranger to technology (the pastor's sermons are broadcast on video screens), the church allows, and promotes, Twittering thr...

Priest Caught Surfing Porn in Rectory

We suppose this is a step in the right direction, but still, a little more discretion could have been used. A Swedish clergyman is in some serious trouble, and thankfully, it didn't involve altar boys. No, the preacher decided to quell his Earthly desires with a little online filth. The only problem is his excursions on the Web mucked up the entire parish's computer network. The priest's boatl...

Megachurches Taking Sermons to HD

High-def integration into churches is nothing new, but it's still far from commonplace. HD installers are now keying in on megachurches throughout the US, which typically have congregations in the thousands and could certainly benefit from HD projections. According to Pat Thompson, senior vice president of engineering operations for broadcast and audio visual systems integrator TV Magic, there ...