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Faith Briefs for June 11

CDA meeting Monday

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will be having their meeting on Monday in Carlin Hall following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. They will be recognizing and showing appreciation to the Holy Redeemer clergy.

Rummage sale today at Carlin Hall

The Emmaus Women will be having a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. today in Carlin Hall at Holy Redeemer Church.

Shock after swastika painted on door of Tucson synagogue

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A vandal painted a red swastika and an anti-Jewish slur on the front door of a Tucson synagogue, prompting a police investigation and revulsion from congregants as well as Gov. Doug Ducey.

The vandalism was reported to police after a congregant at the Chabad on River synagogue spotted it when they arrived early Monday to teach a religion class. Rabbi Ram Bigelman told the Arizona Daily Star that the incident was “deeply disturbing.”

He said the synagogue has been vandalized in the past but has never before been the target of antisemitic graffiti.

Tucson police are asking for help identifying anyone suspicious in the area between Friday and Monday mornings. It’s the second vandalism incident in three weeks at a Tucson synagogue.

Los Angeles nun to plead guilty to $835,000 school theft

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles nun who took a vow of poverty has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges for stealing more than $800,000 to pay for a gambling habit, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, of Los Angeles was charged Tuesday with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Prosecutors said that in a plea agreement, also filed Tuesday, the now-retired elementary school principal acknowledged that over a decade ending in 2018, she embezzled about $835,000 in donations, tuition and fee money from St. James Catholic School in the LA suburb of Torrance.

Pastor seeks revival of suit challenging virus restrictions

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About 100 supporters of a Louisiana minister gathered outside a federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday to show support as his lawyers asked to revive a lawsuit he filed last year challenging the state’s coronavirus restrictions.

Tony Spell repeatedly flouted the public health restrictions at his Life Tabernacle Church in the Baton Rouge suburb of Central, and faces six state criminal counts as a result. His supporters assembled at a public park across from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where they prayed, listened to speeches and waved flags reading “An Appeal to Heaven.” Spell then walked into the courthouse, escorted across the street by one man carrying a pole with a large cross affixed at the top, while a man nearby waved an American flag.

A federal judge in Baton Rouge dismissed Spell’s lawsuit in November. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson said the suit against Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and others was largely moot because the restrictions had been repeatedly eased over several months. Since that ruling, almost all state restrictions have been lifted.

Lawyers for Spell also are appealing Jackson’s ruling that Spell is not entitled to damages. Spell’s attorneys include Roy Moore, a former Alabama judge and failed U.S. Senate candidate.

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