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October 3, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Father Earl Henley and Sister Deanna Rose von Bargen drove deep into the Torres Martinez Indian Reservation, past a boarded-up schoolhouse, spindly palms and fallow lettuce fields. Finally, they reached the Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Henley kicked aside four cantaloupe-size rocks lodged against the front door, ballast against the dry desert winds that often outwit the simple latch. The tiny church has no electricity. Decorative stickers on the windowpanes stand in for stained glass.
September 18, 2011 | Philip Delves Broughton
"The rich world has a poor conscience," wrote Christopher Hitchens in one of his assaults on the reputation of Mother Teresa, "and many people liked to alleviate their own unease by sending money to a woman who seemed like an activist for 'the poorest of the poor.'" He has called Mother Teresa a friend of poverty, rather than the poor, and a Roman Catholic fundamentalist. His view is rhetorically harsh, but worth reflecting on as one reads "Mother Teresa, CEO: Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership," a paean to the leadership talents of history's most famous Albanian.
July 4, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
The clock is ticking. This month we will mark the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu in Peru. On July 24, 1911, Hiram Bingham III, a Yale professor, came upon the vine-covered ruins of the ancient Inca city, which the Spanish had overlooked for three centuries. For the 100 days leading to the anniversary, we've been publishing a fact a day. Here's a look at the site's country, history and players. Read from the bottom up. 81. Machu Picchu was built at the behest of Pachacuti ("He Who Shakes the Earth")
May 27, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
North Korea said Friday that it was preparing to release an Orange County man who has been held since November, a concession to Washington that might be aimed a securing food aid. Jun Young-su, a businessman, had reportedly been charged with Christian missionary activity, which is illegal in the staunchly Communist country. The official KCNA news service reported Friday that the country "decided to release Jun Young-su on humanitarian grounds. " The brief dispatch did not specify when he would be allowed to return home.
May 2, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Richard Fausset and David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
Alabama pastor Tommie Lewis took one good look at his congregants and asked, "Why?" Four days after tornadoes ravaged their town and their state, they came ready to listen, and he came ready to preach. "Why is it that the deaths are now beyond 200 and approaching 300? Why do good people who live in their homes 50 years, never bothering nobody, have to get swept away? Why do folks who paid their car notes every month now have no cars? Why?" Across the South, this day of worship couldn't have come soon enough.
January 28, 2011 | By Nicholas Riccardi and Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
A 59-year-old American missionary was shot in the head and killed in northern Mexico, possibly because one of the local drug cartels coveted her heavy-duty pickup truck, authorities said Thursday. Nancy Davis' husband, Sam, drove the bullet-riddled blue 2008 Chevrolet against traffic to the border Wednesday afternoon. He crossed the bridge into Pharr, Texas, where he told authorities that the couple had been ambushed about 70 miles south of the border on a Mexican highway by gunmen in a black pickup, according to the Pharr Police Department.
October 9, 2010 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
Some here suspect that he did it. Some wonder if he needs help. Some reject outright the possibility that Bishop Eddie L. Long ? charismatic pastor of the 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, the man his flock calls the "beloved shepherd" ? could have had sexual relationships with four of his young male proteges, as the men allege in lawsuits. "I know his anointing by God would never allow that to happen," said a clerk recently at a nearby bookstore, which prominently displayed Long's latest self-help hardcover, "60 Seconds to Greatness.
September 26, 2010 | From Reuters
Prominent U.S. evangelical leader Bishop Eddie Long vowed on Sunday to fight accusations he coerced four young male members of his mega-church into sexual relationships. The men filed civil lawsuits last week alleging Long used his status as pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to coerce them into relationships when they were in their late teens. "I'm not a perfect man but this thing I'm going to fight. I feel like David against Goliath but I've got five rocks and I haven't thrown one of them yet," Long told his congregation of around 6,500 in his first public comments on the scandal.
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