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February 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A parish priest in Sicily was in critical condition after sipping sacramental wine spiked with herbicide. His sacristan was under arrest. Police Maj. Giuseppe D'Agata said the Rev. Alfio Pappalardo, 66, collapsed at the altar after sipping the Eucharist wine during Mass on Thursday night at the Basilica of Pedara near the city of Catania. D'Agata said the sacristan, 53, was arrested after police found a bottle of herbicide at his home.
September 25, 1987
A French Jesuit priest was assassinated in a Lebanese university office by a gunman using a pistol with a silencer. Police said that 47-year-old Andre Masse was shot in the head and that the gunman and two accomplices walked away. There was no claim of responsibility. The murder of Masse, director of the Sidon branch of St. Joseph University, was the first of a French national in Lebanon in a year.
August 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The death of an American Roman Catholic priest who openly criticized the Kenyan government was homicide, not suicide as an earlier investigation found, a Kenyan court ruled. The court ordered the government to launch a new inquiry. The FBI sent a team at Kenya's invitation to look into Father John Kaiser's death in 2000 and concluded that he probably shot himself.
August 28, 2003 | From Associated Press
A Roman Catholic priest was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a drunken Pittsburgh player who fell through a church ceiling after a cookout at which the priest was accused of serving alcohol to underage drinkers. The Rev. Henry Krawczyk resigned last month as pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in the Pittsburgh suburb of Homestead. Billy Gaines, a 19-year-old sophomore, died about 20 hours after falling June 18 at St.
November 1, 2005 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Mexican authorities are searching for a drug cartel gunman in connection with last week's execution-style slaying of a Tijuana priest. Luis Chavez Garcia, a 31-year-old career criminal who escaped from prison last year, is believed to have shot Father Luis Velazquez Romero six times in a popular restaurant district, police said. The priest was killed after attempting to break up a bar fight between Chavez's associates and another group, police said.
February 7, 1987
Father Joseph Battaglia, communications director for the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese, Friday told Catholics in Chicago who objected to the television movie "Broken Vows," a murder mystery involving a priest who breaks his celibacy vows, that he was a consultant for the movie but that his criticism was disregarded. About 20 Catholics led by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights demonstrated outside CBS' Chicago office on Jan.
January 15, 2004 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
An Archdiocese of Los Angeles' clergy misconduct board on Wednesday reviewed allegations that a Pasadena priest sexually abused a teenage girl 23 years ago, and sent a memorandum on the cleric's future to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, who has power to remove individuals from the ministry.
February 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Roman Catholic priest accused of beating, groping and choking a woman at his Las Vegas church was arrested Thursday in Arizona, authorities said. Father George Chaanine, 52, was taken into custody in Apache Junction, east of Phoenix, said Deb McCarley, a spokeswoman for the Phoenix office of the FBI. Chaanine has been a fugitive since the alleged assault Jan. 26 at the Our Lady of Las Vegas parish office.
April 3, 2009 | Victoria Kim
A Los Angeles judge Thursday ordered the release of confidential personnel documents of Franciscan priests accused of child sexual abuse. Superior Court Judge Peter D. Lichtman overruled most objections by attorneys for the Roman Catholic order and the alleged molesters, who argued that many documents should remain private due to privilege and constitutional issues. The files are to be released within 21 days, but an appeal could delay matters.
July 28, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Two New Jersey priests, including the former head of a Roman Catholic high school for boys, were arrested in Montreal on suspicion of soliciting sex from minors. The Rev. William Giblin, 70, and the Rev. Eugene Heyndricks, 60, were caught in a police sting Wednesday connected to the breakup of a prostitution ring that employed boys as young as 14, archdiocese spokesman James Goodness said. The priests voluntarily left the ministry after they were arrested.
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