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Churchgoer wins $270,000 damages for not meeting Jesus: A Utah woman has won $270,000 damages against a fundamentalist church which promised her the Second Coming. Kaziah Hancock was told she could meet Jesus in the flesh if she handed over land and water rights to the Salt Lake City church. When he didn't show up, she sued the church for breach of contract, fraud and emotional distress and won the $270,000 in damages. Ananova
Poor monks to sell £8m charity gift to help developing world: Franciscan monks sworn to a life of poverty are selling three classic paintings worth millions. A rich benefactor donated the Renoir, Monet and Maurice de Vlaminck paintings to the St Francis of Assisi Foundation. They're expected to fetch around £8m at Christie's in London. The monks will use the cash for projects in the developing world. Ananova
Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia?: If a real-life Indiana Jones wanted to find the Ark of the Covenant, he would only have to turn to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, say partisans in Addis Ababa. All traces of the ark, the sacred chest that Moses had built by divine instruction to safeguard the tablets of the law, were lost after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church, however, appeals to tradition to affirm that a wooden chest covered in gold and decorated with cherubs, and in the care of a solitary Orthodox priest in an Aksum church, is the lost ark of the Old Testament. Zenit
Priest faces action over church fashion show: A priest has been accused of blasphemy for allowing a fashion show featuring scantily clad models to take place in his church. Clothes created by Polish designer Arkadius Weremczuk were modelled at the Holy Mary of Lourdes Church in Jette. They included see-through blouses with embroidered crucifixes and small tops featuring portraits of Jesus. Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels said he wants to watch a film of the invitation-only event before deciding whether to take action. Ananova
Refugees return to Goma: More than one week after the volcanic eruption, many people who managed to escape from the disaster are returning from Rwanda. Pallottine Father Stanislas Filipek, who sent an update report to the international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), described the situation in Goma as "apocalyptic", despite all efforts of international organisations to assist the victims by distributing food and medicine among them. ACN has so far granted emergency aid of $35,000.