Child, 11, Was Raped and Stabbed in 1902; Her Remains Just Went on a Tour of 54 U.S. Churches

It’s too late. You missed your chance to gawp at what remains of an 11-year-old girl who was murdered over a century ago. Her wax-encased skeleton was flown in from Europe, taken on a religious-rockstar tour of 54 Catholic churches in the U.S. (by tractor-trailer, no less), and then returned to her crypt in Italy.

Pope Francis signed off on the whole thing personally.

“For the entire body of a saint to go on the road is something that only the Roman pontiff can authorize,” says the Rev. Carlos Martins, a noted curator of relics for the Catholic Church. “It’s very rare.”

So who was Maria Goretti?

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Maryland Elementary School Deflects All Responsibility After Pastor Delivers Prayer at Assembly

Sabillasville Elementary School in Maryland held a 50th anniversary celebration last week. For some reason, Bob Kells, pastor at Weller United Methodist Church, was invited to speak to the students.

Take a wild guess what happened!

If you said, “he invoked the name of God,” then you’re smarter than Principal Kate Krietz, who allegedly had no clue what Kells would say to the students. Officials for the Frederick County Public Schools are now trying to deflect any blame, claiming no one knew this would happen, and refusing to do anything to get to the bottom of the story.

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Northern Illinois University Will No Longer Keep Bibles in Campus Hotel Rooms by Default

This should be obvious by now: Public universities are not equivalent to private hotel chains. When you stay in a campus hotel room, there’s no reason a Bible should be in your nightstand by default. It may make sense to assume people want one from a business perspective, which is why most private hotels will have one in your room when you arrive, but public schools shouldn’t be making the same mistake. They should keep bibles available for customers who want them — and that’s it.

Northern Illinois University is the latest school to learn that the hard way. When the school’s Secular Student Alliance invited the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Annie Laurie Gaylor to speak, she stayed in the Holmes Student Center and noticed the problem immediately. And why wouldn’t she? FFRF has dealt with this problem several times before.

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Sign Outside Harris County (GA) Sheriff’s Dept. Tells Those Offended by Christmas and God to “LEAVE!”

Harris County, Georgia Sheriff Mike Jolley would like to remind you that non-Christians aren’t welcome in his community:

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After Approving Prayer at Meetings, NC School Board Wants to “Get Back to the Business of Education”

Last month, when more than a dozen candidates were in a battle for five spots on the Cleveland County Board of Education in North Carolina, we learned that all of them wanted prayer at school board meetings.

On Monday, they voted to include those prayers at meetings. The weird thing is that they now want to put this issue behind them and refocus on education, as if it was ever okay to put education on the back burner.

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