Here’s what you need to know in news for Sept. 15:
#1: Petition circulates to cancel black mass
A petition has drawn more than 85,000 signatures to cancel a black mass scheduled for the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.
“A black mass is intended as an attack on another religious group, namely Catholics,” reads the “Stop the black mass” petition on CitizenGo.com.
“While the Constitution protects freedom of expression, it does not protect stealing property from others and desecrating it,” the petition added. “We implore you to take a stand in favor of public decency by canceling the black mass.”
The occult group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu has scheduled the sacrilegious ceremony at the Oklahoma Music Hall for Sept. 21. The mass is intended to be a mockery of the Catholic mass.
#2: Pope marries 20 couples
Pope Francis presided over 20 marriages Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Of the 20 couples, one bride was already a mother, a groom’s first marriage had been annulled and some of the couples were already living together.
The Catholic Church says that sex outside of marriage is a sin, but Pope Francis has said the church should be forgiving.
He said marriage was “real life, not some TV show.” He told the couples that Jesus can help whenever their love “becomes lost, wounded or worn out.”
#3: 9-year-old cancer survivor helping homeless children
Grace Callwood, 9, is a cancer survivor and now she’s wanting to help homeless children.
“I can really connect with other kids,” Grace told the Huffington Post. “Because I was sick, too, and I want to make them happy so they won’t feel so down.”
Grace helped start We Cancerve, a charity that allows children to help other children. The charity has raised $600 from a lemonade stand and given the money to Grace’s former hospital and a foundation that helps children with cancer.The charity has also collected toys, clothes, and beauty supplies for youth who are homeless.
“A lot of time, I talk to him and thank him for curing me, or thank him that I’m still alive,” Grace said.
#4: Southern churches pay their senior pastors the most, study says
Megachurches in the South pay their senior pastors the biggest salaries, according to a new survey.
The survey, from Leadership Network and Vanderbloemen Search Group, surveyed 727 churches with attendance from 1,000 to 30,000 people.
The study found that 14 percent of those large churches have a bonus structure for their senior pastor, and one if five of the churches collect money in other ways besides taking up an offering.
Northeastern churches are the second-highest paying. The lowest paying region in North America is Canada.