A Dutch church performed services continuously for 96 days, to stop the government from expelling an Armenian family. They relied on a medieval law that says authorities can’t enter a church while a religious service is being performed. The government let the family stay.
On Sundays, San Francisco’s Church of St. John Coltrane holds ‘sound baptisms’ — three-hour jam sessions, and their general advice is ‘If you ain’t happy, you ain’t listening to enough Coltrane!’.
Gargoyles on a 15th century church in Loire-Atlantique, France, now include Gizmo and a Gremlin from “Gremlins” and the xenomorph from “Alien.” The characters were added when the centuries-old church was restored in the 1990s.
In 1950, a Nebraska church exploded during what was meant to be choir practice. But no one in the 15-person choir was hurt or killed, because they were all running late for different reasons. No one was in the building when it went up in flames.
A Catholic Church in San Francisco installed a water system above its doorways to drench homeless people who tried to sleep there.
The term “devil’s advocate” was originally the church official appointed to argue against a candidate for sainthood.
There is a wooden ladder in Jerusalem that cannot be moved due to conflicts between the Armenian and Greek Orthodox church. Called the Immovable Ladder, it has remained in the same exact location since the 18th century. The ladder is referred to as immovable due to the fact that no cleric of the six ecumenical Christian orders may move, rearrange, or alter any property without the consent of all six orders.
Some time in the first half of the 19th century, a mason has placed a ladder up against the wall of the church. No one is sure who he was, or more importantly, to which sect he belonged. The immovable ladder remains there to this date. No one dares touch it, lest they disturb the status quo, and provoke the wrath of others. The exact date when ladder was placed is not known but the first evidence of it comes from 1852.
Everyone in Iceland pays church tax, and the payment of those unaffiliated with a church goes to the University of Iceland.
The Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental provider of health services in the world.