Paparokades was a rock band formed by a group of Greek priests in the mid 90s in order to boost tourism to their monastery.
Norse Paganism is the fastest growing and largest non-Christian religion in Iceland.
The King of Norway’s firstborn, Princess Märtha Louise, is a self-described ‘clairvoyant’. She has started a school for communicating with angels and dead souls, and is currently dating a self-described shaman.
In 1997 a small Texas community tried to replace “Hello” with “Heaven-o” citing religious reasons.
In 2000, fundamentalist Mormon leader Warren Jeffs ordered his followers to pull their children out of public schools, leading one school district to drop from 1,200 students, to less than 250.
Pope Gregory XVIII is an anti-pope of the Palmarian Catholic Church. He left the faith, married a nun, stole a BMW, attempted armed robbery on his former Cathedral, and is now in jail.
Every year on Good Friday, Filipino Catholic devotees are voluntarily, non-lethally crucified. Sterilized nails are driven through their hands and feet. One especially devoted man has been crucified 33 times.
In the Amish subgroup called Renno, men are allowed to wear only one suspender.
At the start of the Vietnam War, the South Vietnamese government favored Catholics over Buddhists so much that some Catholic priests ran private armies that forced conversions and demolished Buddhist pagodas with mortar fire.
A Tennessee judge ordered a name change for a baby named “Messiah”. He was later fired after her decision was found unconstitutional on appeal—she had previously stated, “That title has only been earned by one person and that person is Jesus Christ.”