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Communist Professor Charged With Attempting To Torch St. Patrick’s Cathedral In New York City.


After Notre-Dame, Professor Charged With Attempting to Torch St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Written by Selwyn Duke

April 19, 2019

In yet another episode of academics behaving badly, a college professor walked into New York City’s iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral while carrying gasoline, lighter fluid, and lighters — in an apparent arson attempt — just two days after the shocking fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

“Marc Lamparello, 37, of New Jersey, entered the historic Midtown church about 8 p.m. [Wednesday] with the flammable paraphernalia, but was quickly intercepted by church security, law enforcement sources said,” reports the New York Post. “He turned around, but spilled some gas in the process, prompting the guards to alert counter-terrorism cops stationed outside the church.”

The paper continued, “When questioned, Lamparello claimed he was simply cutting through the church to get to Madison Avenue because his van, which was parked outside on Fifth Avenue, ran out of gas, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said at a press conference outside St. Pat’s Wednesday night.”

Of course, this claim is problematic when your vehicle isn’t actually out of fuel, which Lamparello’s mini-van wasn’t. Moreover, his “‘answers were inconsistent and evasive, although he remained conversational with them [the authorities] and cooperative,’ Miller said,” the Post further reports.

Miller also stated, writes the paper, “I think the totality of circumstances of [an] individual walking into an iconic location like St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something that we would have great concern over.” Yes, well, unless he was just trying to ensure his votive candle’s successful lighting, I’d say so.

Lamparello was arrested and charged with attempted arson and reckless endangerment. Miller explained that “surveillance camera footage showed Lamparello circling St. Patrick’s several times in a minivan well over an hour before he parked outside the cathedral on Fifth Avenue, walked around the area, returned to his vehicle, and retrieved the gasoline and lighter fluid,” Fox News informs.

It also emerged that he was just arrested Monday at a different church, the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey, for refusing to leave after a late Mass.

What will surprise some but not others is that Lamparello is a college professor, having worked part-time as an online instructor at Lehman College in the Bronx and as an adjunct instructor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He also was teaching a class at Brooklyn College as part of his requirement as a Ph.D. student.

Given the level of competency Lamparello displayed at St. Patrick’s, it’s no surprise learning that his field of study isn’t criminology, but philosophy (and Aquinas he’s not). Unfortunately, his intent also won’t surprise astute observers, as misbehaving academics are legion. Here’s a short list:

• Professor Melissa Click was fired by the University of Missouri in 2015 after a student journalist pressed assault charges. Among other things, she told a mob that she needed some “muscle” to help her strong-arm the journalist. Don’t feel too sorry for her, though — she was hired to teach the next year by Washington’s Gonzaga University.

• College of Southern Nevada sociology professor Mark Bird was brought up on multiple charges last year after bringing a gun on campus and shooting himself to protest President Trump. It sounds like the sociologist needs a psychologist.

• That is, unless it’s Millikin University psychology Professor James St. James, former head of the institution’s Behavioral Science Department. It was revealed in 2013 that the pony-tailed academic had murdered his entire family in 1967, but spent only six years in a mental asylum after being found not guilty by reason of insanity. Apparently, though, he was still sane enough for academia.

• University of Alabama professor Amy Bishop, who had a history of volatile behavior, shot six colleagues in 2010. She, too, had a unique way of settling family squabbles: She’d shot her 18-year-old brother to death in 1986.

• Charles Johnston, a psychology professor at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, was charged with attempted murder last year after shooting at truck drivers and police in Iowa.

The above just scratches the surface. Then there’s the endless list of academics who utter comments (usually on Twitter) such as:

• It’s “a privilege to teach future dead cops”;

• “Hurricane Harvey was karmic payback for Republican-voting Texans”;

• “Trump must hang”;

• The president should be shot;

• The late Barbara Bush was an “amazing racist who…raised a war criminal” (posted just after Mrs. Bush’s death);

• “F— your life!” (shouted at a student);

• Some “white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole”; and

• “All I want for Christmas is white genocide.”

None of this will surprise an ex-Ivy League professor-turned-editor I know — he once told me that academics are “wretched” people (I believe it’s one of the reasons he left academia).

What’s the explanation? Well, note that a 2016 study confirmed what most already knew: Academia is a leftist bastion in which liberals outnumber conservatives almost 12 to 1 — and this imbalance is getting worse, too.

This is relevant because, as the Daily Mail reported in a 2008 article, “Right-wingers really are nicer people, latest research shows.” This thesis can be informally tested here, by the way. Just try to determine how many of the misbehaving academics are not leftists. Wanna’ bet the number is smaller than 1 in 12?

Anyway, defending her actions, Melissa “Muscle” Click stated in 2016 that there “was no reason to think I was doing something that wasn’t sanctioned by the university.” This is absolutely believable and is why we shouldn’t assume that Marc Lamparello won’t yet get the chance to mold young minds. After all, attempted arson may not be actual murder, but they both appear to be résumé enhancers on today’s college campus.

Twelve French Churches Attacked, Vandalized In One Week In France. But Notre Dame Fire Just A Accident?


Saint-Sulpice church in Paris on fire on March 17. Alice Weidel linked this blaze to the Notre Dame fire despite investigators believing the latest incident was an accident

20 Mar 2019

A dozen Catholic churches have been desecrated across France over the period of one week in an egregious case of anti-Christian vandalism.

The recent spate of church profanations has puzzled both police and ecclesiastical leaders, who have mostly remained silent as the violations have spread up and down France.

Last Sunday, marauders set fire to the church of Saint-Sulpice — one of Paris’ largest and most important churches — shortly after the twelve-o’clock Mass.

Police have concluded that the fire was the result of arson and are now looking for possible suspects. The restoration of the church from the damage caused by the fire will reportedly cost several hundred million euros.

In Nimes (department of the Gard), near the border with Spain, the church of Notre-Dame des Enfants was desecrated in a particularly odious way, with vandals painting a cross with human excrement, looting the main altar and the tabernacle, and stealing the consecrated hosts, which were discovered later among piles of garbage.

Likewise, the church of Notre-Dame in Dijon, in the east of the country, suffered the sacking of the high altar and the hosts were also taken from the tabernacle, scattered on the ground, and trampled.

In Lavaur, in the southern department of the Tarn, the village church was assaulted by young men, who twisted one arm of a representation of the crucified Christ to make it appear that he was making an obscene gesture.

In the peripheries of Paris, in the department of Yvelines, several churches have suffered profanations of varying importance, in Maisons-Laffitte and in Houilles.

Although commentators have been reluctant to attach a particular religious or cultural origin to the profanations, they all share an evident anti-Christian character.

In recent months, anti-Semitic gangs have desecrated Jewish cemeteries, signing their actions with swastikas. In the case of the desecration of Catholic churches, the vandalism has spoken for itself: ridicule of the figure of Christ on the cross and desecration of major altars.

The Catholic hierarchy has kept silent about the episodes, limited themselves to highlighting that anti-Christian threat and expressing hope that politicians and police will get to the bottom of the crimes.

Reports indicate that 80 percent of the desecration of places of worship in France concerns Christian churches and in the year 2018 this meant the profanation of an average of two Christian churches per day in France, even though these actions rarely make the headlines.

In 2018, the Ministry of the Interior recorded 541 anti-Semitic acts, 100 anti-Muslim acts, and 1063 anti-Christian acts.

Half Of All Church Fires In Past Twenty Years Were Arsons.


OCTOBER 26, 2015


A spate of arsons this month at six predominately black churches in the St. Louis area has raised concerns that these incidents could be racially motivated. But they are by no means the first arsons at places of worship this year.

As of July 14, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had ruled 29 of 79 fires at houses of worship in 2015 to be arson, although some investigations were ongoing.

Indeed, about half of all the fires at houses of worship in the past 20 years were intentionally set, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the ATF. Of the 4,705 reported fire incidents at houses of worship between 1996 and 2015, 2,378, or 51%, had been ruled intentional as of July.

Church Fires Declining, but Many Still Intentionally Set


While the share of church fires caused by arson has remained relatively stable over the years, the number of intentional church fires (including both arson and bombing incidents) has been dropping, as have church fires overall. Between 1996 and 2000, an average of 191 intentional fires were reported each year, accounting for 52% of all church fires. That average dropped to 74 intentional fires per year between 2010 and 2014, or 48% of all church fires.

Fires caused by arson are far more common at houses of worship than in most other kinds of structures. For instance, in 2013, only about 10% of all nonresidential fires and 5% of residential fires were intentionally set, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Church arson was common during the civil rights movement, with sometimes devastating consequences. In 1963, for instance, four young girls were killed at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., after members of the Ku Klux Klan planted dynamite beneath the front steps of the church.

Congress was prompted to take action when church arsons began to increase in the 1990s. A House Judiciary Committee report from 1996 found that an outsize percentage of church arsons were at black churches in the South.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Church Arson Prevention Act and established the National Church Arson Task Force in response to concerns about the increased “incidence of arson at places of religious worship,” especially those that serve predominantly black congregants.

Since the law was enacted, ATF has been charged with investigating the origin of all reported fires at houses of worship and classifying them into one of several categories: accidental, bombing, incendiary (i.e. arson), undetermined or other (attempted arson, hoaxes and threats).

Note: This post was originally published on July 24 and updated on Oct. 26. 

Why the Certainty That Notre Dame Fire Was Accidental? History Shows Communists Hate Christians And Destroy Churches.

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Written by C. Mitchell Shaw

In the wake of Muslim immigration and the embrace of secularism across Europe in general and in France in particular, violence and crime are on the increase. That includes the desecration and vandalism of Christian churches. In fact, recent reports show that in France alone, more than 1,000 churches have been vandalized, burned, or burglarized in the past year. This reasonably leads to the question: “Was the Notre Dame fire really an accident?”

Almost as soon as the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral was reported, officials — and major media — were already calling it an “accidental fire.” That statement is particularly odd, given that in many fires, authorities are hesitant to make determinations of cause for days or even weeks after a thorough investigation has been completed and all of the evidence fully examined. In the case of Notre Dame, the statement was made even as the fire was still hours away from being extinguished.

This writer would like to say up front that he has no evidence that the fire was deliberately set by Muslim jihadists or anyone else. The point is that — given the fact that part of the rolling-release jihad taking place across Europe involves the desecration of churches — the question is reasonable.

In an article originally published April 6 and then updated April 16, the British newspaper The Sunreported that official reports from French police show that “875 churches in France were vandalised last year” and “a further 129 churches reported thefts from the premises.” Those figures do not include vandalism at 59 cemeteries.

There are 42,258 churches in France. That means that one out of every 42 churches was targeted last year.

The Sun reported:

Recent incidents have included a fire in Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, human [feces] daubed on a wall in Notre-Dame-des-Enfacts in Nimes, and an organ vandalised at Saint-Denis basilica outside Paris.

The desecration of Christian churches and cemeteries has led some French politicians to the realization that France’s Christian heritage is under attack by “militant secularism.” Republicans MP Valerie Boyer said: “Every day, at least two churches are profaned.” And after the fire at Saint-Sulpice — which was determined by police to be a case of arson — Republicans leader Laurent Wauquiez accused the media of operating under a “code of silence” on the issue, saying, “Saint-Sulpice is not only a church, it’s a part of who we are. That’s enough of this code of silence.”

And it is not just the Republicans saying this. Annie Genevard and Philippe Gosselin — both members of the Opposition party — are calling for a parliamentary investigation into anti-Christian acts in France.

Just nine days after that article was originally published, the fire broke out at Notre Dame, which had already been one possible target for jihadist attack in September 2016. The British newspaper The Guardian reported at the time:

A cell of radicalised French women guided by Islamic State commanders in Syria was behind a failed terrorist attack near Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral last weekend and planned another violent attack this week before they were intercepted by police, the Paris prosecutor has said.

The women, aged 19, 23 and 39, were arrested in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, a small town 19 miles (30km) south-east of Paris, on Thursday night after they were linked to the discovery of a car packed with gas cylinders parked near the cathedral last weekend. Officials said the women had been planning an imminent violent attack on the busy Gare de Lyon station in Paris and were stopped after a police and intelligence operation described as a “race against time.”

That Notre Dame was at least one target in that failed attack is clear, since The Guardian reported:

The group’s first attempted attack involved parking a Peugeot 607 car packed with gas cylinders near the cathedral in the heart of Paris and trying to blow it up. The car was also found to have contained diesel canisters and a barely-smoked cigarette had been thrown into the car near a canister with traces of hydrocarbons. Molins said the perpetrators had clearly tried to blow the car up and if they had succeeded it would have led to the explosion of the whole vehicle.

After Monday’s fire that very nearly destroyed the more-than-800-year-old cathedral, Daily Mailreported that “ISIS fanatics revel in Notre Dame’s destruction days before Easter” and that those “fanatics” described the inferno as “retribution and punishment.” According to the report, terror intelligence researchers revealed a poster showing the cathedral inferno and the words, “Have a good day” and “Its construction began in the year 1163 and ended in 1345. It’s time to say goodbye to your oratory polytheism.”

It also called the fire “retribution and punishment” — suggesting that the fire may have been deliberately set.

The poster — created by the ISIS-aafiliated Al-Muntasir media group — was created and distributed via the Internet even as the fire was still raging. Against that backdrop, French authorities and media around the world reported the fire as “probably accidental” and related to the renovations taking place at the time the fire started.

What is puzzling is why — without any evidence being cited — it is considered alright to speculate that the fire was “accidental” but it is heresy to speculate that it may have been a case of arson. In fact, CNN and other media have called any discussion of the possibility of arson “conspiracy theories” and dismissed them out-of-hand while continuing to repeat the “accidental fire” mantra. And remember, the “accidental fire” theory was floated by authorities while the fire was still ongoing and before any investigation — forensic or otherwise — could have taken place.

Again, neither this writer nor The New American claims to have any evidence that the fire was the work of either radical Islamists or radical secularists. But given the hatred of both of those groups for Christianity, the recent history of attacks on Christian churches, and the thinly-veiled “retribution and punishment” claims of ISIS, this writer can perhaps be forgiven for concluding that the possibility that the Notre Dame fire was set should not be ruled out.

And it is not just the liberal media that eschew any discussion of the possibility of arson while regurgitating the phrases “conspiracy theory” and “accidental fire.” The day after the fire, Fox News’ Shepard Smith had French media analyst Philippe Karsenty on his show as a guest. Karsenty — who was a call-in guest — was allowed to speak for exactly 49 seconds before Smith cut him off and ended the interview. In those 49 seconds, Karsenty told Smith he had been in the area and had seen the fire before leaving when French officials asked people to keep the area clear for emergency workers. He called the Notre Dame fire “a French 9/11” and said that Notre Dame had survived “more than 850 years” and that “even the Nazis didn’t dare to destroy it.” Then he pointed out that “for the past year, we’ve had churches desecrated each and every week in France” and said, “Of course, you will hear the story of political correctness which will tell you that it’s probably an accident —”

And that is as far as he got.

Smith took the moment as his cue to occupy the moral high ground and shut Karsenty down with, “Sir! Sir! Sir! We’re not going to speculate here of the cause of something which we don’t know.” He then challenged Karsenty to provide evidence, saying, “If you have observations or you know something, we would love to hear it.” But when Karsenty tried to answer, Smith immediately interrupted with, “No sir! We are not doing that here; not now; not on my watch!” He then thanked Karsenty for joining him and kicked him off the air.

There are a couple things about that exchange that are odd. First, Smith had a guest on his program who was a first-hand witness to the fire and is respected enough to have been invited onto the program. Then, because he didn’t stick to the “accidental fire” orthodoxy, Smith cut him off and kicked him off the program. One might expect a journalist of Smith’s experience to simply — even if firmly — redirect his guest back into “safer waters” if he did not like where the interview was going. Instead, Smith acted shocked and ended the segment without any effort to save the interview.

Second, it is not likely that Smith was actually shocked by what Karsenty had to say. After all, Fox has a vetting process for guests, and any quick Internet search of Karsenty would show them that he is known for taking this type of stand. He was branded as a “conspiracy theorist” for correctly pointing out that a 2004 piece by the French television network France 2 showing what the network described as the shooting of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy by Israelis was faked.

It looks for all the world as if Smith had Karsenty on his program for the express purpose of using the interview as an opportunity to appear to be taking the moral high ground by shutting Karsenty down and ending the call. This is especially apparent, given that when Karsenty attempted to rise to the challenge to provide information to bolster his assertion, Smith refused to allow him to get more than three words out before telling him he would not allow that on his watch.

The virus of political correctness and the “code of silence” that have resulted in the recent attacks on Christian churches across France being under-reported by the media and perhaps under-investigated by authorities show that, although we must never engage in wild speculation, we must doggedly pursue the evidence, regardless of where that may lead.


Churches suffered the greatest persecution of all Russian history during the Communist regime. We can afford a broadcast production on all the waves of persecution mentioned below thanks to our historical archive, our network of experts, up to the final religious freedom of our days.

Let us present very shortly the main phases of this martyrdom. From the very moment that the Bolsheviks took power, not only priests, but also ordinary believers — Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant — were added to the list of enemies.

The Council of Commissioners of the People” in February 1918 created the VČK, the All-Russian Extraordinary Commission Combating Counterrevolution and Sabotage, giving it the power for eliminating all opponents without any legality and control (that’s why no statistics exist on the victims during Lenin’s secretariat).

Early in 1918 began the expropriation of all buildings of the Church as a consequence of the decree on the separation of Church and State. During the course of 1918, all the institutions of religious learning were closed, more than half of the existing monasteries were nationalized, and the system of lagers for the enemies of the people was organized, giving origin to the GULag, an acronym of Glavnoe Upravlenie Lagerej (that is the General Administration of Concentration Camps). The famine in Povolzhye in 1921, a consequence of the Civil War and to the draught, gave the government the opportunity for a large theft, closure of temples, harder repression of believers.

A new wave of repressions began in 1929. In the period from 1929 to 1933, 40,000 clergy members were arrested. The majority of them were sentenced to incarceration in concentration camps, many were shot. As in the 1937 census the majority of the people defined themselves as “believers”, the data of the Census were kept secret but a new and cruel repression was ordered. Some sort of religious renaissance took place during the war, as Stalin needed the moral and — mainly — patriotic support of the Church during the invasion of the German Army, but with the victorious end of the war repression became as previously, and in the second half of the ’50s, Khrushcev’s aim at building up a real communist country and a real “communist man” by the ’80s induced a strengthen pressure against the Church, particularly in his native Ukraine.

In 1961, a prohibition was passed against the ringing of church bells and against charitable activity that benefited churches or monasteries. In the mass media, an extensive campaign of slander was waged against the clergy. Clergy members, their families and even ordinary religious believers could be subjected to discrimination at work, in school, in the army and in day-to-day life. In contrast to the pre-war repressions, in the 1960s neither priests nor laypeople were executed or sent to prison.

They were forced, in essence, to denounce the Church, and thereby their faith, and they were made pariahs in society. While the Orthodox Church led a shadowy existence during Leonid Brezhnev’s administration, the Catholic Church was subject to even stronger restrictions.

Only two catholic parishes were opened in Russia, one in Moscow (St. Ludwig) and one in Leningrad (Mother of God of Lourdes) during the Brezhnev era. Beginning in the late 1970s, these two communities experienced a growing participation of young people who belonged mainly to the intelligentsia.

Finally, after the grey period of Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko, at the end of 1987 Michael Gorbachev stopped the official atheistic propaganda and the hate against the religious communities. The cooperation of all people was required for the putting into action of the perestroika. In the sight of an improvement in relations to the Western world, the religious freedom finally appeared in the Soviet Union after 70 years of black out.

Possible Guardian Angel Caught On Video Saves Man.

By Tim Binnall

A shopkeeper in Turkey was left mystified after a tap on his shoulder from a mysterious stranger seemingly saved him from being seriously injured by a passing truck. According to a local media report, the eerie encounter took place in the city of Adana as Serdar Binici’yi was preparing to close his store for the night. However, his normal routine of picking up sale items from outside the shop was decidedly different this time around thanks to a truly strange series of events.

In a video captured by a nearby security camera, an unidentified man can be seen walking down the road toward Binici’yi as he stands in front of his store. When the stranger reaches the shopkeeper, he nonchalantly reaches over, taps him on the shoulder, and keeps walking. Wondering who just touched him, Binici’yi turns around, but only sees a white van rumbling down the street. Suddenly, from the back of the vehicle, a rather sizeable metal grate swings around and narrowly misses the shaken shopkeeper, who ducks at the last minute to avoid being struck.

Upon regaining his bearings, Binici’yi looks up and down the road, ostensibly trying to figure out who had alerted him to the imminent danger, yet there is no one to be found. It was only later, when he looked at the CCTV video of the incident, did the shopkeeper fully comprehend how miraculous the encounter had been. According to Binici’yi, the driver of the van did return to the scene to apologize for nearly smashing into him, but the stranger who tapped his shoulder simply vanished.

While the strange scene is likely just a matter of fortuitous timing, some observers have suggested that Binici’yi may have actually been saved by an angelic being. They point to the casual nature in which the man approached the shopkeeper and how the stranger seemingly had no idea that the van with the loose grate was en route towards them, yet somehow knew to warn Binici’yi. What’s your take on the odd encounter? Was it a case of divine intervention or merely a spooky coincidence? Weigh in with your thoughts at the Coast to Coast AM Facebook page.

Bibles And Crosses Found Unscathed In Church Destroyed By Massive Fire.

By Tim Binnall

Firefighters in West Virginia surveying the damage from an inferno that had gutted a church over the weekend were astounded when they discovered that a bevy of Bibles and crosses had somehow survived the conflagration unscathed. The remarkable find was reportedly made early Sunday morning after the Coal City Fire Department helped to battle a blaze that had engulfed the Freedom Ministries Church in the community of Greenview.

Upon entering the building, the team of rescue workers was stunned to see that every Bible inside the church had apparently made it through the harrowing ordeal undamaged. Posting pictures of the amazing sight to Facebook, the department noted that the fire had, at one point, been so hot that they were actually forced to pull personnel from the building for their safety. The temperatures were so extreme, they explained, that everything inside should have been reduced to ashes.

However, they marveled “not a single Bible was burned” and also revealed that none of the crosses inside the church fell victim to the blaze either. While skeptical observers may offer a prosaic explanation for the odd nature in which the objects survived the fire, but one can’t help but notice that the case in West Virginia is merely the latest in a series of eerily similar events involving religious items surviving massive infernos, including a painting of Jesus at a Massachusetts church, a trio of icons in Serbia, and a number of statues which were found intact after wildfires swept through Tennessee.

Lodi Man Gets Second Chance At Life When Brain Tumor Vanishes Without Surgery Do To Prayer.
by Geoffrey Grider
November 11, 2018


The day before surgery, Wood’s operation was canceled because his suspected tumor was gone. “It’s a miracle and that is the way God planned it,” he said. Specialists said they can’t explain why everything vanished. Wood’s doctor can’t either. “We do tests and we have medical technology and we try to come up with some conclusion… sometimes things happen that we can’t explain,” said Dr. Richard Yee.

It’s a medical mystery that’s left several doctors scratching their heads. A suspected malignant brain tumor vanishes without treatment giving a patient a second chance at life.

We live in the Church Age, not in the time of signs, miracles and wonders. Our apostle Paul tells us that we walk by faith, and not by sight. But the God that we love and serve is still in the miracle business, and every once in awhile, something like this happens and it is truly amazing.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 (KJV)

Christians are called to trust in the Lord with all our heart, mind, body and soul. Sometimes God gives us the miracle, and sometimes He allows us to go through it and give Him the glory anyway, even in the midst of our suffering. Whatever our struggle is, and whatever our needs may be, everything works out better when we cast it all at the feet of Jesus, and ask Him to order and reorder our steps.

Lodi Man Gets Second Chance At Life When Brain Tumor Vanishes Without Surgery

FROM CBS SACRAMENTO: It happened to a Lodi man who turned to his faith and the very community he has spent years helping. Several months ago, Lodi father and community volunteer Paul Wood realized something just wasn’t right.

“I had massive headaches, I couldn’t walk down the hallway without holding on to the walls,” he said.

Wood’s primary physician sent him to a neurosurgeon at UC San Francisco who thought he had a brain bleed, although radiologists saw signs of a tumor. Wood immediately turned to his faith and his community for support.

“My phone is blowing up, my Facebook is prayer after prayer, all over California,” said Wood.

The day before surgery, Wood’s operation was canceled because his suspected tumor was gone.



Faith leaders at Gravity Church, where Wood is a member, believe when there is prayer in numbers, there is a higher power at work.

“He just kept saying, ‘no matter what happens to me, I’m going to be okay. I trust God.’ And that was an inspiration for a lot of people around him,” said Jason McEachron, a Pastor at Gravity Church.

“Paul’s story just breathes hope,” said church member Ryan Kimura.

Wood said the doctors are so intrigued with his recovery, they have asked him to volunteer to be part of a research study.


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