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Monday April 15, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
People who preach that you have to ‘sow’ your money (‘seed’) in order to reap financial blessings do not believe their own teachings.
A former senior member of the Agape Ministries doomsday cu;lt faces a possible two-year sentence for spending three years on the run.
Friday March 22, 2013 RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
Some churches operate more like cults than religious orders, says a member of the advisory board for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
What definition of a cult he uses is not clear, but
Monday August 13, 2012 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
The financial empire of the Agape Ministries
doomsday cult will be carved up by the Australian Taxation Office following a $3 million court judgment.
In November 2010 the cult was stripped of its status as a religion.
Monday June 4, 2012 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Friday June 1, 2012 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Lawyers defending fugitive Agape Ministries cult leader Rocco Leo against a $420,000 lawsuit have withdrawn from the case.
The woman claims he falsely promised to take her to a South Pacific island where she would be healed and protected from global armageddon
Wednesday May 16, 2012 Religion News Briefing • RNB's Religion News Blog:
In today’s issue: The widow of Rex Humbard, the world’s first televangelist, dies. An Agape Ministries cult member gets his ammunition back. A court orders gated communities in Puerto Rico to provide access to Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Plus a short, but though-provoking documentary on the Westboro Baptist Church — a hate group that masquerades as a Christian church.
Monday May 7, 2012 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Fugitive Agape Mininstries cult leader Rocco Leo and former cult member Martin Penney have settled their lawsuits against each other.
Rocco Leo fled to Fiji in May 2010, just before police raided his Agape Ministries properties where they discovered thousands of rounds of ammunition and guns.
Monday March 5, 2012 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Fugitive cult leader Rocco Leo has settled a lawsuit with a former member who sued him over donations to the doomsday cult.
Court documents in the lawsuit filed by businessman Martin Penney allege Leo convinced him he would be poisoned and killed by the government unless he handed over $1.2 million.
Monday November 28, 2011 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
A disgruntled former Agape Ministries
parishioner wants a refund for every item he bought for the cult, even the toilet paper.
The District Court yesterday heard details of Martin Penney’s claim against the doomsday cult and its fugitive leader, Rocco Leo.
Tuesday November 1, 2011 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
A lawsuit by a disabled woman against fugitive Australian cult leader Rocco Leo
has not been settled and will go to trial.
Rocco Leo’s former followers claim he preached a doomsday scenario, promising them a new life on an island — financed by their donations — to save them from the end of the world.
Tuesday September 6, 2011 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Cult leader Rocco Leo will seek an out-of-court settlement with a former parishioner he allegedly duped, a court in Australia has heard.
Followers claim Leo preached a doomsday scenario, saying he needed money to purchase
Monday August 8, 2011 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Fugitive doomsday cult
leader Rocco Leo is being detained with his girlfriend at his coastal hideout in Fiji.
Earlier Leo, his girlfriend, and his girlfriend’s brother had been arrested
for overstaying their visas.
Wednesday July 27, 2011 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
South Australian authorities will not pursue doomsday cult leader Rocco Leo over 126 fraud allegations. According to the public prosecutor a review of the evidence had determined there were no reasonable prospects of a conviction.
In addition ex-members of the cult have been reluctant to speak out against their former leader.
Wednesday July 13, 2011 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says South Australian authorities have made no attempt to have cult leader Rocco Leo
extradited from Fiji.
Xenophon says it’s almost “Keystone Cops stuff” that police have yet to seek Leo’s extradition.
Thursday June 30, 2011 Agape Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Cult leader Rocco Leo has dodged financial doomsday by staging a last-minute court room resurrection over Skype.
Leo is being sued by two former church members who claim they donated large sums to the church under false pretences.
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