US church blesses worshippers and their weapons

Worshippers at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, holding weapons during a service on Wednesday. Hundreds of worshippers gathered inside the church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles.
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Worshippers at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, holding weapons during a service on Wednesday. Hundreds of worshippers gathered inside the church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. The US church believes the AR-15 symbolises the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and had encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2018, with the headline 'US church blesses worshippers and their weapons'. Print Edition | Subscribe