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Lindsay Lohan

I Got the Community Service Spirit

Through the Holy Qur'an

5/13/2015 2:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0513-lindsay-lohan-walking-holy-quaran-SPLASH-01Lindsay Lohan arrived at the Brooklyn daycare center where she's performing community service, clutching a copy of the Holy Qur'an.

LiLo just completed her first day at the Duffield Children's Center, wearing a dress that looks like someone's EKG.

Lindsay -- true to form -- showed up 2 hours late to do office work and interact with the kids "under tight supervision."

The Qur'an is not part of the gig.

Pastor Rick Warren

God Still Loves Manny

'He's a Great Man'

5/7/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Manny Pacquiao is NOT on the outs with Jesus Christ ... so says mega-pastor Rick Warren

The author of "The Purpose Driven Life" --  one of the bestselling books of ALL TIME -- was in D.C. Wednesday when we asked how the Christian community was handling Manny's loss.  

"I'm sad for Manny," Rick said ... "But I know that he's gonna be much stronger than one single fight."

Warren continued, "He's a real man of god. He cares about the poor kids in Manilla and teaches bible study to them. He's a great man." 

Pope Francis

SPINNIN' BASKETBALLS

... With Harlem Globetrotters!

5/6/2015 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Harlem Globetrotters added a new member to the squad -- he's 5'9" .... hails from Vatican City ... and can SPIN A BALL ON HIS FINGER .... welcome, Pope Francis!!!! 

Yes, even Jesus hates the Washington Generals now ... because His Holiness has been named an honorary member of the squad ... which is celebrating its 90th year on the court. 

You HAVE to watch the video -- the guys try to help Mr. Pope pull off one of their signature tricks ... and he kinda sorta pulls it off! 

A rep for the team tells TMZ Sports, "This is only the 9th time in 90 years that we've had an honorary member. He knew who they were. He was laughing with the guys. He was very talkative."

In fact, the team actually invited their newest member to their Friday night game in Rome ... question is, will he suit up?

Answer from the rep: "I don't think so, he's pretty busy."

Tim Tebow

God's An Eagles Fan

...Say Philly Pastors

4/21/2015 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0420-tim-tebow-cross-religion-GETTY-01Eagles fans, stock the bubbly ... 'cause a bunch of local Philadelphia pastors tell us with the signing of Tim Tebow ... the team gained a very powerful ally ... GOD!! 

TMZ Sports spoke with 5 church officials who rep 7 churches in Philly... and the sentiment was universal ... Tebow's faith -- and relationship with God -- will have a HUGE impact on the Eagles. 

Here are some of the highlights ... 

-- Rev. Bill Golderer (Broad Street Ministries) -- "Our legacy [as Eagles fans] has been over 50 years of futility. Tebow's close to God, so we wouldn't have to sell our soul to the devil to win a Super Bowl."

-- Rev. Safford (Christ Church) -- "Having a faith-based person with the Eagles can only help the team."

-- Pastor Kent Jacobs (Epic Church) -- "We love Tim. He's awesome! Everyone needs people to encourage them and he's that type of guy. So he'll help the locker room."

One church official says his congregation is PUMPED too -- "I got a call last night. I thought a parish member was in the hospital, but it was just someone telling me we signed Tebow."

Tim Tebow's Parents

We're Praying for Aaron Hernandez

4/17/2015 11:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez will be on the receiving end of some serious prayers from Tim Tebow's parents ... so says a rep for the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association

FYI -- Aaron and Tim were teammates at the University of Florida ... and Tim considered Aaron a good friend at the time. 

We spoke with a rep for the BTEA who tells us the Hernandez trial has been a hot topic at the association headquarters in Jacksonville ... and the decision was made to pray for Aaron's soul. 

"I can tell you that the situation has been mentioned by some people in the office the last few days and I know that Bob and Pam and the entire Tebow family haven't said much ... but they will absolutely be praying for Aaron Hernandez."

The rep continued, "We will actually dedicate a prayer to Hernandez on Tuesday."

The family of Odin Lloyd will also be a target for prayer -- with the rep saying, "We can be praying for [Hernandez] as well as all affected from the situation."

The rep added, "The Tebows are the real deal. They truly care about people and always want the best for everybody."

Gigi Hadid

Marked Woman!!!

4/16/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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You can only see part of Gigi Hadid at Qatar's main airport, because a vigilant team is on hand to cover-up pictures of her erogenous zone.

We found this really interesting. Magazines that come into the country -- mostly from the UK -- are scrutinized by the government for "excessive revelations of bodily parts."  

The team has trusty magic markers ready to black out anything deemed offensive. If the pics really cross the line, the offensive images are ripped out entirely.

We're told the team actually roams the kiosks for new material. Passengers say they can smell the fresh ink.

A passenger at Qatar's Hamad International Airport landed Tuesday and saw another pic blacked out ... this one showing Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer.  

Also interesting ... the cleavage portion of the photos are untouched.  

Qatar is one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East. Many others ban such pictures altogether.

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David Miscavige

Father Tailed By P.I.s

With HUGE Arsenal (PHOTOS)

4/15/2015 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0415_scientology_private_investigator_gun_photos_launchThe private investigators who were tailing the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige were carrying a shocking stash of guns and ammo, including an ominous silencer.  

As TMZ reported, Ronald Miscavige -- who claims David kicked him out of the Church -- was tailed for a year-and-a-half by a father/son P.I. team. Cops arrested the father, Dwayne Powell, and found the weapons in his car.

Powell and his son claim they were hired by the Church to follow and even harass Ronald to make sure he didn't do anything to embarrass Scientology. David Miscavige denies he hired the P.I.s or even knew them.

Take a look at the photos. They're scary.

North West Baptism

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son ...

and the Paparazzi

4/13/2015 11:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The baptism of North West was like any Kardashian event ... a total and complete circus. 

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Khloe Kardashian showed up Monday afternoon to the Saint James Cathedral -- an Armenian church in Jerusalem -- to baptize 22-month-old North.

Kim was mobbed as she walked into the church, shielding baby North from the massive crowd that had gathered outside the church. 

Once the ceremony was over, Kim and Kanye reportedly had lunch with the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat.

Just another quiet Kardashian family gathering.

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Kardashians

Jet to Israel for Baptism

Bring on the Holy Water

4/13/2015 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and North West have left Armenia for the Holy Land ... and the end game is watering the baby.

It was supposed to be an 8 day trip to Armenia, but they bailed 5 days in and jumped on a plane to Jerusalem.

North West will be baptized in a 12th-century Armenian church, according to the Jerusalem Post.

It's interesting ... cameras for "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" are recording the entire trip, and Kanye is happily playing along.

They'll only be in Israel for a day. They leave Tuesday for Jordan.

David Miscavige

P.I.s Say They Were Hired

To 'Dig Up Dirt' on David's Dad

4/10/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

David Miscavige and his Church of Scientology are on a mission -- to "dig up dirt" on people who talk crap on them -- so claims the private investigator who says he was hired to keep David's dad in line. The audio is pretty amazing.

TMZ obtained police audio in which P.I. Daniel Powell told Wisconsin detectives he and his dad were paid $10k a week from the Church to shadow Ronald Miscavige ... to follow him, see who he's talking to, monitor his emails and most of all make sure he's not bad-mouthing David.

Daniel says Ronald used to be the Musical Director of the Church, until David decided his stuff was outdated and put him out to pasture. Daniel says Ronald started going after David, and that's when they were hired to unrelentingly control the elder Miscavige.

Daniel says David paid Ronald off on numerous occasions to keep him quiet.

And Daniel says David has reason to fear Ronald ... because dad has the goods and David is "a terrible person."

The lawyer for David Miscavige says his client did not hire Daniel Powell and has never even met him.

David Miscavige

P.I. Says David Blocked Medical Help

If Dad Dies, He Dies

4/9/2015 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chilling audio ... the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige appeared to be having a heart attack, and his son ordered his people to stand clear and just let him die ... so claims the P.I. who was tailing David's dad.

P.I. Daniel Powell recounted during a police interview in 2013 how he and his dad were following Ronald Miscavige, who left the church, when Ronald suddenly slumped over and appeared to be having a coronary.

Powell says his dad, Dwayne, called the people who hired him on behalf of Scientology and informed them of the situation. He says a short time later David called Dwayne and instructed him not to render aid ... if he died, he died.

We're told it ended up just being a case of the cramps.

David Miscavige's lawyer denies his client hired the P.I.s or even knew them.  

Daniel Powell and his dad say they were paid $10k a week to follow Ronald for a year-and-a-half.  

DMX

I Shall Not Steal ...

The Devil Is Working Hard To Destroy Me

4/9/2015 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

DMX believes the forces of evil are hard at work to take him down ... but he's not worried one bit ... because he's got God on his side and a lawyer who says he isn't a gun-toting thief.

X has admitted all along, he was at the gas station but he denies robbing anyone. He says he has no idea what the New Jersey man accusing him of holding him up at a gas station for $3,200 earlier this week is talking about, but he believes these kinds of charges just come with the territory.

We're not sure if his logic about his innocence would hold up in a courtroom, but it still sounds pretty good to us.

As for the people trying to tear him down ... X quotes Scripture and says they're gonna need to bring in the big guns.

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Scientology's David Miscavige

P.I. Tells Cops

Tom Cruise Funds Everything!

4/9/2015 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tom Cruise underwrites so much of Scientology, people connected with the Church root for the success of his movies, even when they suck.

P.I. Daniel Powell, who claims to have been hired by the Church to tail the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige, joked with cops ... Tom was the biggest moneymaker by far in the Church.

In fact, Powell wisecracks that Tom is probably paying the $10k a week salary to keep tabs on and harass Ronald Miscavige.

But the movie reference is hilarious, and we're guessing he's referring to "Oblivion," which was released in April 2013, one month before the P.I. had his chitchat with cops.

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