A pastor of a Kentucky church that handles deadly snakes as part of its faith has died from a fatal snake bite.
Jamie Coots, who passed away Saturday after refusing medical treatment had previously appeared on the National Geographic reality show "Snake Salvation."
Despite the practice being illegal in every state except West Virginia, there are still over 120 snake-handling churches throughout the southeast United States.
Coots was a third-generation "serpent handler" and aspired to one day pass the practice and his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, on to his adult son, Little Cody.
CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Raplh Hood, a long-time friend of deceased Pastor Coots.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the man the world knows asÂ the Pope.
Like every other world traveler, Pope Francis has a passport that sometimes expires. But unlike any other Pope, Francis insisted on paying the roughly $55 fee himself.
It's just one example of the Pontiff acting like a regular guy.
OutFront: Joe Concha, columnist for Mediaite.
For many, an exorcism is just something you see in the movies or read about in books.
But, for some, it is a very real ceremony they believe will banish evil demons out of human bodies.
It is one of organized religion's most controversial practices and, unfortunately, often ends tragically as it did this weekend.
Police in Germantown, Maryland report that on Friday, Zakieya Latrice Avery killed two of her own children during what they believe was an exorcism.
One-year-old Norell Harris and his 2-year-old sister Zyana were found stabbed to death in their home.
A 5-year-old sister, Taniya, and 8-year-old brother, Martello, were also injured during the alleged ceremony and remain in the hospital.
One other woman, Monifa Denise Sanford, was also at the scene and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, the same as the childrens' mother.
OutFront: Director of the Major Crimes Division at Montgomery County Police Department, Captain Marcus Jones.
The rise of exorcisms.
It is a church sanctioned ritual to cleanse a person's soul, but it's a provocative that is rarely discussed.
Recently, Pope Francis received a great deal of attention when many accused him of performing an exorcism on a men from Mexico.
A country that's also seen a sharp rise in exorcisms as a way to combat the evil violence from drug cartels.
CNN's Frederik Pleitgen has more on the ritual.
Police have arrested a man suspected of killing a beloved Catholic priest.
Gary Lee Bullock was taken into custody and charged with the murder of Pastor Eric Freed.
The 56-year-old priest was found dead inside the rectory at St. Bernard Church on Wednesday after he failed to show up to morning mass.
William Herbrechtsmeier, who has known Reverend Freed for the past seven years and taught with him at Humboldt State University, is OutFront.