Tim Tebow drew a crowd of about 15,000 to an outdoor Easter church service in Georgetown, Texas, on Sunday, telling the gathering it’s important to be outspoken about faith while admonishing athletes about not being better role models. “In Christianity, it’s the Pope and Tebow right now,” Celebration Church pastor Joe Champion he said. Tebow — devout Christian, backup NFL quarterback and cultural phenomenon — has a flock of admirers drawn as much to his religious leanings as his Heisman Trophy skills. Tebow told them he welcomed the attention on his convictions as well as the “Tebowing” prayer pose he often strikes on the field because it puts his faith and prayer in the public conversation. Some at the “Easter on the Hill” morning service under sunny skies about 20 miles north of Austin drove 100 miles to hear Tebow speak. The service took on the feel of a rock concert with more than 100 school buses shuttling people to the sprawling megachurch campus from local shopping centers and the nearby college. The service was peppered with lively Christian rock songs and Tebow took the large stage to cheers from those who could see him while others toward the back watched on massive video screens. … Queen Elizabeth II has appointed the Duchess of Cornwall to the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order, Buckingham Palace said Monday. The announcement that Camilla has been made a Dame Grand Cross came on the day of her seventh wedding anniversary with Prince Charles, the queen’s son. Awards under the Royal Victorian Order, which was founded in 1896 by Queen Victoria, are given by the queen to people who have served her or the monarchy in a personal way. They are bestowed independently of the prime minister’s office.
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