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Canadian Police Arrest Pastor for Holding 'Illegal In-Person Gathering'

Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski was arrested Saturday for allegedly holding a church service that violated new public health orders pertaining to gatherings.

Pawlowski and his brother Dawid were accused of organizing and attending an in-person gathering earlier that day, Calgary Police said in a statement.

"Artur Pawlowski and Dawid Pawlowski have both been arrested and charged with organizing an illegal in-person gathering, including requesting, inciting, or inviting others to attend an illegal public gathering, promoting and attending an illegal public gathering."

Police say they served the Pawlowski's a new court order prior to Saturday's church service but the brothers were detained because they "chose to ignore the requirements."

The arrests come after Alberta Health Services received a directive to stop various gatherings and rallies that defy public health orders across the province. 

Pawlowski is a longtime street preacher and the pastor of the Cave of Adullam congregation in Calgary. 

He gained international attention when police showed up at his church on Easter weekend checking for ...