A satanic "black mass" due to be held at the prestigious Harvard University has been forced to cancel after a widespread public outcry.
The Harvard Extensions Cultural Studies Club were forced to find alternative arrangements for its event after around 60,000 people signed online petitions protesting the black mass - despite the university giving it the go ahead. However negotiations completely broke down and the club has cancelled the service.
The black mass would have consisted of a parody of the Roman Catholic mass, although organisers had insisted no consecrated wafer or wine would have been used. The New York-based Satanic Temple, who were travelling to Boston to attend the ceremony, have now planned to stage their own black mass at an "undisclosed private location", MyFoxBoston reports.
A black mass is a ritual traditionally used by the satanism religion and celebrated during the Witches' Sabbath - a meeting of those who practice witchcraft.