Pro-life groups are praising the latest abortion statistics in New Zealand where the abortion rate is at a 20-year low. Right to Life New Zealand says that there is increased public awareness that "abortion is murder" and that the country is "rejecting a culture of death."
"There is also an increasing awareness that abortion damages women's health with an increased risk of breast cancer, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, grief, anger, regret and increased depression," the pro-life group wrote.
"Right to Life commends those brave and courageous women who when faced with an unplanned pregnancy chose life for their child. These are truly heroic women who deserve our admiration and support. Right to Life also commends the majority of the medical profession who faithful to the Declaration of Geneva have sworn to maintain the greatest respect for human life." more >>
A 13-year-old boy from Punjab, India, who is worshipped by the locals and believed to be an incarnation of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman, is thinking of having his seven-inch tale removed despite the adoration.
Arshid Ali Khan will have to decide on his own whether to have the tail removed, which could be causing some of his health issues, but his grandfather, Iqbal Qureshi, said Khan should keep his tail rather than face a risky operation.
"It is for Balaji to decide. If he wants to get the tail removed, we do not mind," Qureshi said. "He has trouble walking and so we are asking doctors what can be done." more >>
An Australian gambling company has outraged Christians and others by sending a hot-air balloon that looks like Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue into the skies above Melbourne as a 2014 FIFA World Cup advertisement. An Italian state television channel also featured a similar ad in support of Italia.
A 151-foot Jesus balloon wearing an Australia soccer jersey with the words "#KeepTheFaith" on the back was sent into the sky by the gambling company Sportsbet in the run up to the World Cup, which opened on Friday.
The Rev. Costello, the chair of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce, criticized the advertisement. more >>
A video obtained by watchdog group International Christian Concern shows dozens of Chinese Christians in Wenzhou City pushing back against police forces and trying to save a church cross. The Christians also staged a 24-hour vigil in defiance of government orders to demolish the cross.
This is the first time the government retreated after a standoff," a local pastor told ICC. "The government broke into the church without showing any legal documents or notice, just like [a] robber. They stopped Christians from entering the church for the morning service at 8:00 a.m."
The incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday, after hundreds of government workers broke into BaiXiang GuanTou Church, looking to remove the cross from the building's roof. For three-and-a-half hours, church members stood their ground and refused to allow the demolition team inside. The workers retreated, but local sources say that they intend to come back. Close to 80 Christians camped out throughout the night keeping watch and protecting the church. more >>
Some 9,000 police officers reportedly stormed the compound of the Evangelical Baptist Church in South Korea between Wednesday and Thursday in search of billionaire pastor and businessman Yoo Byung-eun who is accused of playing a role in the ferry tragedy that left 300 people dead or missing in April.
South Korean officials believe Yoo owns the ship that went down on April 16, 2014, and his alleged corruption may have played a role in the tragedy, according to the Boston Globe.
Yoo, 73, is now South Korea's most wanted man after the Incheon Court issued a warrant for his arrest on May 22. Authorities initially offered a nearly $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest but now that reward stands at nearly $500,000 as they ramp up efforts to catch him. more >>
After months of expert speculation, wild conspiracy theories and failed international efforts to locate missing Malaysia Flight MH370 and the 239 passengers and crew on board, the families of the missing and are now trying to raise $5 million to launch their own investigation to learn "the truth" about what happened to their loved ones.
"Every effort to locate the flight so far has failed. Continuing along the same path is unlikely to change the outcome. However, we believe there is a person or persons who know the truth about what happened, and know where the plane is. We want to encourage the truth to come out by offering a substantial reward," explained the families in a description on their fundraising campaign on Indiegogo launched on Sunday.
Early Monday afternoon, the campaign had raised just over $9,000. more >>