Pope Francis has written a letter to a juvenile gang member jailed in Los Angeles, California, asking that the young man pray for him.
The pope responded to a letter written by Carlos Adrian Vazquez Jr., who, at age 16, received a prison sentence of 11 years for involuntary manslaughter due to his involvement in a Los Angeles gang.
PLOS ONE, a popular peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science decided, Thursday that it would retract a paper it published earlier this year that credits the "Creator" with the design of the human hand.
The paper, titled: "Biomechanical characteristics of hand coordination in grasping activities of daily living," was written by a team of four researchers. Three of them are affiliated with Huazhong University in China while one, Le Xiong, is affiliated with Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
PLOS ONE's decision to retract the article came after a global coalition of scientists revolted against the journal for embracing what they say is the theory of intelligent design reflected in the article. more >>
Even though HBO slammed Manny Pacquiao for what it says are "offensive and deplorable" comments about gay people, the cable network refuses to lose money by canceling the boxer's fight against Timothy Bradley on April 9.
"We have an obligation to both fighters and, therefore, will proceed to produce and distribute that event," HBO said in a statement this week, according to USA Today.
"However, we felt it important to leave no uncertainty about our position on Pacquiao's recent comments toward the LGBTQ community. We consider them insensitive, offensive and deplorable," it added. "HBO has been a proud home to many LGBTQ stories and couldn't approach this event without clearly voicing our opinion." more >>
Lady Gaga delivered a prayer prior to her emotional Oscars performance for "Till It Happens to You" on Sunday, according to a rape survivor who accompanied the singer onstage.
Andrew Brown, one of the 50 survivors of sexual abuse who joined Gaga on stage for the charged performance, told AOL.com that the singer said a prayer backstage thanking God for giving them the chance to share their important message.
"She just sort of said: 'To the creator – whoever whatever created the universe – thank you for bringing us here, for giving us this story to tell and this message to give.' And then after the prayer she said, 'Gonna go out there and sing the [expletive] out of it!' " Brown told AOL.com this week. more >>
Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren is sharing a message for those who are contemplating suicide, saying that as the father of a son who took his own life, "I still grieve every day about the permanency of his decision."
"A lot of studies have shown that almost everybody has felt suicidal at some low point in their life," Warren, the pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, says in a video message posted to his Facebook page last month.
Warren adds that while some may think suicide will end their problems, it is in fact a permanent solution to a temporary problem. more >>
Christian NFL player Torrey Smith opens up about his wife's pregnancy complications in a blog post titled Prayers Up that he wrote on Monday.
Smith, a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, detailed his family's health scare, explaining that the recent experience and the strength of his wife encouraged him to share his news with the public.
The professional athlete shares that following routine testing for his wife's second pregnancy, doctors discovered that she had a 1 in 25 chance of giving birth to a child with Trisomy 18, a genetic abnormality caused by an extra 18th chromosome. more >>