The father of five Romanian Pentecostal children who were taken into custody by the Norwegian government last year was finally allowed to visit with his two oldest sons for the first time in nearly three months.
After the five children of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were taken from their parents custody by the Barnevernet (Norway's child services) last November based on allegations that they spanked their children, the authorities provided the Romanian Pentecostal parents with limited visitation rights.
Although both parents are allowed to visit their infant son, Ezechiel, twice per week, neither parent has been granted permission to visit with their two daughters, Eliana and Naomi. Even though Ruth has been granted permission to visit with their two oldest sons, Matei and Ioan, once per week for two-hour intervals, Marius was not granted any visitation rights with them. more >>
Practicing Christians in the United Kingdom have now become a minority, just like the persecuted Roman Catholics after the reformation, according to two top clerics.
In a service conducted after a meeting at the Hampton Court Palace, Anglican Bishop of London Richard Chartres and Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Cardinal Nichols said Christians are now a "significant minority" in Britain. The two senior clerics also recognized the increasing secularization of society, according to Breitbart.
"We are all minorities now," said Bishop Chartres. more >>
Ever since she married Prince William, Kate Middleton has become a household name everywhere around the world, and just recently, she once again took the media's attention after she revealed what her son would like to become when he's older.
According to Vanity Fair, the Duchess of Cambridge told Lucinda Conder during the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force Cadets that Prince George has a dream of joining the cadet corps. "He is now obsessed with the air cadets and wants to join. We are going to have to push that one when he gets to age 12," Kate reportedly told the 19-year-old.
It doesn't come as a surprise that the little Prince, who recently started attending Montessori school, is one who has an obsession for the skies and its flying objects. After all, his father, Prince William, loves to fly. more >>
Turkish archaeologists excavating the world's largest known underground city in the Cappadocia region of central Turkey have found a fifth century underground church with scenes of Jesus rising into the sky.
"This place is even bigger than the other historical churches in Cappadocia. It was built underground and has original frescoes that have survived to this day," the mayor of Nevsehir, Hasan Unver, told Hurriyet Daily News.
"We didn't even think of finding such a structure when we first started works. But excavations and cleaning work are continuing and we hope to find new data relating to the history of Cappadocia," the mayor said. more >>
While the country of Georgia is preparing to introduce a "blasphemy bill" that would make insults against religious feeling punishable by heavy fines, some Church and faith representatives have said that is not needed and will target minorities.
"This law is not going to protect anyone; at least not the minorities, and will be a powerful tool against freedom of speech," said Rusudan Gotsiridze, an evangelical Baptist bishop, according to Liberali.ge.
The controversial bill has already been approved on the committee stage, Eurasianet.org reported, and will now be debated on the parliamentary floor. more >>
Donald Trump and Pope Francis are among the nominees for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, experts confirmed Wednesday.
Along with Trump and the pope, the names of two other candidates have been released, including the Afghan Women's Cycling Team and Nadia Murad, who escaped Islamic State captivity and is now an activist for rape victims.
More names are expected to be released throughout the month of February, and members of the five-person Norwegian Nobel Committee can submit their own votes for candidates after their Feb. 29 meeting. more >>