Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that gay people can "feel safe and free" in Russia during the Winter Olympics, which are three weeks away, but warned them to "leave our children in peace."
"We don't outlaw anything and don't nab anyone," Putin said during a visit in Sochi, according to Itar-Tass news agency. "Our law prescribes no responsibility for these kinds of relationships unlike laws in some other countries do."
He added that gay people can "feel safe and free here but please leave our children in peace." more >>
The Vatican promised to make changes to the way it handles child abuse cases after a U.N. panel in Geneva on Thursday questioned why the Roman Catholic Church refuses to release more information about such incidents, and what it is doing to prevent future abuse.
"We will very gladly take this occasion as a constructive moment, an important occasion, to reaffirm the value and the procedures of the convention and to accept any good advice that is given for that can be helpful in the protection of children," said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N. in Geneva.
The Roman Catholic Church was asked if it believes "that pedophilia is something that can be successfully overcome." The Convention on the Rights of the Child pointed to child sexual abuse cases concerning clergy who were moved instead of defrocked. more >>
Murals displayed throughout London's subway stations are sending the message that "Christians make better lovers" in an effort to catch the attention of single Londoners looking for new romance.
The signs are part of an ad campaign launched on Monday by Christian Connection, a U.K.-based dating website that boasts responsibility for bringing together thousands of relationships and marriages.
Although the tongue-in-cheek slogan can be misinterpreted, the site says it is a nod to the Bible's commandment to love one another. more >>
A British Catholic woman who claims she didn't know that finalizing her divorce proceedings would lead to the end of her marriage recently attempted to sue her former lawyers for professional negligence, charging that they did not consider her faith in the process.
The revelation was made in the transcript of an appeal against the dismissal of the lawsuit filed by Jane Mulcahy who said she wanted to avoid a divorce because of her Catholic faith, according to a report in The Independent.
Pope Francis described as "frightful" the fate of aborted children and lamented the "throwaway culture" of the world where even human beings are discarded, in a strong message to diplomats on Monday.
In his message to the Vatican diplomats, Francis stressed that peace is threatened by the denial of human dignity, whether it's in the form of ignoring hungry children or aborting or selling them.
"It is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; and children being bought and sold in that terrible form of modern slavery which is human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity," the Vatican leader told more than 180 ambassadors at the Holy See. more >>
In what is being described as Ireland's most gruesome murder of 2014, an Italian man claims he murdered then ate his devout Christian landlord's heart during a row over a chess match. But a post mortem revealed the missing body part is a lung.
"The victim's heart was intact but the post-mortem confirms that a lung was removed from the body and has not been located," a source told the Belfast Telegraph of the dead Christian victim, Tom O'Gorman, 39.