Since his big break in the early 2000s, Cristiano Ronaldo had solidified himself as a household name in world football. He may be showing signs of decline in the field due to his age, but the 31-year-old superstar had proved a lot in his years with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Portuguese National Team.
Ronaldo was a former FIFA World Player of the Year, and when the award was renamed into the FIFA Ballon d'Or, he won it twice. He had also broken the 50-goal record six times playing for Real Madrid, and won championships in the UEFA Champions' League and the Spanish La Liga.
Perhaps one of the most prominent successes of the Portuguese star, however, is the wealth he amassed through his skill and popularity—this year reaching a net worth of $375 million. more >>
Some of the top Catholic and Iranian religious leaders in the United States issued a joint statement earlier this week condemning groups such as the Islamic State, saying that Christianity and Islam love life and oppose terrorism.
"The belief in One God unifies Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Serving God requires working for the welfare of all His creatures and the common good of humanity. Religious leaders must provide moral guidance and speak out against injustice and anything that is harmful to humankind," the declaration reads, as found on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"Christianity and Islam share a commitment to love and respect the life, dignity, and welfare of all members of the human community. Both traditions reject transgressions and injustices as reprehensible, and oppose any actions that endanger the life, health, dignity, or welfare of others. We hold a common commitment to peaceful coexistence and mutual respect," the interfaith statement adds. more >>
In a bid to organize the church's records, the Lutheran Church, which is the official religion of state in Norway according to AFP, put up a web page last Monday allowing people to verify their status, allowing them to sign up or deregister.
As of last Friday according to the church, some 15,053 members of the flock opted to leave with the bulk of that number, 10,854, choosing to drop their membership in the church last Monday.
Reacting to the sudden purging of its rolls, Church council leader Kristin Gunleiksrud Raaum said in a translation of a statement posted on the church's website that the church would continue to be transparent about its new online system and that it allows members who no longer want to be a part of the church to leave with less hassle. more >>
UPDATE: 1:20 AM ET, AUG 25: The number of people killed in the earthquake that devastated parts of central Italy on Wednesday rose to 247 on Thursday morning, regional and national officials said.
UPDATE: 9:11 PM ET, AUG. 24: Rescue teams were working through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble that remained of central Italian towns flattened by an earthquake that hit in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 159 people. more >>
Brace yourselves, "Outlander" fans!
The most-awaited third season of the anticipated series is set to premiere.
Although the release date is not yet fixed, the team behind the series, Production Intelligence, already announced that it started taping its debut episode last Sunday at the Wardpark Studios in Glasgow, Scotland. more >>
A driverless Volkswagen was found parked in a newfangled way: atop a Fiat 500.
When this was brought to social media, some netizens gave comical reaction to the uncommon situation:
ITV News reports that owners of the Volkswagen were stunned when they discovered their car already hovering its body amid the Fiat's roof and a brick wall at Glasgow's South Park Avenue in UK. more >>