The Catholic nun who wowed audiences with her singing ability on the Italian version of "The Voice," recently won the entire singing competition, immediately offering up praise to God and reciting the Lord's Prayer during her acceptance speech.
Sister Cristina Scuccia was announced the winner of Italy's "The Voice" televised singing competition on Thursday night. Along with winning the competition by 62.3 percent of the vote, Scuccia received a recording contract with Universal Music.
The sister, clad in a habit and crucifix, was quick to thank God for her singing success. "My presence here is not up to me, it's thanks to the man upstairs," she said as she received the award for winning the singing competition. "I'm not here to start a career, but because I want to impart a message." more >>
Joel Osteen, bestselling motivational author and evangelical pastor of America's fastest-growing megachurch, was among a small group that included Mormon Sen. Mike Lee, to meet privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome, this week.
Osteen said he was honored to meet with Pope Francis, who leads the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
"I like the fact that this pope is trying to make the church larger, not smaller. He's not pushing people out but making the church more inclusive. That resonated with me," Osteen told the Houston Chronicle. more >>
Prince William gave some revealing information to a group of schoolchildren – he told them what bands he enjoyed listening to. The Prince visited a group of children at Goole High School in East Yorkshire, England, to present a new award for the kids.
"I really like Coldplay, Linkin Park," William told the children. "I used to play the piano, trumpet and drums when I was your age but I couldn't read music. There's only so much you can remember from the top of your head."
William has been busy ever since returning from a three-week long tour of Australia and New Zealand with wife Kate and son George. Kate, meanwhile, has been home, preparing their new country home and taking care of George. The couple did, however, visit France to pay tribute to troops on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. more >>
Pope Francis made a surprising move Thursday when he ousted all five Italian members of the Vatican's financial watchdog agency, replacing them with four new, international board members.
The pope reportedly made the move after internal conflict continued among old board members of the Holy See's Financial Information Authority [FIA]. The five former board members, all male Italians, reportedly clashed with Rene Bruelhart, a Swiss lawyer who is the head of the FIA and wanted to work with more international professionals experienced in anti-money laundering work.
A secretly filmed video of President Barack Obama engaging in a leisurely workout at a gym in Poland has gone viral and it has triggered a lot of criticism, including comments from some Russians who think the president looks wimpy and lazy.
"He must be joking around? My 2 and-a-half-year-old granddaughter can lift more weights. As a matter of fact, I being disabled can lift more. Let's face it, this man has aged quite a bit since taking office. Playing the role of the American puppet sure takes its toll," wrote Joe Arpa in the comments section of a report on the video on Russia's RT propaganda channel.
Twitter also lit up with criticism of how weak Obama's workout looked. more >>
In a homily on Monday, the single and childless Pope encouraged married couples to not limit their love to their personal pets but to extend to having their own children.
Francis challenged married couples on Monday to resist a "culture of wellbeing" which he suggested had "convinced us it's better not to have children."
The Pope, who is 77 and single and childless, suggested that too many married couples had bought into a "the culture of wellbeing" which tells adherents to "see the world, go on holidays; you can have a house in the country and be carefree." more >>