A group of Italian women who are in love affairs with Roman Catholic Church priests have asked Pope Francis to make the celibacy mandate for clergy optional.
Twenty six women recently wrote to the Pontiff, their letter being published on the website of the Catholic publication the Vatican Insider. "With humility, we place at your feet our suffering so that something can change, not just for us but for the good of the whole Church," reads the letter in part.
The women also stated that the celibacy mandate for priests caused "devastating suffering" within the Church and that married priests would serve "with greater passion." more >>
A Swiss court has ordered Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev to pay his estranged ex-wife Elena Rybolovlev $4.5 billion in a settlement her lawyer, Marc Bonnant, has called the "most expensive divorce in history."
While the case is far from settled, a Forbes report on the ruling which was made public Monday agreed that if the ruling withstands appeal, it would indeed be record-breaking and Elena Rybolovlev, who was married for 24 years to her ex-husband would become one of the world's wealthiest people.
How wealthy does $4.5 billion make you? Dmitry Rybolovlev is ranked at #149 on the Forbes global rich list with a fortune of $8.8 billion. A sum of $4.5 billion is equal to the fortune of the world's 338th richest person, Israeli billionaire Arnon Milchan. It would also be well above popular media mogul Oprah Winfrey's $2.9 billion and #610 ranking on the world's rich list. more >>
Actress, model and activist Pamela Anderson shared publicly for the first time that she suffered extensive sexual abuse as a child. She said that her love for animals "saved" her at the time.
Anderson, most famous for the hit '90s TV series "Baywatch" and who has appeared numerous times on Playboy covers, shared a number of traumatic experiences she went through as a child in remarks on Friday at the launch of her animal rights charity at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
"I was molested from age 6-10 by my female babysitter," the 46-year-old American-Canadian actress revealed. "I went to a friend's boyfriend's house - while she was busy. The boyfriend's older brother decided he would teach me backgammon which led into a back massage which led into rape – my first heterosexual experience. He was 25 yrs old; I was 12." more >>
Britain is now grieving after Stephen Sutton, a brave teenager who used his terminal bowel cancer diagnosis to inspire people from across the world to donate more than $6 million to the local Teenage Cancer Trust, died from his disease Wednesday.
"My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May," wrote Stephen's mother, Jane, in a message posted on a Facebook page dedicated to Stephen with more than a million fans.
"The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey. We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many," she said. more >>
Pope Francis said that people cannot be Christians without the Church, explaining that Christian identity is rooted in it and that believers cannot stand alone.
"Our Christian identity is belonging to a people: the Church. Without this, we are not Christians. We entered the Church through baptism: there we are Christians," Francis said during Mass on Thursday, Vatican Radio reported.
"A Christian without a church is something purely idealistic, it is not real," the Roman Catholic Church leader argued. more >>
The Russian Orthodox Church and several politicians have strongly condemned last week's Eurovision winner, a bearded Austrian cross-dresser who promotes gay rights, and have suggested that they will create their own pop competition.
"The last Eurovision contest's results exhausted our patience," Communist Party deputy Valery Rashkin said about the winner of Europe's top pop competition, 25-year-old Conchita Wurst.
"We must leave this competition. We cannot tolerate this endless madness." more >>