Naghmeh, the wife of U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, recently traveled to Europe and urged officials there, including at the European Parliament, to raise the case of her husband, who has been in a jail in Iran for his Christian faith. Most officials promptly called for Saeed's release.
During her trip, Naghmeh first went to the German Parliament, where she addressed the Federal Human Rights Committee and met with numerous lawmakers committed to advocating for religious freedom, according to the American Center for Law and Justice.
Naghmeh then met with leaders from Germany's two leading parties, the Protestant Committee of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union, ACLJ said Saturday. The two parties issued a joint press release calling for Pastor Saeed's release. more >>
Slightly Mad Studios has released the first patch for Xbox One's "Project Cars" just three weeks after the racing game was launched.
The first "Project Car" patch for Xbox One consoles is now live less than a month after developer, Slightly Mad Studios released the motorsport racing simulator on May 7.
Patch 1.3 fixes several issues and provides technical solutions over wheel controllers, gamepad controllers, and a freak AI that allows rival vehicles to fuel up in the middle of races without allowing the player's own cars to do so. more >>
Warner Bros. Interactive announced "Batman: Arkham Knight" will be getting another pre-order bonus less than a month before the game officially launches.
Rocksteady Studios' "Batman: Arkham Knight" will gift another pre-order perk on Steam for users who make their reservations for the upcoming action adventure title before its June 23 release.
The fourth installment in the "Batman: Arkham" series, the users will get the "Gotham's Future" pre-order bonus with two skins: Frank Miller's "Dark Knight Returns" costume that was the inspiration of DC Entertainment's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and "Batman Beyond," with the Arkham Knight sporting the animated series' symbol. more >>
A senior Vatican official, reportedly seen as second only to the pope, said Ireland's recent legalization of gay marriage is a "defeat for humanity" in comments seen as the strongest yet from the Catholic Church on the controversial referendum.
"I was deeply saddened by the result," Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state, said at a conference in Rome on Tuesday night, according to The Guardian. "The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelization. I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity."
Ireland became the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote after 62 percent of voters supported a referendum to change their constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. more >>
A vicar in the Church of England has proposed a motion that would allow for a liturgical celebration of an individual's identity following gender transition, much like a baptism, and would include a renaming ceremony.
The Rev. Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, recently proposed the motion for the church's General Synod to consider.
"That this Synod, recognising the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person's gender transition," reads the motion. more >>
Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, Ireland, believes the Catholic Church needs to reestablish itself as a moral authority in Ireland after the passing of same-sex marriage by popular vote last week.
Martin spoke with broadcaster RTE about the Catholic Church needing to reconnect with young people after a referendum found 62 percent of people were in favor of changing Ireland's constitution to allow gays and lesbians to marry.
"We [the church] have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of the realities. We won't begin again with a sense of renewal, with a sense of denial," said Martin. more >>