Pope Francis has said that it's the devil himself who keeps evangelicals, Catholics, and Christians from other denominations divided, and rejected the notion that it's heretical to believe that all Christians are one.
"Division is the work of the 'Father of Lies,' 'the Father of Discord,' who does everything possible to keep us divided," Francis said in a video message to a gathering sponsored by the John 17 Movement, according to Catholic Herald.
"I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps," he added. "But there is someone who 'knows' that, despite our differences, we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he who is persecuting Christians today, he who is anointing us with (the blood of) martyrdom." more >>
The cast of HBO's "Game of Thrones" has teamed up with Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin to create a "Game of Thrones" comedy musical skit for Red Nose Day.
Coldplay lead Chris Martin has collaborated with the cast of HBO's "Game of Thrones" to create a series of musical skits to support Red Nose Day to support fundraising for poverty stricken children in Africa and the U.K.
The musical parodies have been compiled documentary-style featuring the actors from the critically acclaimed fantasy epic series, including Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nicholaj Coster-Waldau, and Kit Harington, all of whom displayed their singing talents in the name of charity. more >>
Ireland, a traditionally Catholic country, appears to have become the first country to legalize gay marriage through a popular vote Saturday, as both government ministers and opponents of the proposed constitutional amendment said hours after the counting of votes began Saturday.
"I think it's won," Equality Minister Aodhan O. Riordain, who was at the main count center in Dublin, told Reuters as final results are expected later in the day. "The numbers of people who turned out to vote is unprecedented. This has really touched a nerve in Ireland today."
David Quinn, director of the Catholic think tank Iona Institute, which opposes same-sex marriage, agreed with the likely victory of gay marriage supporters. He tweeted: "Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done." more >>
Peer-to-peer file sharing site The Pirate Bay flew a fierce new logo on its site after a Swedish court ordered the seizure of its popular domains.
The Pirate Bay flew a different logo on its torrent site in response to Swedish authorities shutting down its most recent servers.
The logo contained the iconic TPB black and white pirate ship sporting a new look – a four-headed fang-mouthed hydra towering over the ship's black flags, with six new domain names circling its four heads. more >>
Bishop John McAreavey, chair of the council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishop's Conference, told the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade that Christian persecution is at an "unprecedented" high, pointing to statistics that show 11 Christians are killed every hour of the day.
Citing a Pew Research survery, McAreavey told the committee that Christian persecution is being gravely underestimated, as "Christianity is now the world's most oppressed religious group, with persecution against them reported in 110 countries."
He continued: "Many of these countries have significant trade links with Ireland. Persecution is increasing in China. In North Korea a quarter of the country's Christians live in forced labour camps. Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the Maldives all feature in the 10 worst places to be Christian. more >>
A U.K. judge has ruled that a Christian-run bakery discriminated against gay customers when it refused to make a cake featuring the "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie with a pro same-sex marriage slogan.
District Judge Isobel Brownlie ruled at Belfast County Court on Tuesday that Ashers Bakery, the defendants, "have unlawfully discriminated against the plaintiff on grounds of sexual discrimination," The Belfast Telegraph reported.
"This is direct discrimination for which there is no justification." more >>