Pope Francis has met with Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of the German bishops' conference, to discuss the fate of the so-called "luxury bishop" of Limburg who has spent $42 million on a lavish residence including a free-standing bath, conference table and private chapel worth millions.
"I am convinced that the bishop of Limburg... will confront this situation in a spirit of self-criticism," Archbishop Zollitsch said following his meeting with Pope Francis, Reuters reported.
The bishop in question, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, is facing calls for his resignation after causing an uproar with lavish expenses that seem to contradict the pope's call for austerity and example of humble living. more >>
"Heyr, himna smiður" or "Hear, Heavenly Creator" is an Icelandic hymn written in 1208 by Chieftan Kolbeinn Tumason. The Icelandic band, Arstidir performed the 800 year old song in a German train station outside of the city Wuppertal last month.
Lyrics, in English, are below.
Hear, Heavenly Creator more >>
A ballsy traffic warden determined to uphold the law in London ticketed the vehicle carrying former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton around that city last Saturday despite protest from secret service agents because it was parked for 45 minutes without payment of the appropriate parking fees.
Photographer Greg Brennan who witnessed and captured the moment on camera told the Daily Mail that five members of Clinton's security detail were waiting inside a van near Clinton's silver Mercedes because it was raining.
During this time, the traffic warden approached the vehicle and issued an £80 parking ticket for the car while Clinton attended an event at Chatham House where she was being honored for her contribution to international diplomacy. more >>
Theoretical physicist and president of the British Humanist Association Professor Jim Al-Khalili said Christianity had "hijacked" human values and Christians are simply "humanists who believe in God."
Speaking at The Cambridge Union Society on Monday, Al-Khalili argued that he believed in a rule famously attributed to Jesus Christ that people should treat others the way they would treat themselves.
An audience member from Al-Khalili's lecture, however, highlighted the writings of German philosopher Friedrich Nietsche and pointed out that secular humanists "killed" God but were still pursuing Christian values. more >>
German Catholic bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg is set to answer questions before the Vatican about an excessive $42 million sum he has spent on a luxury residence, causing uproar in the Catholic Church.
"The bishop has made it clear that any decision about his service as a bishop lies in the hands of the Holy Father (Pope Francis)," a statement by the Limburg diocese read, according to Reuters.
"The bishop is saddened by the escalation of the current discussion. He sees and regrets that many believers are suffering under the current situation." more >>
Atheist students at the London School of Economics were forced to cover up their T-shirts depicting Jesus Christ and Mohammed earlier this month because the images were deemed offensive by the administration.
Chris Moos and Abishek Phadnis, both members of LSE's Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Student Society, wore T-shirts depicting the web comic "Jesus and Mo" during the student union's Freshers' Fair event that introduces new students to the groups that are available on campus.
According to Moos, he and Phadnis were confronted by campus officers and university staff, one of whom "started removing material from their stall," and were ordered to cover or remove their T-shirts – because officials said students had complained the T-shirts were "offensive," – or be "physically removed from the premises" for noncompliance. more >>