A number of religious groups have backed British Prime Minister David Cameron's claims that Britain is a "Christian nation" after a group of U.K. intellectuals argued in a letter that such views cause division and harm in society.
Christina Rees, a member of the General Synod, the highest governing body of the Church of England, said she was glad that Cameron had the "confidence" to talk about his faith, and pointed out that the U.K. had "historically and culturally" been a Christian country for "many hundreds of years," according to BBC News.
Muslim Council of Britain Secretary General Farooq Murad said that no one could that deny that the U.K. remains a Christian country. more >>
Josie Cunningham, a pregnant 23-year-old model and mother of two has caused furor across the United Kingdom after confessing that she intends to abort her unborn child so she can become famous with a spot on popular reality show "Big Brother."
After thousands reacted in an online protest against the model's confession in the Sunday Mirror, however, sources with the show say executives at Channel 5 which produces the reality show now believe the model could be the show's Kryptonite.
"Josie is deluded if she thinks this will improve her chances of signing up, which were slim to non-existent to start with," a source told the Mirror. "How can we work with her — or pay her — if she admits having an abortion to achieve that? It would be a minefield." more >>
Pope Francis celebrated Easter with more than 150,000 people in the Vatican on Sunday, and said in his message that the Resurrection of Christ is "the culmination of the Gospel." The pontiff also prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria.
Pope Francis began the Easter massage, known as Urbi et Orbi, by reading Matthew 28:5-6, "Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised. Come, see the place where he lay."
Francis said this is the culmination of the Gospel," according to the Vatican's official English-language translation. more >>
Flyers allegedly being distributed by pro-Russian separatist forces in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk calling on Jews to register with the government are reportedly fraudulent.
In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League criticized the content of the flyers, which were allegedly distributed by three armed masked men on Tuesday, but suggested that that they may have been an attempt to discredit pro-Russian forces.
"We are skeptical about the flier's authenticity but the instructions clearly recall the Nazi era and have the effect of intimidating the local Jewish community," Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL National Director, told Mashable. more >>
Malta has become the 22nd European country to recognize same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt children following a parliament vote, going against the warnings of the Roman Catholic Church, which is the official state religion.
The bill passed by a vote of 37-0, with the opposition abstaining because it is in favor of gay unions but not in allowing gay couples to adopt.
The vote prompted celebratory scenes for the thousands who had gathered at the central square in the capital Valletta to support the passage of the bill. more >>
Ukraine's interim government has asked the United Nations to send peacekeeping troops in an effort to confront pro-Russian separatists who have gained an increasing amount of control in the country's eastern regions in recent days.
Separatists ignored the Monday deadline set by Ukraine's government to disband and in Donetsk, rebels announced their intention to "seize control of infrastructure and the levers of state power."
A group of Donetsk separatists have already declared the region the "People's Republic of Donetsk" and, following on the lead of fellow city Slaviansk, called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to send troops into the region if the Ukraine government should confront them with military force. more >>