A Russian atheist could face prison time for posting "nun porn" to a popular European social media site, RIA Novosti reports.
Prosecutors in Siberia's Tyumen Region said in a statement that Andrei Korablev posted the video to his personal page on VKontakte, a social network that has more than 100 million active users, in November 2011, according to the news agency.
The 40-second video showed "masturbation…featuring a nun," Korablev told news portal Russian Planet, according to RIA Novosti. The 30-year-old also reportedly told the website that "homegrown religious fundamentalists" from the Tyumen City Parental Committee complained about the video as a way to punish him for his involvement with the League of Militant Atheists. more >>
A Belgian woman who felt rejected by her family as a woman was legally euthanized on Monday after a botched sex change operation left her with "unbearable psychological suffering," and her mother says she is happy she is gone because she was "so ugly" anyway.
The woman born Nancy Verhelst, 44, according to The Telegraph, had tried to become Nathan after undergoing hormone therapy in 2009 followed by a mastectomy and the surgical construction of a penis in 2012. Unfortunately, "none of these operations worked as desired".
Due to the unbearable trauma that followed her disappointing quest for happiness, Verhelst opted to be euthanized by cancer specialist Wim Distelmans who euthanized congenitally deaf twins late last year who were afraid they were also going blind. more >>
Pope Francis called unemployment and loneliness the most serious of the world's evils and criticized proselytism in his interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of Italian newspaper La Repubblica, which has now been published online.
"The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don't even look for them any more. They have been crushed by the present," Francis said in the long interview published online with an English translation on Oct. 1 by La Repubblica.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church had unexpectedly set up the interview with Scalfari after the two had exchanged letters focusing on non-believers and the grace of God in September. The La Repubblica founder, who also worked as editor of the publication from 1976 to 1996, admitted that he was shocked that Pope Francis wanted to meet and speak in person, and took the opportunity to conduct a lengthy interview on Sept. 24 at the Pope's residence, which touched on a number of issues. more >>
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A former editor of a "soft pornography" magazine now believes that porn has devastated a generation of teenagers and is urging parents to do as much as they can to shield their children from its effects.
Martin Daubney has said that conversations with 13, 14 and 15-year-olds about their pornography habits and a subsequent research study about its propensity to be addictive are leading him to speak out against it, according to The Daily Mail. more >>
Pope Francis and eight hand-picked cardinals are set to rewrite the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus of the Roman Catholic Church in what some are calling an "unprecedented" move as they hold a three-day meeting this week.
The seven cardinals representing the Church on different continents, including Africa and Asia, Europe and Australia, North, Central and South America, will be joined by cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governing body of Vatican City State. Together, along with the bishop of Albano, serving as secretary, and Pope Francis, they will stay at the Santa Marta guesthouse and meet behind closed doors of the library inside the Apostolic Palace.
The Vatican has announced that Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II are to be canonized, or declared as saints of the Roman Catholic Church on April 27, 2014.
Pope Francis announced the news on Monday morning at the Public Ordinary Consistory, Vatican Radio revealed. The chosen date in April also celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy.
The Vatican added that retired Pope Benedict XVI, who became the first pope in nearly 600 years to retire when he stepped down in February because of health issues, might join the ceremony to honor his predecessors. more >>