Two European football giants, France and Germany, battle it out in the 2016 UEFA Euro Semifinals this Thursday. France qualified in the UEFA Euro 2016 Semifinals by beating Iceland with a lopsided score of 5-2. Germany had a more competitive game against Italy in the quarter finals, winning 6-5 in penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation.
Last time France and Germany played, the game was a friendly match held in Stade de France in November 2015. However, the friendly game was shaken by violence as three terrorist-linked explosions killed more than 120 people outside the stadium. France won that game with a score of 2-0.
France manager Didier Deschamps said, "Look, Germany are Germany. They're the reigining world champions and one of the best sides at the European Championship. They had a scare against Italy in the quarter-final but other than that, they've been in control of all the games they've played." more >>
The governing body of the Church of England is expected to decide this week whether clergy should be banned from wearing clothing that is either skimpy or carries a message that indicates a departure from the denomination's doctrines, while leading a worship service.
"Where a minister adopts a form of dress other than vesture of a form specified in this canon, the form of dress so adopted must be seemly and must not be such as to be indicative of a departure from the doctrines now contained in the formularies of the Church of England," reads the text that will be taken up for approval during the General Synod this week, according to The Telegraph.
This is one of the several changes to the canon law that the decision-making body is to consider during its meeting. more >>
A so-called anti-terrorism law passed by the Russian parliament would put severe restrictions on religious freedom by banning religious gatherings in homes and regulating propagation of religion, including on the internet, according to reports.
Both houses of the Russian parliament have passed the anti-terrorism legislation package, leading the country's Christians to appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to reject the measure.
The legislation would prohibit the exercise of any missionary activity in residential areas, and also require believers wanting to share their faith with others, even on the Internet, to possess certain documents from a religious association. It provides for a fine of $75 to $765 if the violator is a Russian citizen, and a fine of up to $15,265 in case of an organization, while foreigners would be deported, according to Adventist Review. more >>
With a few matches remaining in the UEFA Euro 2016, star players for each team have contributed their best for their countries, especially in terms of scores or goals.
Coming into the semifinals round, here are the top scorers for the European tournament per UEFA's official website:
1. Gareth Bale (Wales, 3 goals) more >>
As the UEFA Euro 2016 draws closer to an end the race for the Golden Boot, the award to the player with the most goals, still is highly contested with several players still in the contention.
As of this article there has not been all that much movement at that top, but that does not mean that the race is over, as there are still several matches that will ultimately determine who will be the winner.
Gareth Bale (Wales 3 goals) more >>
The United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child claims in a report that the U.K. might be violating the rights of children in publicly funded schools by requiring them to take part in daily religious worship "of a broadly Christian character."
In a report released on June 3 by the 18-person committee of "independent experts" of "high moral character" from countries such as Russia and Egypt, according to The Telegraph, called on ministers to repeal a law requiring a daily act of Christian worship at schools because it might contradict a child's "freedom of thought, conscience and religion."
According to report, titled "Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools: An Evaluation of Law and Policy in the UK," the vast majority of schools in the U.K. are required by law to organize acts of collective worship (England, Northern Ireland, Wales) or religious observance (Scotland) for their students. more >>