Revelations that Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was treated for "suicidal tendencies" before receiving his pilot's license has sparked a discussion on doctor-patient confidentiality in Germany, with some lawmakers suggesting doctors should have a duty to speak out if a person's condition potentially puts other lives at risk.
The public prosecutor's office in Düsseldorf said on Monday that Lubitz had been treated for "suicidal tendencies" before earning his pilot's license, but following the treatment he appeared to have gotten better and doctors found no other signs of those tendencies or any aggression toward others.
Lubitz is widely believed to have deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 jet last week in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. more >>
The pastor of the Lutheran church attended by former Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz spoke out to say that he fully supports the family and stands by him despite the accusations that he purposely caused the plane he was co-piloting to crash, killing 150 people on March 24.
"For us, it makes it particularly difficult that the only victim from Montabuar is suspected to have caused this tragedy, this crash—although this has not been finally confirmed, but a lot is indicating that—and we have to face this," Rev. Michael Dietrich told the Associated Press on Sunday after a service held to remember the victims of the crash.
"The co-pilot, the family belong to our community, and we stand by this, and we embrace them and will not hide this, and want to support the family in particular," Dietrich added. "I know her [Lubitz's mother] and her family. This does not make sense. It is incomprehensible for me, for us, for everyone who knew her and the family." more >>
Pope Francis is set to release an encyclical letter which calls the environment the "ultimate pro-life, pro-poor, pro-family" issue that Christians are called to engage in. The Vatican has said that this is not a political statement, but one stemming from biblical teaching.
Catholic News Service reported that Pope Francis is finishing up his encyclical on the environment, set for publication early in the summer, which is set to build on the statements of his predecessors who have urged Christians to focus more on preserving and caring for the environment.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said that Francis' pro-environment initiative is not part of a political agenda, but based in biblical teachings. more >>
The audio transcript from the "black box" recordings of the fatal Germanwings Flight 9525 has been leaked, revealing that Capt. Patrick Sondenheimer screamed and begged co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to open the door. Lubitz's girlfriend has said in separate reports that she's expecting his child.
While the audio itself was not released, German newspaper Bild released on Sunday the transcript of what it says is on 1.5 hours of audio footage from the cockpit voice recorder. CNN translated the transcript, though pointed out it cannot verify its authenticity.
The transcript allegedly says that Sondenheimer screamed and banged on the locked cockpit door, asking Lubitz: "For God's sake, open the door!" more >>
"Game of Thrones'" Iron Throne aspirant Daenerys Targaryen would have been played by a different actress had Emilia Clarke chosen to accept the role of Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades of Grey."
English actress Emilia Clarke, known as the Mother of Dragons in HBO's epic fantasy miniseries "Game of Thrones," admitted she was offered the part of Anastasia Steele for "Fifty Shades of Grey," but turned it down due to the nudity required.
At that time, Clarke was concerned she would be labeled as an actress specializing in nudity if she signed up to submit to Christian Grey's dominant personality. And while she has appeared in the buff several times during her last four seasons as Daenerys Targaryen, she says she has no regrets turning down the role that won critical acclaim for Dakota Johnson and over $500 million in the box office for the film. more >>
"Game of Thrones" ingénue Maisie Williams admitted to doing her own stunts on HBO's critically acclaimed miniseries.
17-year-old Williams, who plays House Stark's tomboy, Arya for the last four seasons of the show, says she has performed all her stunts in the series, including sword fights with her character's beloved sword, Needle.
Williams, whose portrayal of the fierce and indomitable younger daughter of the doomed House Stark has earned her a large and loyal fan base, told Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday she'd decided to do all her own stunt work for the challenge. more >>