Pope Francis, who returned from Greece with 12 Syrian Muslim refugees, on Sunday spoke of a Syrian Christian "martyr" who was murdered by terrorists for refusing to renounce her faith, in a speech in St Peter's Square.
"He is Muslim, and he told me that he married a Christian girl," the Pope said, of one of the more than 300 Syrian refugees he met on the Aegean island of Lesbos in Greece on Saturday, according to Sky News. "They loved each other and respected each other."
The pope continued, "But unfortunately the young woman's throat was slashed by terrorists because she didn't want to deny Christ and abandon her faith." more >>
Longtime German world boxing champion Felix Sturm surprised himself and his fans after announcing that he tested positive for a type of anabolic steroid after his super middleweight title match victory against Fedor Chudinov last Feb. 20.
The 37-year old was tested and revealed to have the steroid Hydro-XY Stanozolol in his A sample, which was obtained right after his majority decision win. According to AFP, the German super middleweight champ is facing a two-year ban should the B sample come back with a positive result. And because he's already at the twilight of his career, there's a good chance this is the end of the line for him.
He however vehemently denies doing anything wrong, saying that he never cheated his entire career. "I'll definitely have the B sample opened," he said. "I have had my blood and urine tested hundreds of times. Nothing has ever been found. I have an absolutely clear conscience," the boxer added. more >>
Pope Francis has called a Christian woman a "martyr" after she was brutally killed by Islamist radicals for refusing to deny her faith in Jesus Christ.
BosNewsLife reported that Francis was made aware of the case during his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, where he spoke with the young woman's widower.
"He is Muslim, and he told me that he married a Christian girl," the pope explained. "They loved each other and respected each other. But unfortunately the young woman's throat was slashed by terrorists because she didn't want to deny Christ and abandon her faith." more >>
After his five-hour visit to Greece, Pope Francis took three families of Syrian Muslim refugees, including six children, back to Rome aboard the papal plane on Saturday.
The pontiff met refugees in a fenced complex on the Aegean island of Lesbos in Greece, where adults and children broke down in tears before him, according to Reuters.
"The Pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying on his plane to Rome three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people in all, including six children," the Vatican said in a statement. more >>
On Vladimir Putin's annual question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, the Russian president heaped praise on U.S. President Barack Obama for admitting that he made a mistake in analyzing the issue on Libya.
According to ABC News, Putin said, "It once again confirms that the current U.S. president is a decent man because to say such a thing is not easy," referring to Obama's recent statement that his administration made a huge mistake following the fall of Libya's former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.
It turns out that Putin still admires the man despite the many controversies surrounding his relationship with the United States. He went on commend Obama's "courage" in terms of admitting an administrative mistake that many leaders cannot. "Only a strong man could have done that," he said. more >>
As the only quarterfinal matchup to end in a draw in the first leg, both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have everything to play for in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League battle.
The matchup at Anfield will be on April 14, 2016 at 3:05 PM ET.
Easily the most anticipated matchup among the four, both teams have had successes and are the most popular among the crop. more >>