A British doctor who was fired from a hospital in England's West Midlands because of a prayer he sent to coworkers has lost his second appeal for wrongful termination this week.
Dr. David Drew, 65, had tried to convince an appeals court that he was fired from his post as a consultant pediatrician at Walsall Healthcare NHS (National Healthcare System) Trust in 2010 because he had been acting as a whistleblower against budget cuts that he argued put patient safety at risk. The hospital and two employment appeal tribunals argued, however, that Drew had been fired because he had refused to conform to the hospital's guidelines regarding religion.
Pope Francis has condemned the "idolatry of big businesses" and the global economy for high levels of unemployment, but offered hope to people struggling to find jobs during a recent trip to one of Italy's poorest regions.
"It's easy to say 'don't lose hope,''' the leader of the Roman Catholic Church told close to 20,000 employed and unemployed workers in Sardinia's capital in Cagliari, Vatican Radio reported. "But to all of you who have work, and to those who don't, let me tell you: Don't let yourselves be robbed of hope.''
Angela Merkel, a pastor's daughter, the world's most powerful woman, and second most powerful person behind President Barack Obama, romped her way to a resounding victory on Sunday to become Germany's chancellor for a third consecutive term with her center-right Christian Democratic Union Party in tow.
Merkel's CDU party fell just five seats short of securing an absolute majority after secured 41.5 percent of the votes in Sunday's election, which she described as "super," according to an NBC News report.
"This is a super result," Merkel said to cheering supporters after the win noted as the best since German reunification in 1990. "Together, we will do all we can to make the next four years successful ones for Germany." more >>
Pope Francis said he opposes abortion as per the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, clarifying that his remarks on abortion in an interview this past week were meant only to convey the message that some social issues need not be repeated constantly.
"Every child that isn't born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord," the pope said, speaking to a group of Catholic gynaecologists, on Friday.
Pope Francis denounced the "throw-away culture" that condones disposing of lives, according to CBS News. He added that doctors were being forced to "not respect life." more >>
Dirk and Petra Wunderlich were reunited with their children Thursday after they were taken by their German government because the Wunderlichs homeschooled. The Wunderlichs had to agree to send their kids to public school before their kids were returned to them.
On Aug. 29, armed police officers raided the Wunderlich's home and forcibly took their four children, ages 7 to 14. There were no accusations of abuse nor neglect. The Wunderlich's were homeschooling their kids, in violation of German law.
The case has gained attention in the United States through the efforts of the Home School Legal Defense Association, which has been assisting the Wunderlichs. HSLDA encouraged its supporters to contact German officials and relay their support for the Wunderlichs. An article on the HSLDA website claims that thousands of Americans contacted the German embassy to complain about how the Wunderlichs were treated. HSLDA hopes that their efforts will "change Germany's attitude ... by embarrassing the authorities." more >>