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 >>
One of three Spanish clubs still left in the UEFA Europa League will travel to the Generali Arena as Villarreal play Sparta Prague in the second leg of the quarterfinals.
To be played on April 14, 2016, the game kicks off at 3:05 PM ET.
Only one team among the two squads will move on in the semifinals and this is still a very close tie that can go either way with a goal on either side. more >>
Expect the Donbass Arena to be filled up with Shakhtar Donetsk fans as their team hosts Sporting Braga in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.
The matchup is on April 14, 2016 at 3:05 PM ET.
Whoever wins this two-legged battle will gain a seat in the semi-finals of the competition, and with the aggregate currently at 2-1 in favour of Shakhtar, they hold a slight advantage. more >>