The Church of England has apologized and spoke of its "deep shame and regret" on Wednesday after former Bishop of Gloucester Peter Ball was sentenced to 36 months in prison for sexually abusing 18 young men between 1977 and 1992.
"There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systematic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades," a CofE spokesman said.
"We apologise unreservedly to those survivors of Peter Ball's abuse and pay tribute to their bravery in coming forward and also the long wait for justice that they have endured," the statement continued. more >>
With the ongoing crisis in handling migrants crossing into Turkey before landing into European Union (EU) states, the European Commission said it would be adding new incentives to the aid program for refugee camps in Turkey to help lessen the burdens.
Along with the additional financial assistance to be offered, the EU will also loosen the bands on visa restrictions to help the immigrants have more qualifying rights in their asylum applications.
While the action plan is awaiting reception from Turkey, it does not address some requests made by the country's president. On the other hand, the EU insists that the plan would "strengthen its capacity to combat migrant smuggling," addressing the issues that many of the migrants are engaged in smuggling. more >>
Tensions over the refugee crisis in Germany have been rising this week with major protests against Chancellor Angela Merkel's vow to take in at least 800,000 refugees from Syria and the Middle East. Close to 9,000 members of the anti-migrant PEGIDA movement marched in Dresden earlier this week, while Merkel was mocked by a German TV channel that depicted her wearing an Islamic headscarf.
"I am convinced that Mrs.Merkel's politics are against national interests. I'm very disturbed about that. It's almost treason. She has forgotten the oath she gave when she was sworn in," said PEGIDA supporter Max Haupt, according to EuroNews.
EarActiv Germany reported that the marches, organized by the "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident" group drew 9,000 participants, while Deutsche Welle added that a previous march last week gathered together another 7,500. more >>
Imagine ... the next great competitive sport: Jelly Tennis. Yes, you read that right.
Gav and Dan of Merry Old England, widely known as "The Slo Mo Guys," have experimented with hitting discs of jelly with a tennis racket. A little too much time on their hands? Maybe.
The Slo Mo Guys said that they were inspired to perform their latest experiment by a recent image on the website Reddit, and wanted to see how far they could take the idea. more >>
Eva Brunne, the world's first openly lesbian bishop, has called for a church in Stockholm, Sweden, to remove all signs of the cross, and instead build an Islamic prayer room in order to welcome Muslims. Several other Christian leaders in Sweden have criticized the suggestion.
"Leasing a room to people of other faiths, does not mean that we are not defenders of our own faith. Priests are called to proclaim Christ. We do that every day and in every meeting with people. But that does not mean that we are hostile toward people of other faiths," Brunne, the bishop of Stockholm, explains on her website, according to SVT.
Thousands of refugees from the crisis in Syria and the Middle East have been making their way through Europe into Western states. Christian leaders, such as Pope Francis, have called on parishes across the continent to open up their doors and welcome in refugee families. more >>
The UK has been turning its clocks an hour back before winter for a long time, but there are still those who do not know when and why the Daylight Saving Time (DST) is being implemented.
The Daylight Saving Time 2015 in the UK is bound to begin on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 a.m. At that hour, all clocks in the United Kingdom will be turned an hour back to coincide with the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), according to the Courier.
Daylight Saving Time is also called the British Summer Time (BST). Clocks in the UK were set an hour ahead on March 30 this year and they will be reset once again in autumn to allow people to make the most out of the time when daylight is present, the Liverpool Echo reports. more >>