A British man who has been accused of keeping three women as slaves, reportedly claimed he was Jesus to his followers.
The headquarters of sect-leader Aravindan Balakrishnan, 73, and his wife, Chanda, was raided last week by London police, who have accused the couple of holding an Irish woman, 57, a Malaysian, 69 and a Brit, 30, against their will.
Balakrishan, believed to have immigrated to the U.K. from Malaysia with his wife in the 1960's, was the head of the Workers' Institute of Marxism Leninism Tse-tung Thought, a school that allegedly tried to "bring about world domination for China." more >>
Christian persecution and the cultural fear of public expressions of faith are signs of the end times, Pope Francis declared in a homily on Thursday.
"You must obey the orders which come from worldly powers – You can do many things, beautiful things, but not adore God. Worship is prohibited – this is at the center of the end of time," Pope Francis said in his daily homily in the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse. Once we "reach the fullness of this pagan attitude…truly the Son of Man will come in a cloud with great power and glory," Francis declared, according to the Albany Tribune.
The pope preached on Jesus' speech in Luke 21 about the end times. In that passage, Jesus foretells the destruction of Jerusalem, and trials and tribulations that precede the end times. more >>
Results of a sweeping, once-a-decade poll of 15,000 Britons, show that adults aged 16-44 were having sex less than five times a month, and the authors of the study believe the pressures of modern life may be affecting how frequently people have sex.
"People are worried about their jobs, worried about money. They are not in the mood for sex," said one of the authors of the study published in The Lancet, Dr. Cath Mercer of the University College London, in a BBC report.
"But we also think modern technologies are behind the trend too. People have tablets and smartphones and they are taking them into the bedroom, using Twitter and Facebook, answering emails." more >>
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled on Wednesday against the Christian owners of a bed and breakfast hotel who refused to allow a gay couple to stay.
"Sexual orientation is a core component of a person's identity which requires fulfillment through relationships with others of the same orientation," explained Lade Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court, according to The Guardian.
"Homosexuals can enjoy the same freedom and the same relationships as any others. But we should not under-estimate the continuing legacy of those centuries of discrimination, persecution even, which is still going on in many parts of the world," Hale added in the decision. more >>
After a very public conversion process to become an ordained deacon in the Church of England just 13 months ago, CNN International business anchor Charles Hodson has been defrocked after confessing to an adulterous affair with one of his parishioners.
"The events in question took place more than half a year ago," noted Hodson in statement reported in the Times.
"In February 2013 I started an adulterous relationship with a woman, and two months later declared the relationship to my wife, my vicar and my diocese, requesting that I should not be ordained priest. I have not acted as a minister or worn my clerical collar since 21 April," he explained. more >>
In his first major written work as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis denounced the world's "tyrannical" economic system while urging further support for the poor, arguing that the church must be poor and be for the poor.
Francis criticized "ideologies that defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation," which he attributed to an "idolatry of money" – much like he has done in the past, when he blasted the free market system and claimed that a global "cult of money" was holding the world captive.
The Vatican leader added in his 50,000-word "apostolic exhortation" that the current economic system is "unjust at its root." more >>