The United Reformed Church in the U.K. has voted overwhelmingly for allowing gay couples to marry in religious ceremonies in its building, becoming the largest British Christian organization to make that decision.
BBC News reported that Quakers, Unitarians, and other small denominations have already made the move to embrace U.K.'s legalization of same-sex marriage, but with its 60,000 members, the URC is the largest group to join these ranks.
Pastor Saeed Abedini spoke before 100,000 people in Paris at the National Council of Resistance of Iran rally on Saturday, where he vowed that through faith in Jesus Christ, the "resurrection of the Iranian people" is coming soon.
"My presence here proves that each act of resistance will be a victory. A victory for freedom. The message of God in the Bible says that we should resist the face of tyranny," a smiling Abedini told the giant crowd.
The American pastor spent three and a half years in Iranian prison for his Christian faith, before finally being released in January as part of a hostage-prisoner exchange. In prison, he was beaten and pressured to renounce his Christian faith, but he refused to do so. more >>
Cristiano Ronaldo shed tears of joy as he lifted the Euro 2016 trophy after Portugal's victory over France in a highly emotional final on July 10th. It was Portugal's first major trophy and despite leaving the game early due to a sustained knee injury, Ronaldo's spirit was ever present throughout the game.
According to a report, Antoine Griezmann already considers Cristiano Ronaldo as deserving the Ballon d'Or award. That's a good educated opinion since many wouldn't argue that Ronaldo is undeserving of such recognition after he helped his team, Real Madrid, win the Champions League and helped lead Portugal through the Euro 2016 to end the tournament with the highest glory.
Ronaldo is now probably getting ready to celebrate his victory at home in addition to his renewed fame and popularity but for those who aren't from Portugal or aren't Portugal fans here we provide another more relevant celebration: the Top 10 Goals of the tournament. more >>
On the morning of June 24, the world awoke to a changed Europe. With the so-called 'Brexit' referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union, and as such, the EU lost one of its most important member nations. Almost immediately, there were calls from France, Italy, and the Netherlands to hold similar referenda, jeopardizing the entire EU experiment.
While a number of scholars and commentators have interpreted the Brexit as indicative of the wave of nationalism that is sweeping Europe and much of the world, many have missed the significance of this wave for a resurgent conservative traditionalism in the West.
It is most certainly the case that the world is going through a radical realignment along nationalist and provincialist lines. From Bosnia to Chechnya, Rwanda and Barundi, from South Sudan to Scotland, populations have been turning increasingly inward for civic and cultural identity. more >>
These are the top 10 goals of the UEFA Euro 2016 based on votes as per Skysports. Cristiano Ronaldo, Dimitri Payet, Hal Robson-Kanu are all featured in this best goals list. Is there any other goal that missing in this list? If so, let us know. Good goals may result from the final match between Portugal and France tomorrow and if that does happen, we'll make sure to add them here. The videos of the best 10 goals of the tournament so far are featured down below.
Preview of Euro 2016 Final: Portugal vs. France
With France and Portugal in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final, the championship clinching moment is quite close as France has had a better streak between the two nations: Wins – 18, Draws – 1, Losses – 5. They won the previous 10 games between the two, with France ending in 1-0 in their favor. Although perhaps Portugal can finally let the ghost of their 2004 final defeat rest easy as Portugal's 2-0 win in the semi-finals against Wales was it's first at that level. more >>
The next U.K. prime minister will be a woman, results from the Members of Parliament ballot confirmed on Thursday, with the battle for the Conservative Party leadership set to be between Home Secretary Theresa May and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom.
BBC News reported that May won the second MPs ballot with 199 votes, while Leadsom picked up 84 of the votes. Justice Secretary Michael Gove dropped out of the race after receiving only 46 votes, leaving May and Leadsom in a head-to-head battle for the post that David Cameron is vacating.
Five Conservative contenders had initially been campaigning for Cameron's post, but that number is now down to two, with results expected to be announced on Sept. 9. more >>