Terror group ISIS is planning to send members of an all-female police force to attack Christian holy sites in Europe, a Syrian military expert has said, identifying the Vatican as one possible target of the attacks.
Fahad Al-Masri, the president of the Centre for Strategy, Military and Security Studies in Syria, shared with the MailOnline on Monday that members of the infamous Al-Khansaa Brigade are planning to disguise themselves as tourists in Europe so that they can carry out the attacks.
"This is the first time women will be used in these operations. It will be a surprise for the European authorities who look for men. Women are not as difficult as men to sneak into countries and there are many European women in the Al-Khansaa Brigade — like French and British — which makes it easier for them to get in undetected," Al-Masri said. more >>
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the senior Roman Catholic official in the U.K., is praising immigration for reviving the Christian faith in a "weary, western secularized culture."
According to The Telegraph, the loss of citizens who identified as Christian is being bolstered by 1.2 million foreign-born Christians living in the U.K., including many Evangelicals who hail from Africa and Polish-born Roman Catholics.
Nichols believes the wave of immigration is not only providing vigor to fledgling churches but helping native-born Brits to reclaim their own "wellsprings of faith." more >>
Several Western world leaders and the government of Iran have reached a historic deal which is set to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani have both praised the deal, calling it a "new chapter."
"Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States together with the international community has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon," Obama said on Tuesday morning from the White House.
Obama added that "every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off" for Iran. more >>
Kensington Palace released four official photos of the royal christening of Princess Charlotte, which took place at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on July 5.
Members of the royal family gathered in Norfolk on Sunday to witness the baptism of Charlotte, formally known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, who is the 2-month-old daughter of Kate Middleton and Prince William. World renowned photographer, Mario Testino, who was the late Princess Diana's favorite photographer, was asked to shoot photography after the ceremony at Sandringham House, Queen Elizabeth II's private Norfolk residence.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their whole family had a wonderful day on Sunday and were delighted to share the special occasion with the thousands of people who came to Sandringham," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "They are very happy to share these photographs and hope that everyone enjoys them as much as they do." more >>
Good news for 1 million U.K. students and educators alike. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently unveiled the final design of its Micro Bit computer, a pocket-sized computer that BBC wants young students to use in order to learn about technology in general and coding in particular. The device will be distributed to 1 million UK-based children in October for free.
The device, which measures 4 cm by 5 cm, also features a programmable array of red LED lights with two buttons and a built-in motion sensor. It also comes with a power pack where two AA batteries are fitted, which completes the standalone package.
A detailed description of the device is available on Engadget: "These include 25 red LEDs, which can show messages and facilitate games, two programmable buttons, an on-board accelerometer and magnetometer. The device also offers Bluetooth LE connectivity, a microUSB slot and five input and output (I/O) rings that can be hooked up with crocodile clips and 4mm banana plugs." more >>
Ulf Ekman, the former leader of evangelical megachurch Word of Life in Sweden, reflected on his first year as a member of the Roman Catholic Church with his wife following his conversion, and said that things started to make sense for them after the reception. Ekman revealed that the Blessed Virgin Mary led him and his wife to the Catholic Church, and said that loving Jesus means to love the Church.
"It was a real experience for us. It was like several missing pieces fell into place, and so much started to make sense. There was a deep sense of 'arriving' that came to us," Ekman explained in an interview with The National Catholic Register, talking about the reception with his wife, Birgitta, into the Church on May 21, 2014.
"It has been a wonderful year that we will never forget as long as we live. We feel very much at home in the Church and are grateful to the Lord. It has also been an intense year, due to the ongoing media coverage in Scandinavia. We have gained some wonderful new friends, but, like Blessed John Henry Newman said, it has also been a time of 'parting of friends,'" he added. more >>