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 >>
Russia's president Vladimir Putin signed into law on Monday a ban on abortion advertisements in the country. The ban was signed as part of a set of laws that seek to tighten the country's advertising restrictions regarding contraception and medicine.
Russian media reported Monday that the purpose of the new legislation is to stem the country's declining population rate. The ban on abortion advertisements was signed as part of the country's Federal Law on Advertising that also bans advertisements for free drug samples if the drugs contain narcotics or psychotropic samples. The law also puts restrictions on advertisements for traditional "folk medicine" in the country, making the illegal practice of folk medicine a misdemeanor.
According to Reuters, Russia's abortion rates are among the highest in the world and termination is one of the most common practices of birth control in the country. Since taking office 14 years ago, Vladimir Putin has made boosting the country's population rate one of his fundamental priorities. more >>
At a mass that marked the end of the Vatican's year-long celebration of the Christian faith, Pope Francis on Sunday unveiled for the first time bone fragments believed to be that of Apostle Peter.
The pope prayed before a jewel box that carried nine pieces of bone – each measuring about an inch long – inside a bronze display case kept beside the altar during the mass at St. Peter's Square on Sunday, according to The Associates Press.
Francis clutched the case in his arms for several minutes after his homily at the mass that was attended by around 1,200 cardinals, patriarchs and archbishops from around the world. more >>
Manchester United will be aiming to make their unbeaten run stretch to 10 when they face Cardiff on Sunday.
David Moyes will be hoping that United's turnaround will continue after starting the season with only two wins in six matches. The Red Devils have won six and drawn three of their past nine matches in all competitions and have gone five games without a loss in the league.
"That's our aim - to still be up there and maybe top or in or around there come the New Year. Then, hopefully, we can kick on," Wayne Rooney told the team's official website. more >>
Manchester City will host Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad on Sunday and will be looking to maintain their perfect league home record.
City have won all five league matches played at home while scoring 20 goals and conceding just two during those matches.
It has been their poor road record that has them in the eighth spot with just one win and a total of four points from six matches leaving them with a total of 19 league points. more >>
Pope Francis has made international headlines once again by showing compassion towards a severely disabled man at a mass in St. Peter's Square, Rome, Italy earlier this week.
After addressing the general audience at St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Pope Francis blessed and embraced a middle-aged man with a severely disfigured face that had large portions of his facial features missing, including his nose and forehead. Evidently, the man sustained a serious injury at some point in his life, but beyond that assumption, no other information on the unidentified man has been given to the media.
At one point in his interaction with the man, Pope Francis was seen pointing to the sky after he gave the stranger a strong hug and a pat on the back. This is the second viral photo showing Francis' compassion for the suffering to circulate in recent weeks. Another photo showing Francis embracing and kissing a man with painful tumors covering his neck and face also went viral two weeks ago. more >>