As the removal of five Romanian Pentecostal kids from their parents' custody over spanking allegations has enraged thousands of global supporters, some Christian leaders in Norway are combating the notion that parental and religious freedoms are being violated by the Norwegian government.
As The Christian Post has extensively reported, the five children of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were removed from their parents custody on Nov. 16. after a school principal told Norwegian authorities about their oldest daughter's allegation that her parents spanked her and her siblings as a form of discipline.
As spanking and other forms of physical punishment are considered illegal under Norwegian law, the Barnevernet (Norway's child services agency) placed the five children of the Romanian Pentecostal migrant couple in three separate foster homes while their parents have been granted limited visitation rights. more >>
An evangelical Christian couple from the U.K., who were fined in 2015 for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding, have insisted that they do not hate gay people, and said that they refused to make the cake "out of love for God."
The Christian Institute, which represents Daniel and Amy McArthur, said that the couple remain firm in their beliefs despite their Ashers Baking Company being found guilty in May 2015 of discrimination for refusing to make a cake featuring the "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie with a pro same-sex marriage slogan, that was to be used for a gay wedding.
"It was clear we did not hate anyone. We didn't want to discriminate against anyone. We did what we did because of our Christian beliefs. It's done out of love for God, to obey Him," Daniel McArthur said in a video. more >>
No human condition is unworthy of God's love, Pope Francis said Sunday while speaking from St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.
The pope made his comments on Sunday during the International Day of Leprosy, telling the crowd gathered at St. Peter's Square that "No human condition constitutes grounds for exclusion from the heart of the Father."
"The only privilege in the eyes of God is to not have privilege, to have no protectors and to surrender oneself into his hands," the pope added. more >>
As many as 15,000 supporters rallied at protests held in eight cities around the globe on Saturday to continue putting pressure on the Norwegian government to release five Romanian Pentecostal children who were removed from their parents based on abuse allegations.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, the five children of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were removed from their parents' custody last Nov. 16 after the principal from the school the Bodnarius' two daughters attended notified authorities of her concern that the children were being spanked by their parents at home as a form of discipline.
All five children, who range from age nine to four months, were placed into three separate foster homes by the Barnevernet (Norway's child protection services) and their parents have been given limited visitation rights. more >>
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio met with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week where the two exchanged environment-message gifts.
Vatican Radio noted that DiCaprio, who has been an outspoken activist for the environment, gave the pontiff an art book from Dutch Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch, alongside a check for his charity. more >>
"Sherlock" season 4 is still about a year away from its premiere, but rumors and speculations about the upcoming series are already flying left and right, and one of them is about Tom Hiddleston being cast as the third Holmes in the series.
In season 3, Mycroft talked to politicians about Sherlock's punishment, and his audience suspected that he could be biased toward his brother. In one of his lines, he insinuated that there might be another Holmes, according to Crossmap.
"You know what happened with the other one," said Mycroft at the time. more >>