The Vatican has clarified that despite the much-publicized private meeting between Pope Francis and Kentucky clerk Kim Davis last week in Washington, D.C., the meeting should not be equated to the pontiff giving his support for Davis' position on refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
"The pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects," wrote Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the head of the Holy See Press Office, in a statement released by the Vatican on Friday.
Lombardi added that Davis was only one of several dozen people the pope privately met during his week in the U.S., and it would be incorrect to read too much into the brief encounters. more >>
Katherine Waterston, who was recently announced as cast in "Harry Potter" spinoff, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," has released some hints about the film.
American actress Katherine Waterston, who plays the role of Tina, one of two sisters in the Warner Bros. adaptation of fantasy guidebook, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," has revealed some details about the upcoming "Harry Potter" spinoff that's scheduled to hit theaters late next year.
Co-starring with Oscar winner, Eddie Redmayne, who plays lead character Newt Scamander, Waterston revealed the movie has been in production for over a month and it is set in New York in the 1920's, 70 years before the events that occurred in the "Harry Potter" movies. more >>
Scientists in the United Kingdom have finally solved the mystery of why some lifetime smokers have healthier lungs compared with their non-smoking counterparts.
British scientists conducted a study involving 50,000 respondents between ages 40 and 60 and found out that genetics has something to do with a person's risk of having smoking-related diseases. This is why some people who have been smoking for most of their life appear to have lesser risk of contracting lung diseases compared with non-smoking people of the same age bracket, according to the Daily Caller (DC).
The British scientists took a closer look at smoking and non-smoking individuals, and those with and without Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Then, they compared those traits with 28 million genetic variants found in all of the study's respondents, the report details. more >>
Both Manchester City and Newcastle United try to break their winless run as they meet at the Etihad Stadium in the English Premier League.
The match is on October 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM ET.
In the league table, City are currently second in the league with 15 points and are only one point behind leaders Manchester United, while Newcastle are 19th and are only one point ahead of Sunderland. more >>
With both teams looking to enter double digits on points, defending champions Chelsea host Southampton at Stamford Bridge in the English Premier League.
The match is on October 3, 2015 at 12:30 PM ET.
Looking at the league table, Southampton are 10th in the league with nine points, while Chelsea are surprisingly in the bottom half of the table in 14th place and only have eight points after seven matches. more >>
An official of the Russian Orthodox Church believes Russia is fighting a "holy battle" in Syria.
The Kremlin launched a series of airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, reportedly against the brutal Islamic State terror goup, but U.S. officials have said the strikes were actually inflicted against CIA-backed Syrian rebels opposed to dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Church's public affairs department, was quoted by Interfax News Agency as saying that Russia's airstrikes in the embattled Middle Eastern country were a holy endeavor. more >>