British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party have reportedly won the general elections, with exit polls putting them on course for narrow-majority. Despite media predictions that the Labour Party would make for strong opposition and force a "hung parliament," Cameron is now set to meet with Queen Elizabeth and accept the mandate to form a government.
The Conservative, also known as the Tory party, looks set to win 331 seats in the next Parliament, BBC News noted on Friday morning, while the Labour Party will have to settle for a projected 232 seats.
"This is the sweetest victory of all," Cameron told supporters Thursday night. "The real reason to celebrate tonight, the real reason to be proud, the real reason to be excited is we are going to get the opportunity to serve our country again." more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has warned that pretending that all faiths are the same or united is "dishonest," and may be helping to fuel religious extremism.
Welby, who leads the Anglican Communion, said that some faith leaders hide behind "bland" and "anaemic" statements about unity and ignore the fact that there are "profound differences" between faiths, according to The Telegraph.
Welby, who was speaking before the Board of Deputies of British Jews in London, told Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders that the rise of persecution and religious violence around the world, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, is a "generational" threat that needs to be tackled with an "alternate vision." more >>
Pope Francis has said that Roman Catholic priests can begin pardoning women who've had abortions and doctors who have performed the procedure starting in 2016, changing long-standing Catholic practice. The Vatican insisted, however, that it continues to look at abortion as a sin.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, announced Francis' decision earlier this week, and said: "The missionaries of mercy are priests sent out by the Holy Father at the beginning of Lent. The Pope is sending them out [to dioceses and parishes] as a tangible sign of how a priest should be a man of pardon, close to everyone ..."
The Irish Times pointed out that Catholic tradition only allows bishops or the pope himself to absolve women of having an abortion, which is a sin that leads to excommunication from the Church. more >>
Italian forensics investigators have used the Shroud of Turin, believed by some to be the burial cloth of Christ, to produce an image of how Jesus might have possibly looked like as a child.
The Independent reported that police generated a photo-fit image from the negative facial image imprinted on the famous shroud. They then used a reversed aging process which included reducing the size of the jaw, raising the chin, and other techniques to produce the image of the young Jesus. Photos released online show the step-by-step reversed aging process used.
The shroud's authenticity has been the subject of much debate and scientific testing. It is recognized by the Vatican as an important relic, but the Roman Catholic Church has never proclaimed its stance on whether the face imprinted in the shroud really belongs to Jesus. more >>
European powers collide in the UEFA Champions League semifinals as Barcelona and Bayern Munich face-off for a place in the tournament finale. The first leg of their match is on May 6, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. and will be at Camp Nou.
Barcelona booked their place in the semifinals by eliminating Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the quarters. Dominating both legs, the Catalans won away from home 3-1, before finish the job at home and winning 2-0 to advance behind a 5-1 aggregate.
They have been excellent in all competitions as they currently lead the Spanish La Liga table by two points over rivals Real Madrid with only a handful of matches remaining. more >>
Only four teams are left in the UEFA Champions League and defending champions Real Madrid are tasked to play Juventus in the tournament semifinals. The first leg of their match is at Juventus Stadium and will be on May 5, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Juventus is looking for their third European title in club history and seem to have the proper players to make a march for the championship.
In the quarters, the Serie A club met French up-and-coming squad Monaco and did a decent job in their home leg, winning 1-0. more >>