One thing fans learned about Michael Schumacher, aside from the fact that he's one of the best if not the best Formula 1 driver ever, is that he didn't really put himself into the limelight. Most popular athletes thrive in the cameras and newspapers, but he was quite a private person. That's probably why his family also is requesting that the media should give him a break, at least for now as he still is recovering from the freak skiing accident in 2013.
Schumacher is recovering in their home in Lausanne, and several sources are saying that as of the moment, he still can't walk or talk. The media blackout was reportedly a request that came from his wife, Corinna.
Recently, FIA president Jean Todt, who by the way is a good friend of Schumacher, revealed some good news about the condition of the racing legend. According to him, he is "still fighting" despite several reports claiming that there hasn't been any progress. more >>
Hate crimes against Christians in Europe are given poor attention, the Holy See delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said.
On Nov. 17, Monsignor Janusz Urbanczyk, the representative of the Holy See to the OSCE, recently delivered a statement on hate crimes. He said these types of crimes committed against Christians in Europe are under-reported, under-recorded, and under-prosecuted, according to Vatican Radio.
The statement comes after police released figures that reflected the increasing number of hate crimes against Muslims in London. Monsignor Urbanczyk pointed out that not enough attention is also being given to similar crimes committed against Christians, and these incidents are "more numerous" than the attacks on Muslims, Christian Today reports. more >>
Russian Orthodox Church Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev has called Islamic State militants "servants of Satan," in a call for Russia and France to unite in the battle against terrorism.
Metropolitan Hilarion, who is head of the department for external relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, wrote that IS terrorists "are servants of Satan, even if they use religious slogans to cover their monstrous crimes," Fides News Agency reported.
"Russia and France were allies during the last great war and defeated the Brown Plague (Nazism, ed) together. Now we must together oppose the plague of international terrorism for the sake of the future of our nations," he added. more >>
French authorities confirmed Thursday morning that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks last week, was killed during a raid in the capital on Wednesday.
A large anti-terror raid on a Paris suburb left two people dead, reports revealed on Wednesday, with the first confirmed victim identified as a woman who blew herself up in the attack.
Authorities did not immediately reveal the identity of the second person who was killed, but BBC News reported on Thursday that the Paris prosecutor confirmed the man's identity as Abaaoud, the 27-year old Belgian national who is believed to have been the ringleader. more >>
The husband of one of the French women killed in the Paris terror attacks last week has posted a letter to the militants that has gone viral online, telling them that they will "not have my hatred."
Antoine Leiris posted the letter in French earlier this week on Facebook, in which he talks about the death of his wife, 35-year-old Hélène Muyal, who died during the mass shooting at the Bataclan concert hall.
"Downton Abbey" seemed to have banished traces of God and Christianity from all its episodes, and historical advisor Alastair Bruce revealed why.
Many "Downton Abbey" fans noticed that no traces of Christianity or any religion could be seen on the show. This is because the executive producers of the series have instructed Alastair Bruce not to incorporate any religious element into the series, according to The Telegraph.
Bruce has spent several years trying to create the perfect 1912 setting for "Downton Abbey" and this responsibility covers house decors, conversations, and costumes, but he was strictly forbidden to include religion in the series. For this reason, viewers have never seen the Crawley family about to sit down to dinner and say grace, Christian Today reports. more >>