Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis has asked Christians of other traditions to forgive Catholics who have offended them in the past, and called on Catholics to offer the same in return.
"As Bishop of Rome and pastor of the Catholic Church, I want to ask for mercy and forgiveness for the behavior of Catholics towards Christians of other Churches which has not reflected Gospel values," Francis said at the closing Vespers of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the Basilica of St. Paul earlier this week.
"At the same time, I invite all Catholic brothers and sisters to forgive if they, today or in the past, have been offended by other Christians. We cannot cancel out what has happened, but we do not want to let the weight of past faults continue to contaminate our relationships." more >>
"Vikings" season 4 is all set to premiere on Feb. 18, and the new installment is expected to pick up from where the previous season left off.
History Channel originally ordered 16 episodes for "Vikings" season 4, but the network has just added another four episodes for Michael Hirst's series. The Irish-Canadian historical drama TV series will be aired every Thursday for 10 weeks and will have a short hiatus before the remaining episodes are shown, according to the Lawyer Herald.
Based on the latest spoilers for "Vikings" season 4, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) will come home to Kattegat seriously ill after his epic victory in the battle in Paris. The possibility of his death will jolt Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland), Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), and other potential successors to the throne, the report details. more >>
The reason why five Romanian Pentecostal children were seized from their parents in November by Norwegian child services is because authorities used the fact that parents disciplined their children with spankings to charge them with child abuse, an activist close to the situation says.
Lawyer Peter Costea, the president of the Alliance for Romania's Families who has been in frequent communication with the family and its lawyers and has access to court records, told The Christian Post on Monday that court documents indicate that the five children of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were taken from their parents' custody on Nov. 16, 2015, because the children told investigators that their parents spanked them as a disciplinary measure.
Costea explained that on Nov. 16, the Bodnariu's two daughters got into a fight on the bus while on the way to school and the oldest daughter was then questioned by the school's principal how they were being treated by the parents at home. more >>
A top executive at Google has suggested that IS' access to the Internet be blocked to stop the terror group from using the Web as a propaganda platform.
While speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London Monday, Jared Cohen, Google's head of ideas, suggested that IS has taken advantage of social media platforms as a recruitment tool, especially for young, impressionable westerners.
Cohen said a "short-term win" for this problem would be to force IS to be contained to the "dark web," thus making it more difficult for Internet users to come into contact with the terrorist organization and risk being recruited to join its ranks. more >>
In what could be one of the most dreadful news this week in the United Kingdom, three British travelers have been infected with the Zika virus, health officials have confirmed.
The Public Health England website said, "As of January 2016, three cases associated with travel to Colombia, Suriname and Guyana have been diagnosed in UK travelers." This is the first time news about the virus reaching the U.K. has emerged, fueling fear among some nationals.
According to CNN, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has warned pregnant women from traveling to the following regions: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Hait, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Suriname, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, after it was revealed earlier that Zika is being linked to microcephaly among newborns in Brazil. more >>
Vatican officials have offered a homeless woman one year of free housing after she gave birth near St. Peter's Square this week in the freezing cold.
The homeless woman, whose name has not been revealed to the public, gave birth on a piece of cardboard near St. Peter's Square at around 2 a.m. Wednesday in zero-degree weather. She was noticed and offered help by a Vatican patrol car shortly after giving birth.
"When I got close I saw that the baby was already born and was still attached by the umbilical cord to the mother," Maria Capone, one of the officers who noticed the woman in the cold, told The Associated Press. "With my colleagues we tried to warm them up. We covered them with our uniform jackets." more >>