Italian atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari has claimed that Pope Francis asked him in one of their interviews not to convert to the Catholic faith, though Catholic observers are noting it is likely the pontiff was being humorous.
The National Catholic Register reported in a story earlier this week that Scalfari, who has interviewed Francis on a number of occasions, spoke last week at the 40th anniversary of his La Repubblica newspaper about his relationship with the Roman Catholic Church leader.
"Many atheist friends have asked me: you now have such affection for Pope Francis that there's a risk you'll convert," he said. more >>
After the grisly Paris attacks, stories of young boys who managed to escape from the hands of the Islamic State went viral online and their tales truly touched the hearts of many.
However, Joanna's story is different not only because she is a girl — a 15-year-old girl — but more so because she initially "wanted" to be in with the terrorists who she thought "loved" and understood her.
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking believes humans might destroy the planet within the next thousand to 10,000 years, and suggests the only way for people to survive is to colonize other planets.
"Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or 10,000 years," Hawking said, according to BBC News.
"By that time we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race," he added. more >>
U.K.'s Carphone Warehouse used to sell the BlackBerry Priv exclusively since the phone was launched in November 2015. They were the only other retailer selling the device outside of Shop BlackBerry, the company's official online store. Recently however, this exclusivity seemed to have ended as the device is now available from other online retailers in the U.K., according to a report in CrackBerry.
The report listed other online retailers such as Mobile Phones Direct and Unlocked Mobiles now carrying the device. UK's mobile carrier, Vodafone, is also selling the device.
Through online retailer Unlocked Mobiles, the device can be bought unlocked and SIM free for only £545 (or $785), which, according to the report, is £14 cheaper than what is on offer at Shop BlackBerry and even Carphone Warehouse. Unlocked Mobiles also has international shipping available, so technically, they can offer the device to other countries where the device is not yet available. The device comes with a two-year warranty. Consumers in the UK can get the device the next day, if they place their order before 5 p.m. the day before. more >>
"Sherlock" season 4 has yet to begin production, but Rupert Graves has already spilled a few hints about a brewing romance between Molly and his character Lestrade.
From the beginning, Molly Hooper's (Louise Brealey) feelings for Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) were already obvious. However, Rupert Graves, who plays Lestrade in "Sherlock," has hinted that his character may be romantically linked with Molly in season 4, according to iDigital Times.
For fans of the Sherlock-Molly love team, this news may come as a big disappointment, the report adds. more >>
Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has claimed that one of the reasons so many Muslims are joining the Islamic State is because they want to escape the world's "godless" embrace of homosexuality.
In the interview, Kirill says: "[ISIS] is creating a civilization that is new by comparison to the established one that is godless, secular and even radical in its secularism," he said. more >>