Days after Pope Francis laid his hands on a young man in a wheelchair in the Vatican and fueled suspicion that he performed an exorcism, the Catholic archdiocese in Madrid is reportedly considering hiring at least eight more trained clergy to help some of the faithful deal with demons.
"The devil exists. That's a fact," a spokeswoman of the Madrid archdiocese told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. She said the one exorcist the diocese has is not enough to deal with the problem.
According to a Spanish-language website, religionenlibertad.com, the number of people asking for help in driving out demons is on the rise due to the country's secularization. more >>
A woman who attempted to "restore" a valuable fresco of Jesus Christ in Spain by painting over it is demanding compensation for her efforts, as her new version of the painting has brought thousands more visitors to the church where the fresco resides.
Cecilia Gimenez, who is in her 80s, walked into the Santuario de Misericordia church in the northeastern city of Borja, Spain, in July and began painting over the famed "Ecce Homo," a century-old mural by painter Elías García Martínez that was deteriorating due to water damage.
Gimenez claimed to have been attempting to restore the painting, although, as BBC News puts it, "the once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic." more >>
The Mobile World Congress, an event traditionally centered around the latest mobile technology of the age, revealed many new gadgets, including a slew of smartphones for HTC and other companies that look fairly impressive.
The first day of the Barcelona-based tech event was dominated by Android, and underscored by HTC's unveiling of their three new smartphones: the HTC One X, HTC One S, and HTC One V.
All three of HTC's newest phones offered the much-sought-after Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. But that's pretty much where the similarities end, as HTC seems to be marketing each phone to a different demographic. more >>
A small fold-up car designed in Spain's Basque country debuted on Tuesday to curb city pollution and clutter. The car will be available in European cities in 2013, according to Agence France-Presse.
The car, named "Hiriko," the Basque word for "urban," is an electric two-seater with the motor built under the wheels. The Hiriko, which has no doors, folds up like a child's convertible stroller for convenient parking, a common problem in the city.
The car's four wheels pivot at right angles to allow sideways parking in small spaces. more >>
A judge in southern Spain recently dropped charges against a homeschooling family, relieving the family's fears that they might have to send their son back to public school.
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), a Purcellville, Va.-based organization that seeks to preserve parents' right to homeschool their children, helped the Gonzalez family with the case by providing a petition and a brief that they say had a major impact on the case's presiding judge.
"The least likely outcome was that the judge would rule in their favor immediately," said Michael Donnelly, director of International Relations for the HSLDA, during an interview with The Christian Post on Friday. more >>
Large corporates such as PlayStation’s Sony and credit card giant MasterCard, which were thrown into frenzy after their servers were allegedly hacked, may have a good reason to scout the Spanish police officers responsible for tracking and finally capturing three alleged perpetrators.
According to the Spanish police, the three individuals arrested Friday are suspects to the group Anonymous who carried out the widely-known hacking of Sony’s PlayStation Network as well as government institutions and other renowned businesses including Spain’s second largest bank, BBVA.
The identities of the three suspects are yet to be released by the Spanish police who claimed to have also apprehended a server the hackers used to coordinate and execute the attacks, a device that can play out as solid evidence, according to the BBC. more >>