Pope Francis has spoken out on his famous remark in 2013 when he said "Who am I to judge?" about gay people, by clarifying that Christians can show them the way and walk with them, but insisted that the Church does not condemn people.
Francis' thoughts were included in a new interview book titled The Name of God is Mercy, to be released in 80 countries on Tuesday, which will include his reflections on a number of other issues concerning the Roman Catholic Church as well.
Catholic website Crux reported that Francis said he was "paraphrasing by heart the Catechism of the Catholic Church" when he told reporters at an event at the Vatican in 2013: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" more >>
In a New Year's Day blog post that crushed the hearts of many "A Song of Ice and Fire" fans, "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin revealed that "The Winds of Winter," the sixth novel in the epic fantasy novel series on which HBO's top-rated TV show is based, will not be published before the sixth season of "Thrones" premieres in April.
"You wanted an update. Here's the update. You won't like it," Martin began, before announcing, "'The Winds Of Winter' is not finished."
The 67-year-old novelist, who also serves as co-executive producer on "Game of Thrones," expressed his sadness and disappointment, saying, "Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words." The author went on to express his regret over letting his editors, publishers, agents, and fans down and revealed that he had been looking forward to completing the book and delivering it for publication before 2015 came to a close. more >>
A former Brazilian feminist turned pro-life activist has apologized to Christians for kissing a woman on top of a cross during a topless protest in front of a Rio De Janeiro church in 2014 and has expressed a desire to return to church for the first time since she was 14.
Sara Fernanda Giromin, who was previously known by the alias "Sara Winter," founded the feminist group Femen Brazil in 2012 and helped lead countless topless feminist protests in the country that called for LGBT rights and the legalization of elective abortion, which is still illegal in Brazil.
One of the protests organized by Giromin included a rally in front of the Church of Our Lady of Candelária located in Rio De Janeiro in January of 2014. During the protest, a mostly naked Giromin was photographed kissing another mostly naked woman while they were laying on top of a cross that was laid on the ground in front of the church. The photo was shared widely on social media. more >>
In a video promoting the upcoming release of his book, Unashamed, Reach Records rapper Lecrae tells fans he's going to reveal the greatest regret of his life.
He not only shares that secret, along with the craziest thing that's ever happend to him, but within the 208-page book, set to release on May 3, he reveals intimate details about his difficult past, including childhood abuse, struggles with drugs and alcohol, bouts of depression, and a suicide attempt.
The book is named after a scripture Lecrae and his fellow Reach Record rappers often proclaim, which is Roman 1:16: "For I am unashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." The verse is also the inspiration behind their name, 116 clique. more >>
Author and writer George R.R. Martin is under a lot of pressure for the release of his next novel, "The Winds of Winter," especially since the next season of the popular medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones" is about to kick off. Fans of the novel series "A Song of Fire and Ice" as well as that of "Game of Thrones" have been eagerly waiting for the next installment in the series.
The author, according to a report in Tech Times, has pointed the blame to "distractions" – because of the popularity of "Game of Thrones" and his own, as he has been involved in so many things that has kept him from focusing on the novel.
Martin mentioned several reasons for the delay when he sat down for an interview during a film festival at his independent movie theater in Santa Fe. He said that most of what he has done so far, especially those that have become very popular and in demand, often "creates problems" because it "creates distraction." more >>
While many American teenagers hold a positive opinion of the Bible, most don't regularly read it, according to survery results released by the American Bible Society.
"Sixty-nine percent of teens believe the Bible contains everything one needs to know to live a meaningful life; 89 percent of teens believe the Bible is a sacred text; and 44 percent of teens believe the Bible has too little influence in society," Andrew Hood, director of communications at the American Bible Society, told The Christian Post.
"On the other hand, teens are not very engaged with the Bible. Only 64 percent of teens read the Bible three or four times a year or less; 71 percent of teens said they are too busy. When teens do read the Bible, 76 percent said they are influenced 'a lot' by it." more >>