Prince Charles expressed concerns over a bill that seeks to change the rules surrounding the Royal line of succession in Britain, saying that allowing royal members to marry Roman Catholics might undermine the Church of England.
The British monarch, who is currently in line to inherit the throne from his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, has stated that the bill was "rushed" and that it might have "unintended consequences," CBC reported. Only Protestants have been able to serve as king or queen since the signing of the Act of Settlement, passed in 1701.
The bill allows girls who were born before their brothers to keep their place in line to the throne, but it also removed a 300-year-old ban on royals from marrying Roman Catholics. The official British monarch serves as head of the Church of England, but Roman Catholic doctrine dictates that children from such a union would have to be raised in the Catholic tradition, which would constitute a conflict of interest. more >>
The Church of England has published a prayer for the well-known Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in regards to the recent news of the royal couple expecting a child.
Released after the announcement on Monday by St. James Palace regarding William and Kate, the prayer focused on the matter of love and life.
"God our creator, we thank you for the wonder of new life and for the mystery of human love. We pray for William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they prepare to receive the gift of their child," reads the prayer. "We thank you that we are known to you by name and loved by you from all eternity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." more >>
Olga Powell, the royal nanny who cared for Prince William and Prince Harry for more than 15 years, died on Tuesday.
The caregiver was 82-years-old when she collapsed outside her home in Broxbourne earlier this week, the U.K.'s Mercury reported.
"The two princes have been informed and they are both very saddened by the news, as you can imagine," said a spokesperson for the Royal family. "They have nothing further to say at this juncture." more >>
Queen Elizabeth and former Irish Republican Army commander, Martin McGuinness, have made history by shaking hands in peace. It was a long-awaited encounter symbolizing Northern Ireland's progress in achieving reconciliation after decades of violence. The Queen and McGuinness met privately in a Belfast Theatre during an arts event. McGuinness was the IRA's chief of staff when the outlawed group assassinated the queen's cousin, Lord Mountbatten, in 1979, one of the most high-profile victims of a four-decade conflict that claimed 3,700 lives. The IRA formally abandoned its campaign to force Northern Ireland out of the UK and disarmed in 2005. McGuinness' Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein, had refused all contact with British royals until the Queen came to Belfast yesterday as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
MEANWHILE….In a separate confrontation Tuesday night, one Catholic man was hospitalized after rival Protestant and Catholic groups clashed on the hilltop overlooking Catholic west Belfast. The Protestants were trying to vandalize a massive political display erected by the Catholics featuring an Irish flag and a slogan rejecting the queen.
Gunmen raided the headquarters of a Syrian TV station, killing seven employees, kidnapping others and demolishing buildings. The government blamed terrorists and described the killings as a "massacre." An eyewitness talks about the raid….. more >>
Queen Elizabeth II rang in her diamond jubilee year with record-setting celebrations that will continue with a concert gala Monday.
The queen of England will enjoy performances by Elton John, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, and Stevie Wonder, among others, at Buckingham Palace today.
Organizers of the event ensure an "imaginative" use of the palace, but the focus of the huge crowd as well as millions of television viewers will remain on the 86-year-old queen. more >>
While Syria's ongoing massacres and abuses are front and center, little attention is given to another serious issues reported by the Syrian Orthodox Church that militant Islamists have expelled the majority of Christians from the Western city of Homs. It's an ongoing ethnic cleansing of Christians by members of the al-Qaeda linked group: Brigade Faruq.
Another man has been charged in the French massacre. It is the brother of 23 year old Mohamed Merah who confessed to killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi; and three para-troopers before that . Abdel kader Merah was handed preliminary murder & terrorism charges for helping to plan the attacks, but he has denied any role. Police continue to investigate whether the murders were linked to an international network of Al Qaeda extremists like Mohammed claimed, or whether the two worked on their own. Mohamed's 32 hour standoff with police ended with his death after 32 hours.
Pope Benedict drew a crowd of hundreds of thousands at an open mass yesterday in Mexico. With the ongoing drug related violence facing Mexico, the Pope's message focussed on renewing of hearts and faith in troubled times. Preaching about persistence in the midst of evil, Benedict compared the need for a pure, humble heart in modern times to the situation in Biblical Israel. more >>