According to Religion Dispatches, one of the first posts I wrote for RD was whether or not there was or would be a discernible "Francis effect," a term used in a variety of ways, but frequently understood to indicate an uptick in attendance and the return of disillusioned Catholics.
Some bloggers took me to task for writing that early polling confirmed my suspicion that the doctrinal disconnect between lay Catholics and the hierarchy was so wide that, without significant change, Francis would amount to little more than a new and improved mascot for the church who would make the faithful "feel better about their damaged church."
At the time, Francis had only been pope for a year, so it's fair to say that the judge was still out on whether he would reinvigorate and rebuild the Catholic Church.
According to Emirates 24/7, a father of a 20-year-old girl let his daughter drown, stopping life guards from rescuing her.
He preferred that his daughter die rather than she be touched by a strange man, according to a top official.
Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, Deputy Director of Dubai Police's Search and Rescue Department said that this incident took place at a beach in Dubai.
"This is one of the incidents which I cannot forget.
"It shocked me and many others who were involved in the case.
"The Asian father took his wife and kids to the beach for picnic and fun.
"The kids were swimming in the beach when suddenly, the 20-year-old girl started drowning and screaming for help.
"Two rescue men were at the beach, and they rushed to help the girl.
According to Huffington Post, An ordained United Church of Canada minister who believes in neither God nor Bible said Wednesday she is prepared to fight an unprecedented attempt to boot her from the pulpit for her beliefs.
In an interview at her West Hill church, Rev. Gretta Vosper said congregants support her view that how you live is more important than what you believe in.
"I don't believe in...the god called God," Vosper said. "Using the word gets in the way of sharing what I want to share."
Vosper, 57, who was ordained in 1993 and joined her east-end church in 1997, said the idea of an interventionist, supernatural being on which so much church doctrine is based belongs to an outdated world view.
According to Pakistan Observer, Eight men accused of being involved in a child abuse and child pornography scandal, which is said to have affected around 280 children, have been arrested, a report submitted to the Punjab chief minister revealed.
The report, prepared by an inquiry committee formed to investigate the case, added that raids are being conducted to apprehend three other culprits, says a private TV channel.
The committee, comprising Additional Inspector General Arif Nawaz Khan and Commissioner Lahore Division Abdullah Sunbal, presented its findings to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who has directed authorities to apprehend any individualinvolved in such incidents.
According to The New York Times, An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who had recently been released from prison after serving 10 years for stabbing participants in the annual Gay Pride Parade here in 2005 struck again Thursday, stabbing six marchers in this year's parade, according to the police.
Two of the victims were in serious condition, according to the emergency services. The assailant, Yishai Schlissel, was pinned to the ground on a central Jerusalem street and arrested by police officers who were stationed along the route, the police said.
Mr. Schlissel wounded three marchers a decade ago at a spot not far from Thursday's attack and was convicted of attempted murder. He was said to have told the police that he had come "to kill in the name of God." He was released from prison a month ago.
According to Asia News, father of 18 month old burned alive in settler attack, dies
The man, 32, died of the second-degree burns sustained during the attack. His wife and eldest son of four remain in critical condition.
The father of the Palestinian child of a year and a half who was burned alive on July 31, in the arson attack on their house in Duma, near Nablus, by Israeli settlers, has died.
Dawabsha Saad, 32, died in an Israeli hospital, where he was being treated for second-degree burns that covered his body. His wife and 4 year old son remain in critical condition. His funeral will be held today.
According to BBC, At least 12 people are thought to have been killed, including five UN workers, in a hostage siege at a hotel in the central Malian town of Sevare.
A further four UN workers survived by hiding in cupboards for almost 24 hours as the attack unfolded.
The suspected Islamist gunmen had retreated to the hotel after attacking a nearby army base.
The siege was ended after government troops stormed the building early on Saturday.
No group has said it carried out the attack.
Pakistani mob kills two children including a baby and their grandmother after 'blasphemous' Facebook post
According to The Telegraph, A seven-year-old and her baby sister were killed alongside their grandmother, police said, after another member of the Ahmadi sect was accused of blasphemy.
A mob killed a seven-year-old and her baby sister along with their grandmother, a member of the Ahmadi sect, after another follower was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police in Pakistan said.
The dead were part of a religious sect, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.
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