Archive for April, 2018

Freudian Slip? When Is A Church A Toilet?

April 28, 2018

 

Tourism Fiji thought they were writing ‘church’ on a video ad but wrote ‘toilet’

 

 

Fiji’s tourism board has been forced to apologise for an embarrassing error on an advertisement.

In a cringeworthy gaffe, officials had to remove the ad after a mistake in translation saw them call a ‘church’ a ‘toilet’.

The ad featured a Fijian dressed in a vibrant blue shirt, shell necklaces and red flower tucked behind his ear with a large smile on his face.

Above the welcoming image were the words ‘Vale ni Lotu’, which they thought translated to ‘church’ but instead translated to ‘toilet’.

The video was used to portray the local iTaukei language to their visitors, giving them helpful tips to use while in Fiji.

After the pear-shaped translation mistake was noticed, Tourism Fiji issued an apology and claimed it was cause by a design error.

Indian Guru Asaram Bapu Found Guilty Of Raping 16-Year-Old Girl

April 26, 2018

 

 

New Delhi (CNN)A Indian court has sentenced self-proclaimed Indian spiritual guru Asaram Bapu to life imprisonment for raping a 16-year-old girl in 2013.

The guilty verdict was handed down Wednesday amid high security at Jodhpur Central Jail in the western state of Rajasthan, according to local Police Commissioner Ashok Rathore.

Asaram’s spokesperson Neelam Dubey told reporters that his legal team will challenge the verdict in India’s High Court.

The arrest of Asaram in 2013 prompted violent clashes between his supporters and police in several major cities.

Before the verdict was handed down, police were placed on high-alert across three states, amid the threat of further violence. The three states, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, are home to large numbers of Asaram devotees.
Special prohibitory orders remain in place in Jodhpur, with the Rajasthan High Court imposing Section 144, which prohibits the gathering of more than four people in an area, until April 30.

Security has also been stepped up around the alleged victim’s house, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

 

Dramatic Decline Of Christianity In Europe

April 17, 2018

 

Researcher Stephen Bullivant is the author of a new study that found a stark decline of Christianity in Europe. He was in Chicago recently, interviewing “nonverts” — people raised in a faith tradition but no longer belonging to one.
Researcher Stephen Bullivant is the author of a new study that found a stark decline of Christianity in Europe. He was in Chicago recently, interviewing “nonverts” — people raised in a faith tradition but no longer belonging to one. | Twitter

“O ye of little faith.”

It’s a message that appears several times in the Bible.  It’s also a timely thought given a new report on religious trends among young adults in Europe.

It’s well known that many traditional denominations in the United States are seeing stagnating or shrinking membership, and more people are identifying as non-religious.

In Europe, the decline of Christianity is so stark that the author of the new report from St. Mary’s University in London was quoted as saying Christianity, “as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years.”

Among the findings:

• As many as 91 percent of those 16 to 29 years old in the Czech Republic declare no religious affiliation.

• Just 7 percent of young adults in the United Kingdom identify as Anglican, and 6 percent call themselves Muslim.

• Most young adults in a dozen European nations say they have no religion.

There are exceptions, with roughly half the same age group in Poland attending weekly mass.

Gasp! The End Of The World. Again.

April 12, 2018

 

According to conspiracy theorists, codes in the Bible suggest the end of the world is imminent, with Earth set to be destroyed on April 23.

One theory suggests the end times dates back to astrological constellations appearing on November 23, matching the book of Revelation 12:1-2.

The passage signals the start of the Rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

The passage 12:1–2 reads: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.”

Well, that pretty much settles it, right?  Goodbye to you all.

 

 

Minister Arrested on Charges of Having Sex With Underage Girls

April 11, 2018

Troy Anthony Piccaluga, child rapist

 

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Methodist minister accused of having sex with two teenage girls has been arrested in Mississippi.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace told news media that 48-year-old Rev. Troy Anthony Piccaluga is charged with two counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual battery. He was charged Friday after being accused of having sex with girls between the ages of 14 and 16.
Piccaluga is the pastor at United Methodist churches in Eagle Lake and Redwood.
Pace says Piccaluga made contact with the girls between January and March.
Piccaluga is being held at the Vicksburg jail. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

Vatican Arrests Its Own Diplomat, Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, After Child Pornography Probe

April 8, 2018

 

 

Vatican police have arrested a priest on suspicions of possessing child pornography, according to Catholic church officials. The priest had worked as a diplomat in the United States before being recalled last year by the Holy See.

If charges against Italian Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella go to trial, it would be the first time a Vatican City courtroom has addressed a child pornography case.

The arrest came amid investigations in both the United States and Canada, in addition to the Vatican. A 2013 Vatican law penalizes anyone who “distributes, disseminates, transmits, imports, exports, offers or sells child pornography.” If convicted, Capella could face up to 12 years in prison, according to Reuters.

Capella was being held in a cell in the gendarmerie barracks in the Vatican on Saturday, according to a statement from the Holy See press office.

Capella had worked as a diplomat since 2004 in India, Hong Kong and the United States, according to the BBC. The Vatican announced last August that it was recalling a diplomat from the United States. Officials did not identify him at the time, but the Italian news agency ANSA did.

The recall followed a notification from the U.S. State Department about Capella’s “possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images.” American officials asked that Capella’s diplomatic immunity be waived then so he could be prosecuted in the United States. The Vatican refused, The Washington Post reported at the time, but launched an investigation of its own.

Soon after, police in Ontario announced they had issued an arrest warrant for Capella for allegedly uploading child abuse images from a social network platform during a visit to a “place of worship” in Canada in late 2016.

The last child pornography case in the Vatican involved Polish Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who faced charges of paying boys for sexual acts and downloading child pornography while he was the Vatican’s ambassador in the Dominican Republic. He was recalled to the Vatican and arrested, but he died in 2015 at age 67 before his trial began.

Capella’s arrest follows an uproar earlier this year after Pope Francis angrily defended Chilean Bishop Juan Barros during a trip to South America. Sexual abuse victims had accused Barros of not only failing to report assaults by Rev. Fernando Karadima, but also of being present when abuse occurred. The pope later reopened an investigation into Barros.

 

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