A project named "The House of One," looking to create the world's first ever church, mosque and synagogue in Berlin, Germany, where people of different faiths can worship under one roof, is currently raising donations.
"Under one roof: one synagogue, one mosque, one church. We want to use these rooms for our own traditions and prayers. And together we want to use the room in the middle for dialogue and discussion and also for people without faith," explained Pastor Gregor Hohberg, a Protestant parish priest, according to a BBC News report.
"Berlin is a city where people come together from all over the world and we want to give a good example of togetherness." more >>
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone delivered a speech at the March for Marriage rally in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, defying calls for him not to participate from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and pro-gay groups.
During his speech, the archbishop linked traditional marriage to "truth and love."
Secular groups in the U.K. are rejoicing after the government clarified that creationism, supported by biblical literalists, is not allowed to be taught as a scientifically valid theory at academies and public-funded schools.
The Department of Education's funding agreement, under the "Church of England and Catholic single academy model supplemental agreement" document published earlier in June, states that creationism "does not accord with the scientific consensus or the very large body of established scientific evidence; nor does it accurately and consistently employ the scientific method, and as such it should not be presented to pupils at the Academy as a scientific theory."
The statement adds: "The requirement on every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school." more >>
An artist in Brooklyn, New York is making waves with her most recent art exhibit that features reality show star Kim Kardashian as Jesus, the Virgin Mary and a Satanic priestess.
The exhibit, entitled "The Passion of Kim Kardashian," was created by 23-year-old artist Hannah Kunkle and was recently shown for one night at the Palisades 906 venue in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. Kunkle created a series of photoshopped images, each one portraying Kardashian as a god of a different religion.
One of the portraits shows Kardashian as the Virgin Mary, wearing a blue robe and surrounded by blue roses as a halo hovers over her head. Another piece of work shows Kardashian as Jesus, wearing a crown of thorns in front of a cross backdrop, surrounded by lambs and doves. A third creation shows Kardashian as a Hindu goddess, surrounded by lions and snakes. more >>
A large statue of Marilyn Monroe turned up in a dump in southern China when a photographer captured the shocking image on Wednesday, June 18.
The giant stainless steel statue, which measures 30-feet tall and weighs about eight tonnes, was brusquely disposed of at a dump site in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. Honoring Marilyn Monroe's famous scene from the film "The Seven Year Itch" in which she fought to keep her skirt down while on a New York City subway grate, the statue features the iconic Hollywood star in a white dress and heeled strappy sandals.
The statue was made by several Chinese artists who worked on it for over two years, but earlier this week, the piece was transported to the garbage collecting company for unknown reasons, according to Reuters. It had previously been displayed outside of a business center in the city for just six months, local media reported. more >>
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are making the most of the attention they garner from the paparazzi with a special note this week.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" co-stars, who are a real-life couple, stepped out for breakfast in New York City on Tuesday, June 17. However, instead of ignoring the paparazzi during the outing, Stone and Garfield were photographed holding signs directed at the cameramen.
"Good morning! We were eating and saw a group of guys with cameras outside," Stone's message scrawled on cardboard began, held in front of her face, according to Us Weekly. "And so we thought, let's try this again. We don't need the attention, but these wonderful organizations do." more >>