Thursday, May 30, 2013
The Catholic Church's top exorcist, who claims to have sent 160,000 demons back to hell, says he wants Pope Francis to allow all priests to start performing the ritual to deal with a rising demand for exorcisms from the faithful.
Father Gabriele Amorth, 88, who also heads the International Association of Exorcists, told The Sunday Times that he will ask Pope Francis to allow all priests the right to do exorcisms without the church's approval. According to the report, priests currently need special approval from their bishop to perform the rite and it is rarely granted.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Indonesian government will confiscate a Metallica guitar that was a gift to the heavy metal-loving governor of the capital Jakarta due to concerns about corruption, an official said Tuesday.
A beaming Joko Widodo appeared on TV earlier this month strumming the maroon bass guitar that had belonged to the US band's Robert Trujillo and was a gift from a concert promoter.
But following the TV appearance, the popular governor voluntarily handed the guitar, which bore the words "Giving Back!... Keep Playin' That Cool Funky Bass!", to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
Following an investigation into the instrument, in line with rules about gifts to officials, the commission said Tuesday the government will confiscate the instrument.
"The KPK has investigated and decided that the guitar will be confiscated by the government as there is a conflict of interest which could potentially lead to bribery," commission official Giri Supradiyono told AFP.
President Barack Obama appears to be a regular customer of a Chinese Internet cafe, reports said, after the manager forged an identity card in the US leader's name to help surfers avoid China's web rules.
The card has a full-face picture of Obama, lists his correct birthday and gives his address as "White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC", while stating his ethnicity as "Kenyan", pictures showed.
As part of their efforts to control the web, China's Communist rulers require Internet cafes to register users' identity numbers before letting them go online.
The manager of the shop in Jinan, the capital of the eastern province of Shandong, created the card by printing out Obama's personal details and sticking them on to the front of a genuine ID lost by its holder in 2010.
Doing so allowed him to give customers without documentation -- such as teenagers -- easy access to the Internet, the official sdnews.com.cn website reported late Tuesday.
Police were "spooked" when they saw the card during a routine inspection last week, it added, and the manager, identified only by his surname Guo, was given an unspecified "punishment" - AFP
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Incoming high school senior Ratziel is enrolling this week at Urdaneta City National High School in Pangasinan, northern Philippines, and he will have to write down his full name. It consists of 40 first names—plus a surname. Incredible as it may seem, Ratziel, 15, was born Ratziel Timshel Ismail Zerubbabel Zabud Zimry Pike Blavatsky Philo Judaeus Polidorus Isurenus Morya Nylghara Rakoczy Kuthumi Krishnamurti Ashram Jerram Akasha Aum Ultimus Rufinorum Jancsi Janko Diamond Hu Ziv Zane Zeke Wakeman Wye Muo Teletai Chohkmah Nesethrah Mercavah Nigel Seven Morningstar A. San Juan CCCII.
A man was charged in Singapore on Tuesday with 423 counts of insulting modesty by taking upskirt videos of women.
Kew Guozhi, 31, is alleged to have used a camera pen to capture video recordings of the inner thighs and underwear of his victims over a two-year period between 2009 and 2010.
Friday, May 17, 2013
A 52-year-old Taiwanese woman has been granted a divorce to end her four year marriage with a civil servant, whom she claimed to have a tiny Willy.
The woman, also a civil servant surnamed Zhang, said the 55-year-old—known only as Zhou—has also failed to keep his promise to have sex with her three times a week. "His penis is so small, like a kid's, only 5cm long. We've never had sex in our entire marriage," she added.
Zhang said they met in July 2008 through a common friend and got married five months later. She had wanted to have sex with Zhou before signing the marriage papers but he refused, citing religious reason for not having premarital sex.
Zhang said she only found out about her husband's problems on their wedding night. "He's also impotent and unable to fulfill his responsibility as a husband. We quarreled the whole night and I asked him to seek treatment."
The couple separated the day after their marriage, but they spent 10-odd nights together to see if the husband's condition had improved. Unfortunately, it hadn't.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
"The problem was that he looked a lot like Karol Wojtyla. He was detained for usurpation of title which is a misdemeanour," a police spokeswoman told AFP.
"The cassock he was wearing has been confiscated," she added.
The man has been released and will have to pay between 154 and 929 euros ($200 and $1,200), depending on a decision by a judge, the spokeswoman said.
Another officer at the station where the 55-year-old man was taken quipped: "If he had been dressed like Tutankhamun nothing would have happened."
The performer has been working the main avenue leading up to the Colosseum in his white skullcap for weeks -- alongside Roman centurion imitators and other performers -- but police said they acted following an anonymous complaint.
A vendor selling miniature Colosseum souvenirs on a spot overlooking the Roman Forum said he saw the man being detained on Thursday.
"He was right here, near me. He was taken away by two officers in civilian clothes who were pretending to be tourists," he said - AFP