We've all been there. You see a friend making decisions you're sure they'll come to regret, or worry that an organization is starting to teeter down the wrong path. And then, in your head, an imaginary little "tut-tut-ing" angel will land on your shoulder and sing those words you've heard all your life.“Judge not, that you be not judged.” –Matthew 7:1
In a recent address Pope Francis deplored what he called “the scourge of drug use.” His comments on June 20 were addressed to participants in the 31st International Drug Enforcement Conference in Rome.
The phenomenon by which community is killed in the buying, perverting, and selling of the same culture that springs forth from it — it’s everywhere. It’s in the farmer’s market, a cheap, sensible form of shopping that turns into an impossibly expensive trend in the hands of fashion. It’s in sport, a community event if there ever was one, curdling into a vicious, millionaire-making source of Viagra advertisement and shoe sales the moment the consumptive King Midas of non-culture touches it. It’s in beer. It’s in religion. It’s in tattoos and mason jars. The best thing to do — burn the television with fire, get out while you can, or better yet, save yourself by grabbing hold of the Church, that rock of community and culture unmoved by the fads and fashions of the world.
The Spanish film "A Forbidden God” won the Silver Fish Award for best film at the International Catholic Film Festival "Mirabile Dictu.” Based on true events, it tells the martyrdom of 51 religious at the dawn of the Spanish Civil War.
John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars has proven to be wildly popular among young adults in the English speaking world, and the recently released film adaptation of the book has garnered both impressive reviews and a massive audience. A one-time divinity school student and Christian minister, Green is not reluctant to explore the “big” questions, though he doesn’t claim to provide anything like definitive answers. In this, he both reflects and helps to shape the inchoate, eclectic spirituality that holds sway in the teen and 20-something set today.
When Pope Francis gave 24 new archbishops a pallium yesterday, people around the world noticed that he was wearing the same pallium as that which he gave to the archbishops, instead of the more recognisable Papal pallium.
It is time to start thinking about addiction to pornography - a destroyer of marriages - the same way we think about addiction to illegal drugs. Two neurosurgeons from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have reported that, like other addicts, those addicted to pornography suffer from “various manifestations of cerebral dysfunction collectively labeled hypofrontal syndromes. In these syndromes, the underlying defect, reduced to its simplest description, is damage to the ‘braking system’ of the brain.” Thus, like other addicts, pornography addicts suffer “a dysfunction of the mesolimbic reward centers of the brain.”
On the feast day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (29 June), a ceremony was celebrated at the Vatican in which Pope Francis bestowed the pallium on all the metropolitan Archbishops named in the last year. The pallium is made from the wool of lambs blessed by the Pope on the feast of Saint Agnes on January 21st.
Using #LikeAGirl as an insult is a hard knock against any adolescent girl. And since the rest of puberty's really no picnic either, it's easy to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl's self-confidence. We're kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.
Pope Francis welcomed Horst Seehoger, the president of the Free State of Bavaria in Germany. It's the region where Pope emeritus Benedict XVI was born in 1927. Pope Francis lived for some time in Germany, so, even though he had an interpreter, he was able to understand the political leader. One instance was when the executive told him one of assistants spoke Spanish.
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