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Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like this’

Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, says pontiff told him God did not mind that he was gay A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to be uttered by the leader of the Roman Catholic church. Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke privately with the pope two weeks ago about the abuse he suffered at the hands of one of Chiles most notorious paedophiles, said the issue…

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The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial

Editorial: Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Israel today Israeli soldiers blockading Gaza, Israel imprisoned 2 million people behind barbed wire and military towers. Israel treated the violence as a jailer might a…

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4 Ways Hephaestus Needs To Step It Up Before Ill Even Think About Worshipping Him

The Greek god of metalworking has been trying to get me to pray to him for some time now, and honestly, it’s getting a little old. I’m all about being open to new religious icons, but before I pledge my spiritual allegiance to a greater power, I need to know that my needs are being addressed. Here are four ways Hephaestus needs to step it up before I’ll even think about worshipping him. 1. He needs a cool place of worship near my house: Half the fun of choosing a…

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Jeremy Corbyn criticised for attending radical Jewish event

Labour leader attended meeting of Jewdas, which is at odds with mainstream Jewish groups over alleged antisemitism in the party Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for attending a Passover event with a leftwing Jewish group highly critical of mainstream Jewish communal bodies, and which has described the protests against the Labour leader as faux outrage greased with hypocrisy and opportunism. Corbyn attended a Passover seder, the traditional meal of the Jewish festival, in his Islington constituency that was organised by Jewdas, which last week accused the Jewish Board of Deputies,…

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6 Times The Disciples Asked Jesus If They Could Go Home, Ranked By How Mad It Made Jesus

The disciples were truly committed to Jesus, but every now and then the Son of God acted in unreasonable ways that made them want to leave. Here are six times the disciples asked Jesus if they could go home, ranked by how mad it made Jesus. 6. The time the disciples wanted to turn back while walking 200 miles to find a woman Jesus had heard might be nearsighted: When Jesus heard a rumor that there might be a nearsighted woman in Judea, he rounded up the disciples and set…

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Atheists who bring logic to the Easter story are missing the point | Julian Baggini

Having faith is a complex business. To assume that religious people are either crazy or stupid is lazy, says philosopher Julian Baggini Many years ago, I had to recount the life of Jesus to a young Taiwanese student who knew nothing about Christianity. As I told him about the virgin birth, the miracles, crucifixion and resurrection, he responded with incredulous laughter. Most nonbelievers in traditionally Christian cultures would show a bit more respect. But inside, our reaction is often pretty much the same: how can people really believe this stuff?…

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Murder, Cheat, And Fuck Your Way Through Boston

This feature requires JavaScript to function. It’s a Thursday morning, and you’re sitting around with nothing to do. You had a job, but it exploded, so now you’re stuck here in your boring house. Suddenly, your phone rings. Ignore the phone and go outside to look at parts of the planet Earth. Are you the mailman? Answer the phone. Boston. The diamond in America’s face. The place where a dog died. A sprawling metropolis filled with history, culture, stores, some roads, and a guy who kissed a lady here once.…

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Inside the Vatican’s First-Ever Hackathon

This past weekend, tourists milled around St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world, snapping selfies and experiencing Michelangelo's art through their phone’s camera lens. A few hundred meters away, in a 500-year-old palazzo, 120 students coded for 36 hours straight at the Vatican’s first-ever hackathon. This, it would seem, is the Holy See of the 21st century. “When I heard about it, I thought it was a joke. Vatican, hackathon—it didn’t add up,” says John Franklin, a senior at Northwestern University who found out about VHacks,…

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Can You Escape From Hell?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Keep driving. Swerve. Drive head-on into Martin Scorsese. Uh-oh. Looks like Marty isn’t getting it. Shout at Martin Scorsese to get out of the road. Swerve. Drive head-on into Martin Scorsese. “Do you know about any good restaurants in NYC?” Shout at Martin Scorsese to get out of the road. Swerve. Start Over But you do. You’re in Hell now. “Hell is where people go when they are bad like me,” says a little boy behind you. “It is bad.” How do I get…

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Youre Adam, The First Man! Can You Eat The Right Fruit And Overthrow God?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. … …… aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WHAT Everything you are is screaming. You? What is “You”? Wait, but something else is screaming. Clench something. Clench something. You make the thing happen and now your throat’s in the mix. Throats are one of the main things. Here’s what your throat does: “Guhhh.” But screaming was more fun, so now you have preferences. The Voice is still going. Its language sears itself into you. “IT’S TALKING, OKAY, OKAY GET IT TOGETHER! GET IT TOGETHER! HELLO! HI! HELLO!”…

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Pope calls for two-state solution in Israel and Palestine

Pope Francis uses traditional Christmas Day message to address damage done by controversial Trump speech two weeks ago The pope has reinforced calls for a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in his traditional Christmas Day message delivered just over two weeks after the US president, Donald Trump, inflamed tensions in the region. Speaking before the faithful in St Peters Square in Rome, Francis said the children of the Middle East continued to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. This month, Trump…

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Two Palestinians shot dead and one critical in riots after Trump speech

Palestinian worshippers and Israeli troops clash as Muslims protest against Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital Two Palestinians have been shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army, the first people killed in clashes that began after Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital. Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank as worshippers throughout the Muslim world took to the streets after the weekly Friday midday prayers to vent their fury at Trumps decision. A third man was in a critical condition after being shot…

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5 Major Tattoo Fails

Looks like these five people are permanently marked with fail! 1. Wow. This woman’s dolphin tattoo is totally defiling her sacred vessel. #FAIL 2. Oops! This guy forgot that tattoos prevent your body from going to Heaven with the Lord, Our Father. 3. “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.” —Leviticus 19:28. Epic. Fail. 4. The maw of Hell will bloom beneath the feet of all who have denigrated His works with their cheap and tawdry markings! Thou…

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Facebook to Show Users Which Russian Propaganda They Followed

request from Congress to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election. The tool will appear by the end of the year in Facebook’s online support center, the company said in a blog post Wednesday. It will answer the user question, “How can I see if I’ve liked or followed a Facebook page or Instagram account created by the Internet Research Agency?” That’s the Russian firm that created thousands of incendiary posts from fake accounts posing as U.S. citizens. People will see a list of the accounts they followed,…

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Getting Out Of Hand: The Children In This Sunday School Class Are Overwhelmingly Siding With Pontius Pilate

Well, here’s a situation that’s heading toward disaster. Trinity Christian Church in Chicago is normally a safe space for worship, but last weekend, things took a turn: When this third-grade Sunday school class learned about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the students overwhelmingly sided with Pontius Pilate. Yikes. These kids are missing the point in a big way, and they don’t seem like they’re going to change their minds anytime soon. Their Sunday school teacher, Ms. Cleary, had reportedly just explained that Jesus died on the cross for humanity’s sins,…

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