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Pope tells priests to put their damn cell phones away

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Pope Francis on Wednesday chastised priests and bishops who take pictures with their cell phones during Masses, saying they should focus on God instead.

“The priest says ‘lift up your hearts’. He does not say, ‘lift up your cell phones to take pictures,'” Francis told tens of thousands of people at his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square, referring to a communion prayer in the Roman Catholic Mass.

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In his improvised remarks, he called using cell phones during Mass “a very ugly thing,” adding:

“It makes me very sad when I celebrate (Mass) here in the piazza or in the basilica and I see so many cell phones held up. Not only by the faithful, but also by some priests and even bishops!

“The Mass is not a show … so remember, no cell phones!” he said, prompting laughter and applause from the crowd.

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Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, has regularly urged the faithful to be more spiritual and his priests and bishops to be more humble.

Shortly after his election in 2013, he said it pained him to see priests driving flashy cars and eager to use the latest smartphone.

The pope is driven around in a simple blue Ford Focus and is not known to have ever used a cell phone in public since his election.

 

(Reporting By Philip Pullella Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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Meghan Markle Fought Against a Sexist TV Ad When She Was 11 – and Won

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Meghan Markle has the world’s attention.

The American-born actress set to marry Prince Harry in May 2018 has a future of fulfilling philanthropic duties — and maybe even tea parties with the Queen every now and then — to look forward to.

A throwback video of an 11-year-old Markle on a 1993 episode of a Nickelodeon news show, however, proves the future royal was always fit to be a princess fighting for rights of the people.

When watching TV commercials with her classmates and assessing potentially implicit messages for a social studies project, Markle’s spirit for advocacy kicked in. She was disturbed how an ad for dishwashing detergent implied women do all the cleaning.

“I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things — that just Mom does everything,” a young Markle says in the video clip. “It’s always ‘Mom does this,’ and ‘Mom does that.’”

She went on to make a small impact by writing a letter to Proctor & Gamble, which resulted in the company changing the voice-over in the ad to declare “people” were battling to clean instead of women.

The 36-year-old now has a much bigger stage to speak from, which is great news in the fight for equality.

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U.S. Military Ruled to Accept Transgender Recruits Starting January 1st

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A federal judge ruled Monday (Dec. 11) against President Trump’s transphobic agenda to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD released a statement following the triumph for trans rights.

“Today’s legal victory is the latest step towards preventing Trump’s bigoted trans military ban from ever going into full effect,” she said. “The Trump administration is struggling to provide any evidence that open trans enlistment be must be delayed because none exists beyond their own hate-fueled anti-LGBTQ agenda.”

Earlier this year, Trump implied trans-related health expenses were a financial burden on the military, even though reports proved trans-related costs make up 0.04 to 0.12 percent of the military’s annual health care expenditures.

For now, the military must start taking trans recruits on January 1.

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Charles Manson is really f*#$ing dead

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Charles Manson, the nefarious leader of the Manson Family cult that slaughtered seven people in 1969, is dead. He’s really fucking dead. Manson was 83 years old.

Debra Tate, sister of Manson’s most famous victim, Sharon Tate, told TMZ she received a call from the prison where he was serving nine consecutive life sentences with word that Manson died at 8:13 p.m. Sunday.

On Aug. 9, 1969, Manson directed his followers to kill Sharon Tate, a 26-year-old pregnant movie star, at her California home. The other victims were coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski and Steven Parent. The following night, Manson ordered his followers to kill Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. Even though the vicious two-day killing spree took place more than 50 years ago, the murders remain an infatuation in popular culture and is still considered one of the most horrifying murder sprees in American history.

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