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These Nuns Have Become TikTok Sensations due to Their Videos

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When you normally think of a Catholic nun, images probably come to mind of a stern and serious older woman who is quick to scold. But this group of nuns on TikTok go against every one of those stereotypes.

The Daughters of Saint Paul has recently become a TikTok sensation because of their hilarious and playful viral videos.

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#Catholic #Nuns #MediaNuns #Jesus #FYP

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The Boston-based convent has racked up almost 56k followers from just a handful of videos that they’ve posted to the popular social media platform. The sisters have only posted three videos, but they’ve already gotten over 965.k likes and 6 million views.

The sisters have posted videos of themselves dressed up as ghosts while wandering around the convent grounds, what they’ve dubbed the “Holy Ghost photo shoot”.

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When temptation strikes. ⚡️ #IsThisAvailable #Catholic #MediaNuns @srbethanyfsp @pursuedbytruth

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There is another surprisingly funny video of themselves recreating the internal struggle of resisting Satan. The video is captioned “Thinking about giving into temptation” and set to the TikTok favorite song “Is This Available”. More than anything, its the committed performances of the two nuns that elevate the video to hilarious levels.

And of course, the Daughters of Saint Paul also posted the “This or That challenge” set to the ’80s Run DMC classic “It’s Tricky”. In this one, a group of the nuns split off into different groups based on what they prefer. The categories are super specific: “Morning prayer” is pitted against “Evening prayer” and “rosary” is pitted against “divine mercy chaplet.”

The sisters seem to have struck a chord with viewers because the videos are wholesome, lighthearted, but most of all, unexpected.

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When temptation strikes. ⚡️ #IsThisAvailable #Catholic #MediaNuns @srbethanyfsp @pursuedbytruth

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The joy and playfulness of the Daughters of Saint Paul have made them bonafide celebrities of the TikTok world. Their comment section abounds with praise like “This is EVERYTHING–y’all are the best,” and “This is so wholesome I love it here.”

Commenters also refer to their account as “NunTok”. There are also people asking for the nuns to pray for specific issues in their lives–like conceiving a baby or passing a test. It truly is one of the oddest corners of the internet.

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I can’t stop laughing at this! (Vid was taken pre-covid) #fyp #Catholic #RareAesthetic

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In one informative TikTok, Sister Bethany explains why this particular convent of nuns is so present on social media, saying that they are “media nuns” and they use their talents to create content for their faith. But they also have guidelines about what they post.

“We the sisters are always asking ourselves, ‘Is this a good use of time?’ ‘Am I putting out things that are good, true, and beautiful?’,” said Sister Bethany. “And those are things we can all ask ourselves. And those are the ways we moderate our social media use.” No matter your beliefs, that’s definitely some great advice!

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The Vatican Says Catholic Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Unions After Supporting Them

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The Vatican Says Catholic Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Unions After Supporting Them

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The Catholic church has a long history of ostracizing and demonizing the LGBTQ+ community. Pope Francis seemed to be revolutionizing the Catholic church’s views on the community until saying the church cannot bless same-sex unions.

The Vatican has officially decreed that priests cannot bless same-sex unions.

Seemingly out of nowhere, The Vatican released a statement claiming that priests cannot bless same-sex unions. The announcement further claims that homosexuality is a sin and that God cannot bless sin. Furthermore, the decree from The Vatican determined that sexual orientation is a choice, which is archaic and hurtful thinking.

The Vatican’s claim that sexual orientation is a choice has been debunked.

The decree from The Vatican claims that by blessing same-sex unions, The Vatican would be blessing a “choice and a way of life that cannot be recognized as objectively ordered.”

Some try to claim that homosexuality is a choice yet that has been scientifically debunked. There are wide studies that show that genetics are likely at play when it comes to determining someone’s sexual orientation. The “gay gene” has been observed when studying brothers of differing sexual orientations.

The announcement brought up some of The Vatican’s long-discussed hypocrisy.

In 2019, it was reported that The Vatican invested heavily into the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.” The movie follows the life of Elton John and his journey through the music industry while coming to terms with his sexual orientation. The movie shows John struggling to be who he is very early in his career and the damage not having a proper support system could cause.

The Vatican’s decree goes against Pope Francis’ own comments from last year.

Last year, Pope Francis caught the world’s attention when he was caught on camera in a documentary. The pope spoke on same-sex unions and endorsed them.

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family,” Pope Francis said in a documentary. “Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to have is a civil union law—that way, they are legally covered. I supported that.”

Some clerics in the Catholic Church are pushing back against the latest decree and saying they will bless same-sex unions.

READ: Pope Francis Says That Women Are Now Allowed to Read Scripture During Mass and People Have Conflicting Emotions

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7 TikTok Beauty Products That Are Actually Worth The Buy

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7 TikTok Beauty Products That Are Actually Worth The Buy

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It’s true that makeup, skin-care, and hair-care products go viral just about every day but today, the true measure of a good product these days, seems to be if it’s TikTok approved! While the social media platform might be best known for its viral dances and memes, the app has also become a fool-proof way to figure out the latest beauty trends.

Check the list out below for TikTok approved beauty products below!

1. CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser

The affordable, drugstore skincare brand is a go-to product on TikTok. Loved for its “no fuss” formula, the product went viral thanks to TikTok’s Hyram who often breaks down skincare products with reviews.

2. Glow Recipe Watermelon Products

TikTokers have an obsession with the “dewy” look and it’s been heightened by users who have been stunned by Glow Recipe’s all-time favorite watermelon products: Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner and the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops. TikTok beauty gurus like @mikaylanogueira and @glamzillaxo have even given them their stamp of approval.

3. L’Oréal Paris Makeup Infallible 24HR Fresh Wear Liquid Longwear Foundation

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For those with sensitive or acne-prone skin, the L’Oréal Infallible is Tiktoker approved!

Check it out here.

4. e.l.f. Cosmetics Poreless Putty Primer

TikTokers exposed this e.l.f. products as a worthy swap for Tatcha’s Silk Canvas Primer. Achieve the same smooth, poreless effect for less the cash!

5. SoftSheen-Carson Magic Fragrant Shaving Powder

Want your legs hairless without the effort of using a razor. SoftSheen-Carson Magic Fragrant Shaving Powder is essentially like Nair and TikTokers promise it will leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

6. Maybelline Sky High Waterproof Mascara

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TikTokers promise this drugstore product will give off long and luscious lashes. 

7. One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush

Just under $60 and available to order on Amazon, Revlon’s One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush has been given five stars by eager TikTokers.

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