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Catholics Are Upset With Pope Francis For Donating Money To Help Migrants In Mexico

In a generous move that will help assist over 75,000 migrants currently at the U.S. border, Pope Francis donated $500,000 in aid to migrants. The donation will be distributed between 27 projects associated with 16 Mexican dioceses and congregations. The funds will continue providing food, lodging, and basic necessities to migrants fleeing their home countries through Mexico.

The Vatican says there have been nearly 75,000 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala that are essentially “stranded.”

The Catholic Church has been helping those fleeing their home countries by supplying medical necessities. The church is also housing thousands of migrants in hotels within dioceses or congregations. The donation is another way to help as the number of waiting migrants continues to grow in the coming months.

“In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, having traveled more than 4,000 kilometers on foot and with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala,” reads a press release from the Vatican. “Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the U.S. border remains closed to them.”

Thirteen various projects have also already been approved for aid in Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana and Nogales, which all border the U.S. The remaining 14 projects are still undergoing the approval process, according to the press release.

The donation comes less than a month after Francis criticized Trump and other “builders of walls” who want to keep migrants out of their countries.

The funds are another rebuke to President Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration from Francis. In March, he said that “Builders of walls will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build.”

“I realize that with this problem [of migration], a government has a hot potato in its hands, but it must be resolved differently, humanely, not with razor wire,” Francis told reporters.

Back in 2016, Francis suggested that Trump’s desire to keep migrants out of America was an un-Christian decision.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Pope Francis told The New York Times, referring to Trump’s immigration policies.

The donation has angered a lot of people within and outside of the church.

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Religion is supposed to be about compassion. There is something in the bible about welcoming foreigners into your land and treating them kindly. It is almost like people forgot this passage recently…

Others are threatening to turn their backs on the church.

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While no one should be forced to accept anyone’s political affiliation as their own, one would expect that someone part of a church would understand compassion.

Some people are mad because the Catholic church didn’t donate enough.

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The internet is good for one thing: opinions. Social media is a place where no one wins. No matter what you do, people will argue that you did too much, not enough, or got involved in something you shouldn’t be involved with. It’s a real no win.

Some loyal Catholics support the pope and his donation.

The migrant crisis at the border has been exacerbated for months due to U.S. policies targeting migrants and legal asylum seekers. The Trump administration has even started forcing migrants to wait in Mexico as their asylum requests are being processed, which one U.S. federal judge ruled to be illegal.

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These Nuns Have Become TikTok Sensations Because of Their Hilarious Videos

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These Nuns Have Become TikTok Sensations Because of Their Hilarious 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.

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.

The account appears to be run by Sister Bethany, a young media-savvy nun who has her own popular TikTok page.

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

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

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On Monday, Pope Francis announced that he has amended the Code of Canon Law, the official Catholic doctrine to formally allow women to give readings from the bible during mass.

Pope Francis said he made the change in order to recognize the “precious contribution” Catholic women make to the Catholic community.

While some have praised Pope Francis’s decision as a step in the right direction, some have taken issue with the papal decree that also seems to go out of its way to make a distinction between “ordained” ministries (like the priesthood and the diaconate) and other types of priesthoods that are open to both men and women.

It seems that Catholic equality activists are divided into two camps: those who believe that the decree will “open a door” towards women being ordained priests, and those who think the ordinance explicitly shuts down the possibility.

“This is the first codification of allowing women inside the sanctuary,” said historian Phyllis Zagano to AP News. “That’s a very big deal.” Zagano believes that the decree is a step towards female ordination because “you can’t be ordained as deacons unless you’re installed as lectors or acolytes [first].”

Critics are also saying that the ordinance is simply an empty gesture to appease Catholic women who want more leadership roles within the church.

“There is nothing new in the decree — it effectively recognizes the roles that many women have been doing for decades, only now they will be controlled by a bishop,” Lucetta Scaraffia, former editor of the Vatican’s women magazine “Donne”, said to “The New York Times”.

“It seems as though the pope is conceding something to women, but it is something that they’ve had for decades, while denying what they have requested, the diaconate,” she continued.

Indeed, the act of allowing women to read from the bible during mass is already widely practice in Catholic Churches across the world.

When Pope Francis amended the Canon Law to “officially” allow it, he was simply adding greater legitimacy to a practice that was already in place in many ministries across the developed world.

The Argentinian pope explained his decision in a letter, saying that the newly-formally ordained practice would “allow women to have a real and effective impact on the organization, the most important decisions and the direction of communities, while continuing to do so in a way that reflects their womanhood.”

But what “womanhood” is remains up to interpretation. And it definitely isn’t the same as what was when the Roman Catholic Church was first established in 313 A.D.

It is also worth noting that some religious historians believe that women held leadership roles like deacon (ordained minister) in the early history of the Catholic Church.

In fact, since he’s been in office, Pope Francis has created two separate commissions to further investigate the role of women during the early Catholic Church. If it is found that women were, indeed, sometimes ordained as deacons, that fact could give a precedence to women becoming ordained ministers in the current era.

But until then, Pope Francis has made it clear that he has no plans to change canon law to include women in the priesthood or diaconate.

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