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This Priest Went Viral After He Used A Squirt Gun To Bless Churchgoers With Holy Water And We Can See Why

Social distancing is at the top of pretty much everyone’s minds – especially as communities start to slowly reopen businesses and more people start to venture out from their homes. If you’re going out – wear your mask and maintain your sana distancia.

Although there’s so many stories of churches ignoring social distancing orders, there’s finally one of a Michigan priest who made sure his congregation followed the health requirements with a drive-thru service.

The Detroit-area priest decided to use a squirt gun to bless his congregation with holy water.

In Detroit, a region of the country that has been hit really bard by the Coronavirus, a Catholic priest was following social distancing measures when he held a drive-thru mass for Easter. He took the order so serious that he decided to bless his churchgoers with a squirt gun armed with holy water. We’re serious. This actually happened and to be honest, I’m kinda here for it.

Timothy Pelc is a reverend at the St. Ambrose Church outside Detroit and decided to move forward with an Easter mass but took the necessary precautions to protect his congregation. As each car approached him, he’d shoot holy water into the car at each person who wanted it. For his own protection, Rev. Pelc wore a mask, face shield, and rubber gloves as further precautions against the Coronavirus.

The photos of the priest were taken at Easter but have recently gone viral and have inspired memes online.

One of the church’s parishioners, Larry Peplin, had taken the original photos and they were first posted to Facebook in April by the St. Ambrose Parish. But recently, they’ve gone viral – even getting hits in Ukraine, Colombia, and all the way to the Vatican. The photos even sparked a Reddit Photoshop battle. Peak 2020.

The original idea was to do something for the kids of the parish,” Pelc told BuzzFeed News. “They were about ready to have an Easter unlike any of their past, so I thought, What can we still do that would observe all the protocols of social distancing?

He said, ‘Not only is this safe, this is fun,’ and he came with his kids,” Pelc said. “He provided me with all the personal protection stuff that I needed. The sun was out. We had a nice turnout. It was a way of continuing an ancient custom, and people seemed to enjoy it.”

One meme in particular got Rev. Pelc’s interest.

In his interview with Buzzfeed News, Rev. Pelc said ”I’m not objecting to it — this whole idea of combating evil is a good one. When Jesus dies, he doesn’t just lay around doing nothing. He goes down to hell and kicks the doors in. He really wrestles with evil. We all want to believe that the devil is not the most powerful force on the earth and neither is COVID-19.”

Pelc told BuzzFeed News that he was a little concerned about how the Vatican might react when the photos of him squirting holy water began circulating widely on the internet. But, he said, “I haven’t heard anything yet.”

Pulp Fiction anyone?

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OMG as a huge Pulp Fiction fan this is too good.

Michigan has been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The church and surrounding communities have taken the pandemic seriously. Parishioners have tied blue ribbons on trees at the church for each person who has died of COVID-19 in Michigan. That number is now approaching 5,000. And Detroit’s largely Africa-American population has faced a shortage of medical supplies and PPE that have led to a very high per capita incidence rate of Covid-19.

Rev. Pelc says he would like to start regular services again next Sunday but that many people are just too afraid to venture out.

Michigan has also been hit hard with armed protesters who are upset at the state’s stay-at-home orders and precautions. They’ve stormed the state capitol and demanded Gov. Witmer relax the orders. But according to Pelc, they do not reflect the mood in his community.

He told BuzzFeed he had hoped to begin holding in-person masses next Sunday but was struggling to find churchgoers to help him stage the socially distanced services.

“People are saying they don’t want to come out just yet,” Pelc said. “There’s still a lot of fear out there and I don’t blame them.”

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Tourists To Mexico Are Getting COVID And Are Shocked They Can’t Return To U.S.

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Tourists To Mexico Are Getting COVID And Are Shocked They Can’t Return To U.S.

Since late-January, the United States has required a negative COVID test from anyone traveling to the U.S., including tourists returning from vacation in Mexico. So, what happens when you test positive while in a foreign country?

Well, many U.S. tourists are finding out the dark side of traveling during a global pandemic as those who test positive for the virus aren’t being allowed back into the country. And they are outraged.

U.S. tourists shocked they can’t return to the U.S. with a positive COVID test.

Even though the government has made it very clear that anyone traveling to the U.S. will require a negative COVID-19 test (at least anyone over the age of 2), many U.S. tourists abroad are shocked they’re not able to return to their home country once they’ve caught the virus.

Korey Mudd, who was on vacation in Cancun when he tested positive, told USA Today, he couldn’t believe this was happening. “It would have been better just to stay home, for sure, unfortunately,” he said.

The hotel initially told him he had to stay until he tested negative, which freaked Mudd out since people who get the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can test positive long after they’ve recovered from the virus. The resort they stayed at, which covers the cost of the extended stay for travelers stranded by COVID-19, eventually settled on 10 days after his first test if he had no symptoms.

The U.S. implemented the testing requirement shortly after President Biden took office.

Since late January, anyone traveling to the United States is required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination or recovery from the virus. However, this new requirement hasn’t stemmed the flow of tourists from the U.S. traveling to Mexico amid the pandemic, hoping to escape the tighter lockdowns that exist in some parts of the U.S.

But if you’re abroad and test positive, you can’t fly home until you are cleared by a doctor or provide proof of a negative test. Hotel and airline interpretations of the CDC rules vary, but travelers who’ve been stuck say they were told between 10 and 14 days in isolation.

When the requirement was announced on Jan. 12, travelers rushed to cancel plans or shift their vacation plans to U.S. vacation spots that don’t require COVID-19 tests. But the bookings rebounded as some hotels announced free testing and a free quarantine stay if they tested positive and vaccination rates have increased.

Do you need a test to fly?

Travelers don’t need a COVID-19 test to fly to Mexico, but they can’t board a flight back to the United States from the country or any international destination without showing a negative test taken no more than three days before departure or proof of recovery from COVID-19.

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