Pope Francis recently announced that he is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the globe for a summit to discuss the prevention of sexual abuse by clergy. The summit, scheduled for February, is thought to be the first of its kind and signals a realization by the Catholic Church that clergy sex abuse is a global problem, according to officials. The summit comes on the heels of recent clergy sex abuse scandals involving a Chilean priest and a former American cardinal. The summit will be headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. DiNardo has stated that he wants a Vatican investigation into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed as cardinal in July after an accusation that he groped a teenager.

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Majority of ‘Family Comedies” include explicit dialogue

According to a study by the Parents Television Council, 81.5 percent of shows labeled as “family comedies” include situations where characters make “explicit references to sex in from of teenage and child characters.”

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“Fat and Faithful” by J. Nicole Morgan

J. Nicole Morgan grew up fat and loving Jesus. But she was forever burdened by what she saw as her biggest spiritual flaw: her weight. In “Fat and Faithful,” she shares her journey from body shame to fat acceptance and shows us how to care for the image of God found in every body — including our own. When the world tells us that our bodies are too much, J. Nicole Morgan reminds us that all people — no matter their size, shape, or ability — are beloved of God. Bodies of all sizes, shapes, colors, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities are expressions of the body of Christ.

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Rapture: In Christian eschatology, a term used to describe the sudden transportation of true Christians into heaven before other events associated with the end of the world take place.

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According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of New Zealand is:

— Christian: 44.3 percent

— Hindu: 2.1 percent

— Buddhist: 1.4 percent

— Maori Christian: 1.3 percent

— Islam: 1.1 percent

— Other: 1.4 percent

— None: 38.5 percent

— Unidentified: 8.2 percent

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