Pope Francis has admitted that he's "a bit feminist," praising the important role of women in religious life for standing on the "front lines" of the church's "motherly love" and outreach to people who need it most.
Catholic News Service reported on Thursday that Francis was speaking to an audience of young consecrated women and men from around the world, and talked about how evangelism helps 'warm other people's lives with Christ.'
"Here I would like to — forgive me if I'm a bit feminist — give thanks to the witness of consecrated women. Not all of them though, some are a bit frantic!" the Roman Catholic Church leader said to laughter and applause. more >>
Adrienne Bailon, co-host of "The Real" daytime TV show, recently announced that she broke off an engagement to her boyfriend of six years, music executive Lenny Santiago. Despite the emotional breakup, Bailon says she feels blessed.
"Life lessons are hard but I'm grateful that I have a platform to share my journey and hopefully encourage, inspire, or just let women know they are not alone and to never give up on finding love. I still believe," Bailon told Us Weekly.
Although she's staying positive, Bailon admits that breaking up with someone you're emotionally attached to isn't easy. more >>
A new campus policy has been proposed at the University of California that seeks to limit freedom of speech so that students and faculty have the "right" to study or work "free from acts and expressions of intolerance."
The policy proposal, which has been deemed a "statement of principles against intolerance" was discussed by a committee of university regents on Thursday, and aims ban so-called intolerant speech, yet protect its students' and faculty's freedom of expression at the same time.
The policy defines intolerance as being "unwelcome conduct motivated by discrimination against, or hatred toward, other individuals or groups," and includes "acts of violence or intimidation, threats, harassment, hate speech, derogatory language reflecting stereotypes or prejudice, or inflammatory or derogatory use of culturally recognized symbols of hate, prejudice, or discrimination." more >>
Taraji P. Henson is nominated for an Emmy award and will find out if she's won the award for best lead actress in a drama next week. But instead of focusing on winning the honor for herself, the "Empire" actress is praying for more of a historical feat to happen.
Aside from Henson, 45, the "How to Get Away With Murder" actress Viola Davis is also nominated for the lead actress award, which means that one of the two could become the first African-American actress to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama.
"Here we are in 2015, and we're still saying things like, 'First African-American,' 'First woman this,'" she told Entertainment Weekly. "I just pray to God … and it's not even about me. I hope Viola wins. I hope I win. Just so we can get past this and we don't have to say in 2020 or 2030 or 3000, 'The first.'" more >>
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has returned to work and was ordered not to interfere in any way with the issuance of marriage licenses to all eligible couples.
The Kentucky clerk was jailed on Sept. 3 after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. On Monday, Kim Davis resumed her work as a clerk at Rowan County but was ordered to not prevent deputies from releasing marriage licenses, according to The Guardian.
Davis became the subject of a nationwide controversy after she reportedly defied a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her legal representatives have not yet confirmed whether or not she would follow her new orders, the report relays. more >>
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., the man charged in the 2014 death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, has been indicted in the murder of another student, Morgan Harrington.
The Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office on Tuesday announced that a grand jury indicted Matthew — who's being held in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail awaiting trial in in the Graham case — with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile in the case of Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student who vanished after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville back in October 2009.
The former cab driver is due to appear in court in Harrington's case on Wednesday and the victim's mother said she has faith that the suspect will be brought to justice, while adding that she does not "hate" him. more >>