DALLAS — While on the road promoting her upcoming film "Miracles From Heaven," popular actress Jennifer Garner ("Alias", "13 Going on 30", "Daredevil") visited Bishop T.D. Jakes' church to attend Sunday service and spoke of the life-changing impact her movie role has played in her personal life.
"Ahhh I can't even watch the clip, I can't even see it, it makes me cry," Garner said as she joined Jakes and Christy Beam, who she protrays in the film, on stage.
"I fell so in love with this family, I fell so in love with their love for each other. I fell so in love with their faith," she said. "It was a transformative experience to play this woman right here, she made me stronger," the actress confessed about Christy as she choked up. more >>
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a Roman Catholic, is set to become the first world leader known to have taken part in a gay pride march, following his announcement that he will participate in Toronto's July 3 event.
BBC News noted that Trudeau has participated in such marches before, but this will be his first as PM.
The student government at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has come under fire after an attempt was made to scuttle a strong request by students to get a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus due to CEO Dan Cathy's support for traditional marriage.
On Jan. 19, UNK student body President Evan Jay Calhoun invited students via a message on his Facebook page to weigh in on plans to renovate the school's student union building through a short survey. The survey included a vote to expand the dining options at the union and Chick-fil-A emerged as the top requested franchise.
More than three weeks later on Feb. 12, however, Calhoun, through another Facebook post, informed students that even though Chick-fil-A was the top requested restaurant in the survey, it would not be in the best interest of the school to seek to get a Chick-fil-A on campus due to the company's values. more >>
When it comes to her relationship with Pastor Judah Smith of The City Church in Seattle, Washington, Chelsea Smith admits that "marriage is hard," but says having a foundation in Jesus helps make it work.
Chelsea made the admission in a conversation with Maria Shriver in an episode of "Architects of Change Live" while discussing the new children's book she wrote along with her husband, titled "I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook."
"Anybody who's in the room who has been married for more than 10 minutes knows that marriage is hard and I think one of the toughest things about marriage is realizing that I've committed my life to somebody who is going to let me down, and what will I do when this man lets me down?" said Chelsea, after Shriver asked the couple how fundamental their relationship with Jesus is in relation to the success of their marriage. more >>
As of February 1, the World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus, largely across Central and South America and the Carribbean, a "public health event of international concern." They believe over 4 million people may become infected in 2016. The virus has been associated with over 4,000 cases of microcephaly, and doctors are currently studying the link between the severe birth defect and the infectious disease in Brazil and other countries.
Once discovered, the Pan American Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued announcements across the Americas calling for postponing travel to these areas, avoiding mosquito bites, safe sex practices, and in some countries, for women to consider delaying pregnancy for the next two years.
For this last call to action, addressing family planning for women, there are myriad obstacles. Over half the pregnancies in El Salvador, for example, are unintended; there are high rates of sexual violence; and there is limited access to contraceptives due to both "gatekeepers" who may not allow for access to contraceptives to women as well as legitimate "stock outs" where modern methods of contraceptives are simply unavailable. more >>
Manny Pacquiao said that he remains strong in his faith despite being criticized for his controversial comments about gay people by celebrities and being fired by Nike. The Catholic Church in the Philippines has also backed the Christian boxer and politician.
"I'm not bothered, that's the world," Pacquiao told local media regarding the criticisms, according to BoxingScene.com. "I mean, Jesus lives in me so I'm always happy. Says the Bible, everyday has enough troubles of its own, so don't be bothered about that."
Pacquiao has also been backed by the Catholic Church, which says that his opposition to gay marriage is based on the Bible. more >>