When going to a tavern or night club and looking upon the muscle hired to keep order, few would imagine that one of them may one day become a globally influential spiritual leader.
And yet, as reported by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, such an employment background exists with the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Francis has recently stated in Rome that while a youth he served as a club bouncer. The pontiff told worshippers on Sunday at the church of San Cirillo Alessandrino that before entering the priesthood he served as a bouncer. more >>
Rejecting Pope Francis' recent writings against the world's "tyrannical" economic system, a Tea Party advocate contended that Jesus Christ was a capitalist.
"One truth shines out from the Bible: Jesus spoke to the individual, never to government or government policy. Jesus was a capitalist, preaching personal responsibility, not a socialist," wrote Jonathan Moseley, a Virginia businessman, criminal defense attorney and member of the Northern Virginia Tea Party, in an article for WND.com.
The Tea Party advocate rejected claims that Pope Francis' recently published 50,000-word Apostolic Exhortation was mistranslated and said he believes the pope did indeed condemn capitalism. more >>
Wealth inequality in the United States is much worse than people think. There is a thin line between the collective earnings of the lower-middle class and poor, while the gap between them and the ridiculously rich is a shocking shame.
A videographer working under the name "Politizane" illustrated this in a video posted to YouTube called "Wealth Inequality in America" in which he features the results of a poll conducted by a Harvard business professor and economist that asked 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth was distributed in the country.
The graphic above illustrates the disparity between what people think the distribution of wealth is, what they believe it should should be like and what actually exists. more >>
A luxury hotel in South Africa has drawn the ire of the Internet world for offering tourists the chance to experience shanty town life in that country without a taste of the attendant challenges of the poor who live in them for real.
For roughly $83 a night, the Emoya Luxury Hotel & Spa, located in Bloemfontein in the heart of South Africa, offers a four person party a chance to experience poverty safely.
Shanty towns are slum settlements located in many developing countries across the world which normally have no proper infrastructure like sanitation services, safe water supply and other basic human necessities. Millions of people in South Africa live like this in areas known as townships. They are predominantly populated by blacks in South Africa who still struggle after the end of apartheid. more >>
Hoping to challenge his congregation's beliefs on poverty, a Mormon Bishop transformed himself into a homeless man and loitered outside the church before service started last Sunday.
With the help of a makeup artist friend, the Utah-based David Musselman adopted a disguise that added mutton-chops, dark bags under his eyes and disfigured teeth. He added a crutch and then waited outside to see his church's response.
While Musselman had braced himself for a mean response from passerbyers, "what surprised me the most was the reaction of indifference." more >>
As millions of Americans go to the stores for frenzied shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, a group of Texas churches have sought to provide an alternative.
"Bless Friday," a time away from the shopping centers and the seasonal sales, involves congregations organizing community service projects for Black Friday, with the hopes of someday making such volunteer work the norm.