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  • This Week in Christian History: Second Vatican, First Pilgrim Worship Service, Georgetown Founded

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    (Photo: Reuters/Max Rossi)A view shows faithful gathering in St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at the Vatican March 29, 2015.

    Christianity is a faith with a long and detailed history, with numerous events of lasting significance occurring throughout the ages.

    Each week brings the anniversaries of great milestones, horrid tragedies, amazing triumphs, telling tribulations, inspirational progress, and everything in between.

    Here are just a few things that happened this week, Jan. 21-27, in church history. They include the Pilgrims’ first worship service in America, the calling of Second Vatican, and the founding of the United States’ first Catholic college.

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  • TobyMac Urges Fans to Join Him in Nashville Marathon to End ‘Class Segregation, Spiritual Poverty’

    (Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)Tobymac holds the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for “This Is Not A Test” during the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016.

    TobyMac is gearing up for a marathon that aims to help end racial division, class segregation and spiritual poverty.

    TobyMac, the genre-blending Christian contemporary music artist, is participating in the marathon called the St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon. The half marathon or 5K taking place in Nashville was created to raise money for various charities.

    The musician is partnering with a group called Run for Hope to raise money that can help transform the community of Franklin, Tennessee.

    “Run For Hope is a group of New Hope Academy supporters running in the St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon, half marathon or 5K. We train, party and support each other as we raise funds to support the missional objectives of New Hope Academy in Franklin, Tennessee,” according to a description of the group on the Run For Hope website. “Partnered with music superstar, TobyMac, we run to help end racial division, class segregation, and spiritual poverty. Together our efforts support a brighter future in which we can ignite our community with hope and lasting transformation.”

    The New Hope Academy says it is on a mission to set people free by helping people form relationships across race, culture and class.

    “Black, white, rich, or poor, we are limited by our prejudices, our fears, and our lack of resources. And we all have them,” the website states. ”New Hope provides a radical opportunity for relationships to form across racial, economic, and cultural lines within the community — thereby assisting the poor, bringing people together, and cultivating racial reconciliation.”

    Aside from TobyMac, worship musician Ryan Stevenson said he would participate in the event that takes place in April.

    “Join me at Run for Hope with @officialtobymac to support @nhafranklin,” Stevenson tweeted this week. “Going down April 27-28 in Nashville.”

    TobyMac reposted the message on his own page and encouraged people to sign up for the marathon by adding, “C’mon y’all! Gonna be a blast!”

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  • Teen Mom OG’ Star Tyler Baltierra Shares Impressive Weight Loss Photo

    YouTube/MTVA screenshot from the “Real Housewives Parody” featuring “Teen Mom OG” main casts, Farrah, Maci, Amber and Catelynn.

    “Teen Mom OG” star Tyler Baltierra had lost 26 pounds in just a couple of weeks.

    It looks like 26-year-old reality star Tyler Baltierra is on a serious journey to become fit, as seen in the recent weight loss photo he has shared on Instagram. The post, which featured a before and after photo of Baltierra, impressively showed how much weight the young dad has lost in a span of five weeks.

    “26lbs DOWN!!! To be honest I didn’t even want to take a before picture, because I was already thinking of me not sticking with it then having the evidence of failure to look back on,” he said in the caption.

    Now, Baltierra explains in the post that eating healthy has made him feel and look better. He added: “But DAYYUMM dude! This got me feeling some type of way right now! Left picture was almost 5 weeks ago Right picture was today. Eating healthier just feels better obviously looks better hahaha lol BOOM!”

    In a follow-up video on Instagram, the reality star also hilariously questioned how weird his ears had looked in his weight loss photo and begins to question how the shape of his ears looked different from each other.

    In other news, Tyler’s wife, Catelynn Lowell-Baltierra, had recently revealed that she would be going back into treatment just two weeks after she had come home. It should be remembered that Catelynn had first entered treatment back in November revealing that she has had suicidal thoughts and needs professional help. Six weeks into her treatment, the 25-year-old mother to a young daughter, Novalee, revealed that she would be finally coming home.

    Now it seems that her journey to wellness isn’t over and that she is willing to try a different therapy to work on her trauma. It should be known that she and her husband of a decade, Tyler, had gone through quite the challenges including having parents who had suffered from substance abuse which ultimately led them to decide to set their first daughter, Carly, for adoption.

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  • New ‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer Featuring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft Rolls Out

    Warner Bros.Alicia Vikander takes on the iconic character of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, coming to cinemas in 2018.

    The latest action-packed trailer for the new “Tomb Raider” film has finally dropped.

    Back in September 2017, it should be remembered that the upcoming “Tomb Raider” film released its first trailer primarily focusing on Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft getting into intense action. Now, a new trailer for the film has finally been released, providing more of the story that fans of the franchise could expect.

    The new trailer features Lara Croft expressing her frustration regarding the mysterious disappearance of her father, played by Dominic West, while Kristin Scott Thomas’ character tries to convince her that he’s gone. After constantly seeing images of her father, Lara Croft discovers something about him that ultimately leads her to what is called the Devil’s Sea and into an island somewhere in the Pacific.

    The trailer also introduces the characters of Daniel Wu, who helps Lara along the way, as well as the villainous character, portrayed Walton Goggins, who is revealed to be a former associate of Lara’s father and is connected to the secret organization Trinity. Throughout the trailer, it is revealed that Trinity is on a mission to start a worldwide genocide and Lara is then forced to intervene. The trailer also includes heavy action scenes all the while a gritty version of the song “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child plays in the background.

    Originally a successful video game franchise, “Tomb Raider” was then adapted into a film crossover with the original role portrayed by Angelina Jolie in the first two films. Becoming massively successful, the first “Tomb Raider” films also helped shoot Jolie to fame.

    Many years after the last “Tomb Raider” film, it was announced that the film franchise will be given a reboot with Alicia Vikander taking on the iconic role. The new reboot film is meant to be a prequel to the first films and is set to arrive in cinemas this coming March 16.


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  • Taylor Swift’s Stalker Faces New Charges After Threatening to Kill Her Family

    Reuters/Mario AnzuoniTaylor Swift’s stalker has threatened to kill her family.

    It has been revealed that one of Taylor Swift’s stalkers had threatened to kill her family.

    Even fame has its own disadvantages, and it looks like Taylor Swift and her family are facing one of them. It has been revealed through a report made by Fox News that one of Taylor Swift’s stalkers has threatened to kill her entire family. According to the report, Frank Andrew Hoover had sent Swift’s father, Scott, a number of emails between May 2015 and October 2016, threatening to kill the singer’s family and telling them to “enjoy the brain aneurysms and death.”

    Of the 122 page emails, one of them read: “Decided that we are going to end all the Swifts on one day because I can’t stand that virus shit your daughter spread.” While other emails included, “The evil family of devils: Scott, Austin, Taylor, Andrew. Sincerely, the end real son of god,” as well as, “This article is not a joke and is why god is going to burn them into the desert for me.”

    Another email told the family to “go to hell.”

    With the revelation of these threatening emails, Hoover will be facing new charges apart from the stalking and violation of the restraining order that he had earlier faced. It should be remembered that back in November 2016, Hoover had been arrested for violating an earlier restraining order the Grammy-winning singer had requested against him after it was reported that he had stalked her after a concert at a Formula1 race the month before.

    With her immense fame, Swift is definitely not a stranger to stalkers. In fact, earlier this month, TMZ reports that Swift’s family had been alerted by authorities that there was a man claiming to be her boyfriend and needing a gun to protect her. Prior to that, in May 2017, a Manhattan court had indicted a man for loitering around her Tribeca apartment for three months and was ultimately declared unfit to stand trial. The man was then held at the New York State Office of Mental Health.

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  • WhatsApp Releases New Business App For Android

    WhatsApp official websitePromotional picture for the WhatsApp Business app.

    WhatsApp has just extended its reach as they have just launched a new app that is meant to be used by people who own small businesses. Further reports also reveal that the WhatsApp Business is expected to showcase a lot of features targeted for the specific market.

    “People all around the world use WhatsApp to connect with small businesses they care about — from online clothing companies in India to auto parts stores in Brazil. But WhatsApp was built for people and we want to improve the business experience,” WhatsApp said in a statement. “For example, by making it easier for businesses to respond to customers, separating customer and personal messages, and creating an official presence. So today we’re launching WhatsApp Business — a free-to-download Android app for small businesses.”

    Further reports also reveal that the new WhatsApp Business will allow for users to make their business profiles with details like e-mail address, business description, address, and website. Furthermore, it will have smart messaging features, such quick replies and greetings. To increase its accessibility, WhatsApp has made the Business version of their app available on the web. Owners will also establish themselves as credible retailers as WhatsApp has revealed that over time, they will be able to earn a confirmation badge on their profile.

    According to the developer, the WhatsApp Business app will eventually be released for the rest of the world. In the meantime, it is only available for Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, U.K., and U.S. Business owners in other areas will have to wait for more announcements. Fans who also use an iOS device will not be able to use the app as it is strictly released on an Android so far. It can not be downloaded from the Google Play Store app. More information is expected to be released in the coming months.


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  • Catholic Leaders Remember Faith of the Late Cranberries Frontwoman

    (Photo: Reuters/Alessia Pierdomenico)Irish singer Dolores O’Riordan performs at the Ariston Theatre during San Remo’s 54th song festival in northern Italy, March 6, 2004.

    Clergy who knew the Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan have been reflecting on the late singer’s faith as they help the family grieve over their unexpected loss. 

    On Monday, the 46-year-old singer-songwriter from the popular rock group died unexpectedly in London. While the cause of death has yet to be determined, those in the Catholic community who knew her are speaking about the loss.

    The singer’s funeral will be held at the Church of Saint Ailbe in Ballybricken, Ireland, on Jan. 23. Father James Walton, the priest in O’Riordan’s home parish, recalled first meeting the singer when she attended church with her mother.

    After her untimely death, he has been praying with her family.

    “They have no idea how Dolores died. They received a phone call with the news and are in shock. She was here only last week,” Walton told the Daily Mail. “I visited the family and prayed with two of her brothers. I met Dolores when she came to church with her mother.”

    Despite her fame, the priest recalled how humble O’Riordan was when she attended church.

    “There were no airs or graces about her being a celebrity and all that,” he said. “She was a perfectly nice woman and blended into the church.”

    Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick recalled O’Riordan growing up in a neighboring Archdiocese of Cashel and remembered her as an inspiration.

    “Of course, she was a superstar and an inspiration to so many people, not least from Limerick. Limerick City, all of Limerick, held her very dear in its heart,” he told Catholic News Service. “Her rise to stardom gave a huge amount of belief to young people locally at the time.”

    Even with fame, Leahy said, “she never lost sight of who she was and where she was from.”

    According to the bishop, the singer’s music reflected her spiritual beliefs.

    “She also often spoke about her spirituality and how important that was to her and, of course, she met Pope John Paull II,” he said. “She spoke of taking a lot of influence for her music from her spirituality. Limerick and the world has lost a kind, soft-hearted, talented soul.”

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