CultureIs 'Young Pope' a 'House of Cards' for Catholicism?
Like the political drama, it's a cynical, edgy take on a powerful institution.
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Late last week, Texas State Representative Tony Tinderholt filed a bill that would make abortion illegal in all cases except when the mother's life is at risk, according to reports.

House Bill 948, called the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act speaks primarily of abortion as the murder of unborn children and of being a protective measure against that. The bill tells officials to enforce the bill "regardless of any contrary or conflicting federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions," but legal experts have said that that would simply be unconstitutional.

This is the most recent in bills coming from Texas seeking to legislate or repeal abortion. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that required facilities performing abortions to meet the standards imposed on hospitals, calling it an undue burden on a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

The bill would need a two-thirds vote in order to pass and become law. Discuss

Someone who knows someone needs to get NatGeo on the phone and tell them about Aryeh Nirenberg. The photographer recently flew from NYC to Iceland and used her empty row of seats to set up her camera on a tripod and capture the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) from the window.

While most of us would have taken the entirety of an empty row as an opportunity to sleep, Nirenberg set out to capture creation.

The footage is not only awe inspiring but reveals the artistry and innovation within God’s creation.


Actor Andrew Garfield recently visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the two had an interesting discussion about spiritual exercises, fasting, faith, how preparing for the film Silence showed him about Jesus, the afterlife, doubt and even spiritual warfare. It’s a really fascinating conversation.

While discussing the ignatius spiritual exercises (which he studied for a year before the filming began), he explained, "It’s a very weird thing where you create this very deep relationship with Jesus Christ. And I didn’t know much about Jesus. I hadn’t really studied the Bible.”

The film tells the story of two 17th century Jesuit missionaries investigating reports of persecution in Japan. He recently explained to American Magazine that the intense mental and spiritual preparation for the role taught him about developing a relationship with Christ:

What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing … That was the most remarkable thing—falling in love, and how easy it was to fall in love with Jesus.

The eyewear company Pearl Vision has released a new ad which tells the story of a young boy named Ben, and it’s actually really touching.

We don’t want to give away the ending, but it packs an emotional punch. All the feels, you guys. Discuss

Is 'Young Pope' a 'House of Cards' for Catholicism?

Like the political drama, it's a cynical, edgy take on a powerful institution. Read More