Two of the most influential people in the world met today at the Vatican. According to a Vatican spokesperson, Pope Francis met with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan to discuss "how to use communications technology to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged.”
Zuckerberg also presented the pope with his own drone, like the one the company is using to bring the internet to remote communities around the world. In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg explained,
Priscilla and I had the honor of meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he's found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world.
We also discussed the importance of connecting people, especially in parts of the world without internet access. We gave him a model of Aquila, our solar-powered aircraft that will beam internet connectivity to places that don't have it. And we shared our work with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help people around the world.
It was a meeting we'll never forget. You can feel his warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people.
About a year ago, President Obama announced that by September 2016, his plan was to welcome 10,000 refugees from Syria into the United States. According to America’s ambassador to Jordan—which is home to more than a million refugees—the U.S. will hit that goal this week.
Though the resettlement of refugees has been controversial in some areas and has been a political hot button in the presidential election, U.S. officials have insisted that those who are now in the U.S. have been well vetted. The refugees living in the U.S. were some of the most vulnerable in the world. As Ambassador Alice Wells explained, “Refugees are the most thoroughly screened category of travelers to the United States, and Syrian refugees are subject to even greater scrutiny.” Wells also said the goal is "a floor, not a ceiling.”
In the last five years, millions of Syrians have been displaced by an ongoing civil war and the rise of ISIS in the region. Discuss
If you’ve ever needed more proof that Marvel has way more fun than DC, then watch this short new mockumentary starring Thor, who explains why he needed some “me time,” and is just waiting to get a call from his good pal Tony Stark for his next adventure.
After saving the world with his buds, Thor’s been laying low with his new roommate “Darryl,” and, honestly, feeling a little left out.
As it turns out, even he gets a little confused about all of the interweaving plotlines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It's that time of year, where kids around the country head back to school, after three glorious months of summer. But not every student dreads getting back into the classroom. This young fourth-grader in Austin wants the world to know that he is pumped to hit the books once again.
And, he also uses the opportunity of being interviewed on the local news to address some issues with his mother’s rules, particularly not allowing him to walk to school and forcing him to wear “protective gear” while riding his bike. His case is compelling: He's in fourth grade; he knows how to ride a bike, mom! Discuss
A civil racketeering lawsuit filed against two former leaders of the defunct Mars Hill Church—lead pastor Mark Driscoll and executive elder Sutton Turner—has been dismissed. Back in March, four former members of the controversial church filed a lawsuit which accused Driscoll and Turner of essentially misusing donations.
The suit alleged that more than $200,000 in donations that were collected for the church’s mission fund were used to pay a company to make sure that Driscoll’s latest book ended up on the New York Times best-seller list. He later said that the tactics used by the company “[manipulated] a book sales reporting system, which is wrong,” and retracted its best-seller status in marketing material, though has said that the claims made by the lawsuit were “false and malicious allegations.”
The legal issues may not be over for Driscoll however. The racketeering lawsuit was dismissed because the former members bringing it didn’t actually serve Driscoll and Turner after filing it. The judge decided that the plaintiffs didn’t act "in bad faith, recklessly, or with an improper purpose,” and if they can get the money needed to serve the duo, they could refile it and the case could actually be heard by a judge.
In an email to RNS, one of the plaintiffs said, “We are ready to refile, if someone stepped up and offered to fund it. We will also be considering class action and contingent fee possibilities.” So far, a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the legal fees has brought in $34,660 of its $70,000 goal.
This month, Driscoll’s new church, The Trinity Church, launched in Phoenix, Ariz.
In a statement regarding the dismissal, Driscoll said, “I am grateful to God for the dismissal of these false and malicious allegations. I remain steadfast and committed to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am forever humbled and thankful for the prayers and tremendous support of family, friends, and fellow pastors.” Discuss