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Vatican Urges Nuns To Spend Less Time On Social Media

Nuns are warned to avoid the distraction of “noises, news and words.”

It looks like excessive social media usage is officially becoming a problem among Catholic nuns. In a recent statement, Vatican has recently ordered nuns to reduce time spent on social media and instead to focus more on contemplation.

A document entitled ‘Cor Orans’ (which is Latin for ‘Praying Heart’), the Vatican reminded 38,000 cloistered nuns in the Catholic Church that too much tweeting and reading the news can interfere with staying prayerful.

Excessive social media use can be a major distraction for nuns, Vatican warned.

The said document taught nuns about how they can more fully apply Pope Francis’s Apostolic Constitution. Issued back in 2016, the constitution gives guidelines regarding life in monasteries – which includes matters pertaining to legal, administrative and spiritual subjects.

Vatican said that although social media isn’t totally forbidden, nuns should use it with moderation.

The document explained that “it is possible to empty contemplative silence when the cloister is filled with noise, news and words.”

Furthermore, it specified that nuns should use social media with “sobriety and discretion” so that technology “may be at the service of formation for the contemplative life and necessary communication, and do not become occasions for wasting time or escaping from the demands of fraternal life in community.”

Social media should “not become an obstacle” to a life wholly dedicated to contemplation.

Archbishop José Rodriguez Carballo presented the document at a recent press conference where he also said that he hopes to “clarify the provisions of the law, developing and determining the procedures for its execution.”

Nuns should likewise pay attention to “online content and the type and quantity of information.”

Meanwhile, Sr Catherine Wybourne, who has gained quite a following on Twitter as ‘Digital Nun’, commented about the subject, writing on her blog:

“Of course I agree with the need for discretion, but having been using social media for about ten years – probably longer than many of the clergy and others who felt it necessary to give nuns guidance on the matter – my main reaction is a mixture of despair and irritation.”

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Booster Chair Noticed By The Internet, Gave Birth To Hundred Of Memes

Mark Zuckerberg may have faced Facebook’s latest issue, but the Internet isn’t the one to easily forgive and forget.

In the past few days, Mark Zuckerberg has been the talk of the town due to Facebook's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social media giant and the political consulting firm are facing major backlash for obtaining data from over 87 million users for the purpose of supplying the said information to politicians who hired them.

Last April 10, Zuckerberg was invited to give his testimony before the United States Congressional Committee. The proceedings were aired on national TV and was likewise posted online. He was called to answer the issues but one of the things that later captured the internet's attention was his booster chair.

In case you didn't know, booster chairs are used to give some form of elevation to the user when they are seated. They are usually hidden from the crowd's view, as it is being covered by a table.

It looks like Zuckerberg dominated Twitter too!

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Desperate Parents Beg Money To Save Baby Born With Part Of Brain And Skull Missing

The funds would help the poor baby girl undergo a life-saving surgery.

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Little Ah Neath’s life depends on her impoverished family, who are doing everything they can to save her. Her father and mother, Srey and Heang, respectively, are desperately gathering funds together. They even decided to sell their properties just to pay for their daughter’s medical care.

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Mexico Wants Trump To Clarify His Plans of Deploying Troops Along U.S. Border

Militarizing the border would not fare well with the Mexican government.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he is planning to deploy troops along the country's southern border. Now Mexico wants a clear word from the Trump adminstration regarding those plans.

"The Mexican government has formally asked for clarification of the president's statements, both through the State Department and the Homeland Security Department," said Mexican Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez in an interview with CNN international.

Mexican Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez had a personal conversation with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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"The important thing is that both countries share the idea of having a secure border. We don't always agree in how to achieve that objective, and I do expect that, in the next few hours, we will get clarification on this issue," Gutiérrez added....

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