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04/19/2007


Vatican Offers 'Time Off Purgatory' for Following Pope Francis on Twitter

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Sinful Catholics can now earn indulgences, reducing the time they'll have to spend in purgatory for their sins, by following Pope Francis on Twitter, the Guardian reports:

FrancisIndulgences these days are granted to those who carry out certain tasks – such as climbing the Sacred Steps, in Rome (reportedly brought from Pontius Pilate's house after Jesus scaled them before his crucifixion), a feat that earns believers seven years off purgatory.

But attendance at events such as the Catholic World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro, a week-long event starting on 22 July, can also win an indulgence.

Mindful of the faithful who cannot afford to fly to Brazil, the Vatican's sacred apostolic penitentiary, a court which handles the forgiveness of sins, has also extended the privilege to those following the "rites and pious exercises" of the event on television, radio and through social media.

"That includes following Twitter," said a source at the penitentiary, referring to Pope Francis' Twitter account, which has gathered seven million followers. "But you must be following the events live. It is not as if you can get an indulgence by chatting on the internet."

For interested sinners, the Pope's handle is @pontifex.

The Vatican also plans on opening a Pinterest account soon, according to the article, where you'll presumably also be able to buy time by pinning photos of red Prada shoes, and such. Though we doubt time on Venerabilis, the recently-reported  hook-up website for gay priests, will ever count.


NHL Star Tyler Seguin Under Fire for Homophobic Tweet He Blames on 'Hackers'

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Tyler Seguin, a former Boston Bruins player who was acquired last week by the Dallas Stars, is under fire for a tweet he sent out on Saturday night that he blamed on hackers.

Tweet_seguinSeguin's tweet, since deleted, read: "Only steers and queers in Texas, and I'm not a cow."

The Dallas Stars reacted immediately, distancing themselves from Seguin's tweet:

“In no way, shape or form does the Dallas Stars organization condone or agree with the message that was sent out through Tyler Seguin’s Twitter feed last night. We’ve addressed the issue directly with Tyler and we’ll continue to work on educating our players regarding the importance of their conduct on all forms of social media.”

Seguin later announced he's taking a break from Twitter, but blamed the statement on "hackers":

After repeated attempts by "hackers" to try to damage my reputation I have decided to shut down my twitter account for a while.— Tyler Seguin (@tylerseguin92) July 07, 2013

SI.com says it isn't the first time Seguin has made a similar mistake: "Earlier this year, he added 'no homo' to a description of his reaction after listening to a song written by his roommate. He later apologized for using that phrase."


Hillary Clinton Joins Twitter, Thanks Gay 'Texts from Hillary' Creators in First Tweet

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Hillary Clinton joined Twitter today, unleashing an amazing profile upon the world:

Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD...

She also thanked gay "Texts from Hillary" creators Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe in her first tweet:

"Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 & @Sllambe - I'll take it from here... #tweetsfromhillary"

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Geo-Tagging the Nation's Homophobia

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A new site takes a look at hateful tweets and where they come from, charting them based on homophobia, racism, and disability. The above map is a graphic representation of the combined tweets using "Dyke", "Fag", "Homo", and "Queer". The reds represent greater intensity.

Looks like western Illinois is a hotbed of homophobia. At least on Twitter.


Celebrities Read Mean Tweets About Themselves for Jimmy Kimmel: VIDEO

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Edition 4 of Jimmy Kimmel's amusing segment.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Syrian Hackers Hijack E! Online's Twitter, Tweet News Item Claiming Justin Bieber is Gay

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The Syrian Electronic Army took responsibility for hacking E! Online's Twitter account on Saturday and tweeting out a series of items which included news that Justin Bieber had come out, Mashable reports.

"Exclusive: Justin Bieber to E!online: I'm a gay" said the first tweet followed by "Angelina Jolie admits, in E! latest issue, that Jordan is to blame for the Syrian refugees' atrocious conditions"

The group responsible for the hack is aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and also took responsibility for hacking the AP last week, a hack which sent stock markets into a momentary plunge.


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