It is important to stay in touch with what is going on in the world around us as future ministers and leaders. In the gathering of these news stories I decided to select from things going on in the world, science, and local news. Of course, there are thousands of news stories going on every day, but I tried to narrow it down to the top five that have currently been trending.

  • Pope Francis Denounces Catholics who Lead Double Life

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/23/pope-francis-better-to-be-atheist-than-hypocritical-catholic

Recently Pope Francis stated that is better to be an atheist than to be a hypocritical Catholic. This article discusses how Pope Francis specifically addresses the hypocrisy of his own church, however, this is good to keep in mind for all Christians.

  • Anti-Muslim Group Planned Attack on Muslims in Kernersville, NC

https://triad-city-beat.com/2017/02/cair-calls-fbi-investigation-kernersville-talk-killing-muslims/

There was an anti-Muslim hate group in Kernersville, NC that were planning on killing Muslims. The hate group is currently under FBI investigation. This article provides chilling insight into the way anti-Muslim groups justify their actions.

A Jewish Cemetery was vandalized near St. Louis, Missouri. There was a crowdfunding campaign started by Muslim Activists to help raise money to help repair the cemetery. As of Wednesday morning, the group raised $70,000.

  • Seven New Earth-Like Planets Discovered Around a Star

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-telescope-reveals-largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone-planets-around

A Nasa telescope captured an image of seven new planets around a star in a nearby system of planets near to Earth in constellation Aquarius. At least three of the planets are in the “habitable zone” meaning that there is a chance they contain water and could sustain life.

  • Milo Yiannopoulos’ Comments on Pedophilia Split the Alt-Right

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-39045458

Milo Yiannopoulos was one of the editors of the Alt-Right website publication “Breitbart.” After his comments surfaced, wherein he condoned pedophilia, he is facing repercussions. Some of the repercussions he is facing are but not limited to: lost book deals that were worth $250,000, resignation from “Breitbart,” and some of his allies from the Alt-Right turning against him. Interestingly enough some members of the Alt-Right still support Yiannopoulos even though he himself has stated that he is not a member of the Alt-Right movement.