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Pope Francis Praises Author of Children's Book That Includes Lesbian Rabbits and Gay Penguin Parents

Pope Francis Praises Author of Children's Book That Includes Lesbian Rabbits and Gay Penguin Parents

Originally posted 08/28/2015 11:50AM

An Italian book that explores different types of families – including same-sex couples – has caused quite a stir after the mayor of Venice banned it from schools. Now, Pope Francis has upped the ante by writing a letter praising the author for her work, The Guardian reports.

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Mayim Bialik Defends Herself Against Backlash for Talking About Her Faith: 'It's Public Whether I Like It or Not!'

Mayim Bialik Hits Back at Critics Who Slammed Her for Talking About 'Private Matter' of Her Faith: 'It's Public Whether I Like It or Not!'

Originally posted 08/26/2015 11:40AM

Mayim Bialik isn't backing down.

The Emmy-nominated Big Bang Theory star took to Facebook to defend herself after receiving backlash for an interview she gave Fox 411 last week, in which she said it wasn't "trendy" to be religious in Hollywood.

"To the man who admonished me for discussing religion bc its 'supposed to be a private matter': it is private until Fox news asks you about it because you're on a TV show," she wrote on Tuesday morning. "And also, I'm Jewish. It's not just about my religion. It's my ethnic and peoplehood. It's public whether I like it or not!"

Bialik told PEOPLE on Monday that she didn't see her comments to Fox 411 as "a negative thing."

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The Duggars and Quiverfull: Inside the Extreme Religious Movement That Teaches Children Are 'Weapons in the Culture War' | The Duggars

The Duggars and Quiverfull: Inside the Extreme Religious Movement That Teaches Children Are 'Weapons in the Culture War'

Originally posted 08/26/2015 11:00AM

Anna Duggar's siblings beg her to leave husband Josh after his shocking double life is revealed. Subscribe now for more on the cheating scandal and the Duggars' ultra-conservative lifestyle, only in PEOPLE!

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have always said that they are not part of the Quiverfull movement.

Although they have carefully avoided an association with any specific ideology, the Duggars' publicly held beliefs mirrors that of the conservative patriarchal movement, a catch-all term that encompasses several fundamentalist Christian sects – including the best known, Quiverfull.

The movement took off in the mid-'80s with the publication of Mary Pride's book The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality, in which Pride argued for a bible-based role for women.

Quiverfull takes its name from an Old Testament psalm that likens children to "arrows" and says, "Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."

"In the Quiverfull movement, your kids are blessings from God and they are also weapons in the culture war," says Cavan Concannon, assistant professor of religion at the University of Southern California. "Some people in the movement would say that part of having a lot of kids is an attempt to birth more conservative Christians in a world that doesn't have enough of them."

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'Duggarville' Exposed: Jim Bob 'Is Like a Dictator'; How the Clan Uses a Code Word to Repress Lust

'Duggarville' Exposed: Jim Bob 'Is like a Dictator'; How the Clan Uses a Code Word to Repress Lust

Originally posted 08/26/2015 08:00AM

Anna Duggar's siblings beg her to leave husband Josh after his shocking double life is revealed. Subscribe now for more on the cheating scandal and the Duggars' ultra-conservative lifestyle, only in PEOPLE!

For a decade on the hit TLC show 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar played the roles of "traditional" parents keeping their vast brood in line with warmth, gentle guidance and good humor.

But behind the scenes, powerful patriarch Jim Bob, 50, exerts authority over his wife and family, several close sources tell PEOPLE in this week's issue. (The Duggar family did not respond to requests for comment.)

"Jim Bob's favorite word is 'no,' " says one Duggar family source. "He's like a dictator. He once saw a guy kissing a girl before marriage and confronted him about it. And the guy said, 'Jim Bob, show me that verse in the Bible that says we can't kiss. Get out your Bible.' And Jim Bob was like, 'Uhhhh ...' because no one ever confronts Jim Bob. No one."

Adds a second source: "Jim Bob calls the shots. Always has and always will."

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Philadelphia Inmates and Guards Work Together to Hand-Carve Chair for Pope Francis

Philadelphia Inmates and Guards Work Together to Hand-Carve Chair for Pope Francis

Originally posted 08/25/2015 02:10PM

Pope Francis will have a one-of-a-kind seat during his visit to a Philadelphia prison next month.

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The Pope's Nephew Says Francis Shelved Marriage and Med School, Never Wanted to Be Pope

The Pope's Nephew Says Francis Shelved Marriage and Med School, Never Wanted to Be Pope

Originally posted 08/12/2015 01:30PM

Even Pope Francis' mother had wanted her boy to be a doctor.

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Pope Francis Tries Coca Leaves, the Main Ingredient in Cocaine, on Trip to Bolivia

Pope Francis Tries Coca Leaves, the Main Ingredient in Cocaine, on Trip to Bolivia

Originally posted 07/09/2015 01:10AM

Would he or wouldn't he?

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Yes, Russell Wilson and Ciara Are Dating; No, They're Not Having Sex (VIDEO)

Yes, Russell Wilson and Ciara Are Dating; No, They're Not Having Sex

Originally posted 07/07/2015 02:25AM

Russell Wilson ended months of speculation about whether he is dating Ciara during an interview with Pastor Miles McPherson at San Diego's Rock Church on Sunday. But the bigger surprise from the interview was the news that the couple is abstaining from sex for religious reasons.

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10 Commandments Monument Must Be Removed from State Capitol, Oklahoma Court Rules

10 Commandments Monument Must Be Removed from State Capitol, Oklahoma Court Rules

Originally posted 06/30/2015 04:00PM

A Ten Commandments monument on Oklahoma's State Capitol grounds must be removed because it benefits Christian and Jewish faiths, the state supreme court ruled on Tuesday.

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Pope Francis to Non-Believers: If You Don't Pray, Send Me Good Vibrations! | Pope Francis

Pope Francis to Non-Believers: If You Don't Pray, Send Me Good Vibrations!

Originally posted 06/08/2015 03:15PM

Pope Francis hopes people wish him well, no matter what they believe.

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Filed Under: Religion, Pope Francis

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