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Pope Francis to Texas Nun Norma Pimentel: ‘I Love You All Very Much’

Friday, September 4th, 2015 by

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ABC News(MCALLEN, Texas) — When Sister Norma Pimentel participated in a virtual papal audience hosted by ABC News this week, she was excited to see Pope Francis, but never expected him to address her directly.

Sister Pimentel runs a welcome center at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, which has helped more than 20,000 immigrants. Pope Francis was watching and listening intently via satellite from the Vatican as Sister Pimentel was introduced briefly. Then, after young mothers and children who had just arrived shared their stories, the Holy Father returned to the sister who had been mentioned before.

“There was a sister there of a religious order, I want to see her,” he said.

“I said, ‘Oh, that’s me,’” Sister Pimentel said, reflecting on the moment afterwards. “He’s actually speaking to me. And then I saw his little hand go like, ‘come, come, come, come,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God.’ I felt like a little child called forth by their dear father.”

The 62-year-old nun made her way to the center aisle and stood before Pope Francis’ smiling face, on a 9-by-9-foot screen.

“I want to thank you,” Francis said. “And through you to thank all the sisters of religious orders in the U.S. for the work that you have done and that you do in the United States. It’s great. I congratulate you. Be courageous. Move forward.

And then the pope, 78, said something she could never have imagined: “I’ll tell you one other thing. Is it unseemly for the Pope to say this? I love you all very much.“

She bowed, her hands in prayer, and returned to her seat. Then the tears began to flow. “I’m still in heaven still experiencing his presence,” she said. “He’s telling me I love you very much at the end I was like, ‘Oh, wow. … I will cherish and treasure this moment forever. I am blessed.”

The Pope and the People will air in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 4, at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, the event will be posted in its entirety in both English and Spanish on

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It was a personal moment of triumph for Sister Norma, but Vatican experts say it also sent an important message to Catholic sisters across the United States that their work is valued and supported by the church.

“Especially after the Vatican’s recent investigation of Catholic sisters, Pope Francis’ beautiful words of encouragement remind people of the incredible work these women do day in and day out,” said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large for America magazine. “It’s a sign that he ‘gets it’ when it comes to Catholic sisters in this country.”

The investigation of the sisters by the Vatican, which began under Pope Benedict, was incredibly painful for U.S. women in the church, according to ABC News consultant Cokie Roberts.

“This is a very strong signal that he admires the work of American women religious, and that the moment of discord is over,” Roberts said. “These nuns are doing exactly what the pope is talking about: They work on the margins with people who need help.”


Francis showed his support for the U.S. Catholic sisters in April when he met with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LGWR) in Rome. LGWR executive director Sister Joan Marie Steadman, who was at the meeting with the pope, said she was heartened by the pope’s recent comments on ABC News.

“I was very moved by the pope’s recognition of Sister Norma and the critical work she is doing on behalf of immigrants, and was heartened that he extended his gratitude to all Catholic sisters serving in the United States,“ Steadman said in a statement to ABC News. “We will take heart from his words to be courageous and to keep moving forward, and I am sure sisters will delight in his spontaneous expression of affection as well. We too love Pope Francis.”

Martin, the Jesuit priest and editor-at-large for America magazine, told ABC News, “The pope speaks with both gestures and words, just like Jesus did, His gesture of meeting with the LGWR leadership, coupled with his words now of support for this sister, shows his deep admiration and support for the Catholics sisters in this country.”

As for Sister Norma, she believes the Holy Spirit was guiding what transpired in the church. “It’s a new beginning right?” she said. “It is a historical moment where our holy father acknowledges and recognizes the wonderful work that we as nuns in the US are doing and are committed in making a difference in the lives of so many people.”

For more information on Sister Norma Pimentel and the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley visit their website HERE.

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It’s Force Friday: “The Force Awakens” Unveils New Toys

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Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Star Wars fans all over the world were treated to a global unveiling of all new toys and other merchandise from the upcoming The Force Awakens film, during a rolling “unboxing” event staged in dozens of cities in countries around the world. 

The event — and a midnight sneak peeks of the toys — were ahead of what’s being billed as Force Friday: the day when fans can get their hands on the new products. 

Already a hit from his debut at Comic-Con San Diego this past August, the ball-shaped droid BB-8 is making headlines again, thanks to newly revealed scaled-down versions of the plucky astromech that work just like their bigger, big-screen star counterpart.

Two versions will be made available. A remote-controlled BB-8 from Hasbro will be sold exclusively by Target for $79.99, while Sphero, the company that helped bring the ‘bot to life onscreen, will be selling a wireless device-controlled version for $149.99.

Good Morning America took part in the fun Thursday, revealing the LEGO Millennium Falcon, in addition to the latter BB-8, and even Jimmy Kimmel got the chance to reveal four items during his late-night show — including Chewbacca Crocs. “I’m calling them ChewCroc-as, I don’t know why they don’t,” he joked. 

He also revealed helmets based on the First Order Stormtroopers, and with Guillermo’s help, revealed the voice of Adam Driver’s baddie Kylo Ren via his talking helmet.

A full guide to all the exclusive goodies — and where to get them — is available on Star

The Force Awakens, which stars Driver, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, and Daisy Ridley, among others, will hit theaters on December 18. The J.J. Abrams film is being released by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Have a Date Night, Minus Baby Silas

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Jamie McCarthy/NBC(NEW YORK) — Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were spotted enjoying a date night on Sunday, minus their four-month-old son Silas.

The famous couple took in R&B singer Erykah Badu’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, looking “adorable,” an onlooker tells Us Weekly.

“They looked like they were in love and enjoying a night out, just the two of them,” according to the source.

Justin and Jessica  “leaned over and whispered to each other a lot,” adds the source. “They had wine and food in their box and were laughing and smiling. They were both singing and dancing along to Erykah Badu. They seemed to be having a good time.”

The former 7th Heaven actress also was on hand to cheer her husband when he joined Taylor Swift for a rendition of his song “Mirrors” during her concert in L.A. last week. Jessica was “clapping a ton and singing along to Justin’s performance,” an eyewitness tells the magazine. “She was clearly loving it.”

The couple, who tied the knot in 2012, welcomed their first child this past April.

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Jailed Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Offers ‘Remedy’ in Same-Sex Marriage License Battle

Friday, September 4th, 2015 by

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Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images(MOREHEAD, Ky.) — Kim Davis thinks she has a solution to her problem.

The Kentucky county clerk, jailed for failing to follow a judge’s orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, wants her name removed from the marriage certificates, her attorney Matthew Staver told ABC News.

“She has a very strong conscience and she’s just asking for a simple remedy, and that is, remove her name from the certificate and all will be well,” Staver said. “That simple remedy has simply been ignored by the court and by the governor and that’s what should have been done.

“I think it’s reprehensible that she’s in jail for this when a simple fix could have been easily handled.”

Marriage licenses in Kentucky are required to include an authorization statement of the county clerk issuing the license.

Five of Davis’ six deputies are expected to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday.

 Davis’ stay in jail has not made her reconsider her stance, Staver said.

“One thing about Kim, she may be incarcerated behind the jail bars but her conscious remains free. And just knowing Kim, she’s made a decision and she can’t violate that conscious and she can’t have this collision with her religious convictions,” Staver said.

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“The Transporter Refueled” Opens Friday

Friday, September 4th, 2015 by

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EuropaCorp(LOS ANGELES) — The Jason Statham franchise The Transporter is rebooted with a new film opening nationwide Friday.

The Transporter Refueled stars newcomer Ed Skrein as a transporter named Frank Martin. A femme fatale and her sidekicks turn to Frank to orchestrate a major bank heist.

The Transporter Refueled, from the producers of Lucy and the Taken trilogy, is rated PG-13.

The Robert Redford-Nick Nolte comedy A Walk in the Woods debuted earlier this week.

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Margaret Cho Opens Up About Childhood Sexual Abuse

Friday, September 4th, 2015 by

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Comedienne Margaret Cho is opening up about the pain she endured after being sexually abused as a child, and later raped by a family friend.

In a new interview with Billboard, Cho revealed she was sexually abused from ages 5 through 12. “I had a very long-term relationship with this abuser, which is a horrible thing to say. I didn’t even understand it was abuse, because I was too young to know,” Cho said. “I endured it so many times, especially because I was alone a lot.”

Cho said the abuse continued when she was raped by a family friend at age 14. “I was raped continuously through my teenage years, and I didn’t know how to stop it,” she explained. “It was also an era where young girls were being sexualized. For me, I think I had been sexually abused so much in my life that it was hard for me to let go of anger, forgive or understand what happened.”

It didn’t help that the students in her school only bullied her for being raped.  “I told someone that I was raped, and the kids at school found out and said, ‘You are so ugly and fat that the only way anybody would have sex with you is if they were crazy and raped you,” she recalled. “So don’t act like you are hot and somebody wanted to f*** you. It’s because you are disgusting, and you deserve to be raped.'”

Cho says she eventually left school because of the bullying, and later learned to deal with the pain by writing in her journal, which she was encouraged to do by an English teacher.  The comic and actress, who released a new song titled “I Want to Kill My Rapist,” told Billboard she’s now using music to understand what she went through. She told the magazine that she’s “still trying to figure out how to be a musician.”

“I’m a victim and now a survivor of sexual abuse and rape, and I think it’s really hard to talk about it. I think having a song to perform live will allow others to talk about it,” she explained. “It’s a huge issue, and this was cathartic for me.”

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What Did Lady Gaga Wear to Film Explicit “American Horror Story” Sex Scene?

Friday, September 4th, 2015 by

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Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — Lady Gaga said she was giving “all of herself” to her role in American Horror Story: Hotel, and she wasn’t kidding. Show creator Ryan Murphy tells Entertainment Weekly Gaga was positively fearless when it came to her sex scenes.

“She’s the only actress I think I’ve worked with who wanted to do more explicit stuff than was written,” Ryan says. “You write a foursome for her and you expect a lot of questions. She never did that.”

In fact, it was clear from the moment Gaga showed up on set that she had no qualms about the risqué material.

“She showed up and she was wearing diamond pasties, a Band-Aid on her hoo-ha, heels, and a black veil that Alexander McQueen made for her on the day before his death,” Ryan says. “Then the crew gasped in delight and we were off!”

The foursome reportedly involves Gaga’s character, The Countess, and her lover Donovan — played by Matt Bomer — getting naked with another male-female duo. After their tryst, The Countess and Donovan slash the couple’s throats with sharp metal gloves and drink their blood. Sounds…intense.

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX October 7.

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Jack Sock Collapses During Second Round Match at US Open

Friday, September 4th, 2015 by

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Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With temperatures above 90 degrees, the U.S. Open has been a trying challenge at times for many of the competitors in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., but on Thursday afternoon, American player Jack Sock retired from the tournament after he collapsed on the court.

Sock, the New York Times says, collapsed on the baseline during his match against Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans. After five minutes or so of treatment, Sock retired. As he attempted to shake hands with his opponent, Sock looked unfocused and struggled to lift his arm.

The Times says that it was about 92 degrees at the time of Sock’s collapse, but temperatures are generally higher on the court. The Oklahoman was up two sets to one at the time, and was trailing two games to one in the fourth set.

ESPN reports that the tournament has already tied the record for most men’s retirements at a Grand Slam tournament with 11. The record for men and women at a major tournament is 15 retirements at the U.S. Open in 2011.

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Joe Perry Says New “Aerosmith Rocks Donington” Video Shows “What the Band’s About”

Friday, September 4th, 2015 by

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentAerosmith‘s latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, gets its release today, September 4.  The film captures the band playing a headlining set to a massive and enthusiastic audience in June of last year at the U.K.’s annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park in Derby, England.

“I’m excited about it getting out there and having people see it,” guitarist Joe Perry tells ABC Radio.  He adds that because the concert was filmed in high-definition, as well as being “lit specifically for video and having the sound mixed equally as well,” he considers the flick “a good piece of showing what the band’s about.”

Perry also says he’s pleased that the concert turned out to be a solid performance for Aerosmith, because the band only had plans to film that specific gig, so the pressure was on.

“It’s always a roll of the dice when you go in and you’re gonna film one show,” he maintains.  “[It] was like, ‘Let’s just put all our eggs in one basket and go for it,’ and as it turned out, it came up sevens.  And the fans were there for us, and it was just a really good show.”

Aerosmith played the 2014 Donington show while promoting its latest studio album, Music from Another Dimension.  The band’s 20-song set included a few selections from the 2012 record, classic hits like “Dream On,” “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion” and “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” and some fan-favorite deeper cuts such as “Eat the Rich” and “Mama Kin.”

Perry says Aerosmith has played several noteworthy concerts at Donington over the years, and he’s happy that one finally was documented for posterity.

“I think we’ve done four or five gigs there and we’ve had some amazing things happen,” Joe tells ABC Radio recalling that one year, “Jimmy Page came up and played with us…Just some really, really memorable shows.  And this is one of ’em, and I’m glad we got it on tape.”

Perry admits that he can’t really pick out a specific favorite highlight from the concert, but says he was just glad that “the gig came off with a lot of energy and I didn’t break anything.”

In addition to the dynamic high-res performance footage, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 also features a fun pre-show segment in which the cameras visit all five band members — Perry, singer Steven Tyler, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer — in their dressing rooms.  The release comes packaged with an 18-page booklet featuring color photos from the event, and an essay penned by veteran Rolling Stone writer David Wild.

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is available for purchase as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/three-LP vinyl package and a Blu-ray/two-CD release, as well as a digital download.

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Chrissie Hynde on Sexual Assault Comments: “If You Don’t Want My Opinion, Don’t Ask Me for It”

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Joseph Okpako/WireImagePretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde says she’s not worried about the criticism she received this week after she appeared to blame herself for being sexually assaulted years ago and seemed to suggest that woman could “entice” rapists by dressing provocatively.

“Sounds like common sense to me,” Hynde tells The Washington Post of her comments. And she says she’s unconcerned about whether or not the comments offended others.  “If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask me for it,” she says.

Last Sunday in an interview with The Sunday Times of London to promote her about-to-be-published memoir, Reckless, Hynde discussed a disturbing incident that happened to her when she was 21, in which she was forced to perform sexual acts on members of an Ohio motorcycle gang, and suggested that she was to blame for what happened to her saying, “If you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him.  If you’re wearing something that says, ‘Come and f*** me,’ you’d better be good on your feet.”

Hynde’s comments ignited a backlash from a variety of feminist and rape-support groups.

“I’m not saying I was asking for it,” Hynde tells the Post of her assault by the bikers and another sexual incident she describes in her book that occurred when she was hitchhiking. But, she says, “It wasn’t the same as walking down a street in the middle of a nice evening and somebody dragging you into a bush with a knife in your throat.”

In the Post interview Hynde also characterizes her memoir “as a picture of what happened in America in the 1960s and how it affected a couple of generations.”  She says of her childhood in Akron, Ohio, during those years that it was “a wonderful time to grow up, and anyone who grew up and didn’t want to be in a band was dead from the waist down.” 

She also explains why the book doesn’t follow her to the present day but ends shortly after the second Pretenders album was released in 1982.

“I stopped after the second death in my band,” she tells the Post. “I started writing, ‘Then we had rehearsals,’ and it struck me that whatever the story I was telling at that point, it was done there.”  Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died of heart failure related to cocaine use in 1982, and founding Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon — who was fired by Hynde two days before Honeyman-Scott’s death due in part to his drug use — died following a heroin overdose in 1983.

Reckless hits bookstore shelves Tuesday.

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