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Catholic Church Gives a Gentle Hug to Gays and Divorced Couples

By H. Alan ScottOctober 15, 2014

It seems like Pope Francis, aka "the pope who is hip with all that," makes more headlines than Lady Gaga (wait until he dons a meat robe). The Vatican recently suggested a softened future approach to dealing with LGBT and divorced Catholics.

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Catholic Church Gives a Gentle Hug to Gays and Divorced Couples

Open Thread for October 15!

By SparkLifeOctober 15, 2014
There's always that one person who makes you think, "probably shouldn't mess with this guy…" And then there's this cat.   Submit your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pix on the site!... More  →
Open Thread for October 15!

Auntie SparkNotes: Is It Okay if My Crush Is Shorter Than Me?

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 14, 2014
Dear Auntie Sparknotes, Until a few months ago I lived in a foreign country, which I had to leave behind because of my parents' work. As I'm getting used to my new home and such, I have joined my school's marching band. There's a guy in... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Is It Okay if My Crush Is Shorter Than Me?
EXCLUSIVE: Our Author Crush Jandy Nelson Talks YA Fiction, Art and Not Being a Horse With Auntie SparkNotes

EXCLUSIVE: Our Author Crush Jandy Nelson Talks YA Fiction, Art and Not Being a Horse With Auntie SparkNotes

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 14, 2014
Remember how we told you to stop dithering around and go pick up THE 2014 HOMECOMING QUEEN OF YA HIGH SCHOOL, Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun IMMEDIATELY? (While you're at it, DITHER NO MORE and check out our OTHER favorite book,... More  →

EXCELLENT NEWS: The #1 Thing JLaw Wants in a Relationship is COOL RANCH DORITOS

By Chelsea DaggerOctober 14, 2014
Unless you've been hibernating in the abandoned ham factory that I keep threatening to abscond to, you've surely heard about J "LAYIN' DOWN THE" Law's epic interview with Vanity Fair. After more than a month of silence about the nude photo... More  →
EXCELLENT NEWS: The #1 Thing JLaw Wants in a Relationship is COOL RANCH DORITOS

Creepy Clowns Sighted In California, Have Own Instagram Account

By Abbey ClarkeOctober 14, 2014
'Tis the season for scary things! Just when we thought that evil clowns were only in the movies, we hear this: there’s been a rash of creepy clown sightings in the real, not fictional town of Wasco, California. Oh, and these clowns come complete... More  →
Creepy Clowns Sighted In California, Have Own Instagram Account
Find Your Dream Date According to Your OTP

Find Your Dream Date According to Your OTP

By Janet ManleyOctober 14, 2014
You can wait for your favorite author to get those MFEO characters together, or you can PUT THEM TOGETHER YOURSELF via the simple act of shipping. Herein, we list some of the biggest OTPs in fiction (THE TRUEST PAIRINGS SINCE ROMEO AND JULIET, SINCE AHAB AND THE WHALE), that More  →
Let's Go Back to the Beginning of Our Crush on John Green, When He Answered All Your Questions Like a True Gentleman

Let's Go Back to the Beginning of Our Crush on John Green, When He Answered All Your Questions Like a True Gentleman

By SparkLifeOctober 14, 2014
Back when TFIOS the movie was just a twinkle in John Green's eye, and Ansel Elgort was merely the cutest seventh grader at whatever school he attended, SparkLife got some INSIDER TIME with author-god John Green, and YOU GUYS asked him amazing questions about... More  →

Taylor Swift Wrote a Song About Harry Styles (ACCORDING TO FORENSICS) and it Is Harrylicious

By Janet ManleyOctober 14, 2014
Olivia Benson's fur parent, platinum recording artist and sometime actor Taylor Swift, has released a song from her IMMINENT LIFE-CHANGING ALBUM 1989 (OCTOBER 27!), and it dishes on our favorite wearer of headbands, Harry Styles. The song is called "Out of the Woods" and is part-Ellie... More  →
Taylor Swift Wrote a Song About Harry Styles (ACCORDING TO FORENSICS) and it Is Harrylicious

Banned Books We LURVE

By Abbey ClarkeOctober 14, 2014
It’s Teen Reading Week on SparkLife, chilluns! And what better way to celebrate the freedom to read than by calling attention to books that have been banned or challenged by censors? Some of our favorite titles have drawn the ire of the resident moral guardians; read on to More  →
Banned Books We LURVE