News Of The Day – November 2nd

The Chosen Christmas Special Breaking Ticket Sales Records

The Christmas special for “The Chosen,” the first-ever multi-season television show about Jesus, has already broken Fathom Events’ record with $1.5 million in sales in the first 12 hours. “Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers,” which features actors from “The Chosen” series, airs in theaters on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.  Just hours after tickets went on sale during a livestream with show creator Dallas Jenkins Tuesday night, pre-sale records were shattered for the distributor. Through the Christmas special, creators hope the viewers will connect with the Gospel personally, whether through song or the spoken word. Read more about the special here.

 

Florida Elementary School Slammed For Filed Trip To Gay Bar

Local parents are upset that a Florida elementary school took students on a field trip to a gay restaurant and bar. Sarah Leonardi, who serves on the Board of Education for Broward County Schools in South Florida posted on Facebook, “I was SO honored to be invited to chaperone Wilton Manors Elementary’s field trip to the incredible Rosie’s!” The post included photos of the group sitting at tables, coloring pictures of pumpkins, and posing in front of the restaurant’s sign.  The field trip received criticism from conservatives, who pointed to the excursion as the latest example of schools trying to force leftist ideology onto children. Read more about the trip here.

 

Biden Says The Pope Called Him A Good Catholic

President Joe Biden told reporters on Friday (Oct. 29) that when he met with Pope Francis earlier in the day, the pontiff told the president he was a “good Catholic” and should continue taking Communion. The pope’s alleged remarks constitute an apparent rejection of some conservative Catholics in the U.S., including some U.S. bishops, who have suggested Biden be denied the Eucharist because of his support for abortion rights. Biden said that he and the pope did not discuss abortion during their record-setting, more than an hour-long visit earlier in the day. Vatican officials did not immediately respond to a request to confirm the account. Read more about the visit here.

 

80 Year Old Man Fights Off Bear With Fists

Norman Ruff had seen signs of bears before around his cottage near Port Carling in Muskoka. Garbage cans knocked over. Bird feeders knocked off. But he had never actually spotted one. Until a black bear trapped in his kitchen woke up the 80-year-old man and his wife, Lois. Ruff said he punched the bear several times on the nose. Ruff had managed to open the front door during the altercation and the bear eventually found his way out. The Ontario Provincial Police this week presented Ruff with a Citation for Bravery. He was taken to the hospital in Bracebridge where he underwent surgery for injuries to his thumb, and rabies shots. Read more about this brave man here.

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