Telegram signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and addressed to Las Vegas Bishop Joseph Anthony Pepe
“Pope Francis sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this senseless tragedy,” said Parolin.
“He commends the efforts of those police and emergency services personnel, and offers the promise of his prayers for the injured and for all who have died, entrusting them to the merciful love of almighty God.”
The Grand Prize winner of the Film Your Faith Video Contest is . . . “Common Thread” by Simon Rivera!
In response to being awarded the top honors, Simon Rivera of Moseley, Virginia said, “Storytelling through videography allows me to express my creativity in a way that captures emotions and feelings that words alone sometimes fail to convey. The Faith Counts video contest appealed to me because it provided a platform to not only exercise this creativity, but to do so on the subject of faith which is the foundation of my worldview and personal beliefs. Sharing my own unique expression of faith was an exciting opportunity to encourage others in their own walk with God.”
Simon Rivera of Virginia will receive $20,000.
In addition to the Grand Prize, the Honorable Mention winner was also selected!
“Just an Ounce”, by Kurticiah Thompson
The Grand Prize winner received $20,000 for winning the Film Your Faith video contest, and the Honorable Mention winner was awarded $2,500.
The Fan Favorite Winner, announced on August 11th, was awarded a prize of $10,000. Check it out here.
Life can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Remember, it’s the little things you do each day that can add up to make a big difference—for yourself and others.
Mother Teresa taught by word and deed that personal strength is found by faithfully giving your time and attention to the seemingly small things in life: a compliment, a hug, a smile, or a simple act of kindness.
The Fan Favorite winner of the Film Your Faith Video Contest is . . . “Light of Faith” by Kent Thalman!
“This contest isn’t worth it because of the money. It not only gives anyone the chance to say what they feel about faith, but to exercise their faith in something known for an outcome that is not. Winning is obviously amazing, but more than that, I’ve learned that I can make something that profoundly effects an individual for good. I can give a voice to the voiceless without money. What I’ve gained is more than monetary because I’ve discovered something within myself that will change who I am and give me greater confidence in Christ.”
Kent Thalman from Utah will receive $10,000. The Grand Prize winner (receiving $20,000) and Honorable Mention winner (receiving $2,500) will be announced September 8!
Imagine being strong enough to get into college. Not just any college, but a university that takes more than just wishing to gain entrance. Imagine leaping all of the hurdles, like exceptional grades, noteworthy SAT scores, dynamic essays, and heartfelt recommendations. You find yourself accepted to a door-opening future, but ironically, you find yourself homeless at the same time.
Not the kind of homeless that you might see under the freeway overpass, but the kind that you never want anyone on campus to notice. The kind of homeless that you go out of your way to disguise so that nobody will ever really know that you’re different. It’s hard enough just being a student under normal conditions – normal as in not having to worry about whether you’ll eat or sleep on a given day, or have a place to put your personal belongings without the fear of them disappearing when you go to class.
But for the one out of ten college students who are actually homeless, surviving school is much more than just passing grades, it’s living under the radar. And despite the incredible odds against them, it’s having the faith to succeed.
They come in many shapes and sizes, but these hats have one thing in common: Faith, each a symbol of reverence and sacred tradition.
Sikh men—and sometimes women—wear a dastaar or turban to cover unshorn hair. It’s a sign of spirituality as well as honor and self-respect, among other virtues.
A yarmulke or kippah is a cap worn by Jewish men during prayer, on the Sabbath, and during other sacred occasions. In some Jewish communities, the brimless cap is worn by men nearly always.
A Catholic nun’s veil is a protection from vanity and a sign of commitment and faith.
A biretta has been worn by certain Catholic clergy, such as priests, bishops, and cardinals, for centuries, and is a symbol of ecclesiastical authority.
Rtse zhwa (meaning “yellow hat”) is worn by Tibetan Buddhist monks. In Buddhism, yellow is a sign of humility and separation—renunciation of the world.
A shtreimel, always worn over a yarmulke, is a unique fur hat worn by Hasidic Jewish men and others. Tradition holds that the hat was a response to an edict to shame Jewish men for honoring the Sabbath, but the design became an emblem of honor.
A hijab is a female covering of modesty in Muslim cultures, and is also a symbol of dedication and separation, such as light from darkness or the profane world.
A tichel is a head covering worn by Jewish women, a sign of modesty and commitment.
Amish and Mennonite women, among other Christian women, wear bonnets based on New Testament advice to cover their heads during prayer (see 1 Corinthians 11:2–16).
A bindi, a red dot on a woman’s forehead, the location of the sixth chakra or third eye in Hindu tradition. Among other meanings, it’s a symbol of creation, intuition, communion with the Infinite, and the path of self-realization through prayer.
A mantilla or chapel veil expresses submission to God, often worn by women during Catholic mass, which also shows reverence and respect for the status and beauty of women.
The miter worn by some Christian clergy is a symbol of consecration to the priesthood, like the miter worn by the high priest in the days of Moses in the Old Testament.
A kufi, worn by Muslim men during prayer and other important occasions, is a sign of deep humility and reverence for God.