WASHINGTON — Thousands of Romanian Pentecostal Evangelicals peacefully protested Norwegian embassies in five national capitals, including Washington D.C. on Friday, calling on the Norwegian government to free five children who were removed from their parents by child services last year after a teacher complained about the family's Christian faith.
The three sons and two daughters of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were taken into custody by the Barnevernet (Norway's child services) on Nov. 16, 2015, after their daughter's teacher cited concern about the family's belief that "God punishes sin."
Despite not having been tried in a court of law, the children have been placed in three separate foster homes and the parents have been granted limited visitation rights. The family also claims that the agency has initiated the adoption process for the children on the grounds that they were physically abused. more >>
A Texas-based charity received its own Christmas miracle of sorts when a donor left a $50,000 check underneath the statue of the Christ Child in their outdoor manger scene.
The Children's Home, a Christian orphanage started in 1924, was recently given the surprise donation in a nativity display placed outside its administrative offices.
Stars like to keep things private, especially when it comes to their families. Still, the very nature of a star is to shine and to be admired from a distance, and who can resist gawking at these celebrity parents and their adorable adopted children?
The actress followed her basic instincts when it came to adopting her three sons: Roan Joseph Bronstein, Laird Vonne Stone and Quinn Kelly Stone. more >>
Back in September, "Man of Steel" actor and Durrell Global Ambassador Henry Cavill paid the Durrell Wildlife Park a visit to learn more about the Livingstone's fruit bat, a species that is in serious risk of extinction in the wild.
The British actor met and fed several of the bats, including one named Claudia, in their enclosure. He took some photos of the bats before receiving a certificate from park officials, who thanked him for supporting their cause.
And it seems that after spending some time with the creatures, at least one of them made a real connection with the 32-year-old actor. "You heard it here first, I have officially adopted Ben … the Bat!" Cavill says in a video posted to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust YouTube channel. more >>
A mother who left her newborn baby in a manger scene at a New York church will not face charges, according to prosecutors.
Last month the janitor at Holy Child Jesus Church in Queens was surprised to find a newborn baby boy placed in the manger where a doll would have been.
In a statement released last week, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said that no charges would be filed against the mother, who was recently located. more >>
Members of a New York church were surprised to find a newborn baby placed in the congregation's nativity scene.
The baby was found in the manger scene display at the appropriately named Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill in Queens. A full-term newborn, according to the New York Daily News, was found with the umbilical cord still attached.