Poverty in the United States affects about 1 in 10 people despite them living in one of the richest countries in the world, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2014 annual poverty report released Wednesday.
According to data from the Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014 report, the nation's official poverty rate in 2014 was 14.8 percent, compared to 14.5 percent in 2013, meaning 46.7 million people were living in poverty last year compared to 45.3 in 2013. The U.S. government defines poverty based on annual household income and takes into account the household size. The median household income in the United States in 2014 fell slightly to $53,657 from $54,462 in 2013. The weighted average poverty threshold per individual during that same year was $12,071; $15,379 for two people; $18,850 for a family of three; and $24,230 for a family of four.
The Christian Post recently spoke with leading Christian non-profit organizations to find out how followers of Jesus Christ are working to eradicate poverty in America. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest from Sicily is being vilified by church leaders after he allegedly told his followers to drink "sacred" water from a spring he claims the voice of the Virgin Mary told him about.
The Local, an English-language news source based in Italy, reported that Father Alessandro Minutella from the parish of San Giovanni Bosco in Carini, has been leading his congregation to pray at the miraculous water source, and has been distributing the water to people.
In an interview with Rai 1, Minutella insisted that the voice of the Virgin Mary led him to the spring. more >>
Televangelist Jim Bakker has warned viewers of his program "The Jim Bakker Show," that they'll be forced to eat human flesh during the fast-approaching End Times unless they buy his food buckets.
"The Bible says they're going to eat their arms, the Bible says they're going to eat their babies, then it says they're going to eat their children. That's what people do when they get hungry," said Bakker.
"When you're huddled in a corner with your grandbaby and they're screaming and crying and there's no food — I don't want that blood on my hands." more >>
Ciara Harris, the singer who's dating Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, says she's not worried about where their relationship is headed since God is in control.
"I feel very confident in the love that we have for each other, and only God knows where it's going to go," the 29-year-old singer told Page Six on Monday. "God knows everything that's to come in the future, and I think it's best to let Him keep taking control of things. Life is sweet, and I'm very thankful for all the great things happening in my life. I'm very happy."
Earlier this year, the pair went public with their relationship and 26-year-old Wilson has gotten close with the singer's 1-year-old son, Future. According to Ciara, this is a testament to her living a good life. more >>
Years after he spoke out about the criticism he received from some people in the church community, J. Drew Sheard II — the musician and son of gospel music legend Karen Clark Sheard — is playing the drums in gospel star Erica Campbell's church.
Campbell, the solo gospel music artist who got her start in the duo Mary Mary, is now the first lady of the California Worship Center headed by her music producer-husband Warryn Campbell.
Erica recently took to Twitter to reveal that they had a guest drummer at their place of worship, none other than Sheard, 26. more >>
Law enforcement officers in Elberton, Georgia, are now keeping a close eye on Sunday services at Union Grove Baptist Church after an enduring feud between longtime members, led by a 103-year-old woman, and their new pastor, Rev. Tim Mattox, came to a head in recent weeks.
Feisty 103-year-old church member Genora Hamm Biggs told The Christian Post Tuesday that the church sent her a letter last month telling her she was no longer welcome following the debacle over "holy rolling" and other non-traditional Baptist styles of worship.