A Spanish church is displaying a nativity scene that replaces baby Jesus with Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned off the coast of Turkey in September and sparked international awareness of the refugee crisis, as a way of highlighting the plight faced by migrants.
The Spanish news site The Local reports that San Anton Church in the Chueca district of downtown Madrid set up a nativity scene that features a doll model of Kurdi lying face down just like in the infamous photograph from September, which showed him lying dead with his face buried in the sand on a Turkish beach.
The nativity scene, which also replaces Mother Mary and Joseph with the boy's grieving parents, is housed inside of a refugee tent instead of a manger, while the floor is a map highlighting the main routes used by migrants to enter Europe. The walls of the tent are line with recreations of drawings done by refugee children. more >>
A photo of a little boy praying with Santa Claus at a shopping mall has gone viral, spreading the word about the needs of a sick baby.
Unlike most little kids who get to sit on Santa's lap, 4-year-old Prestyn Barnette asked Jolly Old St. Nick to pray with him on behalf of a baby on life support.
This touching scene of Santa and Prestyn praying took place at the Dutch Square Mall in Columbia, South Carolina. more >>
Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump defended his promise to kill the innocent family members of Islamic State terrorists during Tuesday night's CNN presidential debate in Las Vegas.
After suggesting earlier this month that the U.S. should "take out" the family members of IS militants and adding that IS is so effective because they use "civilians" as shields and the U.S. is fighting a "politically correct war," the real estate mogul was asked to answer how killing innocent civilian family members would set the United States apart from IS.
Trump responded by reasoning that family members of domestic terrorists, in some cases, knew that their sons or daughters were going to commit a terrorist attacks but did not stop them or alert authorities. more >>
What do you get when you gather more than 2,000 church volunteers to help the underprivileged in New Jersey feel the love of Christ during Christmas? More than 200,000 packed meals, of course.
Liquid Church, one of New Jersey's largest non-denominational churches, mobilized an army of volunteers across its eight campuses to pack 240,000 meals – exceeding the original goal of 200,000 – for underserved families throughout "The Garden State" earlier in December. That's an average of 120 meals packed per volunteer. Parishioners and volunteers also wrapped toys and gifts for over 1,000 kids and donated hundreds of winter coats.
"We really want to help people the tangible way and show the compassion of Christ, and that's where it enters their heart and not just their head," said Liquid Church Pastor Tim Lucas to The Christian Post Tuesday. more >>
Inspirational speaker and Christian author Jefferson Bethke recently announced via social media that he and his wife, Alyssa Joy, are expecting their second child together.
Bethke, who is known for attracting viewers with his inspirational YouTube videos, recently announced via Instagram and he and Joy are expecting a boy.
The two, who recently moved to Maui, already have a two-year-old daughter named Kinsley. more >>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a second report in less than a month showing a decline in yearly abortions.
After the CDC released a report in late November stating that the the number of U.S. abortions carried out in 2012 was less than half of the amount of abortions conducted during the highest point in the 1980s, the CDC released another report last Friday that focuses on 2010 pregnancy rates among women in the U.S.
The report shows that the abortion rate in in 2010 was over one-third lower than it was in 1990. more >>