The 15 children who vanished from a Mexico City children's shelter in 2008 run by a small evangelical sect had been given away to church members, according to Mexican authorities.
Earlier this month, prosecutors announced that they had located 12 of the children who had disappeared after three of them showed up at their offices in Puebla state. The shelters, known as Casitas del Sur (Little Houses of the South,) were founded by Iglesia Cristiana Restaurada (Restored Christian Church), a cult that reportedly runs shelters in at least seven other Mexican states and overseas. Children had been placed in the shelters "by child welfare authorities to house children from broken families or whose parents were temporarily unable to care for them," according to the AP.
But instead of providing a sanctuary for the children, the Mexican Attorney General's office said that RCC had allowed the children to be illegally adopted and reportedly "brainwashed" by the church. more >>
Malta has become the 22nd European country to recognize same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt children following a parliament vote, going against the warnings of the Roman Catholic Church, which is the official state religion.
The bill passed by a vote of 37-0, with the opposition abstaining because it is in favor of gay unions but not in allowing gay couples to adopt.
The vote prompted celebratory scenes for the thousands who had gathered at the central square in the capital Valletta to support the passage of the bill. more >>
His wife, two children and the entire spiritual flock of Pastor Robert McKeehan, 42, are now locked in grief after the leader of Community Bible Church in High Point, N.C., was found hanging in his home in an apparent suicide Friday, according to local police.
A report from the High Point Police Department acquired by The Christian Post Tuesday does not reveal many details about the incident, but confirms that the beloved pastor was pronounced dead in his High Point home after they were called in at 7:53 p.m.
"Upon our arrival we were informed that the listed offender [pastor] was found hanging and was unresponsive. Upon our investigation and first aid by EMS the listed subject was pronounced dead at 8:43 p.m. from an apparent self-manipulated hanging," said the report. more >>
We often get asked why the church? What is the unique role of local churches in addressing the foster care and adoption crisis in Washington, DC? Why put so much energy in mobilizing churches? It's a good question, and as with anything, your strategy should be thought out, and well…strategic.
This is what we want to talk about today: Why is mobilizing local churches strategic in embracing and ensuring the success of every child in foster care? Here are a few reasons:
1) We are called more >>
A powerful short film featuring Evansville Police Detective Nathan Schroer, who lost a nine-year battle with leukemia late last year, was released by I am Second on Monday.
In the film, Schroer, who taped with I am Second in September 2013, two months before dying, shares about living an abundant life while facing death.
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"Today" show anchor Savannah Guthrie is thrilled to be pregnant, especially since she feared she would never get the opportunity. Now, at 42, Guthrie is happier than ever with new husband Michael Feldman and a new bundle of joy on the way.
"I've never been more thankful, or felt more blessed from above," Guthrie wrote in her first blog post. "I know how lucky I am. For a long time, I think I was afraid to even let myself think about how much I hoped to one day have a baby. So that's my mindset as my hubby and I embark on this adventure, and you and I embark on this blog: joy and profound gratitude for many blessings and for the kidness and support of all you wonderful and loyal friends on TODAY.com."
The host shocked the world when she announced that not only had she married Feldman in a weekend ceremony but was also four months pregnant with her first child. Guthrie was all smiles as she shared the news with her "Today" co-stars as well as those at her wedding. more >>