The youngest star of "19 Kids & Counting" celebrated her fifth birthday on Wednesday, which is a miracle given that she was born at 25 weeks prematurity and not expected to live.
"Fun birthday lunch for Josie at a place she loves with Golden Arches!" the Duggar family posted on their official Facebook page. "This girl puts the 'Happy' in the Meal!' Today this precious girl is 5 years old! Time does fly. We love you, Josie and are so thankful the Lord brought you to us!"
Jim Bob and Michelle, parents to 19 children, nearly lost Josie when she was born. Michelle was diagnosed with preeclampsia and gave birth to the premature girl, who weighed only 1 lb., 6 oz. Just eight days later, Josie's bowel perforated, leaving her extremely vulnerable to infection and illness. more >>
Catholic professors and other faculty members at a prominent Wisconsin Catholic university are now being trained to report any school employees who voice their opposition to same-sex marriage as a form of harassment to the university's human resources office.
Marquette University has begun requiring its employees to attend workplace anti-harassment training, where they are taught that it is imperative for them to quickly report faculty members who discuss openly their opposing view of same-sex marriage.
As the Catholic News Agency reports, Marquette's anti-harassment training includes a comic-style story presentation where a fictional character named "Harassed Hans," who overhears his co-workers, Becky and Maria, talking about their opposition to same-sex marriage all week long. Hans is split on whether or not to report his two co-workers although he is offended by the speech. more >>
An abortion provider whose clinic has been in operation since the 1980s has been arrested on charges of providing abortion-inducing drugs to women who were not pregnant.
Authorities arrested Nareshkumar G. Patel of Warr Acres at his clinic on Tuesday, later being booked into the Oklahoma County jail.
"Teen Mom 2" star Leah Messer-Calvert has decided to rejoin the cast of MTV's "Teen Mom 2" and publicly thanked God for her life.
Messer-Calvert has seemingly struggled with her marriage and raising three daughters, including one with special needs. However, she has held on to her faith throughout all of those struggles, even when she told a fan via Twitter that she was not returning to the series that made her a household name. Now, though, things have taken another turn and Messer-Calvert is reportedly joining the other young moms for just one more season.
"God is LOVE!! I am so thankful for the life he had give unto me!" Messer-Calvert tweeted, along with the hashtag #AAA, most likely in honor of her three daughters, whose names all start with the letter "A." more >>
The 80-million strong global church body known as the Anglican Communion may be ripped apart by recent debates over homosexuality and female ordination, according to its leader.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Anglican Communion, recently stated that current controversies within the Communion may lead to at the least a temporary fracturing.
In an interview with the United Kingdom publication the Times, Welby said that the global church body may experience "a sort of temporary separation." more >>
A devoutly Christian couple from Washington whose three young children were taken away from them by Child Protective Services (CPS) after an unassisted home birth, had them returned on Friday but under strict conditions.
One-year-old Levi and 2-month-old twins Morna Kai and Daniel were reunited with their relieved parents Erica May Carey and Cleave Rengo after being removed from the family home for two months. A Whatcom County Superior Court commissioner agreed to give the couple, who believes in a holistic lifestyle, a "second chance" so long as they abide by his orders to alter their parenting methods.
Carey and Rengo, who have a common-law marriage, made headlines in Sept. when they accused the state of Washington of unlawfully removing their then-newborn twins and 10-month-old son over their decision to deliver the twins inside their Bellingham apartment. They opted not to have a midwife present or have prenatal medical care and the decision was attributed to their strong religious beliefs. more >>