Fantasia Barrino has revealed that her love story with husband, Kendall Taylor, began with a fast.
"I did a seven-month fast. For me that was long," she said in an interview and Q&A hosted by AOL last week. "I went without drinking, partying, talking to any guys. That was a bit much for me."
The 32-year-old singer who released her fifth studio album The Definition Of... last week explained that she met her husband after the fast ended. more >>
A Catholic man who worked at the department store chain Macy's for over 26 years is now taking legal action against his former employer, claiming that he was fired for privately believing that the company's transgender bathroom policy violates the teachings of the Bible.
Javier Chavez, who was employed as a senior detective at the Macy's store in Queens, New York, was fired following an incident back in May when he responded to a complaint from a female customer who reported that a man was in the women's bathroom. The woman said she and her daughter were uncomfortable entering the bathroom with the man being present.
According to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Chavez instructed a security employee under his command to tell the transgender individual to leave the bathroom. The customer argued that he identifies as a female and later complained to store management. more >>
ROME — Pope Francis has set up a commission to study the role of women deacons in early Christianity, the Vatican said on Tuesday, a move that might lead to changes in the role of women in the Roman Catholic Church.
Deacons, like priests, are ordained ministers, and as in the priesthood, must be men. They may not celebrate mass, but they may preach, teach in the name of the Church, baptize and conduct wake and funeral services.
Scholars debate the precise role of women deacons in the early Church. Some say they were ordained to minister only to other women, such as at immersion rites at baptism. Others believe they were on a par with male deacons. more >>
A Chinese woman who is eight-months pregnant is reportedly being threatened by the Communist government that if she doesn't abort her baby, she and her husband will lose their government jobs.
Women's Rights Without Frontiers, a human rights group speaking out against coercive population control in China, has slammed the "human tragedy and appalling injustice" of the case.
The original story was reported by Shanghai online news portal Sixth Tone, which features an interview with the couple, surnamed Zhong, who both have a child from a previous marriage. The couple believed they could still have a child together under the new Two-Child policy, but the laws in the province of Guangdong turned out to be different from what they were expecting. more >>
Author and men's ministry expert, Kenny Luck, is confident that his radio program, the "Every Man Show," launching at the Salem Broadcast Network's 99.5 KKLA in Los Angeles on Monday, will become a catalyst for changed lives, something that is much needed in America's cities today, he said.
"Spiritually and relationally healthy men are in high demand but low supply in our country — especially in our metro-urban cities," Luck said. "Every parent wants their son to become one and their daughters to marry one, and that desire includes me for my grown children. But there is a drought. The launch of this outreach in Los Angeles and Orange Counties could not be timed better."
He explains, "The goal of the show is that every man in our city know some man who is a committed follower of Christ and is on a journey that obviously reflects such a commitment." more >>
"Dreamgirl" Jennifer Hudson's successful career on stage and the big screen has led to her winning both Grammy and Academy Awards, but what the songstress says she's working on now is a solo performance at church.
"This is going be my next solo in church! Lord I'm working on it," the entertainer wrote on Instagram earlier this week. "I'm [going to] sing this for y'all one day. Doodling around before show time!"
In the Instagram video viewed by more than 39,000 people at press time, Hudson is heard flexing her vocal ability performing runs and riffs to the worship song. more >>