Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar from the Syrian capital of Damascus has said that nine people have died and at least 50 have been wounded in mortar attacks on two churches in his neighborhood. Nassar described the ongoing civil war as a "cruel tragedy without end."
"Part of the war in Syria is to live under indiscriminate bombing, a kind of Russian roulette which is always unpredictable," Nassar told Fides News Agency, lamenting the latest attack on Sunday.
"Of those who died," he added, "At least you will not have to see and live this cruel tragedy without end. You will not see your children, your friends and your neighbors suffer and die in the blind violence and fanatical killing unable to save them or help them without understanding why." more >>
Mirroring the Supreme Court reasoning used to implement nationwide gay marriage, 20 states filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the Obama administration is infringing upon the "dignity" of the Little Sisters of the Poor in forcing the nuns to either violate their religious beliefs or pay crippling fines.
A Roman Catholic order known as the Little Sisters of the Poor filed a request to the Supreme Court last month for an exemption from the Health and Human Services Department's preventive services mandate.
Twenty attorneys general argued in the amicus brief that the Little Sisters of the Poor have religious liberty protections meant to protect their dignity. more >>
The Center for Medical Progress released its eighth investigative video highlighting Planned Parenthood's aborted baby body parts compensation practices on Tuesday, which purports to show the CEO of StemExpress admitting that abortion clinics "profit" from the sell aborted babies.
The new footage features a meeting between two CMP undercover investigators, who pose as representatives of a fetal tissue procurement company, and Cate Dyer, the CEO of one of Planned Parenthood's former fetal tissue procurement partner company, StemExpress.
In the video, Dyer asserts that contamination in abortion clinics is so bad that many shouldn't be operating because they're fraught with health and safety violations that pose a danger to women's health. more >>
If you take Highway 85 through Eau Claire, Wisconsin, you'll see a touching tribute from a husband to his late wife — thousands of bright yellow sunflowers lining the road for 4-and-a-half miles. Don Jaquish made it his mission to honor his wife Babbette's memory by planting fields of her favorite flower. Babbette died last November at 66, after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.
Babbette's legacy extends even beyond the stunning twin fields of sunflowers that each stretch 60 feet wide. Her husband, Don, and daughter, Jennifer White, began a company called Babbette's Seeds of Hope, which uses the proceeds from the sales of the sunflowers to help other cancer patients and their families. The money goes to individual families, hospitals, research and patient advocacy.
"The cost of cancer treatment … the cost of drugs, the travel, the clinical trials, the grueling testing … it's a whole gamut of heartache that goes along with the diagnosis," Jennifer told The Christian Post. "It was her idea to take the beauty of the sunflowers and give donations to other families, to research, to whatever we felt there was a cause for." more >>
After undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff last May, Filipino pugilist Manny Pacquiao decided to forego doctors and rehabilitation programs in order to rely on God and the sea for healing.
Pacquiao, the 36-year-old boxer and politician, further aggravated a longstanding shoulder injury during a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., in a May 2 bout. Days later, Pacquiao underwent surgery and recently revealed that his healing process after the operation had nothing to do with the work of doctors.
"I'm fine. It's God's work," Pacquiao told The Philippine Star. " I never saw a doctor. I never did rehab. All I did was to swim in the sea as often as I could. The salt water healed my wound." more >>
As the Little Sisters of the Poor are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal court decision that forces the order of Catholic nuns to abide by the "Obamacare" contraception mandate, over 20 states, a group of Orthodox Jewish rabbis and a number of Evangelical and secular organizations are urging the high court to take up the case and protect religious liberty.
"We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from such a wide range of people and groups," Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor, said in a statement. "We simply ask the government to allow us to continue our ministry of caring for the elderly poor as we have for over 175 years without being forced to violate our faith or pay government fines."
In July, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious institutions must abide by the exemption rules of the Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," Health and Human Services contraception mandate. more >>