Vinicio Riva, the disfigured man being hugged by Pope Francis in the recently-viral photo, has spoken about his experience with the Pontiff, saying when the Catholic leader hugged him he felt "only love."
"I tried to speak, to tell him something, but I couldn't: The emotion was too strong. It all lasted not more than a minute, but it seemed an eternity," Riva, who lives in the Vicenza region of Northern Italy, told the Italian magazine Panorama in a recent interview.
"But what most astonished me is that he didn't think twice on embracing me," Riva continued. "I'm not contagious, but he didn't know. He just did it; he caressed all my face, and while he was doing that, I felt only love." more >>
Parents have named their newborn baby "Miracles" after she came back to life 10 hours after being declared medically dead and being sent to the morgue in the Colombian state of Choco last week.
The child was born prematurely in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 13 to mother Jenny Hurtado, who was only 27 weeks pregnant with the baby when she was rushed to a hospital in Quidbo, Choco and given an emergency C-section to deliver the infant. Just 35 minutes later, without finding any signs of life, doctors declared the infant dead.
The premature baby was then taken to the local morgue where she was stored in a small box until her father, a fisherman coming home from sea, could come pick her up and begin making funeral preparations. When the father arrived at the morgue 10 hours later to retrieve the infant's body, he and morgue staff members noticed signs of life, including movement and muffled cries from within the box. more >>
Narcissism has become America's greatest weakness, and a return to Christian humility may be the most effective way to save our democratic republic from the authoritarian demise of Ancient Rome, a citizenship scholar says.
"America is perched in a place right now, because of the moral and political decisions we have made – we are jeopardizing – have not yet abandoned, but are jeopardizing – self-government," David J. Bobb, author of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America's Greatest Virtue, told The Christian Post in a Monday interview. Bobb decried a culture of arrogance, citing Justin Bieber's audacity to inject himself into the story of Anne Frank, and presented humility as "a very good tonic, a very good bulwark," to protect freedom. more >>
Georgia preacher Brandon Bennings was only 23 years old in 2011 when he discovered he had a deadly form of brain cancer. And with support from his friends, family and church, he refused to give up hope that God could heal him. Last Monday, he died still clinging to it.
"My name is Brandon Bennings and I have a story to share," he began in a chronicle of his fight at brandnupossibilities.com.
"In late April of 2011 I was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. Technically speaking, I have a glioblastoma (pro. glee-oh-blas-toma) tumor, which is a very common but most aggressive malignant brain tumor. The survival rate for people with my type of cancer is about 1 percent over 5 years," he wrote. more >>
A cancer-stricken teenager in frail health made an effort to see "Duck Dynasty" cast members via ambulance last Friday for a family event held in Fairhope, Ala., where Alan Robertson laid hands and prayed over her.
Skye Loustalot, who suffers from osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor that usually develops during the teenage years, wanted to meet the bearded clan and after undergoing surgery two weeks ago to remove a mass from her abdomen, ambulance staffers arranged to transport her to the Bay of the Holy Spirit Jubilee, a festival-sized event where members of the cast were speaking and greeting fans.
Alan Robertson, the former pastor of the bunch, along with his parents, Phil and Miss Kay, and uncle Si approached Loustalot, who braved the rain for the outdoor event on her stretcher and was moved to tears with their prayers. more >>
The much-anticipated screen adaptation of Todd Burpo's best-selling book Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, is set to open in movie theaters next Easter on April 16, 2014. A film trailer about the movie, a story which chronicles the near death experience that reportedly brought a 3-year-old boy face-to-face with Jesus Christ, has just been released (see trailer below).
The movie was filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, under director Randall Wallace, who wrote the Academy Award-winning film "Braveheart" and directed "We Were Soldiers," "Secretariat," and "The Man in the Iron Mask." T.D. Jakes, pastor at the Potter's House in Dallas, best-selling author and producer of the movie "Jumping the Broom," is a producer of the film.
The Sony Pictures film stars Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church and child actor Connor Corum. more >>