PHILADELPHIA — The eyes of the world will be on Pope Francis when he makes a visit to the western hemisphere next month, stopping first in Cuba before heading north to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. But his stop at the Ground Zero memorial in NYC amid commemoration of the deaths of thousands due to terrorism has been described by organizers as an "extremely important event for the world."
Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with survivors and family members of those killed in the World Trade Center attacks, which claimed the lives of 2,606 people. Those slain were mostly New Yorkers but among them were visitors hailing from the United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, South Korea, India, and dozens of other countries. More than 400 of those killed when the Twin Towers fell were law enforcement officials and firefighters who were among first responders when al-Qaida-linked terrorists crashed commercial airliners into each tower.
That Sept. 25 meeting with 9/11 families will be held outside by the twin reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in downtown Manhattan, Helen Osman, secretary of communications for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, explained during a briefing about the pope's U.S. visit with reporters Friday. more >>
Preachers deal with the same struggles as the rest of the world once they step away from the pulpit, and the BET premiere of the new movie "Let the Church Say Amen" showcases many of those challenges with the help of an all-star cast.
The film is adapted from the novel written by ReShonda Tate Billingsley that bears the same name, and features "Waiting to Exhale" actress Lela Rochon, who plays the film's first lady "Loretta," of the fictitious Zion Hill Church.
Rochon, who portrays the reverend's wife who's working hard to keep her household and the church together, describes "Let the Church Say Amen" as the type of faith-based film that will appeal to Christian as well as secular audiences. more >>
There will be no treaty for the fast food industry, as its two major burger empires will not be making a joint meal in honor of a global observance for world peace.
McDonald's announced that it has declined rival Burger King's offer to make a "McWhopper" in honor of the International Day of Peace.
McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook wrote in a Facebook message posted Wednesday that while a "McWhopper" had a good intention, he felt "our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference." more >>
These little children are such a blessing. Listening to them explain the power of prayer, and who they thank in prayer, will light up your soul.
After praying, they explain the power that God has had in their lives, and it is both awesome and cute. It's sometimes difficult to imagine what most kids pray for, and how prayer has affected their lives. But the innocence and transparency of these kids, and their love for others, will touch your heart. Jesus is the reason for all of their blessings, and they know it! They may teach adults a thing or two about the importance and power of prayer.
"In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge," Proverbs 14:26. more >>
Here's a young man with a beautiful and inspiring voice. Christopher Duffley is blind and has Autism, but the 14-year-old doesn't let anything ruffle his feathers — even the opportunity to sing live in front of thousands of baseball fans at Fenway Park.
The sound of his voice will give you chills. Before he begins to sing, he does a warm up routine that will get you pumped. Christopher has made many other videos that have sparked a lot of interest in this popular young star. It's an amazing blessing to hear this young man lift his voice for others, especially in such a memorable setting.
Watching the young man take to the stage, despite challenges like blindness and Autism, really touches the heart. With the power that God gives him to reach and inspire others, Christopher can do anything — and so can you! We can do anything we put our minds to! more >>
When she was just 15-years-old, Lindsay Nieto was told that her father was diagnosed with ALS. "She quietly made peace with the fact that he would never be able to walk her down the aisle at her wedding," reports Today.com. But, Augie Nieto was able to beat the odds on his daughter's wedding day, and it is beautiful!
Lindsay always had her loving father by her side growing up and Augie didn't want to change that on one of the biggest days of his daughter's life. Lindsay married Chris Williams in Rancho Palos Verdes, California and got a very special treat on that day. "Defying the average prognosis of two to five years of survival" for those with ALS, Augie was able to escort Lindsay up the aisle to the altar while harnessed to a scaffolding that helped keep him upright for the emotional ceremony.
Watch this heartwarming father-daughter walk down the aisle below: more >>