There's about to be another grandbaby on "19 Kids & Counting," but it's not coming from newlywed Jessa Duggar but rather her older brother, Josh, and his wife Anna.
Josh and Anna announced the news on Tuesday via their Twitter accounts and the Duggar family also retweeted the news. The couple has been married since 2008 and already has three children: Mackynzie, 5, Michael, 3 ½, and Marcus, 1 ½. They fully embrace the idea of welcoming any and all children given to them by God.
"We are so excited to announce … we're pregnant! #4andCounting #BlessingfromTheLord @joshduggar #19Kids," Anna tweeted yesterday. "Thx 4 all the well wishes! Every life is precious & a gift from God – we're so #blessed to have baby #4 on the way! #4andCounting #19Kids," she added today. more >>
Greek Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou has said that he will never back legalizing same-sex marriage in the country, arguing that it harms society and poses a danger to traditions.
"I won't discuss it, I can't conceive of it," the conservative politician told Greece's Mega TV. "Besides, the convention of human rights forbids it. When it speaks about marriage it speaks [of marriage] between a man and woman. We are a country that respects traditions, respects human nature, and it's not possible at least with this government and this ministry, to permit marriage."
While Greece has faced sanctions by the European court of human rights for not extending rights to gay couples, in July, the court refused to judicially impose same-sex marriage on countries, stating that gay marriage is not a human right. more >>
The wife of NFL player Ray Rice, who was knocked unconscious by her then-fiancé in an Atlantic City elevator, says the assault last February was part of God's divine plan to raise awareness for domestic abuse in America.
Although Janay Rice, formerly Janay Palmer during the time of the attack, told The Today Show's Matt Lauer on Monday that her physical altercation with Ray was just a one-time occurrence, she firmly believes that God used her and her now-husband as tools to raise awareness for the women that suffer from that kind of physical abuse on a regular basis.
"I feel like God chose me and Ray for a reason," Rice said. "It was definitely to bring awareness to what people are going through every day. more >>
As many as 7,800 people have resigned from the Lutheran Church in Finland since the parliament approved a law legalizing same-sex marriages on Friday, which was backed by Kari Mäkinen, the Archbishop of Turku and Finland.
Mäkinen reportedly said that he was "rejoiced" by the passage of the law, YLE News reported on Sunday.
"I know how much this day means for rainbow people, their loved ones and many others. I rejoice with my whole heart for them and with them," the Archbishop said. "We are in the same situation as our neighboring Nordic churches: our concept of marriage needs a fundamental examination. Speaking for myself, I think it is time for reconsideration." more >>
Kanae Miyahara Vujicic, wife of "limbless evangelist" Nick Vujcic, tells of the "magical," yet complicated moment she first laid eyes on the man she believed she would marry, in their new co-authored book, Love Without Limits.
"There was definitely a spark and a strong attraction from the first moments I locked eyes with Nick," writes Kanae of their initial meeting, which occured in 2010 at a small Dallas event in which Nick was the guest speaker.
Indeed, when Nick first locked eyes with Kanae, who was sitting in the audience, he "had to force himself to look away." more >>
A historic number of America's youth – 2.5 million children – are homeless according to a report recently released by the National Center on Family Homelessness. These children, the report shows, are victims of a number of variables that contribute to homelessness including single motherhood, racial disparities and low household incomes.
The report, based on data compiled from the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau, reveals that many of the nation's homeless children are on the verge of losing their housing, don't have a fixed residence, are living in places not designated for human beings, or are living in some kind of temporary housing. Many homeless children's circumstances are tied to problems plaguing their families.
According to the report, "Poverty rates are highest for families headed by single women, particularly if they are Black or Hispanic." more >>