Pope Francis started his nine-day tour of Latin America, his first as pontiff, on Sunday, arriving in Quito, Ecuador, where he said, "No one, save Jesus Christ, possesses his or her own light." During his trip, Francis is likely to focus on poverty and inequality as well as reiterate his concern for the environment.
"I have come as a witness of God's mercy and of faith in Jesus Christ," Francis said in his prepared remarks at the welcome ceremony Sunday in Quito.
Children in traditional dress greeted the pope at the Mariscal Sucre airport, and shook hands with many of them. more >>
A church in Indiana has joined several charity organizations to raise money to purchase a "Homeless Jesus" statue for the state capital.
Roberts Park United Methodist Church has partnered with Wheeler Mission, Outreach Inc., and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic to get a "Homeless Jesus" statue for Indianapolis. The Rev. Andrew Scanlan-Holmes, senior pastor at Roberts Park UMC, told The Christian Post that this was the "problem of homelessness in Indianapolis."
"Roberts Park UMC, as a large downtown church, has for the last 20 years, been actively serving this sector of the community through its Soup's On feeding program and now regularly serves an average of 250 meals every Sunday lunchtime to the homeless and food impoverished," said the Rev. Scanlan-Holmes. more >>
As part of an interactive project, seven pianos were set up in various parts of the city of Sarasota in Florida. Signs were placed next to the pianos encouraging anyone who walked by to sit down and play. That's when this homeless man took a seat and amazed everyone.
One of the city's most frequent performers is Donald Gould. He is homeless, but it doesn't stop him from drawing crowds of people to watch him. Donald is a former Marine who ended up living on the streets after battling a drug addiction. He plans to one day turn his life around and music is a major part of his recovery. After one of Donald's performances was captured and put online, his popularity grew immensely.
If you haven't heard him before, you definitely have to hear him now. Many people from his hometown of Sarasota are hoping Donald one day is on the big stage! more >>
It is easy for us to point out those living in an area with without proper education. People tend to jump out and blame the parents. But can we really blame parents if they are working 60 hours a week and making minimum wage? This teacher took notice and decided to do something incredible.
The reality is more of a vicious cycle, and too many kids are born into it without any means of escape. Although many kids live in a populated city, a large percentage of them live in poverty. It can be very difficult for kids to grow up like this and stay motivated at the same time. A teacher who suffered a terrible tragedy decided it was time to make a change. He developed a very creative way to help these kids.
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A leader in a Georgia-based charity centered on helping young men from broken families turn their lives around, believes Father's Day should focus on the "instrumental" value of dads.
On Sunday the United States will celebrate Father's Day, an observance focused on remembering the value of fathers to the lives of their children.
Drew Read, chief operations officer for the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, told The Christian Post in a recent interview about how he hopes Father's Day is honored. more >>
It's a blessing to see teenagers that want to inspire one another. The brightest of the youth are those involved in their schools, families, communities and places of worship. In this case, Katie Stagliano has a dream to one day feed all the homeless people in the world. Her story inspires the world!
There are teenagers that value their hard work and achievement, and then there is going completely above and beyond for the less fortunate. The spirited 14-year-old Katie developed a penchant for gardening after harvesting a giant 40-pound cabbage. That led to her starting a single soup kitchen, which became a full-on enterprise. Her dream came from realizing how families in need could be "just like my family."
"For all I know they could be my family who've fallen on hard times," the teen said. more >>