Dalit Christians, members of the lower caste "untouchables" in India, are reportedly planning a nationwide rally in March to demand equal rights and stand up to government discrimination that they say targets them for their beliefs.
The Times of India has reported that dalit Christians are organizing meetings and planning a rally in New Delhi in March in protest against a Caste Order that allows dalits to receive government benefits, but mainly for those who still identify with their Hindu background.
National Council of Dalit Christians advisor E D Charles blamed India's Congress and the ruling BJP party for failing to take into consideration recommendations to provide Christian dalits with equal rights in the country. more >>
Reality television star Sadie Robertson recently traveled to Guatemala in collaboration with Texas-based Roma boots to donate hundreds of rain boots to children living in poverty.
The Roma for All foundation makes quarterly trips to impoverished regions of the world to distribute school supplies and free rain boots to children, and the 18-year-old "Duck Dynasty" star took part in the organization's most recent trip in December, accompanied by her father, Willie, and adopted sister, Rebecca.
"We are going to give poverty the boot," Robertson wrote in a message to her 2 million followers ahead of the fall launch of her "Live Original" rain boot line with the Dallas company. "So honored to be a part of a great way to give back. #givepovertytheboot." more >>
Vatican officials have offered a homeless woman one year of free housing after she gave birth near St. Peter's Square this week in the freezing cold.
The homeless woman, whose name has not been revealed to the public, gave birth on a piece of cardboard near St. Peter's Square at around 2 a.m. Wednesday in zero-degree weather. She was noticed and offered help by a Vatican patrol car shortly after giving birth.
"When I got close I saw that the baby was already born and was still attached by the umbilical cord to the mother," Maria Capone, one of the officers who noticed the woman in the cold, told The Associated Press. "With my colleagues we tried to warm them up. We covered them with our uniform jackets." more >>
Two religious ministries who help former inmates with substance abuse issues can continue to receive state funds, ruled a Florida judge who rejected a New York-based atheist group's lawsuit.
Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds of the Second Judicial Circuit for Leon County ruled Wednesday that Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God Ministries can receive payment from the Department of Corrections.
Ron Sider, professor emeritus at Palmer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, charged Thursday that white Evangelicals should get behind the Black Lives Matter movement because it is a pro-life issue.
Sider, who Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, introduced at the Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington D.C. as "a model of Christian conviction and courage," criticized parts of the pro-life movement for what he sees as a "fundamental inconsistency" in how life-threating social causes beyond abortion, like racism and poverty, are treated.
"For many decades, I have believed and taught that Christians should act on the belief that from the moment of conception we're dealing with persons, human beings made in the image of God. Choosing to end the lives of innocent persons is simply wrong. For many decades therefore, I have been a part of the movement to reduce abortion by legislation and through supporting programs to assist unwed pregnant mothers. I'm happy my friends and honored to be a part of this gathering," Sider noted in his delicately balanced comments. more >>
A recently released report by Israel's National Insurance Institute shows that 1.7 million Israelis live below the poverty line, including 23 percent of the country's seniors and 13.7 percent of working families, up from 7 percent in 1999.
Those are the numbers that push Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein — founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) — onto airplanes and then onto stages at packed auditoriums around the world, in order to raise awareness and funds. Though he made aliyah 13 years ago, Eckstein spends half the year away from his Jerusalem home on the road promoting The Fellowship's mission.
The Fellowship is the largest private charitable foundation in Israel, and receives 99 percent of its annual $137 million in donations from Christians — mostly from North America. Funds raised by The Fellowship are distributed to Jews and others in need, whether they are Jews and other communities in Israel lacking adequate food, shelter, and security; Diaspora Jews needing financial assistance to move to Israel; Israeli soldiers finding it hard to make it on an IDF stipend; or elderly Holocaust survivors and other Jews in the former Soviet Union. more >>