As photos of Pope Francis embracing and comforting a disfigured man suffering from a rare disease are being reposted and talked about by people around the world, a Jesuit priest has found parallels between the present news story with St. Francis of Assisi and his meeting with a leper.
The photos, which can be viewed on the Vatican Insider, feature Pope Francis meeting, embracing and kissing a man suffering from neurofibromatosis, a disfiguring skin condition, on Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.
The images have made news around the world, been shared throughout social media, and one Jesuit priest has likened them to a story about St. Francis of Assisi, the 13th century Italian friar whose name Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio borrowed when he was elected as pope earlier this year. more >>
A Kentucky-based charity that specializes in homes for at-risk children may reverse a longstanding policy against having openly gay employees.
Sunrise Children's Services, formerly known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, recently released a statement noting their serious consideration of such a move.
YouTube sensation Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, best known for prank and comedy videos on the Internet, turned around the life of a homeless man who tells viewers to "keep Jesus in your heart," after he receives help from the artist, along with a new set of teeth.
Zdorovetskiy first met Martin in July when he decided he wanted to "make a homeless man's day."
According to a video uploaded on July 29, Zdorovetskiy gave Martin a shower and a haircut, bought him new clothes, a steak dinner and two nights in a hotel. During that first encounter, however, Martin expressed his deepest desire to fix his teeth. more >>
WASHINGTON – Children raised by both their mom and their dad are more likely to go to college and to make more money than children raised by unwed and divorced parents, and the impact is greater among the poor. This is just one of the findings presented at the American Enterprise Institute's Tuesday panel discussion, "Left behind: Why trends in family structure and parenting are setting some kids up to fail."
Unwed childbearing is now the new norm for women under 30 in the United States, noted keynote speaker Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. There is also a growing class divide, she said, with the low income having more children out-of-wedlock than those with high levels of income.
The high rate of unwed childbearing among the poor and lower middle-class is important because children of divorced and single parents do less well in school, are less likely to go to college, and are more likely to have children as unmarried teens and young adults, thus perpetuating a cycle of poverty. more >>
New York City photographer Donato DiCamillo is on a mission to bring awareness for NYC's homeless population. In the city that never sleeps, there are indeed an extraordinary number of impoverished who in fact "sleep" on the streets.
DiCamillo hopes his "Faceless Project" will give a face to a real problem, and inspire people to get out there and do what they can to help.
"As a street photographer I began photographing images of our city's afflicted and homeless, now, realizing how many there actually are I became much more motivated to document them. I am creating a collection of photographs and video clips in hopes to shed some light and educate people on why and how these people wind up living the way they do. more >>
A Virginia church will close its homeless shelter this fall due to fears that the site was housing sex offenders.
"This was a rough decision for us because we looked at the overflow shelters as an extension of our ministry," Reverend Tyrone Nelson, who pastors Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, told WTVR News.
Nelson added that it appeared that sex offenders were not only spending the night at the church but that they were "actually using our address. They were using the shelter and probably had been using the shelter on and off for a few years." more >>