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 >>
A church in Buffalo, New York, is doing its part to ensure that the city's residents stay warm this winter. True Bethel Baptist Church launched its Shepard's Closet mobile clothing service last Tuesday, and consists of a roving bus stocked with free winter gear for local residents.
Shepard's Closet travels the city handing out warm coats, gloves, and scarves to anyone in need. During its run last week, the church gave away winter clothing to school children waiting at bus stops, and visited middle schools and homeless shelters.
"Each time we go out, our whole goal is to take care of a need," said Shepard's Closet project manager Cambridge Boyd to The Christian Post on Thursday. Recipients don't have to be homeless or unemployed. more >>
Although Christians might wish for more answers during times of adversity, turning to God is the most hopeful thing one can do, the Rev. Billy Graham advises in an installment of "Answers" on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website.
Graham addressed the question of what one should do when faced with extreme adversity, writing in the Q&A posted on Friday that although one's struggles might appear insurmountable, they will seem far more manageable with the help of God.
His comments come after an inquirer explains their physical disability and adds: "You'll probably tell me to turn to God, but what good will that do? God isn't going to heal me. I don't think He even cares." more >>