The world is a wonderful place. Our God is so good in giving it to us. But to a large extent, we have not taken good care of it, nor of each other.
We have polluted the water, fouled the air and are dangerously changing the climate.
The breakdown of the family, the redefining of traditional marriage, global poverty, hunger, homelessness, abortion, physician assisted suicide, the arms trade, nuclear weapons, astronomical military budgets, human trafficking, corporate greed, murder and the mass murder of war are also among the critical illnesses humanity has inflicted upon itself. more >>
When you look at a bridge you may simply see a span that connects distant sides. But once you hear about Candy Christmas and her ministry to feed and clothe Nashville's homeless and needy, you just might see bridges with brand new eyes.
Yes, her name is Candy Christmas and her outreach ministry is as sweet as her name.
Christmas runs a weekly outreach to feed the homeless called The Bridge, Inc., a non-profit that provides services and every day necessities to Nashville's "food insecure, poor and homeless." The Bridge is aptly named — it acts as a lifeline to a segment of society that is often forgotten, and the outreach takes place beneath Nashville's Jefferson Street Bridge. more >>
A Texas-based charity received its own Christmas miracle of sorts when a donor left a $50,000 check underneath the statue of the Christ Child in their outdoor manger scene.
The Children's Home, a Christian orphanage started in 1924, was recently given the surprise donation in a nativity display placed outside its administrative offices.
Pope Francis has officially recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, with the Vatican announcing she is to be made a saint in 2016.
"The Holy Father has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa," the Roman Catholic Church announced on Friday. BBC News noted that Teresa, who died in 1997, was beatified in 2003, but needed a second miracle attributed to her name before she could be declared a saint of the Catholic church.
Francis has now affirmed that a second miracle has indeed been credited to the popular nun, with the unexplained healing of a Brazilian man with brain tumors in 2008. more >>
Christians in South Sudan are praying for peace this Christmas time following two years of devastating civil war, which according to some estimates has killed up to 100,000 people.
"Two years after the outbreak of the civil war we continue to hope for peace, and perhaps this Christmas will be different from the last two, where we experienced suffering and fear," a South Sudanese missionary told Fides News Agency.
The country marked this week the two year anniversary of the civil war that has plunged the world's youngest nation into a deep crisis. more >>
Across the country, legions of young football players long to make it to the big time, to get that super-huge multimillion dollar contract with the NFL.
Jason Brown did just that. In 2009, Brown got a $37 million contract to play with the St. Louis Rams. But then one day he decided to walk away from it.
The reason? Brown decided that he was meant for something greater, specifically to be a farmer whose products feed the needy. more >>