At least four people have died, while over a million people were forced to evacuate their homes after Typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines over the weekend. But many people are thankful that the damage wasn't worse, given that last year's "super typhoon" Haiyan killed thousands.
"We're happy that we've learned our lessons from our past experiences. This is a good sign," said Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross.
"We saw that with preparation and being alert we prevented tragedy and harm, we took our countrymen away from harm," added Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas. "It is sad to hear news of deaths, but this is very low, way below what the potential was." more >>
In a precedential ruling, Britain's Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that mothers who excessively drink while pregnant are not criminally responsible for causing life-long disabilities to their unborn babies and children born permanently harmed by their mother's alcohol abuse are not eligible to receive criminal injury compensation from the government.
Attorneys representing a 7-year-old girl, who is known only as CP and was born with severe brain damage because her mother consumed either half a bottle of vodka or eight cans of lager per day, petitioned the court to grant her compensation funds from Britain's Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
However, the three-judge panel ruled that a fetus cannot be considered a person under British law because they do not have a "legal personality" and are just an "organism" in the mother's womb. The court also deemed that since pregnant alcohol abuse has not been criminalized by Parliament, the mother had not committed a crime. more >>
The District of Columbia has delayed a vote on a bill mandating all businesses cover abortion in their insurance programs regardless of the business owner's moral objections.
In a decision made on Tuesday afternoon, the Council of the District of Columbia pulled the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 off the agenda.
Months after the D.C.-based U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely-held businesses were exempt from the federal government's birth control mandate, the D.C. Council had on their agenda a bill that undermined this exemption. more >>
Some churches are countering the trend of Black Friday shopping and materialism by promoting "Bless Friday," an observance promoting charity work that seeks to bless the less fortunate.
Eva Kaminski, associate director of Communications at Memorial Drive Presbyterian in Houston, told The Christian Post that Bless Friday is "an encouragement for people to shift their focus from shopping to serving."
"Bless Friday is something that our congregation and staff have embraced. The beauty is in the soul-building that occurs when we focus on others instead of self, and serve in Christ's Name," she said. more >>
A September Lifeway Research survey reveals that nearly a quarter of Americans have received food from a church-run food pantry. Minorities and churchgoers commonly benefit from church pantries, according to the survey.
The Nashville-based Christian research firm polled 1,158 respondents about church food pantries and found that 22 percent said they have relied on a church program to feed their families. Of those who have received food from a church pantry, 26 percent were churchgoers. Over a third identified as evangelical.
More than one in three church pantry users (37 percent) were African Americans, 25 percent were Hispanic while 19 percent of the pantry users were Caucasian. more >>
For the 135th year in a row, New York City's Bowery Mission will provide thousands of meals for city's homeless residents on Thanksgiving Day at their Bowery street location and other sites.
"More than 600 volunteers will prepare these meals and serve guests in the mission's century-old chapel, with music and festive decorations for the holiday," James Winans, chief development officer at the Bowery Mission, told The Christian Post.
"Meals will be served at 227 Bowery at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. Additional meals will be added throughout the day, based on the demand," he said. "Each meal will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal, with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, green beans, gravy and all the fixings, and with pie for dessert." more >>