The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out a ruling against a Catholic organization that was being compelled to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives at the threat of being fined by the Internal Revenue Service.
On Monday the highest court in the nation granted the Michigan Catholic Conference their request for an exemption for religious reasons against the Health and Human Services contraception mandate.
In the Supreme Court's order, the Justices invoked last year's landmark Hobby Lobby decision, which concluded that "closely-held businesses" could be exempted from the HHS mandate due to religious objections. more >>
As the death toll from Saturday's Nepal earthquake and aftershocks continues climbing and passed 5,000 victims, relief groups such as Samaritan's Purse have reported heartbreaking scenes on the ground of families losing everything they have. The Christian aid group has asked for prayers and financial support as it seeks to reach out to the nearly 8 million people affected by the disaster.
"There are a lot of people sleeping out in the streets," said Samaritan's Purse team leader Patrick Seger in a report from Tuesday. "They are fearful of the buildings and don't want to sleep inside. They are sleeping in the rain because they don't have any other shelter."
The aid group said that although over 5,000 people are reported to have been killed, officials fear that the number will double as rescue teams continue finding bodies through the rubble. At least another 8,000 people have been injured; tens of thousands have been left homeless, and close to 8 million people in total have been affected. more >>
Sadie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" is joining countless others in prayer for the thousands of people suffering from the massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.
An international relief effort is sweeping Nepal as well as the neighboring China and India as the death toll reached over 3,600 people with another nearly 7,000 people injured, according to the latest reports on Monday. In light of the devastating earthquake, Robertson shared a prayer for the victims and their families over the weekend.
The death toll from Saturday's 7.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal has climbed to over 3,726 people and is rising by the hour, officials say. Rescue workers also shared fears that some areas have suffered "near total destruction."
"Some of the initial surveys that we're hearing of from the zones closer to the epicenter talk about total or near total destruction," Jeremy Konyndyk, director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance for USAID, told CNN.
The capital of Kathmandu has suffered heavy damage, with reports of people still buried inside the wreckage of their homes, and hospitals overflowing with patients and running short on medical supplies. Rescue workers have been helped on Monday by improved weather conditions, after efforts had been hampered repeatedly over the weekend. more >>
A church in California will be mobilizing an estimated 10,000 volunteers to perform over 400 charitable service projects over the course of 48 hours, estimated to be worth over $2 million in billable labor and material.
Known as the "Weekend of Service", the multisite North Coast Church is doing a series of projects April 25-26 meant to benefit over 100 locations in six cities in North San Diego County.
Larry Osborne, pastor at North Coast Church, provided comments to The Christian Post in which he described some of the actions the volunteers will perform. more >>
Efforts to ban sexual orientation change efforts therapy for gay minors at the state level have experienced mixed results following President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of banning the controversial practice.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration declared its support for banning SOCE therapy for homosexual and transgender minors.
Immediately after the administration's declaration, Colorado's legislature killed a bill aimed at bringing a ban to the state. more >>