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Feb. 25, 2020: Supreme Court to hear foster care agency case, church pays off kids lunch debt, 'ashes on the go'

Feb. 25, 2020: Supreme Court to hear foster care agency case, church pays off kids lunch debt, 'ashes on the go'

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020:

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

— Supreme Court to hear case on foster agency that doesn’t work with LGBT couples

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear a case that could have huge implications on the rights of Christian and other faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to turn away LGBT couples on grounds of religious beliefs. 

The high court will hear the case of Catholic foster parents who sued the city of Philadelphia after it stopped placing children with Catholic Social Services due to the organization’s policy against same-sex couples.

Becket, which is representing the families who are suing, said CSS was the “most successful” foster agency in the city.

— Ohio church pays off lunch debt in 10 school districts

A church in Ohio paid off the lunch debt of children in 10 school districts, totaling around $40,000.

Salem Church of God pastors originally challenged their congregation to help eliminate $14,000 worth of debt in two school district but people ended up giving nearly triple that amount in less than a week.

Pastor Steve Southards credited Jesus for the generosity, saying it was God who “moved in our hearts for this deal.”

— Pixar featuring first LGBT character in film ‘Onward’

The upcoming film “Onward” will feature the first-ever animated LGBT character by Pixar.

The character is named Officer Specter, a Cyclops cop who is voiced by openly gay screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe.

Director Dan Scanlon said they wanted to “represent the modern world.”

— Episcopal diocese offering ‘ashes to go’ on Ash Wednesday

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington will be offering “Ashes to Go” on Wednesday, allowing people to receive the mark of the cross on their foreheads while on the go.

People in Washington, D.C., will be able to kick off Lent with ashes and prayer at various stops, including Metro stations, coffee shops, and churches.

— Coronavirus outbreaks at China prisons spark concern for imprisoned Christians

More than 500 prisoners in five prisons throughout China have contracted the coronavirus, sparking concern for those who have been imprisoned for their faith.

The wife of Christian human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who was incarcerated at a prison in the province of Shandong, where more than 200 have been tested positive for the virus, said she has not been able to hear any updates about her husband’s health. Visitations have been canceled due to the coronavirus.

Persecution watchdogs are calling for prayer for Christians imprisoned in China during the outbreak that has now affected some 80,000 people around the world.

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