Ash Wednesday and Lent: Six Critical Facts

True Hope and Change in JesusAsh Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent for Christians. It is a time of fasting and reflection, a time for spiritual growth and awareness. As Christians begin this Lenten season, here are six facts about Ash Wednesday and what it represents: 1.) Season of Lent. Lent is traditionally a 40-day period of fasting leading up… [Read more…]

Hospice for Children: ‘Families Are Desperate and Need This’

Countless Americans understand and have grown to count on the irreplaceable quality of care and support that hospice provides when a loved one is terminally ill or dying. But there is a niche the palliative care program is looking to better serve: children. The Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, are working to become home…

Nearly 13,000 children up to age 19 die each year in the United States from an unintentional injury, and about 1,250 die of cancer nationwide. A discussion of hospice is not a conversation anyone wants to have; hope and healing are always the goal. But far too many families find themselves in this reality and are unsure of where to go to give their children the best possible last days if all other options have failed. [Read more…]

President Obama mourns slain Dallas Officers

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DALLAS — President Barack Obama extolled the five police officers slain in Dallas as examples for Americans to follow, talking at length Tuesday about their service before calling on divided Americans to listen more to one another and argue less out of anger. “Like police officers across the country, these men and their families shared a… [Read more…]

Thousands in Paris attend memorial service for Friday’s terror victims

Paris flag The bell of Notre Dame tolled as around 3.000 people attended a special memorial service for the victims of Friday evening’s terror attacks. Among the anonymous congregation – the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, Former President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and former Prime Ministers Alain Juppe, and Francois Fillon. People of all faiths were welcome at the… [Read more…]

Yes, It Is. America is Under Spiritual Attack

True Hope and Change in Jesus “America is the first country to say to its people: All of you have a right to speak. But today, speech is under siege.” – John Stossel Last week we had the privilege of appearing with John Stossel on Fox News to discuss the attack on free speech in America. He told us that today people… [Read more…]

How to watch Yogi Berra’s funeral on Tuesday

MONTCLAIR — Legendary Yankees catcher Yogi Berra will be laid to rest Tuesday. His funeral, which is going to be a private ceremony in Montclair, will be broadcast on the YES Network, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center has confirmed. “In response to the tremendous outpouring of love and condolences from Yogi’s friends and fans,… [Read more…]

N.J. pilot killed in plane crash ‘a life-long learner’

 CHESTER — The New Jersey man killed in a plane crash near Somerset Airport last week was “a life-long learner” who loved sailing, flying, skiing and traveling with his family in his free time. Philip Clements, a 62-year-old father and grandfather, was an “advocate for the next generation” who “had a passion for mentoring and teaching… [Read more…]

Thousands Grieve for Slain Illinois Police Officer

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CHICAGO — Under a perfect powder-blue sky, police officers from across the country came Monday to give a final salute to a fallen comrade killed in the small boating community of Fox Lake. Swarms of law enforcement in starched blue uniforms and badges wrapped in black mourning bands converged on Antioch Community High School for the… [Read more…]

Africa: UN Reminds World of Invisible Plight of Millions of Widows

 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the world on the fifth International Widows’ Day “to assert the rights of those whose bereavement is followed by exclusion, abuse or the loss of homes, livelihoods and social standing.” In his message on the Day, Mr. Ban said the death of their partner can leave widows in precarious… [Read more…]

10 Need-to-Know Facts about Memorial Day

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1. It began with the Civil War. Memorial Day originally honored around 620,000 soldiers who died in the civil war (1861-1865) 2. It was first known as Decoration Day. The holiday was known as Decoration Day for the practice of decorating graves with flowers and flags. The name Memorial Day goes back to 1882, but the… [Read more…]