The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 8, nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. Click here to read the whole story: Happy Birthday to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
On September 2, 65 years ago, Anne Frank and her family heard their names being read from a long list of names of people who would be boarding the final transport train to Auschwitz the following day. But Anne never lost her optimism. Click here to read the whole story: Anne Frank's heroic lessons of optimism.
Heather Lawrence, a 16-year-old JROTC member at Springstead High School, recently confronted a Muslim peer, claiming that the girl had chosen to remain seated during the daily pledge of allegiance in class. That now appears to be a lie. Click here for the full story: Student Lied about Muslim's Sitting During Pledge of Allegiance.
Describing himself as a man of faith, Phoenix taxi driver Thomas Chappell said that it was Divine Will for him to donate one of his kidneys to a woman whom he drove to medical appointments several times over three months. Click here for the full story: Taxi driver drawn by God to donate kidney to woman in his cab.
Today Israeli President Shimon Peres personally laid the cornerstone of the first building of a new village called Alfanara: the first local village designed for Arab adults with special needs. The village is being built right next to Kishorit: a village designed for Jewish adults with special needs. Click here to read the whole story: Arabs and Jews join forces, build neighboring villages.
While education majors tend to become more religious in college, and biology and science majors show no significant change in religiosity, students majoring in the social sciences and humanities tend to become less religious by the time they graduate. Click here to read the full story: Will your teen become less religious in college?
On the Pagan calendar, the summer began with Beltane on May 1, hit the midpoint at Pagan Midsummer (Litha Sabbat) on June 21, and ends August 1 with Lammas (Lughnasadh) Sabbat: the beginning of the harvest season. Click here to read the full story: Happy Lammas: Pagan Celebration of the Early Harvest.
People often have difficulty getting up on a Monday morning, but many Finnish people will be jumping out of bed early on July 27 because it is National Sleepyhead Day, when the last person in each house who is still sleeping (the "Sleepyhead") is often awakened by having water thrown in their face. Click here to read the full story: National Sleepyhead Day: Celebrating the Morning.
Last year, 20-year-old Ms. Kelly Hildebrandt searched on Facebook for anyone sharing her name and found 24-year-old Mr. Kelly Hildebrandt. The two of them are now engaged to be married. Ms. Hildebrandt said, "I totally think that it's all God's timing. He planned it out just perfect." Click here to read the whole story: God's Timing Is at Work in Your Life.
In Winnipeg, a trembling woman unexpectedly returned to artist Mike Johnston two of his paintings that were stolen during a robbery five years ago. Click here to read the whole story: Thief seeks to improve karma by returning stolen property.
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