Davion Only, the orphan who made international headlines by attending a church in Florida and pleading for a "forever family" has reportedly been thrown out of his foster home after fighting with a foster sibling and his foster father.
Only, 16, appeared at a church in St. Petersburg, Florida to speak to the congregation and ask for help in finding a home where he could live permanently. Thousands of people responded to his request, but it was a minister and his wife who ultimately took Only into their Ohio home in March.
The boy seemed to be adjusting well and was excited to finally have a stable family. Only was due to be adopted this month, but an altercation led to a physical interaction with one of his foster siblings and the minister himself. He was flown back to Florida by his case manager. more >>
A 4-year-old boy was asked to leave a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, simply because he chose to wear a sleeveless shirt. Even though the boy was only 4-years-old, the manager insisted the family leave because he did not meet the "gentlemen's code" required.
According to Lewis Roberts' family, the situation occurred at a restaurant in Atlanta's Phipps Plaza. The boy wore a sleeveless Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt, which he adored. Unfortunately, the hostess at the restaurant did not think too highly of it and told the family that they would have to leave because of the restaurant's dress code. When the family asked to speak with the manager, he confirmed that the dress code applied to "gentlemen of all ages" and they were again asked to leave.
"I was very, very upset that my 4-year-old nephew got asked to leave a restaurant, at lunch time in the middle of the day. If we would have thought for a minute that he was inappropriately dressed, we would have gone to a different restaurant to save the embarrassment," Keri Smith, Lewis' aunt, told Fox News. more >>
Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. announced Wednesday a documentary on what is considered to be the most famous Christian worship band in the world – Hillsong UNITED.
"Hillsong – Let Hope Rise" is currently shooting the band on five different continents. Michael John Warren, who helmed Jay-Z's "Face to Black," is directing the Australia-based band, while Matthew Weaver of MediaWeaver Entertainment and Jonathan Bock of Grace Hill Media are producing. The film is expected to release worldwide on April 3, 2015.
The movie will chronicle Hillsong's remarkable journey from a youth group band at Hillsong Church to a worldwide sensation that plays sold-out stadium concerts across the globe. In a joint statement, Alcon Entertainment principals Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson voiced their excitement over "Hillsong- Let Hope Rise." more >>
The city of New York recently agreed to fund full day, pre-kindergarten programs for religious schools in the city in an attempt to make more space for preschool attendance by Fall 2014. Multiple religious schools in the area have questioned the full-day funding, as it prohibits religious teaching from being taught during school hours.
The new policy, approved by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, extends the previous half-day prekindergarten programs at religious schools into a full day program funded by the government.
Previously, religious schools offered a half-day of secular prekindergarten funded by the government, contributing religious teaching to the latter part of the school day that they paid for using their own school funds. more >>
A major document by the Vatican has said that unjust discrimination against gay people needs to be avoided and that children of same-sex unions must be cared for as any other, but it still maintains opposition to same-sex couples adopting children and has affirmed traditional teachings on marriage.
The Instrumentum Laboris is a result of Pope Francis' call in October 2013 for Roman Catholic bishops around the world to convene and discuss matters of family and the Christian faith.
"On unions of persons of the same sex, the responses of the bishops' conferences refer to Church teaching. 'There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family. [...] Nonetheless, according to the teaching of the Church, men and women with homosexual tendencies 'must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided,'" the lengthy document reads. more >>
A young girl seen on video convulsing while paramedics rush her to a hospital is now doing well but admits that she took a hallucinogenic drug before using a Ouija board to contact her deceased parents. Her guardians maintain that the girl was actually possessed by demons.
Alexandra Huerta, 16, was using the Ouija board with her brother and cousin after taking Brugmansia, a poisonous plant that can induce hallucinations, confusion, muscle paralysis and in large doses, death. It can also cause temporary insanity in children.
"She started convulsing and screaming of terrible visions," Maria Camano, Huerta's guardian, told the Daily Mail. "We tried to pray for them and to get them to pray as well, but it only made the demons who had taken control of her anger. I thought they were going to lose their minds. There is a lot of shamanism in the hills where we live and I was terrified when I saw what the Ouija had done to them. She was possessed by a spirit who wanted to harm her." more >>