The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program provided toys, including 113 bikes, and food vouchers for about 450 families and 1,000 children on Wednesday. The Bloomington Salvation Army serves all of Monroe County.
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By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times
Though Christmas is a beloved holiday for many reasons, a new survey finds that 56 percent of Americans view Christmas as primarily a religious holiday, while 21 percent view it as a cultural holiday — and 22 percent say it’s a little of both. Published December 18, 2014
As inmates are moved by a letter Pope Francis has sent to the prison of a small town in central Italy, the news broke that a man serving a life sentence will be among those at an audience with Pope Francis on Dec. 20.
The revving of the chainsaw barely gets noticed at Justin Domer's business in South Carolina, but his Christmas art surely does.
Personal faith was an important undercurrent in the global fight against Ebola.
This is a story about signs and miracles. Oh, it's about science, too, but there's one little girl who would like you to see the story through her eyes.
The burden of sexually transmitted disease shifted slightly in 2013, with the first reported decline in one STD, but a significant increase in another, the federal government said Tuesday.
The same group that has already rounded up 23,000 volunteers for Ben Carson and raised $10.5 million for his potential White House campaign are upping their ante. The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, an independent political action committee formed to draft the retired neurosurgeon and author has opened a 1,700-square-foot "Draft Ben Carson for President Victory Center" in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Nearly a century ago, Sgt. William Shemin raced across a World War I battlefield three times to pull wounded comrades to safety. With all the senior leaders of the platoon wounded or killed, the 19-year-old survived a bullet to the head and led his unit to safety.
Eighty members of Congress have asked for a commitment from the Obama administration to end a ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men by the end of 2014.
In 2012, Craig and Crystal Stapley became the messengers for Jolly Old St. Nick after their children kept asking why Santa wouldn’t write back.
Conservative voters were influenced by pro-gay canvassers, says a study. Such a tactic will also be used to shift attitudes in favor of abortion rights and immigration.
The producers of a movie about convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell of Philadelphia are seeking another $500,000 from the public to pay salaries and production costs.
Contraception use in the United States is stable, with almost two-thirds of the nation's 62 million reproductive-age women using a product or procedure to avoid pregnancy, new federal data say.
A bishop in Papua New Guinea last week condemned the witch hunts which take place in the country, where many residents believe in sorcery and those accused of practicing it attacked and murdered by mobs.
For years, backers of same-sex marriage have said more voters would support it if only they could hear directly from gay people with a personal stake in the issue. A new academic study bears out that hunch.
Researchers find that nearly 55 percent of U.S. infants sleep with unsafe bedding material that may increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, run by former Air Force official Mikey Weinstein, petitioned the Army to remove a job posting that required applicants to "be of Christian faith" — and the Army apparently listened.
A Republican lawmaker and father of five, Rick Brattin, has raised some fellow Missouri eyebrows with a proposal that would force pregnant women to obtain a signed consent from the fathers of their babies before getting abortions.
Fear not, movie lovers who long for your annual trek to the cinema to round out your holiday experience. There are plenty of films opening around the holidays.
The Obama administration's Wednesday announcement that U.S.-Cuba relations are to be renewed has sparked hope — and uncertainty — about what it will mean for divided families and the Cuban people.
Louis Zamperini made a 30-minute documentary to explain how his post-war conversion to Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade gave him a truly victorious life.
Less than 3 percent of the adult U.S. population identify as a sexual minority, the federal government says in a new report that asked people about their sexual orientation and health.
Conservatives have been mocked for insisting there's an ongoing war on Christmas, but now it looks like they may have simply been ahead of their time.
Teen use of alcohol and cigarettes fell to their lowest level in decades, while use of several drugs, including marijuana, is down or stable, according to the new Monitoring the Future survey.
Faithful Catholics "need to remember that the Holy Family too was once a family of immigrants and refugees," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land took part in a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity over the weekend as part of their preparations for Christmas.
The smell of latkes - fresh potato pancakes - wafted over the National Mall on Tuesday as Vice President Joe Biden marked the first night of Hanukkah.
The Vatican went out of its way Tuesday to mend fences with American nuns, thanking them for their selfless work caring for the poor and promising to value their "feminine genius" more, while gently suggesting ways to survive amid a decline in their numbers.
A fire department in Utica, N.Y., is facing fire from atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation for a sign posted outside its door that reads: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS WE LOVE YOU."
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This time of year, lights strung up around our homes proclaim a warm welcome, usher us into the firelight, the flickering candlelight, the colorful glow of family trees. The lights elicit an exciting sense of hope; they help ready us for the coming holiday.
Have you been to a funeral lately? A funeral where the assembled start reaching into their jacket pockets and purses? Grabbing their cellphones? Looking up and down the pews?
It was 1952 and as a seven year old who had a Sunday School perfect attendance record for a year, I was presented with my very own King James Bible. I still have it and still refer to it.
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Alas, it is over. I am speaking of the Thanksgiving Day celebration — one of my favorite holidays. It is a serious celebration as we give thanks for our many blessings. Yet it is also a jolly day, full of good food, drink and sport, perhaps touch football, more likely a televised game. The whole family comes together and, often in the company of friends, has a festive time. Moreover, there is a venerable sense of tradition to the feast that renders the whole holiday somehow reassuring.