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Tebow Cure Hospital Opens in Philippines; 'We Will Share Love of Jesus and Bring Physical Healing,' Says CURE CEO
LINK The Tebow CURE Hospital, built by a foundation of former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and the Christian organization CURE International in the Philippines' Davao City, was inaugurated Friday.

Nearly 60% of Millennials 'Disapprove of Obama,' Want US Troops Sent Back to Iraq to Fight ISIS, New Poll Says
LINK Almost 60 percent of millennials "disapprove of the Obama administration's management of the rise of ISIS," and support sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq to fight the terror group, according to a recent poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Pastor of Baltimore 'Mom of the Year' Praises Her for Smacking Son to Stop Him From Rioting; Says She's 'Mom of the Century'
LINK Baltimore mother Toya Graham, who is being called "mom of the year" after being captured on camera smacking her 16-year-old son to get him away from protests, should be "mom of the century," her pastor said, urging all moms to follow her example.

Freddie Gray's Injury 'Almost Impossible to Acquire …by Simply Rolling Around in a Van' Says Neurosurgeon Ben Carson
LINK Renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, said Friday that the injury suffered by 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died on April 19 after being gravely injured while in the custody of Baltimore police officers "would be almost impossible to acquire…by simply rolling around in a van."

Over 200 Native American Teen Suicides Caused by 'the Devil,' Increased Spiritual Activity on South Dakota Reservation, According the Evangelicals Looking to Help
LINK More than 200 teenagers on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota have committed or attempted suicide between December and March this year, and now religious leaders are getting involved, claiming that there is a spiritual battle that needs to be fought and won in order to save the youth.

Baltimore's State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Freddie Gray Case: God 'Put Me in This Position for a Reason'
LINK Baltimore's State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, the woman who criminally charged six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on Friday, is a practicing Christian who declared at a recent prayer breakfast that God "put me in this position for a reason."

Six Officers Charged in Death of Freddie Gray; Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Vows to Seek Justice
LINK In a move being described as both swift and unusually surprising, Baltimore's newly elected State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday that the death of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19 after being injured while in police custody, had been ruled a "homicide" and six police officers involved in his "unlawful arrest" had been criminally charged and warrants have been issued for their arrests.

Ted Cruz Says Obama Has 'Inflamed Racial Tensions' and Divided America; Argues Against 'Vilification' of Police
LINK GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has accused President Barack Obama of inflaming racial tensions and dividing America in the wake of the Baltimore riots. Cruz also spoke out against those who "vilify" police officers.

Franklin Graham Starts Fund 'to Help Persecuted Christians in the US'
LINK Evangelist Franklin Graham is using his resources as president of Samaritan's Purse to help Christian business owners in the United States who are being forced to pay steep fines and are even losing their businesses and livelihoods because they're refusing to participate in gay marriage ceremonies based on religious grounds.

USCIRF Report Shows Islamic Countries Are Worst Violators of Religious Freedom; 12 Muslim-Majority Nations Top the List
LINK The annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom shows that 12 of the 17 nations with the worst record of religious freedom are Islamic or Muslim-majority countries.

Beyonce Urges Fans to Support NAACP's Efforts to Help Ease Unrest in Baltimore
LINK Iconic singer Beyonce recently urged fans to donate money to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a bid to support the organization's efforts to ease civil unrest in Baltimore.

NFL Star Benjamin Watson on Baltimore Riots: 'I See a Brokenness That Only Christ Can Give Us Wisdom and Power to Mend'
LINK Commenting on the devastating violence that took place on Monday in Baltimore, outspoken Christian professional football player Benjamin Watson explained that the pain, anger and tension that the city and its residents are experiencing can only be healed through the power of Christ.

North Korean Delegate Says More Human Rights Violations Took Place in US Than in Communist Regime While Disrupting UN Event Showcasing Testimonies of Defectors
LINK A representative of North Korea's Communist regime disrupted the United Nations' "Human Rights in the DPRK" hearing with an anti-U.S. rant in an attempt to discredit North Korean defectors' testimonies given before the committee on Thursday.

Our 'Greatest Hope' Is Not in Elected Officials but Corporations, Says T.D. Jakes
LINK Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, charged Wednesday that it's corporations and not elected officials that represent "the greatest hope" in effecting change and development in underserved communities across America. He said, however, that they need to "add a moral component to money" to make it happen.

'There Is No God': Pennsylvania Transit System Refuses to Run Ad Denying 'Existence of Supreme Deity'
LINK An atheist organization in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit against a local transit system over its refusal to run advertisements that promote "the non-existence of a supreme deity." The transit system claims that it has refused to run the ads that include the word "atheist" because such issues are contentious and could lead to hostile debates in a "confined space like the inside of a bus."

'Satan Wants Our City': Baltimore Pastors Ask God to 'Intercede' in Riot-Stricken Town, Collaborate With Gang Leaders on Ways to Rebuild
LINK As angry rioters took to the streets of Baltimore this week and destroyed cars, injured 98 police officers, and burned homes and businesses, local pastors have spoken out against the violence and one even called the riots an attempt by Satan to take control of the city.

South LA Man Builds Portable House for Homeless Grandmother; Starts Online Campaign to Help Others Including War Veterans (Video)
LINK A South Los Angeles man has been hailed a hero for building a portable home for a homeless grandmother in his neighborhood. The random act of kindness has inspired a new campaign to help other homeless people, particularly children and U.S. military veterans, and donations are pouring in.

'American Sniper' Widow Recalls 'Trying to Breathe' as Kids Learned War Hero Father Had Been Killed (Video)
LINK Real life American Sniper widow Taya Kyle recalls the heartbreaking moment she was forced to tell her two young children that their Navy SEAL father, Chris Kyle, had been killed in an interview set to air on ABC this week.

30,000 North Korean Defectors Reveal Extent of State's Crimes Against Humanity, Says Human Rights Activists
LINK An expert on human rights activism in the Communist state of North Korea believes progress is being made in the push to reform the Asian nation.

Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerrilla Family Members Unite for Justice: 'We're Black Men United,' One Member Says
LINK Members from the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerrilla Family all came together to refute claims made by the Baltimore Police Department on Monday stating that they had united to cause harm and instead said that they meant to help their community and those affected by the rioting in the wake of Freddie Gray's death.

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Gospel for Asia Continues to Minister to Quake Victims in Nepal
LINK Contact: Taun Cortado, Gospel for Asia (GFA), 972-300-3120, tauncortado@gfa.org

NRB Urges Iran Bill to Require Release of Americans
LINK Contact: Kenneth Chan, National Religious Broadcasters, 703-331-4520, press@nrb.org

Religious Leaders Speak Out Against 'Same-Sex Marriage' -- Pledge Defiance
LINK Contact: Misty Allmond, Vision America Action, 936-645-0118, visionamerica1@yahoo.com

IRD: Never Compromise Convictions According to Tide of Popular Culture
LINK "Marriage does not need to be compromised; it needs to be cherished with courage." -- Chelsen Vicari, Director of IRD's Evangelical Action Program

NOM Encouraged by Supreme Court Arguments
LINK NOM Encouraged by Supreme Court Arguments; Demands That Justices Uphold Marriage As One Man, One Woman

Armenian Church Files Lawsuit Against Turkish Government for Return of Historical Christian Site on Centenary of 1915 Genocide
LINK Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian, 703-585-8254 cell, 202-0775-1918

Islamist Plot Against Vatican Highlights Need for Christian Self-Defense Firearms, says Catholic Gun Dean
LINK Contact: John Snyder, Telum Associates, 202-239-8005, gundean@gmail.com

850 Rabbis Demand Disqualification of Justices Kagan and Ginsberg in Upcoming Supreme Court 'Marriage' Case
LINK Contact: Rabbi Yehuda Levin, 718-569-8438WASHINGTON, April 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rabbi Yehuda Levin, Torah values spokesman for the 75 year old, 850 members Rabbinical Alliance of America stated:

NOM Announces Speakers and Special Guests for 2015 March for Marriage
LINK Contact: Paul Bothwell, National Organization for Marriage, 703-474-6142, pbothwell@nationformarriage.org

Rating the World's Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking
LINK As State Dept.'s Annual TIP Report Approaches, House Panel Hears from Human Rights Groups About Impact of TIP Rankings

Conference Makes Case for Christian Support for Jewish Israel
LINK Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-413-5639, jwalton@TheIRD.org

Coptic Solidarity Condemns ISIS Murder of Ethiopian Christians and Continued International Torpor
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.org  WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new video released by ISIS on April 19th, shows militants killing two separate groups of Ethiopian Christians for the crime of not paying the jizya tax. Coptic Solidarity condemns these monstrous murders in the strongest terms and urges the international community to urgently protect Christians and other minorities in the region and to defeat ISIS. C Source: Coptic Solidarity

Zondervan Announces Chuck Colson's Final Book on Anniversary of His Passing
LINK A previously unpublished summation of Colson's life's work, "My Final Word" will release on August 4

Broad Coalition Urges President Obama 'Fill Vacant Special Envoy Post'
LINK Contact: Lou Ann Sabatier, Communications Director, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, 703-216-2941 cell, Lsabatier@21wilberforce.org

Bathroom Privacy Initiative
LINK Contact: Karen England, Privacy for All, 916-233-8769, kengland@capitolresource.org

IBM Attacks Religious Liberty
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org NEW YORK, April 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue replies to IBM's assault on religious liberty:

Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Admonishes Persecutors of Faithful S.F. Archbishop
LINK Contact: Thomas McKenna, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, 858-401-9641

Friends of Zion Shine a 'Light in the Darkness' on Yom Hashoah
LINK Friends of Zion Shine a "Light in the Darkness" on Yom Hashoah Heritage Museum to Honor Holocaust Victims as Well as Christian Heroes Who Aided Jews in Need

Reps. Smith, Eshoo Bill to Protect Religious Freedoms Advances
LINK Contact: Smith- Jeff Sagnip, 202-225-3765; Eshoo- Charles Stewart, 202-225-8104WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015 (HR 1150) was passed Wednesday by the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and International Organizations today.  The bipartisan bill, authored by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) with the lead co-sponsorship of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), would give the Administration and the State Depart Source: Congressman Chris Smith

EchoLight Studios Joins Family Research Council to Take a Stand For Marriage
LINK Thousands of Churches to Join April 26 Stand for Marriage SundayContact: Heidi McDow, A. Larry Ross Communications, 972-267-1111, heidimcdow@alarryross.com  FRANKLIN, Tenn., April 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- With the Supreme Court hearing arguments concerning same-sex marriage looming on April 28, EchoLight Studios is continuing sharing the message of the erosion of American's religious liberties in its award-winning film, "One Generation Away," by joining with Ton Source: A. Larry Ross Communications

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