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Mike Pence encourages Americans to pray, keep tithing to church

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As churches have made the hard choice of suspending services, churchgoing Americans should continue to send their tithes as ministries are playing a vital role in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, Vice President Mike Pence said at a White House press briefing Saturday.

Americans are responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic with “common sense, compassion and generosity,” Pence said and praised religious leaders and faith communities for their continued service.

“Making the hard choice to suspend services, to have online services, even while those ministries are continuing to support food banks and come alongside of the most vulnerable,” he said.

“And of course the chorus of prayers that is coming up from communities of faith around the country is making the difference that it always has in the life of this nation.”

He and President Donald Trump had promised to “remind people that on the weekends that you’re not in the pews, it’s still a good idea, if you can, to go ahead and make that donation.” He explained that “all the ministries are continuing to play a vital role in our communities and we encourage your continued support.”

Also on Saturday, Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, tested negative for coronavirus, according to a statement tweeted by his press secretary, Katie Miller, The Hill reported. A member of the vice president’s staff had recently tested positive for COVID-19.

As of early Sunday, there were over 300,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in 184 countries, areas or territories, with a death toll of over 13,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In the United States, the number of confirmed cases jumped to more than 26,000 with more than 340 deaths.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Saturday issued a stay-at-home order for nearly all of the state’s 9 million residents, according to NBC News.

“We must flatten the curve and ensure residents are practicing social distancing,” Murphy said. “Even with this order in effect …, life in New Jersey does not have to come to a complete standstill.”

California, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania are among the states that have taken such desperate measures.

However, amid the coronavirus scare, stories of hope and resilience are emerging.

Last week, a 90-year-old Seattle woman, Geneva Wood, who contracted coronavirus at a senior care facility, recovered, according to CBS News. A CDC investigation found that 62 percent of the roughly 130 elderly residents had become infected at Life Care Center and more than a quarter of them have died.

Wood has five kids, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Her grand-daughter-in-law, Kate Neidigh, said, “The love of her family had been a driving force in everything she did pre-coronavirus. No way was this going to change after-the-fact.”

Meanwhile, a recent video clip of a 6-year-old girl teaching a Bible verse, 2 Timothy 1:7, from memory to her 7-year-old brother to calm his fears over the novel coronavirus pandemic is going viral on social media.

“My son Brandon has crippling fear cause of his autism. His sister taught him a scripture she learned at @FellowshipMiss2 Church to help,” tweeted Sheletta Brundidge, a mother of four and children’s author, with the video. “Stop letting your fear of Coronavirus be bigger than your faith in God. Plead The Blood, pray and wash your hands. Amen!”

Governments around the world are scrambling to limit the spread of the coronavirus and are facing criticism of anxious citizens and journalists.

At the press briefing Saturday, President Trump defended his administration’s response in the initial days of the coronavirus crisis.

“I get a lot of credit for having closed our country very early to a very heavily infected country, China,” he said. “Unfortunately, China … I wish China would have told us more about what was going on in China long prior to us reading about it.”

President Trump was responding to a report in The Washington Post claiming that U.S. intelligence agencies issued ominous, classified warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus but Trump and lawmakers played down the threat.

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12,000 Souls Baptized in France Reporting ‘a Personal Encounter with Christ’

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More than 12,000 people were baptized in France on Easter Sunday – a record number for the country where about 50% of the people say they do not believe in God.

The French Bishops Conference reports that despite the acceleration of “de-Christianization,” there has been a rise in requests for baptism in the Catholic Church within the last 10 years.

During an Easter service, 7,135 adults were baptized and more than 5,000 teenagers aged 11 to 17 were baptized, according to America Magazine.

The report explains that 31% more people were baptized this year than last year and that the number of adults, 18-25 years old, rose from 23% to 36% in the last year.

“In today’s French society, 80% of young people have not received any religious education,” Father Vincent Breynaert, director of the National Youth and Vocations Service, explained in the report presented on March 27. “They have very few preconceived ideas about the Church. What those asking for baptism have in common is that they had a spiritual experience and a personal encounter with Christ.”

The report also outlines that the requests for baptism are noticeable in bigger cities.

In Paris, there was a 27% increase from 2023 to 2024.

When it comes to demographics, those who are requesting to be baptized are more surprisingly “from families without religion.”

Around 5% of newly baptized Christians come from Muslim families.

“It is very surprising to see the often totally unexpected path taken by those who ask to be baptized,” said Bishop Olivier Leborgne of Arras, president of the Council for Catechesis and the Catechumenate, who added what is taking place is happening on a “bewildering scale.”

Catholic leaders in the country attested that “the Lord has decided to take the lead,” because the increase in baptisms cannot be explained otherwise.

Bishop Leborgne reports that Easter night in France this year was “particularly festive in many Catholic communities.”

“In a rapidly changing world, often disorientated, and a Church that is no less so, it could be that the Lord has decided to take the lead,” he shared.
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Fox News Host Lawrence Jones Delivers Powerful Gospel Message: I’m ‘Proud to Be a Believer’

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“Fox & Friends” co-host Lawrence Jones has a deep-rooted faith, a passion for the Gospel, and a growing media career that has landed him on millions of TV screens each week.

“I come from generations of pastors,” Jones recently told CBN News. “My mom’s a preacher, grandparents are, so, the Gospel at large — knowing who Christ is and accepting [Him] to my heart … that’s all I know.”

The 31-year-old TV host said, although he grew up with the Gospel, it wasn’t until he left home and moved to Washington, D.C., and, ultimately, New York City that he fully put into practice what he had learned about God and the Bible.

“You start getting tested,” Jones said. “For me, the faith walk became real when life became real, and when you’re alone and you don’t have that support system being with you every single day.”

Jones, who recently released the book, “American Man: Speaking the Truth about the War on Masculinity,” said he’s not the type of person who will pretend he’s a “perfect Christian,” refusing to project a lie or mistruth. In the process, he said he’s striving to be more like Jesus each and every day.

“Part of the Gospel itself is understanding that Christ paid it all because I’m imperfect,” Jones said. “And anytime that we try to project ourselves as these perfect beings, I think we take His glory away, because … if we have it all together, then He wouldn’t need to pay it all on the cross for our sins.”

Jones, who sees life through a biblical lens, is in a truly unique position with a prime spot on TV, delivering news and information to the masses.

He called his work on “Fox & Friends” — and Fox News more broadly — an “exciting experience.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to grow in different ways,” Jones said. “Obviously, starting off as a contributor and then, from there, becoming Sean Hannity’s correspondent, to doing my own show on Saturday to now this incredible opportunity.”

Despite all the attention and success, Jones said he hasn’t found it tough to cling to his faith.

“I don’t find it a struggle to hold on to who God has called me to be and be that person,” he said, noting he’s “proud to be a believer.”

Jones has also been able to see his faith represented on the air, with “Fox & Friends” recently hosting the network’s second annual “Faith & Friends Concert Series,” a lenten celebration featuring Christian artists from across the music spectrum.

He said the faith-based music has sparked some powerful conversations.

“I think it’s been some of the most beautiful … conversations,” Jones said. “We’ve had people from our audience — messages about them crying on Sunday morning, people that haven’t been to church in a while, but we’re bringing church to them in their living room.”
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യുകെ ഫാമിലി വീസയ്ക്ക് ഇനി ചെലവേറും

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ലണ്ടൻ : അനധികൃത കുടിയേറ്റത്തിനൊപ്പം നിയമാനുസൃത കുടിയേറ്റവും പരിധി വിട്ടതോടെ പുതുതായി ഏർപ്പെടുത്തുന്ന കർശന വ്യവസ്ഥകളിൽ അവസാനത്തേതും ബ്രിട്ടൻ പ്രാബല്യത്തിലാക്കി. ഫാമിലി വീസയിൽ ബന്ധുക്കളെ സ്പോൺസർ ചെയ്യാൻ ബ്രിട്ടിഷ് പൗരന്മാർക്കും ബ്രിട്ടനിൽ താമസിക്കുന്ന ഇന്ത്യൻ വംശജർ ഉൾപ്പെടെയുള്ളവർക്കും 29,000 പൗണ്ട് (30 ലക്ഷം രൂപ) എങ്കിലും വാർഷികശമ്പളം ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കണമെന്ന വ്യവസ്ഥയാണ് നിലവിൽവന്നത്. ഇതുവരെ വേണ്ടിയിരുന്നത് 18,600 പൗണ്ട് (19 ലക്ഷം രൂപ); വർധന 55%. ഇന്ത്യൻ വംശജനായ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി ഋഷി സുനകും ആഭ്യന്തര മന്ത്രി ജയിംസ് ക്ലെവർലിയും തയാറാക്കിയ കുടിയേറ്റ നിയന്ത്രണ പാക്കേജിലെ ഏറ്റവും ഒടുവിലത്തേതാണിത്.

അടുത്ത വർഷം ആദ്യമാകുമ്പോഴേയ്ക്കും ഇതു വീണ്ടും പരിഷ്കരിച്ച് വിദഗ്ധ തൊഴിലാളി വീസയ്ക്ക് അപേക്ഷിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള ഉയർത്തിയ ശമ്പളപരിധിയായ 38,700 പൗണ്ടിന് (40 ലക്ഷം രൂപ) സമാനമാക്കാനാണു ബ്രിട്ടിഷ് സർക്കാരിന്റെ ആലോചന. 26,200 പൗണ്ട് ആയിരുന്ന വിദഗ്ധ തൊഴിലാളി ശമ്പളപരിധി 48% വർധിപ്പിച്ച് 38,700 പൗണ്ട് ആക്കിയത് ഈ മാസം തുടക്കത്തിലായിരുന്നു. ഇതേ വർധന ഫാമിലി വീസ ശമ്പളപരിധിയിലും ആലോചിച്ചിരുന്നെങ്കിലും ഒറ്റയടിക്കു നടപ്പാക്കുന്നത് പ്രതിപക്ഷ പ്രതിഷേധം രൂക്ഷമാക്കുമെന്ന ആശങ്കയിലാണ് ഘട്ടം ഘട്ടമായി കൊണ്ടുവരാനുള്ള നീക്കം.
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