Happiness! 20-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Learns He’s Been Accepted at Clemson

Rion Holcombe gets the good news

A few weeks ago Rion Holcombe, a 20-year-old man from Moore, South Carolina, learned that he’d been accepted to Clemson University.   Ryan has Down Syndrome and so many colleges would not accept him; but Clemson University offers the ClemsonLIFE program, which is “designed for students with intellectual disabilities who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus.”Rion’s mother filmed him as he opened the acceptance letter and gradually realized that he would really be going to coll … [Read more...]

We Believe: Pew Study Finds Faith in America

Winter church

Nine of every ten Americans celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters of Americans say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus.According to a new telephone study conducted December 3-8, 2013 by the Pew Forum’s Religion and Public Life Project, virtually all Christians (96%) celebrate Christmas, and 80% of non-Christians also celebrate the holiday—although for non-Christians, it’s more of a secular feast.A couple of findings in the study really stuck out for me: Family and Friends Matter … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Tells Children: “The Birth of Jesus Is Not a Fairytale!”

Pope Francis with children

This morning in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis met with children from the Italian youth group Azione Cattolica  (Catholic Action).  The children exchanged Christmas greetings with the Pope, who encouraged them always to be “living stones united with Jesus” within the Church.The Vatican Information Service released the Holy Father’s remarks to the children: “Christmas is the celebration of the presence of God who came among us to save us”, said the Pontiff. … [Read more...]