“The American Bible Society based in Philadelphia has unveiled plans to construct the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, to be opened in 2018,” reports World Religion News. “The center is estimated to cost about $60 million dollars and will be located across from Independence Mall on the first floor of the Wells Fargo Building at Fifth and Market Streets. The center will focus on showcasing the importance and weight that the Bible has had on American life.”
During the celebration of Catholic Charities network’s 100th anniversary at 30 Rockefeller Center, Cardinal Timothy M, Dolan announced “a campaign to raise $100 million by 2022 for services and opportunities for children and families, especially the poorest and most vulnerable,” according to Crux, an independent Catholic news site. “The cardinal said the funding from private philanthropy would leverage as much as $5 billion in services and revenues when combined with the efforts of individual Catholic Charities agencies.”
Living Water International has been awarded the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Favorite Charity Contest, hosted by the Houston Marathon Committee, which includes a $51,000 award., reports PR Newswire. This prize award was increased this year in honor of the city hosting the Super Bowl, by a Houston Super Bowl Host Committee Founding Sponsor. Living Water brings clean water to communities around the world that are in desperate need, having completed roughly 18,000 safe water projects. For 25 years, it has been a leading nonprofit in the Houston community.
The evangelical and humanitarian aid group Samaritan’s Purse has partnered with the Iraqi Health Ministry to establish a new field hospital in Iraq, miles outside the war-torn city of Mosul. The Christian Post reports that the hospital spans 5 acres and has an emergency room, two operating rooms, and over 50 beds. The much-needed medical facility will treat critically wounded Iraqi soldiers, civilians and children caught in “the front lines of the war between the jihadi death cult [Islamic State in Mosul] and the Iraqi coalition trying to liberate Iraq’s second largest city. The hospital plans to remain open for at least six months.”
“A staff member at World Vision who has been accused of diverting aid funding away from the charity to militant group Hamas has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Mohammad El Halabi, who was manager of operations in Gaza, was arrested in June 2016 for his links to the fundamentalist political organization in Palestine. Reports at the time said he was accused of funneling approximately £5.3m a year of World Vision funds to Hamas, “ according to Civil Society Media Limited. World Vision has released a statement saying they have not seen any credible evidence to support the charges and that they support continued presumption of innocence. World Vision strongly condemns diversion of aid funding and acts of terrorism.