Congress amended a law so that each year, the President issues a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a "National Day of Prayer." Today, President Barack Obama signed the proclamation marking the National Day of Prayer in the Oval Office. Joshua DuBois, Director of the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, looks on. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
Photo by Nasser Nouri (hdt).
Cairo, May 3, 2009. Egyptian Christian youths throw rocks at police in al-Mukatam neighbourhood in Cairo, Egypt. On Sunday a few hundred poor farmers scuffled with police and health ministry workers trying to take away and slaughter their herds. Associated Press says almost 250,000 poor Christians make their living from garbage collecting and raising pigs in city slums.
At first, Egyptian authorities ordered the swine culled to prevent H1N1 virus, although Egypt has had no cases of the flu and the WHO said it would do no good to kill the animals. Now, the government is saying the slaughter will improve hygenic conditions. Many Christians feel targeted for their religion.
Easter Hats Fall Victim to Economic Downturn
By Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
There are many things that Paula Settles is willing to forgo in these budget-conscious times, but an Easter hat isn't one of them.