Samantha Gobba

Samantha reports on the pro-life movement for WORLD Digital.

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Does Hungary really want to help persecuted Christians?

Persecution | Religious rights activists split on motive behind country’s pledge to aid some Middle East refugees
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 9/19/16, 11:30 am

Hungary, a land-locked nation in Eastern Europe criticized for its attitude toward the stream of refugees fleeing Islamic State terror, announced this month a new governmental department to aid persecuted Christians.

The government awarded the 10-person department 3 million euros to carry out its as-yet undefined duties.

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Virginia man set for trial in lesbian child custody case

Courts | Philip Zodhiates helped Lisa Miller and her daughter flee the country after a court granted her former partner full custody
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 9/12/16, 03:07 pm

Almost exactly seven years from the day Philip Zodhiates allegedly helped Lisa Miller flee the country with her young daughter Isabella, he is set to stand trial for “international parental kidnapping.”

Miller became a fugitive in 2009 after being embroiled in a custody battle with her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkens. Zodhiates is charged with driving Miller and Isabella, then 7, to Rainbow Bridge in New York, where the mother and daughter escaped through Canada to an Amish Mennonite group in Nicaragua.

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Neighbor helping neighbor in Baton Rouge

Disaster relief | Volunteers arriving to gut flooded homes find an unbroken spirit of community
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 8/29/16, 01:51 pm

BATON ROUGE, La.—More than two weeks after the flood that ruined nearly a third of homes in Baton Rouge, La., everyone has a story to tell.

“You either know somebody, friends or family, or you was flooded,” Dawn Lott, a member of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, which sits near the heart of the flood’s epicenter, told me.

Despite what seems almost total devastation, stories of grace abound.

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