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  • Chinese Priest Talks About the Enflamed Climate Surrounding China-Vatican Talks

    02/23/2018 6:27:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/22/18 | Cheng Zhi
    Some media in favour of a deal speak in "disgusting" ways. Those who oppose it are not against an agreement or against diplomatic relations, but are against reaching one at any cost. "[W]here does the Church truly exercise her rights?" The author is a priest in the underground Church in eastern China.Beijing (AsiaNews) – As a simple believer, it is useless to say anything with regard to what is happening in China-Vatican relations. However, someone has suggested that, as a member of the Church, one has to express one’s opinion on Church affairs so as to guide people who do...
  • France Debates How to Pay for Saving Crumbling Cathedrals

    02/23/2018 6:22:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Market Place ^ | 2/22/18 | John Laurenson
    Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral is in a dismal state of disrepair and needs $70 million for urgent renovations, according to Michel Picaud, head of Friends of Notre Dame de Paris. One possible solution for the famous church and other religious monuments is to ask patrons to pay an entrance fee, but so far the Church has been against that. Taking a tour of the decrepit parts of the cathedral (its construction began in the 1100s), is a long, breathtaking and dispiriting experience. Around the back of the cathedral, Picaud points to a collection of stones – including finely worked pinnacles...
  • Turkey: Why Can't Armenians Elect a Patriarch?

    02/23/2018 6:19:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Forum 18 ^ | 2/15/18 | Dr. Mine Yildirim
    The state has again blocked the long-delayed election of a new Armenian Apostolic Patriarch, arguing that such an election would be contrary to the community's traditions. Yet, freedom of religion or belief protects the right of religious communities to elect leaders in accordance with their traditions as they interpret themThe state has, again, blocked the process for the election of a new Patriarch for Turkey's Armenian Apostolic community. The Istanbul Governorship intervened again in early February as the community appeared to be on the point of initiating the long-delayed election. In light of the interference, the Armenian Patriarchate's Clerical Council...
  • The Sounds of Silence

    02/23/2018 6:17:05 PM PST · by tiredofallofit · 2 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 2/23/2018 | Robert Messner
    I am currently in the midst of a fiery trial. The events of the past six months have tested my faith like never before. I had always heard about people going through storms like this one; I just never realized how bad it could get. Thanks be to God, all is not lost. I am not lost. The wind and the waves are finally abating. And I am thankful for the many valuable lessons I have learned throughout the ordeal. One of these important lessons has been on the importance of silence. Have you ever tried being silent for a...
  • We Need Full Constitutional Carry, Several Dozen Insane Asylums, and a FULL BAN ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS

    02/23/2018 6:10:52 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 14 replies
    barnhardt.biz ^ | 2/22/18 | Ann Barnhardt
    Cut the Crap: We Need Full Constitutional Carry, Several Dozen Insane Asylums, and a FULL BAN ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS See this kid? Yeah, where I’m from, that’s called, “crazy as a shithouse rat”. Here’s a nutty idea. Stay with me. How about we put the crazy people in a facility where they can receive supervision, care and treatment? We could call it… hmmm… let’s see… an “insane asylum”, or even a “mental hospital”. That is, a place where people who are insane and/or mentally ill could receive shelter and care, and at the same time the rest of society would likewise...
  • Religion is Being Excluded from Public Life, Warns Bishop [UK]

    02/23/2018 6:10:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 1/21/18 | Bernadette Kehoe
    Political activism is seeking to exclude religion and religious expression from the public domain, according to the Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan. Bishop Egan also said it is urgent to argue the case for theology in a university, and for religious education in schools. Otherwise, he warned, religiously illiterate law-makers and policy-makers will place "ever more draconian restrictions" on religious freedom.” In a lecture at St Mary’s University in Twickenham, based on Cardinal John Henry Newman’s "The Idea of a University", Bishop Egan said the book touched on such contemporary questions as, "What makes a Catholic school Catholic?" He said...
  • Realizing Our Ultimate Priority

    02/23/2018 6:07:28 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To the glory and praise of God" (Phil. 1:11). To glorify God is to reflect His character in your words and deeds. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-11 closes with a reminder that love, excellence, integrity, and righteousness bring glory and praise to God. God's glory is a recurring theme in Paul's writings, and rightly so because that is the Christian's highest priority. But what is God's glory and what does it mean to bring Him glory? After all, He is infinitely glorious in nature, so we can't add anything to Him. His glory is never diminished, so it doesn't have...
  • God's Wrath

    02/23/2018 6:07:01 PM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). God hates sin and will judge unrepentant sinners. We now come to a topic that is perhaps unpleasant to discuss, but it is essential if we are to have a right understanding of God: His wrath. The idea of a wrathful God goes against the wishful thinking of fallen human nature. Even much evangelism today speaks only of the joys and blessings of salvation without mentioning that those who are without God are under His wrath...
  • Here’s how most Venezuelans lost an average of 43 pounds in two years

    02/23/2018 6:06:08 PM PST · by grundle · 2 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 23, 2018 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Here’s how most Venezuelans lost an average of 43 pounds in two years In May 2017, the Washington Post reported:In a recent survey of 6,500 Venezuelan families by the country’s leading universities, three-quarters of adults said they lost weight in 2016 — an average of 19 pounds… a level of hunger almost unheard-of outside war zones or areas ravaged by hurricane, drought or plague.In February 2018, Reuters reported:Venezuelans reported losing on average 11 kilograms (24 lbs) in body weight last year… according to a new university study…That’s 43 pounds in two years.Before I explain how this came to happen, I want...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ Commander Cody ~ 23 February 2018

    02/23/2018 6:04:44 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 5 replies
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  • SHOCK REPORT: FOUR BROWARD COUNTY DEPUTIES WAITED OUTSIDE SCHOOL DURING MASSACRE

    02/23/2018 6:02:33 PM PST · by conservative98 · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Feb 2018 | AWR HAWKINS
    A report released Friday claims four of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s deputies waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the attack was occurring. On February 22 Breitbart News reported that one deputy resigned after it was learned that he was on scene but failed to control Nikolas Cruz. Sheriff Israel told ABC 13 that video shows the deputy, Scott Peterson, “arrive at the west side of Building 12” and “take a position” outside the school — but never go inside. The sheriff’s office moved to suspend Peterson, who resigned before the suspension could take place. Now CNN reports...
  • AI - Voice Of God Technology - Mind Hacking (Video: you have to see this)

    02/23/2018 5:53:15 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
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  • See the latest piece of NASA hardware built in New Orleans

    02/23/2018 5:42:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | Jenifer Larino
    Workers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans East on Thursday (Feb. 22) rolled out the latest piece of hardware for the nation's new deep-space rocket. Watch the video above to see the piece being shipped out. The piece, a structural test version of the intertank that will eventually be housed in NASA's Space Launch System, was loaded Thursday morning onto the agency's Pegasus barge. The barge, first used during the Space Shuttle program, will carry the intertank to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama for testing. Michoud Assembly Facility on Thursday Feb. 22, 2018 rolled out the...
  • On this day in 1945, one of the most reproduced and parodied photos in history was taken

    02/23/2018 5:42:39 PM PST · by Saint X · 14 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | February 23, 2018 | U.S. Naval institute
    Photographer Joe Rosenthal admitted that when he took a shot of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima’s Mt. Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945, he had no idea that he had captured something extraordinary. He was setting up for a different shot when he spotted the group of men planting the flag and quickly took a snap without even looking through the viewfinder. The chance photo would become iconic overnight and go on to win the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Everything to Know About Emma Gonzalez,the Florida School Shooting Survivor

    02/23/2018 5:34:33 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    PEOPLE.com ^ | February 23, 2018 | Diana Pearl
    Two weeks ago, Emma Gonzalez led the life of a typical high school senior. But after speaking out in an 11-minute speech at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale just two days after a former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student fatally shot 17 of her peers, she’s quickly become one of the country’s most visible gun violence prevention activists at just 18 years old.
  • [Cahtholic Caucus] Judge cites Pope Francis to justify ending baby’s life against parents’ wishes

    02/23/2018 5:30:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 23, 2018 | Michael Hichborn
    A judge in Britain justified his decision to remove a baby from a ventilator, against the wishes of his Catholic parents, by citing a recent controversial address given by Pope Francis. The parents of Alfie Evans, a 21-month-old baby with a mysterious illness, received a devastating blow from a high court on February 20 as Justice Anthony Hayden ruled that the baby’s ventilator is to be turned off. Kate James, 20, and Tom Evans, 21, have been battling Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool since June 2017.  After being admitted to the hospital in December 2016, baby Alfie’s condition began...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal: Tweet saying ‘nighty-night, baby’ was meant for my sister

    02/23/2018 5:22:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 22, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    Cardinal Joseph Tobin, who famously welcomed an “LGBT pilgrimage” to his cathedral, has deleted and apologized for a tweet saying, “nighty-night, baby. I love you.”
  • NASA planetary protection officer suggests loosening limits on exploring Mars for life

    02/23/2018 5:17:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 2/22/18 | Paul Voosen
    Share The twin Viking spacecraft landed on Mars in 1976. They were cleaned to a level required to explore habitable regions. NASA NASA planetary protection officer suggests loosening limits on exploring Mars for life By Paul VoosenFeb. 22, 2018 , 5:25 PM Is there life on the surface of Mars? The clock is ticking on scientists’ window to solve that long-standing question before astronauts—and the microbes that live on them—contaminate the planet. Today, at a meeting in Washington, D.C., of NASA’s planetary science advisory committee, the agency’s new planetary protection officer raised the possibility of opening up a few of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Texas Bishops Slam Faithful Pro-Life Group

    02/23/2018 5:14:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 22, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    Fake Republicans in Texas are losing, and the Catholic bishops seem ready to sacrifice a faithful pro-life leader to defend them. On Thursday, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops issued a rebuke to Texas Right to Life, warning parishes "not to participate in their activities or allow the organization to use parish sites." Texas Right to Life, headed by outspoken Catholic Jim Graham, has openly, consistently criticized the "soft push" of GOP Establishment leaders who have obstructed pro-life legislation. The bishops, meanwhile — members of the Church Establishment — are cozy with Texas RINOs (Republicans in Name Only). Free clip from CHURCH MILITANT Premium WATCH MORE LIKE...
  • GOP Rep. Peter King says ‘religious fervor’ blocks common-sense gun fix

    02/23/2018 5:10:16 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 33 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 15, 2018 | Denis Slattery
    A troubled teen — dubbed “mentally disturbed” by President Trump — opened fire at a Florida school nearly one year after a law undid a regulation making it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun. Most Republicans — and the National Rifle Association — cheered the repeal of the Obama-era measure meant to prevent future massacres as experts question what can be done to prevent such tragedies.