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  • Stephen Hawking's Ashes to be Kept at Westminster Abbey

    03/21/2018 4:49:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies ^ | 3/20/18 | Tola Mbakwe
    The ashes of Professor Stephen Hawking will be interred at Westminster Abbey near the grave of Sir Isaac Newton during a thanksgiving service later this year, a spokesman for the abbey said. The 76-year-old passed away "peacefully" at his home in Cambridge last week according to his family, after battling motor neurone disease for many decades. Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster said in a statement: "It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists. Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the Abbey...
  • Shock: Dozens of ‘Christian’ Faith Leaders Sign Letter Supporting ‘Right to…Abortion’

    03/21/2018 4:42:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 77 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/10/18 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    DES MOINES, Iowa, March 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Sixty-eight faith leaders who say they are Christian signed a letter of protest against a proposed Iowa law that would protect preborn children from abortion once their heartbeat is detectable. "As faith leaders, we want to use our collective voices to stand with Iowa women in support of their constitutional right ... to an abortion," the letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register begins. Speaking against the Iowa Heartbeat Bill, the faith leaders write supportively of a pregnant mother's "private medical decisions,” referring to her choosing abortion. “Most Iowans, people...
  • Cardinal Joseph Zen: In China There Is No Truth, ‘Everything Is Fake’

    03/21/2018 4:36:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/18 | Thomas D. Williams
    The redoubtable Cardinal Joseph Zen has denounced proponents of an “imminent” accord between China and the Vatican, saying that the Church is setting itself up for a major disaster. The present historical reality we face in China is that of “a tiny flock being persecuted by a gigantic atheist power,” Zen said in a March 19 essay, and a Vatican capitulation to the terms of President Xi Jinping is the equivalent of “surrender,” something the Church has no reason to do. “Why surrender?” Zen asks. “Doesn’t the Vatican see that many churches survive in the underground community, such as in...
  • Gay Irish Leader and Boyfriend Lead NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    03/21/2018 4:33:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 3/19/18 | Stephen Wynne
    Pair green-lighted by NY Catholic leadersNEW YORK ( - New York's Catholic leaders marked the city's 257th St. Patrick's Day Parade by spotlighting openly gay marchers, chief among them, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland. The prime minister and his boyfriend helped lead the parade, marching alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congressman Peter King, both self-described Catholics. Varadkar hailed the significance of the event. "It was a real privilege to march with my partner at this parade in New York," he said after the parade. "Only a few years ago, people couldn't march under the rainbow banner but that has...
  • Greek Metropolitan Found Innocent of Homophobia-Hate Speech Charges

    03/20/2018 6:30:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 3/19/18
    A Greek court has acquitted Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta, not finding any incitements to violence in a controversial 2015 blog post in which the bishop wrote about the sin of homosexuality, reports RIA-Novosti with reference to the TV channel Star. The court session ended late in the evening on Thursday. The trial had been delayed and was held with increased security measures, as before the session, a group of anarchists organized a LGBT support rally near the court, hanging large panels and breaking the windows with rocks. His Eminence was accused of hate speech after his blog posting in which...
  • Keeping the Faith Alive in the Most Remote Parish on Earth

    03/20/2018 6:24:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/15/18 | Abbot Hugh Allan
    Life on the island of Tristan da Cunha began with Napoleon. Today, it is sustained by faithThe main island of Tristan da Cunha prides itself on being the most remote inhabited island in the world. It takes up to two weeks to get there by sea from South Africa. This gives the Catholic parish of St Joseph’s a claim to being the most remote parish on earth. It was thanks to Napoleon that life on the island began. When the defeated emperor was exiled to St Helena, the British sent a garrison to Tristan da Cunha as a precaution against...
  • California Teacher Put on Leave After Asking if School Would Allow a Pro-Life Walkout

    03/20/2018 6:20:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Julianne Benzel, a teacher at Rocklin High School, asked students if school administrators would permit an anti-abortion protest, gets placed on administrative leave as a consequence A California high school teacher has been placed on leave after she wondered if her school would permit an organized walkout to protest abortion. According to CBS Sacramento, Rocklin High School’s Julianne Benzel said all she did was have a conversation with her class last Thursday and Friday about the “politics of protest” — a lesson ahead of yesterday’s school walkouts. However, this seems to have angered some students and their parents. Benzel said...
  • OIC Secretary General Discusses with Pope Francis Terrorism, Rohingya and Quds Issues

    03/19/2018 6:20:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al Othaimeen met with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican today, Friday, 16 March 2018. During the meeting both sides emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue and raising the voice of wisdom and tolerance to combat extremism and terrorism. The Secretary General emphasized to His Holiness that terrorism has no religion, and that OIC condemns all terrorist acts coming from any religion. Al Othaimeen presented his thanks to the Pope for his stand on the issue of Al Quds and the basic rights of the Muslims...
  • Catholic Principal Defies Planned Parenthood. Her Worst Enemy? The Local Bishop.

    03/19/2018 6:16:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/16/18 | Fr. Richard Cipolla
    March 16, 2018 (Rorate Caeli) – It is always local situations that show how deep the problems in the Church are at the present time. The problematic issuances from Rome, Germany and Chicago are indeed disturbing, but to see how far things have gone, one must go to the local level of the Church: the diocese and the parish. Go to a typical parish Mass to see the fruit of the liturgical experiment of the post-Conciliar Church. The unmooring from the Tradition of the Church is plain to see in the carrying out of the deliberate misunderstanding of the Mass...
  • NJ Church Floored After 90-Year-Old Mystery Is Solved When They Look Out Front Door

    03/19/2018 6:13:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Conservative Tribune ^ | 3/16/18 | Joe Saunders
    Two weeks before Easter, it wasn’t the return of Jesus this parish was looking for. But after a mysterious package that showed up at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Hoboken, New Jersey, turned out to contain a statue that was stolen from a Nativity scene outside the church nine decades ago, the Rev. Alex Santora is doing the only thing a Christian can under the circumstances: He’s counting his blessings. In a feel-good story that’s generated coverage on local television stations and been picked up by The Associated Press and The Christian Post, the world is learning how...
  • Threats to Northern Ireland Church Over Screening of 'Gay Cure' Film

    03/19/2018 6:05:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 3/15/18 | Victoria Leonard
    The pastor of a Northern Ireland church which screened a so-called "gay cure" film claims his place of worship has been subjected to violent threats on social media. Rodney Stout spoke out after Christian group Core Issues Trust held the all-Ireland premiere of its film, Voices of the Silenced, at Ballynahinch Baptist Church, Co Down, on Tuesday night. The film, which says that gay people can "choose not to live out their homosexuality" had previously been turned down by Queen's Film Theatre and The Vue in London's Piccadilly. On Tuesday morning, the Core Issues Trust held a protest outside Queen's...
  • Yaroslavl Diocese [Russia] Exploring South Dorothea Hermitage Under Frozen Reservoir

    03/18/2018 5:52:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 3/16/18
    The reconnaissance-diving team of the “Flooded Holy Sites of the Mologa Region” expedition have investigated the former South Dorothea Hermitage, which is currently under ice in the Rybinsk Reservoir. The divers inspected the bell tower, tower, and one of the walls of the monastery, reports the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism of the Russian Orthodox Church. The South Dorothea Hermitage was founded more than 400 years ago at the confluence of the Southern Black and Southern White Rivers near the Volga River. Thousands would flock to the monastery annually. The monastery was completely flooded when the Rybinsk Reservoir...
  • Gay Male Prostitute Outs Dozens of Active Homosexual Priests to Vatican in 1200-Page Dossier

    03/18/2018 5:48:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/9/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    ITALY, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A scandal now sending shockwaves through the Catholic Church erupted last week when a gay male prostitute produced a massive dossier outing scores of priests who allegedly lead a double life of both ordained minister and homosexual sex-fiend. The dossier included seminarians as well. The author of the dossier, gay “escort” Francesco Mangiacapra, said he wrote the report because he could no longer stand the “hypocrisy” of the many priests he serviced. The 1,200-page dossier, replete with explicit WhatsApp messages, erotic photos, and lurid descriptions of priests involved in gay sexual activity and drug...
  • Hungary PM: Europe Under Migrant Invasion – Those Who Don’t Block it at Their Borders Will be Lost

    03/18/2018 5:43:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, said at a massive rally that Europe and Hungary are in the middle of a civilisational struggle. The rally marked the 170th anniversary of anti-Habsburg Revolution of 1848 and was preceded by a large ‘Peace March’. “We are expected to willingly hand over [our country] within a few decades…to foreigners from other continents who don’t speak our language, respect our culture, our laws or way of life, Orban said. According to the Prime Minister, “Hungary and Europe face a mass migration wave which endangers the way of life of their peoples, Europe is under invasion....
  • Polish Church Leader Criticizes Priest Wishing Francis Death

    03/18/2018 5:38:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 3/18/18 | AP
    WARSAW, Poland - Poland’s leading archbishop deplored on Sunday comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to “wisdom.” Krakow Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said he heard about the comments with “great pain and regret” and has discussed them face-to-face with Monsignor Edward Staniek, who made them in a Feb. 25 church speech in Krakow. Krakow was the seat of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the late Pope St. John Paul II. Poland’s Church remains attached to John Paul’s more conservative stance. A majority of Poland’s bishops see their mission as preserving...
  • The Wanderer Interviews Steven Mosher… In China, The State Aspires To Be The “Church”

    03/17/2018 5:46:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 3/16/18 | Christopher Manion
    Steve Mosher, one of the America’s most prominent China experts, was kicked out of China — and Stanford University — in the early 1980s for breaking the “gentlemen’s rule of silence” regarding Communist China: he tore back the curtain on the country’s “one-child” policy, a draconian campaign that resulted in forced abortions performed in barbaric conditions on millions of Chinese women every year. I was working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time, and was surprised that the State Department showed little interest in Mosher’s exposure of what was clearly one of the most egregious violation of human...
  • In Damascus, Rebel Bombardments Have Christians Fear for Their Lives

    03/17/2018 5:39:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 3/12/18 | Staff
    AS THE SYRIAN regime continues to bombard rebel forces in Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, its opponents are shelling the Syrian capital in return. The Christian district at the eastern edge of the old city has come under fire. We spoke with Father Andrzej Halemba, who is in charge of Middle East projects for our organization, for an update on the situation.What do you know about the situation in Eastern Ghouta?Our organization is in close contact with many bishops in Damascus. One of them is the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic church, Patriarch Joseph Absi. Caritas Syria is on...
  • Report: Turkey Seeks Life Prison Term for US Pastor

    03/17/2018 5:35:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/13/18 | AP
    Media reports say Turkish prosecutors are seeking life imprisonment for an American pastor who is accused of links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed for a failed coup attempt in Turkey. The private Dogan news agency said Tuesday that in their indictment, prosecutors in the western Turkish city of Izmir are charging pastor Andrew Brunson with being a member and of leading a terror organization. The indictment would need to be approved by a court before prosecution can begin. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, was arrested soon after the July 2016 coup attempt.
  • Bavaria Drops Challenge to Legalization of Gay ‘Marriage’ Citing Comparable Changes in Church

    03/17/2018 5:31:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/15/18 | Maike Hickson
    MUNICH, March 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- The traditionally Catholic German state of Bavaria has decided to drop its plan to challenge a June 2017 parliamentary decision to legalize same-sex “marriages” nationwide. The decision comes after two legal opinions were written for Bavaria pointing out that many countries in the world have legalized same-sex “marriage.” The Bavarian State Chancellor, in his white paper for the March 6th cabinet meeting refers to the fact that even representatives of the Catholic Church are now in the process of “carefully opening themselves up to a change.” On March 6th, the Government of Bavaria decided...
  • Oregon High Court Suspends Judge Who Refused to Marry Gays

    03/16/2018 5:34:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | 3/15/18 | Tom James
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday handed down the longest suspension in its history to a judge who refused to marry gay couples in the state, but stopped short of removing him from office. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day had come to the attention of authorities after allegations he had refused to marry gay couples and had broken gun laws. In 2016, an ethics commission recommended that Day be removed from office. Instead, the court ordered Day suspended for three years. Despite public attention garnered by Day's actions toward gay people following same-sex marriage...