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  • Russian Orthodoxy Losing Out to Protestantism in Muslim North Caucasus

    02/20/2018 6:50:14 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 15 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | 2017 | P. Goble and R. Geryev
    Despite or, in some cases, because of the support it receives from the government and the new “anti-extremism” laws deployed against others, the Russian Orthodox Church is increasingly isolated from Russians in the North Caucasus and is losing many of them to Protestant groups who are also attracting some Muslims as well. Ruslan Gereyev, the director of the Center for Islamic Research on the North Caucasus, says that the major reason for Orthodoxy’s failure and Protestantism’s success is that “unlike Protestant and Muslim preachers, representatives of the Russian Orthodox church do not reach out to the population. Because they are...
  • Christian convert from Iran converting Muslims in Sweden

    02/16/2018 1:10:45 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | Hollie McKay
    From escaping Iran through the mountains as a Muslim refugee, to surviving domestic abuse and imprisonment in a Turkish prison, to carving out a life in Sweden, Annahita Parsan’s story is the stuff of a Hollywood movie. Parsan, a convert from Islam to Christianity and mother of two, has emerged as one of the most prominent religious figures in Europe, both because of her unlikely geographic and spiritual pilgrimage and her decision to reach out to Muslims with the gospel -- at great personal risk. The former refugee is now the leader of two congregations in Sweden. She not only...
  • Muslims are Converting to Christianity in Record Numbers

    01/26/2018 1:04:07 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 1,009 replies
    We are in a time of the first ever mass conversions of Muslims,” Father Mitch Pacwa SJ told me in a phone interview. “God is doing a mighty work among them.” Pacwa said that mass conversions are happening even in very fundamentalist countries. There is rapidly growing number of conversions especially on the edges of the Muslim world in the western and southern parts of Africa, he said. “Africa is now growing predominantly Christian despite crackdowns,” Pacwa said. Some of the noteworthy countries he mentioned include Iran, reported to have 3 million Christians, and Indonesia with reports of 2 million...
  • Scores of Muslims Turning to Christ in Middle East; Churches Expecting 'Millions' of Converts

    01/09/2017 7:23:44 AM PST · by Petrosius · 25 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 9, 2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Thousands of Muslims are turning to Jesus Christ and what they view as the "religion of freedom" amid ongoing bloodshed in the Middle East, reports indicate. Some churches hope that millions of people will accept Christ amid a "spiritual hunger" that is forming in the wake of persecution. Voice Of the Martyrs Canada, which supports Christian radio broadcasts in the region, told BosNewsLife that despite the mass exodus of Christians from Iraq and Syria due to terrorism, persecution, and war, scores of Muslims are making the decision to embrace Christianity. "There are thousands upon thousands coming to Christ," VOMC revealed....
  • At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves

    07/21/2016 10:19:10 AM PDT · by Javeth · 59 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 4, 2015 | Kirsten Grieshaber
    BERLIN (AP) — Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. "Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?" pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. "Will you break away from Islam?" "Yes," Zonoobi fervently replies. Spreading his hands in blessing, Martens then baptizes the man "in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost." Mohammed is now Martin — no longer Muslim, but Christian. Zonoobi, a carpenter from the Iranian city of Shiraz, arrived in Germany with his wife and two children five months ago. He...
  • Islam Conversion in U.S. Prisons

    11/29/2015 2:16:09 PM PST · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 33 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | December, 2010 | J. Michael Waller
    In addition to immigration, the state, federal and local prisons of the United States may be a contributor to the growth of Islam in the United States. J. Michael Waller claims that Muslim inmates comprise 17-20% of the prison population in New York, or roughly 350,000 inmates in 2003. He also claims that 80% of the prisoners who "find faith" while in prison convert to Islam.[1] These converted inmates are mostly African American, with a small but growing Hispanic minority.[2] Waller also asserts that many converts are radicalized by outside Islamist groups linked to terrorism, but other experts suggest that...
  • Black Conservative Son Educates Dad on Dems' Race Lies

    12/23/2014 6:58:59 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Lloyd Marcus
    For the past six years, I have been a passionate, active black member of the Tea Party. Unlike the vast majority of black Americans, I did not fall for the radical left's Trojan Horse in the form of a shiny new smooth-talkin' black man back in 2008. When presidential candidate Obama told Joe the Plumber that he planned to spread the wealth around, I knew he was nothing more than another socialist/progressive liberal who hated America as founded.
  • Brother of [al-Baghdadi] Top ISIS Leader Repents, Converts to Christianity

    09/16/2014 9:40:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    World News Daily Report via AINA ^ | 2014-09-16 05:57 GMT
    Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the Caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, has converted to christianity, reports Al-Jazeera this morning. The move has brought the man an unprecedented backlash from the Salafist Sunni community that has ordered a fatwa, or death-sentence, on the man as soon as the news was spread in media around the muslim world. "He is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday" told the self-proclaimed Caliph to a large crowd of his followers. "Let Allah not forget this treacherous swine when he pleads on his...
  • Former Imam: God saved me from torture after Christian conversion

    09/12/2014 6:05:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | CNA
    Kerala, India, Sep 11, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- A former Muslim imam who converted to Christianity believes that God protected him from death threats and torture at the hands of his family members. “The holy Quran converted me to Christianity,” said Mario Joseph, a former imam who shared the story of his conversion and subsequent persecution with the HM Television program “Changing Tracks,” broadcast by the EUK Mamie Foundation run by the Home of the Mother religious community. The English-language interview, first posted in April 2014, now has more than 250,000 views on YouTube. Mario Joseph grew up in...
  • CATHOLIC CAUCUS: Supermodel and Actress Leaves Everything to become a Nun

    06/13/2014 10:40:09 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    JESUSCARITASEST.ORG ^ | Thursday, June 12, 2014
     A Supermodel and Actress has left everything to become a nun. (Photo: Google) Olalla Oliveros, age 36 was at the height of her career when she decided to abandon all for God. 
  • The Beautiful Story of how Kirsten Powers Found Jesus. What’s Your Story?

    11/16/2013 12:00:15 AM PST · by GonzoII · 130 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 11 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    By: Msgr. Charles Pope Last Week I wrote my testimony of meeting Jesus on a fateful day in November of 1995 (HERE). I have also written of the need that Christians have to better witness in a personal way to the faith, and to the relationship they have with the Lord.The other day I read a beautiful conversion story, a witness story of a woman I have long admired, Kirsten Powers. She is a Fox News Commentator. And while I do not always agree with her political perspectives, she is a solid journalist, she gives fair consideration to all issues,...
  • John Wayne [The Convert] (1907-1979)

    05/27/2011 5:52:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    McNamara's Blog ^ | Thursday, May 26, 2011 | Pat McNamara
    John Wayne (1907-1979) Today marks the 104th birthday of my favorite movie star (and Catholic convert), John Wayne (1907-1979). Born Marion Michael Morrison in Iowa, he grew up in California and attended the University of Southern California, where he played football. A surfing accident ended his football career and he got into the movie business as a prop boy. From there he found leading roles, mainly in B-Westerns, until his 1939 breakthrough role in Stagecoach. His work with director John Ford resulted in some of the greatest Westerns ever made: Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949),...
  • Exclusive: The Light of the World - the Steven Tyler and Julia Holcomb story

    05/24/2011 8:00:51 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Tue May 24, 2011 | Julia Holcomb
    Introductory note: On May 4, 2011 National Review Online published my article entitled “Post Abortion Trauma - Jesus What Have I Done” on Aerosmith front man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler’s abortion experience. Shortly after this I was contacted by Julia Holcomb. Julia is the mother of Steven’s Tyler’s aborted son referenced in my article. Julia and her husband Joseph expressed a desire to entrust to me a more detailed account of Julia’s relationship with Steven Tyler, her abortion and post-abortion life journey. Julia has read for many years Steven’s Tyler’s recollection and reconstruction of events from the years...
  • Black Elk: Lakota Holy Man, Catholic Catechist

    05/05/2011 11:36:51 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    patheos.com ^ | May 02, 2011 | Pat McNamara
    In Ages Past Black Elk: Lakota Holy Man, Catholic Catechist Black Elk's conversion was actually where he found true freedom and fulfillment as a healer and teacher. By Pat McNamara, May 02, 2011 In his book Black Elk Speaks, author John Neihardt interviewed a Lakota holy man who recounted pre-reservation life and events he witnessed, including Custer's Last Stand and the Wounded Knee massacre. Later, anthropologist Joseph Epes Brown interviewed Black Elk about Lakota religious traditions for his book The Sacred Pipe (1953). Both works are touched with a certain sadness, that of a man whose best days have...
  • Was Chief Sitting Bull a Catholic? [Did he convert William “Buffalo Bill” Cody?]

    04/12/2011 11:24:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    catholiclane.com ^ | Apr 11, 2011 | Mark Armstrong
    Was Chief Sitting Bull a Catholic convert? Did he convert William “Buffalo Bill” Cody? That was the scuttlebutt around Catholic circles this past week. From stories, to blogging, to Catholic radio shows, to postings from Facebook friends, I heard it multiple times. As a student of the Old West, having read numerous accounts of Sitting Bull and a resident of the once vast Dakota Territory, I thought it unlikely. But was it possible that Sitting Bull was a full member of the Catholic Church? To begin with, there are no baptismal records from Father Pierre De Smet, the most likely...
  • The Conversion Stories of Knute Rockne and Ralph H. Metcalfe

    04/09/2011 6:40:07 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Catholicism.org ^ | March 31, 2011 | Knute Rockne and Ralph H. Metcalfe
    - Catholicism.org - http://catholicism.org - The Conversion Stories of Knute Rockne and Ralph H. MetcalfePosted By Knute Rockne On March 31, 2011 @ 2:46 pm In Articles,Biography,Catholic America | No Comments [The Conversion Stories of Knute Rockne and Ralph Metcalfe. "Crossing The Goal Line" by Knute Rockne, and "A Race Well Run" by Ralph H. Metcalfe, taken from Through Hundred Gates Imprimatur: Archbishop John McNicholas 1938.]I used to be impressed by the sight of my players receiving Holy Communion every morning, and finally I made it a point to go to Mass with them on the morning of the game....
  • Pagan Convert: Libby Edwards

    04/07/2011 10:52:52 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    whyimcatholic.com ^ | 05 April 2011 | Libby Edwards
    Libby Edwards Libby Edwards is a former neopagan witch of fifteen years. She is happily married and has one eleven year old son.I am often asked by friends and family why I converted to the Catholic Church. They don't want a simple answer; they want to know how and why the Church "sucked me in." For most of my family, the response is usually one of surprise, but they are so thankful I am at least Christian now that there's little argument against it. But for my friends, people who have known me since at least college (and sometimes...
  • My Journey Home To The Catholic Church – Why I Am Converting To Catholicism

    03/31/2011 11:41:49 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 52 replies
    bryankemper.com ^ | March 30, 2011 | Bryan Kemper
    Dear friends, I know this may come as a shock to many of you; I am in shock in a way my self. I have spent the past 23 years living my life for Christ always wanting to serve Him and know His truth. I have been a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church for almost 10 years as I was so inspired by the liturgy and reverence I found there. I have also been in a constant journey for God’s truth, studying His Word as well as church history. After many, many years of resisting a calling that I...
  • Former Planned Parenthood director to become Catholic

    01/24/2011 1:21:49 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | January 20, 2011 | Brian Saint-Paul
    Former Planned Parenthood director and new author Abby Johnson (see the banner ad for Unplanned to the right) is in the process of entering the Catholic Church."When we went to the Catholic Church for the first time we knew that was where we were supposed to be and we have been there ever since," said Johnson, who said she particularly loves the church’s reverence for Mary as the mother of God. "The more we started learning about the beliefs of the church and the Eucharist and everything, it seemed like this was what had been missing our whole lives"….Johnson’s...
  • Catholic Caucus: From Hollywood to Convent - The Amazing Spiritual Journey of a Hollywood Actress

    01/30/2011 2:18:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Amidst the serene Latin chants of the Divine Office from Matins to Compline, an unsuspecting visitor to the rustic environs of the 400 acre Abbey of Regina Laudis (Queen of Praise) in Bethlehem, Connecticut would have never guessed that among these select daughters of St. Benedict is one Dolores Hart, a former film and stage actress who once basked in the glitter and glamour of the Hollywood limelight of the late 50’s and early 60’s.Mother Dolores as she is now known turned her back on a promising movie career, broke off her engagement to an up-and-coming Los Angeles businessman...