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  • 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...
  • Out of the Darkness

    10/24/2010 10:20:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    True Mannhood ^ | October 21, 2010 | Admin.
    There’s a new documentary film coming out in 2011 called “Out of the Darkness”. The film is about the pornography industry and the story of a former pornstar named Shelley Lubben. Shelley shares the hard-to-hear truths about the industry and how it is affecting the women involved.Mark Houck, Co-Founder of The King’s Men, is featured in the documentary. Here’s the trailer. If you can’t view the video below, click HERE.
  • EWTN - Journey Home - August 9 - Deacon Alex Jones (former Pentecostal minister)

    08/09/2010 10:11:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    EWTN ^ | August 9, 2010 | Marcus Grodi
    The Journey Homewith Marcus Grodi LIVE - Mondays 8 PM ET Encore – Tuesday 1 AM ET & 9 AM ET, Thursday 2 PM ET, Saturday 11 PM ET This exciting call-in program examines why so many people, including fallen away Catholics and individuals from other denominations, are being drawn home to the Catholic Church. ViewADDITIONAL INFORMATION Be Part of Our Audience! To be part of The Journey Home Program call 1-800-221-9460 Mondays at 8PM ET.
  • Lola Falana part 4 on suffering

    08/07/2010 4:48:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Lola Falana talks about being crippled, on suffering, on Medjugorje and the true Church.
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Paddy Kelly Conversion Story

    07/31/2010 2:45:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 2+ views
    ministryvalues.com ^ | Stephen K Ryan
    World famous rock star gives life to Jesus. Led there by the hand of the Queen of Peace the Blessed Virgin Mary. Amazing conversion video at the end In 1994 his album “Over the Hump sold more than 4.5 million copies throughout Europe. In Germany it is the biggest selling album of all time. Bigger than the Beatles. The group has sold over 50 million records worldwide. At twenty years old he was a teenage sensation, a huge rock star and lived in a 17th century castle in Europe He had all the riches, fame, fortune and the adulation of...
  • Missionaries of the Ax

    07/24/2010 12:28:23 AM PDT · by RJR_fan · 5 replies · 1+ views
    American Vision ^ | March 3, 2010 | Bojidar Marinov
    Located in the very heart of modern-day Germany, in the province of Hesse, is a small humble town of only 15,000 inhabitants. In the middle of that town stands an imposing old cathedral built in the 12th-14th centuries of reddish stone. Situated in front of that cathedral is the statue of a man in a monk’s garb on a stump of a freshly felled oak, with a huge Saxon ax in his hand. The humble town is Fritzlar, called Gaesmere in ancient times. It is known in Germany as the birthplace of two beginnings: Here began the Christianization of Germany,...
  • Ex-Lesbian Janet Boynes Tells Moving Story of Conversion

    07/18/2010 12:30:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Friday July 16, 2010 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Friday July 16, 2010 Ex-Lesbian Janet Boynes Tells Moving Story of Conversion By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman July 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Former lesbian Janet Boynes says that her homosexuality began as it does for many women: as a response to sexual and psychological abuse she suffered as a child. She was raised by one of her mother's boyfriends, an alcoholic who abused her mother, who in turn showed Boynes little affection. At 12 she was molested by a relative, then an altar boy at her church.  She began to suffer an aversion to men, and found that her own...
  • The Conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne

    06/27/2010 4:12:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    The Conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne Alphonse Ratisbonne was the son and heir of a wealthy, aristocratic family of Jewish bankers in Strasbourg, France. When Alphonse was still a child his older brother, Theodor, converted to the Catholic faith and became a priest. The family reacted with hostility and horror. Alphonse resolved never to communicate again with his older brother, and developed a violent antipathy to the Catholic faith and to all things Catholic. Although Alphonse was entirely atheist in his beliefs, and non-practicing as a Jew, he felt a great love and loyalty for his fellow Jews, and devoted much...
  • How John Calvin Made me a Catholic

    06/04/2010 5:43:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 432 replies · 2,199+ views
    Called to Communion ^ | 6/1/2010 | Bryan Cross
    This is a guest post by Dr. David Anders. David and his wife completed their undergraduate degrees at Wheaton College in 1992. He subsequently earned an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1995, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2002, in Reformation history and historical theology.  He was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. He will be on EWTN Live on June 23rd, 7:00 pm Central (8 EST), and may be discussing some of the material from this article.Portrait of Young John Calvin Unknown Flemish artist Espace Ami Lullin of the Bibliothèque de GenèveI once...
  • Pro-Life Leader Hadley Arkes becomes Catholic

    06/01/2010 9:52:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 111 replies · 916+ views
    The Anchor ^ | May 31, 2010 | Christine M. Williams
    Hadley Arkes WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Catholic Church’s voice for the littlest among us got even stronger last month.  Hadley Arkes, professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College, and one of the foremost Pro-Life legal scholars in the country, received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first Communion at the chapel of the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. on April 24.  Born and raised a Jew, Arkes said he views his newly-embraced Catholic faith as a fulfillment of his Jewish faith. Rather than a departure, he sees it as accepting Christ as Messiah. More than a...
  • Former Colombian model shares conversion story

    05/25/2010 12:03:41 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies · 1,206+ views
    CNA ^ | Bogotá, Colombia, May 25, 2010
    www.catholicnewsagency.com Former Colombian model shares conversion story Amada Rosa Pérez Bogotá, Colombia, May 25, 2010 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- Amada Rosa Pérez was one of Colombia’s top models before she disappeared from the public eye five years ago.  Now she is making headlines once again, but this time by sharing her conversion story.Amada explained to the Colombian newspaper “El Tiempo,” that she had been diagnosed with a disease that left her with only 60 percent of her hearing in her left ear.  The news caused her to question her lifestyle.  “I felt disappointed, unsatisfied, directionless, submerged in fleeting pleasures...
  • Former Mormon looks forward to baptism at Easter vigil

    05/23/2010 12:54:56 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 33 replies · 567+ views
    SEARCY -- Melissa Reeves has been looking for a church where she knew they were there to worship Jesus and would accept her without judging. She found it at St. James Church in Searcy. Unlike most elect and candidates going through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process, Reeves chose the Catholic faith on her own, without the encouragement of a Catholic parishioner. "It builds your faith to see their faith grow," said Janet Pace, St. James RCIA coordinator. "A lot of people come to the Church because of a spouse or friend that has inspired them." Reeves is...
  • The Leadership of Jesus - SF Master Sergeant Mike Cutone (Conversion Story/Book Review/Interview)

    05/23/2010 3:05:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 544+ views
    Gloria TV ^ | 7.10.2009
    "Leadership in one form or another falls squarely on the shoulders of every Christian whether a Bishop, Priest, Religious or lay Catholic. Ignoring this simple truth comes with a heavy cost; all of humanity suffers. Growing the capacity of authentic leadership within the Catholic Church will increase the effectiveness of the churchs missionto save souls." MSG Michael Cutone And Mike will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Friary for the Fall Encampment on the 17th October, 2009 to give a presentation to our young men on Leadership. Looking forward to that!
  • From Lesbian Atheist to Stay-at-Home Mother of Six: Quebec Journalist Tells Her Story

    05/20/2010 12:03:05 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 45 replies · 1,384+ views
    Life Site News ^ | May 20, 2010 | Georges Buscemi
    Thursday May 20, 2010 From Lesbian Atheist to Stay-at-Home Mother of Six: Quebec Journalist Tells Her Story Brigitte Bedard captivates 200-strong crowd with her conversion story at May 15 Quebec Life Coalition Conference in Quebec City By Georges BuscemiMay 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - “I was an atheist for as long as I could remember” recalled Brigitte Bedard, a young-looking 41-year-old journalist and stay at home mother of six with cropped tousled brown hair and stylish thick-framed glasses. She was addressing a crowd of 200 participants at the Quebec Life Coalition pro-life conference on May 15 in Quebec City.While Bedard...
  • “Stealing Heaven” - The conversion of Dutch Schultz

    05/09/2010 6:30:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies · 397+ views
    The Evangelization Station ^ | 2008 | Victor R. Claveau, MJ
    “Stealing Heaven” The conversion of Dutch Schultz Victor R. Claveau, MJ "Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise." St. Luke, 23: 43. Arthur Simon Flegenheimer was born on August 6, 1902 in the Bronx. His parents were both German Jews. His mother, Emma had tried to raise little Arthur in the orthodox faith. Her efforts were not entirely in vain for in later years Arthur would develop respect for his religious upbringing. Later in life he became the notorious gangster known as Dutch Schultz On Wednesday evening, October 23, 1935, Dutch Schultz was...
  • Inspire: Moving From 'Fear to Freedom': An Interview with Rosemary Trible

    05/04/2010 11:39:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 108+ views
    catholiconline.com ^ | 5/3/2010 | Jennifer Hartline
    In 1975, as a young new wife with her own local television talk show and a husband on the verge of a political career, Rosemary was viciously raped at gunpoint. A man whose face she never saw had brutally violated her body and her life, and as she says, stole her joy. Fear to Freedom is her amazing story of getting that joy back - and then some. Jennifer Hartline interviews Rosemary Trible, the author of Fear to Freedom. Hers is a real-life account of God's miraculous exchange of beauty for ashes.
  • A Magdalene of Our Times (Eve Lavalličre)

    04/24/2010 9:54:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 206+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Tuesday, 30 March 2010 | Written by Administrator
    Eve Lavalličre, the stage name of Eugénie Fenoglio, was born in Toulon, France, on April 1, 1866. The second child and only daughter of Emile and Albanie Fenoglio, she later described her painful youth. “As a child, I knew not what the love and care of a mother was. My life was tears and suffering from the time I reached the age of reason.” Her father, a tailor, alcoholic and libertine, often gave himself over to jealous brooding and fits of rage. Her mother often had to flee with the children, seeking refuge in relatives’ homes, until her husband had...
  • Terminating Korea’s abortion culture (Korean Gynaecologist has a Change of Heart)

    12/16/2009 7:37:50 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 310+ views
    mercatornet.com ^ | 13 December 2009 | Sang-duk Shim
    South Korea has one of the highest rates of abortion in the world, even though abortion is technically illegal there except in a few rare circumstances. According to official government figures, there are 340,000 abortions each year, although one parliamentarian has estimated that there may be as many as 1.5 million. At the same time, Korea's birth rate is the second-lowest in the world – 1.19 births per woman -- and some Koreans fear that their very survival as a nation is in doubt. That is the background for a courageous decision by a 50-year-old Seoul obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr...
  • Abortion clinic director becomes a pro-life advocate (Interview)

    12/01/2009 9:42:50 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 511+ views
    OSV ^ | Valerie Schmalz
    Abortion clinic director becomes a pro-life advocate By Valerie SchmalzAbortion clinic director becomes a pro-life advocate Former Planned Parenthood director converted during 40 Days for Life after witnessing an abortion After years as a volunteer and employee, Abby Johnson walked away from her job as director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan/College Station, Texas, Oct. 6, during a prayer vigil by 40 Days for Life. Johnson, 29, first began working as a clinic escort as a student at Texas A & M University, after a Planned Parenthood employee recruited her at a college volunteer fair. But assisting with...
  • Interview: Former Gay Youth Leader Re-Emerges to Tell His Dramatic Conversion Story

    11/13/2009 9:06:41 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 801+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | November 11, 2009 | Patrick B. Craine
    Thursday November 12, 2009 Interview: Former Gay Youth Leader Re-Emerges to Tell His Dramatic Conversion Story By Patrick B. CraineNovember 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Two years ago Michael Glatze sent shockwaves through the homosexualist establishment when he declared publicly that he had left his life as a prominent homosexual activist, become Christian, and embraced "normal human sexuality."However, after being subjected to intense criticism and ridicule following his conversion, Glatze decided to "go inside," "be silent," and "process" for a time, but now says he feels compelled to share his story anew. In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com (LSN), Glatze said that, far...
  • A Saint in Hollywood?

    11/03/2009 5:48:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies · 521+ views
    The News Today (Phillipines) ^ | 11/2/09 | Fr. Roy Cimagala
    Just got hold of the latest issue of the magazine my old alma mater in Spain sends me regularly. A feature about a movie actor, now also a producer, immediately got my attention. First, a magazine that tries to be serious in character would normally not talk about actors and celebrities. Second, though I’ve heard of the story before in a tangential way, I thought it would just have a short shelf life, just a flash in the pan, you know. In short, the article broke my guiding principles. It deserved to be read. And I did. Now, I feel...
  • Director of Planned Parenthood at 40 Days for Life Birthplace Resigns

    11/02/2009 1:43:15 PM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 672+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | November 2, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert
    Monday November 2, 2009 Director of Planned Parenthood at 40 Days for Life Birthplace Resigns after Watching Abortion Ultrasound Planned Parenthood seeks restraining order By Kathleen GilbertBRYAN, Texas, November 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The director of the Texas Planned Parenthood abortion mill where the 40 Days for Life campaign began has resigned, saying she experienced a conversion after watching an ultrasound video of a child being killed by abortion."I just thought I can't do this anymore, and it was just like a flash that hit me and I thought that's it," said Abby Johnson in an interview with local...
  • Catholic Spain Has a New Herald: Juan Manuel de Prada

    10/25/2009 5:42:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 402+ views
    chiesa.espressonline,it ^ | ROME, October 12, 2009 | Sandro Magister
    Catholic Spain Has a New Herald: Juan Manuel de Prada From acclaimed author to staunch apologist for the Church and the pope, including in "L'Osservatore Romano." His is one of the many stories of conversion from unbelief to the Christian faith, in Europe. Against progressive "tyranny" by Sandro Magister ROME, October 12, 2009 – For a few days now, Italian bookstores have been selling a collection of interviews with converts to the Catholic faith, some of whom are very prominent: from Jean-Claude Guillebaud of France to Janne Haaland Matlary of Norway, former deputy foreign minister of her country and an...
  • Catholic Caucus: The True Account of Prisoner Claude Newman (1944)

    07/17/2009 1:24:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies · 828+ views
    theworkofgod.org ^ | March 2001 | John Vennari
    The following true story of Claude Newman took place in Mississippi in 1944. The account was told by Father O’Leary, a priest from Mississippi, who was directly involved with the events. He has left for posterity an audio recording it. Claude Newman was a negro man who worked the fields for a landowner. He had married when he was 17 years old to a woman of the same age. One day, two years later, he was out plowing the fields. Another worker ran to tell Claude that his wife was screaming from the house. Immediately Claude ran into his house...
  • The Wanderer Comes Home

    07/12/2009 7:28:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 664+ views
    envoy ^ | May/June 1999 | Dion DiMucci
    I was about as cold as I’d ever been. The Midwest was in the midst of a bitter winter in February, 1959. The wind was punishing, trees were freezing up and snapping, and the little yellow school bus I was riding in with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper had been breaking down. After our "Winter Dance Party Tour" appearance in Duluth, Minnesota, our bus broke down again. Buddy had had enough. He talked the club manager into chartering a plane to fly the headliners to our next show in Fargo, North Dakota, and tried to recruit us...
  • Journey Home to the Catholic Church: I Have Jumped into the Tiber to Swim Across (UK minister)

    06/09/2009 10:13:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 821+ views
    De cura animarum ^ | June 7, 2009 | Fr. Jeffrey Steel
    I am writing to make the announcement that I am becoming a Roman Catholic along with my wife Rhea and our six children. I realise that this decision is going to make some really happy, some very sad and others possibily angry. But, I have made the decision with the deepest sense of integrity and by conscience. I would like to share a bit of my faith journey though there are many gaps here, it is descriptive of my heart over the past few months. This is not particularly an academic account of what I have done in my...
  • Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Opens Up on Catholic Conversion and Embracing 'Overt Christianity'

    05/21/2009 8:29:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 978+ views
    USA ^ | May 20, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff
    Former House speaker and Republican ĂĽberstrategist Newt Gingrich is off to Europe next week to shoot a documentary on Pope John Paul II's 1979 trip to Poland and how it helped to lay the groundwork for bringing down the Soviet Union. The film, Nine Days That Changed the World, is slated for release this fall.The trip will take Gingrich and his wife, Callista, to Poland and to Rome for the first time since he converted to Roman Catholicism in March.I caught up with Gingrich this morning and asked if he expected this trip to be different from previous visits to...
  • From Atheist to Catholic (‘Unshakable’ Rationalist Blogged Her Way Into the Church)

    03/16/2009 1:24:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies · 1,660+ views
    NCR ^ | March 16, 2009 | Nona Aguilar
    ‘Unshakable’ Rationalist Blogged Her Way Into the ChurchJennifer Fulwiler “always thought it was obvious that God did not exist.” Fulwiler grew up a content atheist. Having a profound respect for knowledge, particularly scientific knowledge, Fulwiler was convinced that religion and reason were incompatible. Not surprisingly, she was also emphatically anti-Christian and, especially, anti-Catholic. “Catholic beliefs seemed bizarre and weird,” she says. Fulwiler would have been astonished to know that she and Joe Fulwiler, her husband, would come to embrace those “bizarre,” “weird” beliefs. On Easter 2007, they entered the Catholic Church with deep joy and a sense of coming home...
  • Exclusive: Newt Gingrich conversion details; plans release of JP2 documentary

    03/06/2009 7:10:35 AM PST · by GonzoII · 78 replies · 1,432+ views
    American Papist ^ | Friday, March 06, 2009 | Thomas Peters
    Earlier this week the New York Times dropped the news that Newt Gingrich will soon become Catholic (which I had rumored before), and I blogged about it. I can now add some more details. Mr. Gingrich has regularly been seen attending Mass at the National Shrine here in Washington DC (inculding once by yours truly). He'll be entering the Church on Sunday, March 29th in DC.
  • Former Episcopal bishop discusses his new life as Catholic priest

    03/07/2009 7:29:47 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies · 613+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Mar-6-2009 | Cindy Wooden
    ROME (CNS) -- If using dolls to practice the baptismal ritual is a humbling experience for seminarians, one can imagine what it was like for someone who already had baptized hundreds of babies. Father Jeffrey N. Steenson, the former Episcopal bishop of the Rio Grande, prepared for his ordination to the Catholic priesthood with seminarians from Rome's Pontifical North American College.
  • Abu Dhabi to pay circumcision for converts

    02/08/2009 2:17:47 PM PST · by SJackson · 40 replies · 809+ views
    JORDAN TIMES 8 Feb.'09:"Abu Dhabi to pay circumcision for converts" DUBAI (AFP) - Social security in the wealthy emirate of Abu Dhabi will cover the cost of circumcising men who convert to Islam, Al Bayan daily reported Saturday. The health authority in the capital of the United Arab Emirates said the government-backed insurance firm, Daman, has included circumcision operations in existing insurance policies for new Muslims, the paper said. Converts will have to present a certificate, issued by an Abu Dhabi court, attesting to their conversion. Authorities in the UAE, where expatriates represent more than 80 per cent of an...
  • Founder of Italian Communist Party converted before death ( Update/Video )

    12/03/2008 8:20:02 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 712+ views
    CantholicNewsAgency ^ | Madrid, Dec 2, 2008
    Giuseppe Vacca, director of the Gramsci International Institute said that Gramsci’s conversion “wouldn’t be a scandal and wouldn’t change a thing,” because in fact his method of cultural hegemony continues to be employed by feminist, pro-abortion and homosexual groups.
  • A Muslim Journey to Hope website - This Week's Testimony: (Great Video Of Conversion Story!)

    12/02/2008 11:17:31 AM PST · by GonzoII · 191+ views
    Welcome to A Muslim Journey to Hope website Muslim Journey now airs on INI the following days:Thursdays @ 8:00 London time, Fridays @ 8:00  Sydney Time Thursdays @ 23:30 London time, Fridays @ 23:30  Sydney Time Saturdays @ 15:00 London time, Sundays @ 15:00  Sydney Time This web site and our television program are brought to you by people whose lives have been changed by the hope we have found because of the love of God and the truth about Jesus Christ. This hope is available to everyone, and we want to share that same hope with you.On this...
  • Muslim Convert Magdi Allam Founds Pro-Life Political Party in Europe

    12/01/2008 3:27:35 PM PST · by tcg · 14 replies · 681+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/02/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    This former Muslim who bears the new name of “Christian” has formed a new Political Party to help Europe. This Party will put forth an entire slate of candidates in the European Union elections next year. The Party is called “Protagonists for Christian Europe”. It is explicitly and unapologetically committed to promoting and defending Europe’s Christian values and the Western culture which was informed by and built upon them. Magdi Allam openly declares that these values are the path to true and authentic freedom for all men and women. He also asserts that they are under a fierce assault by...
  • Another 'champion of abortion' becomes defender of life: the story of Sotjan Adasevic

    11/14/2008 7:10:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 25 replies · 775+ views
    www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | Madrid, Nov 12, 2008
    In describing his conversion, Adasevic “dreamed about a beautiful field full of children and young people who were playing and laughing, from 4 to 24 years of age, but who ran away from him in fear. A man dressed in a black and white habit stared at him in silence. The dream was repeated each night and he would wake up in a cold sweat. One night he asked the man in black and white who he was. ‘My name is Thomas Aquinas,’ the man in his dream responded. Adasevic, educated in communist schools, had never heard of the Dominican...
  • The founder of Italian Communism had deathbed conversion

    11/26/2008 9:45:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 31 replies · 1,014+ views
    Times Online ^ | Nov 25 2008 | Richard Owen in Rome
    The Vatican has revealed that Antonio Gramsci, the founder of Italian Communism and an icon of the Left, reverted to Roman Catholicism on his deathbed..
  • In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. everday, 16'000, every year, 6 million.

    04/10/2008 11:09:57 AM PDT · by drzz · 32 replies · 581+ views
    Pajamas Express ^ | 04/03/08 | Andrew Walden
    Pope Benedict’s choice to publicly baptize the most prominent Muslim in Italy, Egyptian-born Magdi Allam, highlights a quiet worldwide exodus from Islam. In recent years, millions have moved on. With this high-profile action, Pope Benedict demonstratively blesses this massive conversion from the highest levels of the Church. Interviewed by al-Jazeera in 2006, Ahmad al-Qataani, leader of the Companions Lighthouse for the Science of Islamic Law in Libya, explains the decline: Islam used to represent … Africa’s main religion and there were 30 African languages that used to be written in Arabic script. The number of Muslims in Africa has diminished...
  • Hundreds have taken a long path to [Catholic] church (Converts -- Rite of Election)

    02/25/2008 9:56:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies · 127+ views
    Catholic Sentinel ^ | February 2008 | Ed Langlois
    Hundreds have taken a long path to churchBy Ed Langlois Jeff Gurske of St. Edward Parish, Keizer, stands at Rite of Election.Sentinel photo by Gerry Lewin When it came to faith, Lisa Snook had more than 40 years of unanswered questions.A personal trainer and bookkeeper, she had been raised a Presbyterian, but never baptized. She had tried many churches over the years and felt underfed, spiritually speaking. Then a friend invited her to Mass.“From the moment I walked in, I felt at home,” she says. “I felt like I belonged. The community was amazing. It means a lot to me....
  • Tony Blair joins Catholic faith

    12/22/2007 5:07:27 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 301 replies · 579+ views
    Tony Blair joins Catholic faith Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has converted to the Catholic faith. His wife Cherie is a Catholic and there had been speculation that he would convert to Catholicism from his Anglican faith after leaving office. Mr Blair's official spokesman confirmed he had converted on Friday night and said it was a private matter. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said he was "very glad" to welcome Mr Blair, who is now a Middle East peace envoy, into the Catholic Church. 'Nutter' fear One of Mr Blair's final official trips while prime minister was a visit to the Vatican...
  • The Turning of an Atheist (Antony Flew)

    11/03/2007 5:58:54 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 80 replies · 1,935+ views
    New York Times Magazine ^ | 4 November 2007 | MARK OPPENHEIMER
    THE STARTLING ARTICLE appeared on Dec. 9, 2004. “A British philosophy professor who has been a leading champion of atheism for more than a half-century has changed his mind,” Richard Ostling of The Associated Press wrote. “He now believes in God — more or less — based on scientific evidence and says so on a video released Thursday. At age 81, after decades of insisting belief is a mistake, Antony Flew has concluded that some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe. A superintelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the...
  • Why I'm Catholic (Sola Scriptura leads atheist to Catholic Church)

    10/25/2007 10:43:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 186 replies · 1,348+ views
    Et Tu ^ | October 23, 2007 | Jennifer F.
    When I was 26, I had never once believed in God. Raised entirely without religion, I was a contented atheist and thought it was simply obvious that God did not exist. I thought that religion and reason were incompatible, and was baffled by why anyone would believe in God (I actually suspected that few people really did). After a few years in the Bible Belt, I became vocally anti-Christian. Imagine my surprise to find myself today, just three years later, a practicing Catholic who loves her faith (I entered the Church at Easter 2007). This is the chronicle of my...