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  • CIA Director: Terrorist Groups ‘Are Driven by This Ideology That Is Not Rooted in Islam’

    09/30/2016 5:10:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 29, 2016 | 6:20 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    CIA Director John Brennan said Wednesday “words or comments that taint a religion as being the source of the problem” are “detrimental to our interests” in dealing with the Muslim world. Brennan argued incendiary remarks about Islam do not help “to arrest this cancer that has taken over so many of the communities because of a lot of the underlying conditions that exist within the Middle East and Africa, South Asia areas because of economic deprivation, political disenfranchisement, lack of opportunity.” He said that “fanatics, extremists and terrorists … are driven by this ideology that is not rooted in Islam.”...
  • WSJ Writer [from Iran] Announces Conversion to Catholicism -- honors Fr. Jacques Hamel

    07/27/2016 11:53:52 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 21 replies ^ | July 27, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    NEW YORK ( - Following news of the murder of a French priest by ISIS militants Tuesday, an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal is announcing his conversion to the Catholic faith. In a tweet posted Tuesday, Sohrab Ahmari stated "this is the right moment to announce that [he is] converting to Roman Catholicism." The message was prefaced by the hashtag #IAmJacquesHamel, referring to the 84-year-old priest murdered Tuesday morning by Islamic terrorists while celebrating morning Mass at his parish in Normandy, France. Ahmari noted he is currently under instruction at the London Oratory, shorthand for the Brompton...
  • 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...
  • Wegmans bakery refuses to make cake for Ex-Muslims of North America, saying it might offend Muslims

    06/29/2016 10:44:13 AM PDT · by Lera · 28 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | June 29, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    Muslims didn't even complain. Wegmans was just afraid that they might: "The associate further added that - the store had Muslim workers, 'my employees may not know what this stands for, Ex-Muslims of North America, and I don't have enough time and people to educate them on what it is,' and although they were not sure if the employees would be offended, they 'can't put them in that situation.'" Of course, Wegmans. To put them in the situation of getting offended would be absolutely intolerable. No one should ever have to live with the fact that somewhere else, some people...
  • Man 'arrested in France for planning attack on tourists'

    06/16/2016 7:42:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 16 Jun 2016 17:59 GMT+02:00
    A 22-year-old radicalized convert to Islam has been arrested in France over suspicions he was planning to attack American and Russian tourists, legal sources said Thursday. The suspect had gone to the southwestern city of Carcassone “with a view to carrying out a violent act, in particular targeting Americans and Russians,” a judicial source said. A source close to the investigation said the suspect was arrested in possession of a knife and a small mallet. …
  • European churches say growing flock of Muslim refugees are converting

    06/05/2016 3:49:45 PM PDT · by bigdaddy45 · 54 replies
    A growing number of Muslim refugees in Europe are converting to Christianity, according to churches, which have conducted mass baptisms in some places. Reliable data on conversions is not available but anecdotal evidence suggests a pattern of rising church attendance by Muslims who have fled conflict, repression and economic hardship in countries across the Middle East and central Asia. Complex factors behind the trend include heartfelt faith in a new religion, gratitude to Christian groups offering support during perilous and frightening journeys, and an expectation that conversion may aid asylum applications. At Trinity church in the Berlin suburb of Steglitz,...
  • Pope Francis Asks God To "Convert The Hearts" Of Islamic Terrorists"

    05/26/2016 6:28:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies ^ | May 26,2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Following on the latest spate of devastating attacks by the Islamic State in Syria, Pope Francis prayed to God Wednesday to “convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction.” In his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope addressed the tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists in a special appeal for prayer for the Middle East.
  • Number of Muslim Migrants in Austria Converting to Christianity on the Rise

    04/26/2016 7:07:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    In 2016 more than half of converts in Vienna were Muslim, according to reports An increasing number of Muslim migrants in Austria are converting to Christianity, according to reports. According to Austrian website Kurier, 83 adults were approved for baptism in Vienna in 2016, with Friederike Dostal of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference estimating that about half of them were Muslims, mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran. This figure is up from one-third in 2015. There is expected to be a further rise of Muslim converts in 2017 due to the fact that there has been an increase in the number...
  • Lindsay Lohan Is Converting To Islam

    04/21/2016 9:43:13 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 117 replies
    The Superficial ^ | April 20, 2016
    “I’m a very spiritual person and I’m really open to learning,” the Catholic-born actress told The Sun on her conversion to Islam. Lohan, 29, who was spotted carrying a copy of the Koran while tending to her community service in New York last summer, also said there’s more to the text than what many people have been led to believe. And you can totally trust Lindsay when it comes to the Koran because it’s not like she’s walking around preaching about it without even reading the whole thing. Who does that? “I’m not done reading it. Do you know how...
  • To Her Abductors Who Wanted to Convert Her, “I Made the Sign of the Cross,” Says Ex IS Prisoner

    03/24/2016 2:11:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    AsiaNews spoke to Josephine, one of hundreds of Christians from Al-Hasakah, who spent a year in the hands of the Islamic State group. She talked about psychological suffering, conversion attempts, and separation from her male relatives. She survived thanks to her faith. Her mother Caroline, a Caritas official, is the only one in her family to have been spared the ordeal. She also negotiated their release with IS, and gave a Jihadi copies of the Bible. Now she hopes “to meet the pope” with her entire family. Damascus (AsiaNews) – Josephine Martin Tamras is a young Assyrian woman. For a...
  • Christian Convert Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

    03/23/2016 1:55:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/22/16 | AFP
    Unidentified attackers hacked a Christian convert to death in northern Bangladesh Tuesday, amid growing attacks on religious minorities by suspected Islamist militants in the Muslim-majority country. Police said at least two attackers stopped Hossain Ali while the 68-year-old was taking his regular morning walk in the town of Kurigram and then lunged at his neck with sharp weapons. "He died on the spot. The attackers exploded a molotov cocktail to create panic and left the scene on a motorcycle," Kurigram district police chief Tobarak Ullah told AFP. Ullah said Ali had converted to Christianity from Islam in 1999 but he...
  • Limbaugh: Why Did Obama Choose To Become A Christian? He "Routinely" Defends, Promotes Islam

    02/04/2016 1:46:17 PM PST · by Biggirl · 43 replies ^ | February 4, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    Thursday on his radio show, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh reacted to President Barack Obama’s address to a mosque in Baltimore a day earlier. According to Limbaugh, it raised a larger question about Obama, which pertained to Obama “routinely” touting Islam and why he chose Christianity over other religions.
  • The Latest: Police say suspect shot officer in Islam's name (Philly Cop Shooter)

    01/08/2016 10:43:34 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies ^ | 1/8/2015
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The latest on a Philadelphia police officer shot while sitting in a police cruiser (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Police say the suspect in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer told investigators that he shot the officer in the name of Islam and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. They also say the man, who has addresses in Philadelphia and the suburb of Yeadon, used a stolen police gun in the crime. Police officials say the gun was reported stolen from an officer's home in October 2013 but they don't know how many hands it...
  • Vatican: Don't Convert Jews

    12/10/2015 10:03:29 AM PST · by paladinan · 68 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 12/10/2015 | Matthew Archbold
    So here's my question: If I inadvertently convert a Jew do I have to go to confession? Like if a Jew comes up and says "Hey I was wondering about this Jesus" should I say "I can't talk to you about Him." But isn't that anti-Semitic? I'm confused. [from] The Guardian: Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight antisemitism, the Vatican has said, in a major new document that draws the church further away from the strained relations of the past. Christianity and Judaism are intertwined and God never annulled his covenant with...
  • Former Muslim in Bradford is beaten up for converting to Christianity

    11/19/2015 9:57:55 AM PST · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 11/19/2015 | Catholic Herald
    A Bradford man has been brutally assaulted by a gang after converting from Islam to Christianity. Father-of-six Nissar Hussain was left needing surgery after the group broke his kneecap and hand on Wednesday, with a pickaxe handle being used by one of the assailants. Mr Hussain, 49, is recovering in hospital after the attacks, which follow a long line of incidents following his family’s conversion to Christianity over a decade ago. Mr Hussain has said that he and his family are virtual prisoners in their home as a consequence.
  • ISIS to Christians in Sweden: 'The Caliphate Is Here', Now 'Convert or Die'

    10/18/2015 7:20:33 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/16/15 | Leah Barkoukis
    Assyrian Christians in Sweden are on edge after receiving several threatening messages linked to the Islamic State recently. Graffiti that read “the caliphate is here” and “convert or die” was painted on two stores owned by Assyrians earlier this week, as was the Arabic letter ‘N,’ short for Nazarene, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports. Chairman of the Assyrian district in Gothenburg, Josef Garis, told DN that the police are investigating the case. "The persecution of the past feels near," he said. Earlier this year, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported that at least 150 people had travelled to Iraq and Syria to...
  • Oregon Shooter Was An ISIS Attack (Media Black Out)

    10/05/2015 2:07:53 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    Here are the facts that the media refuses to report because they are too busy ranting about gun control: 1) Shooter name WAS Chris Harper-Mercer 2) ISIS claimed responsibility that it was a terror attack from one of their own 3) Chris Harper-Mercer was a Muslim convert and changed his name to Saiv Sharma 4) He targeted Christians 5) Russia's Security Service, FSB, had this guy on their Terror Watch List. The same list they offered to the USA about one month ago, to which they refused. The list has 87,000 names.
  • EWTN 'The Journey Home' 9-14-15 - BIRGITTA AND ULF EKMAN, founder Non Denom Church

    09/13/2015 2:58:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 13, 2015 | Marcus Grodi
    Mon. Sep. 14 at 8:00 PM ETTue. Sep. 15 at 1:00 AM ETFri. Sep. 18 at 1:00 PM ETBIRGITTA AND ULF EKMANFormer Charismatic and Non-Denominational converts Birgitta and Ulf Ekman share their faith journey with Host Marcus Grodi. Duration: 01:00 FROM FIRST THINGS Ulf Ekman’s Charismatic Conversion by Dale M. Coulter 3 . 11 . 14 The founder of one of Sweden’s largest Protestant congregations is converting to Catholicism. This past Sunday Ulf Ekman announced to the Word of Life church he founded that he and his wife would swim the Tiber. Major news even in secular Sweden, the...
  • Dark Knight killer James Holmes 'is now a Muslim who prays five times a day'

    07/18/2015 1:12:00 PM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 79 replies ^ | 20 March 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    James Holmes, the gunman behind the Dark Knight massacre in Colorado last July, has reportedly turned Muslim and prays five times a day. The killer showed off a lengthy, thick beard during a court appearance earlier this month, and a prison source has claimed it is a symbol of his new-found faith. The source said Holmes has turned to Islam as a way of justifying his horrific murder spree in an Aurora, Colorado cinema on July 20 which left 12 people dead and 58 people wounded.
  • National Guard Reservist Arrested In Alleged LA Subway Attack Plot

    03/17/2014 11:58:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    A National Guard reservist has been arrested at the Canadian border in Washington for allegedly trying to aid al-Qaida in a plot to attack a Southland subway. Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, Calif., was charged Monday with attempting to provide material to support a foregoing terrorist organization, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said. He made his first appearance in a federal courtroom in Seattle Monday afternoon.
  • Bergdahl appeared to lay groundwork for his disappearance in Afghanistan, squad mates say

    05/29/2015 9:28:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015 | Catherine Herridge
    Good video at link about squad mates having to sign non-disclosure statements.Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl slept on his bed frame, and then the concrete floor, collected contact information, and talked about becoming a mercenary in what his squad mates now describe as behavior that laid the groundwork for his disappearance in Afghanistan nearly six years ago. "I asked him, 'Why are you sleeping on the frame of your bed?'" former Sgt. Matt Vierkant recalled in a recent interview with Fox News. "I was like well, that's weird. And then I remember coming back -- I don’t know if it was a...
  • Hero CIA officer who led the hunt for Bin Laden and converted to Islam is removed from his post in

    03/26/2015 6:14:09 PM PDT · by null and void · 33 replies ^ | 13:48 EST, 26 March 2015 | Wills Robinson
    The CIA official who led the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is being removed from his post, it has been revealed. The head of the agency's Counter­terrorism Center, who also directed drone campaigns which killed thousands, has been in the position for nine years and is described as a 'true hero'.
  • Germanwings pilot was locked out of cockpit before crash in France

    03/25/2015 5:11:16 PM PDT · by varialectio · 371 replies
    New York Times ^ | 25 March | Nikola Clark
    PARIS — As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.
  • Gee, do you think this is relevant? Germanwings co-pilot reported to be a 'recent convert to Islam'

    03/26/2015 4:56:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 94 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/26/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Many in the politically correct media are becoming annoyed with questions regarding the religious beliefs of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz. Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cabin of an Airbus A-320 jet over the French Alps on Tuesday and crashed the plane into a mountain at 434 miles per hour, killing himself and murdering an additional 140 people. Questions about the religious background of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot who investigators said deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps this week, killing all on board, have sparked outrage and debate about whether such information is relevant...
  • Man’s journey of faith benefits (Catholic) parish

    03/16/2015 2:48:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Texas Catholic ^ | Michael Gresham
    Justin Fivecoat, a parishioner at St. John The Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell, is one of the honorees who will be recognized Feb. 7 during a Mass for the annual Bishop’s Awards for Service to the Church. (DON JOHNSON/Special Contributor) TERRELL — A local diner, some thoughtful questions and a priest willing to listen led Justin Fivecoat to take a leap of faith three years ago that set him on a path to become an impactful parishioner at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church.“One thing I’ve always sensed about Justin is that I see him as a man after God’s...
  • A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church – Conversion Story of A. David Anders, Ph.D.

    02/07/2015 9:35:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 174 replies
    chnetwork ^ | February 05, 2015 | A. David Anders
    A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church – Conversion Story of A. David Anders, Ph.D. February 13, 2012 A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church by A. David Anders, Ph.D. I grew up an Evangelical Protestant in Birmingham, Alabama. My parents were loving and devoted, sincere in their faith, and deeply involved in our church. They instilled in me a respect for the Bible as the Word of God, and a desire for a living faith in Christ. Missionaries frequented our home and brought their enthusiasm for their work. Bookshelves in our house were filled with theology and apologetics. From...
  • Boudreaux

    12/27/2014 5:49:56 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 35 replies
    December 27, 2014
    Boudreaux, a Cajun highlander from Rapides Parish in central Louisiana, wasan older, single gentleman, who was born and raised a Baptist, living in South Louisiana. Each Friday night after work, he would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a venison steak. Now, all of Boudreaux's neighbors were Catholic and since it was Lent, They were forbidden from eating meat on Fridays. The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest. The priest came to visit Boudreaux, and suggested that Boudreaux convert to Catholicism. After...
  • NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror

    10/24/2014 2:30:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 24, 2014 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police Commissioner William Bratton says the hatchet attack on four rookie officers was a terrorist act by a homegrown radical. Bratton said Friday the suspect, Zale Thompson, was a Muslim convert who ranted online against America, but had no clear ties to international terrorism. He believes Thompson was self-radicalized.
  • Canadian Official Identifies Dead Ottawa Gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

    10/22/2014 2:34:32 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 87 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/22/14
    Canadian official identifies dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau .
  • Peter Kassig: Idealistic aid worker who converted to Islam in captivity

    10/04/2014 9:38:58 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/04/2014 | Rob Crilly
    Peter Kassig, the latest hostage to be threatened with murder by Islamist extremists, is an American veteran who served in Iraq and whose decision to convert to Islam in captivity has so far failed to save his life. His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, remained silent for the past year in the hope their son's life would be spared but issued a statement after the video was released. They said their son had become a Muslim during his time in captivity, changing his name to Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and that they had learned from other hostages that his faith had brought...
  • In the Name of Fairness/Balance, Some Benefits of Converting to Islam...

    09/19/2014 9:04:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Never a dull moment! More (toons/memes) at Reaganite Republican...
  • O.J. Simpson converting to Islam in prison

    08/29/2014 6:42:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 84 replies ^ | 8/28/2014 | unknown
    O.J. Simpson is set to convert to Islam. The former American footballer and movie star has been imprisoned in Nevada since 2008 on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in relation to an armed robbery that took place at the Palace Station hotel-and-casino in Las Vegas in which sports memorabilia was taken. After seeing his appeal for a re-trial quashed last and being informed in July 2013 he will serve at least another four years, Simpson has embraced the religion in a bid to change his life.
  • Joined by Church Leaders, Sensenbrenner Becomes Catholic

    08/27/2014 6:54:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8/27/14 | Annysa Johnson
    Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) converted to Catholicism in a quiet ceremony at Milwaukee's St. Francis de Sales Seminary on Monday — a private affair reportedly attended by at least two Wisconsin bishops and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Sensenbrenner's office confirmed the conversion in an e-mail. But it turned down an interview request, saying the congressman "sees this as a private matter." The ceremony was first noted by Mark Silk, professor and director of the Greenberg Center for the study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Connecticutt, on his blog, Spiritual Politics. In addition...
  • Catholic converts on the rise: East Tennessee among nation's top 10 growth areas

    06/15/2014 4:12:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 252 replies
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | 6/15/2014 | Kevin Hardy
    There was the man inspired by the written words of Pope Francis. There was the agnostic professor. And there was the widow of a Baptist preacher. All of them Tennesseans, and all of them recent converts to one of the world's oldest Christian faiths. In the South, Catholicism is growing. The Diocese of Knoxville was recently ranked among the top 10 in the nation for its rate of adult conversions. All Southeast Tennessee Catholic parishes, including Chattanooga's, fall under the umbrella of Knoxville's diocese, one of 195 in the United States. A diocese is a geographic collection of parishes grouped...
  • Did U.S. trade five jihadists for one jihadist?

    06/01/2014 10:47:44 AM PDT · by JCG · 27 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 06-01-14 | Robert Spencer
    The Taliban claimed in 2010 that [Sgt. Bowe] Bergdahl had converted to Islam and was teaching bomb-making to its jihadists. His father is a convert to Islam who has called for the release of the jihadists in Guantanamo and has implied that American troops are killing Afghan children. There is evidence that he was not captured, but walked away from his unit: “On July 2, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press the soldier had “just walked off” his base with three Afghans after his shift.” So we may have traded five jihadists for one jihadist.
  • Husband of Christian woman sentenced to death for faith says she won't convert (to Islam)

    05/25/2014 2:05:11 AM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 24, 2014 | FoxNews
    An American citizen whose pregnant wife has been sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Friday that his wife is staying strong in her convictions despite her ordeal. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, whose Christian husband Daniel Wani holds American citizenship, has been held in a Sudanese prison along with her 20-month old son for more than three months. Wani said on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” that when his wife’s ordeal began he went to the U.S. embassy and tried to report the case. However, he said...
  • Deacon Alex Jones: "No Price Too High"

    05/19/2014 11:52:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Da Mihi Animas ^ | May 19, 2014
    The conversion of Alex Jones is a powerful story and a book from Ignatius Press!  I came across the video and was reminded of the story. You can read more below. The following comes from the Deacons Bench Blog:One of the more celebrated Catholic converts -- and a recently ordained deacon, by the way -- is former evangelical Alex Jones. He now spends much of his time traveling the country, talking about his journey back to the Church. And a paper in Fort Wayne, Indiana profiles him this weekend: Ten years ago, Alex Jones was the charismatic preacher of...
  • Cardinal O'Connor's mother was convert from Judaism, research shows

    05/02/2014 3:20:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | May 2, 2014 | Claudia McDonnell
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Cardinal John J. O'Connor, who as archbishop of New York cultivated and cherished his strong ties with the Jewish community, was born of a mother who was born Jewish. It is not known whether he knew that his mother, Dorothy Gumple O'Connor, was born Jewish. She converted to Catholicism before she met and married Thomas O'Connor, the late cardinal's father. Mary O'Connor Ward, the cardinal's sister, told Catholic New York, newspaper of the New York Archdiocese, that her mother never spoke about having belonged to another faith. The fact that Dorothy O'Connor was Jewish by birth...
  • 'The Lord is waiting' Pope baptizes 10 at Easter Vigil

    'The Lord is waiting'Pope baptizes 10 at Easter Vigil photoPope Francis enters a darkened St. Peter Basilica carrying a lone candle. Homily of Pope Francis, Easter Vigil The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to them: "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: "He has been raised from...
  • This Easter a growing number of Catholic converts are joining the flock

    04/20/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 64 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | April 20, 2014 | Lilly Fowler
    FARMINGTON, Mo. • It is a special Easter for Wilma Whitworth, who is undergoing a spiritual rebirth, just a week before her 78th birthday. Whitworth is celebrating her first day as a full-fledged Catholic this holiday. And she’s doing so in a largely Protestant town that is undergoing a kind of Catholic revival. St. Joseph Catholic Church, or St. Joe’s as the locals call it, has had 24 children and adults, ages 7 and above, convert to the faith in the past year. There is no one answer for the rise in Catholic conversion in this town of 17,000 an...
  • For All the Newly Baptized

    04/20/2014 4:28:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    NC Register ^ | APRIL 20, 2014 | MARK SHEA
    The Convert G.K. Chesterton After one moment when I bowed my head And the whole world turned over and came upright, And I came out where the old road shone white. I walked the ways and heard what all men said, Forests of tongues, like autumn leaves unshed, Being not unlovable but strange and light; Old riddles and new creeds, not in despite But softly, as men smile about the dead. The sages have a hundred maps to give That trace their crawling cosmos like a tree, They rattle reason out through many a sieve That stores the sand and...
  • The Story of Alex Jones (Pastor and 50 former parishioners accepted into Catholic Church)

    03/20/2014 10:43:33 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies ^ | August 14, 2010 | Stanley D. Williams
    Alex Jones, a successful Evangelical-Pentecostal Pastor in Detroit, struggled for years to understand Catholicism. Then he led over 50 members of his former Church into Roman Catholicism.
  • St Patrick's Confession (The Words of the Real Patrick)

    03/17/2014 4:16:21 AM PDT · by xzins · 31 replies
    St. Patrick's Confession I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many, had for father the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a presbyter, of the settlement of Bannaven Taburniae; he had a small villa nearby where I was taken captive. I was at that time about sixteen years of age. I did not, indeed, know the true God; and I was taken into captivity in Ireland with many thousands of people, according to our deserts, for quite drawn away from God, we did not keep his precepts, nor...
  • Boom: this Easter, Archdiocese of Washington to bring in largest group of new Catholics ever

    03/11/2014 2:04:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 11, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Great news: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, addressed those gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion today that they came together to bear witness to “the desire of so many here to complete their journey that brings them into the Church, and by doing so to publically embrace the cross as the pathway not only to eternal life but to a richer and fuller experience of life now.”This Easter, 1,306 adults, teens and children will be baptized or confirmed as Catholics in the Archdiocese...
  • Megachurch pastor stuns congregation by announcing he’s converting to Catholicism

    03/10/2014 2:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 135 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 10, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details: During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism.Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” The theme was “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”“For Birgitta and me, this has been a slow process where we have gone from discovering new things, to appreciating what we have discovered, to approach and even learn from our fellow Christians,” Ekman says on his...
  • Repent! Convert! Two Words that Need to Be Rediscovered

    08/08/2013 3:17:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 7, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Too many Catholics are uncomfortable using the biblical and traditional words, “Repent,” convert and conversion. To repent means to change your mind and come to a new way of living. To convert means to turn from sinful ways or erroneous teaching.But too many Catholics, including priests are uncomfortable using words like this. We used to speak of convert classes etc. But now many prefer abstract descriptions like, “Inquiry Classes” or the even more abstract “RCIA”Many draw back lest they seem to suggest that others are wrong, “going wrong,” need to change, or, heaven forfend, “sinful.” Words like repent and convert...
  • How I Became "Tiberjudy"

    12/26/2013 8:33:22 AM PST · by mlizzy · 14 replies
    Tiber Judy ^ | 12-26-13 | Tiber Judy
    I was 19 years old and was back home in Georgia following my first year away at college. It had been a transformative year for me in many ways. I had left my family to go to school in Dallas, with all the adjustments a teenager endures living in a dorm and being on their own for the first time. Back at home with my family I was anxious to share my new experiences with them. My mom and I talked for hours about my roommate and my classes, the new friends I’d made and my excitement about the coming...
  • Egyptian Convert to Christianity Arrested on ‘Bogus Charges'

    12/13/2013 11:07:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 11, 2013 - 10:50 AM | Barbara Boland
    An Egyptian convert to Christianity who sued the government for permission to change his religion on his ID card reportedly was arrested last week on “bogus” charges of inciting sectarian strife. Press reports say that Bishoy Armia Boulous, formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy, was arrested on Dec. 4 at a café in Minya, a city 161 miles south of Cairo, and is likely being tortured. “Egyptian-born Muslims who have converted to Christianity cannot reflect their change of religious affiliation on identity documents, and in many cases, these converts also face intense social hostility,” Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser told a House...
  • Gavin McInnes: I was a pro-choice atheist. Then I had kids. Now I’m a God-fearing pro-life Catholic

    10/30/2013 3:08:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 30, 2013 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    Those of you familiar with the ever-foul-mouthed Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of Vice magazine (so bad I won’t link to it) and founder of Street Carnage (another sleazy website I can’t link to), might be shocked by his declaration this week that he considers himself a God-fearing pro-life Catholic.  McInnes’ remarks follow a dust-up with feminists during an appearance on a HuffPo panel, during which he dared to suggest that feminism has made women “miserable” by “trivializing motherhood” and forcing women to “pretend to be men.” In a follow-up interview with The Daily Caller today (WARNING: they didn’t bleep out...
  • How Richard Nixon and Rodney King Changed my Party Loyalty

    10/19/2013 10:35:41 PM PDT · by lee martell · 53 replies
    October 20 2013 | Lee Martell
    I grew up in a blue collar, Democratic family. We have been Democratic on both sides of the family, at least since the beginning of the 20th century. I never questioned what decisions my party representatives made as a very young man, say 18 years old. I presumed (wrongly) that these elected officials would always do what was right. I also accepted as indisputable fact that , well of course the Republicans were always, always in the wrong. The republicans were greedy and 'keeping us down'. You can imagine my surprise when, as a college freshman in 1975, I heard...