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  • 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 Catholic.net 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
    http://www.youtube.com/ ^ | 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...
  • Change of faith: Why young Brits turn from Christianity to Islam

    09/28/2013 4:32:01 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 73 replies
    The Final Call ^ | Sep 27, 2013 | RT.com
    Local Mosque in the Hyde Park area of Leeds, England. The UK’s official religion is dwindling at a record speed, with the decline of the Church “approaching rock bottom,” experts warn. While Christian congregations age, most British mosques are bringing more and more young people on board. Public mosque services attract thousands of British Muslims, but when you check out a church, there are hardly a dozen participants at Sunday morning worship, RT’s Polly Boiko reports from London. “The decline of churches in the UK is long term, now it just happens to be approaching rock bottom. So 95...
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - Sept. 2, 2013 - Dan Burke, convert from Judaism

    09/02/2013 4:16:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 2, 2013 | Marcus Grodi
      Mon. Sep. 2 at 8:00 PM ETTue. Sep. 3 at 1:00 AM ETFri. Sep. 6 at 1:00 PM ET DAN BURKE Marcus welcomes Dan Burke, a convert from Judaism to discuss his journey to the Catholic faith. DAN BURKE'S CONVERSION STORY From Hatred to Hope: One Man’s 20 Year Journey into the Catholic Faith by Daniel BurkeMy first exposure to Catholicism was through an abusive step-father. A few key memories include our home being destroyed end-to-end in a drunken rage, and forensic photographs of my mother after a brutal encounter. My most prominent memory is of gunfire in...
  • Dr. Peter Kreeft's conversion to Catholicism from Protestantism (Full)

    08/31/2013 9:40:36 AM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 62 replies
    youtube ^ | January 27, 2013 | mobilevclips
    Hear Dr. Peter Kreeft tell his fascinating story of his conversion from Evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism.     Dr. Peter Kreeft's conversion to Catholicism from Protestantism (Full)
  • Father Patrick Allen, married father of two, leaves Anglicanism to become Catholic priest

    07/20/2013 1:45:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 143 replies
    Post and Courrier ^ | July 20, 2013 | Jennifer Berry Hawes
    When Father Patrick Allen lay prostrate before the bishop for his diaconate ordination on June 29, Allen’s son, Henry, ran up to join his dad. It was barely a week into Father Patrick Allen’s new ministry when, in the course of taking his two children to activities in his nonreligious clothes, at least five people asked:So, what do you do for a living?Allen smiles graciously, sometimes bringing his hand to his chest in a humble gesture, one that coincidentally shows his wedding band.“This might begin a long conversation,” the James Island father says.“I’m a Catholic priest.”When his daughter, Lucy, goes...
  • Somalia Militants Execute Christian Convert

    06/26/2013 1:58:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    BosNewsLife Africa Service ^ | June 25, 2013 | Joseph DeCaro
    Minority Christians in Somalia faced more violence Tuesday, June 25, after news emerged that Islamic militants publicly executed a young man because he was a Christian. The 28-year-old Hassan Hurshe, who had become a Christian while living in neighboring Kenya, was shot by fighters of the al-Shabab group earlier this month while returning to the Somalian town of Jilib, on the main road from capital Mogadishu, local residents said. After his June 7 execution, Hurshe's parents, widow and son reportedly fled the area. The reported execution undecrored al-Shabab's proclaimed intention "to rid Somalia of every Christian." Though many Somali converts...
  • Six Million African Muslims Convert to Christianity Each Year (?!)

    06/14/2013 7:29:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Muslim Times ^ | April 18, 2012 | Rafiq A. Tschannen
    This translation of a televised conversation reveals a rare glimpse into the outlook of Muslim scholars who are concerned about Christianity’s growth. The invited guest is Sheikh Ahmad Al Katani; the president of The Companions Lighthouse for the Science of Islamic Law in Libya, which is an institution specializing in graduating imams and Islamic preachers. Katani starts off describing the overall problem: Islam used to represent, as you previously mentioned, 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 to 316 million, half of...
  • Hauled Aboard the Ark – Conversion Story of Peter Kreeft

    06/06/2013 3:50:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 65 replies
    Coming Home ^ | October 31, 2011 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    Hauled Aboard the Ark by Peter KreeftI was born into a loving, believing community, a Protestant “mother church” (the Reformed Church) which, though it had not for me the fullness of the faith, had strong and genuine piety. I believed, mainly because of the good example of my parents and my church. The faith of my parents, Sunday School teachers, ministers, and relatives made a real difference to their lives, a difference big enough to compensate for many shortcomings. “Love covers a multitude of sins.”I was taught what C. S. Lewis calls “mere Christianity,” essentially the Bible. But no one...
  • How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

    05/19/2013 4:54:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Strange Notions ^ | Dr. Benjamin Wiker
    EDITOR'S NOTE: For the last half of the twentieth century, Antony Flew (1923-2010) was the world's most famous atheist. Long before Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris began taking swipes at religion, Flew was the preeminent spokesman for unbelief.However in 2004, he shocked the world by announcing he had come to believe in God. While never embracing Christianity—Flew only believed in the deistic, Aristotelian conception of God—he became one of the most high-profile and surprising atheist converts. In 2007, he recounted his conversion in a book titled There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His...
  • Geza Vermes, renowned Jesus scholar, dies at 88

    05/11/2013 3:24:49 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    The State ^ | 11 May 2013 | By ROBERT BARR
    LONDON — Geza Vermes, a translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and renowned for books exploring the Jewish background of Jesus, has died at 88.He died on Wednesday, David Ariel, president of the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, said Saturday. ...
  • Syrian Rebels to Christians: Convert, Leave, or Die

    04/28/2013 4:45:44 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 28 replies
    Religious Freedom Coalition ^ | Apr 26th, 2013 | Religious Freedom Coalition
    Syrian Christians Told Convert, Leave, or Die Religious Freedom Coalition Apr 26th, 2013 Christians remaining in Syria have been given three choices by the American supported Free Syrian Army (FSA): convert to Islam, flee their homeland, or die. It is widely believed that this Islamic ideology will be enacted nationwide if President Assad is overthrown. Many Westerners falsely assume that since the FSA opposes a dictatorship, they must be democratic, secular, and tolerant. In reality, however, the FSA seeks to establish a totally Islamic state governed by Sharia law. Although many have suffered as a result of the civil war,...
  • Boston Muslim Terrorist Demanded Girlfriend, Cover Up, Convert to Islam

    04/21/2013 12:36:48 AM PDT · by Cronos · 32 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 20 Apr 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Motive still a giant incomprehensible mystery. But there are suspicions that he was one of those Tea Party NRA type of people. Certainly his peaceful tolerant religion notorious for its love of kites, puppies, infidels and women had nothing to do with it. NPR has done some background on Tamerlan Tsarnaev who, it turns out, was surprisingly Muslim. (Not that NPR can say so.) His Islamic attitudes extended to his treatment of American women. LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: Well, these women were close friends and roommates of Tamerlan’s girlfriend, Katherine Russell, and they knew him for several years while they...
  • Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife Katherine Russell wore the hijab after converting to Islam

    04/21/2013 12:28:47 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Apr 2013 | Jon Swaine
    Katherine Russell is believed to have married and had a daughter with Tamerlan Tsarnaev three years ago, having become a Muslim following her freshman year at Suffolk University in Boston. Ms Russell, 24, was escorted by investigators to her parents' house in Rhode Island on Friday night, where she covered her face and refused to talk about her husband, who was shot dead by police. Neighbours said they woke on Friday morning to find four FBI and police vehicles parked outside the house in North Kingston belonging to Ms Russell's parents Judith, 56, a nurse and Warren, 55, a doctor....
  • What is the Pauline Privilege?

    04/04/2013 9:19:20 AM PDT · by Weiss White
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 4, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Dr. Prager provides a brief summary of his longer article: “The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism and later carried forward by Christianity. This revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle. It ensured that sex no longer dominated society, heightened male-female love and sexuality (and thereby almost alone created the possibility of love and eroticism within marriage), and began the arduous task of elevating the status of women."
  • Muslim Convert Quits Catholic Church for Being Too Soft on Islam

    03/30/2013 10:30:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | March 27, 2013
    March 27, 2013 VATICAN CITY (RNS) Three days after Pope Francis appealed for greater inter-religious dialogue between Catholics and Muslims, a high-profile Italian Muslim who converted to Catholicism and was baptized by Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will leave the church to protest its soft stance against Islam. Egyptian-born Magdi Cristiano Allam, 61, a prominent journalist and outspoken critic of Islam, publicly entered the Catholic Church on March 22, 2008, during an Easter Vigil service, receiving baptism directly from Benedict. After his conversion, Allam founded a small right-wing political party that lost badly in Italy’s general elections last April....
  • 4 Southern California men charged in terrorist plot, FBI says

    03/24/2013 7:57:40 AM PDT · by AuntB · 8 replies
    kabc ^ | NOV. 19, 2012 | Amy Powell
    Four Southern California men have been charged with planning to kill Americans overseas and in the U.S. in a terrorist plot, the FBI announced Monday. The defendants, who allegedly planned to join al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, were arrested for plotting to bomb government facilities and public places, authorities said. According to a federal complaint unsealed Monday during their initial appearances, Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, introduced two California men, 23-year-old Ralph Deleon of Ontario and 21-year-old Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales of Upland, to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased al Qaeda leader. Kabir is a...
  • Visions of Jesus appearing to Muslims?

    02/09/2013 5:00:30 PM PST · by wesagain · 61 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | Michael Carl
    “Your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions,” asserts the promise of God from the book of Joel. Yet some of those men reportedly seeing visions and dreams are neither Jews nor Christians … but Muslims. What’s more, Middle East evangelists report the dreamers are coming to Christianity because of their visions of Jesus. According to a CBN report, Christian Middle East evangelist Hazem Farraj’s television program “Reflections” is reaching a large Muslim audience. Farraj told CBN that he hears from Muslims who report having dreams or visions of Jesus. Tom Doyle, an evangelist, pastor...
  • Midwest Law Enforcement Leaders Share Ideas About Stopping Gun Violence

    01/10/2013 10:57:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    pressherald.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Mark Saxenmeyer
    Law enforcement and local politicians from around our region sat down Thursday to talk about the sensitive issue of gun violence, or more importantly, how to stop it. The Summit to Combat Gun Violence was actually planned a year ago, but it couldn't have been more timely in light of the mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak called the gathering a "midwest discussion" that brings "midwest values" to a national debate. Held at the Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, those assembled were a who's who of Minnesota leadership. Also in attendance: their counterparts from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri...
  • Letter to a Christian Nation (From a recent convert)

    12/13/2012 7:17:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/13/2012 | Lee Habeeb
    Any of us who have come to Christ later in life know the factors that led us to Him. The Spirit was tugging at me for a while. C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity started it. Like me, he was once an atheist. Until he could be one no more. “In 1929, I gave in, and admitted that God was God,” wrote Lewis, “perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.” A few committed people of faith did the rest for me, as I witnessed in them the power of the Holy Spirit. It was the power of their...
  • Former Episcopal priest grateful to Pope for Catholic ordinariate

    12/08/2012 2:34:25 PM PST · by NYer · 73 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Former Episcopal priest Larry Gipson. CNA file photo. Houston, Texas, Dec 8, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Episcopal priest Laurence Gipson, who became Catholic in October, says his reaction to the Catholic ordinariate for former Anglicans is one of “gratitude.” “The ordinariate, I think, is a wonderful opportunity for people like me, Anglican clergy and Anglican laity, who are seeking Catholic faith,” he said. On Jan. 1, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI established the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter to allow Anglican and Episcopalian groups in the U.S. to become Catholic as groups, not only as...
  • Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing"

    12/06/2012 6:13:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    InsightScoop.typepad.com ^ | December 2012 | Carl OIson
    Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing" Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz pianist and pioneer, died earlier today on the cusp of his 92nd birthday. From the Chicago Tribune: Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd. Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” said Gloyd. Throughout his career, Brubeck defied...
  • Eugene D. Genovese, 82, historian on slavery, dies

    09/28/2012 12:54:18 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Sept. 26, 2012 | Michelle E. Shaw
    Eugene D. Genovese, an American historian known for his writings on the Civil War and slavery, died Wednesday. He was 82. Dr. Genovese taught and guest-lectured at several colleges and universities across the country, including Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Rutgers University, the University of Rochester and the College of William & Mary. An Atlanta resident, Dr. Genovese has been called one of the most influential historians of slavery and the antebellum South by his colleagues. He wrote several books, including his 1976 “Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made.” He also...
  • Episcopal-to-Catholic Converts

    08/04/2012 12:48:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    PBS ^ | August 3rd, 2012 | Bob Faw
    BOB FAW, Correspondent: In Bladensburg, Maryland, the Catholic service unfolds smoothly, a comfortable routine for priests and parishioners alike.But one year ago, members of St. Luke’s parish were devout, devoted Episcopalians. This is the first Episcopal church in the country to convert to Catholicism under Vatican rules designed to attract disaffected Episcopalians.If 20 years ago I had said you’re destined to be a Catholic priest, how would you have answered?FATHER MARK LEWIS: I would have thought you were crazy.FAW: Under a 2009 decree by Pope Benedict XVI, St. Luke’s, like all Episcopal churches that choose to convert, gets to retain...
  • 'Son of Hamas' Visits Israeli Parliament

    06/18/2012 3:17:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/6/12 | Chana Yaar
    Mosab Hassan Yousef spoke with Knesset members Monday as the guest of Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara, commenting that in Arab nations, and “especially in the Palestinian Authority residents need freedom and human rights more than they need a state.” Video Yousef, the son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist organization and author of the book, “Son of Hamas,” has spent a number of years abroad following a decade in which he risked his life working undercover as an agent for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). His code name during that time was 'The Green Prince.' “Hamas...
  • Evangelicals Becoming Catholic, why?

    05/17/2012 4:18:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 281 replies
    CatholicConvert.com ^ | May 10, 2011 | Steve Ray
    Evangelicals Becoming Catholic, why? by Steve Ray on May 10, 2011   Below is an interesting YouTube video (really audio) of an Evangelical Radio show in which two Evangelicals discuss why so many Evangelical Protestants are leaving to join the Catholic Church.The host and guest are trying to be honest in the show entitled  “Why Evangelicals are Returning to Rome.” Although towards the end of the video they are making some statements that are historically inaccurate (about Luther and the Popes); nevertheless, their questioning tries to be honest. It is interesting that they are taking note of a large...
  • Judge won't toss confession in Fort Hood bomb plot

    04/21/2012 5:36:39 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr 20 | Staff
    WACO, Texas – A federal judge on Friday rejected a defense motion to throw out a confession from the soldier accused of planning to bomb a Texas restaurant filled with Fort Hood troops. Lawyers for Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo say authorities did not read his Miranda rights or grant his request for a lawyer before he told them of plans to blow up the building and shoot survivors. They also asked the judge to suppress evidence obtained after Abdo was detained in July at a Killeen motel near the Texas Army post. U.S. District Judge Walter Smith rejected the...
  • Oliver Stone's son converts to Islam in Iran

    02/14/2012 2:11:16 PM PST · by jazzo · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/15/2012
    .. US filmmaker Sean Stone, son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam on Tuesday in Iran, where he is making a documentary, he told AFP. "The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with. It means I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets," he said in a brief telephone call from the central Iranian city of Isfahan, where he underwent the ceremony. Sean Stone's famous father is Jewish, while his mother is Christian. The 27-year-old filmmaker did not say why he converted. According to Iran's Fars news agency, Sean Stone had become...
  • Convert Out of Islam Whipped in Public

    01/11/2012 2:07:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/11/12 | Pamela Geller
    Somali Convert from Islam Whipped in Public Compass Woman left bleeding in front of hundreds of spectators for becoming Christian. NAIROBI, Kenya, January 10 (CDN) — A Somali convert from Islam was paraded before a cheering crowd last month and publicly flogged as a punishment for embracing a “foreign religion,” sources said. Sofia Osman, a 28-year-old Christian from Janale city in Somali’as Lower Shabelle region, had been taken into custody by Islamic extremist al Shabaab militants in November; the public whipping was meant to mark her release. She received 40 lashes on Dec. 22 while jeered by spectators. “Osman was...
  • Convert feared kidnapped by Muslim hardliners

    01/11/2012 8:04:38 AM PST · by bayouranger · 14 replies
    ninemsn.com.au/ ^ | 1-11-12 | ninemsn staff
    The husband and friends of an Iranian refugee missing since last month fear she has been kidnapped by Islamic extremists because of her efforts to convert Muslims to Christianity. Melbourne woman Mandy Ahmadi disappeared from her Dandenong home on December 16, leaving behind her handbag, money and credit cards, The Age reported. Moving to Australia in 1999, Mrs Ahmadi became a Christian five years ago, and her husband Nathan converted from Islam a year later. Mrs Ahmadi became active in the migrant community, helping Muslims leaving detention centres through an agency she co-founded at a local church. "It is so...
  • Jihad in Alaska

    12/28/2011 10:26:58 AM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    radicalislam.org ^ | 12-25-11 | Not Listed
    He was the local weatherman of a remote community of 442 full-time residents in King Salmon, Alaska. She was a stay-at-home mom who drove their 4-year-old to preschool, sang in the town choir and picked berries with her girlfriends. Now, Paul Rockwood Jr., 36, is a convicted terrorist, serving eight years in a federal prison. His wife, Nadia, is exiled on probation in England after her own criminal conviction. Since their arrest in 2010 - accused by the FBI of drafting and delivering a list of targets for terrorist attacks - friends and neighbors have been left in confusion, wondering...
  • Texan is found guilty of trying to help al-Qaida

    11/16/2011 3:57:49 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    Chron ^ | 11-15-11 | DANE SCHILLER
    Texan Barry Bujol, who converted to Islam and sought repeatedly to travel to the Middle East, was convicted of trying to aid al-Qaida terrorists and using a fake identification card to sneak into the Port of Houston. Bujol, who authorities said they feared could have been another "American Taliban," is scheduled to be sentenced in February and could get 20 years in prison without parole. As U.S. District Judge David Hittner announced the verdict Monday at the federal courthouse in downtown Houston, a shackled Bujol sat silently. He represented himself and requested that Hittner, rather than a jury, render the...
  • Ex-Pentecostal preacher leads services {convert to Catholicism} - Ecumenical thread

    09/19/2011 4:10:22 AM PDT · by Cronos · 15 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | 16 September 2011 | Phil Anderson
    You don't often find a Pentecostal preacher who converts to Catholicism, but it does happen. To hear a first-hand account of just such a transformation, you may want to check out a special mission series at 7 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th. The featured speaker for all three nights will be the Rev. Alex Jones, a former Pentecostal preacher from Detroit who became a Roman Catholic a decade ago after studying the early church. Jones is now an ordained deacon in the Catholic church. After his conversion, 62 people...
  • Rick Perry: The Democrat Years

    08/17/2011 6:59:46 AM PDT · by nixonsnose · 106 replies · 1+ views
    Texas Tribune ^ | 7-14-11 | Jay Root
    Gov. Rick Perry, a no-apologies conservative known for slashing government spending and opposing all tax increases, is about as Republican as you can get. But that wasn’t always the case. Perry spent his first six years in politics as a Democrat, in a somewhat forgotten history that is sure to be revived and scrutinized by Republican opponents if he decides to run for president. A raging liberal he was not. Elected to represent a slice of rural West Texas in the state House of Representatives in 1984, Perry, a young rancher and cotton farmer, gained an early reputation as a...
  • Here Come More Anglicans: Up to 100 priests + 2,000 Laypeople in U.S.

    06/16/2011 8:33:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 5/16/11 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    More news from the USCCB confab in Washington state: As many as 100 U.S. Anglican priests and 2,000 laypeople could be the first members of a U.S. personal ordinariate for former Anglicans who want to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington reported to his fellow bishops June 15. Cardinal Wuerl was appointed by the Vatican last September to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church in the United States under “Anglicanorum coetibus,” an apostolic constitution issued by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2009. At a news conference following his...