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  • Orthodoxy in America Has a Convert Problem

    09/21/2017 11:38:46 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 10 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | September 21, 2017 | Fr. Photius Avant
    The Orthodox Church in the United States has problems. One of the problems the Orthodox Church currently suffers in this country is a lack of converts. There are other problems as well: overlapping jurisdictions, lack of communication across jurisdictional lines, and a tendency to isolate ourselves from communities in which we live. But it is our lack of converts that strikes me as particularly troubling. Doubtlessly, some will correct me and remind me that the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Orthodox Church in America are made up largely of converts. While this is certainly the case, it may...
  • Muslims Converting to Christianity by the Hundreds in Finland

    08/28/2017 4:05:51 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | July 30, 2017 | ANUGRAH KUMAR
    Hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East, including from Iran and Iraq, have converted to Christianity in Finland, according to officials in the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran community. ....While some who are seeking to covert cited disillusionment with Islam as the key reason, others said they felt conversion will help them fit into the Finnish culture, according to Sputnik News, which also speculated that an underlying reason also could be to guard themselves against possible deportation. In Finland, 4.1 million of the 5.5 million people are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church....
  • Thousands of New Catholics to Be Welcomed by Catholic Church in the United States at Easter Vigil

    04/15/2017 1:15:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/ ^ | April 10, 2017 | USCCB.org staff
    Thousands of New Catholics to Be Welcomed by Catholic Church in the United States at Easter Vigil April 10, 2017 WASHINGTON—A married couple in their golden years, a couple inspired by their late daughter's legacy, and a salesman who heard Jesus' call to conversion on a stranger's porch, are among the thousands who will be welcomed into the Catholic Church on Easter Vigil, April 15, in parishes across the United States. All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full...
  • EWTN 'The Journey Home' 1-23-17 - Former Evangelical Don Johnson about his conversion experience

    01/23/2017 5:37:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Mon. Jan. 23 at 8:00 PM Tue. Jan. 24 at 1:00 AMMarcus Grodi interviews Former Evangelical Don Johnson about his conversion experience.  
  • Americans Sentenced in Afghan Torture (former Green Beret)

    09/16/2004 7:01:50 AM PDT · by 2banana · 5 replies · 413+ views
    Gadsden Times ^ | September 16th, 2004 | Stephen Graham
    Americans Sentenced in Afghan Torture By STEPHEN GRAHAM Associated Press Writer Three Americans - led by a former Green Beret who boasted he had Pentagon support - were found guilty Wednesday of torturing Afghans in a private jail and were sentenced to prison. After a 7 1/2-hour session in a stuffy Kabul courtroom, the three-judge panel was unanimous in convicting the former soldier, Jonathan Idema, and his right-hand man, Brent Bennett, on charges of entering Afghanistan illegally, making illegal arrests, establishing a private jail and torturing their captives. They were sentenced to 10 years. Edward Caraballo, a cameraman who said...
  • EWTN 'The Journey Home' 1-2-17 - Crystal and Drake McCalister, former Pentecostal Ministers

    01/02/2017 3:38:08 PM PST · by Coleus
    The Journey Home ^ | 01.02.17 | Marcus Grodi
      Mon. Jan. 02 at 8:00 PM Tue. Jan. 03 at 1:00 AMHost Marcus Grodi welcomes former Pentecostal Church ministers: Crystal and Drake McCalister. A rebroadcast from 1-3-11
  • PST: Every fifth extremist in Norway is a Muslim convert

    09/15/2016 7:58:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 15 Sep 2016 09:34 GMT+02:00 | (NTB/The Local)
    A new report from the Norwegian Police Security Service (Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste — PST) has found that nearly every fifth radicalized Muslim is a convert to the religion. The PST study attempted to investigate the backgrounds of people in extreme Islamist groups. Everyone in the representative sample study by the security service had been radicalized in Norway and all were under the age of 40. A full 88 percent of the radicalized individuals have an ethnic background other than Norwegian and over 30 different nationalities are represented amongst the radicalized individuals. Some 76 percent of the extremists have Norwegian citizenship. The...
  • Church of England minister found out from online video that her Muslim convert son had died [tr]

    02/05/2016 1:47:18 PM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jay Akbar
    A Church of England minister has told of how she learned of her jihadi son's death through a video posted online. Reverend Sue Boyce said she was 'horrified' to discover her son Jake Petty, who went by the alias Abu Yaqoob Britani, had fled the UK to join ISIS in Syria in July 2014. He continued to stay in touch with his distraught family over WhatsApp but 'went quiet' in mid August.
  • German terror suspect 'met 9/11 hijacker' (German convert to islam)

    09/08/2007 10:26:37 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 846+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 08 2007 | Roger Boyes
    The prime suspect in the alleged German terror plot to blow up hundreds of people may have had contact with Mohammed Atta, the suicide pilot who smashed a hijacked plane into the Twin Towers. German police reports are vague about the encounter, but it has helped investigators to trace Fritz Gelowicz’s path from average Bavarian schoolboy to Islamic radical. His case has also highlighted the curious and sinister role of Neu-Ulm — a small township in the Roman Catholic heart of southern Germany — as a cradle of Islamic extremism. The connection between Gelowicz, 28, who was arrested this week,...
  • Group Claiming to be Former Muslims Disrupts Masses Around Nevada

    12/10/2015 7:36:16 PM PST · by NYer · 159 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 10, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From KTNV in Las Vegas:  Parishioners are terrified after protesters have disturbed Mass at several Catholic churches across the valley.The group, Koosha Las Vegas, includes members who clearly identify themselves as former Muslims turned Christians. They’ve been entering churches during services, shouting at Catholics that they need to repent now or else, and filming the acts and posting them on the internet.The videos make clear the group has been active on the Las Vegas Strip and several other places around the valley; they’re often seen with large signs and megaphones. The difference now is that they’re going into houses...
  • Conflicted portrait emerges of SoCal terrorists' pal, as possible charges loom

    12/10/2015 3:00:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 10, 2015
    The friend who allegedly supplied the Southern California jihadist couple with the guns used in last week's terror attack and who sources said could soon be charged in connection with the case presented himself to friends as "laid back" but seemed to be in constant personal conflict. Enrique Marquez was married, but didn't live with his wife. He had converted to Islam but confided in a mosque worker that he wanted to become a Buddhist. He could be witty and laugh at himself, but often posted dejected missives on Facebook. And he was reportedly not a particularly pious Muslim and...
  • San Bernardino shooter may have planned earlier attack

    12/08/2015 6:02:01 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 37 replies
    koat.com ^ | Dec 8, 2015 | Pamela Brown
    Investigators believe San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook may have been plotting an earlier attack in California with someone else, two U.S. officials said. One of the officials said the two conspired in 2012 and a specific target was considered. Neither of the officials could say how serious the plotting got. One official said the two decided not to go through with the earlier attack after a round of terror-related arrests in the area. "They got spooked," the official said. The purported plot bolsters assertions law enforcement officials have made since the San Bernardino attacks, saying Farook had been radicalized...
  • 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
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 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.
  • US officials take three into custody in terror plot scare

    08/19/2005 6:14:19 AM PDT · by bloggodocio · 3 replies · 297+ views
    State and federal authorities have three men in custody here in what investigators describe as a possible terrorist plot by an obscure Islamic group in California state prisons. FBI officials, who are overseeing the investigation, say they are not convinced that the three men posed a serious threat of violence on their own. But the bureau is continuing to investigate the possibility that they were part of a larger group planning to attack National Guard installations, synagogues and other locations in Southern California. The latest suspect to be arrested is Hamad Riaz Samana, 21, a Pakistani citizen who was taken...
  • Traveling the Path to Catholicism

    04/18/2015 6:56:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 77 replies
    Catholic Exchange.com ^ | March 12, 22015 | Fr. William Saunders
    Traveling the Path to Catholicism Fr. William Saunders Q: Recently I saw a picture showing the Rite of Election at the cathedral. Would you please explain more about the Rite of Election and RCIA? When I was growing up, we did not have such a program.The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a formal program of catechetical instruction, ascetical practice (prayer and spirituality), and liturgies whereby adults — called catechumens — are formally admitted into the Church and receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation, and holy Eucharist. (The sacrament of penance is received later since baptism...
  • The Ghosts of Auschwitz in the Middle Eas

    02/05/2015 6:44:50 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 11 replies
    Daniel Greenfield's Blog, SULTAN KNISH ^ | February 5, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Daniel Greenfield's article: The Ghosts of Auschwitz in the Middle East Posted: 04 Feb 2015 08:35 AM PST In exile in Argentina, the world’s most wanted man was writing a defense of the indefensible. He rejected “so-called Western culture” whose bible “expressly established that everything sacred came from the Jews.” Instead he looked to the “large circle of friends, many millions of people” whose good opinion of his crimes he wanted. These millions of people were not in Germany. They weren’t even in Argentina. His fellow Nazis had abandoned him after deciding that the murder of millions of Jews was...
  • FBI Arrests Show Islamic State Poses Homeland Threat

    08/13/2014 4:15:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Homeland Insecurity: The FBI arrest of a North Carolina jihadist brings to five the number of ISIS-tied Muslim Americans captured. It's time the president took the terror group's anti-U.S. rants more seriously. The influence that this vicious successor to al-Qaida in Iraq is exerting inside our own borders is clearly growing. Obama must do more to take out its leaders abroad while increasing scrutiny inside our Muslim community to ferret out recruits. Last week, the FBI arrested Donald Ray Morgan on AK-47 and other weapons charges as the North Carolina native tried to re-enter the U.S. from Lebanon, where agents...
  • A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church – Conversion Story of A. David Anders, Ph.D.

    06/23/2014 5:06:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 87 replies
    ComingHomenetwork.org ^ | February 13, 2012 | A. David Anders, Ph.D.
    A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church – Conversion Story of A. David Anders, Ph.D. February 13, 2012 | 74 responses 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...
  • 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...
  • How to Become a Catholic (Explanation of the Inquiry and RCIA process)

    04/21/2014 8:51:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 195 replies
    CatholicAnswers ^ | August 10, 2004 | CatholicAnswers
    How to Become a Catholic Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults. This tract examines the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic. A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—baptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic...