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  • PST: Every fifth extremist in Norway is a Muslim convert

    09/15/2016 7:58:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...

    04/19/2014 8:58:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies ^ | April 15, 2014 | splendor1618
    THOUSANDS ARE JOINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UNITED STATES THIS EASTER VIGIL April 15, 2014 by splendor1618  The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DCThousands Joining the Church in the U.S. This Saturday Archdiocese of Washington Has Largest Number in Its History WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2014 ( – A widower honoring his late wife and a Chinese graduate student are among the thousands of new Catholics joining the Catholic Church in the United States at Easter.All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study...
  • Easter Conversion ‘Boom’?

    04/19/2014 9:34:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 03/31/2014 | CHARLOTTE HAYS
    Easter Conversion ‘Boom’? Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church. by CHARLOTTE HAYS 03/31/2014 ---The Archdiocese of Washington, where Bidzinski’s parish is located, will welcome the largest number of candidates and catechumens ever recorded for the archdiocese this Easter. The archdiocese will baptize or confirm 1,311 adults, children and teenagers this Easter ---Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla. — where around 1,100 new Catholics will be welcomed at the Easter vigil — blogged on the diocesan website that this is the largest number...
  • On The Spiritual Attack of our Converts and What to Do About It (Catholic Caucus)

    05/05/2011 5:34:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/4/2011 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Back just before Holy Week I read an interesting and provocative essay by Jennifer Fulwiler at the National Catholic Register. It is about the need to more clearly instruct Catechumens and those being received into the Church about spiritual attack. Plain and simple, the devil wants to destroy the faith of those who have newly entered the Church. And we need to be sober about this. Being sober does not mean we are in a panic. It merely means we are alert and have a mind that is clear as to the possibility, even the likelihood that the Devil will...
  • The Journey Home - 2013-12-9 - Jason Stellman - Former Presbyterian (You Tube]

    12/15/2013 3:45:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | Published on Dec 12, 2013 | EWTN via You Tube
    Guest Jason Stellman, a former Presbyterian minister, tells Marcus what convinced him that the Catholic Church is the true Church.
  • Why Catholicism? A Former Episcopalian Priest’s Story [Fr. Jürgen Liias]

    09/19/2013 5:51:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | september 19, 2013 | Fr. Jürgen Liias
    Why Catholicism? A Former Episcopalian Priest’s Story by Jürgen Liias on September 19, 2013 ·   Since announcing my decision to become a Catholic and to seek ordination through the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, I have had many an inquiry from folk wondering, “Why?” Some of these were authentic expressions of inquisitiveness; others came with perplexity; not a few came with consternation and dismay.My first reason is this decision is an act of obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As my Spiritual Autobiography details, this has been a long personal journey, of twenty-five years or...
  • Where Afghan Christians Flee After Converting to Christianity

    07/29/2013 12:19:11 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/25/2013 | Abby Stocker
    Capital city of nearby country becomes haven for converts—even though denied refugee status. The New York Times sheds fresh light on the challenges faced by Afghan Christians seeking religious freedom, spotlighting the growth of a refugee church in India's capital city, New Delhi. As the Times observes in a report worth reading, more than 200 Christian converts from Muslim backgrounds have fled to New Delhi, seeking refuge from the Taliban and from political backlash after television coverage resulted in one Afghan politician's urging the government to execute converts in 2010. As CT noted in July 2010, the Afghan government also...
  • UK Converts to Islam Seemingly on the Rise

    06/06/2013 5:49:22 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 27 October 2012 | Enza Ferreri
    Apparently Islam is on the rise in the UK not only because of the increasing number of Muslim immigrants and their progenies, but also due to the natives who convert to Islam either spontaneously or in order to marry Muslims. A source says that the number of Britons converting to Islam has doubled between 2001 and 2011, and these are more women than men. A January 2011 study by Kevin Brice of Swansea University, on behalf of the organization Faith Matters, calculated that the number of converts to Islam in the UK in 2001 was just over 60,000 and...
  • The New “Blesseds” of 2012 [Ecumenical]

    12/28/2012 9:02:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | December 27, 2012 | J. J. Ziegler
    The New “Blesseds” of 2012 December 27, 2012   A look at the lives of the holy men and women beatified in the last year   J. J. Ziegler Left to right: Blessed Giuseppe Toniolo, Blessed Cecilia Eusepi, Blessed Gabriele Maria Allegra, Blessed Hildegard Burjan In September 2005, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced that Pope Benedict was instituting new procedures for the rite of beatification. “Canonization is the supreme glorification by the Church of a Servant of God raised to the honors of the altar with a decree declared definitive and preceptive for the whole Church, involving...
  • Iranian Murders in the West

    10/19/2011 5:00:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Stephen Schwartz
    Americans were stunned on October 11 when the Justice Department unsealed its complaint against Mansour Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old used-car dealer from Corpus Christi now in federal custody, and Ali Gholam Shakuri, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. Shakuri remains inside Iran. The pair have been charged with conspiring to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir. As disclosed by the Treasury Department, the plot was coordinated by Arbabsiar’s cousin, Abdul Reza Shahlai, a top Quds Force functionary whom the Treasury designated in 2008 as one of several “individuals and entities fueling violence in Iraq.” Shahlai was...
  • The Big Discovery [by David, former Presbyterian]

    06/03/2012 1:47:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1,061 replies
    Journeyof ^ | October 4, 2009 | David
    Sunday, October 4, 2009 The Big Discovery         I made some good friends outside my church and found out that they were all Catholics.  Now, I did not know much about Catholicism at the time.  By the way, the Mass did seem somewhat mysterious to me externally.  In fact, what little I had heard from other church members was all negative.  There was a Mrs. J at my church, who had just retired from her missionary post in China.  She was such a kind and endearing soul to all.  One day she got back from visiting someone at a hospital and...
  • White House and State Department Appeal for Iranian Pastor’s Life

    03/04/2012 2:45:59 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 5 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 3-3-12 | Steve Eastman
    No one outside the government of Iran knows for know for sure if Youcef Nadarkhani is still alive. It’s believed his execution order has already been signed. Despite pressure from Iranian officials, the 34 year-old pastor has refused to deny Christ and “accept the prophet Muhammad as his savior." He was first detained by the Islamic regime in 2009. This week the White House released this statement: “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms reports that Iranian authorities’ reaffirmed a death sentence for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani for the sole reason of his refusal to recant his Christian...
  • Oliver Stone’s Son Converts to Islam, Defends Iranian Regime

    03/04/2012 2:43:03 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 7 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | by Mark Ellis, Godreports
    It is a common misconception that Allah is the same as the Biblical Jehovah/Yahweh. The name "Allah" was applied to a pagan Mid-Eastern tribal god long before Mohammed appeared on the scene. -- FaithIssues editor The son of controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone converted to Islam in the Iranian city of Isfahan on Valentine’s Day, then met with Iran’s leaders and declared his solidarity with their nuclear ambitions. “I am a Jewish Christian Muslim,” Sean Stone told CNN’s Piers Morgan on February 23rd. “I want to be able to understand all three religions and have a dialog with people all across...

    01/29/2012 12:33:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | Copyright, 1926 | G. K. Chesterton
    CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTORY: A NEW RELIGION The Catholic faith used to be called the Old Religion; but at the present moment it has a recognized place among the New Religions. This has nothing to do with its truth or falsehood; but it is a fact that has a great deal to do with the understanding of the modern world. It would be very undesirable that modern men should accept Catholicism merely as a novelty; but it is a novelty. It does act upon its existing environment with the peculiar force and freshness of a novelty. Even those who denounce it...
  • Why Did You Choose “Catholic? (Why do adults become Catholics?)

    01/27/2012 9:11:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 460 replies · 4+ views ^ | January 27th, 2012 | George Weigel
    Why Did You Choose “Catholic?” January 27th, 2012 by George WeigelWhy do adults become Catholics? There are as many reasons for “converting” as there are converts. Evelyn Waugh became a Catholic with, by his own admission, “little emotion but clear conviction”: this was the truth; one ought to adhere to it. Cardinal Avery Dulles wrote that his journey into the Catholic Church began when, as an unbelieving Harvard undergraduate detached from his family’s staunch Presbyterianism, he noticed a leaf shimmering with raindrops while taking a walk along the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass.; such beauty could not be accidental, he...
  • Sudanese Struggle to Survive Endless Bombings Aimed to Quell Rebels

    07/03/2011 6:13:06 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 3, 2011 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    ... As the July 9 division of Sudan nears, the government in Khartoum is scrambling to crush any rebellious chunks of the territory that will remain its own. Its forces have been relentlessly pounding the Nuba Mountains from Russian-made Antonov bombers for weeks, demanding that tens of thousands of rebel fighters dug in here disarm and drop their insistence on more autonomy for the distinctive Nuba people. Hundreds of civilians have been killed, including many children. Bombs have been dropped on huts, on farmers in the field, on girls fetching water together, slicing them in half with buckets in their...
  • Sweden: Imam calls to kill converts on Radio Sweden

    09/14/2011 4:58:51 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 16 replies
    europenews ^ | Sept 13, 2011 | Via Dagen
    "It is the duty of every Muslim to kill those who leave Islam." This statement was made on Radio Sweden recently when an Imam from Rinkeby (Stockholm) was allowed to speak about how people should act against Somalis who convert to Christianity. The program with the death threats against converts was broadcast by the Somali department of Radio Sweden and was a follow-up on a previous segment about a group of Christian Somalis who came to Rinkeby Square to evangelize. They also got to talk about it in the radio report. "I was there when they preached about Christianity. I...
  • Muslim 'Inferiority Complex' Kills Christians

    05/14/2011 4:03:56 PM PDT · by forty_years · 25 replies
    netWMD ^ | May 14, 2011 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Days ago in Egypt, throngs of Muslims (henceforth, "Islamists"), estimated at 3,000, fired guns and rifles and hurled Molotov cocktails at Coptic churches, homes, and businesses in the Imbaba region near Cairo: twelve Christians were killed -- some shot by snipers atop rooftops — 232 injured; three churches were set aflame to cries of "Allahu Akbar," while Coptic homes were looted and torched. ...
  • Diocese of Orange will baptize record number (1450) at today's Easter Vigil - ... [Catholic Caucus]

    04/30/2011 9:49:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | April 2011 |
    Diocese of Orange will baptize record number at today's Easter Vigil - Anaheim Roman Catholic |   The Catholic Church is alive and well in Orange County.More than 800 people will be baptized and nearly 650 baptized candidates will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church during Easter Vigil ceremonies throughout the Diocese of Orange tonight."We are blessed as a Diocese to baptize so many new Catholics on this Holy Saturday. It is inspiring as a Bishop to welcome a record number of new Catholics into our church. This ceremony is the climax of the liturgical year...
  • Diocese (of Raleigh, NC) to Welcome 1,200 New Catholics at Easter Vigil Masses, [Catholic Caucus]

    04/25/2011 7:24:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Diocese of Raleigh ^ | April, 2011 | Diocesan Office of Worship-NC
    Diocese to Welcome 1,200 New Catholics at Easter Vigil Masses Approximately 1,200 men and women in the Diocese of Raleigh will become members of the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil Masses celebrated in parishes throughout the Diocese. Just under 500 “Elect” will receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Some 700 “Candidates’, who were baptized in other Christian traditions, will be brought into full Communion with the Church through a profession of faith and by receiving the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.The Elect and Candidates will be completing the formation process known as the Rite of Christian Initiation...
  • The Steady Stream Home [of people converting to the Catholic Church] Marcus Grodi

    04/24/2011 7:35:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | October 2009 | Marcus Grodi
    The Steady Stream Home Marcus Grodi For the first forty years of my life, I never considered the possibility of becoming a Catholic. No Catholic ever talked to me about the faith and it never crossed my mind that there was any reason whatsoever to even consider the Catholic Church. In those forty years, I had freely processed from the Lutheran church of my youth, over to the Congregational church of my adult "born again" reawakening, and on into the Presbyterian church of my pastoral ministry. We even considered moving on into other Protestant churches as we struggled with...
  • RCIA-ROUNDUP Apr-22-2011 - Dioceses around US welcome new Catholics at Easter [Catholic Caucus]

    04/23/2011 8:52:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | April 22, 2011 | Contributing to this story were Anna Weaver in Washington, Peggy Weber in Springfield, Eddie O'Neill
    RCIA-ROUNDUP Apr-22-2011  Dioceses around US welcome new Catholics at Easter By Catholic News Service FORESTVILLE, Md. (CNS) -- Five days before the Easter Vigil, siblings Isaac, Olivia, Rosette and Adejia Gray were a little nervous as they talked about becoming Catholic. "There's going to be a big crowd," said seventh-grader Adejia. Her younger second-grade sibling Isaac nodded. Sixth grader-Rosette said, "Everybody's going to be staring at you." "I forget the position of the hands," said third-grader Olivia, about how to receive her first Communion. "You don't worry about a thing. You stick with Father," said Father Everett Pearson as he...
  • Easter vigil will welcome new Catholics [Catholic Caucus]

    04/23/2011 8:47:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | April 21, 2011 |
    Easter vigil will welcome new Catholics       April 21, 2011ARCHDIOCESE — A young adult raised in communist Cuba, an African woman who grew up as a Muslim, a U.S. Marine being deployed in June, and a former abortion clinic administrator, along with tens of thousands others around the country, are joining the Catholic Church in the United States at Easter. José Pujols, is one of the 148 elect in the Diocese of Paterson, N.J., who will receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. Growing up in Cuba, he never felt a part of a church....
  • Brazil buries 12 school kids killed by gunman (and AP covers of Islamic aspect)

    04/08/2011 11:25:21 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 8 April 2011 | MARCO SIBAJA
    Parents screamed in anguish and clung to coffins Friday as families began burying 12 children gunned down in the halls of their elementary school. A black police helicopter dropped white rose petals over mourners and a nation was left struggling for answers. snip A few details began to emerge about Oliveira: that he was a good student with a history of psychological problems who attended the Tasso school; that he showed a fascination with the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.; and that he spent a lot of time on his computer watching videos about how to fire weapons. snip The...
  • Swedish church: don't christen asylum seekers

    04/03/2011 3:15:42 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 17 replies ^ | 04/03/2011 | TT/The Local/gs
    The Church of Sweden has advised pastors to avoid christening asylum seekers that have converted to Christianity due to the risk of reprisals in the case of repatriation, reported news agency TT. One of the reasons for the recommendation is because it can cause danger and increase risks if a person who has converted to Christianity is later sent back to their home country. Another reason is that the motive for the christening can be questioned by some who suggest that asylum seekers convert to Christianity to increase their chances of staying in Sweden. The issue is being addressed in...
  • Atheistic Communists Forbid Christmas Mass in Vietnam

    12/30/2010 11:43:28 AM PST · by 0beron · 8 replies · 8+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/30/2010 | Tancred
    Communists Ban Christmas Mass in Vietnam Editor: too bad our Bishops don't make our Communists this angry and fearful. Vietnam...[kreuz/AsiaNews] Bishop Michel Hoang Đúc Oahn (72) from Kontum in the central highlands of Vietnam may not celebrate Christmas Mass. This was reported by the Old Liberal news agency 'AsiaNews'. The ban came from the district's Communist authority. That mountain people from the Diocese wanted to participate at that Mass, alerted the comrades to the celebration. Initially, there was no opposition: the ban came first on Christmas day when 'AsiaNews" mentioned that Msgr Hoang Đúc Oanh is famous for many conversions....
  • Giving the Catholic Church a Chance Behind Bars (many converts)

    12/15/2010 5:07:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 1+ views
    SecondExodus from Catholic Register ^ | November 3-9, 2002 | Joseph Pronechen
    Giving the Catholic Church a Chance Behind Bars Originally published in the National Catholic Register, November 3-9, 2002, by Joseph Pronechen, Register CorrespondentFairfax, Va. – Behind prison bars, inmates looking to change their lives are confronted with everything from anti-Catholic sects to isolation. But some can also find their way to Catholicism through the apostolate First Century Christian Ministries.In addition to the sacraments, “every Catholic prisoner interested should have access to…a good, solid Catholic Bible and good, solid orthodox Catholic material,” said Joseph Strada, chairman of First Century Christian Ministries board. A former career U.S. naval officer with a doctorate...
  • The RCIA Process -- The Rite of Acceptance

    12/05/2010 3:46:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | not given | and various
    The RCIA Process The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process of discerning and ritualizing stages of gradual conversion. Initiation of adults belongs to all the baptized. The process is about a relationship over time with both God and the Catholic community. It is the Church's method of a faith journey of conversion.The process has no time frame. Conversion occurs on God's time; not our time. The RCIA conversion process consists of four periods. The amount of time spent in each phase is dependent on individual needs and feelings. The Period of Evangelization or PrecatechumenateThe Period...
  • Why ARE so many modern British career women converting to Islam?

    10/27/2010 7:48:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 27, 2010 | Staff
    Tony Blair’s sister-in-law announced her conversion to Islam last weekend. Journalist Lauren Booth embraced the faith after what she describes as a ‘holy experience’ in Iran. She is just one of a growing number of modern British career women to do so. Here, writer EVE AHMED, who was raised as a Muslim before rejecting the faith, explores the reasons why.
  • Lauren Booth Converts to Islam After 'Holy Experience'

    10/24/2010 3:20:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies
    inn ^ | 10/24/10 | Chana Ya'ar
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, Lauren Booth, has converted to Islam after a trip to Iran. The 43-year-old broadcast journalist, who works for Iran’s English-language Press TV, said she had a “holy experience” while visiting the Fatima al-Masumeh shrine in the city of Qom, a “shot of spiritual morphine.” Upon her return to Britain, she told British publication The Mail in an interview published Sunday that she decided to immediately convert to Islam. “Now I don’t eat pork and I read the Koran every day. I’m on page 60,” she told the publication. “I also haven’t had a...
  • Jihad comes to the Bronx......... (acted independently ?YEAH RIGHT !!Heard that one before)

    05/22/2009 8:16:19 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 13 replies · 926+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | May 22nd, 2009 | Fern Sidman
    Is it possible that the Bronx Four operated alone, without any connection to foreign terrorists. In an elaborate sting operation, four African-American Muslim men were arrested Wednesday night in New York City for attempting to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and for conspiring to shoot down military planes at an Air National Guard base in Newburgh, NY. James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen were friends who had met while serving time in prison and it was there that they converted to Islam. The bombs in their possession were fake; supplied to them by an FBI informant...
  • Magazine: Growing Trend--Evangelicals ‘Crossing the Tiber’ to Catholicism

    08/07/2010 3:38:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2,886 replies · 2+ views ^ | August 6, 2010 | Michael Barber
    Friday, August 06, 2010 Magazine: Growing Trend--Evangelicals ‘Crossing the Tiber’ to Catholicism The magazine Religion Dispatches has a new piece up by Jonathan Fitzgerald, entitled, "Evangelicals ‘Crossing the Tiber’ to Catholicism: Under the radar of most observers a trend is emerging of evangelicals converting to Catholicism." As he points out, there are an increasing number Evangelicals coming into the Catholic Church. In fact, while my wife and I were at Fuller we witnessed this phenomenon firsthand. Indeed, students would come up and ask us if they could follow us to daily Mass (which was celebrated at a Catholic Church down...
  • 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.
  • Ex-Evangelical Protestant dissects conflict with Catholics

    07/25/2010 3:35:08 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 342 replies
    The Record ^ | Wednesday, 21 July 2010 | Anthony Barich
    Evangelical Protestants are taught to recruit Catholics by exploiting their lack of Bible knowledge, but use Scripture out of context to make Catholic beliefs look flawed. This is the claim of Catholic apologist Steve Ray, in Perth from the United States of America earlier this month as part of a national tour. Mr Ray used to take on this role. “We were trained to evangelise Catholics – we believed you are not saved, that you are going to hell as you follow the Pope instead of Jesus, you pray to Mary instead of God, you have tradition instead of Scripture,...
  • [Ecumenic] Dutch soccer player who scored winning goal against Brazil is Catholic convert

    07/06/2010 11:35:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies · 1+ views
    CNA ^ | Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 6, 2010 Dutch soccer player who scored winning goal against Brazil is Catholic convert Dutch soccer player Wesley Sneijder. Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 6, 2010 / 12:14 pm (CNA).- The Argentinean daily La Nacion featured a story this week on the Dutch soccer player Wesley Sneijder, who scored the winning goal against Brazil in the World Cup quarter finals last week. The article revealed his conversion and baptism, which took place shortly before he traveled to South Africa for the tournament.In an article entitled, “The Spiritual Goal of a Dutch Soccer Star,” journalist Mariano de Vedia said Sneijder arrived at...
  • New Catholics a sign of Easter blessing for church (in Oregon)

    04/20/2010 5:37:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies · 212+ views ^ | April 2010 | Ed Langlois
    New Catholics a sign of Easter blessing for churchBy Ed Langlois Surrounded by parishioners, Fr. David Jaspers lights the Easter candle during the Easter vigil at St. Joseph, Salem.Sentinel photo by Gerry Lewin As the sun set April 3, Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. It’s no coincidence that this was the night when the Catholic Church across Oregon welcomed about 900 new members — people revived via baptism and the other sacraments of initiation. At the same time, the arrival of new Catholics breathes vitality into the church as a whole.One of those freshly initiated believers withstood fierce pressure,...
  • Former Protestant Pastor Helps Shepherd Catholic Converts (Marcus Grodi)

    01/20/2010 10:38:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies · 624+ views ^ | OCT. 8, 2003 |
    Former Protestant Pastor Helps Shepherd Catholic Converts Marcus Grodi's Coming Home Network Focuses on Inquiring Clergy ZANESVILLE, Ohio, OCT. 8, 2003 ( Every year, about 100 clergy from dozens of denominations make a step toward the Catholic Church by contacting the Coming Home Network International. The network, which has 800-some clergy members who have converted or are still discerning their conversion, connects those inquirers with others from the same background who have converted to Catholicism, and provides them with prayerful, moral and sometimes financial support. Marcus Grodi, who was a Congregationalist and Presbyterian pastor before coming into the Catholic Church...