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  • 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 · 1 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...
  • Coming Home Network: a Catholic apostolate for converts

    01/20/2010 10:35:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies · 237+ views ^ | not given | Marcus Grodi
    Coming Home Network: a Catholic apostolate for converts Marcus Grodi The following quote from a Protestant minister on the "journey home" to the Catholic Church best describes the reason the Coming Home Network International exists:"I am a Protestant minister with a family of five. However, after many years of searching, study, prayer, and at times painful disagreement, my wife and I now know that I must resign from my pastorate so that our family can come home to the Catholic Church. We are not scared. We have been completely broken down and now have nothing to do but trust Him....
  • Two Iranian Christians released

    11/19/2009 11:36:33 PM PST · by myknowledge · 20 replies · 800+ views
    Mission Network News ^ | November 19, 2009
    Iran (MNN) ― It is with great joy that Open Doors confirms the release of Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, today. For around nine months, the two Iranian Christian women have been held in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Maryam Rostampour and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad, two Christian converts from Islam, were released from Evin Prison in Tehran on Wednesday. Iran (MNN) ― It is with great joy that Open Doors confirms the release of Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, today. For around nine months, the two Iranian Christian women have been held in the notorious...
  • FBI Gunfight Leaves Mich. Suspect Dead: Suspect Was Leader of Sect Seeking Islamic State in U.S.

    10/28/2009 9:26:28 PM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies · 974+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/28/2009 | JASON RYAN and PIERRE THOMAS
    FBI agents hoping to break up an alleged interstate crime ring dealing in arson, fraud and possibly stolen vehicles, ended up in a gunfight at a Detroit-area warehouse, after which a suspect lay dead. The FBI sought to arrest Luqman Ameen Abdullah, a.k.a. Christopher Thomas, 53, who a criminal complaint said was the imam of a radical fundamentalist Sunni group called Masjid Al-Haqq that seeks to establish a sovereign Islamic state inside the United States... Abdullah and 10 others were charged today in a criminal complaint with conspiracy and theft of interstate shipments, mail fraud to obtain the proceeds of...
  • Radical imam killed in FBI raid in U.S.; Ontario residents sought

    10/28/2009 5:46:37 PM PDT · by fanfan · 44 replies · 1,136+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Oct 28, 2009 | Star staff
    DETROIT–A man described as a leader of a radical Sunni Islam group in the U.S. was fatally shot this afternoon while resisting arrest and exchanging gunfire with federal agents, authorities said. Agents at a warehouse in Dearborn were trying to arrest Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. Ten followers listed in a criminal complaint were also being rounded up in the area. Three – Mujahid Carswell, 30, Mohammad Alsahi, 33, and Yassir Ali Khan, 30 – are Ontario residents, the FBI said in a release. Abdullah...
  • Catholic Spain Has a New Herald: Juan Manuel de Prada

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

    03/26/2009 3:34:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 920+ views
    IPT News - An IPT Investigation ^ | March 25, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "For all his public activity, Bray has rarely, if ever, discussed his life story in detail. His own MAS biography offers vague descriptions of his work as "a long time civil and human rights advocate." A charismatic African-American convert to Islam, Bray spent this entire decade working for Islamist organizations. Prior to joining MAS, Bray was political director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Those jobs have helped him build a growing public profile and given him access to politicians and policy makers. And that may explain his reluctance to discuss his life before political activism. The Investigative...
  • Man who idolized American-born Taliban fighter charged in alleged Ill. courthouse bomb plot

    09/24/2009 2:25:49 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 1,183+ views ^ | Sept. 24, 2009 | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO (AP) — A 29-year-old Illinois man who idolized American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh has been arrested after attempting to detonate what he thought was a bomb inside a van outside a federal courthouse, officials said Thursday. Michael C. Finton, also known as Talib Islam, was arrested Wednesday and charged in a criminal complaint with one count of attempting to murder federal officers or employees and trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. Federal officials said the case has no connections with the major terrorism investigation under way in Colorado and New York. "This alleged plot drives home...
  • hbishop O’Brien welcomes 10 Episcopal nuns, priest into Catholic Church

    09/04/2009 8:30:38 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 11 replies · 1,118+ views
    The Catholic Review ^ | Sept. 3, 2009 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    A spiritual journey that began seven years ago ended in the sanctuary of a Catonsville convent Sept. 3 when 10 Episcopal nuns and their priest chaplain were received into full communion with the Catholic Church. In administering the sacrament of confirmation, Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien traced a cross on the foreheads of each candidate as he anointed them with sacred chrism oil and called on them to be sealed with the Holy Spirit. The sisters then renewed their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as some 120 worshipers looked on.
  • Episcopal nuns join Catholic Church

    09/04/2009 8:13:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 1,476+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 4, 2009
    Churches and whole dioceses have left the Episcopal Church since the 2003 consecretation of an openly gay bishop brought a lonstanding divide over homosexuality within the nation's sixth-largest Protestant denomination out into the open. But on Thursday, 10 Episcopal nuns from a Catonsville convent took what scholars say is the unprecedented step of joining the Catholic Church. At a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, each vowed to continue their tradition of consecrated life, now as a religious institute within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. "We know our beliefs and where we are," Mother Christina Christie, superior of All Saints...
  • The Catholic Truth: Where To Begin

    07/22/2009 3:51:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies · 318+ views
    The Catholic Truth ^ | not given | The Catholic Truth
    Where To Begin   Now that you have decided to learn more about your Catholic Faith, where do you begin? Rather than point you to a text book or a list of facts, our unique 10-step plan uses a more "holistic" approach to teaching the Catholic Faith.  In addition to presenting the teachings of the Catholic Church, our method also makes use of the Sacraments, prayer, Sacred Scripture and the intercession of The Blessed Mother.  You will also have the ability to ask us questions and receive prompt responses.    The benefit of this approach is that, in addition...
  • Kirby: Breaking in converts, one goat at a time

    07/05/2009 3:22:15 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies · 764+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | July 3, 2009 | Robert Kirby
    I grew up in the era of headlong evangelism by the LDS church. We were out to convert the world. Back then, it was "every young man on a mission" and "every member a missionary." The church didn't just leave it to our imagination how to accomplish this. Full-time missionaries were expected to memorize verbatim an entire series of official gospel "discussions." Regular members were exhorted to ask acquaintances, complete strangers, or anyone who held still for five seconds, "What do you know about the Mormon Church, and would you like to know more?" I did the first one on...