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  • Frankensteins' Monster Redux The Creation of a Muslim Caliphate

    08/22/2014 9:29:23 PM PDT · by yldstrk
    blog ^ | unknown | Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel
    As the world watches the never-ending saga of the Israeli and Gazan conflict, civilized countries of the world are looking away from a very serious genocidal attack that is taking place in one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, the Assyrian Christian population of Mosul, Iraq, which is now controlled by ISIS. A couple of weeks ago, the Islamic Jihadists issued the following ultimatum: If they did not leave by July 19th, they would all have to convert to Islam, pay a fine, or face death by the sword. Within a few days, 3000 of the Assyrian Christians...
  • NY Christian Couple Fined $13,000 for Refusing Lesbian Wedding Ceremony on Farm

    08/22/2014 6:09:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    A New York judge issued a Christian family a $13,000 fine after the family's refusal to allow a same-sex couple to use their family farm, which they live on and rent out for various events and ceremonies, as the venue for the couple's wedding ceremony. Cynthia and Robert Gifford's denial of the same-sex ceremony was ruled a violation of the state's Human Rights Law and deemed to have "unlawfully discriminated against complainants" by administrative judge Migdalia Peres in her ruling. Additionally, the family will have to post an anti-discrimination poster on their farm for everyone to see. The Giffords live...
  • Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution (wear religious symbols)

    08/22/2014 3:17:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cns ^ | August 22, 2014 | Blanca Ruiz
    A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need-USA. Erbil, Iraq, Aug 22, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and the people do not hide their tattoos of crosses or their...
  • Papal envoy: Francis donated $1 million to Iraqi refugees

    08/22/2014 3:12:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | August 22, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who traveled to Iraq Aug. 12-20 as Pope Francis' personal envoy, speaks to CNA in Rome, Aug. 22, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Aug 22, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis' envoy from Aug. 12-20. Erbil, where more than 70,000 Christians have fled from the...
  • A Letter on Divine Worship (Sign of Peace in the Latin Rite)

    08/22/2014 2:12:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 22, 2014 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published a Circular Letter entitled “The Ritual Expression of the Gift of Peace at Mass” on July 8.  Pope Francis approved it the previous day and ordered its publication. The letter treats the question of the Sign of Peace, resolving the question whether the Holy See would move the Sign of Peace to earlier in the Mass. The decision was made to leave the Sign of Peace where it is. The Letter explains: In the Roman liturgical tradition, the exchange of peace is placed before Holy Communion with its...
  • Catholic school superintendent takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

    08/22/2014 1:33:28 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/22/14 | John Stegeman
    Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrigs disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the schools campus. The challenge has taken the nation by storm to raise money in support of research into the disease, which is formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure and no proven treatments. In the challenge, people are asked to share videos through...
  • Spectators hard-hitting commentary on pontificate of Pope Francis

    08/22/2014 11:31:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 21, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At The Spectator there is a must read piece by Damian Thompson for anyone who is puzzled about what Pope Francis may be up to, especially in regard to the Roman Curia.Here is an excerpt with my emphases: [...]As a Latin American who didn’t know his way around Rome when he became pope, he approaches the Curia as an outsider. That is why the cardinals elected him. They did not imagine that this previously austere figure, who even as a prince of the church travelled on buses dressed as a simple priest, would turn on the charm for journalists and...
  • UCSSB Calls for Special Collection For Victims Of Violence In The Middle East (Catholic related)

    08/22/2014 11:11:30 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 7 replies
    Patheos Blog ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | Lisa M. Hendey
    If youve been watching the nightly news and wondering how in the world you can possibly help amidst the rising tide of violence that seems to be running rampant, mark your calendars for September 6-7. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a special collection that will enable each of us to help with the work being done by Catholic Relief Services, Caritas, and other Catholic agencies in the region. CRS food distribution. CRS food distribution. Over at the CRS website, youll find a comprehensive overview of steps...
  • Today is a miraculous day: Dr. Kent Brantly speaks after recovering from Ebola

    08/22/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    To cleanse the palate, your feelgood video of the day. Skip to 5:00 for Brantly’s portion of the presser; he speaks for more than seven minutes but the key bit, in which he describes coming down with Ebola, comes in the first three minutes. I didn’t know what to expect when I heard he’d be released but I’m surprised regardless at how fully he seems to have recovered. According to his own timeline, it’s been slightly less than a month between the moment he began to feel unwell and today’s triumphant reemergence. I’m curious to know how he thinks...
  • How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

    08/22/2014 5:17:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/22/2014 | By Alexander Griswold
    By now, weve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue. These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isnt so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people...
  • Catholic, Orthodox patriarchs visit Irbil to support displaced Iraqis

    08/21/2014 2:33:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | August 20, 2014 | Doreen Abi Raad
    BEIRUT (CNS) -- A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Irbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants. Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholics, said the Aug. 20 trip was "a first step in the implementation of the statement issued by the patriarchs," referring to a special summit Aug. 7 to address the crisis facing Christians in Iraq and Syria. ebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, the patriarch of Maronite Catholics who headed a delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs...
  • Kurdish forces retake 2 Christian villages; crosses restored to churches

    08/21/2014 1:02:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist forces. Christian residents who returned to Tel Isqof were shocked by the level of destruction committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Assyrian International News Agency reported. They restored crosses to their churches before beginning the task of cleaning up their town. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to other sites, in a new window. Interactive Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Los Angeles...
  • Why South Korea is so distinctively Christian

    08/21/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/21/2014
    SOUTH KOREA, a dynamo of growth, is also afire with faith. This week Pope Francis will spend five days there, for Asian Youth Day and to beatify 124 early martyrs. About 5.4m of South Koreas 50m people are Roman Catholics. Perhaps 9m more are Protestants, of many stripes. Yoido Full Gospel Churchs 1m members form the largest Pentecostal congregation on Earth. Beliefs farther shores include the Unification Church, soon to mark the anniversary of its founder Sun-myung Moons "ascension". The late Yoo Byung-eun, the shifty and versatile tycoon behind the ferry Sewol which sank in April, killing 304 mostly teenage...
  • China accused of crime against Christianity

    08/21/2014 12:07:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/21/2014 | By Tom Phillips, Shanghai
    An ongoing demolition campaign targeting churches in eastern China represents a crime against Christianity and threatens to foment social unrest, a group of Chinese lawyers has warned. Hundreds of churches in Zhejiang province have suffered partial or complete demolition this year as part of what activists describe as a major crackdown designed to slow the growth of Chinese congregations. The anti-church campaign resulted in bloodshed in late July when hundreds of security forces launched a pre-dawn raid on Salvation Church in Wenzhou, a city sometimes referred to as Chinas Jerusalem, in an attempt to remove its cross. One Christian suffered...
  • Satanist Claims Catholic Priest Gave Him Host for Black Mass

    08/20/2014 7:00:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 8/20/14 | John Burger
    Archbishop Coakley sues satanic group to hand over consecrated Host.With one month to go before a satanic group in Oklahoma City a public black mass, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is suing to force the group to hand over a consecrated Host it claims to have. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the District Court of Oklahoma County, claims Satanic leader Adam Daniels and his religious organization, the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, have "unlawfully taken possession of property belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, specifically a Consecrated Host." Daniels, who has claimed publicly to have the Host, clarified in an interview...
  • China to Pope Francis: Dont Interfere with Religion

    08/20/2014 6:51:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/20/14 | Josephine Mckenna
    VATICAN CITY China has reacted cautiously to a bid by Pope Francis to open new dialogue with Beijing, with some officials quick to warn the Vatican not to interfere with the countrys religion. On his return flight from a five-day tour of South Korea, Francis said he was ready to go to China For sure! Tomorrow! after receiving a positive response to two goodwill telegrams he sent to President Xi Jinping as the pope flew over Chinese airspace. We respect the Chinese people, Francis told journalists on the return flight Monday (Aug. 18). The church only asks...
  • Considering three factors at play in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | August 20, 2014 | Mary Ann McGivern
    I want to consider three things in this blog: first, the harm that has been done; second, our white gaze; and third, nonviolent direct action. The harm Michael Brown is dead at 18. He graduated from high school and was headed for college. The promise of his life is gone. He leaves behind parents and brothers and sisters, extended family, friends, neighbors, teachers. His body lay in the street for hours and the watchers, standing outside the yellow crime-scene tape, must have been harmed by that experience. For all of them, Michael's death leaves a lifelong void. What can be...
  • St. Louis archbishop urges prayers for peace to calm chaos in streets of Ferguson

    08/20/2014 2:16:55 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Catholic News Service
    Residents of Ferguson are struggling to find peace in the chaos that has followed the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer and as people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest, said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis. We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing, he said in an Aug. 18 letter to Catholics of the archdiocese. After visiting Ferguson, about 11 miles from downtown St. Louis, and offering prayers at a memorial there to 18-year-old Michael Brown, Archbishop Carlson said he has...
  • College Prof Calls Catholic Church Barbaric, Sexist, and Medieval

    08/20/2014 2:02:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 20, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    Professor Jerry A. Coyne, professor of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Chicago, wrote one of the nastiest anti-Catholic diatribes I've read in a while; painting the Church as barbaric, sexist, and medieval and accusing it for torturing women. And then because he was still feeling it, he compared the Church to the most evilest of organizations in his estimation - The National Rifle Association. Insert gasp here. And The New Republic saw nothing wrong with this and decided to publish it. The issue at hand has to do with a woman in Ireland (but not a citizen there)...
  • These Charts Show How The World Feels About 8 Moral Issues

    08/20/2014 9:19:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/20/2014 | CHRISTINA STERBENZ
    What people find morally acceptable and unacceptable depends on where they live in the world.The charts below from thePew Research Center's Global Attitudes Projectshow people's views on eight topics, often considered moral issues: extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol consumption, divorce, and contraceptives.Pew surveyed 40,117 respondents in 40 different countries in 2013 to obtain the data.The first graphic below gives the median response across the world. People were the most disapproving of extramarital affairs, with 78% calling them morally "unacceptable," while14% of respondents, the lowest in the survey, felt contraceptive use was "unacceptable."Topics like premarital sex and alcohol...
  • Francis Outlook on the Conflict in Iraq

    08/19/2014 4:01:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 19, 2014 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    The Pope recalls the teaching of the Catechism about the legitimacy of halting aggressors, but he does not endorse American bombings. He also reminds us of the consequences of recent wars waged by Western powers in the area and values the role of the United Nations ANDREA TORNIELLIVatican City Today we are in a world at war, everywhere! Someone told me: you know, Father, that we are witnessing the Third World War - but waged in chunks, in different chapters. Francis words on war, and on the bombs that kill both guilty and innocent alike, hitting women and children, describe...
  • Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before trips, archbishop reveals

    08/19/2014 2:52:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | August 19, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Pope Francis and Archbishop Georg Ganswein in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Aug 19, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before any international trip Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI, a key Vatican archbishop revealed, noting the good relations between the two and how Pope Francis is carrying forward Benedict's vision.   Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, who serves as prefect of the Pontifical Household, spoke in an all-out interview Aug. 15 with the Austrian Catholic press agency in “Kath.net” while he was in the diocese in Freibourg. There he led  Aug....
  • New Ukrainian Orthodox head to face questions of independence

    08/19/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | August 19, 2014 | Sofia Kochmar
    Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) was elected to his post Aug. 13, 2014. Credit: Maksym Brusnika. Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug 19, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly elected head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate must decide whether that Church can be independent from Russia, Ukraine's eastern neighbor with which it is in conflict, analysts say. On Aug. 13, Metropolitan Onufriy was elected Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, making him the primate of the UOC-MP, which is one of the three primary Orthodox Churches in Ukraine. He...
  • In Defense of Christians Summit - Sep. 9-11, 2014

    08/19/2014 1:46:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    idcsummit ^ | August 18, 2014
    The mission of IDC is threefold: awareness, advocacy and unity. First, IDC hopes to increase awareness among our fellow citizens, the media, and policymakers about the faith and courage of those persecuted individuals and communities in the Middle East, particularly Christians and religious minorities, whose plight is worsening by the day. We are told in Hebrews 13 to continue to remember those mistreated as if we ourselves are suffering. As Christians, we are called to band together to shine a bright light on this ongoing, deteriorating situation in the Middle East, and to make it an issue of urgency for...
  • Gods Not Dead, But Some Are Trying: Why are they so angry at someone who doesn't exist?

    08/19/2014 9:23:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/19/2014 | Andrew Klavan
    Take a look at some of these reviews for the religious indie hit God’s Not Dead [1]:From Britain’s Socialist newspaper The Guardian [2]: ”This warped evangelist item… veers from the suspect… to the outright hateful: by the jawdropping climax, wherein a preacher is effectively granted divine right to mow down non-believers, ‘doing God’s work’ has become indistinguishable from Grand Theft Auto. Ban this sick filth.”Here’s one from Movie Nation [3]: ”It’s a movie where rare is the voice that is raised, but deep is the rage bubbling through its rabid anti-intellectualism. When a non-believer is considered to be better...
  • Killing in the name of God is devilish.

    08/19/2014 3:34:49 AM PDT · by Newfenceland · 16 replies
    It is really shocking to know about the atrocities done is Syria and Iraq in the name of God. No God, no religion exhorts to kill in His name. If there is anyone who upholds the idea of killing in the name of God, he is a devils child, he belongs to the devils religion, and his master is none but devil. It is disgraceful to know that those in the Middle East, either religious heads or political heads do not react to these brutalities. We need to look at our fellow beings as human beings, not as Muslims or...
  • Pope Endorses "Force" To Stop ISIS

    08/18/2014 2:32:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 18, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    In his most explicit statement yet, the Pope endorses the use of force to stop the monsters of ISIS, well, as close as he is likely to come. ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. Francis also said he and his advisers were considering whether he might go to northern Iraq himself to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. But he said he was holding off...
  • Recalcitrant LCWR Digs in Its Heels at Nashville Meeting

    08/18/2014 2:22:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 16, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    Fireworks this week, as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious met in Nashville for their 2014 annual meeting.The meeting marks the first time the women’s religious had met since Vatican officials imposed a requirement last April that the group pre-clear its speakers’ lists with Rome.LCWR leadership had snubbed their noses at that request–instead presenting their highest award, the Outstanding Leadership Award, to Fordham University’s Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, who is considered one of the architects of feminist theology. Sister Johnson’s book Quest for the Living God has been called by the U.S. Bishops’ Conference “seriously inadequate as a presentation of...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    08/18/2014 10:12:58 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    8-18-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 44:21,22 "O Israel, I'll Never Forget you! I've Wiped the Slate of All your Wrongdoings. There's Nothing Left of your Sins. Come Back to Me, Come Back. I've Redeemed you."
  • Actor Kevin Sorbo Not Too Fond of Atheists; Says They're Always 'So Angry'

    08/18/2014 5:47:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Actor Kevin Sorbo who starred in the Christian film, "God's Not Dead," says he did not have reservations about taking on an atheist role for the movie but he admits that he does not understand the logic behind atheist's lack of beliefs and why they are "so angry." Sorbo, who is most famous for the '90s TV series "Hercules," played an atheist professor in the film whose belief system is challenged by one of his Christian students. He recently sat down with Access Hollywood Live to discuss the film's success and his take on skeptics. "I'm a Christian myself and...
  • "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims"

    08/18/2014 4:18:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 16, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Archbishop of Mosul: "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims" Armenian Orthodox church in Raqqa, Syria, now an ISIS office Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again...
  • Pope Touches Masses In Last Day of Asia Trip

    08/17/2014 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    CBSNews ^ | August17, 2014 | SETH DOANE
    By SETH DOANE CBS NEWS August 17, 2014 Pope Touches Masses In Last Day of Asia Trip On the last full day of his trip to Asia today, Pope Francis appeared to make the most visible outreach yet to China and other countries in the region that do not have diplomatic relations with the Vatican. Saying that "Christians do not come as conquerors," he urged beginning a "fraternal" dialogue. Speaking to thousands of youth this afternoon, Pope Francis called on them to serve the marginalized and the lonely. "Asian youth, wake up," the pope said. The pope started his day...
  • Commander-in-Chief spreads Christian Faith in Military

    08/17/2014 6:50:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com ^ | August 17, 2014 | William J. Federer
    After having the Declaration of Independence read to his troops, General George Washington issued the order, July 9, 1776: "Commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure Chaplains...persons of good Characters and exemplary lives - To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon religious exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavour so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier, defending the...
  • Jesus Christ - The ONLY TRUE Friend of the Black Man!

    08/17/2014 5:38:24 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 14 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/18/14
    The only TRUE friend of the black man and woman in this fallen world today is not the WHITE secular liberal Democratic Party, who for centuries has been nothing but an oppressing master to them; it is not even the conservative Christian though they have always been there for the black population throughout history. The ONLY TRUE FRIEND of the Black man and women is none other than the ETERNAL Son of God who stretched forth His hands on an old rugged cross 2000 years ago and died in OUR (red, yellow, black or white) stead for OUR transgressions against...
  • 5 Ways the Quran Explains Todays Headlines

    08/17/2014 7:51:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/17/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Nihad Awad of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has claimed [2] that “research has shown that anti-Islam prejudice goes down when people interact with ordinary Muslims and have greater knowledge of Islam.” Accordingly, he says, “it might also be a good idea for Americans of other faiths to borrow a Quran from a Muslim friend, neighbor or co-worker. In that way, knowledge may be increased as bonds of friendship are formed.”Awad is right. Americans should read the Quran. If they did, they would find that it makes sense of a great many recent events that might otherwise remain...
  • Unwed Celebrity Mom Does Breastfeeding Pictorial

    08/17/2014 7:30:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 43 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 17, 2014 | JP
    Actress Olivia Wilde is featured on the cover of the September issue of Glamour magazine. Inside the glossy is an article in which Wilde talks about what life is like for her being a working mom. An article featuring the vacuous ramblings of the newby mom (I wasnt going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother, she told her interviewer) would be unworthy of comment here were it not for the pictorial that accompanied the article. Or, more specifically, the photo of Wilde sitting in the booth of some Hollywood diner, glammed up in a Roberto Cavalli dress,...
  • 800,000 watch as Pope Francis moves 124 Korean martyrs closer to sainthood

    08/17/2014 5:31:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Register ^ | August 16, 2014 | SIMONE ORENDAIN
    Pope Francis celebrates the beatification Mass of Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 martyred companions in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 16.CNS photo/Paul Haring SEOUL, South Korea - Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance. The sun was searing as Bishop Francis Ahn Myong-ok of Masan, president of the commission for the beatification, asked the pope to pronounce the martyrs blessed. After hearing a brief collective biography of 124 of the original founders of the Korean Catholic Church, Pope Francis pronounced the...
  • UKRAINE: Apparition of the Virgin Mary warned significant historical events

    08/17/2014 5:24:26 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/arkhimtikhon?fref=photo ^ | 8/17/2014 | Tikon Sergiy Kulbaka
    The unique history of the Grušìvs′kogo wonders of the nearest our modernity. Apparition of the Virgin Mary's 12-year-old girl Kìzim April 26, 1987 on the balcony of začinenogo Temple has warned significant historical events – the collapse of the USSR, the exit of the underground Church, the revival of the Ukrainian State. The small village of Hrushiv, which thus became known all over Ukraine, already had its rich history, which goes back to the late 18th century. On the site of the present Church grew willow. In the old tree formed hollow, where miraculously appeared in the source. Locals say...
  • Pope Francis' Korean Surprises (shuns helicopter for train)

    08/17/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    ZNA ^ | August 16, 2014
    During his apostolic voyage to South Korea, the Holy Father has not lost his ability to surprise.Yesterday, the 77-year-old Pontiff not only opted to take a high-speed train from Seoul to Daejeon rather than the scheduled-helicopter, but he also called in on Jesuits in the capital. To reach Daejeon after celebrating Mass on the feast of the Assumption, the Pope gave up the helicopter and preferred to board the KTX high-speed train, despite never having been on a high-speed train before.The train left the station shortly before 9am and covered the 90 miles between the two cities in 50 minutes.According to...
  • Pope Francis prays at Korean cemetery for aborted babies

    08/17/2014 5:06:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2014
    Credit: Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea. Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 07:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- En route from visiting a rehabilitation center in Kkottognae and on his way to meet with Korean religious, Pope Francis stopped and prayed for a few minutes at local cemetery for aborted children. The Holy Father got out of the Kia Pope Mobile in which he was being transported to pray at this location, accompanied by a Korean Bishop and a priest acting as his translator. With his hands clasped together, Pope Francis prayed in silence before this cemetery...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/16/2014 10:07:28 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    August 16, 2014 | Irish Rose
    The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name he is holy. The King is mighty, he loves justice you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right. Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy. (Psalm 99:1-5)
  • Who me? Let go?

    A teaching on Choice 3 of Life's Healing Choices, a book used by the Celebrate Recovery 12 Step ministry of Victory Church, Audubon, Pennsylvania. Learn how to access the power of God to overcome bondages and addiction. Here the rest of the "I once was..." series at
  • Muhammed Is Britain's Most Popular Boys Name

    08/15/2014 7:22:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/15/14 | Andre Walker
    As exclusively reported by Breitbart London last week, Muhammed has been crowned Britain's most popular boys name in figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today. The name of the Muslim prophet beat Oliver as the most popular boys name chosen by parents in Britain in 2013. As a result of the way the statistics are put together, the name does not appear to have won, as the ONS classifies each of the different spellings as a different entry on the list. This means that "Muhammad" came in 15th with 3,499 children but "Mohammed" was 23rd with 2,887...
  • Pope Francis in South Korea: Three Things to Know

    08/15/2014 4:00:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 15, 2014 | JOHN PAUL SHIMEK
    Hours ago, Pope Francis began his first Apostolic visit to Asia. After an overnight flight from Rome, which took the Roman Pontiff through Chinese airspacea first in the chronicles of the acts of the popesthe man from the ends of the earth landed at Seouls Incheon Airport and met and addressed (in English) South Korean President Park Guen-Hye and other dignitaries, including the President of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, and the Primate of South Korea and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung.No doubt the papal pilgrimage is of great and especial interest...
  • '10 Things I Hate About You' star starts his own religion

    08/15/2014 3:03:19 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/15/2014 | ETonline
    You may remember Andrew Keegan as the teen dad on "7th Heaven," the bad boy Zach in "Camp Nowhere" or the high school heartthrob/jerk in "10 Things I Hate About You." But for many, he's now the leader of a "spiritual movement" in Los Angeles' Venice Beach. Vice reports that the 35-year-old has made a major career transition and is now overseeing the new-age church Full Circle. Though even the members don't seem super certain of the mission statement of the religion, there is a talking parrot named Krishna and a guy named Third Eye who greets you at the...
  • Pope Francis to baptize father of Korean ferry disaster victim

    08/15/2014 2:11:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | August 15, 2014
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience, May 21, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Seoul, South Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This Saturday Pope Francis will baptize 62-year-old Lee Ho-Jin, the father of one of the victims from the Sewol Ferry tragedy earlier this year in which close to 280 mostly young students were killed. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNA that the Pope met with some of the family members from the ferry tragedy before a Mass with thousands of Koreans at the World Cup stadium in Daejon. He...
  • Pope to Asian youth: Are you ready to say 'yes' to Christ?

    08/15/2014 1:53:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | August 15, 2014
    Pope Francis speaks during his meeting with young people for Asian Youth Day August 15, 2014. Credit: EWTN. Daejeon, South Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an Aug. 15 meeting with Asian youth, Pope Francis emphasized the need to respond joyfully to God’s call in order to carry the hope of Christ to a world that desperately needs it. “Dear young friends, in this generation the Lord is counting on you!” he told throngs of young people from across the Asian continent. “Are you ready to say ‘yes’ to him? Are you ready?” “Just as the...
  • State-Run New Mexico Museum Scrambled to Cover Up Collaboration with Atheistic Groups

    08/15/2014 10:43:31 AM PDT · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Evolution News dot org ^ | 6-26-14 | Casey Luskin
    State-Run New Mexico Museum Scrambled to Cover Up Collaboration with Atheistic Groups by Casey Luskin In previous articles this week (here and here) we saw that New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) worked with atheist groups to put on 2014 Darwin Day events that included anti-religious lectures. While the taxpayer-funded and publicly operated museum actively outreached to evolutionary atheist groups to involve them in the events, the partnership excluded participation by groups with other viewpoints, raising serious constitutional questions about freedom of speech and state endorsement of a religious belief, namely atheism. That's bad enough. The situation...
  • Pope addresses South Korean leaders in English!

    08/14/2014 6:56:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | August 14, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ first major address during his Apostolic Voyage – to Korea’s political and civil leaders – was also one of his first speeches in English. Sean Patrick Lovett, the head of Vatican Radio’s English section, was in Seoul, and reports on the reaction to the Pope’s words: Listen to Sean Patrick Lovett's report from Seoul: Many of the English-speaking journalists here at the Press Centre in Seoul were so excited about hearing Pope Francis pronounce his first speech in Korea in their language, they almost forgot to listen to what he said. Nearly all of them...
  • Chronicle of Higher Education: Stop Accrediting Christian Colleges

    08/14/2014 5:53:42 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 20 replies
    An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education argues that accreditation ought to be denied to Christian colleges that require professors to sign statements of faith or otherwise draw lines around what is regarded as acceptable teaching and research. This seems like an obvious next step in the current march of secular intolerance, so I expect well be hearing more arguments like this in the future: ** Why does accreditation matter? Aside from the traditional goal of conferring legitimacy on colleges and their programs, accreditation has taken on a far more consequential role: Students attending institutions that are not accredited...