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  • Controversial Christian cartoonist [Jack Chick]...dies aged 92 [trunc]

    10/25/2016 6:51:26 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10.25.16 | Ted Thornhill
    Full title: Controversial Christian cartoonist [Jack Chick] who mocked minorities and said Harry Potter was satanic dies aged 92. Jack T. Chick died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday evening His cartoon tracts vilified secular society, evolution and homosexuality They portrayed rock music and Harry Potter as literal traps of the Devil
  • United Church of Christ Pastor Celebrates Planned Parenthood, Prays for “Right to Choose”

    10/24/2016 6:28:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | October 24, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    One of the key principles of the Christian faith is that all human lives are valuable because they are created in the image of God, and therefore killing an innocent human being is a grave evil. However, a few Christians stray from these teachings and argue that women should have a “right” to abort their unborn child’s life. Neichelle Guidry Jones, a United Church of Christ pastor from Chicago, is one of them. Last week, she praised and prayed for Planned Parenthood as it celebrated its 100th anniversary, Charisma News reports. “We celebrate today that on Oct. 16, 1916, Margaret...
  • Muslims Stage Massive Protest, Chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Outside Rome’s Colosseum

    10/24/2016 5:54:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/16 | Thomas Williams
    Thousands of Muslims gathered in protest outside Rome’s Colosseum Friday after Italian authorities shut down a number of so-called “garage mosques” to avoid young people becoming radicalized. The Muslim community of Rome chose the iconic Colosseum, a worldwide symbol of Christian persecution and martyrdom, to stage their demonstration against the alleged shutting down by police of illegal places of Muslim worship in the city. An imam led the group in chanting “Allahu Akbar,” which means in Arabic “God is great,” as they prostrated themselves on the ground. Many Roman citizens were visibly disturbed by the protest, noting that in its...
  • Permanent Imam Is Appointed at Hagia Sophia

    10/24/2016 5:48:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | 10/21/16 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    The position of Imam at Hagia Sophia that was established in 1936 but remained vacant for years has now been filled, as a permanent Imam has been appointed. “Now out of the four minarets of Hagia Sophia we will be hearing the voice of the Imam five times a day when until now it was only twice a day,” Turkish media reported. According to the decision of the Mufti of Fatih district and the Religious Affairs Service where Hagia Sophia belongs, the new permanent Imam will be responsible for all prayers of the day, Eleftheros Typos newspaper reports. Hagia Sophia,...
  • Catholic university prohibits ‘Unborn Lives Matter’ posters on campus

    10/24/2016 1:10:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    The nation’s largest Catholic university told a group of pro-life students that it could not display posters reading “Unborn Lives Matter,” lest they provoke the Black Lives Matter movement. In a letter to the College Republicans, DePaul University president Father Dennis Holtschneider said the posters contained “bigotry” veiled “under the cover of free speech,” the Daily Wire reported. “By our nature, we are committed to developing arguments and exploring important issues that can be steeped in controversy and, oftentimes, emotion,” Mr. Holtschneider said in the letter. “Yet there will be times when some forms of speech challenge our grounding in...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/24/2016 11:37:50 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    10-24-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 118:1 O Give Thanks to the LORD, for He is Good; For His Lovingkindness is Everlasting.
  • Bringing back the dead… Catholic style

    10/23/2016 3:54:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 23, 2016 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    Forget about ghosts and goblins on Halloween; how about a walk through a dark cemetery where dead people who once walked the earth appear out of nowhere and talk to you about life and death, heaven and hell?The “Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk” in Emmitsburg, Maryland has provided such an experience every October for the past 12 years. Held in the historic cemetery on the grounds of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine, it’s the brainchild of Fr. Brian Nolan, chaplain for Mount Saint Mary’s University.The idea for the walk was inspired by a haunted house at Mount Saint...
  • The 38 Albanian Martyrs That Died Crying “Long Live Christ the King!”

    10/23/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 10/23/16
    When Pope Francis traveled to Albania two years ago, the testimony of priests and religious leaders who lived under the oppression of the communist regime left him speechless. Now, the 38 people who did not survive torture and died as victims of hatred for the faith have been declared martyrs and will soon be beatified. MSGR. ANGELO MASSAFRA Archbishop of Shkodra (Albania)"In the group of 38 martyrs, the last person was killed in '74 because he secretly baptised someone. The priest was also betrayed and was shot. Before being killed, they used to shout "Long live Christ the King!" like...
  • Pastor at NY church pleads guilty in 14-hour beating

    10/22/2016 9:24:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Boroff
    The pastor of a central New York church where two brothers were beaten during a 14-hour "counseling session" pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and assault. Three other members of the Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford agreed to less serious charges for their roles in the beatings that killed Lucas Leonard, 19, and injured his 17-year-old brother Christopher. Pastor Tiffanie Irwin, her brother Joseph Irwin and mother-and-son church members Linda and David Morey are the last of nine people to be convicted in the brutal attack that investigators say took place after the victims discussed leaving the congregation.
  • Muslim Children As Young As Five In Pakistan Are Being Taught To Hate Christians, Says Archbishop

    10/22/2016 5:08:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 10/21/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Muslim children throughout Pakistan are being indoctrinated with hatred for Christians, a senior Church leader has warned. A rare insight into how the anti-Christian persecutors of tomorrow are being created in Pakistan was provided this week by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lahore, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw. "A huge problem we face in Pakistan – one that is deeply divisive across many sections of society – is hate material in school text books," he said. "For example, in class one, five-year-olds are given a lesson in which they are told: 'Who am I? I am a Muslim and the other people...
  • By God's Grace, Believers Needs to Expand Their Influence in American Society and Around the World

    10/22/2016 8:25:15 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 3 replies
    A pastor commented on the moral and spiritual decline in our country inferring a need to focus on our spiritual issues, not just our political political issues. I agree that the underlying cause of our political and social malaise is a deep spiritual need to come back to a trust and reliance on God, not a reliance on man and his government. "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall...
  • Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput welcomes ‘smaller church’ of holier Catholics

    10/21/2016 11:48:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    RNS ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, during the Festival of Families announcement at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on June 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chris Warde-Jones, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (RNS) In a stark prognosis for contemporary Catholicism, a leader of the conservative wing of the U.S. hierarchy has said that “a smaller, lighter church” of fewer but holier believers is preferable to one that promotes inclusion at the expense of traditional orthodoxy.In a speech delivered Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the University of Notre Dame, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput also suggested that many prominent Catholics are so weak in their...
  • Time for Christians to Unplug from Our Secular Culture

    10/21/2016 7:58:09 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 43 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 20, 2016 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    Editor’s note: The following talk, originally titled “Remembering Who We Are and the Story We Belong To,” was delivered October 19, 2016 at the 2016 Bishops’ Symposium co-sponsored by the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and is published here with permission of the author.Much of what I say today you probably already know. But that doesn’t prevent a good discussion, so I hope you’ll bear with me. As I sat down to write my talk last week, a friend emailed me a copy of a manuscript illustration from...
  • Catholic College Bars ‘Unborn Lives Matter’ Poster

    10/20/2016 7:19:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The president of a Catholic university has prohibited a Republican student organization from displaying an “unborn lives matter” poster on the campus. A DePaul University spokeswoman told National Review that Father Dennis Holtschneider denied the request because the poster “was, at best, deceptive, and the words, font, colors, and design clearly were intended to do a disservice to the Black Lives Matter and pro-life movements.” DePaul Invokes ‘Catholic Values’ to Ban Pro-Life Poster (National Review)
  • Patriarch Kirill Urges All Countries to Unite in Sacred War on Terrorism

    10/20/2016 7:12:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/18/16
    London, October 18, Interfax - The war on terrorism is a sacred war, and must be a common cause of all countries, not just Russia, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told a press conference at London's Luton Airport after his visit to the United Kingdom. "I regret that my words were misread. I never spoke about a sacred war in Syria, I spoke about a sacred war on terrorism. I think very many victims of terrorism in Europe could subscribe to these words. Suffice to recall all that happened comparatively recently in France, in Belgium," the patriarch said,...
  • Rebuking the Unholy Pro-Abortion Coalition

    10/20/2016 5:39:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Stream ^ | 10-20-16 | Michael Brown
    Many years ago, while participating in an Operation Rescue sit-in at an abortion clinic near Washington, D.C., I was struck by the make-up of the pro-abortion protesters. They were largely a mix of atheists, Satanists and gays, and they proudly identified as such. What a coalition! I remember asking myself, “Why would homosexuals be so adamant about this — adamant enough to show up early in the morning to protest our event — when, for the most part, it’s not relevant to their lives, since they’re not having babies?” To this day, colleagues of mine who share the gospel outside...
  • Le Pen Says as French President She Would Ban All Religious Symbols, Including Kippot

    10/19/2016 5:52:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front Party, vowed that if she is elected the country’s president she would ban all public displays of religious symbols and clothing, including kippot. Le Pen made the statement during an interview on Sunday with France’s BFM-TV. She is expected to seek the country’s presidency in 2017. She heads the third-largest party in France. Le Pen is seeking to broaden an existing law, called the headscarf ban, that does not allow conspicuous displays of religious symbols in public schools to include all public areas. She called the ban a struggle against...
  • Dr. James Dobson Calls for Civil Disobedience

    10/19/2016 5:46:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 10/18/16 | James Dobson
    Christians across America must express their outrage at the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling to uphold California's so called 'Reproductive FACT Act.' This decision will require 150 pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics across the state to promote abortion services to the women they serve. Since Roe v. Wade, privately funded crisis pregnancy centers across America have provided a refuge and an alternative to women who might have otherwise chosen abortion. They are vitally important in the fight to promote a culture of life, adoption and health. This ruling now forces these clinics to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, and it is...
  • The Hedge Is Down: Could This Be the End of America?

    10/19/2016 12:20:42 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 10/19/2016 | Geri Ungurean
    Adrian Rogers speaks of four things in Psalm 80 which are applicable today in America: 1. Great national despair (Psalm 80:4-6) Spiritual sterility – prayers were given up to God out of unrepentant hearts. These prayers actually made God angry. The prayer of an unrepentant people is an insult to Almighty God. Religion without Righteousness is repugnant to God. America is praying but the sin of America is running over. 2. Personal Sorrow Sorrow follows sin as night follows the day. 3. National Shame Our enemies laugh at us. No longer is America respectfed for her ideals. 4. Glorious National...
  • Cardinals oppose ‘perverse’ plan to open a McDonald’s in Vatican City

    10/19/2016 11:18:40 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 37 replies ^ | October 19, 2016 | Staff Reporter
    McDonald’s plan to open its first restaurant in Vatican City has prompted criticism from cardinals living above the proposed site. The fast food giant is reportedly willing to pay “a few tens of thousands of euros per month” to rent a property within sight of St Peter’s Square, according to the Guardian. Cardinals claim that they were not consulted by APSA, the Vatican agency that owns the property, about the plans. Instead, residents were only informed after APSA had agreed to rent the ground floor of the property to McDonald’s. Cardinal Elio Sgreccia told LaRepubblica: “It’s a controversial, perverse decision...
  • Contemtable attack on Mary

    10/19/2016 11:00:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 86 replies ^ | October 18, 2016 | America needs Fatima
    The totally reconstructed, brand-new Estonian National Museum opened on September 28 with a blasphemous attack on Mary, the Mother of God. Here’s what’s happening, according to several news outlets: “Visitors at Estonian National Museum [are] offered to kick Virgin Mary’s image” - - and it’s definitely true. I’ve verified it. “The National Museum which opened in Estonia in the presence of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves last week, is offering its visitors to kick one of the exhibits, an interactive image of Virgin Mary, causing the picture to fall into pieces.” [my emphasis] The display is “a depiction of Virgin Mary...
  • Cardinal-elect Cupich cites pope to justify opening Communion to ‘remarried’

    10/19/2016 9:21:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 14, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    October 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Chicago Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Blase Cupich told an Italian newspaper that his support of Communion for the divorced and remarried is the same position as the pope’s, the bishops of Argentina, and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. “My position is the same as that of Pope Francis, who has indicated that the proper interpretation of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ was given by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and then again by the bishops of Argentina, for which the Pope noted ‘no further interpretation is needed,’” Cupich said. “So if people want to know what I think, they should refer to...
  • Christians: fast and pray, Fast and Pray, FAST AND PRAY for this election and for The USA!!!......

    10/18/2016 6:57:46 PM PDT · by Bellflower · 43 replies
    10/18/2016 | self
    Again, I cannot stress the importance of fasting and praying for this election enough. All those who are Christians please fast and pray to do what is truly essential for the winning of this election, and also for the benefit of the good to come if He allows for us to win this election. The Bible clearly states that it is The LORD that raises up and also brings down rulers. In The Bible whenever something was critically important for the survival and/or well being of the people of God the people prevailed when a time of fasting and praying...
  • Georgetown Battles “Islamophobia” While Christians are Killed

    10/18/2016 5:03:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/18/16 | William Kilpatrick
    If Islamization ever comes to America—and it may come quickly depending on the outcome of the November election—certain Catholic individuals and institutions will bear a heavy burden of responsibility. I’m thinking in particular of Georgetown University and its Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). ACMCU’s Bridge Initiative released a report in September on “American Catholic views of Islam, and the way Islam is discussed in Catholic publications.” The report, “Danger & Dialogue,” is particularly concerned that the way Islam is presented in Catholic media is unduly influenced by Catholic “Islamophobes” who are connected to the “Islamophobia industry.” Now...
  • Election 2016 - Catholic Argument for Voting against Hillary

    10/18/2016 3:12:45 PM PDT · by Ouchthatonehurt · 13 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | October 18, 2016 | Ouch
    This sermon will knock your socks off!
  • Catholic Bishop Blasts Tim Kaine: He’s Just a “Cafeteria Catholic” Because He Supports Abortion

    10/18/2016 7:14:28 AM PDT · by tekrat · 9 replies ^ | 10/18/2016 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas doesn’t mince any words in a new editorial he posted on the web site of the Catholic archdiocese he heads. He says Hillary Clinton’s running mate Time Kaine is just a “cafeteria Catholic” because he supports abortion.
  • Plans to desecrate image of Virgin Mary in Estonian museum prompt protest

    10/18/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 14, 2016 | David V Barrett
    Archbishop Viilma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church said that the exhibit ridicules religionAn image of the Virgin Mary in a museum in Estonia, designed to be desecrated to commemorate the Protestant Reformation, has provoked protests from religious and political leaders.The exhibit in the recently-opened National Museum of Estonia, in Tartu, is part of an exhibition on the Reformation in Estonia. It shows a virtual image of Our Lady of Graces on a screen in a glass box. If visitors kick a marked spot on the plinth supporting the box the image shatters into pieces and is replaced by the...
  • SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

    10/17/2016 1:33:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 16, 2016 | Pete Socks
    Imagine for a moment that an innocent inquiry throws you into what amounts to a political firestorm. Your only purpose was to defend your Catholic faith. You meant no malice towards anyone. There was no personal agenda. The intent behind your inquiry and concern was merely to ensure that the teachings of the Church were being respected and upheld, not only for your child but for future children, as well. Then imagine that the very entity that you approach in this matter identifies themselves as Catholic and persecuted you for daring to question their authority. Concerned About SexEd Content This...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/17/2016 10:51:53 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    10-17-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 116:5 Gracious is the LORD, and Righteous; Yea, our God is Merciful.

    10/16/2016 2:48:39 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 16, 2016 | JP
    Most Americans have never heard of Thomas à Kempis, who in 1418 authored “The Imitation of Christ.” But most of us are familiar with the principle he set forth nearly six centuries ago: “Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.” That’s why this God-fearing Christian can do no other than vote for Donald Trump. Not because the billionaire real estate developer/reality show personality is remotely worthy of the office previously held by such great Republican presidents as Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, but because Trump will subject the body of Christ to less evil than Hillary Clinton....
  • Cairo [Anglican] Bishop Urges Church to be Ready for Martyrdom

    10/15/2016 6:43:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    World Watch Monitor ^ | 10/14/16 | Jayson Casper
    A senior Anglican archbishop from the Global South called for the Church to be “ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of Christ” in the face of persecution, restrictions, terrorism, and violence carried out in the name of religion. Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Cairo was addressing archbishops and bishops from some of the most difficult places in the world in which to practise the Christian faith: Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Southern Africa, West Africa, Indian Ocean, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South East Asia. More than 100 delegates also discussed the importance of ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue....
  • No, Voting for Trump Is Not Idolatry—Speaking Truth to Christians

    10/15/2016 11:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 13, 2016 | D. C. McAllister
    Many evangelicals and Catholics have been guilty in this election of casting baseless judgments and aspersions on fellow believers. This vilification has been leveled with such a fevered and mob-like malevolence that the fundamental commandment to love your brother has been all but shredded. No doubt, the devil is laughing even as Jesus grieves. The gist of the conflict is that Christians, who have decided that Donald Trump is so evil and immoral that any vote for him is to approve of and even become complicit in his sin, are questioning not only the character but the salvation of those...
  • The Profoundly Politically Incorrect John Zmirak [Catholic]

    10/15/2016 8:26:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 14, 2016 | Austin Ruse
    John Zmirak makes all the right heads explode. For that alone, we should be grateful.John caused quite an Internet kerfuffle a few years ago with a column called Illiberal Catholicism where he identified and took apart a tendency he spotted among young Catholics who were trending toward a hatred of America, a belief now rampant in some circles that America was badly founded and is therefore always incompatible with Catholicism. He also noted their hatred of the free market. We both saw it among the traditionalists we knew in New York in the 1990s. During a Mass on Thanksgiving...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/15/2016 8:04:08 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    October 15, 2016 | Irish Rose
    The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,...
  • Federal Court: Christian Pregnancy Centers Must Tell Patients Where They Can Get Abortions

    10/14/2016 5:34:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/14/16 | Bre Payton
    A federal court just ruled that pregnancy centers have to tell their patients where they can get publicly-funded contraception and an abortion—even if it violates their religious beliefs. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that California law AB 775, which compels Christian, pro-life pregnancy centers to advocate for abortion, doesn’t impede their First Amendment right to exercise their religious beliefs. The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a faith-based pro-life group with 111 clinics in California, has been embroiled in lawsuit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris for a year since the bill was signed into law...
  • Detroit archdiocese offers ‘Mass for Pardon’ to ‘unleash the Gospel’

    10/12/2016 7:06:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Catholic Herald
    The litany included: – “For all the times we have not welcomed others to our parishes, especially for the times we have refused to allow African-American Catholics into our parish communities.” Each invocation was answered with “Kyrie eleison.”
  • A new saint " Viva Cristo Rey!" José Sánchez del Río 14 year old martyr _ October 16 2016

    10/12/2016 8:30:21 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 13 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | Christopher Check
    "Ą Viva Cristo Rey!" shouted José, the rallying cry of the Cristeros. "Ą Viva Cristo Rey!" over and over as he limped in his bloodied feet over the gravel and twigs. "Long Live Christ the King! Long Live the Virgin of Guadalupe!" At the graveyard, José was pushed into a shallow grave. Struggling to his feet he again shouted, "Ą Viva Cristo Rey!" To avoid the sound of gunfire, the commander of the firing squad ordered his men to stab the boy with their bayonets. "Ą Viva Cristo Rey!" Again the bayonet into his side. "Ą Viva Santa Maria de...
  • Feminist Protesters Assault Catholic Cathedral in Argentina

    10/11/2016 5:59:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/10/16 | Ines San Martin
    Women with naked torsos demanding legal and free abortion and the legal recognition of prostitution as a legitimate trade assaulted a Catholic cathedral in Argentina on Sunday, hurling stones and bottles and prompting police to fire rubber bullets into the crowd.A feminist rally demanding an end to gender violence in Argentina ended with some violence of its own, as demonstrators hurled stones and bottles at a 19th century Catholic cathedral, prompting police to fire rubber bullets into the crowd. Several marchers were arrested, while both police and journalists covering the event were injured. The demonstration featured women with naked torsos...
  • [Catholic] Cardinals, Bishops From All Over Europe to Come to Minsk in a Year

    10/10/2016 4:57:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfac ^ | 10/10/16
    Minsk, October 10, Interfax - Minsk was selected as the venue of the plenary session of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE) in 2017, the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus said on its website. "The next plenary session of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe will be held in Minsk in the period between September 28, 2017 through October 1, 2017. The capital of Belarus will be visited by over 40 cardinals and bishops from all countries of Europe and from the Vatican, which has never happened before," the report said. Commenting on the decision...
  • The Religious Right Begins to Flex its Muscles in Secular Mexico

    10/10/2016 4:53:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/8/16 | David Agren
    MEXICO CITY — Conservatives from all corners of the country converged on Mexico City on a recent Saturday for the National March for the Family, which took aim at the president’s plans to enshrine same-sex marriage in the constitution. The LGBT community and its allies launched a counterprotest, waving rainbow flags and carrying pictures of former presidents Benito Juárez and Plutarco Elías Calles — lionized as heroes of the secular state, figures who curbed Catholic Church privileges in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These contradictory images symbolize a growing conflict in this nation, where the church has been relegated...
  • With Pope’s Cardinal Picks, Bernardin’s ‘Seamless Garment’ is Back

    10/10/2016 4:44:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/9/16 | John Allen Jr
    By naming Blase Cupich of Chicago, Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis and Kevin Farrell, formerly of Dallas, as cardinals, Pope Francis has moved the senior leadership of the American Catholic Church to a centrist, non-cultural warrior stance reminiscent of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's "seamless garment."Pope Francis on Sunday engineered what may prove to be a seismic shift in the Catholic hierarchy in the United States, elevating not one or two, but a full three new American cardinals seen as belonging to the centrist, non-cultural warrior wing of the country’s hierarchy. The pontiff announced a consistory, the event in which new...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/10/2016 11:08:12 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
    10-10-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Exodus 15:18 ~The LORD Shall Reign Forever and Ever~
  • Perspective: Word on Donald Trump

    10/10/2016 8:58:57 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 7 replies
    Lance Wallnau live on you tube ^ | Oct 9, 2016 | Lance Wallnau
    In a world of negativity Lance gives a great personal perspective of the process and humbling of Donald J Trump so that he may be used for God's purposes in this hour. Great message for Christians. I urge you to watch and come away with a nugget or two!
  • In New Cardinal Picks, Pope Francis Sidelines Conservatives, Promotes Progressives

    10/09/2016 3:31:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 9, 2016
    Pope Francis announced his choices for new Catholic cardinals Sunday, promoting a number of well-known progressives while snubbing conservatives who were up for the job. In all, the Pope named 17 new cardinals, including 13 who are under 80 years old and therefore eligible to participate in the conclave electing the next pope. Notably, in his selection for cardinals from among the United States bishops, Francis named the recently appointed archbishop of Chicago, Blaise Cupich, a man with impeccable liberal credentials. He also broke with protocol by choosing Archbishop William Tobin of Indianapolis, a relatively small archdiocese never before considered...
  • Hillsong United Sows a Harvest With its Concert Film

    10/09/2016 11:56:56 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 9, 2016 | JP
    A “flop.” That’s how Australian web site disparaged “Let Hope Rise,” the concert documentary featuring Hillsong United, which debuted three weeks ago here in the United States. As of this past Friday, the film has earned $2.3 million. That’s little more than a tenth the sum earned over the same span by, say, “Blair Witch,” as Hillsong’s detractors would no doubt point out. But the success of “Let Hope Rise” cannot be measured by the standards of Mammon, the god worshiped by the secular world, but by the Great Commission the risen Christ issued to his followers: “Go into...
  • Marriage Manuals: Good Reads for After the Wedding [Catholic Caucus]

    10/09/2016 1:39:32 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 8, 2016 | Patti Armstrong
    If it’s you or your spouse driving your relationship, you may get lost. But God knows the way. In fact, Catholic marriages receive his grace. The problem is that “grace” can seem so abstract that we don’t always know how to access it. Two new books on marriage written by two married couples share personal experiences and insights on how to access those graces.  Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriages by Teresa Tomeo (Pastore) and Dominick Pastore and The Four Keys to Everlasting Love: How Your Catholic Marriage Can Bring You Joy for...
  • Diocese of Rome’s new guidelines allow Communion for sexually active cohabitating couples in ‘limite

    10/09/2016 1:12:34 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 62 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | October 5, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, October 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – New guidelines about the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia issued for the pope’s own diocese of Rome suggest that couples living in a state the Church labels objectively sinful may in limited circumstances receive Holy Communion in a "discreet manner." The release of the new guidelines follows closely on the Vatican’s authentication of a letter from Pope Francis to Argentine bishops affirming that the only valid interpretation of the exhortation is one that similarly liberalizes sacramental practice. The vicar of the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, publicized the official diocesan guidelines for the implementation...
  • Images of Christian Refugees Suffering Hardship in Northern Iraq

    10/08/2016 4:22:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/29/16 | Edward Pentin
    As ISIS invaded their towns and villages in the summer of 2014, tens of thousands of Christians fled to refugee camps, but the longer they remain displaced, the more they want to leave. On average, some 60,000 to 100,000 Christians have left Iraq every year since 2003. Persecuted Christians in northern Iraq continue to suffer great uncertainty and live in poor living conditions after the Islamist group ISIS invaded their towns and villages in 2014. Aware of their brutality, around 100,000 fled their homes in the middle of the night in the summer of that year, and many did so...
  • Shocking New Law Takes Effect in Massachusetts

    10/08/2016 4:12:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/4/16 | Dustin Siggins
    In 2016, holding to biological truths in America might get you in legal hot water – religious liberty, freedom of speech, and common sense notwithstanding.On Saturday, a Massachusetts law that could throw pastors in jail for using biologically correct pronouns took effect.But you wouldn’t know that from The Associated Press’ article on the matter. Quoting in part: Advocates for transgender people in Massachusetts say they can no longer be legally discriminated against in public places.A new law taking effect on Saturday bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations. Among other things, the statute allows transgender people...
  • Pets & Instrumental Mix

    10/08/2016 1:04:06 PM PDT · by Revski · 2 replies
    YouTube Ministry (o7jimmy) - Revski ^ | 10/08/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    Instrumental, with the hymns; Jesus Loves Me, Till We Meet Again, with sing along lyrics. This video was arranged with our pets, my wife & scenic animation.