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  • Abandoned French Monasteries Being Reopened by Orthodox Church

    06/23/2018 2:17:44 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-17-2018 | Orthodox Church
    Abandoned monasteries in France are being taken over and restored to monastic use and in one case a seminary.
  • Philippine President Duterte blasts Bible creation story: 'Who is this stupid God?'

    06/23/2018 11:34:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    GMA Network ^ | 06/22/2018
    After ranting about the Catholic Church, the President of the Philippines now has a beef with the concept of 'original sin' in the Genesis creation story MANILA, Philippines – After recent tirades against priests and the Church's "hypocrisy," Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte cursed God and called God "stupid" for the concept of "original sin" in the Bible's creation story. Duterte, on Friday, June 22, began with retelling the story of Adam and Eve and how they ate the fruit from the forbidden tree and thus brought original sin upon humankind. "Kinain ni Adam (Adam ate it) then malice was born....
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    06/23/2018 6:46:20 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation] Key words: Proverb A Day, Christ, God, Bible Proverb 23 (NKJV) Listen to Your Father 01 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, 00 Consider carefully what is before you; 02 And put a knife to your throat 00 If you are a man given to appetite. 03 Do not desire his delicacies, 00 For they are deceptive food. 04 Do not overwork to be rich; 00 Because of your own understanding, cease! 05 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? 00 For riches certainly make themselves...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    06/22/2018 6:48:48 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • Iraqi Sister Who Fled Islamic State is Denied Entry to Britain for the Second Time

    06/21/2018 5:56:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/21/18 | Staff Reporter
    Dominican Sister Ban Madleen was applying to visit her familyAn Iraqi Sister who was forced to flee Islamic State in 2014 has been denied entry to Britain for a second time. Sister Ban Madleen previously applied for a UK visa to visit her sick sister but was refused permission in March. A second application for a month-long trip to see her sister and sister’s family was denied earlier this month. A letter from the UK Visas and Immigration division of the Home Office said she had not satisfied immigration rules – in essence, not proving she had sufficient funds and...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    06/21/2018 6:37:28 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Key words: Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is...
  • Kontum Bishop Emeritus Slams Cybersecurity Law as...Catholics Take to Streets [Vietnam]

    06/20/2018 6:34:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 6/18/18 | JB an Dang
    Mgr Michael Hoàng Đức Oanh tells President Trần Đại Quang to respect the popular will in the name of social harmony. People carry Vatican flags and banners saying "No leasing land to Chinese communists for even one day” and “Cybersecurity law kills freedom”. Last week’s demonstrations ended with thousands of arrests across the country. Now the government threatens even greater repression.Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Mgr Michael Hoàng Đức Oanh, bishop emeritus of Kontum, slammed President Trần Đại Quang for approving new restrictions on Internet use. The prelate calls on the authorities to respect the will of the people and the rights...
  • Questions on Sexuality Loom Large Ahead of Youth Synod

    06/20/2018 6:28:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/19/18 | Elise Harris
    The working document for the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and the Discernment of Vocation was published June 19, and includes contributions from both young people themselves, and bishops’ conferences.VATICAN CITY — According to the official working document for the upcoming synod of bishops on youth, the major questions for young people ahead of the October discussion surround issues of sexuality and gender, the role of women and the desire for a Church that knows how to listen. The instrumentum laboris (in Italian) for the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith...
  • Jeff Sessions and Romans 13: Should Christians Always Obey the Government?

    06/20/2018 5:51:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2018 | Jim Denison
    I don't remember the last time a biblical citation generated so many headlines. Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought to defend the Trump administration's immigration policies, especially with regard to separating families. At one point, he stated, "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes." His citation set off a firestorm of debate in the culture and among Christians. My purpose today is not to discuss the multitude of ways Romans 13 has been...
  • Chris Pratt Talks God in MTV Awards Speech: 'God Is Real and Loves You; Grace Was Paid For'

    06/20/2018 5:41:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2018 | Jeannie Law
    "Jurassic World" actor Chris Pratt accepted the Generation Award at this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards which aired Monday night and used the platform to share nine points of advice that were humorous and offered strong Christian guidance. Pratt, 38, was introduced to the stage by two of his co-stars, Bryce Dallas Howard ("Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom") and Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation"). Pratt first honored his family and said that while they didn't have a lot growing up, they always enjoyed being together. "This being the Generation Award, I'm going to cut to the chase and I'm going...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    06/20/2018 6:29:15 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • Church Forced to Remove ‘Anger Provoking’ Billboards Declaring ‘America is a Christian Nation’

    06/19/2018 7:04:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6/19/18 | Todd Starnes
    Billboards promoting a celebration of faith and freedom at the First Baptist Church in Dallas were removed after complaints from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and the Dallas Morning News. The patriotic billboard campaign included the title of the sermon Dr. Robert Jeffress planned to deliver on June 24 – “America is a Christian Nation.”“We were told by the billboard company that the message was divisive,” Jeffress told the Todd Starnes Radio Show. The sermon title was inspired by a comments made by Supreme Court Justices John Jay and David Josiah Brewer — both of whom described America as a Christian...
  • Why is Rome Sidelining the Ukrainian Catholics?

    06/19/2018 6:59:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/19/18 | Fr. Raymond de Souza
    Recent events show growing resentment within the Ukrainian Greek Catholic ChurchRelations between the largest of the eastern Catholic Churches, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), and the Holy See have been frayed in recent years, as the former has found the latter’s support lacking in the face of Russian aggression against Ukraine in general and the UGCC in particular. Ukrainian Catholics believe that the Holy See wants to maintain good relations with the Russian Orthodox Church, which is strongly allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The consequence is that the Holy See does not protest too strongly against Putin’s aggression...
  • Pilgrimage Route in Honor of Victims of Persecution to Open in Russian North

    06/19/2018 6:56:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/15/18
    A new pilgrimage route, “Arkhangelsk North of Special Purpose,” in honor of the victims of Russia’s bloody 20th century, will soon open, reports the Arkhangelsk Diocese. The project won $7,950 (500,000 rubles) in the international grant competition “Orthodox Initiative 2017-2018.” The pilgrimage route will cover Arkhangelsk, Solovki, Letnyaya Zolotitsa, Yarenga, Cape Hare, Petrominsk, and Luda. The project is aimed at spreading knowledge about the feat of the Arkhangelsk New Martyrs of the 20th century and at preserving the memory of these tragic pages of the history of the Russian North. The authors of the project explain the sad history behind...
  • Canada’s Top Court ‘Obliterated’ Religious Rights in Ruling Against Christian University: Critics

    06/19/2018 6:51:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/15/18 | Lianne Laurence
    OTTAWA, June 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Supreme Court decision favoring LGBTQ “rights” over a Christian college’s freedom to uphold Christian moral standards is an outright attack on religious freedom, said a number of critics. In a pair of 7-2 decisions (here and here), the top court ruled it was “proportionate and reasonable” for the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario to refuse accreditation to graduates of Trinity Western University (TWU) proposed law school because the Christian college’s Community Covenant discriminates against and reportedly harms LGBTQ people. TWU, a Langley, British Columbia-based private Christian college associated with the Evangelical...
  • Canada's Supreme Court Rules Against the Bible (Choose between biblical standards and accreditation)

    06/19/2018 8:03:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2018 | Michael Brown
    In a ruling that is sure to send shock waves through the nation, Canada's Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against Trinity Western University's (TWU) Law School. In effect, what the court declared is that universities must choose between biblical standards and accreditation. Put another way, the court ruled that Christianity and higher education are incompatible. I am not exaggerating in the least. Here's a brief summary of the case for those who are not familiar with it. Trinity Western is a Christian university that requires its students and faculty to live by basic Christian standards. This means that to be a...
  • Sleazy Sex Games and Dirty Politics in the Southern Baptist Convention

    06/19/2018 7:48:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/19/2018 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    Ross Douthat published a column late last May with the imperious title "The Baptist Apocalypse." Rather than prophetic piece, this seems to have served as a guidebook. Following Douthat's column, a new coterie swept into power in the Southern Baptist Convention during its annual meeting in Dallas (June 12-13). The apocalypse Douthat predicted did not lead to the coming of a lord and savior. What the Baptists got was a changing of the guard. The old guard was white, male, conservative, Southern, and charming. The new guard is white, male, conservative, Southern, and cold. I have interacted with both groups....
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    06/19/2018 6:24:07 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • Church Built in Native Village of First Female Cosmonaut to Mark 55th Anniversary of Her Flight

    06/18/2018 6:34:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/18/18
    Moscow, June 18, Interfax - Celebrations dedicated to the 55th anniversary of the first flight of woman-cosmonaut to space were held in the Yaroslavl Region on Saturday. According to the information of the Yaroslavl regional government, the celebrations started with consecration of St. Nicholas Church built in the native village of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman-cosmonaut. A park has already been set up near the church in the Nikulskoye village. The Space Museum opened in Nikulskoye after reconstruction. Its guests can feel the atmosphere of the 1960-s, paint the placards, learn more about fashion of the epoch, visit the retro...
  • Judge Blasts Peaceful Pro-Lifers as ‘Dangerous,’ Jails Them 45 Days

    06/18/2018 6:19:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/14/18 | Lianne Laurence
    WEST BLOOMFIELD, Michigan, June 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A Michigan judge sentenced two pro-life advocates to 45 days in jail on Thursday. Monica Migliorino Miller, executive director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, and Will Goodman were arrested June 1 outside the Women’s Center of Michigan, run by abortionist Jacob Kalo at 6765 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield county. They were charged with breaching 48th District Court Judge Marc Barron’s probation order to not go within 500 feet of any abortion center in the United States. Barron told the two Thursday they were “anarchists” who followed their own laws,...