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  • Pope Says Migrants' Rights Should Override National Security Concerns

    08/21/2017 7:32:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/21/17 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged political leaders on Monday to defend migrants, saying their safety should take precedence over national security concerns and that they should not be subjected to collective deportations. His challenge to politicians, made in a comprehensive position paper on migrants and refugees, again appeared to put him at odds with the restrictive policies of a number of governments dealing with growing popular anti-immigrant sentiment. "Solidarity must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience – from departure through journey to arrival and return," he said in a message ahead of the Roman...
  • Aleppo’s Melkite Archbishop Looks to Rebuild City From the Ashes

    08/21/2017 6:50:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/10/17 | CNA
    St. Louis, Mo., Aug 11, 2017 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Syrian city of Aleppo lost over half its Christian population during the conflict among government forces and various rebel groups, its Melkite archbishop is determined to rebuild from the ashes. “Dear friends, I am determined now, more than ever – and like I have never done before – to apply myself and to act in order to restore the Christian prestige of our ancestral city, Aleppo, pearl of the East and the West, cradle of the civilizations and Christianity, the birthplace of cultures,” Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart...
  • Pope Francis calls for a shared response to challenge of contemporary migration

    08/21/2017 11:21:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | August 21, 2107 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis’ message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees was released on Monday under the title, “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees. In the message the Pope calls for a shared response to the challenges of contemporary migration, adding that "in order to achieve the desired outcome, the contribution of political communities and civil societies is indispensable." Listen to our report: Shared response In the message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees the Pope says that “The Lord entrusts to the Church’s motherly love every person forced to leave their homeland in search...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Our Peripatetic Popes

    08/21/2017 10:55:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 21, 2017 | Brad Miner
    Then there are all those papal visits to many sovereign nations large and small, Catholic and not, that have made the former prisoners of the Vatican among the most well-traveled men in history. John Paul II journeyed 104 times, rolling up nearly three-quarters-of-a-million miles over the twenty-seven years of his pontificate. That was a big increase over Paul VI’s nine trips in fifteen years. Benedict XVI made many journeys too in his eight-year papacy, almost at the same pace as his illustrious predecessor, until he said, Nicht mehr. But where is it written that this must be so – that...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/21/2017 9:16:17 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    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 hasty,...
  • Iranian Youths Mass Converting to Christianity Despite Islamic Indoctrination, Government's Efforts

    08/20/2017 8:52:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The massive rise of Christianity in Iran, especially among youths, continues despite the Islamic government's efforts to suppress the faith. Even Islamic leaders admitted that more and more young people are choosing to follow Christ.According to Mohabat News, which reports on the persecution and state of Christianity in Iran, the "exponential rate" of Christian growth has been a factor for the last couple of decades.Now even leading Islamic seminary officials, such as Ayatollah Alavi Boroujerdi, have pointed to "accurate reports indicating that the youth are becoming Christians in Qom and attending house churches."Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has also been raising alarm over...
  • The Black Man's ONLY TRUE Friend - The Lord Jesus Christ!

    08/20/2017 6:49:37 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/20/17
    The white and black oppressors of the lawless Left Democratic Party, who abhor Almighty God the Creator and His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Rom. 1:18-32), only seek to agitate, control, use, enrage and scare their black voters and to keep them on their state plantation. The very ones who are their lawless oppressors are usually put back in power each time by black America; only making heavier their chains of social ills. The Lawless Left is horrified of losing their political strangle hold and power and truly care nothing about Black America. The black population is only a vessel to be used and...
  • Married Sunday, Fired Monday: Churches Threaten to Dismiss Staff Who Wed Same-Sex Partners

    08/20/2017 5:50:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Sydney Morning Herald | 8/20/17 | Michael Koziol
    Article may not be posted due to copyright issues but click HERE to read complete story.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/20/2017 8:40:46 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • Papal Adviser Has no Regrets Over Accusing Catholic Trump Supporters of ‘Hate’

    08/19/2017 6:38:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/18/17 | Steve Kokx
    August 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — One of the authors of a widely-criticized essay that accused conservative Catholics and Evangelicals in the U.S. of instigating an “ecumenism of hate” is doubling down on his claims. Speaking with The Tablet earlier this week, Marcelo Figueroa said he was happy to see the “necessary” debate that resulted from an article he and papal confidant Fr. Antonio Spadaro S.J. published July 13 in La Civiltà Cattolica, a Jesuit-run journal overseen by the Vatican. In their essay, Figueroa and Spadaro decried what they called the “problematic fusion between … faith and politics” found in America....
  • Liberal Law Center Demonizes Christian Foes of LGBTQ Agenda as ‘Hate Groups’

    08/19/2017 6:23:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/18/17 | Peter Labarbera
    August 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In the vast array of leftist lies, one of the most dangerous is that groups and people defending historic Judeo-Christian sexual morality are somehow guilty of "hate." The main perpetrator of that “big lie” these days is the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has turned smearing and demonizing social conservatives fighting the homosexual-transgender agenda into a very profitable business. The SPLC is attempting to pull off one of the nastiest and most audacious “bait-and-switch” propaganda coups in history — equating the Christian-conservative led effort to defend biblical morality against the aggressive LGBTQ lobby with...
  • Spanish Terror Cell Planned to Use 'Mother of Satan' Explosive at Cathedral [Sagrada Familia]

    08/19/2017 6:16:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8/19/17 | Ian Burns
    * Police believe the terror cell behind Thursday's atrocity in Barcelona planned attack of 'bigger scope'* It could have included a plan to blow up a gas-filled van by the world-famous cathedral Sagrada Familia* Killers were forced to abandon plans to use butane gas and plastic explosive TATP following accidental explosion on Wednesday* TATP - also known as 'Mother of Satan' - caused devastation when it was used in the 7/7 attacks in London One person died and police believe there may be a second corpse in rubble of home in Alcanar, 120 miles from Barcelona * Investigators think vans...
  • America's Most Important Question

    08/19/2017 3:54:55 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 30 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/19/17
    The most important question Americans need to ask themselves today is not, "What about our country's future?" but this, "Do I have Almighty God's RIGHTEOUSNESS which is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ?" The answer to this SOBERING REALITY and QUESTION will determine one's destiny for all ETERNITY (John 3:16-17, 36). In these very turbulent days in America where lawlessness is the underlining current of every social and political agenda, we are at the end of our nation's journey and ready for global tribulation (Rev. 6-19). May ALL Americans today personally abandon their subjective vain ideologies, hopeless optimism and...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/19/2017 8:53:04 AM PDT · by OneVike · 6 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Sometimes it's those with the least that give the most. Jesus used a widow's offering to teach a lesson of giving from the heart. Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them; "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put...
  • North Korea: How Christians survive in the world's most anti-Christian nation

    08/18/2017 8:16:58 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-18-17 | Hollie McKay
    For 16 years, North Korea has been ranked the “most oppressive place in the world for Christians,” and this week the U.S. State Department re-asserted it as one of the world’s worst religious persecutors – torturing and executing those even suspected of worshipping God. But that still hasn’t stopped an estimated 36 percent of the population – around 9 million – from practicing Christianity. “Life is extremely difficult for all North Koreans, but Christians face an even tougher road,” Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern told Fox News. “Christians are accused of being imperialists seeking to overthrow the government...
  • Russia Puts Jehovah's Witnesses on Prohibited Organization List

    08/18/2017 7:37:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/17/17
    Moscow, August 17, Interfax - The Justice Ministry has put the Jehovah's Witnesses on the list of organizations prohibited in Russia. "The Russian Justice Ministry has added the Jehovah's Witnesses Management Center in Russia religious organization, as well as 395 affiliated local religious organizations to the list of civil, religious and other non-governmental organizations regarding which a court order on liquidation or prohibition has taken effect pursuant to the Federal Law on Suppression of Extremist Activity," the ministry's website said in a statement on Thursday. The aforesaid organizations were added to the prohibited list pursuant to the Russian Supreme Court...
  • Facebook Post Puts Catholic Farmer in the Crosshairs of Anti-Bias Ordinance

    08/18/2017 7:32:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/17/17 | Joan Frawley Desmond
    After advising on social media that his farm wouldn’t host same-sex wedding ceremonies, Steve Tennes was blocked from participating in a farmers’ market in East Lansing, Michigan.CHARLOTTE, Mich. — What happens when a Catholic farmer runs afoul of a city ordinance that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation? Steve Tennes, who owns Country Mill farm and also hosts weddings on his property, found out earlier this year when the city of East Lansing blocked him from participating in a municipal farmers’ market after he refused to allow weddings for same-sex couples at his orchard venue. The East Lansing Farmer’s Market,...
  • Joan of Arc Caught Up in Statue-Toppling Movement

    08/18/2017 7:29:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 8/17/17 | Joanna McPortland
    New Orleans’ iconic golden statue tagged with “Tear it down!” graffiti. In the midst of mob-and-moment, let's think about what we're doing.The golden equestrian statue of St. Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, stands on Decatur Street in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. A gift from France in 1972 to honor the city’s French heritage, the statue is the focus of an annual community parade organized by a group devoted to the 15th-century saint and military heroine. Joan, of course, has no connection to the Confederacy or to American history. But that didn’t stop someone from spray-painting “Tear it...
  • AUSTIN RUSE’S NEW BOOK EXPOSES THE MAGISTERIUM OF FAKE SCIENCE

    08/18/2017 6:11:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Church Militant ^ | August 18, 2017 | Bradley Eli
    Ruse: "Churchmen are not immune from this new magisterium" Fake science heralded by fake news is giving cover to a leftist agenda that's setting policies inimical to Catholic morality. Austin Ruse debunks this fake science in his new book aptly titled, Fake Science: Exposing the Left's Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts and Dodgy Data. Church Militant reached out to Ruse, who said there's an "unholy alliance between fake science and fake news." In his book, Ruse draws readers to a greater awareness of this pseudoscience used by left-leaning establishment media as a hammer to bludgeon Catholic morality. In his book, Ruse...
  • Catholic Prelates and Muslim Immigration

    08/18/2017 1:32:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Journal ^ | August 18, 2017 | Vincent Francis Ruggiero
    For almost two millennia, Christianity has survived innumerable challenges from without, including heresies, schisms and philosophical “isms,” as well as more than a few challenges from within. But the most dangerous challenge of all may be one that was overcome seven centuries ago but is now regenerated—the challenge posed by Islam. Its agents no longer wield battle axes and scimitars, as their militant predecessors did. They travel instead in the peaceful garb of immigrants and refugees. Their stated purpose for migrating is to find opportunity or to escape persecution and in many cases that claim is no doubt genuine. Yet...