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  • The World Knows it to be True!

    04/01/2015 2:52:47 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/1/15
    The Bible - Almighty God’s Infallible Word – exposes in greater depth the inner workings not just of fallen corrupt mankind, but of the demonic "political" machine of heaven’s lawless angelic intelligences and their fierce leader, the original radical, slanderer, blasphemer and character assassin - (aka. Lucifer). My friends, we are ALL subjected to a GREAT spiritual war raging today for the hearts, minds and souls of mankind and are at the very end of our times journey as a human race. My dear friends, ALL things are headed to that great Day and time called the “Day of the...
  • Extra-Biblical Evidence for the Pre-Trib Rapture

    04/01/2015 10:22:59 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 88 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 4/1/15 | Gary
    We have addressed the accusation before that the pre-trib rapture theory was invented by a Scottish girl named Margaret MacDonald in the early 19th century.  This is now widely known to be factually incorrect and in fact there are numerous references to a pre-trib rapture in late 18th century American writing, as well as contemporary (at that time) Catholic writings such as Manuel Lacunza's The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty. Additionally, Chuck Missler has brought to light a writing from "Ephraem the Syrian" (b. 306; d. 373 AD) where this early Church deacon wrote in unequivocal language the...
  • O'Reilly: My 'Jesus' Movie Gets Bad Reviews Because Of War On Christians

    04/01/2015 7:08:57 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 64 replies
    TPM ^ | March 31, 2015 | Brendan James
    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday dismissed all criticism of his new film "Killing Jesus," saying that the "secular-progressive left" was giving the film bad reviews because it challenged their anti-religious agenda. "Any embrace of Christian tradition is a danger to the agenda of the left. It was easy to see that in the articles about 'Killing Jesus,'" he said. O'Reilly went on to call a review in the "far-left" Guardian newspaper the most "idiotic thing I have ever read in my life." He also admonished the New York Times for directing readers to a critic who described the...
  • Cardinal Nichols: We Must Not See Family Synod as a Battle

    04/01/2015 6:12:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/31/15 | Staff Reporter
    Archbishop of Westminster says family synod is 'a time of prayerful discernment' in Chrism Mass homilyCardinal Vincent Nichols has said October’s synod on the family should not be viewed as “a battle between contesting sides”. Cardinal Nichols made the comment in his homily during Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Westminster at Westminster Cathedral earlier today. He told the congregation that their prayers were needed as “the Church prepares for the next Synod of Bishops”. “It is wrong, in my view, to think or speak of this Synod as a battle, a battle between contesting sides. Battles have winners and...
  • The Legacies of the Terri Schiavo Case

    03/31/2015 7:03:10 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 11 replies
    3/31/15 | Faith Presses On
    Like many other Christians, I followed the Terri Schiavo case very closely. I wasn't as active as many others in protesting for her life, but I did sign petitions and send emails about it, and debate the case with people. Her death when it came was highly disturbing and troubling, and not only because of her personal tragedy, but because of the disingenuous public debate that the media created, and recognizing that the case would be used to legitimize doing even more evil on a bigger scale. It certainly has seemed to do that, bolstering the false narrative that most...
  • You Don’t Need a Rainbow Sticker to Let People Know You’re Black

    03/31/2015 2:57:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    To recap: Tim Cook (please, please click this link) and the left are happy to do business in countries that stone to death or otherwise jail gay people, but will not do business with Indiana, which merely passed a law insisting that the “free exercise” clause of the first amendment be on the same legal footing in courts as the “free speech” clause of the first amendment. The Supreme Court, in Perry Educ. Ass’n v. Perry Local Educators’ Ass’n, 460 U.S. 37 (1983), ruled that for a state to restrict content based speech, it must have a compelling governmental interest....
  • German Church May Take Italian Football Star to Court Over Unpaid Taxes

    03/31/2015 4:18:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/31/15 | Staff Reporter
    Luca Toni reportedly failed to pay church taxes while playing for Bayern Munich in GermanyItalian footballer Luca Toni could be taken to court by the Catholic Church in Germany over unpaid church taxes, according to reports. According to Sport Mediaset, Toni did not pay the Kirchensteuer (church tax) while playing for Bayern Munich from 2007 to 2010 and a trial is now possible as the German Church attempts to claw back around €1.7m. It has has been reported that Toni, who currently play for Hellas Verona in Serie A, was initially registered by his accountant as an atheist, but later...
  • Woman Arrested For Allegedly Starting Fire In Plymouth Church

    03/30/2015 2:40:57 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | March 29, 2015
    PLYMOUTH (CBS) — A woman has been arrested after fire officials say she set a fire in one of the oldest churches in New England. Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the First Parish Church in Town Square shortly after 6:30p.m. Sunday. Officials said a woman inside had put items in the front entryway of the church and set them on fire. The woman allegedly threw items at responders. According to the parish’s Facebook page, the woman had been hiding inside the church after Sunday’s service. The fire caused some damage to the foyer carpeting. No one was hurt.
  • Monumental Events About To Take Place.

    03/30/2015 3:08:12 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 17 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/30/15 | Gary
    I'll say it again, but it appears that a significant prophetic shift occurred two weeks ago with the Israeli elections, U.S. abandonment of Israel, and the Total Solar Eclipse (sun turning to darkness).  Virtually every day now a huge story is breaking.  Yesterday a massive 7.7 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, generating a tsunami in the Pacific.  Rush Limbaugh reports that Obama is planning to not only divide Israel, but even to abandon Israel as an ally.  Another reporter is shocked by comments made by Vice President Biden inferring that Jews are not guaranteed safety in the United States.  And...
  • Are You Ready for the Blood Moon? (Catholic Caucus)

    03/30/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 30, 2015 | Anabelle Hazard
    With the third blood moon in a tetrad approaching on Easter, and colliding on a Jewish Feast Day, prophecies are swirling about important events to stun the world: war, earthquake, volcanic eruption, Church schism, terrorist attack, economic crash, disease outbreak, asteroids or the end of Western life as we know it…  Are you ready for all that?  Me neither. I’m preoccupied enough paying attention to my present day-to-day duties and will gladly turn over tomorrow to God’s capable hands.             And yet, Jesus taught us to expect that the kingdom of God is coming any day.  Knowing that today could be...
  • Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East has reposed

    03/29/2015 12:11:08 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Assyrian Church of the East ^ | 03-26-2015 | Mar Awa Royel
    It is great sorrow and a heavy heart that His Beatitude Mar Aprem, Metropolitan of India and Patriarchal Vicar, in unison with all the members of the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East (absent were Mar Aprim Nathniel and Mar Narsai Benyamin due to visa difficulties), announce the falling asleep in the Lord of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East. The late Patriarch passed at 10:04 am, this morning (Thursday, March 26, 2015) at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. His Holiness was surrounded by the prelates, clergy and family members....
  • Atheist Group Freedom From Religion Foundation Targets NCAA for Use of Christian Chaplains

    03/29/2015 11:57:21 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | Mar 27, 2015 | Shawn Schuster
    As the NCAA Basketball Championships continue through March Madness into the last of the regionals this weekend, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is targeting five college teams for their use of chaplains.
  • Palm Sunday: Pope Francis Praises Modern Martyrs As "Cloud Of Witnesses"

    03/29/2015 11:44:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In his Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis held up persecuted Christians as modern heroes because of their faithfulness to God even in the midst of hardships. They are the ones who follow Jesus on his path of humiliation, Francis said.
  • Judge Censors Bible for Public Preaching [UK]

    03/29/2015 10:22:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    A Christian street preacher has been convicted of a Public Order offence for using the wrong Bible verse in a public conversation with a man who identifies as homosexual, reports Christian Concern for our Nation. But the preacher was acquitted of two other Public Order charges. Unusual judgmentIn a highly unusual judgment, Michael Overd, who regularly preaches on the streets of Taunton, was told by the Judge that he should not have referred to Leviticus chapter 20 to make his point but clearly indicated that he could have used chapter 18 of the book. District Judge Shamim Ahmed Qureshi found...
  • Vatican Cardinal to German Bishops: We Can’t Adapt Faith to Times Like Christians Under The Nazis

    03/29/2015 9:49:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/26/15 | Maike Hickson
    ROME, March 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An influential Swiss cardinal at the Vatican has warned Germany’s bishops that the Church cannot merely adapt itself to the times as some Christians did in order to support the Nazis. In an interview with the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, Cardinal Kurt Koch firmly (but politely) refuted the proposal of Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, both delegates to the upcoming Synod on the Family, that the Catholic Church has to adjust herself more to the “life realities” of Catholics today, and liberalize its attitude toward remarried divorcees. Cardinal Marx had even...
  • A CALL TO PRAYER...for our Nation

    03/29/2015 8:09:36 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 9 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 27 Mar 2015 | Dr. Charles Stanley
    A CALL TO PRAYER We are living in one of the most dangerous periods in history. Every day we see more crime and corruption, and the effects of a growing hatred toward the things of God. But because of our Lord’s faithful promises, there is always hope. Dr. Stanley reminds us that It is only when we seek God, turn from our sin, and submit to His will that our nation—and our world—will be free. As we spend time with the Lord each day, we must remember to pray with passion and perseverance for our churches, our country’s leaders,...
  • World War III

    03/28/2015 6:06:31 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 72 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/28/15 | Gary
    Honestly, I think it is now only conjecture to say that World War III is not underway.  Just as the world didn't recognize the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand as the beginning of World War I, so the world didn't immediately recognize the invasions of Austria and Poland as the beginnings of World War II. The tumultuous uprisings in the Arab world that began in 2010 have only grown more tumultuous until now.  I believe the massive Arab coalition invasion of Yemen may later be seen as the beginning of World War III.  The wars and rumors of wars all across...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 159 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Parents’ Message To San Francisco Archdiocese: Catholic School’s Leaders ‘Not A Good Fit’

    03/28/2015 11:24:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Angry parents at a San Francisco Catholic school say they’ve had enough and two controversial leaders of their school’s church must go. The San Francisco Chronicle reported over 100 parents from the Star of the Sea School in the city’s Richmond District crowded into a meeting with representatives from the Archdiocese of San Francisco Wednesday. Their message was clear: Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor at the school’s church since August and Father Patrick Driscoll, the parish’s parochial vicar, should be removed from their posts. Illo and Driscoll gained attention earlier this year when they initiated new policies...
  • Parents claim nuns are cashing in by closing Montessori preschool

    03/28/2015 10:39:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/27/2015 | By Julia Marsh
    Even Mother Teresa might have been tempted by this kind of property bonanza. A group of nuns wants to boot 55 tots from one of the city’s oldest preschools so they can cash in on the facility’s $20 million Chelsea real estate, according to a lawsuit by fuming parents. More than 50 moms and dads of kids at Nazareth Nursery Montessori claim the Sisters of St. Francis — who bought the West 15th Street facility for $5,000 in 1901 — want to sell the school’s two brick brownstones and hoard the money. “It's clear that the defendants plan to close...
  • God and Jeb: Inside his spiritual journey and his stealth campaign to woo Christian conservatives.

    03/27/2015 8:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 27, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Tiffany Stanley
    On a sunny Saturday morning in early March, Bob Vander Plaats walked into the West Des Moines Marriott with a chip on his shoulder. Iowa's evangelical shot-caller had come to meet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was in town for the Iowa Ag Summit, a cattle call that drew the majority of Republican presidential hopefuls. Over the course of the weekend, Vander Plaats had sit-downs scheduled with just about all of them. But not Jeb Bush. A twice-failed gubernatorial candidate who helped boost Mike Huckabee to victory in the 2008 caucuses, Vander Plaats has grown accustomed to presidential aspirants...
  • A look at Pope Francis' summer trip to the Shroud of Turin

    03/27/2015 4:11:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Shroud of Turin negative. Vatican City, Mar 26, 2015 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the schedule for Pope Francis' upcoming pilgrimage to Turin – home to what is believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus – with a program that largely centers on young people. The pontiff's June 21-22 visit to the northern Italian city also marks the bicentenary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order and patron saint of youth. According to the Vatican, which released the schedule during a March 25 press briefing, the Pope will venerate the...
  • The Death Of Catholic Universities In America

    03/27/2015 6:41:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/26/15 | Dominic Lynch
    Catholic universities in America have lost sight of their institutional identities. Only direct intervention from the Vatican can reverse their decline.Catholic universities in America are typically regarded as offering a well-rounded education combined with one of the premier intellectual forces of the West: the Catholic Church, and its vast well of knowledge in almost every discipline. Unlike state-sponsored institutions, which can offer a quality education, Catholic universities have the advantage of a grounded and time-tested moral foundation. This foundation, and the discoveries, advances, and progress it has produced, is unrivaled in any other Western tradition. Secular universities, good though they...
  • A Grave Problem – NJ Ban on Religious Headstone Sales Could Violate Constitution

    03/27/2015 6:34:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Trenton, N.J., Mar 26, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according to a constitutional law expert. Matthew Franck said the law “may well be violating the freedom of religion” guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution because it “singles out religious organizations for disfavored treatment.” Franck directs the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Princeton, N.J.-based Witherspoon Institute. He characterized the law as “a direct assault on the freedom of churches to offer services to the bereaved...
  • Vatican Cardinal: It Would be ‘Anti-Catholic’ to Let Bishops’ Conferences Decide Doctrine

    03/27/2015 6:25:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/26/15 | Staff Reporter
    In new interview doctrinal chief Cardinal Müller criticises comments by German bishops' leader Cardinal MarxThe idea that bishops’ conferences can take doctrinal decisions on marriage and the family is “absolutely anti-Catholic”, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said. In an exclusive interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said: “This is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the catholicity of the Church. Episcopal conferences have authority over certain issues, but not a magisterium alongside the Magisterium, without the Pope and without communion with the bishops.” The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...
  • British priests have canonical rights, too

    03/27/2015 3:02:09 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 1 replies
    In the Light of the Law Blog ^ | March 26, 2015 | Edward Peters
    There isn’t a word—not one single word—in the short, open letter signed by hundreds of British Catholic priests to the Catholic Herald (London) defending Church teaching on marriage and sacraments that any Catholic could not, and should not be proud to, personally profess and publicly proclaim. The priests’ letter is a model of accuracy, balance, brevity, and pastoral respect for persons. It fortifies the soul to know it exists. It gladdens the heart to actually read it. I am at a loss, therefore, to understand why Vincent Cardinal Nichols seems to chastise priests who signed the letter for their allegedly...
  • Ruben Diaz Sr. Wants Ted Cruz to Visit the South Bronx

    03/26/2015 9:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Observer / News ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Forget New Hampshire, or Iowa, or Lynchburg, Virgina, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign. State Senator Ruben Diaz wants Mr. Cruz to come stump in the South Bronx. “Imagine Ted Cruz traveling to the Bronx where there is a grassroots army of Black and Hispanic Evangelical Christians who are just like him—and who have been ignored by every Presidential candidate,” Mr. Diaz wrote today in one of his periodic e-mail blasts to constituents. “Imagine Ted Cruz coming to the South Bronx where there are many of Hispanic Evangelical Churches that are willing to stand together for...
  • The Case for a Fair, Free and Authentic Synod Debate

    03/26/2015 7:43:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/26/15 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has voiced his opposition to an initiative of nearly 500 priests of England and Wales in which they signed an open letter stating their “unwavering fidelity” to Church doctrine on marriage and the family ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family. The Archbishop of Westminster said in a statement yesterday that their concerns about the synod should be raised with their bishop and are “not best conducted through the press.” But his response is causing considerable concern among some in Rome, and probably elsewhere, who feel that for priests to merely uphold the Church’s teaching in...
  • Despite Assurances, Should PCUSA Pastors worry about their future and same-sex marriage

    03/26/2015 5:37:24 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    On March 17, the deciding vote was cast. Palisades Presbytery was the 86th presbytery – a clear majority of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 171 presbyteries – to vote in favor of changing the denomination’s definition of marriage to allow same-sex marriages. The vote officially changed the definition of marriage found in the PCUSA’s constitution from being between “a man and a woman” to marriage being “a unique relationship between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” While it doesn’t go into effect until June 21, 2015, the 221st General Assembly approved an Authoritative Interpretation in June, 2014, that allows...
  • Richard III’s Last Act

    03/26/2015 5:09:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/25/15 | Joanna Bogle
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Thursday’s interment of the last Plantagenet monarch has reawakened interest in England’s rich Catholic pastLONDON — Crowds thronging the roads and prayers and hymns chanted as a monarch is laid to rest, with British pageantry and traditions on full display. King Richard III died more than 500 years ago and has been the subject of much controversy among historians. And, finally, on Thursday, amid great ceremony, the monarch will be reburied, awakening all sorts of discussions connected with Britain’s history, traditions, religious beliefs and sense of common heritage. Britain has been gripped by a sudden surge of fascination...
  • 100s of Priests in England & Wales urge Vatican Synod to end confus over Marriage and Sexuality

    03/25/2015 7:19:29 PM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 7 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | March 24, 2015 anno Domini | Press Release
    PRESS RELEASE FROM "SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE LETTER" COORDINATOR In a dramatic turn of events, nearly 500 priests from England and Wales have written a letter in defence of the ‘traditional teaching on marriage and human sexuality’ in anticipation of the forthcoming Vatican Synod on the family. This letter comes at a time when a growing number of Catholics are concerned that the gathering of Church leaders in Rome, scheduled for October 2015, will seek to re-think Gospel teaching on marriage, sexuality, repentance and grace. Some Cardinals, particularly from Germany, have suggested that Holy Communion could be received by those in...
  • The Rumors of the Church’s Death Have Been Greatly Overstated...

    03/25/2015 10:01:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 25, 2015 | Stephen Altrogge
    The Rumors of the Church’s Death Have Been Greatly Overstated; No matter how many studies Barna and his boys release, the church will continue to stand. _______________________________________ These days, it’s kinda cool to criticize the church. About once a week, a new, angsty memoir is released by someone who grew up in the church, had a series of bad experiences, left the church, and is now finding healing and/or catharsis in some different version of the church (Catholic, Episcopal, Eastern Orthodox, etc.). In their memoir, they inevitably talk about all the shortcomings of the church and all the things the...
  • Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores

    03/25/2015 9:57:02 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 82 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | March 25, 2015 | David Roach
    LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife." ...The resolution, adopted by messengers to the SBC annual meeting in June, warned Christians not to allow "the numerous books and movies purporting to explain or describe the afterlife experience" to "become their source and basis for an understanding of the afterlife."
  • I support Patricia Jannuzzi's right to express her Catholic mind without fear of retribution

    03/25/2015 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 90 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 25 Mar 2015 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Teacher Patricia Jannuzi Brethren, Peace be with you. As you may know from numerous media reports, Patricia Jannuzzi is a (suspended) teacher at a Catholic high school in New Jersey. According to Aleteia.org, Jannuzzi, a teacher at Immaculata High School in Somerville, was suspended with pay and benefits two weeks ago. Her bishop, Paul Bootkoski of the diocese of Metuchen, wrote that Jannuzzi’s now-deleted Facebook post was “disturbing and do not reflect the church’s teachings of acceptance.” Placing private-school teachers on administrative leave is a common form of punishment that school district officials use to fire the employees, according...
  • Catholic Vet Training Iraqi Christians to Fight ISIS Says it Would be an Honor to Give His Life

    03/25/2015 6:28:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/22/15 | Joan Desmond
    On March 22, CBS' 60 Minutes provided a report on Iraq's ancient Christian community that is under attack by ISIS.You can watch the segment here. The Overtime segment included a striking profile of a Catholic U.S. vet, Brett Felton, age 28, who has returned to Iraq to help train outnumbered, outgunned and underfunded Christian militias fighting ISIS north of Mosul. "I'm not here serving my country. I'm here serving Christians," Brett Felton told 60 Minutes. He returned to his cradle-Catholic faith during a previous tour with the U.S. Army in Iraq and then went back as a volunteer to train...
  • Gen Con asks Gov. Pence to reject religious freedom bill (Makes Threats)

    03/24/2015 3:40:23 PM PDT · by FunkyZero · 10 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | 5:46 PM, Mar 24, 2015 | Sarah Swiss
    INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the city’s largest conventions could leave Indiana because of the fight over the controversial religious freedom act. Gen Con sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday, asking him to reconsider his support for Senate Bill 101. Gen Con’s CEO said if the Religious Freedom Restoration Act becomes law, the group will consider taking future conventions to other cities.
  • The ‘African moment’ in global Catholicism gathers steam

    03/24/2015 3:34:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | March 24, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Ghanaian Archbishop Charles G. Palmer-Buckle of Accra, right, shown here with Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Just like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, it’s easier to sort through items in the news when you know what the big picture is supposed to look like. It’s already clear that one of the Catholic megatrends of our time is the coming of age of the Church in Africa, which gives three recent storylines special importance. In late February, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), the continent-wide assembly of African bishops, announced the appointment of a...
  • A 'spiritual oasis' – Southern Arabian cathedral celebrates 50 years

    03/24/2015 12:02:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/24/2015 | Antonio Anup Gonsalves
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish. On March 19, Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, said a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph's Cathedral, located in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. St. Joseph's is the oldest Catholic church in the emirates. Bishop Hinder was joined by more than 30 priests, nuns, and over 5,000 laity for...
  • Russia's Orthodox Soft Power

    03/24/2015 11:14:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    The Carnegie Council ^ | 03-23-2015 | Nicolai N. Petro
    Abstract For many analysts the term Russky mir, or Russian World, epitomizes an expansionist and messianic Russian foreign policy, the perverse intersection of the interests of the Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church. Little noted is that the term actually means something quite different for each party. For the state it is a tool for expanding Russia's cultural and political influence, while for the Russian Orthodox Church it is a spiritual concept, a reminder that through the baptism of Rus, God consecrated these people to the task of building a Holy Rus. The close symphonic relationship between the Orthodox...
  • Bishop slammed in radio ads for not supporting Immaculata teacher Patricia Jannuzzi (Fight back!)

    03/24/2015 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Change.org ^ | March 24, 2015 | Staff writer
    (Photo: BishopBootkoski.jpg) Story Highlights Patricia Jannuzzi was suspended by Immaculata High School two weeks ago after her personal Facebook post on the gay 'agenda' went viral. A conservative Catholic group is running radio ads defending the teacher. The Diocese of Metuchen says no decision has been made whether to rehire the teacher. SOMERVILLE – A longtime Catholic school teacher suspended from her job after celebrities drew attention to her anti-gay posts on Facebook has become a cause célèbre among a growing number of conservatives rushing to her defense. And the controversy shows no signs of slowing down as questions...
  • Nearly 500 Priests in England and Wales Urge Synod to Stand Firm on Communion for the Remarried

    03/24/2015 4:05:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/24/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Priests says that doctrine and practice must 'remain firmly and inseparably in harmony'Almost 500 priests in England and Wales have signed a letter urging those attending this year’s family synod to issue a “clear and firm proclamation” upholding Church teaching on marriage. In the letter, published in this week’s Catholic Herald, the priests write: “We wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God and taught by the Church’s Magisterium for two millennia.” Last year’s extraordinary synod provoked heated debate on...
  • Presbyterians And Homosexuals Together: The Crisis Of Christ And Culture

    03/23/2015 8:46:15 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 3/23/15 | R. Scott Clark
    From its inception Christianity was a marginalized not a culturally powerful or influential religion. With the death of the mainlines we’re witnessing the last gasp of the informal Constantinianism in America, the gathering of cultural elites in the narthex of tall-steeple PCUSA congregations. The informal coalition of cultural and political power brokers in and with the mainline is dead. The WWII generation was probably the last to care to identify with the mainline or to seek the approval of the mainline. Now that the culture has got what it wanted, capitulation, even the NYT will ignore it. There is no...
  • Bishop backs Catholic school’s removal of teacher over pro-marriage comments [Catholic Caucus]

    03/23/2015 4:17:06 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    SOMERVILLE, NJ -- A Catholic school has decided not to rehire a theology teacher who rejected the argument in favor of gay “marriage” on her private Facebook page, her family has announced. The controversy began last week after a student found a Facebook post by Patricia Jannuzzi, a 57-year-old theology teacher at Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey. In it, Jannuzzi said that advocates of redefining marriage argue that they “are born this way and it is not a choice, to get 14th amendment rights equal protection” – which was intended for “unchangeable characteristics such as race and disability.”...
  • Cardinal Nichols prays for repose of Richard III’s soul

    03/23/2015 1:48:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 23, 2015
    Richard III's coffin inside Leicester Cathedral (PA) Cardinal gives homily during historic ceremony in Leicester on SundayCardinal Vincent Nichols has prayed for the soul of Richard III during a service for the dead king.At a service he described as “so rich in meaning and symbolism”, the body of the last Plantagenet was taken from the Leicester University to the Leicester Cathedral on Sunday.The remains of the king were found in September 2012 under a car park in Leicester, having been buried under a Greyfiars Friary Church, which was destroyed in the Reformation. Some 35,000 people came yesterday to watch...
  • Why Do So Many Evangelicals So Strongly Support Israel?

    03/23/2015 8:23:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2015 | Dr. Richard D, Land
    Why do so many Evangelicals so strongly support Israel? The answer is that a significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is still in force. The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3) says, among other things, that God promised the land of Canaan to the Jews forever. A significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that God is a keeper of His promises and that the "Promised Land" belongs to the Jews in belief and unbelief, in obedience and in disobedience, forever. (It is an unconditional promise, with no time limits or conditions.) The Abrahamic Covenant also promises that "I...
  • Cardinal Kasper Asks for Prayers for Synod, Saying ‘a Battle is Going On’

    03/23/2015 6:13:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/23/15 | Cindy Wooden
    The cardinal says he hopes the synod would find a 'common answer, with a large majority'Catholics should let their bishops know their hopes and concerns for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, but even more importantly they should pray that the Holy Spirit guides the bishops’ deliberations, Cardinal Walter Kasper has said. “We should all pray for it because a battle is going on,” he said in a speech presenting his new book, Pope Francis’s Revolution of Tenderness and Love, published in English by Paulist Press. Bishops attending the synod, scheduled for October 4-25, will be called to...
  • Pope Francis Gets 300 Homeless People to Distribute 50,000 Pocket Gospels

    03/22/2015 3:50:55 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 21 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 22, 2015 | Linda Bordoni
    Pope Francis holding the pocket-sized volume of the Gospel distributed in St. Peter's Square on Sunday (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says the lives of Christians must be coherent and express faith in action. Speaking to the crowds gathered in a rainy St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, the Pope invited all believers to always bear in mind the message of the Gospel, the image of the Crucified Lord, and the need to be witnesses of faith. Calling on Christians to express their faith in action, the Pope also turned to those who have yet to experience an encounter...
  • Richard III returns to Bosworth Field for final time

    03/22/2015 11:44:34 AM PDT · by Prospero · 49 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/22/2015 | Sarah Knapton
    The last time Richard III was at Bosworth Field the outcome proved less than satisfactory for the King. The battle, which was the last significant skirmish in the War of the Roses, saw Richard not only lose the English throne but also his life.
  • The Nation Israel's Greatest Need in this Hour!

    03/22/2015 11:14:23 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 26 replies
    IFB ^ | 3/22/15
    As Israel - at this moment - faces great hostility and worldly hatred, there is One who truly knows their greatest need. Sadly today the sons of Abraham are OBLIVIOUS to the promises made to Abraham and the world by Almighty G-d about the very One who would come in his line, his SEED (single)? G-d's promise to the whole world is found in Abraham , "In your SEED shall ALL nations be blessed" (Gen. 18:18, 22:18, 26:4, 28:14, Gal. 3:6-14)! That SEED is referring to the Lamb of G-d that TAKES AWAY the transgressions of the ENTIRE world (Isa....
  • Is Libertarianism Compatible With Christianity?

    03/22/2015 7:55:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 149 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 22, 2015 | JP
    A friend sent me a link to a newspaper column celebrating the supposed ascendance of libertarianism among the hoi polloi. “It is clear,” the author wrote, “that there are certain areas where an increasing portion of Americans are adapting more libertarian views and simply want the government to leave them alone and allow them to freely live their lives.” He cited as examples same-sex marriage and drug legalization. “People have generally come to the conclusion,” he asserted, “that they don’t really care to whom one is attracted or what consenting adults do behind closed doors.” He also predicted that “the...