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  • ECHR Orders Russia to Pay Some 48,000 Euros to Pussy Riot Members Over 2012 'Punk Prayer' Case

    07/19/2018 4:36:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/17/18
    Moscow, July 17, Interfax - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the way Russian authorities handled the trial of the members of the punk group Pussy Riot who performed a 'punk prayer' protest at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in 2012 violated the applicants' right to a fair trial. "The ECHR ordered [Russia] to pay 16,000 euros each to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina and 5,000 euros to Yekaterina Samutsevich. The court also ordered Russia to pay 11,750 euros in respect of costs and expenses," the Pussy Riot members' lawyer Irina Khrunova told Interfax on Tuesday....
  • Vatican Discusses Crisis of Closed Churches

    07/18/2018 6:50:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/13/18 | David Nussman
    How to preserve architecture without disrespecting sacred groundsVATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - An international conference discussing the rash of closed churches and how to dispose of them is scheduled at the Vatican for November. On Tuesday, Vatican officials announced they were planning a two-day conference to address the many parishes being shuttered around the world and sold off for profane use. They explained that the purpose of the conference is not "whether or when to dispose of or sell a church — the ultimate choice is that of the bishops and sometimes it is an obligatory choice — but rather to...
  • Patriarch Kirill: “Royal Passion Bearers from their Golgotha Entrusted Caring....” [Shortened]

    07/18/2018 4:33:37 PM PDT · by lightman · 4 replies
    Pravmir.com ^ | 18 July A.D. 2018 | atriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
    Your Beatitude! Your Excellence and Your Eminence! Dear fathers, brothers, and sisters! I congratulate you all on the Lord’s Day! By historical circumstances, we had the opportunity to celebrate a Divine Liturgy here and consecrate the church in honor of the Theodore Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos which is associated with the Romanov dynasty: this church was built next to the site of the death of the Holy Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna, Nun Barbara, and other representatives of the royal family. Looking at this place, this nearly buried mine, it is hard to imagine that fear and terror that engulfed...
  • YWCA Supports Law to Permanently Legalize Killing Babies in Abortions

    07/18/2018 3:26:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 18, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    Several branches of the New York YWCA put their support behind legislation Tuesday that could permanently legalize the killing of unborn babies in the state. Fearing the future of Roe v. Wade may be at stake, leaders of the YWCA Niagara Frontier and YWCA Western New York publicly came out in support of a New York state bill that would keep abortions legal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the infamous case, the Lockport Journal reports. “At no time in our recent past has it been more critical for New York State officials to put aside partisanship in order to...
  • Amir Tsarfati on the Summit meeting and the latest on the Middle East and Israel 7/17

    07/18/2018 12:10:13 PM PDT · by firebrand · 7 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | July 17, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir discusses the meeting between Trump and Putin. Both Russia and the U.S., and of course Israel, want the Iranians out of Syria but they remain, discovered to be dressed as Syrian soldiers. Anti-migration sentiment grows in Sweden, France has migrant riots after the World Cup victory, and protests continue in the streets in Iran. The basic point: There is a group of wealthy families that is running, or trying to run, the world. After they create enough trouble for themselves and everyone else, they will cry out for a deliverer, a messiah, who will be the Antichrist.
  • Neopagans in Iceland Will Build the First Temple to Thor and Odin in 1000 Years

    07/18/2018 11:55:30 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 50 replies
    ancientorigins.net ^ | 7/11/18 | Alicia McDermott
    About 1000 years ago, paganism was practically stamped out in Iceland, while Christianity was ushered in. But Nordic neopaganism, under the name of Ásatrúarfélagið (sometimes called Asatru), has now become the fastest growing belief system in the country. And after years in the making, the believers of this faith are on the brink of worshipping in their first temple. Business Insider Nordic reports the statistics on just how fast Ásatrúarfélagið has grown, “From 570 members in 2002, the ‘association of the faith of the Æsir’ – Ásatrúarfélagið – now numbers 3900 Icelanders, making it the largest non-Christian religion in the...
  • Facebook and Google Censor Pro-Life Christians While Pro-Abortion Liberals Get Free Reign

    07/18/2018 9:14:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 18, 2018 | Rep. Lamar Smith
    Americans deserve the facts, objectively reported. They know media bias is pervasive. A recent Morning Consult poll found that only a quarter of voters now trust the media to tell them the truth, a record low. The media savages President Donald Trump and portrays his administration in the worst possible light. Over 90 percent of his network news coverage has been negative, higher than any other president. The muting of conservative voices by social media also has intensified. Social media companies have repeatedly censored, removed, or “shadow banned” conservative journalists, news organizations, and media outlets that do not share their...
  • In Reply to a Beloved Black Christian Brother Regarding the Kavanaugh SCOTUS Nomination

    07/18/2018 8:10:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/18/2018 | Darrell B. Harrison
    I recently came across an article on Christianity Today by John C. Richards, Jr., a self-described "Christian person of color", entitled 'Brett Kavanaugh Is a Troubling Supreme Court Pick For Black Christians'. As the article's title suggests, Richards is expressing concern over the potential impacts the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court by President Donald J. Trump might have on black Christians in America. The commentary was penned as a reply by Richards to an article written by Dr. Ed Stetzer, who supports the Kavanaugh nomination. Richards, who, according to his article, has partnered with...
  • History Explains Eastern European Hostility to Islam

    07/18/2018 7:38:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/18/2018 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Why have several Eastern European nations been so adamant against taking in Muslim migrants? Most recently, when Polish lawmaker Dominik Tarczyński was asked earlier this month how many "refugees" Poland has taken in, he flatly responded: "Zero." When the British interviewer, whose nation has taken in millions of Muslim migrants, scoffed, "And you're proud of that?," he said: "We will not receive even one Muslim, because this is what we promised [to voters] ... this is why our government was elected; this is why Poland is so safe, this is why we have not had even one terror attack." Considering...
  • [Cath Cauc] “I propose to the Pope that environmental protection be included in the Code”

    07/17/2018 3:53:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Vatican Insider / La Stampa ^ | July 17, 2018 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    A new canon to be inserted in the Code of Canon Law, dedicated to the “grave duty” of the Christian faithful not only “not to harm” but also to “improve” the natural environment. This is the proposal that Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President Emeritus of the Dicastery for Legislative Texts, intends to make to Pope Francis, as he himself announced during the meeting entitled “Dialogue on Catholic Investments for the Energy Transition”, held in Rome last 12 July 2018. The meeting was an opportunity for discussion - behind closed doors - between representatives of Vatican institutions, foundations and Catholic organizations committed...
  • Cardinal McCarrick & His Protectors

    07/17/2018 4:09:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 7/16/18 | Rod Dreher
    Well, well, well. On the front page of today’s New York Times, Uncle Ted takes a direct hit. This was a long time coming. Headline: “He Preyed On Men Who Wanted To Be Priests. Then He Became A Cardinal.” Excerpts: But while the church responded quickly to the allegation that Cardinal McCarrick had abused a child, some church officials knew for decades that the cardinal had been accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching adults, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times. Between 1994 and 2008, multiple reports about the cardinal’s transgressions with adult seminary students...
  • New Mexico church miracle? Virgin Mary statue appears to 'weep' olive oil

    07/16/2018 7:49:23 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 16, 2018 | Nicole Darrah, Fox News
    A sculpture of the Virgin Mary that appeared to be crying at a church in New Mexico is being investigated after it was determined her tears were olive oil. The statue, which is located at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs, underwent a chemical analysis that was determined to be “a scented olive oil.” “Some of the witnesses claimed it smelled of roses,” said Bishop Oscar Cantu of the diocese. “So something similar to the oil I bless and consecrate each year that we use for baptism, for confirmations and for ordination of the priests.” An investigation...
  • Franklin Graham Event Bus Ads Pulled in UK After Outcry From LGBT Community

    07/16/2018 6:17:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/12/18 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Bus ads promoting an upcoming evangelistic festival with Franklin Graham in England were pulled in response to outcry from LGBT communities. "Blackpool Transport has recently been made aware of an advert in place on the side of some of our double decker buses," said a spokesperson for the company, according to the Blackpool Gazette. "In light of customer feedback and reactions on social media which has resulted in heightened tension, we have taken the decision to remove all adverts relating to the 'Time for Hope' Festival with immediate effect. We will reimburse any income back to the advertising company. "We...
  • After Shuttering 700 Churches, Rwanda Proposes Stricter Clergy Guidelines

    07/16/2018 6:13:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 7/12/18 | Frederick Nzwili
    NAIROBI, Kenya — After closing more than 700 churches and some mosques in March, Rwandan government officials have moved to institute guidelines for how faith groups operate in the majority-Christian East African country. Rwanda's minister in the office of the president has brought to Parliament a draft law that would require Christian and Muslim clerics to attain university education before preaching in churches or mosques. The law would require clerics to have a bachelor's degree and a valid certificate in religious studies. It would also bar clergy who have been convicted of crimes of genocide, genocidal ideology, discrimination or other...
  • John Haller's Prophecy Update "Prophetic Spectacles"

    07/15/2018 5:40:48 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 5 replies
    Fellowship Bible Church ^ | 7/15/18 | John Haller
    It's time to put on your "Prophectic Spectacles." It is imperative that we scrutinize everything that is happening around the world. We must take a close, discerning look at the world events that are rapidly transpiring, while taking a similar look inward into our hearts in preparation for those final signs that could signal the soon return of Christ. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq-bA9SBLwY
  • Patriarch Kirill to Lead 21-km Procession in Memory of Nicholas II's Family

    07/15/2018 6:42:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/12/18
    Moscow, July 12, Interfax - The centenary of the execution of the last Russian emperor and his family will be marked by a 21-kilometer nighttime religious procession led by Patriarch Kirill from the Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama, the patriarch's press secretary Rev. Alexander Volkov told reporters. In this way, the patriarch will pay tribute to the memory of the canonized royal family, who were executed by the Bolsheviks early on July 17, 1918 at the Ipatyev House, where the Church on the Blood was later built. After...
  • A Meeting of Emperors – and Priests [China]

    07/15/2018 6:36:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Settimana News ^ | 7/12/18 | Francesco Sisci
    The meeting, the rapprochement, between the Holy See and China has a thousand faces, of course. There are the questions of faith, of religion, of souls approaching one another, of tension toward the afterlife, and communication with people on this side. All are important points, perhaps the most fundamental and profound. But seen from China, the question is essentially about power and politics. So, for the benefit of the meeting and approach, it is perhaps appropriate to understand the Chinese position. This has three acts, as in classic tragedies. A comparison of empiresFor China, the Holy See is first and...
  • O Wretched World - Christ Died for You!

    07/15/2018 5:44:37 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/15/18
    Almighty God saw our desperate need for His righteousness and for deliverance from the tyranny and bondage of our transgressions (Rom. 7:24-25). These have separated us from Him and have brought His wrath upon us (John 3:36; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 2:1-2, 14). In His great ETERNAL love Almighty God sent forth His only Son from Heaven’s glory to pay the price for our transgressions, to be our propitiation and to rescue us from the ETERNAL ramifications of our transgressions and godless folly (John 3:16-17; Rom. 7:24-25; Gal. 1:4; Eph 2:14; 1 John 2:2). If this is you my dear friend,...
  • Cardinal, Nuncio and Bishop Attacked by Mob in Nicaragua

    07/13/2018 8:33:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/11/18 | David Agren
    Bishop Silvio Jose Baez tweeted pictures of his injuries and prayed for those who attacked himNicaraguan bishops and clergy were attacked by armed groups aligned with the government on July 9 as violence in the Central American country escalated and affected the Catholic Church, which has provided humanitarian assistance in its parishes and has tried to diffuse a worsening political crisis through dialogue. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua and his auxiliary, Bishop Silvio Jose Baez, and Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, the apostolic nuncio, were among clergy from Managua pummeled as they attempted to protect St Sebastian Basilica in the...
  • Armenian Church Displays Significant Relic Amid Tensions

    07/13/2018 8:28:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/7/18 | AP
    YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s dominant church put a significant Christian relic on display Saturday after rumors that a part of it had been sold prompted protesters to occupy a main church administrative building. The Spear of Longinus, which the Armenian Apostolic Church says is the lance stabbed into Jesus Christ’s side as he hung on the cross, was displayed at the mother church complex of Etchmiadzin. Demonstrations calling for the resignation of the church’s leader, Catholicos Garegin II, have persisted for several months. Detractors have claimed Garegin II is married and involved in business activities, which are against church doctrine.