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  • Pope Francis Condemns "Barbarous Murder" Of Priest In French Church

    07/26/2016 2:52:57 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In a Vatican statement Tuesday, Pope Francis announced his “most radical condemnation” of the terrorist attack, in which two men slit the throat of a priest during morning Mass and took several other people hostage, seriously wounding one of them.
  • Don’t ‘say no to drugs’ in Germany! Rehab clinic masks illegal Scientology church

    07/26/2016 1:39:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    RT ^ | 07-23-2016 | Staff
    Ad stands for rehab facilities with the particular slogan ‘Say no to drugs – say yes to life’ in Germany are under serious suspicion of being nothing more than a Scientology recruitment scheme, police warn. The sect is illegal in Germany. The enigmatic group, which believes our human souls have alien beginnings, does not enjoy the same legal status everywhere. In the United States it boasts dozens of Hollywood A-listers among its members and biggest donors. Not so in Germany, where the religious sect has been deemed “unconstitutional” since 1997 by domestic security, despite its existence there since the 1970s....
  • Greece Eyes Constitution Overhaul Limiting MPs Terms, Defining Role of Church

    07/26/2016 9:09:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | Michele Kambas
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece on Monday unveiled plans to revise its constitution, formally proposing a clearer distinction between the state and the powerful Orthodox Church, changes in how the president is elected and limiting terms of lawmakers in parliament. Left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the proposals were aimed at transforming a system full of "pathogens", and public feedback would be sought from September before the plans are put to parliament for further consultation. "We aspire to see a process of active participation of citizens, and not something which is restricted within four walls of parliament," Tsipras told state officials...
  • Pope Francis Faces Tepid Welcome in Migrant-Wary Poland

    07/26/2016 9:02:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/26/16 | Maja Czarnecka
    Warsaw (AFP) - A portrait of Pope Francis hanging in Warsaw's St. Saviour Church is flanked by another, much larger one, showing the smiling late Polish-born pontiff and saint, John Paul II. In Poland, Karol Wojtyla is still "The Pope". Experts say Francis will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds in the devout central European country as he arrives Wednesday for his first visit, part of the week-long World Youth Day faith extravaganza. While Poland shunned refugees over alleged security risks amid Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II, Francis encouraged open doors and charity for...
  • California’s War on My Religious College and Others

    07/26/2016 7:37:08 AM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | July 25, 2016 | Katrina Trinko
    I had a very weird college experience. My memories aren’t of frat parties, of slugging down drinks in games of quarters or beer pong, of losing my voice cheering at big football games, and of hearing how evil Western civilization is in the classroom. Instead, when I think of my four years at Thomas Aquinas College, I think of drawing Euclidean propositions on a chalkboard, of lively debates about Aristotle’s claims about ethics, of earnest discussions about things as obscure as the nature of being.
  • Died: Tim LaHaye, Author Who 'Left Behind' a Long Legacy

    07/26/2016 7:16:47 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 7 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/25/2016 | Jeremy Weber
    Tim LaHaye, the best-selling author best known for the Left Behind series, “graduated to heaven” early this morning after suffering a stroke at age 90. His family announced the news of his passing at a San Diego hospital on his ministry Facebook page. On the eve of his death, ministry partners, fans, and friends urgently asked for prayer on social media this weekend, offering a wave of early tributes that spread through end-times prophecy circles and chapters of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the 600,000-member public policy organization founded by LaHaye’s wife, Beverly. Some circulated a statement by LaHaye’s daughter...
  • Priest murdered, hostages taken during Mass at French church

    07/26/2016 5:35:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 26, 2016
    PARIS –  Two attackers reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" before slitting the throat of an 84-year-old priest and critically injuring at least one other person during a Tuesday morning terror attack on a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, officials said.The terrorists, who French President Francois Hollande said had pledged their allegiance to ISIS, were later shot and killed by police."[ISIS] has declared war on us," Hollande said Tuesday. "We must fight this war by all means, while respecting the rule of law -- what makes us a democracy." The priest, identified by Sky News as Jacques Hamel, was dead...
  • World Youth Day Kicks Off In Krakow

    07/26/2016 2:08:32 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    World Youth Day, a weeklong gathering of Catholic young people, has begun in Krakow, Poland. The festivities will continue until July 31. Pope Francis will arrive in Poland on Wednesday and will celebrate Mass with the pilgrims on Saturday and Sunday. Pope Francis will also make a visit to Auschwitz while he is in Poland. Krakow was announced as the 2016 host city at the conclusion of 2013's World Youth Day in Rio. World Youth Day's next dates and location will be announced at the end of Sunday's Mass. Attendance at past World Youth Days has ranged from 400,000 to...
  • What Hillary and Bernie Voters Believe

    07/25/2016 8:36:11 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/25/16
    Many Americans say to themselves today, "How can anyone vote for Hillary? Are they nuts!!..." Well... it is much much more than that.. Let's take a look! The majority of Hillary and Bernie voters and those of the Democratic base are Liberal /progressives whose "reality and belief system" is rooted in the firm rejection of Almighty God and His ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS, core moral absolutes and the practice of a sensual subjectivism, that view God ordained absolutes through the lawless prism of moral relativism and pluralism. These possess a fear of moral absolutes and believe that true freedom is to be...
  • Macy’s Fires Catholic Over Transgender Bathroom Incident

    07/25/2016 4:17:33 PM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Jul 2016 | Lana Shadwick
    A senior store detective at Macy’s has been fired from his job after he intervened when a female customer reported that a man entered the women’s bathroom. After he was asked to leave the restroom, the man complained saying he believes he is really a female. The woman and her daughter were frightened by the man’s presence. The case is now before the New York State Division of Human Rights, reports the ChurchMilitant.com.
  • Catholic bishop: Pro-abortion Tim Kaine’s faith is obviously not ‘central’ to his public life

    07/25/2016 8:59:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | July 25, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, July 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic bishop has criticized Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine for touting his self-proclaimed Catholic faith while publicly supporting abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and same-sex adoptions. “Democratic VP choice, Tim Kaine, has been widely identified as a Roman Catholic,” Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island wrote on Facebook. “It is also reported that he publicly supports ‘freedom of choice’ for abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, and the ordination of women as priests. All of these positions are clearly contrary to well-established Catholic teachings; all of them have been opposed...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – July 24th, 2016 (video)

    07/25/2016 6:44:30 AM PDT · by Lera · 7 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | July 24th, 2016 | J D Farag
    Pastor J.D. answers the question of why Turkey is not the nation at the helm with Iran instead of Russia in Ezekiel 38
  • 2016.07.24 John Haller Prophecy Update: May You Live in Interesting Times (video)

    07/25/2016 6:12:24 AM PDT · by Lera · 5 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel | Jul 24, 2016 | John Haller
    Recorded classic style (just the PowerPoint). Today's update covers some political issues present in this year's election and then a look at Munich and Turkey.
  • Kundalini spirits in the church?

    07/24/2016 7:35:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 87 replies
    Christians Together ^ | Andrew Strom
    I just saw the video of Rick Joyner announcing that Todd Bentley is back ministering every night at Morningstar in North Carolina and now they have so-called "revival" manifestations eerily similar to Lakeland. They also announced that they are streaming these big meetings every night on their new TV channel - and they are greatly promoting the whole thing. Now I am a tongues-speaking Pentecostal myself - but can I ask a simple question here please? What kind of "spirit" was it operating in the Lakeland revival - when the leader and main focal- point of the meetings (Todd Bentley)...
  • PROPHETIC SIGNS JULY 24, 2016 - TERROR ATTACK IN MUNICH, GERMANY (video)

    07/24/2016 1:22:44 PM PDT · by Lera · 27 replies
    Calvary Melbourne Australia ^ | Jul 24, 2016 | Pastor Andrew Russell
    Islamic terror attack in Munich, ten people died targeting mostly children .... ISIS supporters celebrating the killings all over social media .... 200 Jews from France migrated to Israel .... failed military coup in Turkey could have been a setup to give Erdogan more power .... State of Emergency declared in Turkey for three months .... 100 Christian pastors jailed in Vietnam for trying to preach the Gospel .... Christian persecution on the rise worldwide .... Islamic terrorists plan to attack America, British, Israeli and French athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio .... Franklin Graham: America is beginning to...
  • [Hungarian] Archbishop: Muslims Have Come to Occupy Europe (and some advice for Pope Francis)

    07/24/2016 11:14:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/21/16 | Andras Kovacs
    An Interview with Monsignor Gyula Màrfi, Archbishop of Veszprém, HungaryIt is not accidental that there is this enormous pressure on Europe regarding immigration; the motivation to conquer on the part of Muslims may play a part, but the great powers also support it – so says Monsignor Gyula Màrfi, Archbishop of Veszprém, in an interview where we discussed the need to rediscover the Christian faith. It is a fundamental task to contemplate anew the Christian faith seriously. Is Europe still Christian?Recently I was in Poland with some pilgrims. According to the external signs, Christianity is still alive there. Along with...
  • Macy’s Fires Catholic Employee for Questioning Transgender Bathroom Policy

    07/24/2016 11:02:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/21/16 | Lisa Bourne
    FLUSHING, New York, July 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Macy’s department store has fired a Catholic employee because he questioned their transgender bathroom policy, even though he says he told his employer he would enforce the policy. Back in May, Javier Chavez, a senior store detective at Macy’s Flushing, New York, location got a phone call about a male accessing the ladies room along with a female. A female customer and her daughter were afraid to enter the restroom due the male’s presence there, and a security guard reporting to Chavez directed the man to leave and use the men’s room....
  • Turkey ~Let Those in Judea Flee - Matthew 24 (video)

    07/24/2016 12:36:31 AM PDT · by Lera · 9 replies
    Believers in Grace Fellowship ^ | Jul 20, 2016 | Pastor Bill Randles
    video at link
  • Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Pokémon Master — at Catching Souls?

    07/24/2016 12:25:15 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    ncregister.com ^ | 07/21/2016 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    The new location-based game ‘Pokémon Go’ designates churches as ‘Poké stops’ — and Catholic ministries are taking advantage of a new opportunity to connect with youth and adults.
  • Spin Of The Year (Possibly the most heretical seminary in the US is going out of business)

    07/23/2016 4:16:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 100 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 07-21-2016 | Rod Dreher
    The Very Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, lesbian cleric and then president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, delivers 2009 'abortion is a blessing' address (National Organization for Women/Flickr) Via the Episcopal News Service, a press release revealing that the ultramegaliberal Episcopal Divinity School is winding things down: Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided July 21 on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDS’s future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to...
  • Signers of Document Critiquing 'Amoris Laetitia' Revealed

    07/23/2016 3:43:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 7/22/16 | Joshua McElwee
    An until now unpublished list of names attached to a critique of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on family life shows the signatories to include professors at diocesan seminaries, a member of a pontifical academy, and the head of the church's ecclesiastical structure in Afghanistan. The signatories had sent a letter to the world's Catholic cardinals asking them to "respond to the dangers to Catholic faith and morals" from Francis' Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") The letter, which attracted press coverage earlier in the month as a possible sign of wider disagreement with Amoris Laetitia, was sent to Italian Cardinal...
  • Vatican Statement Accuses Polish Politicians of Whipping Up Fear Against Muslims

    07/23/2016 3:31:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 7/23/17 | Christopher Lamb
    Bishops’ spokesman stresses Church in Poland has welcomed refugees as country prepares to welcome Francis for World Youth DayJust days before Pope Francis’ visit to Poland a Vatican statement has denounced an “artificially created fear of Muslims” which it says is being fed by some political parties in the country. The press release, released by the Holy See but written by spokesman for the Polish Bishops, describes Poland as “ethnically homogenous” and that immigration is a relatively new phenomenon seen as strange to the average Polish person. “For this reason, even through the official statistics relating to foreign citizens legally...
  • Was an Anti-Abortion Bishop Too Outspoken?

    07/23/2016 11:40:48 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://content.time.com ^ | September 2, 2009 | Amy Sullivan
    For suddenly departing politicians and CEOs, the standard line is to "spend time with family." Now the Catholic Church may have its own version of this unconvincing, stock answer. On Aug. 31, Joseph Martino, the controversial bishop from Scranton, Pa., stunned longtime church watchers by announcing that he was resigning his post because of problems with insomnia and fatigue. The Catholic leader, who has gained national prominence for his outspoken pro-life advocacy and aggressive criticism of pro-choice Democratic politicians, is still more than a decade away from reaching the church's automatic retirement age of 75. Martino's abrupt resignation, along with...
  • Hillary's VP pick: The worst kind of Catholic politician

    07/23/2016 7:16:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | July 22, 2016
    A predictable pick by Hillary Clinton. Pandering to the Catholic vote, and in light of the fact that the majority of Catholics in America are poorly catechized and barely practicing, she tags Virginia Senator Tim Kaine for her running mate, a man who is a "Catholic but": In an interview in the Capitol, Kaine -- a Catholic who personally opposes abortion -- says his views on the issue have not changed over his career.  But asked if he would characterize himself as "pro-life," he said: "I've never embraced labels."  "I have a traditional Catholic personal position, but I am very...
  • The solution to racial war (The Cross and the Switchblade movie)

    07/23/2016 5:39:35 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 18 replies
    www.peacebyjesus.com ^ | 7-23-2016 | daniel1212
    The solution to racial war. All lives matter, but the problem is sin, not skin (though aspects of cultural can be sinful). The Cross and the Switchblade movie (1969, copyright Dick Ross and associates, and which can be seen here) is about the true story which is told in the book, the Cross and the Switchblade written in 1962. The movie (which mostly used local talent) stars Pat Boone as David Wilkerson and Erik Estrada as Nicky Cruz, the teen gang member whose life was dramatically transformed by Christ. Nicky was the leader of the notorious Brooklyn Puerto Rican gang...
  • WaPo: A "Pope Francis Catholic" can have a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood, NARAL

    07/23/2016 4:33:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 22, 2016 | Carl E. Olson
    Just one example of how the secular media is going to spin, spin, and spin some more in the quest to provide cover for pro-abort, pro-homosexual politicians. (us.fotolia.com/JJAVA) UPDATED (9:15pm, Pacific; July 22): Sen. Kaine has been chosen to be Hillary Clinton's running mate. In the meantime, CWR's managing editor, Catherine Harmon, reminded me of this interesting story from last year:  U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic and former missionary, had a clear message Wednesday for Pope Francis: Allow women to become priests. Kaine said ending the church's centuries-old rule that only men can be ordained would be the most significant...
  • [Archbishop] Nienstedt Denies Misconduct, Said He Was Targeted for Opposing Gay Marriage

    07/22/2016 4:37:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Twin Cities.com ^ | 7/21/16 | Marino Eccher
    John Nienstedt, the former archbishop of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, said accusations of sexual misconduct against him were part of a false smear campaign in response to his opposition to gay marriage. Nienstedt’s denial came in a statement Wednesday night, first issued to KSTP and Minnesota Public Radio. That followed the release of internal church documents alleging the Vatican had sought to derail an independent investigation that turned up credible evidence against him. Nienstedt resigned last year as archbishop and returned to his home state of Michigan. He was briefly involved with a diocese there but left...
  • Heil to the Progressive Coming Utopia

    07/22/2016 2:19:48 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 9 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 07/22/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Commentators in major national newspapers in Scotland are aghast. A 100-member youth choir from a Southern Baptist church in Plano, Texas gave a free concert at a shopping center in Edinburgh. The journalists compared this event to Nazi or ISIS propaganda. One asserted: “as a nation we should be stating clearly: bigots are not welcome here.” Scotland is the land of John Knox, the great Scotts reformer (1513–72), and of the young, deeply spiritual Robert Murray McCheyne (1813–43) who declared: “The Christian is a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God.” Now Scotland is a land...
  • Syria: Patriarch Blasts Western Efforts to Remove Assad

    07/22/2016 7:26:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church—an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See—offered strong criticism of “American, French, English, [and] European Union politicians” whose efforts to remove President Bashar al-Assad have led to a nightmare for the region’s Christians. Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan told the National Catholic Register that Syria was a place “where they were fighting against illiteracy, where you had medical care for all, a peaceful country, where you could go wherever you wanted to go, 24 hours a day without any problem — they [the Western powers] find it has a dictatorship...
  • Pope Issues Rules to Help Contemplative Women be Beacons for the World

    07/22/2016 7:15:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/22/16 | Carol Glatz
    Every institute of contemplative women religious will have to revise its constitutions in light of the new documentIn an effort to help contemplative women religious renew their life and mission in the Church and the world, Pope Francis has issued a series of new rulings dealing with formation, assets, prayer life, authority and autonomy. The new rulings include a mandate that “initially, all monasteries are to be part of a federation” based on “an affinity of spirit and traditions” with the aim of facilitating formation and meeting needs through sharing assets and exchanging members. Monasteries voting for an exception from...
  • Concern Grows for Christians in Turkey After Failed Coup

    07/21/2016 1:49:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/20/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Concerns are growing for the future of Christians in Turkey, the birthplace of St Paul, in the wake of the failed coup. Two churches in eastern Turkey in places already known for historic murders of Christians were vandalised during the attempted coup, reports Middle East Concern. In Trabzon on the Black Sea, ten people attacked the Catholic church of Santa Maria where Catholic priest Father Andrea Santoro was murdered in 2006. Muslim neighbours intervened and drove them away. In Malatya, where three Christian workers were murdered in 2007, there was an attempt to smash the windows of the Protestant Church....
  • COULD THE TIME BE RIPE FOR THE GREAT MONARCH? IS HE HERE AMONG US NOW?

    07/21/2016 1:20:31 PM PDT · by Just a little eagle · 59 replies
    JULY 11,2016 | SANDRA AIREY
    Could The Time Be Ripe for The Great Monarch? Is He Here Among Us Now? by Sandra Airey I'm a Catholic born in 1947, raised in a family with many devout Catholics, and taught by pre-Vatican II nuns for 12 years. My life has been unusual for more than one reason. I was born the second child to a woman with Rh negative blood and a severe heart defect. I ended up with minimal brain damage ( causing partial seizures affecting awareness ) and connective tissue disease. My mother knowing about the circumstances of my birth was aware that I...
  • Top rabbis: Unmistakable signs of Messiah coming

    07/20/2016 6:07:01 PM PDT · by amorphous · 75 replies
    WND ^ | 20 July 2016 | WND Staff
    A conversation between two of the most distinguished rabbis in Israel indicates scholars of the Torah see unmistakable signs of the coming of the Messiah. What’s more, in the Messianic era, Christians will become a source of Torah learning, as believers in Jesus Christ rediscover the source of their beliefs in both Judaism and the Torah. The conversation took place between Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, both of whom are regarded as leading experts in the Torah. During the conversation, Rabbi Kanievsky reportedly predicted the imminent coming of the Messiah, before the end of the year after the...
  • Remember the Copts ISIS Martyred in Libya? This Priest Does.

    07/20/2016 7:29:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/19/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Minya, Egypt, Jul 19, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Christians in Egypt, the possibility of martyrdom is not a remote one. Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com“It is something they concretely feel, it is part of their Christian life,” Father Paolo Asolan, an Italian priest who recently visited Egypt, told CNA. “And for a mother and a father, the fact that one of their sons can become a martyr is always a great gift.” The Islamic State’s beheading of 20 Coptic Christians and another man shocked the world in February...
  • Constantinople Calls it Coincidence that Patriarch Bartholomew Left Turkey a Few Hours Before Coup

    07/20/2016 7:11:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/20/16
    Moscow, July 20, Interfax - Departure of Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew from Turkey a few hours before an attempt of the coup was taken was "a pure coincidence," Metropolitan Arseny of Austria told the Kathpress Catholic agency. According to him, the trip to Slovenia for vacations was planned two months earlier. The information that the patriarch ran from the country before the impending uprising is false, the metropolitan says, and it can be easily proved by the example of the tickets purchased a few weeks before the events. The media earlier posted the information that Patriarch Bartholomew left Istanbul by one...
  • Soros-Funded Catholic Left Is Dishonest

    07/19/2016 12:39:58 PM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    CNSnews ^ | July 19, 2016 | Bill Donohue
    Catholics are as divided as the rest of the nation when it comes to voting, and many look to activist Catholic groups for guidance. While there are good people on both sides, not every organization that adopts the Catholic label is to be trusted. For the record, I am not talking about entities that lean left or lean right—the Church itself is not one-dimensional. I am speaking about activist groups that claim to be Catholic yet receive a large share of their funding from forces that are manifestly hostile to Catholicism. This is certainly the case with Catholics in Alliance...
  • FULL Pastor Mark Burns Benediction At The Republican National Convention 2016

    07/19/2016 8:54:34 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jul 18, 2016 | Mark Burns
    Pastor Mark Burns Benediction At The Republican National Convention 2016
  • ‘Pope’-Endorsed Ecumenical ‘Together 2016’ Unites Christians, Catholics in Nation’s Capitol

    07/18/2016 11:16:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Christian News ^ | 7/17/16 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON — Thousands of youth flocked to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday for the ecumenical gathering “Together 2016,” which sought to unite those of various backgrounds to “stand together for Jesus” and featured a video endorsement by the leader of Roman Catholicism. The event featured speakers such as Francis Chan, Ravi Zacharias, Lou Engle, Christine Caine and Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, as well as music from Michael W. Smith, Hillsong United, Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, Lauren Daigle, Casting Crowns and Kirk Franklin, among others. “Everything now is protests: ‘I’m against this’ or ‘I hate that.’ We...
  • Gay Christians to Join Catholic World Youth Day in Poland

    07/18/2016 11:10:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Gay and transgender Christians will set up a ministry during World Youth Day, when Pope Francis is expected to meet hundreds of thousands of young Catholics in southern Poland later this month. Leaders of the Warsaw-based "Faith and Rainbow" LGBT organisation say they want to minister to the thousands of gay, lesbian and transgender people attending the event by setting up a "LGBT Pilgrim's Haven". "We want to create a space in which they will feel safe and where they will find answers to issues facing them," organiser Misza Czerniak told the Monday edition of Poland's Rzeczpospolita broadsheet daily. Organisers...
  • Senior Cardinal Warns About Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

    07/17/2016 10:09:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 77 replies
    RTE News ^ | 6/17/16
    A senior adviser to Pope Francis has said he is worried about the anti-Muslim rhetoric of presumptive US Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. In an interview with RTÉ News, Cardinal Seán O’Malley also warned against scapegoating Muslims following this week's atrocity in Nice and other terrorist attacks on the west. Speaking in Knock, Co Mayo, the cardinal recalled that the Irish were once blamed for America's ills. And he urged Catholics to heed the advice of Pope Francis to strengthen dialogue with Muslims. "It’s very easy to stir up resentment and to blame groups of people. "I think immigration is...
  • 7,000 Churches Fasting, Praying Over Terrifying New Persecution Law (Russia)

    07/16/2016 8:28:23 AM PDT · by dragonblustar · 48 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 07/08/2016 | Jessilyn Justice
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country's many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting. The bill toughens punishment for acts deemed to be terrorism and for the organization of "mass unrest," according to the Los Angeles Times. It would also introduce prison sentences of up to a year for those who fail to report such crimes. Furthermore, Great Commission Ministries Chairman Hanny Haukka tells Charisma News the law entails: Foreign guests are not permitted to speak in churches unless they have a "work permit" from Russian authorities If a friend or...
  • 45 Catholic academics urge cardinals to ask Pope Francis to fix exhortation’s errors

    07/16/2016 7:55:11 AM PDT · by annalex · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Thu Jul 14, 2016 - 12:44 pm EST | Claire Chretien
    45 Catholic academics urge cardinals to ask Pope Francis to fix exhortation’s errors July 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Forty-five Catholic prelates, academics, and clergy have submitted an appeal to the Dean of the College of Cardinals in Rome requesting that the cardinals and Eastern Catholic Patriarchs petition Pope Francis to repudiate a list of erroneous propositions that can be drawn from Amoris Laetitia. The appeal will be sent in various languages to the 218 living Catholic Cardinals and Patriarchs over the coming weeks. The unnamed signatories contend that the exhortation contains “a number of statements that can be understood in a...
  • ATHONITE FATHERS CALL FOR REJECTION OF CRETAN COUNCIL AND CESSATION OF COMMEMORATION OF THE...

    07/15/2016 4:48:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 07-14-2016
    An "Open Letter" from Athonite Fathers to the Holy Community of the Holy Mountain of Athos is calling for an immediate convocation of the governing body of Mt. Athos in order to condemn the "false council" of Crete and cease the comemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople on Mt. Athos. OVER 60 Hieromonk and monks, with a disciple of Saint Paisios, Elder Gabriel of the Kelli of St. Christodoulos (Holy Monastery of Koutloumosiou) at their head, have written an open letter to the Holy Community of Mt. Athos calling upon the Abbots to reject the Council in Crete and stating...
  • Thanks, M. Valls’: Social media furious over PM’s ‘France will have to live with terrorism’ comment

    07/15/2016 7:58:04 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 48 replies
    Social media reacted with anger to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ assertion that France “will have to live with terrorism.” Users shamed the PM, saying that more people apparently need to be killed in terror attacks to wake up the French government. READ MORE: France vows to retaliate for Nice attack, extends state of emergencyLIVE UPDATES Valls made the statement following the attack in Nice that killed at least 84 people and injured dozens. “Times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism, and we must face this together and show our collective sang-froid,” he said....
  • After Decades of Mistrust, Pope Pushes for Diplomatic Breakthrough with China

    07/15/2016 7:47:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/14/16 | Lisa Jucca, Benjamin Kang Lim and Greg Torode
    Catholic officials say a deal is in the works that would defuse a core dispute between the Holy See and China’s Communist leaders: the fate of eight bishops the Vatican views as illegitimate. But the talks face internal resistance on both sides.HONG KONG/BEIJING – Pope Francis is leading a determined push to fundamentally alter the relationship between the Vatican and China, which for decades has been infused with mutual suspicion and acrimony. Interviews with some two dozen Catholic officials and clergy in Hong Kong, Italy and mainland China, as well as sources with ties to the leadership in Beijing, reveal...
  • CFN Media 15: Ecclesiastical Vandalism - The Cupich Appointment - special edition [VIDEO]

    07/14/2016 1:47:56 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 4 replies
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  • President Obama Nominates Canaanite God Molech To Supreme Court

    07/14/2016 12:52:11 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | July 14, 2016
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Growing anxious that the Senate would not approve previous nominee Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he would be pushing through newly selected nominee Molech of Canaan to be the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice. “Molech, the fiery devourer of the young, is more than qualified for the position,” Obama said in a White House press conference at which he introduced the idol. “Furthermore, he has proven his advocacy for women’s rights by calling for the barbaric sacrifice of babies—any time, for any reason—as acceptable and appeasing offerings. He’ll fit right in on the bench.” The...
  • Vatican Works to Rekindle Dialogue with Sunni Muslim Scholars

    07/14/2016 12:34:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, will travel to Egypt soon to meet with leaders of Al Azhar University, the Vatican announced on July 12. The visit will follow up on the May meeting in Rome between Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad al-Tayyib, the head of Al Azhar University. The purpose of the bishop's visit to Cairo, the Vatican said, will be to explore ways to resume official dialogue between the Vatican and the Egyptian institution. Al Azhar, which is generally recognized as the foremost institution in the Sunni Muslim world, had engaged...
  • Card. Caffarra: If even a cardinal tells you something not in line with the Catechism, don’t listen

    07/14/2016 6:47:24 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 13, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    If all Church doctrine must be read in light of Amoris Laetitia, then all Amoris Laetitia must be read in light of Church doctrine, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, archbishop emeritus of Bologna and a former member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said in a wide-ranging interview. Caffarra addressed the widespread confusion within the Catholic Church over the nature of marriage and the proper response lay Catholics should have to the confusion. “To Catholic faithful who are confused about the Doctrine of the Faith concerning marriage, I simply say: ‘Read and meditate upon the Catechism of Catholic Church nn.1601-1666,’” Caffarra...
  • Cardinal Sarah's speech: a stealth success?

    07/14/2016 6:31:48 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 4 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | July 13, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    You might say—many commentators have said—that with the quick Vatican smackdown of Cardinal Sarah's proposal for ad orientem worship, Rome has spoken and the case is closed. I disagree. On the contrary, Cardinal Sarah has reopened a much-needed discussion about how to increase reverence in the liturgy. His address to a conference in London caused what that city's Catholic Herald is describing in this week's cover headline as A liturgical earthquake. Ten days ago no one was talking about celebrating Mass ad orientem. Now that option is being widely discussed, even in secular media outlets. Cardinal Sarah was not issuing...