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  • Cardinal Müller Expects SSPX to Recognize Disputed Council Teachings

    Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said he expects the Society of St. Pius X, which has always opposed the Second Vatican Council's declarations on religious freedom and ecumenism, to “unreservedly recognize” freedom of religion as a human right, and an obligation to ecumenism. In an interview in the June edition of the German publication Herder Korrespondenz, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that if one “wants to be fully Catholic, one must recognize the Pope and the Second Vatican Council.”
  • With Final Words, Christian Girl Begs Forgiveness for ISIS for Killing Her

    05/23/2016 6:42:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/23/16 | Matthew Archbold
    The young daughter of an Iraqi Christian family burned alive by ISIS used her final moments in her mother's arms to beg forgiveness for her killers. Jihadists reportedly arrived at the family's home in Mosul seeking to collect a fine that the Muslims charge Christians called "Jaziya." They told the mother that the family must pay instantly or evacuate the home. The mother simply begged for a few moments as her 12 year old daughter was in the shower. They did not wait. Instead, they immediately set the house ablaze. The girl was severely burned in the fire. Her mother...
  • Russian Patriarch Kyril Speaks of the Battle With Demonic Secularism

    05/23/2016 6:32:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 05-23-2016 | Patriarch Kyril
    Excerpts from a recent sermon by Patriarch Kyril of the Russian Orthodox Church with English subtitles.
  • The absurdity of “safe zones” for the secularist and the saint.

    05/23/2016 8:37:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Created Equal podbean.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Mark Harrington
    This is not violence,” an angry abortion advocate screams while physically attacking a Created Equal team member. Last week a Columbus, OH resident roughed up one of our outreach team members even before he had an opportunity to dialogue with his intended audience. It seems increasingly common for abortion advocates not only to dissent to our message but also to resort to violence. In defending the violence of abortion, abortion advocates use violence to intimidate preborn defenders. But this call for protectionism isn’t just for abortion advocates or unbelievers anymore, but we now see it cropping up among Christians, especially...
  • To Please Obama, Hanoi Releases Catholic Human Rights Icon Fr. Van Ly

    05/23/2016 4:21:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 5/21/16
    The communist authorities have released the priest in his 70's, leader of the struggle for rights and religious freedom. The years in jail have taken their toll physically, but not on his spirit. He is "bright and determined." Activists say his release is a gift to Obama on the eve of his trip to Vietnam.Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Hanoi’s Communist authorities have released Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest in his 70s one of the top leaders in the struggle for religious freedom and civil rights in the country. According to some sources, the decision is a "good will" gesture ahead...
  • Decapitated Churches in China’s Christian Heartland

    05/23/2016 4:17:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5/21/16 | Ian Johnson
    SHUITOU, China — Along the valleys and mountains hugging the East China Sea, a Chinese government campaign to remove crosses from church spires has left the countryside looking as if a typhoon had raged down the coast, decapitating buildings at random. In the town of Shuitou, workers used blowtorches to cut a 10-foot-high cross off the 120-foot steeple of the Salvation Church. It now lies in the churchyard, wrapped in a red shroud. About 10 miles to the east, in Mabu township, riot police officers blocked parishioners from entering the grounds of the Dachang Church while workers erected scaffolding and...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – May 22nd, 2016 (video)

    05/22/2016 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Lera · 2 replies
    Calvary Chapel ^ | 5/22/2016 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. explains how last week’s developments are preparing the world for the antichrist to come on the scene. Prophecy update follows building update.
  • 2016 05 22 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Pushing for Peace"

    05/22/2016 2:09:55 PM PDT · by Lera · 2 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 5/22/2016 | John Haller
    This week, John looks at the Push for Peace in the Middle East, specifically the Quartet (US, EU, Russia and the UN) who are accelerating their push to divide up the land that was given to Israel by God Himself. That, dear friends, is never a good idea, as God will not be mocked and He will impart judgment on those who threaten the peace and security of Israel. With the Huffington Post's article on "Jesus, the First Transgender" and the Harvard meeting on creating a synthetic human genome, it is even more clear that we are spiraling out of...
  • On Fatima Story, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Breaks Silence

    05/22/2016 10:26:28 AM PDT · by piusv · 51 replies
    Onepeterfive.com ^ | May 21, 2016 | Skojec, Steve
    Today, May 21, 2016, the Holy See Press Office has released, in its daily bulletin, a statement attributed to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The statement categorically denies the affirmation, reported here, from Fr. Ingo Dollinger, which speaks of a private conversation in which then-Cardinal Ratzinger spoke to Dollinger, a personal friend, about there being more to the Third Secret of Fatima than was published by the Vatican in June of 2000. Here is the full text of the Vatican statement:
  • I told my North Korean captors about life in America, and they were shocked

    05/21/2016 4:18:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    KUOW-FM ^ | May 19, 2016 | Kate O'Connell Walters, Jason Pagano & Kim Malcolm
    After a year in the North Korean prison, Kenneth Bae softened toward his guards. “There were many small conversations like, 'How much do you make in the United States? What's it like to live in the U.S.?” Bae told KUOW’s Kim Malcolm. “Do people really have houses and cars?” When he told his captors about life in America, the guards were shocked. “They said, ‘No way. No way most common people can live like that,’” he said. “They were told that 1 percent of people in the United States have everything, and the rest of them are living in poverty....
  • Baby Bison and the Danger of "Misplaced Concern" (as it applies to the LGBT community)

    05/21/2016 2:43:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 20, 2016 | Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
    As the emotional trumps the rational, people increasingly act on sentiment and subjective desires, often making bad situations even worse. American Bison mother and calf stop traffic in Yellowstone National Park (Photo: Martha Marks | us.fotolia.com) On May 9th at Yellowstone National Park, a bison calf was euthanized. The reason? A tourist, concerned about the welfare of the calf in the cold temperatures, had put it in her SUV. The calf was later rejected by its mother after repeated attempts to return it to the herd. “Rob Heusevelet, another park visitor, said he warned the tourists they didn't need to...
  • Vatican cardinal: U.S. bathroom battle is part of ‘insidious war’ against human nature

    05/21/2016 9:03:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 17, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A top Vatican cardinal blasted the transgender bathroom agenda in the United States on Tuesday as diabolical. Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., that there are clear signs in the United States of religious persecution and a war against human nature. “Do we not see signs of this insidious war in this great nation of the United States?” Sarah asked.  “In the name of ‘tolerance,’ the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality and the human...
  • Vatican Insider: Pope Probably Dislikes America and Americans

    05/21/2016 1:54:45 AM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 May 2016 | Austin Ruse
    Respected Vatican journalist John Allen reports today his speculation that Pope Francis just does not like America or Americans. One major clue lies in the Pope’s periodic condemnation of “doctors of the law” and “traditionalists.” But who are these vaguely-defined groups? After asking many people in and around the Vatican to identify those groups, “the answer I got most was ‘Conservative Americans,” Swiss-born Bishop Bernard Fellay of the renegade Society of St. Pius X, said in an interview with journalist Edward Pentin.
  • Redemptorist Priest among Marylanders featured on Vietnam TV Series

    05/20/2016 6:43:31 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicreview.org ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paul McMullen
    Forty-five years after he served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Vietnam, Redemptorist Father John Bauer continues to expand his admiration for the resourcefulness and resolve of the men and women who were under his pastoral care during wartime. Father Bauer, now on the staff of his childhood parish in Highlandtown, is among a half-dozen Catholics featured in "Maryland Vietnam War Stories," a 3-hour documentary airing over as many nights, May 24-26, on Maryland Public Television. Father Bauer was among the participants who attended a recent advance screening, where a fellow veteran noticed his clerical collar and approached him during...
  • 'Rotten fruit' endemic in this entire industry [Christian Publishing]

    05/20/2016 2:53:17 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/20/2016 | Jim Fletcher
    Although few talk about it publicly, I continue to be astonished by the rotten fruit in the Christian book publishing industry. I feel almost forced to say this at the outset: There are still good publishers. There are still good authors. There is still some good material being produced. It’s just not mostly in the popular categories/circles (makers). Checking out Christian retailing online the other day was a real downer. Among the top-selling books/authors making their rounds through evangelical circles: "Jesus Calling," "The Power of I Am" (Joel Osteen), Thom Rainer, Rick Warren, Jen Hatmaker, Steven Furtick and "Half Truths"...
  • Pope shocker: Promotes socialism, likens Jesus to ISIS

    05/20/2016 10:46:18 AM PDT · by detective · 151 replies
    WND ^ | 05/20/2016 | Cheryl Chumley
    Pope Francis, in an interview with the French newspaper La Croix, suggested a likeness between ISIS and Jesus by explaining that while “the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam,” it was quite possible to interpret certain passages of the Gospels, particularly in Matthews, as a call for Christians to go forth with this “same idea of conquest” in their discipleship. He also faulted the free market for driving poverty, saying economies need “a state to monitor and balance them;” gun manufacturers for fueling wars; and the failures of Christians in Europe to properly assimilate with Muslims...
  • Christian Officials Begin Restoration Work On The Church Of Holy Sepulcher

    05/20/2016 10:04:11 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 20,2016 | AP
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Christian officials have launched historic restoration work at the Tomb of Jesus inside the Church of Holy Sepulcher, site where tradition holds Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
  • Francis to Hold Unprecedented Meeting with Top Sunni Muslim Leader

    05/20/2016 6:51:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 57 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/20/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope will receive the highest authority in Sunni Islam at the Vatican on MondayPope Francis will receive the highest authority in Sunni Islam in an unprecedented meeting at the Vatican on Monday. The meeting between Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, Cairo, and Pope Francis was revealed by Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi. Fr Lombardi said: “This audience is being prepared and has been scheduled for Monday. It will be a first.” Al-Tayeb suspended dialogue with the Holy See on behalf of Al-Azhar University in 2011. Benedict XVI had called for the protection of Christian minorities following a...
  • Hugh Fitzgerald: Pope Francis: Islam and Christianity Share “the Idea of Conquest”

    05/20/2016 6:46:03 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | May 19, 2016 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    Pope Francis continues to astonish. He has just said, in an interview with the French Catholic paper La Croix, that “the idea of conquest is inherent to the soul of Islam.” As far as his understanding of Islam goes, this is a marked improvement over his disturbing statement, back in November 2013, that the “Koran is a book of peace” and “Islam is a peaceful religion.” Now he at last recognizes – how could he not, after yet another year of Muslim bombs and bloodletting all over the place? – that Islam has something to do with “conquest,” that is,...
  • Pope Francis Likens JESUS To ISIS, Says Muslims MUST Breed With Christians!

    In a shocking interview, Pope Francis compared Jesus Christ to ISIS and said Muslim migrants must breed with Christians to counter “declining birth rates.”
  • INTERVIEW Pope Francis (Breeding With Muslims Will Save Europe)

    05/19/2016 4:32:16 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 61 replies
    La Croix ^ | 5-17-2016 | Guillaume Goubert
    Coming back to the migrant issue, the worst form of welcome is to ‘ghettoize’them. On the contrary, it’s necessary to integrate them. . This integration is all the more necessary today since, as a result of a selfish search for well-being, Europe is experiencing the grave problem of a declining birth rate.
  • 'Its a synagogue, church, and mosque all in one' [2 Thess 2]

    05/19/2016 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5/19/2016 | David Rossenberg
    An interfaith group is laying the groundwork for what will likely be the world’s first ever joint house of prayer. The center of worship, which will be called the "House of One," will combine simultaneous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian prayer services. The House of One is planned to be built on the site of Berlin’s first church, the Petrikirche. One of the organizers of the interfaith group behind the planned church/mosque/synagogue, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, said that the House of One is a reminder that despite the dark history of Berlin in the 20th century it is now a center...
  • Pope Francis: Muslim Terrorism is the West’s Fault

    05/19/2016 8:15:42 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies
    http://pamelageller.com ^ | May 18, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    This Pope never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity or proselytize for Islam no matter how many millions of murdered Christians lay before him. The Pope is the gift that keeps on giving -- to Islamic supremacists. Blaming the global jihad war on 'Iraq' negates the half a billion victims of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements over the past 1,400 years. "Pope Francis: Muslim Terrorism is the West's Fault," By Daniel Greenfield, FPM, May 18, 2016: Is anything ever the fault of Muslims? Not to the left. Muslims have no agency. They just respond to what...
  • Cardinal Burke Says Pope’s Exhortation Must be Read ‘Critically’

    05/19/2016 4:15:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/18/16 | Jeanne Smits
    ROME, May 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Two days after the Rome Life Forum in which he called faithful Catholics to be prepared to endure the “Martyrdom of Witness” for the sake of “the defense of human life and its cradle in the conjugal union of husband and wife,” I was privileged to obtain a personal interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke for LifeSiteNews in which he made clear that in his view, Amoris laetitia can be read “critically.” He spoke gravely, even sadly, deploring the fact that many Catholics today are “ignorant of their Catholic faith,” underscoring also that “the part...
  • Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

    05/18/2016 4:08:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 18, 2016 7:01 PM EDT
    The top policy body for the United Methodist Church is struggling to avert a split over gay rights. The Methodist General Conference voted 428-405 to delay all discussion of church policy related to LGBT people during a meeting in Portland, Oregon. Delegates created a commission Wednesday to review all relevant church law on the subject over a period of at least two years, then hold a special meeting to discuss the way forward. …
  • BBC Religious Output is ‘Too Christian’, According to Internal Report

    05/18/2016 6:21:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/16/16 | Staff Reporter
    Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, has written a report on the corporation's religious programming for director general Lord HallAn internal review of the BBC has concluded that the corporation’s religious output is too weighted in favour of Christianity. A report by Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, suggests that more airtime be given to programming focussed on Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths. According to the Sunday Times, Ahmed told a Commons meeting on religious literacy that he had written a report for the BBC’s director-general Lord Hall in response to criticism from non-Christian...
  • United Methodist Church to respond to rumors that it is about to split over gay equality

    05/17/2016 9:40:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 17, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    The United Methodist Church is considering splitting over the full acceptance of gay members, according to reports by top clergy and advocacy groups. Church officials say the president of the Council of Bishops will address the rumor Tuesday in Portland, Ore., where the denomination is holding a major convention. The rumors about the United States’ third-largest faith group began spreading on social media Monday night, when some prominent pastors reportedly told crowds in Portland that a plan is in the works. Details about what the plan entails and who was on board with it were unconfirmed. United Methodist Church spokeswoman...
  • Parishioners to Leave Closed Church After 11-year Protest

    05/17/2016 8:50:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Protestors had hoped to reverse a decision by the Archdiocese of Boston to close St Frances X Cabrini churchFor more than 11 years, die-hard parishioners of St Frances X Cabrini church maintained a constant vigil there in hopes of reversing a decision by the Archdiocese of Boston to close it as part of a broad restructuring plan. Those hopes ended on Monday, though, when the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the parishioners’ group. “This is a very sad day for us,” said Jon Rogers, a spokesman for Friends of St Frances Cabrini, a group that also...
  • Pope Francis Hails Election of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London

    05/17/2016 8:45:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/17/16 | Staff Reporter
    The election of a Muslim as London mayor 'illustrates the need for Europe to rediscover its capacity to integrate', the Pope told La CroixPope Francis has hailed the election of London’s first Muslim mayor in a wide-ranging interview with a French newspaper. Discussing the migrant crisis with French daily La Croix, Pope Francis said “the worst form of welcome” for migrants is “to ‘ghettoise’ them”. “On the contrary, it’s necessary to integrate them,” the Pope said. “In Brussels, the terrorists were Belgians, children of migrants, but they grew up in a ghetto. In London, the new mayor (Sadiq Khan) took...
  • The Testimony of Jesus Christ [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/17/2016 7:22:47 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-17-16 | bible ,Holy Spirit
    Supernatural experiences are happening now with in my Body and Bride but do not let this distract you for though you walk on the waters with me it is My Testimony that keeps you afloat for I AM in and through all things and it is as you cause others to understand My love for them that I elevate you to walk in the heavenlies for you are not earthly bound and it is "My Spirit IN YOU" that performs what seems impossible to others for as Stephen did now you shall do ! Acts 6 Seven Chosen to Serve...
  • Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the ‘tough difficulties’

    05/16/2016 5:14:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | May 16, 2016 | Michael Swan
    After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic. “ARCIC III hasn’t proved itself yet,” Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday. This third stage of the dialogue has been meeting since 2011, but has yet to publish a major document. It is currently studying how the Church arrives at moral teaching. The official dialogue sponsored by the Vatican and...
  • Charlie Daniels: How Much Longer Will a Just God Allow America to Prosper?

    05/16/2016 7:23:25 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 16, 2016 | Charlie Daniels
    When I look at the unfathomable vastness of the universe, the intricate workings of the solar system, the constant, predictable journey of the moon around the earth and the earth around the sun, it's incomprehensible to me that it just happened. It is inconceivable for me to believe that it was just a random occurrence, nothing more than the explosion of gases in space that luckily resulted in a nine planet solar system, with the third one from the center being the only known inhabited planet in existence. When I consider the process by which a child is conceived and...
  • Breaking: Supreme Court sends Little Sisters' case back to lower court

    05/16/2016 3:58:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | May 16, 2016 | Matt Hadro
    Little Sisters of the Poor at the Denver, Colorado house. Credit: El Pueblo Catolico/James Baca. Washington D.C., May 16, 2016 / 08:53 am (CNA).- In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court sent the Little Sisters of the Poor HHS mandate case back to the lower courts on Monday, in light of new developments in the case.“We are very encouraged by the Court’s decision, which is an important win for the Little Sisters. The Court has recognized that the government changed its position,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney for the Little...
  • Supreme Court Sends Little Sisters of the Poor Case Back to Lower Courts

    05/16/2016 3:40:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 16, 2016 | John Burger
    In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Monday vacated lower court rulings against religious non-profits objecting to Obamacare’s “contraceptive mandate.”The court did not rule on the merits of Zubik v. Burwell, a closely-watched case that included the Little Sisters of the Poor, several Catholic dioceses and colleges and Priests for Life. But in the unsigned decision, the eight justices said the government may not fine the non-profits involved. The court sent the case back to the lower courts, saying the parties to the case “should be afforded an opportunity to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners’ religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered...
  • Pope Francis Betrays Christianity By Romanticizing Poverty

    05/16/2016 7:25:41 AM PDT · by detective · 141 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 16, 2016 | Maureen Mullarkey
    Writing in Forbes last year, Steve Moore, a Catholic, asked: “What is the theological case for telling those in the poorest villages of the planet where people still live at subsistence levels, that they have a moral obligation to save the planet by staying poor and using less fossil fuels, less energy and electricity?” Three months later, Vatican Radio ran the telltale headline: “Pope: Christians Should Kneel Before the Poor.” The article cited Pope Francis’ assertion that “poverty is the great teaching” Jesus gave us, and that “the poor are not a burden but a resource.” He capped his homily...
  • Vatican Officials Downplay Speculation on Women Deacons

    05/16/2016 6:09:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Two Vatican officials downplayed speculation occasioned by Pope Francis’s call for the establishment of a commission to study women deacons-- “above all with regard to the early days of the Church,” as the Pope said during a question-and-answer session with women religious superiors on May 12. In examining the Pope’s remarks, “we need to be honest” said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office. “The Pope did not say he intends to introduce the ordination of female deacons, and even less did he talk about the ordination of women as priests.”
  • 2016 05 15 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Fighting God" (video)

    05/15/2016 9:26:31 PM PDT · by Lera · 6 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | May 15, 2016 | John Haller
    "Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!" That line, spoken by Bill Murray in the movie "Ghostbusters" is incredibly not very far from the truth these days. Keep in mind, it has been only 10 1/2 months since the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, and the complete breakdown and degeneration of society here and abroad is now in full force. John has had enough, and he shares his anger and frustration during this week's update entitled "Fighting God". In an unusually harsh rebuke of our elected officials and world leaders, John takes them to task on heir...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – May 15th, 2016 (video)

    05/15/2016 8:41:26 PM PDT · by Lera · 7 replies
    Calvary Chapel ^ | May 15, 2016 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. addresses the breakneck speed with which prophetic events are revving up specifically concerning Israel and the United States, vis-ŕ-vis Iran.
  • Cocktail was 'religious event' trial told as cardinals stay away

    05/15/2016 7:24:51 AM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 14, 2016
    Top cardinal Pietro Parolin and two close associates of Pope Francis have sidestepped giving evidence in the controversial and increasingly embarrassing Vatican trial of five people accused of leaking classified Holy See documents. Vatican number two Parolin, fellow cardinal Santo Abril y Castello and Archbishop Konrad Krajewski had all been asked to give evidence on behalf of one of the accused, PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui. The three clerics invoked an article of the Vatican's penal code which allows them to decline to testify for professional reasons. Parolin said in a statement to the latest hearing in the case on Saturday...
  • Cardi Burke: We must ‘resist’ those in the Church presenting false teaching on marriage, sacraments

    05/14/2016 3:36:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 13, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, May 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Cardinal Raymond Burke stated on the weekend that faithful Catholics must “resist” a perspective within the Church that seeks to undermine the truths of the Catholic faith regarding the indissolubility of marriage and the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The general theme of the talk was “Martyrdom for the Faith in Our Times. “Of particular concern to me is a growing mundane perspective, a man-centered and world-centered perspective, especially in the Church,” he said, adding that the perspective expresses itself in a “secular understanding of the divine realities.” He was speaking to pro-life...
  • Swedish Govt Spends Millions Telling Citizens To Eat Insect “Meat” To End Climate Change

    05/14/2016 2:52:58 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 51 replies
    Active Post ^ | April 29, 2016 | Joseph Jankowski
    The Swedish government is taking an extremely bizarre commitment to fighting climate change by spending large sums of taxpayer money to develop 'meat' made from mealworms and crickets. Vinnova, the Swedish government agency that distributes money for research and development, is spending some 2.7 billion kronor ($261 million) to replace conventional meat with 'climate-friendly' insect 'meat' and other strange alternatives. Yum… Breitbart News reports: Green activists and the United Nations are behind such political initiatives as 'Meat Free Mondays' — a gateway to full vegetarianism — which are based on the premise that meat consumption is driving man-made climate change....
  • Kremlin Urges to Immediately React on Growing Religious Intolerance in the West

    05/14/2016 9:18:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Intefax ^ | 5/13/16
    Moscow, May 13, Interfax - Boosting religious intolerance in certain Western countries and crisis of securing religious freedoms in zones of military conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa requires immediate reaction, the Kremlin official believes. The president's website informs that they talked about it at a session of the Council for Interaction with Religious Associations chaired by the head of the Kremlin administration Sergey Ivanov. Ivanov in his speech reminded that "today crisis in providing religious freedoms is seen in zones of military conflicts and on the territories controlled by terrorist groups in the Middle East and North...
  • Card. Burke: We Must 'Resist' Those in the Church Presenting False Teaching on Marriage, Sacraments

    05/14/2016 5:14:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/11/16 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, May 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Cardinal Raymond Burke stated on the weekend that faithful Catholics must “resist” a perspective within the Church that seeks to undermine the truths of the Catholic faith regarding the indissolubility of marriage and the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The general theme of the talk was “Martyrdom for the Faith in Our Times".“Of particular concern to me is a growing mundane perspective, a man-centered and world-centered perspective, especially in the Church,” he said, adding that the perspective expresses itself in a “secular understanding of the divine realities.” He was speaking to pro-life...
  • Church Sign in Mount Pocono Vandalized

    05/13/2016 3:17:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    wnep.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | Carmella Mataloni,
    MOUNT POCONO -- Police in part of Monroe County are looking for the person who spray-painted "Trump" outside a church. The name of presidential hopeful Donald Trump was painted on a sign that sits outside St. Mary of the Mount in Mount Pocono. The church closed last year, and neighbors say since then there have never been any problems until now. People who live nearby cannot believe someone would vandalize such a sacred place. "I think it's disgraceful. It has nothing to do with politically or what my party affiliation is but just to deface any property like that is...
  • Florida Church Defaced With Satanic Symbols

    05/13/2016 2:45:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Police are investigating acts of vandalism and subsequent threats levied against a Catholic church in Florida. According to reports, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Delray Beach, Florida was defaced Tuesday night by unknown vandals who spray painted satanic symbols and other imagery on multiple statues and the sides of church buildings. An office administrator, who first discovered the crimes Wednesday morning, asserts pentagrams and other "satanic" signs were painted on the walls. Additionally, three statues had black masks and capes spray painted on them. "It was awful to look at," the church employee,...
  • Top 20 Signs Of The Rapture And Second Coming Of Christ

    05/13/2016 1:46:18 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 44 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/12/16 | Gary
    In this author's humble opinion these are the 20 clearest signs that the end of the age is quite literally imminent: 1. In a technical sense the Gospel has now been preached to every nation on earth in fulfillment of Mark 13:10.  Some scholars argue that we must interpret the Greek word for "nation" strictly as an individual ethnic group, but even if that is the correct interpretation, this prophecy was likely fulfilled sometime toward the end of the 20th century or the beginning of this century.  There are certainly still several isolated tribes where the Gospel has not been...
  • New Bishop in Tulsa - Fr. David Konderla. Anybody know him?

    05/13/2016 6:25:22 AM PDT · by FatherofFive · 12 replies
    He is currently serving as Pastor of the Saint Mary Catholic Center at the University of Texas A&M campus in College Station, TX. Anybody know him?
  • A 1500-Year-Old Underground Byzantine Church Is Found in Turkey

    05/13/2016 6:21:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/11/16 | Daniel Esparza
    Unearthed in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia, the unique church contains remarkable frescoesLast February, archaeologists unearthed a unique rock-carved underground church in Nevsehir, in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia. The church was decorated with never before seen frescoes depicting Jesus’ Ascension, the Final Judgement, Jesus feeding the multitudes, and portraits of saints and prophets. The discovery, made during excavations and cleaning operations in an underground city recently uncovered as part of an urban project in Nevsehir, is located within a castle that might date back to the fifth century. Authorities expect it will make Cappadocia an even more...
  • One-In-Four New Children Murdered... 56 MILLION Per Year

    05/12/2016 2:32:59 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 10 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/12/16 | Gary
    A new study reveals that one-fourth of unborn children around the world are murdered - a staggering 56 million children per year.  The study reveals that the number is actually significantly higher than previously thought. From the BBC: One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest. The report in the Lancet said 56m induced abortions take place annually - higher than previously thought. Researchers acknowledge rates have improved in many rich countries but warn this masks no change in poorer areas over the past 15 years. Experts...
  • The Ten 'Lost' Tribes Of Israel Were Never Actually Lost

    05/12/2016 2:26:54 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 25 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/9/16 | Gary
    Of all the dozens and dozens of signs pointing to the imminent return of Christ, two clearly stand above the rest: 1. In a technical sense the Gospel has now been preached to every nation on earth in fulfillment of Mark 13:10.  Some scholars argue that we must interpret the Greek word for "nation" strictly as an individual ethnic group, but even if that is the correct interpretation, this prophecy was likely fulfilled sometime toward the end of the 20th century or the beginning of this century.  There are certainly still several isolated tribes where the Gospel has not been preached,...