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  • N.Y. Bishops Won’t Oppose Gov. Cuomo’s Rule To Stop Health Coverage for Gay Conversion Therapy

    02/11/2016 12:58:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 9, 2016 | Michael W. Chapman
    Although the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered," constitute "grave depravity," and can never "be approved," the Catholic bishops of New York State "have not taken a position" on past bills and "do not foresee taking a position" on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new order banning private and public health insurers from covering gay conversion therapy for minors. Cuomo, a Catholic who supports homosexual marriage and abortion, made his announcement about prohibiting health care coverage for conversion (or reparative) therapy on Saturday, Feb. 6. In a press release, Cuomo's office said, "Multi-agency regulations announced today ban public and...
  • Indigenous People of Mexico Demand Apology from Pope on Eve of Visit

    02/11/2016 6:17:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/9/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Pope Francis will officially authorise the use of indigenous languages in Catholic liturgies when he visits Mexico later this week. It is expected to be one of several such gestures he will make. The Vatican said the Pope will present the language decree when he celebrates a special service for indigenous people in Chiapas state next Monday. It is hoped this and other moves in Mexico will go some way to healing the hurt left by centuries of pain and conflict, some of which is certain to emerge during the visit. The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan, Mexico, has already...
  • 40 Days for Life: It all starts today! Prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil -- Ending March 20

    02/10/2016 5:27:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    40 Days for Life.com ^ | 02-10-16 | 40 Days for Life
    DAY 1: CLOSED! Abortion centers out of business February 10, 2016 https://40daysforlife.com/updates/It all starts today! Prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil are powerful … and needed now more than ever in our culture.Right now, there are babies scheduled to be aborted close to where you live — and your peaceful presence could be the difference. Find your nearest vigil here:https://40daysforlife.com/browse-campaigns/Moms do turn around at the last moment. For the abortion industry, that means one thing — lost income.We start this 40 Days for Life campaign with good news … as we’re now aware of TWO more abortion facilities that have CLOSED...
  • One Practical Advice For Those Who Don't Have The Will Power During Lent To Fast

    02/10/2016 3:53:11 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 1 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    In this society following the Lenten requirements of our faith and fasting are not in fashion and are not encouraged. Neither the TV, nor the newspapers will encourage you to to fast during this season. The most they may do, is to report on the Ash Wednesday, and the Holy Week, culminating with Easter (i.e. the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ). What can you do, if you don't have the strong will to fast during the 40 days of Lent. There are various levels of fasting. The earliest Church fasts severely restricted all foods, but this gradually eased. Pope...
  • The Islamization of America? Contemplating the Unthinkable

    02/10/2016 2:24:43 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 8, 2016 | William Kilpatrick
    Terrorist groups and lone wolves might make life very uncomfortable for us, but the thought of America turning into an Islamic society is difficult to entertain. But is it really so far fetched? (us.fotolia.com | morgan rauscher) Some places in Europe—Parisian suburbs, areas of Brussels, all of Sweden—are well on their way to Islamization. But the possibility that this could happen in America may seem remote. Our Muslim population is small, the Middle East is oceans away, our military is powerful, and our police are well-trained. Terrorist groups and lone wolves might make life very uncomfortable for us, but the...
  • Bible - Quran Text Analysis Reveals More 'Violence' In Bible [Elevate Islam to Destroy Christianity]

    02/10/2016 11:13:33 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    Huffington Post UK ^ | 2/09/2016 | George Bowden
    An analysis of the Bible and the Quran has found that violence and destruction are discussed more frequently in Christian scripture than in the Islamic text. This Is What Happens When People Hear The Bible But See The Quran. In an effort to dispel the oft-mentioned argument that Islam is an "inherently violent religion", an American software engineer processed the Holy books in order to find out how frequently savagery is mentioned. Tom Anderson said: "The project was inspired by the ongoing public debate around whether or not terrorism connected with Islamic fundamentalism reflects something inherently and distinctly violent about...
  • NASA Banning 'Jesus,' Censoring Christian Employees' Religious Speech, Workers Claim

    02/10/2016 8:32:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Christuan Post ^ | 2/9/16 | Michael gryboski
    NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, has been accused of censoring religious speech among its Christian employees, including banning the name Jesus. "NASA has a long history of respecting the religious speech of their employees, including defending, in court, the astronauts who read the biblical account of creation while orbiting the moon. That tradition should continue here," said Liberty Institute Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys to The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday. Dys is alluding to the 1969 case O'Hair v. Payne, in which atheist activist Madalyn Murray O'Hair sued NASA for allowing Apollo 8 astronauts to read Genesis...
  • The controversy at Mount St. Mary’s goes national after professors are fired

    02/10/2016 7:09:49 AM PST · by detective · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | FEB. 10, 2016 | Susan Svrluga
    Professors from universities across the country - from Stanford to North Carolina Central to the University of Nebraska to Harvard - signed a petition Tuesday calling on the Mount St. Mary's University administration to reinstate professors who had been fired. Within hours of being posted, the petition had more than 2,400 digital signatures, a symbol of the outrage from some in the campus community as well as in broader academic circles who viewed the terminations as retribution against faculty who had opposed the president. They also said the decisions threaten the academic freedom at the private Catholic university in Maryland...
  • Christians “Should be Eradicated”: Researchers Document Anti-Christian Agenda Among Elite

    02/10/2016 6:53:33 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 26 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/4/2016 | Selwyn Duke
    A student is punished for refusing to "stomp on Jesus," a Christian baker faces a year in jail for refusing to cater faux marriages, two men are arrested for reading the Bible aloud near a government building, a school "purges" Christian works from its library. Critics asserting the existence of an institutional anti-Christian bias, and a resultant war on the faith, have often been labeled paranoid. But now two University of North Texas sociologists have produced research showing that just such an agenda exists — among America’s most powerful people. Professors George Yancey and David Williamson shared their findings in...
  • U.S. Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Launched, Chicago Archbishop Cupich to Co-Chair

    02/09/2016 7:31:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Rekigion News Service ^ | 2/8/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Monday (Feb. 8) that it was starting a new National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue group, an initiative driven in part by growing anti-Islamic sentiment that many bishops have denounced. "As the national conversation around Islam grows increasingly fraught, coarse and driven by fear and often willful misinformation, the Catholic Church must help to model real dialogue and good will," Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Springfield, Massachusetts., said in a statement. "Our current dialogues have advanced the goals of greater understanding, mutual esteem and collaboration between Muslims and Catholics, and the members have established lasting...
  • Egypt Military Restoring Churches Destroyed Following Morsi's Ouster

    02/08/2016 9:53:19 AM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    AINA ^ | 02-07-2016 | Sherry El Gergawi
    After Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi apologised for not finishing the reconstruction work of Christian properties damaged in the aftermath of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in 2013, the engineering unit of the Armed Forces immediately started cooperating with Coptic authorities to wrap up the pending renovations, religious Coptic figures said. While visiting Cairo's St. Mark Cathedral on Christmas Eve, El-Sisi apologised to the country's Christians over the delay in the completion of renovations, which he says will be done by the end of 2016.The churches undergoing renovation were attacked in August 2013 on the day of the dispersals of pro-Morsi...
  • Card. Parolin Addresses Gregorian Conference on Celibacy

    02/08/2016 9:48:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    (Vatican Radio) The Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, delivered the keynote address on Saturday morning at a conference being hosted by the Pontifical Gregorian University on the past, present, and future of the discipline of priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church. In his prepared remarks, the Cardinal Secretary of State recalled that the requirement of celibacy is a disciplinary one that has never been imposed by the whole Church, and one from which men have more or less frequently been dispensed. Cardinal Parolin addressed the opinion that it is time to lift the discipline in...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – February 7th, 2016 (video)

    02/07/2016 4:27:59 PM PST · by Lera · 7 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 2/1/16 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. reluctantly addresses Obama’s speech at an Islamic Mosque then explains why it is that we can be encouraged in spite of how evil seems to presently prosper and prevail in the world today.
  • 2016 02 07 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Strong Delusion"(video)

    02/07/2016 4:07:43 PM PST · by Lera · 22 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 2/7/16 | John Haller
    WARNING! NOT AN OBAMA-FREE SUNDAY One of the signs of the End Times is the warning from Scripture that God will send a strong delusion to confuse and cloud the minds of many on the earth who are not fully in tune with Him. Things that should be obvious to a thinking individual escapes their discernment, and men wrought with the love of power will mislead and deceive. From the Catholic Church's practice of praying to dead bodies, to the Russian Deception, to the impending world back crisis and the constant barrage of criticism of Israel, indications of the massive...
  • The TRUE Super Sunday! The Lord's Day!

    02/06/2016 7:24:14 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/7/16
    This Super Sunday in America millions will be missing out on the TRUE Super Sunday that transcends time and ETERNITY! The original "Super Sunday", the day that the Savior of the world defeated Death and Hades (Sheol) and rose again from the grave ( Acts 2:22-36; 3:13-18; 4:10-12, 33; 5:29-32; 10:37-43; 13:27-37; 17:23, 30-32; 23:6; 24:14-16; 25:19; 26:68, 22-23, Rev. 1:18) is now the day of the week that His redeemed gather together to hear Almighty God's RIGHTEOUS Word. It is a day set apart by the Father for His saints to enter into His HOLY presence in a very...
  • Delaware Judge: Priest-Penitent Privilege May be Unconstitutional

    02/05/2016 5:55:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    A Delaware superior court judge has questioned the constitutionality of a state law that protects the secrecy of sacramental confession. State law mandates the reporting of suspected child abuse except in cases covered by the attorney-client privilege and conversations "between priest and penitent in sacramental confession." Ruling in a case involving the failure of elders of the Jehovah's Witnesses to report child abuse, Judge Mary M. Johnston said that if "priest," "penitent," and "sacramental confession" are interpreted narrowly, then the law is unconstitutional because its "effect would be to advance certain religions over others."
  • Statement of Met. Hilarion on the Conversion of the "Catholic Church of the East" to Orthodoxy

    02/05/2016 4:17:51 PM PST · by NRx · 25 replies
    Diocese of the East (ROCOR) ^ | 02-04-2016 | Met. Hilarion
    Over the past several months, the leader of an independent church movement called the "Catholic Church of the East," the former Archbishop Ramzi Mussalam, has begun a remarkable transition: to bring his entire movement, of over 60 parishes, into the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). The former archbishop was received into the Orthodox Church and ordained a deacon and priest with the encouragement and blessing and by the hand of Metropolitan Hilarion, ROCOR’s First Hierarch. The former archbishop is now Hieromonk Elias. Father Elias grew up in the Scranton area of Pennsylvania as a communicant of the Polish...
  • Let's stop snuggling the wolves (Protestant Caucus)

    02/05/2016 7:39:01 AM PST · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    "Now these [Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so." - Acts 17:11 No matter how much love and humility Bereans have, they tend to take a lot of arrows from their own when contending. Many times when those who stand firm in God's Word as truth are told they have a critical spirit, it is because we have stepped on the tender toes of a teacher that is teaching the opposite of what biblical Christianity teaches. We are told that they...
  • Patriarch Kirill: We Do Not Call the Forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council Ecumenical

    02/04/2016 7:54:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 2/4/16
    Presenting his report to the Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, which opened on February 2 in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia spoke on the preparations for the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church.'We believe that the Church of Christ is One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic, as the Creed clearly states. The Church is one by her nature. The existence of many autocephalous Churches in the world is a form of the Church's existence in history most suitable for carrying out her salvific mission. We also know that the Church's decision-making important...
  • Russian Church Calms Down the Believers Who Consider Pan-Orthodox Council 'Anti-Christ'

    02/04/2016 7:47:15 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 2/4/16
    Moscow, February 4, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion says there is no grounds for the concerns of some believers about the coming Pan-Orthodox Council. "Unfortunately, there have been many rumors around this Council. For example, they say it will be 'the eighth Ecumenical Council,' it will be 'anti-Christ,' the union with Catholics will be concluded, all fasts will be abolished, priests will be allowed to marry for the second time, it will be a modernist council," the metropolitan said on Wednesday at a press conference in Moscow, resuming the results of the...
  • Former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll to Start New Church in Phoenix

    Mark Driscoll finally made it official: He’s starting a new church in Phoenix. The culmination of a comeback that has been gaining steam over the past year, the former Mars Hill pastor announced the news of The Trinity Church on Monday by email, Twitter and a new website. In a folksy video on the site, which begins with a “howdy” from Driscoll, the pastor said he and his wife, Grace, sitting by his side, were “hoping, trusting, praying, planning and also a little” — he made a jokey grimace — “worrying about planting a church here.”
  • The Dark God of Gnostic Progressive Spirituality

    02/04/2016 4:35:11 AM PST · by spirited irish · 12 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Linda Kimball
    We are at the dawn of a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to our life...Perhaps the best name for this new segment of historical experience is the Interspiritual Age." Wayne Teasdale, "The Mystic Heart" "At the outbreak of the modern era, the (gnostic) system of inverse biblical exegesis was once again activated." Ioan Couliano, "The Tree of Gnosis" The Gnostic system of inverse exegesis begins with evolution, which has persuaded people, "...to think of everything in nature as the fruit of a gradual growth rather than an original creation." Such inverse thinking means it is now impossible for educated...
  • Pope's Opening to China Skips Over Religious Freedom

    02/03/2016 5:24:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/2/16 | John Allen Jr
    On Tuesday, an exclusive interview with Pope Francis about China was published by the Asia Times, in which the pope urges the world not to fear growing Chinese power. It's likely to be hailed as a great opening, as well as another sign of keen Vatican interest in moving ever closer to normalized diplomatic relations with Beijing. "The Catholic Church, one of whose duties is to respect all civilizations, before this civilization, I would say, has the duty to respect it with a capital 'R'," the pope said. Yet there's a striking omission in the conversation between Francis and Italian...
  • Inquiry into Royal Family Killing to Continue as Long as Necessary - Patriarch Kirill

    02/03/2016 5:08:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/2/16
    Moscow, Fabruary 2, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said the inquiry into the killing of the family of Nicholas II will be completed once the truth is found. "I have received highest-level reassurances that there will be no hurry and no tying down of the end of the inquiry to any particular date. The inquiry will last as long as is necessary in order establish the truth," the patriarch said at the current Bishops' Council in Moscow on Tuesday. Unlike the situation in the 1990s, the state has given representatives of the Church - archbishops,...
  • The Number of Believers Among Servicemen of Russian Armed Forces Doubles

    02/02/2016 7:46:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/27/16
    The percentage of believers among the servicemen in the Russia's Armed Forces has increased more than twice since 2001 and now they make up 76 percent of the total number of military men, reported head of Directorate for working with religious servicemen at the Chief Directorate for educational work in the Russian army Alexander Surovtsev on Tuesday to the journalists. "In 2001 only 37 percent of servicemen, when asked if they considered themselves believers, answered yes, and in 2015 as many as 76 percent gave a positive answer," said A. Surovtsev at the annual international Nativity Educational Readings at the...
  • Obama Administration Ignores Federal Law, Allows California to Force Churches to Fund Abortions

    02/02/2016 9:46:22 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | February 1, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    It has been more than a year since the Obama Administration promised to investigate a California order that forces churches to fund abortions through health insurance plans. Despite the repeated urging of pro-life lawmakers and religious groups in California to act on that promise, the administration appears to be doing nothing. The troubling situation began in 2014 when the California Department of Managed Health Care reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions. The...
  • Satanic Temple claims discrimination after invite to deliver invocation scheduled to be revoked

    02/02/2016 6:23:06 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | February 1, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    PHOENIX (ChurchMilitant.com) - Members of the Phoenix City Council are blocking a satanist group from performing an invocation at a council meeting this month. Four councilmen are seeking to enact an emergency ruling forbidding representatives from the Satanic Temple of Tucson, Arizona from delivering a prayer at the beginning of the February 17 city council meeting. Current rules allow any organization to call the city clerk's office and choose a date to act as the prayer leaders for that particular meeting. City Manager Ed Zuercher has stated the proposed changes, set as an agenda item for next Wednesday's meeting, would...
  • Georgetown Students Drive Pro-Life Efforts Without University Support

    Georgetown University students who attended last week's March for Life in Washington, D.C., recently told The Cardinal Newman Society that student groups at the University are finding success in driving pro-life outreach and discussion on campus despite the University's lack of support for their events and activities, or for Church teaching on life issues."I think that given a campus culture that's often hostile to pro-life views, it's extremely helpful that there exists organizations like Georgetown Right to Life," Michael Khan, president of the student-run Right to Life group, told the Newman Society. "With contraceptives allowed in dorms and faculty...
  • Are Methodist Sunday Schools, VBS for LGBTQ Indoctrination?

    02/01/2016 10:45:06 AM PST · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 2/1/2015 | John Lomperis
    Should young children be indoctrinated in LGBTQ ideology in United Methodist Vacation Bible Schools and Sunday schools? The answer is a resounding "YES" if the LBGTQ "reconciling" movement in my denomination gets its way. This was the focus of a workshop at last Saturday's "Winter Warming" retreat for activist supporters of the extraordinarily well-funded Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). RMN is the main unofficial caucus group devoted to promoting the LGBTQ liberationist cause. It boasts of having over 32,000 "Reconciling United Methodists," but a spokeswoman at this event admitted that they count anyone who receives their emails or newsletters (some of...
  • Carnival in Cologne

    01/31/2016 11:50:47 PM PST · by fella · 16 replies
    Motto 2016: Mer stelle alles op der Kopp Balls and Fools' Gatherings From 11th November until the world-famous spectacle of the Cologne Carnival, locals, immigrants and tourists celebrate the crazy season with numerous fancy-dress gatherings and masked balls. Women's Carnival Day Early in the morning, the streets are alive with women in fancy dress on their way to the office, their place of work or to shops, and from 10.00 a.m. they all head towards the Alter Markt. At 11.11 a.m. the Street Carnival is officially opened at the Alter Markt by the three principal Carnival figures: the Prince, the...
  • The Fate of the Religious Right May Be Foretold in Iowa

    01/31/2016 11:25:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Slate ^ | January 31, 2016 | Michelle Goldberg
    Evangelical power brokers are losing their influence. Donald Trump is the proof.Last Wednesday evening, a few hundred Christian conservatives gathered at Noah's Event Venue in suburban Des Moines for a rally with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It featured leading figures from both the local and national religious right, there to make the case that the movement must unite behind Cruz. "Ted Cruz is one of us," said Bob Vander Plaats, head of the FAMiLY Leader, Iowa's most influential evangelical organization. "He's trustworthy. He hates dishonest gain." Vander Plaats was both referencing Exodus 18:21 ("But...
  • Michigan Bishop Inaugurates Program to Have Chant at All Parishes

    01/31/2016 1:45:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Bishop John Doerfler of Marquette, Michigan, has issued directions for all parishes in the diocese to institute programs that will lead to the congregation chanting the Ordinary parts of the Mass. Following up on the work of his predecessor in Marquette, then-Bishop Alexander Sample (who is now Archbishop of Portland, Oregon), Bishop Doerfler has called for the action to carry out the vision of Vatican II, which encouraged the use of Gregorian chant and congregational involvement in the singing. In a pastoral letter released in 2013, Bishop Sample had also called attention to the Council's directives on liturgical music, as...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 31st, 2016 (video)

    01/31/2016 4:15:11 PM PST · by Lera · 13 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 1/31/16 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. addresses some of the prophetically significant developments taking place in the last week most of went unnoticed by virtue of the wall-to-wall coverage of the presidential election with the Iowa caucuses tomorrow.
  • 2016 01 31 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Push for Peace" (video)

    01/31/2016 4:09:46 PM PST · by Lera · 4 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 1/31/16 | John Haller
    Unless you have been totally sleeping through your prophetic alarm clock, it is increasingly clear that the world is turning against Israel with increasing intensity and speed. On one hand, many factions are calling for Israel to be pushed "into the sea" while others are calling for the much promised, but ever elusive "Two State Solution" which is believed to be the panacea of the peace process. Scripture is clear...the nations of the world will turn against Israel, yet she will prevail. Join John as he takes us on a whirlwind journey exploring the burgeoning student debt load in America,...
  • UK MPs Ruled by Sharia Law: Politicians Face Alcohol Ban as New Offices Governed by Islam

    01/31/2016 2:01:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Sunday Express (UK) ^ | 1/29/16 | Alex Culbertson
    Politicians could face an alcohol ban as the new offices they will be moving into are ruled by Sharia law.MPs are to be rehoused temporarily in Richmond House while Parliament undergoes much-needed repair. But the building, 91 metres down the road, was transferred from the British Government to wealthy Middle Eastern businessmen and banks under an Islamic bond scheme, called Sukuk, in 2014 in George Osborne's bid to make the UK a global hub for Islamic finance. The lease terms stipulate the building is governed under Islamic law - which includes the banning of alcohol on the activities. A Whitehall...
  • 'Moscow Gives us Hope', Says Syrian Catholic Patriarch

    01/30/2016 10:39:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    ANSA Med ^ | 1/28/16
    'We will thank anyone who helps us stay in our country'ROME - Syrian Catholic Church patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan has said that he approves of Russia's actions as an attempt to resolve the Syrian conflict and defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). "The Russian intervention gives us a bit of hope in this tragic situation," he said. "Russia has helped Syria a great deal to retake and liberate cities and villages under the control of terrorist groups." "Syrian Christians are grateful to Russia," he said. "Since it intervened, many things have changed on the ground." "We will thank anyone...
  • Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton lead the presidential race for pastors

    01/29/2016 5:34:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Christian Today ^ | January 29, 2016 | Carey Lodge
    Donald Trump is failing to gain support among American church leaders, new research has found, with just five per cent of Republican Protestant pastors saying they would vote for him. Results of a survey conducted among ministers were released by Lifeway research, where senior church leaders were asked: "If the 2016 presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote?" Ted Cruz won the race among pastors who identified as Republican, with 29 per cent of those polled saying they would vote for him. More than a third (39 per cent) were undecided, but one in ten said they...
  • "Partakers in the Suffering": Recent Events in China's Hopeful Church

    01/29/2016 5:13:55 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/27/16 | Anthony E. Clark PhD
    The situation in China is far more complex than a simple chronicle of antagonism, suspicion, and persecution; progress and hope also punctuate the narrativeBeloved, do not be startled at the trial by fire now taking place among you to prove you, as if something strange were happening to you; but rejoice, in so far you are partakers of the Suffering of Christ. (1 Peter 4:12) "Citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief," asserts Article thirty-six of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, "No state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to...
  • Could this be Donald Trump?

    01/29/2016 12:08:02 PM PST · by bestiq · 89 replies
    NKJV ^ | BC | GOD
    Pro 28:2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.
  • It’s Time for Christians to Go to Jail over Marriage

    01/29/2016 10:54:29 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 30 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 1/29/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    As Churchill inspires us, we must fight the tyrannical menace that is the modern homosexual agenda, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. We must fight strong to the end, we must fight for the churches, we must fight for the chapels, and we must fight for the children. We shall fight in the media, we shall fight in the legislatures, and we shall fight in the courts. And if necessary, as Dr. Martin Luther King inspires us, we must go to jail.
  • Covering Nude Statues in Rome for Iran Head Draws Catholic Leader's Scorn

    01/28/2016 9:05:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/28/16 | Rosie Scammell
    ROME (RNS) Controversy over Italy's decision to cover nude statues during the visit of Iran's president continued to spark debate as the leader of the Syrian Catholic Church criticized the episode, saying it pains persecuted Christians in Syria who feel forgotten. "This is our culture. If you don't want to see it, close your eyes!" an exasperated Patriarch Youssef III Younan told journalists in Rome on Thursday (Jan. 28). The head of the Syriac Catholic Church was speaking two days after ancient nude statues were covered by staff at Rome's Capitoline Museums in a bid to avoid offending the Iranian...
  • No One Is Safe

    01/27/2016 2:47:30 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 8 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 1/27/'16 | Donny Fuchs
    Victims of Arab TerrorIf one wants to comprehend the cruel ideology of Amalek, of a society so steeped in collective evil that the Torah insists upon collective destruction, one need only look at the latest Arab atrocity in the southern community of Otniel. A fifteen year old Arab teenager entered the home of Dafna Meir (may G-d avenge her blood!) and stabbed her to death in front of her children. A fifteen-year-old monster, whose father celebrated his murderous act. Arab society breeds such evil. In all likelihood, Dafna's killer was groomed to murder Jews from conception. Yet another Arab with...
  • Pro-Huckabee SuperPAC Takes Aim At Cruz's Faith in New Ad

    01/27/2016 2:15:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 27, 2016 | Vaughn Hillyard and Carrie Dann
    A new ad questioning Ted Cruz's commitment to his religious faith will hit Iowa airwaves Wednesday, just days before the high-stakes Iowa caucus. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In the ad, which was created by a superPAC backing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, two women discuss Cruz's reported comments on gay marriage and what they call his paltry donations to churches and charities. "I heard something about Ted Cruz -- that gay marriage wouldn't be a top priority for him?" says one woman. The other replies "He said it at a fundraiser in New York City. He tells them one thing -- tells Iowans another."(continued)
  • Dear Christians, If You Vote For A Godless Man, You Are Asking For Tyranny

    01/27/2016 11:27:33 AM PST · by paladinan · 92 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1-19-2016 | Matt Walsh
    It's very simple. If a man has no moral center, if he has ambition but no faith, if he does not demonstrate humility or integrity, I will never vote for him for president. I don't care who he is, what he's done, what he says, or what positions he holds. None of that will matter when we are living under his tyranny, and tyranny is sure to follow when you give unspeakable power to a man who believes he is God. I'll put this another way: if you vote for a man who worships himself over God, you deserve the...
  • Orthodox Leaders Moving Synod to Crete Citing Geopolitical Concerns in Turkey

    01/27/2016 6:22:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 1/25/16 | Gregory Pappas
    Considered to be the most important meeting of the world's Orthodox Christian bishops in over a thousand years, the Great and Holy Synod which was to convene at the headquarter city of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey, is being relocated to Crete, citing geopolitical concerns. The announcement came via the Athens News Agency, covering meetings of various Orthodox Church delegations meeting this week in Switzerland to formulate the agenda item and preparations for the June 2016 event. The decision comes after "exceptional objective circumstances" (i.e. the inability of the Russian delegation to travel to Turkey because of...
  • Hey Europe, How is That Feminism Working for you?...Kings of the Earth pt 4

    Hey Europe, How is That Feminism Working for you?…Kings of The Earth pt 4 European Men are Being DemasculanizedYou have to see this video to get a grip on what I have been trying to tell you about “the KNGS of The Earth and their Rulers”, and what they have done to destroy the formerly healthy, vigorous and highly successful Western Civilization. One of the toxic viruses of their arsenal against Judeo/Christianity has been feminism. In the West, through culture, and education and false religious Christian notions, the line between the sexes has been blurred, and that to the detriment...
  • Francis Effects

    01/26/2016 6:28:10 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    Opus Publicum ^ | 01-25-2016 | Gabriel Sanchez
    I try my best to refrain from commenting on the words and antics of Pope Francis. My weak heart can only take so much. Today's breaking news (H/T Rorate Caeli) that Papa Frank will take part in a "common worship service" (whatever that means) in October to help kickoff a yearlong commemoration of the Reformation should be unsurprising to those who have bothered to pay attention to the ways and means of this pontificate. Whatever Francis is interested in, it has very little to do with the Catholic Faith, either as it was maintained and promoted before the Second Vatican...
  • The Antichrist and President Obama

    01/26/2016 4:31:51 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 62 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 1/25/2016 | Daymond Duck
    The end of the age will be marked by a one-world government ruled by an evil man that Christians call the Antichrist (Dan. 7:23; Rev. 13:7-8). Some think Pres. Obama is the Antichrist. Others think he is a type (a picture or a forerunner) of the Antichrist. This writer has long believed that Pres. Obama might seek to become one of the 10 kings (the first head of the North American Union), but he appears to want more than that. He appears to want to rule the world. There was a report on Jan. 8, 2016 that Pres. Obama wants...
  • Benedict & Francis: Two Peas in a Papal Pod?

    01/26/2016 4:14:42 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 1/28/16 | Michael Matt
    February 11, 2016 will mark the third anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking declaration of his intention to abdicate on February 28, 2013. What was behind that history-changing decision? We can all guess but nobody on this side of the Tiber really knows. That he was pressured in some way seems obvious. But, why? Two words: Summorum Pontificum. At the end of the day and despite “the dossier”, the butler, vatileaks and everything else, it’s my opinion that Benedict incurred the wrath of hell itself when he restored the Traditional Latin Mass to the mainstream of the Catholic Church (even...
  • The Inside Story on the Turnpike Mass, From the Priest Who Led It

    01/26/2016 5:26:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Pop ^ | 1/26/16
    You've probably heard the basic story by now: busses full of students heading home from the March for Life in Washington D.C. got stuck on a highway because of a blizzard, and while they were waiting they constructed an altar out of snow and held Mass on the side of the highway. Amazing! ChurchPOP tracked down the priest who presided over this historic Mass, Fr. Patrick Behm, and interviewed him about his experience. "It was incredible," Fr. Behm told ChurchPOP, "easily one of the highlights of my time as a priest." Fr. Behm is the parochial vicar of All Saints'...