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  • France Debates How to Pay for Saving Crumbling Cathedrals

    02/23/2018 6:22:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    Market Place ^ | 2/22/18 | John Laurenson
    Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral is in a dismal state of disrepair and needs $70 million for urgent renovations, according to Michel Picaud, head of Friends of Notre Dame de Paris. One possible solution for the famous church and other religious monuments is to ask patrons to pay an entrance fee, but so far the Church has been against that. Taking a tour of the decrepit parts of the cathedral (its construction began in the 1100s), is a long, breathtaking and dispiriting experience. Around the back of the cathedral, Picaud points to a collection of stones – including finely worked pinnacles...
  • Turkey: Why Can't Armenians Elect a Patriarch?

    02/23/2018 6:19:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Forum 18 ^ | 2/15/18 | Dr. Mine Yildirim
    The state has again blocked the long-delayed election of a new Armenian Apostolic Patriarch, arguing that such an election would be contrary to the community's traditions. Yet, freedom of religion or belief protects the right of religious communities to elect leaders in accordance with their traditions as they interpret themThe state has, again, blocked the process for the election of a new Patriarch for Turkey's Armenian Apostolic community. The Istanbul Governorship intervened again in early February as the community appeared to be on the point of initiating the long-delayed election. In light of the interference, the Armenian Patriarchate's Clerical Council...
  • Church Holds Renaming Ceremony For Transgender Pastor

    02/23/2018 8:27:45 AM PST · by Maudeen · 23 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 2/23/2018 | PNW Staff
    Starting on February 11th, 2017, the congregation of St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, New Jersey began referring to their pastor as Peter. Peter, formerly Rose Beeson, was the center of a renaming ceremony Sunday that was led by Bishop Tracie Bartholomew of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ceremony also coincided with the celebration known as Transfiguration Day for Lutherans.
  • They Forgave All and Were Martyred

    02/23/2018 6:29:53 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 01-22-2018 | Staff
    The five women shot on Forgiveness Sunday were buried on the grounds of the church where the tragedy occurred The funeral and burial service for the five women shot outside St. George Cathedral following the service of the Rite of Forgiveness on Sunday in the Dagestan Republic city of Kizlyar were celebrated yesterday, with thousands coming to bid farewell to the women who are already being considered martyrs, reports the site of the Diocese of Makhachkala.The coffins with the bodies of the slain Vera, Lyudmila, Nadezhda, Irina, and Vera were brought to the cathedral, where the tragedy had occurred, the...
  • Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Petitions West to ‘Sympathize With Us’

    02/22/2018 5:50:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/16/18 | Doreen Abi Raad
    Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II remains hopeful that his people can eventually return to the Nineveh Plain.Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Aphrem II celebrates Holy Qurobo Mass over the ruins of the (Syriac Orthodox) Virgin Mary Church in Deir ez-Zour, Syria.Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Aphrem II became patriarch in 2014 as Syria was in the throes of war. Several months later, Syriac Orthodox were among the 100,000 Christians driven out by the Islamic State from the Nineveh Plain in Iraq. A native of Qamishly, Syria, the 53-year-old patriarch previously served as archbishop and patriarchal vicar of the Archdiocese...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, February 22, 2018 [prayer]

    02/22/2018 4:56:37 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 24 replies ^ | February 22, 2018 | FR Intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for the 399th day.
  • Amir Tsarfati update on the Middle East, Feb 21

    02/22/2018 1:46:50 AM PST · by firebrand · 6 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Feb. 21, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Starts with Syria's ongoing massacre of its own people outside Damascus. Followed by an excellent clarification of events between the various forces in the Middle East right now. Some comments on the Palestinians and Egypt's role in all of this. Turkey's conflict with everyone, including Greece. As an old friend of mine once said, "At the dawn of recorded history, the Middle East was at war."
  • ISIS Claims Responsibility for Dagestan Church Shooting

    02/21/2018 6:13:46 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 2/20/18
    ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting that took place on Sunday at the Cathedral of St. George in Kizlyar, Dagestan, Russia. A young man opened fire on parishioners exiting the church on Sunday, leaving five women dead, two more parishioners wounded, and two security guards wounded. Four of the women died instantly, while the fifth later died in the hospital. The parish had just served the Rite of Forgiveness in which everyone asks for and offers forgiveness for all their sins against one another, thus entering the Great Fast, and for these victims, eternity, with pure hearts. The...
  • Sedevacantism

    02/21/2018 5:56:13 PM PST · by NRx · 15 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 02-21-2018 | Fr John Hunwicke
    Readers will be aware that I do not enable any comments which even delicately hint at anything even remotely like Sedevacantism. Even if a Bishop of Rome were personally a heretic, even if, like Pope Honorius I, he actually promoted and propagated heresy, he would still be pope. I have no doubt whatsoever about this. And it is the duty of every Catholic to be in Full Communion with him. Sedevacantism is illogical and unhistorical rubbish. But I must admit that I have no worked-out solution to the following very hypothetical hypothesis. Suppose a pope were, additionally, to require of...
  • 42 Million Babies Born to Unmarried Mothers Over Last 30 Years

    02/21/2018 8:12:18 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 41 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/20/18 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The percentage of babies born to unmarried mothers dipped below 40 percent for the first time in 9 years in 2016, dropping to 39.8 percent, according to the final birth-data report for that year published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, there were 1,569,796 babies born to unmarried mothers in the United States during that year, according to the report. That made 2016 the 29th straight year (1988-2016) that more than a million babies were born in the United States to unmarried mothers. Over the past 30 years on record (1987-2016), according to CDC data, there have...
  • Billy Graham: Pastor to Presidents

    02/21/2018 7:08:30 AM PST · by oxcart · 35 replies
    Billy Graham has often said, “Whether the story of Christ is told in a huge stadium, across the desk of a powerful leader, or shared with a golfing companion, it satisfies a common hunger. All over the world, whenever I meet people face-to-face, I am made aware of this personal need among the famous and successful, as well as the lonely and obscure.” Every U.S. President since World War II has met with Billy Graham. Both Johnson and Nixon, the two who probably sought him the most, offered him high positions in government — which he quickly and politely refused....
  • Court Likely to Withdraw Charge of Key Accuser in Cardinal Pell Abuse Case

    02/20/2018 6:31:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/15/18 | Elise Harris
    Melbourne, Australia, Feb 15, 2018 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Wednesday that a charge related to a key witness in the case against Cardinal George Pell, accused of historical sexual abuse, is likely to be withdrawn. In the Feb. 14 hearing, the director of prosecutions for the Melbourne Magistrates Court said that while they had not decided on the matter, the charge of a key complainant who died in January would likely be withdrawn. Defense attorney Ruth Shann argued against the man's credibility, saying Pell's legal team would be examining the credibility of the “unreliable”...
  • Viktor Orbán: “The West Will Fall, While Europe Does Not Even Realize it is Being Invaded”

    02/20/2018 6:27:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    The Gates of Vienna ^ | 2/19/18 | Baron Bodissey
    No matter how absurd it is, the danger that threatens us is from the west nowadays. This danger is held over our heads by politicians from Brussels, Berlin and Paris. They want to force us to adopt their policies, the policies that made them migrant-accepting countries, and opened the gates for the decline of Christian culture, and for the expansion of Islam. They want us to accept migrants, too, and also become mixed-race countries.Yesterday afternoon Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave his annual state-of-the-nation speech in Budapest. As usual, he took a forthright stance against the migration quotas and other...
  • Hillsong Sponsoring Contemplative Alpha – Allows Catholic Mass at Conference

    02/20/2018 2:35:01 PM PST · by fishtank · 14 replies
    Emergent Watch ^ | 2-15-18 | Mark Jefferies
    Hillsong Sponsoring Contemplative Alpha – Allows Catholic Mass at Conference ON FEBRUARY 15, 2018 BY MARK JEFFERIES In what appears to be a one of the latest atrocities in the ecumenical war against God’s church, Hillsong churches are partnering with Alpha – a contemplative program that originated in the heretical Anglican Holy Trinity Brompton – the church that was the European home of the ‘Holy Laughter’ heresies.
  • [Cath Cauc] Leaked docs raise question of Pope’s personal role in new Vatican financial scandal

    02/20/2018 1:44:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 20, 2018 | John-Henry Westen
    Leaked documents obtained by LifeSiteNews connect the Pope himself to a new Vatican financial scandal and raise serious questions about his global reputation as the “pope for the poor.” LifeSiteNews has obtained internal documents of the U.S.-based Papal Foundation, a charity with a stellar history of assisting the world’s poor, showing that last summer the Pope personally requested, and obtained in part, a $25 million grant to a corruption-plagued, Church-owned dermatological hospital in Rome accused of money laundering. Records from the financial police indicate the hospital has liabilities over one billion USD – an amount larger than the national debt...
  • Toledo pastor, family charged with aggravated robbery

    02/19/2018 5:52:12 PM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 2/19/2018
    A downtown Toledo pastor and his family are accused of robbing a Sunday school teacher at the church over the weekend. St. Paul’s AME Zion Church Pastor Anthony Morris, 49, along with his wife, Zelda Morris, 46, and 19-year-old daughter Kamali Morris, are each charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony. Nickema Turner, 39, of Maumee was teaching Sunday school at the church, 954 Belmont Ave., when the younger woman grabbed her by the hair, according to a Toledo police report. Ms. Turner attempted to recover her belongings when Mr. Morris allegedly pulled out a gun...
  • Dagestan, ISIS Attacks an Orthodox Church, Killing Five Women

    02/19/2018 5:17:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/19/18
    The attack carried out by a 22 year-old. Faithful targeted at the end of the Maslenitsa festival. Dagestan is a Muslim majority republic. In 2015 ISIS created the "Caucasian province" of the fundamentalist group.Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Five women have been killed in an attack by militants of the Islamic State in Russia. Yesterday afternoon, at the end of the Sunday service, an attacker armed with a shotgun opened fire on the faithful coming out of the Orthodox Church of Kizlyar, in the predominantly Islamic Caucasian Republic of Dagestan. The spokesman of the Orthodox Patriarch Kirill condemned the attack,...
  • Hungarian Leader Calls Christianity 'Europe's Last Hope'

    02/19/2018 5:13:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/18/18 | AP
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister says that "Christianity is Europe's last hope" and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favoring migration have "opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam." Viktor Orban said Sunday during his 20th annual state of the nation speech that his government will oppose efforts by the United Nations or the European Union to make migration acceptable to the world. He conjured the image of a Western Europe overtaken by Muslims, saying that "born Germans are being forced back from most large German cities, as migrants always...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL –Febuary 19, 2018 (Prayer)

    02/18/2018 10:43:36 PM PST · by · 20 replies
    Intercessory prayer ^ | 2/19/2018 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with others to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Family, Government, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. ( I John 5:14) Religion forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Mexican Diocese Withdraws Nuns from Violent City

    02/18/2018 5:47:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/16/18 | Mark Stevenson
    MEXICO CITY - The Roman Catholic diocese where two priests were killed earlier this month has withdrawn all nuns from the hyper-violent city of Chilapa in southern Mexico. The diocese said in a statement that the parents of one of the nuns had been killed and that their school had to close for several months last year due to threats from drug gangs operating in the area. The nuns ran one of the oldest and most respected schools in Chilapa. The Church did not specify how many nuns were involved, but local media said there were four. Local media also...