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  • Mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital

    04/22/2012 8:14:31 AM PDT · by annalex · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 18:27 April 22, 2012
    Mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital AP. Published: 18:27 April 22, 2012 A mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum Khartoum, Sudan: A mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum, witnesses and media reports said on Sunday. The church in Khartoum's Al Jiraif district was built on a disputed plot of land but the Saturday night incident appeared to be part of the fallout from ongoing hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan over control of an oil town on their ill-defined border. Sudan...
  • Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80

    04/21/2012 4:26:55 PM PDT · by sreastman · 16 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/21/2012 | DeMossNews.com
    Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80 FaithIssues Evangelical Christianity lost one of its most eloquent and influential voices today with the death of Charles W. "Chuck" Colson. The Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview founder died at 3:12 PM ET today at the age of 80. After a brief illness, Colson passed away at a Northern Virginia hospital with his wife, Patty, and family at his bedside. On March 30th, Colson became ill while speaking at a Colson Center for Christian Worldview conference in Lansdowne. The following morning he had surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood...
  • Russians Overwhelmingly Endorse ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban

    04/21/2012 10:31:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/19/12 | Hilary White
    MOSCOW, April 19, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A proposal to outlaw propaganda from the homosexualist movement, particularly that aimed at children, has met with overwhelming approval from the Russian public. A poll conducted by state-run pollster VTsIOM, showed 86 percent of 1,600 respondents nationwide said they supported a ban on the promotion of homosexual relationships. Recently, the Russian Federation delegation at the G8 Summit refused to endorse a joint statement by foreign ministers that included “lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender” people in its affirmation of human rights. A footnote to the statement read, “The Russian Federation disassociates itself from this language...
  • Crisis Proves a Curse for Greece's Orthodox Church

    04/21/2012 10:24:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/20/12 | Harry Papachristou
    * Government cutting priests' numbers and salaries* Demand for church charity soaring as crisis bites* Conservative church turns to modern business dealsATHENS, April 20 (Reuters) - Close links between the Greek state and the Orthodox Church are turning from a blessing for the clergy into a curse as the debt-laden government struggles to fund the ancient institution, just as impoverished Greeks need its charitable work most. Starved of money as the state makes huge spending cuts, the deeply conservative church which grew from one of the earliest centres of Christianity is seeking new sources of funds. But despite a new...
  • LCWR: getting to the truth of the matter (the blogosphere response to CDF document)

    04/20/2012 2:17:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    hancaquam ^ | April 20,
    Reactions to the CDF's assessment of the LCWR are flooding the Catholic blogosphere.   So far, 99% of these reactions have been predictably supportive of either the Left's narrative of Hierarchical Males Oppress the Alternative Spiritualities of Women or the Right's narrative of Holy Mother Church Finally Punishes Naughty Daughters. There have been a few reactions that hit closer to the truth of the matter. Tom McDonald makes a point that needs to be repeated like the "Hail Mary": The LCWR is a toxic organization that has slowly poisoned the church since the 1970s. . .They do not represent the 60,000+ women’s religious...
  • Medieval Abbot's Grave Uncovered

    04/20/2012 2:08:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | April 19, 2012 | SHAWN TRIBE
    Extraordinary discovery of 12th century abbot's grave For something like seven centuries he had lain undisturbed. He – or at least his remains – survived Henry VIII’s destruction of his abbey in 1537, eluded the grave-robbers that followed, and avoided discovery by Victorian archaeologists. Even deep excavations and the underpinning of the crumbling building in the 1930s failed to unearth him. But the abbot who headed Britain’s second richest and most powerful Cistercian monastery may soon be unmasked... [...] The skeleton of a portly figure was discovered almost by fluke when emergency repairs had to be made to the abbey...
  • CAMPAIGN AGAINST JON STEWART BEGINS (Graphic content)

    04/20/2012 6:36:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic League ^ | April 19, 2012 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:Jon Stewart refused to apologize last night for the unprecedented assault on Christian sensibilities he launched on April 16. In that episode, “The Daily Show” featured a naked woman with her legs spread and a nativity scene ornament placed between her legs; with the picture on the screen, Stewart laughed at what he called the “vagina manger.” To see the picture, click here.Our effort against Stewart includes asking his most consistent sponsors to pull their advertising (if necessary, we are not ruling out a boycott of their products), and a lengthy public relations...
  • ‘New Law Will Compel Churches to Offer Same-Sex Marriages’ [UK]

    04/20/2012 5:18:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/20/12 | Simon Caldwell
    David Cameron will not be able to exempt the Churches from a duty to offer marriages to gay couples, a senior Catholic barrister has warned. Neil Addison, the director of the Thomas More Legal Centre, said that the Prime Minister’s assurances to the Church that they would not be compelled to perform religious marriage for gay couples are worthless. He said two judgments by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg combined with a Court of Appeal ruling in 2010 clearly showed that the Government would be acting illegally if it legalised civil gay marriages without permitting them on...
  • The First Lady's Curious Theology

    04/19/2012 11:20:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2012 | Rev. Michael Bresciani
    In America we elect presidents, we don't worship them. But the Weekly Standard blog offered a headline on April 17, 2012 that seemed to contradict this traditional practice. In a short piece by Daniel Halper the headline was "Michelle Obama: 'This President Has Brought Us Out of the Dark and Into the Light' If it were not a direct quote taken from Michelle Obama's rally speech at a campaign event in Nashville, Tennessee earlier the same day, we could only imagine that some virulent anti-Obama politico went too far and just made up a false and despiteful headline to hurt...
  • Test of Fire

    04/19/2012 8:33:24 PM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 16 replies
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  • On the Apostles' Response to Persecution

    04/19/2012 8:23:46 PM PDT · by ELS · 10 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 19, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Apostles' Response to Persecution "In the face of trial, they pray, they get in touch with God" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at the general audience Wednesday. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, After the great feasts we return to the catechesis on prayer. In the audience before Holy Week we reflected on the figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, present in the midst of the apostles when they were awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit. An atmosphere of prayer accompanied the Church’s first steps....
  • Colson Associates Expect His Imminent Death

    04/19/2012 6:54:44 PM PDT · by sreastman · 6 replies
    Fatih Issues ^ | 4/19/2012 | Priosn Fellowship
    Colson Associates Expect His Imminent Death Faith Issues/DeMossNews.com "It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother and founder will soon be home with the Lord," said Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, in a statement. Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, gave the following update Wednesday to the staff and supporters of Prison Fellowship, Justice Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview: "Dear Friends: It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother and founder will...
  • Family Research Council Sues Over Decision to Ban Bibles from Walter Reed

    04/19/2012 6:51:41 PM PDT · by sreastman · 9 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/19/2012 | Christian Newswire
    Faith Issues/Christian Newswire Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the US Department of the Navy on behalf of the Family Research Council (FRC). The FOIA lawsuit, (Family Research Council, Inc. v. Department of the Navy (No. 1:12-cv-00589)), seeks access to records concerning a policy announced in a September 14, 2011, memo issued by the Commander of the Walter Reed National Military Medial Center banning the use and/or distribution of Bibles and other religious items during visits with wounded, ill or...
  • CNN, MSNBC Attack Mormons, Romney [Breitbart.com: Obama religion deflection tries a lib tactic]

    04/19/2012 1:32:13 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Tony Katz
    CNN has been having repeated discussions about Romney, his religion...MSNBC...had the same conversation... ...I find the concept of baptizing the dead off-putting (and baptizing Holocaust victims absurd.)...Newsbusters...remarked on how MSNBC is trying to connect Romney and the Mormon church to issues of race...: ...(BuzzFeed writer and Mormon McKay) Coppins cited...MSNBC regulars...Marc Lamont Hill and Joy Ann Reid: ...Reid...said Romney deserves to be challenged on his church's past. "I think if he were a child when anti-black policies were in place, that would be different," said Reid. "But he was an adult, active in the ministry of his church, and it's...
  • CNN’s Jack Cafferty: ‘Lingering Questions About Mormonism … Odd and Insular’ [MSM Unleashing]

    04/19/2012 12:10:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    The Other McCain.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    A steady drip, drip, drip from the major media continues, and notice how this is framed as helpful advice to Mitt Romney: Now that Mitt Romney is likely the Republican nominee he may begin talking about his Mormon faith. Politico reports a lot of Republicans think he should embrace his Mormonism publicly so people can better understand him. . . . Mormonism is a big part of who Mitt Romney is. He traveled to France on a two-year mission for the church as a young adult, and who raised his five sons as Mormons and has held several church leadership...
  • Vatican announces reform of US women's religious conference (more details)

    04/19/2012 11:52:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | April 19, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle. Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2012 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican called for reform amid a doctrinal “crisis” within the U.S.'s Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), appointing Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle to lead renewal efforts.The appointment was made as the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith revealed the findings of its multi-year doctrinal assessment of the women's conference, which has more than 1,500 members throughout the country.The assessment document explained, “it is clear that greater emphasis needs to be placed both on the relationship of the LCWR...
  • Citing doctrinal problems, Vatican announces reforms of US nuns' group

    04/19/2012 11:42:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    cns ^ | April 18, 2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    Archbishop Sartain gave the homily during the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington last October. (CNS/Leslie E. Kossoff) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Citing "serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life," the Vatican announced a major reform of an association of women's religious congregations in the U.S. to ensure their fidelity to Catholic teaching in areas including abortion, euthanasia, women's ordination and homosexuality. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle will provide "review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work" of the Leadership Conference of...
  • Pop Artists Turning to Satanic Imagery to Drum up Controversy, Sales, Experts say

    04/19/2012 1:28:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/19/12 | Jo Piazza
    NEW YORK – It’s an age-old saying in Hollywood that sex sells, but with consumers finding themselves oversaturated with sexual imagery, today’s top acts are turning to something even more sinful to get our attention: Satan. Performer Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” is getting a lot of buzz this month, due in large part to her infamous Grammy performance earlier this year, where she acted out scenes from an exorcism onstage. While critics, particularly religious groups, blasted the imagery in that performance as ill-timed and awkward, there is no denying that Minaj garnered the attention she was looking for...
  • Manufactured Outrage, Religious Edition [Team Romney sees boogiemen critiquing Ldsism everywhere!]

    04/19/2012 1:16:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 17, 2012 | Alec MacGillis
    Well, that didn’t take long. You had to figure it would just be a matter of time before Team Romney alleged anti-Mormon bias by its opponents or the press, and bingo, today we had two separate instances of the charge being raised... ...on Mike Allen’s Playbook this morning, suggesting...Obama campaign’s argument that Romney has a “penchant for secrecy” has a hidden anti-Mormon message. WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING about the “penchant for secrecy” attack line against Romney: “These are exactly the kind of questions we asked about Obama in 2008 and were accused of race baiting, or suggesting he was somehow...
  • How Mitt Romney's supporters Are Like Uncle Leo: Is Anti-Mormonism Lurking Everywhere?

    04/19/2012 12:53:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    Prospect.org ^ | April 18, 2011 | Paul Waldman
    We always knew that Mormonism was going to be a touchy issue in this presidential campaign. After all, there are still many Americans who express discomfort with the idea of a Mormon president (up to 40 percent, depending on how you ask the question). But it's one thing when you ask that question in the abstract, and quite another when we're talking about a particular Mormon. In that case, I'm fairly sure that nearly everyone is going to decide their votes on how they feel about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, not how they feel about Joseph Smith. Even Robert...