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  • Speaking Truth To The Pope; Speaking Truth To Muslims

    07/29/2016 4:54:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 29, 2016 | Danusha V. Goska
    On Wednesday, July 27, Pope Francis arrived in Krakow, Poland, in order to celebrate World Youth Day. As part of this trip, the pope commented on controversy surrounding Muslim migration to Europe. Many of these comments reveal an apparent ignorance of Polish history and current reality, a privileging of Marxist and culturally relativist worldviews that distort reality, and an abandonment of true Christian ideals. I write as a devout Catholic. I wish my pope would read what I write here.
  • Dublin Archbishop Rebukes Cardinal Burke's Comments on Islam

    07/28/2016 7:11:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 7/28/16 | Sarah McDonald
    Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said recent comments by Cardinal Raymond Burke on Islam's desire to govern the world are unhelpful at a time when Europe reels in the aftermath of a spate of terror attacks. The archbishop decried the murder of elderly French priest, Fr. Jacques Hamel, in Normandy as "something that no religion would stand over," adding that the atrocity in the small parish church of Saint Etienne du Rouvray has been "horrifying to everyone" and that people have been "absolutely stunned by the brutality" of it. Speaking from Poland where he is attending World Youth Day,...
  • Syriac Patriarch Warns of Despair Among Displaced Iraqi Catholics

    07/28/2016 6:32:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/28/16 | Doreen Abi Raad
    In a wide-ranging interview for CRUX, the spiritual leader of the world's 200,000 Syriac Catholics describes the growing despair of the Iraqi refugees, the war in Syria, Bashar Assad, and the causes of Islamic fundamentalism.LEBANON - The displaced Syriac Catholics of the Iraqi areas of Nineveh and Mosul are fast losing hope that they will ever return home, according to their spiritual leader, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan. Some 100,000 Iraqi Christians were forced to flee to the Kurdistan region in the north in the summer of 2014, where they are languishing in expectation of a return that...
  • THE ISLAMIC JESUS AND THE LAST DAY

    07/27/2016 6:35:56 PM PDT · by windhover · 40 replies
    Many know that Jesus is considered by Islam to be a prophet, second only to Muhammad. What is not generally known is how the "Islamic Jesus" figures into "The Last Day ";one of "Pillars of Islam", which MUST be believed to be Muslim. They do, as Christians, believe that Jesus will return at the end time; leading the Righteous Armies of God to defeat the Armies of Evil, in order to found the Kingdom of God. However,in Islam, Jesus is a Muslim leading the Righteous Armies of Allah to destroy the Infidel Forces of Evil. Folks, that's us, and when...
  • Egypt's Coptic Pope Warns of Increased Attacks on Christians

    07/27/2016 7:32:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | AP
    CAIRO (AP) — The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian church warned on Monday of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being "defaced." In a meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians — nearly an incident a month. He describes the situation as "very painful." He told lawmakers that preserving national unity is "our responsibility in front of the world, future generations, history and in front of God." His remarks were published on his personal website. The Pope's website also quoted lawmaker Saad el-Gammal as saying that parliament...
  • Pope Francis: ‘The World is at War, But it is Not a War of Religions’

    07/27/2016 7:29:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 52 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/27/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope spoke to reporters on his flight to Poland for World Youth DayPope Francis says the world is at war, but has stressed that it’s not a war of religions. Francis spoke to reporters on the papal plane en route from Rome to Poland, where he began a five-day visit for World Youth Day. Asked about the slaying of an 85-year-old priest in a Normandy church on Tuesday, Francis replied: “the real word is war…yes, it’s war. This holy priest died at the very moment he was offering a prayer for all the church.” He added: “I only want...
  • ISIS knifemen 'forced French priest to kneel and filmed themselves slitting his throat

    07/26/2016 10:41:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    Mirror ^ | July 26, 2016
    The ISIS terrorists who carried out the France church attack forced a parish priest to kneel before filming themselves slitting his throat, it has emerged. Father Jacques Hamel, 86, was made to get to his knees before he was brutally butchered at the church in Normandy today, says a nun who escaped the attack. His two murderers captured the slaying on a mobile phone, according to Sister Danielle, who was one of several worshippers taken hostage during morning mass. They then performed a 'sermon' around the altar in Arabic - as armed cops rushed to the scene and terrified...
  • Why King Richard Did Not March on Jerusalem

    07/24/2016 11:19:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/22/16 | Andrew Latham
    When we look back on the Third Crusade (1189-1192) it is all but impossible not to be struck by how close King Richard and the Christian host came to decisively defeating Saladin and re-taking Jerusalem. Twice during the campaign—in January 1192 and again in July 1192—the crusaders advanced to within a dozen or so miles of the Holy City, only to withdraw without making a serious effort to besiege it. In this brief essay, I will attempt to explain the strategic decision to abandon the first advance on Jerusalem in 1191/2. From Acre to Bayt NubaDuring the summer and autumn...
  • [Hungarian] Archbishop: Muslims Have Come to Occupy Europe (and some advice for Pope Francis)

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

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

    07/21/2016 1:49:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/20/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Concerns are growing for the future of Christians in Turkey, the birthplace of St Paul, in the wake of the failed coup. Two churches in eastern Turkey in places already known for historic murders of Christians were vandalised during the attempted coup, reports Middle East Concern. In Trabzon on the Black Sea, ten people attacked the Catholic church of Santa Maria where Catholic priest Father Andrea Santoro was murdered in 2006. Muslim neighbours intervened and drove them away. In Malatya, where three Christian workers were murdered in 2007, there was an attempt to smash the windows of the Protestant Church....
  • US Cardinal [Burke] Says ‘Christian Nations’ in West Must Counter Islamic Influx

    07/21/2016 1:38:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Seervice ^ | 7/21/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) Amid heightened tensions over ISIS-fueled terror attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric, a prominent U.S. cardinal says Islam “wants to govern the world” and Americans must decide if they are going to reassert “the Christian origin of our own nation” in order to avoid that fate. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Rome-based prelate known as an outspoken conservative and critic of Pope Francis’ reformist approach, said in an interview on Wednesday (July 20) that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” While Catholic teaching recognizes that all Abrahamic faiths worship the same God, Burke criticized Catholic leaders who, in an effort to...
  • Remember the Copts ISIS Martyred in Libya? This Priest Does.

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

    07/20/2016 7:18:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    New Europe ^ | 7/19/16
    Pro-government mob groups attack religious in the aftermath of the attempted coup in Turkey, a democratic watchdog reports. Reportedly, in some cases Muslim citizens reacted against the mobs to protect their fellow citizens. The attacks by Islamist mobs begun on Saturday evening, that is, the evening after the attempted coup had been averted. Attacks were reported at the Catholic Church of Santa Maria in Trabzon; a second attacks was reported on a Protestant Church in Malatya. In Trabzon a mob of 10 people attacked the Catholic Church, throwing stones drawn from the pavement. The mob also carried sledge hummers. Fortunately,...
  • Confessing joy: A Sunni Lebanese woman on becoming Christian

    07/20/2016 4:54:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 19, 2016 | Yasmin Amin Baydawi
    She was a 7-year-old kid while he was there even before history.She loved him since she woke up to life, watching stories of him on TV, mainly on special occasions, but didn’t know him, as no one around her knew him. Those around her refused to get to know him or recognize him.She grew up and he entered her life again, without permission. She betrayed him a lot but he forgave her each and every time and she adored him even more. When her family members knew about her love story, they refused and condemned it. But she insisted on wearing...
  • Senior Cardinal Warns About Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

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

    07/15/2016 6:27:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 15, 2016 | Magdi Christiano Allam
    Good day friends. Not to minimize in any way, the terrifying number of the dead, the tragic end of innocent citizens who thronged the promenade in Nice to watch the firework display on occasion of a national holiday and the identity of the criminal, the Islamic terrorist who perpetrated the massacre of at least 84 people, among them many children, what is extremely important right now is that we finally acknowledge we are at war and - most especially - the enemy we have to fight and defeat: Islam. If, however, those who govern us continue to absolve Islam by...
  • Vatican Works to Rekindle Dialogue with Sunni Muslim Scholars

    07/14/2016 12:34:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, will travel to Egypt soon to meet with leaders of Al Azhar University, the Vatican announced on July 12. The visit will follow up on the May meeting in Rome between Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad al-Tayyib, the head of Al Azhar University. The purpose of the bishop's visit to Cairo, the Vatican said, will be to explore ways to resume official dialogue between the Vatican and the Egyptian institution. Al Azhar, which is generally recognized as the foremost institution in the Sunni Muslim world, had engaged...
  • Coptic Archbishop: Sectarian Attacks Increase, One Every Ten Days

    07/12/2016 10:20:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 7/11/16
    Minya (Agenzia Fides) - An appeal to ask the police to enforce the law protecting citizens from any sectarian discrimination was launched yesterday by Anba Makarius, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Minya, after the series of incidents which in recent weeks have again recorded a sharp rise in cases of violence suffered particularly by Egyptian Christians. Now – highlighted Coptic Orthodox Archbishop - such violent attacks from the assault on homes to targeted kidnappings for ransom, are continuing at an average of one every ten days. In recent times the assault on homes of Christian families perpetrated in the village of...
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne: Muhammad "instrument of God's mercy" [Chrislam in Church]

    07/10/2016 2:32:27 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 53 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/10/2016 | Robert Spencer
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has issued greetings to Muslims on the occasion of the feast of Eid al-Fitr. The Very Reverend Denis Stanley, Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Melbourne Archdiocese, wrote: The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne would like to extend its best wishes to the Muslim community in Victoria and Australia on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Feast of the Breaking of the Fast, celebrated at the end of the sacred month of Ramadan. The Holy Qur'an was first revealed in the month of Ramadan and had a special purpose: "And We sent down...
  • Immigrants occupy Regensburg cathedral

    07/08/2016 5:23:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | July 8, 2016
    A group of about 40 immigrants has occupied the Catholic cathedral of Regensburg, Germany, demanding that they be allowed to remain in the country. The Regensburg diocese has announced that it will not grant "asylum in the church" to the immigrants, who come from Balkan countries. However, the diocese is also not asking police to intervene.
  • Vatican newspaper offers reflection on conversions to Islam

    07/08/2016 3:56:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 8, 2016
    The Vatican newspaper has published a front-page reflection on conversions to Islam. Summarizing a recent book by journalist Virginie Riva examining the conversions of 11 French women, historian Lucetta Scaraffia writes that the women were between the ages of 25 and 35, university educated, not attracted by terrorism, and either agnostic or Catholic. These women were drawn to Islam, Scaraffia said, through their friendship with Muslim students who witnessed to their religion, delighted in studying the Quran, and did not downplay Islam’s requirements regarding prayer and the role of the sexes. Accepting invitations to Ramadan meals, these women, “very often”...
  • Islam is being damaged by media: Dr Zakir

    07/07/2016 5:37:03 AM PDT · by Cronos · 31 replies
    Khaleej Times ^ | 13 June 2016 | Ahmad Shabaan
    The maximum damage done to the image of Islam today is by the international media which is bombarding misconceptions about it day and night using an array of strategies. This was affirmed by renowned Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik on Thursday night, June 16, as part of his lecture 'Media & Islam "International media, be it print, audio, video, or online, use a number of strategies to malign Islam by first picking up the black sheep of the Muslim community, and portraying them as though they are exemplary Muslims." Media is the most important tool rather the most dangerous weapon...
  • First [Muslim] Call to Prayer Inside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in 85 Years

    07/06/2016 9:31:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A muezzin’s call to prayer reverberated inside the sixth-century Istanbul landmark Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years on July 1. The building in the city’s historic Sultanahmet district broadcast the azan from its minarets following July 1’s Laylat al-Qadr, or night of power, marking the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. The broadcast of the morning call to prayer from within Hagia Sophia is likely to reignite controversy over the use of the building, which was designated a museum in 1935 under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic. Although the...
  • I am sorry to "Gays"

    07/03/2016 4:31:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 89 replies
    July 3, 2016 | Vox Cantoris
    I am sorry to all "gays." I am sorry that Pope Francis said the words "who am I too judge" and because he did not understand that the media would leave out the first part and only concentrate on the second. I am sorry that this made you think that it is okay to continue on in a life choice that will result in your spending an eternity cut off from God, in Hell. I am sorry to "gays" that the Pope has called you "gay." You see, you are not "gay" any more than you are a one-eyed, one-horned,...
  • When Islamists and Secularists Agree

    07/03/2016 3:29:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 30, 2016 | Tom Hoopes
    Many commentators tried to implicate Christians in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando. But might it not be true that Western secularists have more in common with Isis than Christians?The two realities of Islamic extremism and Western consumerism are like shadowy doppelgangers showing up each otherÂ’s bankruptcy. Consider:I. ISIS and secularists have both created aggressive sexual playgrounds for men.At first glance, the two foesÂ’ attitudes toward sex look utterly different. In the West, the Sexual Revolution strains against any restriction on sexual expression. That loose attitude toward sexuality is one of the signs of decadence in the...
  • No Exit (from Islam) [the chief catalyst for Brexit is Muslim immigration]

    06/30/2016 2:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 29, 2016 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    The world is abuzz with talk of Brexit—the British vote to leave the European Union. Britain’s reclamation of its independence is now prompting talk that other nations might exit the EU—the Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, Italy, and a dozen more. Over on this side of the Atlantic, the Brexit initiative has renewed discussion about the U.S. exiting the UN.What you won’t hear about is any discussion of Exslam—exiting Islam. No one seems to want to suggest that it might be a good idea for Muslims to consider leaving Islam. That’s curious because Islam figures prominently in the Brexit decision. It’s...
  • Pakistani Muslim Clerics Allow Transgender Marriage

    06/29/2016 10:01:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Rodney Pelletier
    LAHORE, Pakistan (ChurchMilitant.com) - A group of Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a religious decree on Sunday declaring that transgender people can marry. So-called transgenderism exists in the majority-Muslim country and is more widespread than Westerners might expect. In 2009, Pakistan added "third gender" to national identity cards, allowing them to vote in 2011, and in 2012 allowed them the ability to inherit property and assets. According to a 2009 census, up to 300,000 Pakistanis identified themselves as transgender. The religious decree — known as "fatwa" — declares, "The hijras are human beings and they have rights given by Islam....
  • Vatican Selling out Egyptian Christians to Buy Good Relations with Islam, Claim Copts

    06/27/2016 3:40:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 6/25/16 | Ashraf Ramelah
    Pope Francis, who is “building bridges to build peace” around the world, has naturally reached out to embrace Sunni Muslims. Last month, for the first time after years of Vatican silence, Pope Francis summoned to his private library in Rome grand imam Ahmed El-Tayeb of Cairo’s Al-Ahzar Mosque Institute. Absent a press release before this event, the Pope was quoted as saying, “this meeting is the message” – leading all to dwell on the meaning and purpose of their 25 minutes together. Christians, especially Egyptian Coptic Christians, have observed the Catholic pope give the “sign of peace” to the grand...
  • Pope Genocide Comments Show 'Crusader Mentality' - Turkey

    06/26/2016 5:21:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/26/16
    Turkey says Pope Francis' description of the WW1 mass killing of Armenians as genocide shows "the mentality of the Crusades". The pontiff's remarks have "no relation to reality", Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million Armenian Christians were killed by Ottoman Turkish forces in 1915. But Turkey disputes the figure and denies the deaths constituted genocide. It says the deaths were part of a civil conflict triggered by WW1. The row continues to sour Turkish-Armenian relations, drawing in other countries such as Germany, whose parliament recently declared the killings to be...
  • Presbyterian USA General Assembly Prays To Allah.

    06/22/2016 6:29:09 PM PDT · by Vinylly · 58 replies
    I thought Christians were supposed to pray to God. When did they become Islamic? I'm quitting my local Presbyterian church for sure. This was announced in the latest Presbyterian Church USA, 'The Layman', their internet news letter.
  • Assassination attempt on head of Syrian Orthodox Church

    06/22/2016 4:12:21 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    The Independent | 06-21-2016 | Robert Fisk
    No excerpt per copyright issues and FR policy. The link to the article is below. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/syria-war-robert-fisk-patriarch-orthodox-church-ignatius-aphrem-assassination-attempt-isis-al-nusrah-a7093501.html
  • Chaldean Patriarchate Responds to Criticism of Invitation to Fast 1 Day with Muslims During Ramadan

    06/16/2016 4:32:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 6/14/16
    Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - The request made by the Chaldean Patriarchate to all Iraqi Christians to unite for a day of fasting practiced by Muslims during Ramadan (see Fides 13/06/2016) has provoked some criticism, also expressed "with innappropriate words" through social network. To clarify the true extent of the initiative and unravel possible misunderstanding, the Chaldean Patriarchate, through its official channels, has called the practice of fasting, prayer and penance as ordinary tools with which, from apostolic times, the Churches of the East and all Christian communities over the world express their supplications to the Lord, even before the situations...
  • Patriarchs Call for Liberation of Iraqi Lands Where Christians Lived

    06/15/2016 9:23:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/14/16 | Catholic News Service
    In a joint statement, Syriac patriarchs said 'the wound of forced emigration is still bleeding'Syriac patriarchs, marking the two-year anniversary since ISIS expelled Christians from a large part of Iraq, denounced “the ethno-religious genocide” of their people and called for the liberation of those areas. Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan and Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch in a joint statement, stressed that “the wound of forced emigration is still bleeding.” “Two years passed since the uprooting of our Syriac people from the land of our ancestors in Mosul and the Nineveh Plain,...
  • Will Egypt's Copts Get to Build More Churches?

    06/14/2016 6:27:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AL Monitor ^ | 6/9/16 | Rania Rabeaa Elabd
    The draft law on the construction of churches has renewed the crisis that has existed between the ruling regimes and the Copts in Egypt since the Ottoman era. Over the years, Egypt’s Christians have requested the state to promulgate a law governing the construction of houses of worship, regulating the building of mosques for Muslims and churches for Christians, in light of the challenges in obtaining permission to build new churches, despite the growing Christian population. A law was issued on Oct. 17, 2001, governing only the construction of mosques, with no mention of the building of churches. In Egypt,...
  • Christians Told To ‘Pray In Silence... Don’t Disturb The Migrants’

    06/12/2016 12:11:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/6/16
    Parishioners visiting a church in Italy were told they must “pray in silence” so as not to disturb African migrants being housed there. Some of the faithful hoping to practice their Christianity at the church of St. Anthony in Ventimiglia were surprised when they were told by Caritas volunteers they couldn’t recite the rosary and would instead have to pray in silence out of respect to migrants who are living there. Caritas is ostensibly a Catholic charity, although much of its resources are spent on facilitating mass migration to Europe; the organisation even boasts that it contributes to and seeks...
  • Pakistan, Boom in Vocations in the Land of Martyrs

    The situation of the Catholic minority, today. Two months before the Easter massacre went in the Punjab, Lahore. The faith professed in tears by the survivors. The expert analysis. And, surprise, seminars full of young peopleThey call it "city of gardens". But today the more than eleven hundred public gardens scattered throughout the territory of Lahore, capital of Punjab Pakistan, remain sadly deserts. Two months after the suicide attack of 27 March in the park Gulshan-e-Iqbal - remembered as "the Easter attack "- fear and caution are still palpable. Terrorism has struck at the heart of the metropolis of over...
  • <B>Are Christians really Suicidal?<br><br>Ohio Council of Churches celebrate Ramadan?</B>

    06/09/2016 5:18:21 AM PDT · by RamingtonStall · 23 replies
    The Ohio Council of Churches ^ | 3-JUNE-2016 | The Steubenville Register, Bishop Monforton
    Columbus, OH - The Ohio Council of Churches, Rebecca J. Tollefson, executive director, is urging people to demonstrate a caring spirit toward Muslim Ohioans and place a "Blessed Ramadan" sign in their yards, office window, home window, church during the month of Ramadan, as a gesture of witness and welcome. Ramadan is the month ... It is June 6 - July 5. ..... One of the Five Pillars of Islam, .... Signs can be ordered - Telephone: 651-489-0803 or visit www.impactprintingstpaul.com
  • Hagia Sophia to Turn to Mosque During Muslim Ramadan

    06/07/2016 1:23:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 9/6/16 | Greek Reporter
    The morning prayer from the Koran was read at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul on the first day of Muslim Ramadan, Monday, June 6, in the presence of Turkey’s general secretary of religious affairs. The former Byzantine church that now serves as a museum, will turn into a mosque for the next 30 days and the Koran will be read daily until July 5, when Ramadan ends. Religious state channel TRT Diyanet will be broadcasting daily at 2:00 pm from Hagia Sophia. The fact that the former Christian Orthodox Church that for the past 80 years has operated as a museum...
  • Muslims in Turkey Demand Right to Pray at Hagia Sophia

    06/01/2016 6:44:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Qanatara.de ^ | 5/30/16
    On Saturday thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul's world famous Hagia Sophia, the towering former Byzantine church that is now a museum, to demand the right to pray there, Turkish media reported. An imam led a prayer in front of the vast building that was once a Greek Orthodox basilica, then a mosque and now a museum before crowds called for it to be restored as a Muslim place of worship. "Let the chains break, open Hagia Sophia," chanted the crowds who gathered on the plaza in front of the museum, according to Turkey's Dogan news agency. "In the...
  • Philadelphia Leads Movement to Add Muslim Holidays to School Calendar

    06/01/2016 6:21:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Tribune News Service ^ | 6/1/16 | Tricia L. Nadolny
    The Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to its calendar, placing it among the first in the nation to do so. In what would be an even rarer step, Mayor Kenney said Tuesday he also hopes to adopt the holidays for city workers. He has created a task force to determine how the change can be accomplished. A spokesman from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington said his group is not aware of any cities that have included the holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, in their municipal calendars. "Philadelphia's history is based on being a place...
  • Baghdad Patriarch Calls on Christians and Muslims to Pray for Peace Between May and Ramadan

    05/30/2016 5:39:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 5/28/16 | Joseph Mahmoud
    Baghdad’s Queen of the Rosary Church will host an interfaith prayer against violence and terrorism next Monday. The Chaldean Patriarch launched the initiative, reiterating there are no military options but prayer against conflicts affecting "innocent people". He also urged Muslims to think about renewing their way of thinking and culture.Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Chaldean Patriarch Louis Mar Rapahel Sako has issued a prayer for peace in Iraq, Syria, and the entire Middle East that will be held next Monday (30 May). For the prelate, prayers, not military options can "solve conflicts" in which “innocent people always” pay the highest price. Only...
  • Outrage As Church Holds Muslim Funeral for Islamic State Fighter

    05/27/2016 4:55:04 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 May 2016 | Oliver Lane and Chris Tomlinson
    A German pastor has decided to hold a Muslim funeral for a 17-year-old who died fighting for Islamic State in Syria, leaving many outraged. Pastor Sieghard Wilm of the protestant St. Pauli Church in Hamburg is stirring strong emotions after he made the choice to hold a Muslim funeral in his church for 17-year-old ‘Florent’, who died fighting for the Islamic state in Syria in July. The funeral will take place today.
  • Pope Francis Asks God To "Convert The Hearts" Of Islamic Terrorists"

    05/26/2016 6:28:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 26,2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Following on the latest spate of devastating attacks by the Islamic State in Syria, Pope Francis prayed to God Wednesday to “convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction.” In his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope addressed the tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists in a special appeal for prayer for the Middle East.
  • Europe: Allah Takes Over Churches, Synagogues

    05/26/2016 4:26:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 5/22/16 | Giulio Meotti
    * In the Dutch province of Friesland, 250 of 720 existing churches have been transformed or closed. The Fatih Camii Mosque in Amsterdam once was the Saint Ignatius Church. A synagogue in The Hague was turned into the Al Aqsa Mosque. In Flanders, in place of a famous church, a luxury hotel now stands. Catholic arches, columns and windows still soar between menus and tables for customers.* "The French will not wake up until Notre Dame becomes a mosque." — Emile Cioran, author.*Germany is literally selling its churches. Between 1990 and 2010, the German Evangelical Church closed 340 churches. Recently...
  • Vatican Chief of Ecumenical Relations: 'We Have a Mission to Convert' Muslims

    05/25/2016 5:18:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2016 | 1:25 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    Catholic Cardinal Kurt Koch, who heads the Vatican’s office for ecumenical relations, said that Christians “have a mission to convert all non-Christian religions’ people,” including Muslims, to Christianity, with the exception of those who follow Judaism because of its unique, familial relationship with Christianity: both religions “have the same roots.” For Muslims, he added, the “Islamic tradition” in terms of the Abrahamic religions “is not the same.” […] “It is very clear that we can speak about three Abrahamic religions, but we cannot deny that the view of Abraham in the Jewish tradition and the Christian tradition and the Islamic...
  • Is God Incapable of Deceiving?

    05/24/2016 10:28:56 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 28 replies
    Freep | 05/24/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    Muslims say Allah first revealed Himself to the Children of Israel, but they had the audacity to question Him, so He took away His revelation. And the same with the Christians. Muslims say, Allah asked His angels, "What are the animals' names?" (To know the name of a thing is to have power over it.) They replied, "we don't know because You didn't tell us." Muslims say that Allah's omnipotence is so great, that He can do anything He wants, including things that, to we little humans, seem to violate His, admittedly, infinite rationality. When Catholics pray, "O my God,...
  • With Final Words, Christian Girl Begs Forgiveness for ISIS for Killing Her

    05/23/2016 6:42:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 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...
  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/23/2016 6:38:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 109 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/23/16 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting in CambridgeChristians have a mission to convert all Muslims, according to one of Pope Francis’s senior aides. Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting held by Cambridge University’s Woolf Institute. Cardinal Koch also said that Christians should not try and convert Jews and should view Judaism as a “mother”. “We have a mission to convert all non-Christian religions’ people [except] Judaism,” he said, before reportedly adding that this extended to jihadis responsible for...
  • '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...