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  • Saudi Arabia deports Christians [all Catholics] for celebrating Assumption of Our Lady

    09/27/2016 8:08:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 22, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donelly
    Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Lebanese Maronite Christians, including women and children, for celebrating the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady in their home. Saudi Arabian authorities justified the deportation by claiming the Christians participated in "un-Islamic prayer" and that they possessed the "Gospel". The religious police raided a house in the Aziziyah neighborhood of Al Khafji, in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, and arrested 27 people, including children. The Christians claimed that as the Koran esteemed the Blessed Virgin Mary, their prayers caused no insult. In 2006 the Saudi government gave the undertaking to stop interfering with...
  • Christian Homeland in Iraq: Nineveh Plain Province Is Solution ‘Beyond Genocide’

    09/22/2016 7:26:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/19/16 | Victor Gaetan
    In Defense of Christians Convention Aims to Preserve Christianity in the Middle EastWASHINGTON — “Time is running out for Assyrian Christians,” declared Michigan-resident Nahren Anweya, 34, speaking to the Register at the third annual convention of In Defense of Christians (IDC) held in Washington Sept. 7-9. Born in Iraq, Anweya vividly remembers being slapped in the face by her first-grade teacher in Baghdad, for describing herself as a Christian — signifying the second-class citizenship suffered by the faithful there long before the current crisis. “We are disappearing literally by the week,” she said, estimating the total number of Christians in...
  • Archbishop Cupich: dialogue with Muslims more important than ever

    09/22/2016 10:29:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 22, 2016
    There is an “urgent need to cultivate positive dialogue” with Muslims, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago said in a statement. The prelate, who serves as co-chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, stated: The report "Danger & Dialogue: American Catholic Public Opinion and Portrayals of Islam," recently published by the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia based in Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim - Christian Understanding, raises serious questions about how Catholics view their Muslim brothers and sisters. “When there is no attempt to learn more about one another, we see an increase in the tendency...
  • The changing face of Islam in Kurdistan

    09/16/2016 7:11:45 PM PDT · by odds · 8 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | July 2, 2016 | Hannah Lynch
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — “We Muslims have a lot of problems with our religion, for a lot of reasons,” the words of Sanger Najim, a young man living in Erbil, echo the sentiments of a growing population in the Kurdistan Region who struggle with questions about their faith. Many Muslims are confronted by the violent extremism of the Islamic State (ISIS) and wonder how to reconcile their personal beliefs with the actions of the extremist group. The Kurdish population is approximately 94% nominally Muslim. Recently, however, there have been many reports of Kurds leaving Islam or converting to other religions....
  • Many US Catholics Don't Have a Positive View of Muslims, Finds Study

    09/14/2016 5:42:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9/13/16 | Mazin Sidahmed
    Of 1,027 Catholics polled, only 14% said they had favorable views of Islam and one in three said they had either very or somewhat unfavorable viewsOnly 14% of American Catholics have a favorable view of Muslims and Catholic media outlets tend to have a bias against Muslims, a study has found. The findings, carried out by the Bridge initiative, a multi-year research project that focuses on Islamophobia at Georgetown University, conducted research on how mainstream and Catholic media consumption correlates to respondents’ perceptions of Islam. Of the 1,027 self-identified Catholics polled, only 14% said they had favorable views of Islam...
  • Saeed Abedini To Muslims: "Islam Is From Satan," Followers Started War On Christianity On 9/11

    09/14/2016 5:35:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 14, 2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pastor Saeed Abedini, a former American hostage who was held for three and a half years in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, said on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 that Muslims started a war on Christianity with the terror attacks. Abedini said that although most Christian pastors do not want to say it, Islam is a satanic religion that leads people astray. "Fifteen years ago the shape of the whole world got changed forever and war between Islam and Christianity started by Muslims again," [sic] Abedini wrote in a Facebook message on Sunday.
  • Rome's Grand Mosque Refuses to Join in Anti-Violence Initiative

    09/13/2016 7:06:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Grand Mosque of Rome declined to take part in a national "Say no to violence" initiative that was supported by more than 2,000 other Islamic communities in Italy. For the September 11 observance-- deliberately timed for the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America-- Italian Christians were welcomed at mosques throughout the country. But the Grand Mosque did not participate. A spokesman, Abdellah Redouane, said that the observance could cause "confusion and ambiguity," and blamed "those who seek visibility at any cost and present themselves as representative" of the Islamic faith. Rome's Grand Mosque will not take part in...
  • Christian Father Beheaded by ISIS: 'Teach My Children the Principles of Jesus Christ'

    09/11/2016 4:30:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies ^ | 9/8/16 | Michael W. Chapman
    Among the 21 Coptic Christian workers beheaded on a beach in Libya last year by ISIS was a father who, before he went to Libya as a migrant worker, told his wife he knew it was dangerous and that if he did not make it back alive, to please teach their children "the principles of Jesus Christ." So testified lawyer and humanitarian Jacqueline Isaac, who met in Egypt with the families of 15 of the 21 victims and told Congress about the genocide being perpetrated by the Islamic State. Jacqueline Isaac, vice president of the humanitarian group Roads of Success,...
  • Cardinal Raymond Burke: Muslims and Christians Don’t Worship 'the Same God'

    09/08/2016 7:17:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/8/16 | Thomas Williams
    According to the former head of the Vatican’s highest court, Cardinal Raymond Burke Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God, since Allah is a “governor,” whereas Christianity was “founded on love.” The modern belief that Islam and Christianity are fundamentally the same “is very much influenced by a relativism of a religious order,” the Cardinal said at a recent press conference. “I hear people saying to me, well, we’re all worshipping the same God. We all believe in love. But I say stop a minute, and let’s examine carefully what Islam is, and what our Christian faith teaches...
  • ISIS Names Pope Francis As Its Ultimate Enemy

    09/07/2016 4:25:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 9/3/16 | Lorraine Caballero
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has named Pope Francis as its number one enemy and has criticized the Catholic Church leader for pursuing "dialogue with moderate Islam." In its monthly publication Dabiq, ISIS described Pope Francis as a "non-believer" and accused him of defending homosexuals. The terror group previously released a video illustrating the end of the world, which suggests that the group is planning to assassinate the pontiff, The Express reports. Despite the threats from ISIS, Pope Francis previously refused to heed advice to wear a bulletproof vest because he did not want to lose contact...
  • Chaldean Patriarch: Christians Used as a "Token of Exchange" in Political Games on Nineveh Plain

    09/07/2016 4:18:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - If and when the Iraqi lands will be reclaimed from the domain of the jihadists of the Islamic State, the interim political settlement to be considered for the villages with a Christian majority in the Nineveh Plain could become "self-administrative". In any case, after realizing the return of refugees to their homes and the restoration of general stability, the inhabitants of that area should also be ensured the opportunity to choose through a free referendum whether they want to remain under the central government in Baghdad or if they prefer to be part of the autonomous...
  • Egypt: Muslim MP Wants to Build a Church Honouring Coptic Pope

    09/06/2016 6:36:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 9/5/16 | Mark Woods
    A Muslim MP in Egypt has submitted the first request to build a new church under a controversial law passed last week by the country's parliament. The law aimed at liberalising church building and renovation was hotly debated and received Church support only at the last minute amid fears it conceded too much to local opposition forces. However, the independent MP for the Assiut region in Upper Egypt, El-Badri Ahmed Deif, told reporters on Saturday: "I wanted it recorded in history that a Muslim was the first to submit a request for building a church in Egypt after the passing...
  • Yorkshire Ripper Set to Convert to Islam

    09/05/2016 5:10:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | September 3, 2016 | Manhound
    Current official estimates place Muslims at 5% of the British population, though many suspect the actual proportion is higher. But Muslims make up 20% of the population in maximum security prisons in the UK (in one it's almost 50%). That number has been rapidly rising but even so underestimates the influence of Islam at those prisons. From Jimmy McCloskey at the Daily Star: Yorkshire Ripper turns to Islam: Muslim inmates to protect Sutcliffe behind bars THE Yorkshire Ripper is set to become a Muslim after hardline Islamists offered to protect him in prison. Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe has already had...
  • Confronting Islam: Pope Francis Vs. Saint Francis

    09/05/2016 3:41:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | September 5, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the new Catholic pope in 2013, he chose the name of Francis to indicate that his pontificate would be one of mercy and compassion for the poor and needy—for such is the reputation of his eponym, Saint Francis of Assisi: “the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation,” said Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, as to why he chose that name. St. Francis (1182-1226) is indeed known for all those qualities. But he was known for something else that his modern day namesake fails to live up to:...
  • Mar Sako: Islamic State’s Threat Against the Pope is Propaganda, Moderate Islam is the Real Target

    09/02/2016 5:14:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/31/16
    The Caliphate’s official magazine attacks Popes Francis and Benedict XVI, calls to break the Vatican’s cross. For Mar Sako, this is an attempt to "put pressure" on the West. Muslims who seek dialogue and reconciliation are at risk. Islam cannot know Christianity from the Qur’an. The Chaldean primate writes an open letter to Muslims to turn against the Islamic State “cancer”.Baghdad (AsiaNews) – The direct attack and death threats made by the Islamic State (IS) in recent days against Pope Francis are part of a "propaganda strategy" to "exert pressure on the West using the figure of the pope,” Chaldean...
  • Turkish Press Accuses [Patriarch] Bartholomew of Complicity in Failed Coup

    09/01/2016 8:08:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 9/1/16 | VI Staff
    Pro-government daily newspaper Akşam published a front-page article claiming the alleged connivance of the CIA and the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the “gulenista” coupFor the first time a Turkish newspaper has explicitly accused Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I of being an accomplice in the failed coup last July 15, organized, according to Ankara by Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen - currently in exile in the USA - and his Hizmet movement, Catholic news agency Fides reports. On Tuesday, August 30, Akşam newspaper published a front-page article to accredit the alleged connivance of the CIA and the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the “gulenista”...
  • Syrian Patriarch: 'Stop Extremists from Entering Europe'

    08/31/2016 5:04:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 8/30/16 | John Pontifex
    Patriarch Aphrem warned that Christianity is at risk of disappearing from Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. NEW YORK (Aug. 30, 2016)—A leading Syrian prelate urged Europe to take tougher action to stop fundamentalists from entering its territory. Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, the Damascus-based leader of Syriac Orthodox Church, warned of the threat posed by a new generation of radicalized Muslims bent on imposing Sharia law as widely as possible. While many Muslim refugees entering Europe are peace-loving moderates, he added, Western governments “must be better prepared” to ferret out jihadists. In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN),...
  • Vicars Told ‘Don’t Wear Dog Collars in Public’ Over Fears Jihadists are Planning Attacks [UK]

    08/31/2016 4:50:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | 8/31/16 | Paul Christian
    Worries knife-wielding ISIS jihadists will target churches were raised by experts and revealed by churchmen. New counter-terrorism advice is being urgently issued to vicars and churches across the UK this week over fears an attack on British Christians is now likely. The new security measures follow the murder of a priest by two Islamic State killers in France last month, amid fears a similar attack could now happen in the UK. Experts warned a terrorist attack on churches "is coming”. Places of worship in the UK, which are 'easy targets' for jihadists, are now being urged to take precautions and...
  • Chaldean Patriarch Calls Upon Muslims to Repudiate ISIS

    08/30/2016 6:09:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, has called upon “Muslims and non-Muslim people of good will” to repudiate the Islamic State, which currently controls approximately 15% of Iraq and 30% of Syria. “We know that the majority of Muslims are neutral, unbiased, open-minded and willing to work hard for the benefit of their countries and their fellow citizens,” Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako said in a message posted on the patriarchate’s website. “Their initiative should be a united and strong stance, with which they can together stop the...
  • Card. Burke: ‘Highly Questionable’ to Say Islam Worships Christian God and is Therefore Peaceful

    08/30/2016 6:05:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, Italy, August 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — It is “highly questionable” to say Catholics and Muslims worship the same God and Islam is a religion of peace, Cardinal Raymond Burke said on a call with reporters Monday. Burke, an American, is the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court. He is now the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Burke was speaking to the media about Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ, a newly-published book-length interview with French journalist Guillaume d’Alançon in which the prelate weighs in on a host of...
  • Failed Suicide Attack at Indonesian Church; Priest Injured

    08/29/2016 3:15:33 PM PDT · by detective · 1 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | August 29, 2016
    A failed suicide-bombing at a church in Indonesia by a teenage jihadi resulted in an injury to the priest in the western island of Sumantra Sunday. During Sunday mass at the St. Joseph Cathholic church in Medan, a young man who was carrying an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) flag, pretended to be attending the service when he detonated a home-made explosive device in his backpack. With the pack only smoldering, the man charged the priest with an axe, wounding Father Albert Pandiangan slightly in the hand before he was detained. Upon questioning, the man reported that he was not working alone....
  • Nigerian Mob Kills Muslim Who Saved Christian from Lynch Mob

    08/25/2016 6:48:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Eight people died when a group of militant Muslims burned down the home of a man who had intervened to stop the lynching of a Christian convert. The violence began when a young man-- a Muslim student who had converted to Christianity-- was accused of insulting Islam and severely beaten by his classmates. A passerby saved the student, bringing him to a nearby hospital. The militants then attacked that man, burning down his home and killing the eight people inside it. Eight people die during an assault in the home of a man who had saved a student accused of...
  • Syrian Christian Leader Asks Russia to Help with Release of Captured Metropolitans

    08/25/2016 6:41:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/24/16
    Damascus, August 24, Interfax - Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, a leader of Syrian Christians and patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, has asked Russia to assist in the release of the metropolitans captured in Syria three years ago. The issue was addressed in a meeting between the patriarch and Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak, the press service for the Syro-Jacobite Church said. "In light of the recent successes on the battleground near Aleppo, and also the improvement of relations between Russia and Turkey, His Holiness called on the Russian government to resume efforts on that track [the hierarchs' release],"...
  • No. of Actions Against Christians in Middle East Increases 4x in Past 7 yrs - Russian Foreign..

    08/23/2016 4:53:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/23/16
    Moscow, August 23, Interfax - A number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians in the Middle East increased by 300% in the past seven years, Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said. "According to estimates of a variety of human rights organizations, a number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians, including in the Middle East, increased by 300% in the past seven years," he said during a roundtable meeting on Tuesday. "Russia reserves for itself the key role in defending the interests of Christian people....
  • [Ayatoallah] Makarem-Shirazi Thanks Pope for His Stance on Islam

    08/23/2016 4:46:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    TEHRAN – A senior Iranian religious scholar on Saturday wrote to Pope Francis, the current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, thanking him for his recent remarks that Islam is free of violence.
  • ISIS Responds to Pope Francis: This IS a Religious War and WE HATE YOU

    08/21/2016 7:25:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 20, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    The Islamic State responded to statements by Pope Francis that their war is not religious in nature. ISIS disagrees. ISIS tells the Socialist Pope that the Islamic State is in a war against the infidels approved by Allah. Translated from FDESouche, Via Vlad Tepes: The Islamic State has publicly responded to statements by Pope Francis that the war waged by the Islamic terrorists is not religious in nature. The article answers the pontiff that their only motivation is religious and approved by Allah in the Qur’an. Highlights of the latest issue of Dabiq – the official propaganda magazine of the...
  • 'Bishop of Arabia' Laments the 'Weakness of Christianity in Europe'

    08/19/2016 6:25:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Global Pulse ^ | 8/19/16 | Claire Lesegretain
    Bishop Paul Hinder has been vicar of the United Arab Emirates, and the Sultanate of Oman and Yemen since 2004In a book published in German, Bishop Paul Hinder, the apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia, based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, recounts his long experience with Islam. "Paul Hinder, als Bischof in Arabien" or "Paul Hinder as Bishop of Arabia" is the title of a memoir written by Bishop Hinder, apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia (AVOSA) for the past twelve years. The book published by the German firm Herder Verlag in Freiburg im Breisgau is dedicated to the...
  • Villages ‘Obliterated’ as Christian Persecution Grows in Eastern Congo

    08/19/2016 6:16:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/19/16 | Staff Reporter
    Pope Francis and the UN have called for action after at least 36 Christians are hacked to deathThe persecution of Christians has escalated in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), prompting fears that a jihadist group is gaining strength in the region. At least 36 people were killed in the North Kivu region on Saturday. It is the deadliest attack there since November 2014, with some saying that casualties might be nearer to 50. The victims were reportedly tied up and hacked to death. The Islamist Allied Democratic Forces-National Association for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) have targeted Christians in...
  • Islamic Leader Wants to Legalise Polygamy in Italy

    08/18/2016 5:03:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/18/16 | Staff Reporter
    Leader of Muslim group says there is 'no reason' for polygamy not to be permitted now that same-sex unions have been legalisedThe leader of the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy has said there is “no reason” for polygamy not to be legalised after the Italian government passed a law to recognise the union of same-sex civil unions. In a Facebook status, Hamza Piccardo wrote: “There’s no reason for Italy not to accept polygamous marriages of consenting persons. “When it comes to civil rights here, then polygamy is a civil right. Muslims don’t agree with homosexual partnership and still they...
  • Controversy in Italy over Muslim Participation in Masses Said for Murdered French Priest

    08/16/2016 5:37:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/9/16 | Alberto Carosa
    Noted theologian Monsignor Nicola Bux strongly criticizes decision to allow readings from the Quran and participation by Muslim imams in liturgies held in several Italian cities. Rome, Italy, Aug 9, 2016 | Among the thousands of people in Rouen cathedral on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, for the funeral of Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest who was stabbed to death in his church by an Islamist terrorist, were also Muslims and Jews, in a show of solidarity similar to that of interfaith services that took place Sunday, August 31st, in France and Italy. The presence of Muslim delegations at Sunday’s...
  • Must Catholics Believe that Islam Is Peaceful?

    08/16/2016 2:04:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 51 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 16, 2016 | William Kilpatrick
    The Apostles’ Creed (updated version): I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the peaceful nature of Islam. Amen. Or, anyway, that’s how it ought to read according to Monsignor Stuart Swetland, President of Donnelly College in Kansas City. No, Msgr. Swetland didn’t actually propose a revision to the Apostles’ Creed, but he does seem to be saying that Catholics have a religious obligation to affirm that Islam is a religion of peace. In a long statement following up on a radio debate with Robert Spencer on Relevant Radio’s...
  • Saudi Arabians Videotape Inside Catholic Church, Scare Parishoners

    08/15/2016 11:08:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | 8/15/16 | Richard Ducayne
    Robert Spencer says behavior is "suspicious in the extreme"KETTERING, Ohio ( - Three Arab men were caught recording footage in Ascension Catholic Church in Kettering, Ohio Sunday, claiming they were only "studying" Christianity — but JihadWatch's Robert Spencer is calling their behavior "suspicious in the extreme." The men, who were visiting their families from Saudi Arabia, had all passed background checks and, according to church authorities, simply breached "proper etiquette." While their actions did arouse suspicion, we believe their actions were simply a breach of proper etiquette," a statement on Ascension's website read Thursday morning. "While current evidence suggests that...
  • Turkey Heads Toward Radical Islamic Dictatorship

    08/14/2016 10:40:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/10/16 | Victor Gaetan
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Post-coup actions turn precarious for Christians, and potentially fatal for a vision of a civil Islam. In Turkey, a failed military coup against President Recep ErdoÄźan on July 15, squelched in about six hours, has triggered a fierce government response: mass civilian arrests, declaration of a state of emergency giving ErdoÄźan authoritarian power for at least three months and a hateful atmosphere of accusation that puts Christians at risk. As a longtime American ally, a member of NATO since 1952 and a country where important American military assets are located, TurkeyÂ’s stability has special significance for the U.S....
  • Turkey Bans Orthodox Christian Liturgy in Historic Monastery

    08/14/2016 10:27:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/12/16 | Ralph Sidway
    The doors of the Sumela Monastery reopened in June 2010, after 88 years. The Turkish government had given permission to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to have a patriarchal liturgy for the Feast of the Assumption every year. That permission has been suddenly revoked, perhaps permanently. That the Greek Orthodox need special permission to celebrate divine services in any of their churches in what is now Turkey is a dark reminder of the Islamic oppression of Eastern Christians from the mid-7th century to today, and for the Greeks, especially from the Muslim conquest of Constantinople in 1453 through the defeat of the...
  • French Minister Inspects Stepped-Up Security at Lourdes

    08/14/2016 10:19:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Elaine Ganley ^ | 8/13 /16 | AP
    PARIS (AP) -- Soldiers, police and undercover agents are mixing with pilgrims, some hoping for a miracle cure, at the French pilgrimage site of Lourdes, where some 20,000 are expected to gather on Monday for the Feast of the Assumption - a security challenge for France on high alert for terrorist attacks. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve inspected the more than 500 security forces at the shrine on Saturday, two days before Monday's celebration of the Assumption when, according to Roman Catholic belief, Mary, the mother of Jesus, ascended into heaven. A down-to-earth security plan is greeting pilgrims as they arrive...
  • Vatican Prelate Challenges Islamic Scholars to Give Peaceful Interpretation of Qu'ran

    08/12/2016 7:33:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has acknowledged that passages of the Qu’ran seem to offer clear support for the use of violence.” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo said that it would be “naďve” to ignore the problematical passages of the Qu’ran, and it is a major challenge for Islamic leaders to “give a peaceful hermeneutic to these passages”—particularly in light of pressure from extremists.” Bishop Sanchez Sorondo said that he “wouldn’t dream of telling Muslims how to interpret their faith,” but that any moderate Islamic scholars willing to take up the challenge of denouncing violence would “find...
  • "Trojan Horse of the Crusaders", "Cardinal in Pectore": Fanciful Accusations of Turkish Press..

    08/11/2016 5:56:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/8/16
    Ankara (Agenzia Fides) - In recent days, the Turkish press highlighted the participation of prominent members of the local Christian communities in demonstrations "in defense of democracy", convened in the Country to condemn the failed coup of State of 15 July. According to reports sent to Agenzia Fides, the Turkish media gave ample space to official statements disseminated by Greek-Orthodox Christian, Armenian and Syrian leaders to underline its disapproval against the failed coup. Nikolaos Uzunoglu , President of the World Federation of Greek-Orthodox in Istanbul said: "I strongly condemn the attempted coup of State on July 15 against the government...
  • Increased Security At Lourdes Over Fears Of Islamist Attack

    08/11/2016 3:06:36 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies ^ | August 9, 2016 | Nick Hallett
    Authorities are tightening security at the famous French pilgrimage site of Lourdes over fears it could be a major target for terrorists after a spate of Islamist attacks across the country. Tens of thousands of pilgrims are expected to descend on the site on the feast of the Assumption next Monday for Mass and a procession. Security has been high after a series of terror attacks culminating in the brutal murder of a Catholic priest by two Islamists last month, but authorities have decided to allow the pilgrimage to continue as usual. Béatrice Lagarde, prefect of the Haute-Pyrénées region, told...
  • 15-20 Million Muslims in France

    08/10/2016 6:49:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Gallia Watch ^ | 8/6/16 | Tiberge
    This short item from Le Salon Beige reveals the true extent of the Islamic colonization of France. This is not news. The interview above dates from 2011, but long before that there were reports on the drastic minimization by the press of the number of Muslims in France. You still read in the mainstream media of five million Muslims, sometimes six, sometimes four. These figures are laughable when you consider that five million was the official figure issued by French authorities in the late 1990's. Consider the massive immigration, legal and illegal and the high birth rate, and calculate using...
  • Targeting Churches: Fox News Produces Ominous Report on Threats in America

    08/10/2016 6:43:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    Fox News, Guardian UK via Get Religion ^ | August 9, 2016 | Fox News, Guardian UK via Jim Davis
    No one is saying, yet, that terrorists are ready to attack American churches the way they have in the Middle East or, more recently, against the Rev. Jacques Hamel in France. But as Fox News reports, the threats are already looming. And before you say, "What else would Fox say?", consider the examples in the article: hate speech, death threats and aborted attack plans of the type that would be familiar to Jewish leaders. This is how ominous it can get – and how some police are slow to address the situation, according to Fox: As Father Josiah Trenham prepared...
  • The Meaning of a Martyrdom

    08/08/2016 7:03:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 8/6/16 | Ross Douthat
    In the days since Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old French priest, was slaughtered at the altar by two jihadists, his murder has become a contested symbol in his country, continent and church. To many conservative Catholics, Father Hamel is an archetypal Christian martyr — killed in a sacred space by men motivated by hatred of his faith, dying with the words, “Go away, Satan!” on his lips. To cultural conservatives more broadly, he’s a potent symbol of the jihadi threat to Europe’s peace. But within Catholicism there is also strong resistance to this interpretation. It starts at the very top,...
  • The Last Christians in Aleppo

    08/08/2016 6:57:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Gallia Watch ^ | 2/5/16 | Tiberge
    Of all the horrors we've witnessed from our comfortable homes over the past year nothing hurts more than the attempted annihilation of Christians of the Near East, along with buildings, churches, sacred ruins, precious relics of the past that have been utterly destroyed by the ISIS conquerors. The suffering these people have endured and are enduring is recorded at numerous websites but the world has remained deaf, dumb and blind until recently when with one eye open it had no choice but to acknowledge the specific targeting of Christians. By that time it was too late. Carnage, decapitations, torture, eradication...
  • Do Jews and Muslims Decide the Conditions for the Recognition of the SSPX?

    Director of Vatican Insider, the papal house vaticanist Andrea Tornielli, explains why his articles and products published by his platform are of particular attention. This also applies to this article by the AJC representatives to the Holy See, where Tornielli allows Jews and Muslims to designate the conditions about which the Holy See should conduct a canonical recognition of the SSPX. Vice versa this means: Should these conditions not be met, it would open up "serious questions". It's a statement in the article of the American Jewish Comittee that someone could read as a threat. Anyway, Tornielli offered the American...
  • Catholic Nuns Under Siege in Syria Appeal for Help

    08/06/2016 9:27:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 8/5/16 | Josephine McKenna
    ROME (RNS) Despite intense bombing and severe food shortages, several Carmelite nuns are refusing to abandon the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and have appealed for urgent aid. “The bombs are falling all around us, but we are not going to leave the people in their suffering,” said Sister Anne-Francoise, a French nun from a community of Discalced Carmelites in Aleppo. “The people here are suffering and dying.” The nun’s comments came in a statement released on Thursday (Aug. 4) by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. ACN has been trying to draw attention to the plight...
  • We'll Kill Christians - Boko Haram Leader

    08/05/2016 7:09:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Lagos - New Boko Haram leader, Abu Masab Al-Barnawi says that the terrorist organisation would now target Christians in Nigeria vowing to kill all Christians and blow up every church across the country, Punch reports. Al-Barnawi who replaced Abubakar Shekau as Boko Haram leader said in an interview given to Al-Naba Newspaper that Boro Haram's mission was to fight against apostates and crusaders. He also accused the west of trying to Christianise Africa saying that it was doing so with the aide of charities. "They (West) strongly seek to Christianise the society…They exploit the condition of those who are displaced...
  • Al Azhar Welcomes Pope's Claim that Islam is Not Violent

    08/05/2016 7:04:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Egypt's Al Azhar University, the world's leading institution of Sunni Islam, has welcomed the statement by Pope Francis that Islam is not responsible for terrorist violence. Responding to the papal statement-- made during an exchange with reporters on his return flight after a visit to Poland-- Al Azhar said: "This statement reflects the pontiff's understanding of the true nature of Islam and its teachings of tolerance." Al Azhar hails Francis on Islam and violence (ANSA)
  • What’s ISIS? It’s Islam Repeating History

    08/04/2016 8:15:01 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 6 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | ?? 2016 | Fr. Marvin Deutsch MM.
    Is Islam a Danger to the Religious Freedom of the U.S. and the World? By Fr. Marvin Deutsch MM. Today there is a big controversy going on in our country about Islam. This has been going on for a long time but today it is accentuated by the killing of 49 people at Orlando by a lone Islamic terrorist and also the denial by our president that Islam is a religion of violence. The president maintains that Islam is a religion of peace and those who kill and terrorize are acting contrary to the very meaning and nature of what...
  • Italian Bishop Disagrees with Pope, Sees 'Ongoing Assault by Islam on Christianity'

    08/03/2016 4:04:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    A retired Italian bishop has taken issue with Pope Francis’ statement that Islam is not responsible for terrorist violence. “It is an ongoing assault by Islam on Christianity,” said Bishop Andrea Gemma, the former head of the Isernia-Venafro diocese. In an interview with La Fede Quotidiana, he said that he was “confused” and even “disoriented” by the Pope’s statements. “I would expect a more firm defense of Christians,” he said. “I would like a Pope more energetic in defense of our principles and our faith.” Bishop Gemma said that Pope Benedict XVI had made a “prophetic” critique of Islam in...
  • Syriac Catholic Patriarch Warns: Western Politicians and Media Mislead World on Middle East

    08/02/2016 1:03:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | August 1, 2016 | VICTOR GAETAN
    ROME — Imagine a five-star general, under assault, with no weapons of defense — except faith. Think of an Old Testament prophet living today, describing the evil destroying his community — but few listen. That general or prophet is the fierce and noble leader of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch, Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan, age 71, whose Church comprises some 200,000 souls worldwide. snip According to the patriarch, fundamental errors in Syria came from Western politicians insisting that democracy can be exported, when it can’t; from Western media describing an “Arab Spring” style opposition movement and the existence...
  • The Sunni-Shia Divide and Islam’s Puzzling Origins

    08/02/2016 6:54:03 AM PDT · by wtd · 22 replies
    Gates of Vienna Blog ^ | August 2, 2016 | Emmet Scott
    The Sunni-Shia Divide and Islam’s Puzzling Originsby Emmet Scott In my Impact of Islam (2014) and Guide to the Phantom Dark Age (2014) I argued in some detail that Muhammad was a fictitious character conjured to life by the Umayyad Caliphs in the late seventh century in order to justify and legitimize the Arab usurpation of the Persian Sassanid Empire. In the above studies I also suggested that the earliest “Islam” was spread by the Sassanid Empire and that the great “Arab Conquests” of Anatolia, Syria and Egypt were in reality carried out by Persian armies. Certainly the earliest...