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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • Local Priest Leads Nightly Processions for Four Years, Plans to Continue for Another Fourteen

    10/22/2017 5:48:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Speaking of processions, I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that Fr. Paul Weinberger, pastor of St. William parish in Greenville, TX, “concluded” over four years of nightly “Rosary walks” and public processions in honor of Our Lady on October 13. I say “concluded,” because when Father Weinberger started, his initial intention was to keep up the nightly prayers and processions until the 100th anniversary of Fatima, just concluded. But since that has now passed, he some months ago announced his intention to continue the nightly devotion until Dec. 12, 2031 – the 500th anniversary of...
  • Bishops Use Pope’s Teaching to Push Homosexuality at 2018 World Meeting of Families

    10/22/2017 5:31:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/17/17 | Pete Baklinski
    DUBLIN, Ireland, October 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Catholic bishops in Ireland are using Pope Francis teachings on marriage and family to promote homosexual couples as a new form of “family” in the upcoming World Meeting of Families. The World Meeting of Families is set to take place in Dublin next August. It is described on the official website as a major international event that “brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society, and of the Church.” The event will...
  • Pope: Salvation is "free", do not close the door to anyone seeking it

    10/22/2017 7:00:44 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 24 replies ^ | 10.19.2017 | Staff at
    "The doctors of the law are not just of those times, there are so many even today. That is why we need to pray for shepherds. Pray so that we do not lose the key to knowledge and do not close the door to ourselves and the people who want to enter." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Do not forget that salvation is free, an expression of God's closeness, because "when you forget the gratuity of salvation you fall, you lose the key to knowledge of the history of salvation". "That is why we need to pray for ourselves as shepherds",...
  • Lutheran Church Decides That the Best Way to Retain Members Is to Stop Preaching the Gospel

    10/21/2017 7:13:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/21/2017 | John Ellis
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church of American was founded in 1988 with 5,288,230 members. By 2016, less than twenty years later, the ELCA had shrunk to 3,563,842 members. With that kind of "growth," the ELCA has less than forty years before the final member throws her hands up and quits. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, N.C., believes that they've found the answer to stopping the mass exodus of tithing members. They've stopped preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and have embraced progressive theology and social justice.Writing for Religion News Service, Yonat Shimron tells the story of Christ the King Lutheran...
  • A Special Priest: Fr. Vincent Capodanno

    10/21/2017 5:20:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic Journal ^ | 10/17/17 | Thomas Addis
    He didn’t have to be there, not in that place and at that time. But there he was. He could have been back at the base in Da Nang, waiting for the soldiers to return, and no one would have given it a second thought. But he chose to be with the men. In actuality, he didn’t even have to be in Vietnam at all. His tour of duty had ended months before, and so he could have been home in America. But he asked for, and was granted, an extension. How could he not be with the young men...
  • America, Europe to blame for decline in Catholic Church in Nigeria – Bishop Kukah

    10/21/2017 11:19:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    National Accord ^ | October 21, 2017 | Editor
    Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese has accused the United States and Europe of contributing to the diminishing influence of the Catholic Church in Nigeria.The Bishop said the Catholic Church in Nigeria is beginning to lose its public influence partly because of the decline of religious faith in the Western countries, especially Europe and the United States.“The Arab world is pouring money into Nigeria and the Pentecostal pastors in America are doing the same, and the Catholic Church is now becoming the weakest in terms of access to resources,” he said in Liverpool, United Kingdom.Bishop Matthew Kukah accused European...
  • Resigned Pope Creates ‘Multiplied and Divided’ Authority, Author Says

    10/19/2017 5:39:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/16/17 | Claire Giangrave
    Italian journalist and scholar Fabrizio Grasso says that when Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, he changed the institution of the papacy forever. Among other things, Grasso says, "it’s not hard to imagine a possible near future with more than one emeritus pope and, consequentially, an exclusive papal club, which could be no other than a proto-parliament of the Vatican State."ROME - Catholics have had to get used to a lot lately. The secularized state in the West has been progressively pushing faith to the margins, and Christians have been victims of persecutions around the globe. What’s more, the Church...
  • San Francisco Bishop: God Is 'Mocked in Our Very Streets,' The 'Vulgar and Blasphemous' Celebrated

    10/19/2017 5:29:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies ^ | 10/12/17 | Michael W. Chapman
    In his sermon on Oct. 7, the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, said the horrors of the last 100 years -- world wars, genocide, religious persecution, abortion, sexual immorality -- are in many ways "a living reflection of Hell" and a "mocking of God." He added that this mockery is even evident in the streets of San Francisco where gay "pride" parades occur and the "exaltation of the vulgar and blasphemous" occurs. Archbishop Cordileone was appointed to his position as head of the Archdiocese of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. In addition to his duties there,...
  • {Catholic) Bishop: Muslims Have a Right to Islamize

    10/19/2017 1:32:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | October 19, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Bishop: Muslims Have a Right to Islamize Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Oyo, Nigeria, believes “that Muslims have an Islamisation agenda, and they have a right to have it”, writes the Daily Post (October 15). He lambasted Christians crying foul, noting that they had the opportunity to christianize Nigeria but failed to do so. Badejo said Christians in high offices only know how to engage in bickering and fight for positions, leaving out policies that would favor them.
  • After 883 Years, Cistercian Monastery to Close in Germany

    10/18/2017 5:50:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Himmerod Abbey was founded by St Bernard of Clairvaux, but closed due to lack of vocationsA Cistercian monastery that’s existed for almost 900 years in what is now western Germany is closing down for good, due to a shortage of monks. The Himmerod Abbey, founded in 1134 by the French abbot Bernard of Clairvaux, had just six resident monks before the closure that was decided this week, down from about 30 monks in the 1970s. German news agency dpa on Saturday quoted the monastery’s head, Abbot Johannes, as saying the financial situation and especially the small number of monks had...
  • Pope Announces Special 2019 Synod of Bishops on South American Region

    10/18/2017 5:33:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/15/17 | Hannah Brockhaus
    Vatican City, Oct 15, 2017 / 04:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday, Pope Francis announced the decision to hold a special assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take place in October 2019, on the state of evangelization in the Pan-Amazon region of South America. “Accepting the desire of some Catholic bishops' conferences in Latin America, as well as the voice of various pastors and faithful from other parts of the world, I have decided to convene a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops,” Francis said Oct. 15. The purpose of the assembly will be to “identify new paths...
  • In Poland And The United States . . . It’s Often People Versus Prelates

    10/17/2017 5:58:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 10/14/17 | Christopher Mannion
    In Poland, Catholics take their faith very seriously. On October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a million Poles gathered at thousands of points on the country’s borders to pray the rosary “for the Poles and for the whole world,” one participant told the BBC. Coming from hundreds of churches throughout the country, Poles joined arms in prayer, “some on beaches on the Baltic Sea, some in fields and some in towns” on the 2,000-mile border, the BBC reported. Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski, of Krakow in southern Poland, said during his sermon on Saturday morning that people should...
  • The "Hidden Christians" of Japan. Too Inconvenient for This Pontificate

    10/17/2017 3:45:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | October 17, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his admiration for the “hidden Christians” of Japan, who miraculously reappeared with their faith intact in the second half of the nineteenth century, after two and a half centuries of centuries of ferocious annihilation of Christianity in that country. But few know the real story of this miracle on the brink of the incredible. It was reconstructed on Thursday, October 12 in a fascinating conference in the aula magna of the Pontifical Gregorian University, by the Japanese Jesuit Shinzo Kawamura, professor of Church history at Sophia University in Tokyo and an author of the most...
  • Russian Spiritual Revival Train Unites City and Village

    10/16/2017 5:36:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/13/17
    The 22nd social-charitable and spiritual educational campaign of the train “For the Spiritual Revival of Russia” was launched on Wednesday at the station in Novosibirsk, Russia, reports the Novosibirsk Diocese. This year, the event is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the central Russian Novosibirsk Province. The more than 200 participants on the train will cover 19 regions throughout the Province. Missionaries, priests, artists, social workers, doctors, and educational and cultural figures gathered at the train station, accompanied by Metropolitan Tikhon of Novosibirsk and Berdsk, the Deputy Governor of the Novosibirsk Province Alexander Petrovich Titkov, and the Deputy Head...
  • New Francis Synod Called to Approve Married Priesthood

    10/16/2017 8:01:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 16, 2017 | New Catholic
    Yesterday, immediately following the canonization of 35 saints (including 33 Martyrs, 30 of whom were murdered by a Protestant-led horde during Holy Mass), Pope Francis announced the convocation of a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the "Pan-Amazonic" region, that is, the regions of the Amazon area in various South American countries. The gathering will take place in Rome in October 2019. The assembly was called supposedly to address indigenous natives' concerns.  But we know better. Just as the Synods "for the Family", in 2014 and 2015, were called basically to find enough ambiguity and semantic confusion to...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - (10/16/2017) [Prayer]

    10/15/2017 10:26:33 PM PDT · by · 26 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | 10/16/2017 | UMC Rev Mom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President and for AMERICA: Government, Family, 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. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Friends Remember Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek

    10/15/2017 5:04:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/11/17 | Jim Graves
    The holy witness of the Servant of God American Jesuit priest who was imprisoned for 15 years in solitary confinement and labor camps in the former Soviet Union.Servant of God Father Walter Ciszek (1904-84) was an American Jesuit priest who was imprisoned for 15 years in solitary confinement and labor camps in the former Soviet Union, and another eight years with restricted freedom, before being allowed to return to the United States. During his imprisonment, he often struggled to survive under harsh conditions, including the constant threat of starvation. Much of his time was spent in Siberia. When the opportunity...
  • The Communists the Pope Likes. And Vice-versa

    10/14/2017 4:55:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | 10/11/17 | Sandro Magister
    In recent days a couple of surprising things have happened in Rome. And they are instructive in their way. The first is the beginning of the collaboration with “Avvenire,” the newspaper of the Italian episcopal conference, of the satirical comics author Sergio Staino, with a Sunday strip entitled “Hello, Jesus!”Here the surprise lies in the fact that Staino is an unwavering communist, was a “flower child” and a champion of free love, was until a few months ago the director of “L'Unità,” the defunct newspaper of the Italian communist party and then of the parties that succeeded it, and is...
  • Amir October 14 from Galilee on current events & more

    10/14/2017 4:18:26 PM PDT · by firebrand · 4 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | October 14, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir is back in Israel with news and comment to bring us up to date on current events and put them in the proper perspective. The dangers of North Korea and Iran, Trump's speech on the Iran Deal, U.S. and Russia fighting and defending different groups of rebels, and Yellowstone supervolcano. He also remarks on the apathy and illiteracy among the young toward Bible prophecy and the Rapture. Our lesson: Be sure we are ready, because what happens may happen suddenly.
  • Is the Vatican Smothering Its Pro-life Office with a Seamless Garment?

    10/13/2017 6:03:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Stream ^ | Jason Jones and John Zmirak
    LifeSiteNews has issued an alarming report on the official Vatican office that sets the tone for Catholic pro-life efforts worldwide. That’s the Pontifical Academy for Life, whose staff Pope Francis mostly purged and replaced, in some cases with pro-choice thinkers. It now seems to have embraced the “Seamless Garment” ideology of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. The pro-life group C-Fam cited a recent statement by the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life: Being pro-life requires the academy to “re-think the semantic value of the term life,” said the President of the academy, Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, during a press conference...