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  • City of Moscow bans gay pride parades despite [EU] court order to allow them

    05/26/2011 8:25:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 43 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Wed May 25, 2011 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    City of Moscow bans ‘gay pride’ parades despite court order to allow them by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman Wed May 25 8:30 PM EST MOSCOW, May 26, 2011 ( - The City of Moscow has announced its intention to defy the European Court of Human Rights and continue its prohibition on “gay pride” parades, citing the “moral damage” that may be inflicted on the young. According to homosexual activist Nikolai Alekseev, the government of Moscow is concerned about “the large number of letters received in protest against the Pride events and Russia’s international obligation to protect the rights of children...
  • Pope Receives [Papal] Tiara From Catholics & Orthodox Today in Audience (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    05/25/2011 9:45:28 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Orbis Catholicus Secundus ^ | 05/25/2011 | John Sonnen
    At today's weekly general audience the Holy Father received a new tiara made for him and presented by Catholic and Orthodox Christians. The tiara was commissioned by Dieter Philippi (, a German Catholic businessman who has a great devotion to the papacy as well as to the call to Christian unity. The tiara was created in Sofia, Bulgaria by Orthodox Christians of the Liturgix studio ( Today a small delegation of Roman Catholics and Bulgarian Orthodox on pilgrimage in Rome had the honor to present the tiara to the Holy Father in the name of Christian unity. Congratulations to...
  • Fire damages Dacula church sanctuary (Romanian Orthodox)

    05/13/2011 3:48:28 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | 5 May 2011 | Josh Green
    DACULA Fire officials are investigating a Thursday morning fire that heavily damaged the sanctuary of a Dacula church. Fire crews responded to Saint Mary Romanian Christian Orthodox Church in the 2800 block of Winder Highway at 8:27 a.m. when a passerby reported smoke issuing from the church. Crews found fire inside the buildings floor system and walls in the sanctuary and pulpit area, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge. No one was at the church when firefighters arrived, and no injuries were reported, Rutledge said. Crews brought the blaze under control at 9:20 a.m. An exact cause is...
  • Sermons from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Holy Absolution {aka by others Confession/Penance}

    05/04/2011 4:09:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10) Last week we heard about what Baptism means for daily life. Baptism is not just a once in a lifetime bath, but an ongoing dying and rising of the Christian. Daily the sinner dies in the death of Jesus....
  • Fasting out of love [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    04/20/2011 9:48:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | February 21, 2009 |
    Fasting out of loveGod doesn't want a fulfilled obligation; he wants our hearts Published: February 21, 2009 By Tara LittleAssociate EditorThe 40-day penitential season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and culminates in the Easter Triduum, the celebration of Christ's passion, death and resurrection. Christians observe Lent primarily through fasting, prayer and almsgiving. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent reflects the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying before his public ministry began. While Moses (Exodus 34:28) fasted to prepare for God's revelation, Jesus took it a step further by doing the...
  • Almsgiving -- one of the three pillars of Lent [Catholic Orthodox Caucus]

    04/20/2011 9:38:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | March 7th, 2007 | Mark Shea
    Almsgiving March 7th, 2007 by Mark Shea One of the traditional emphases during Lent is the duty of "almsgiving". The tradition of the Church here comes straight out of ancient Israel and the duty that was enjoined upon the Jews by God to care for the stranger, the orphan, and the widow. In many ways, ancient Israel was commanded to take care of the weakest and least in their midst. For obedience to this command, great mercies and benefits were promised. For disobedience, some of the most strenuous and frightening curses are reserved. The sense that comes across very strongly...
  • Fourteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/19/2011 10:31:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Diocese of Saint Cloud ^ | not given | on the Liturgy
    Fourteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum 1. When does the Triduum begin and end? The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lords Supper, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday. 2. May another Mass besides the Mass of the Lords Supper be celebrated on Holy Thursday? Ordinarily, no other Mass may be celebrated on Holy Thursday. However, by way of exception, the local Ordinary may permit another Mass in churches and oratories to be celebrated in the evening, and, in the case of genuine necessity, even in...
  • About Catholic Marriage: Five Suggestions for Holy Week [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/16/2011 11:06:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | not given |
    About Catholic Marriage Five Suggestions for Holy Week Palm Sunday (April 17) marks the beginning of the most solemn week of the Churchs liturgical year. During Holy Week, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his earthly life, beginning with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.For nearly 40 days the Christian faithful have practiced the disciplines of Lent: prayer, fasting and good works. Now the Church invites us to an even deeper spirit of prayer as we follow Christ on his journey to the cross.Here are five suggestions for couples to use...
  • Russian Orthodox leadership proposes alliance with Catholics

    03/26/2011 4:26:43 AM PDT · by dangus
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | March 24/26, 2011 | Yelena Yakovleva, Rossiyskaya Gazeta
    The Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church should accept each other not as rivals, but first and foremost as allies, working to protect the rights of Christians, said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the ROCs Department for External Church Relations in a speech at an international meeting of Christians in Wurzburg, Germany. "The future of Christianity in the third millennium depends on the joint efforts of the Orthodox believers and Catholics, Hilarion said. Bishop Hilarion later expanded on his statement: The idea of a strategic alliance with the Catholics is an old idea of mine. It came...
  • European court says crucifixes can remain in Italian schools [15 "Yes" 2 "No"]

    03/18/2011 11:51:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | Strasbourg, France, Mar 18, 2011 European court says crucifixes can remain in Italian schools The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights issues its ruling. Credit: Council of Europe Strasbourg, France, Mar 18, 2011 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Italian public schools can continue to display crucifixes in classrooms, overturning an earlier decision that declared them to be a human rights violation.Seventeen judges of the Grand Chamber gave the 15-2 ruling on March 18, holding that there had been no violation of Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education) to...
  • 2011 Catechetical Homily on the opening of Holy and Great Lent

    03/06/2011 11:01:30 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | Sunday March 6, 2011 | Bishop Bartholomew of Constantinople
    CATECHETICAL HOMILY On the Opening of Holy and Great Lent + BARTHOLOMEW By Gods Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome And Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace and Peace from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ With our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness Beloved brothers and children in the Lord, The arena of the virtues has opened; those who desire to compete may enter, girding themselves with the good struggle of fasting. (Triodion, Cheesefare Sunday) Or, better, the arena has always remained open, from the time that the All-Merciful Lord of Glory deemed it worthy to assume our nature....
  • Christian Unity on Free Republic [Vanity]

    03/05/2011 5:29:44 AM PST · by WPaCon · 479 replies
    WPaCon | March 5, 2011 | WPaCon
    Lately, there seems to be a lot of conflict on the religion forum. Much of this has been between Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox. To show that we are all united as Christians and to reduce animosity, I hope we can all agree to one of 4 following statements: 1) I am Catholic. I love Orthodox and Protestant Christians. I consider Orthodox Christians and Protestants to definitely be Christian. All Christians need to work together to defeat our common enemies-- specifically Islam, liberal postmodernism, and totalitarian communism. 2) I am Protestant. I love Orthodox and Catholic Christians. I consider Orthodox Christians...
  • So What Shall We Do during These Forty Days of Lent? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/26/2011 11:13:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 142 replies · 3+ views
    RSVBible/EWTN ^ | St. Matthew and Catholic Orthodox Caucus
    So What Shall We Do during These Forty Days of Lent? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for the celebration of the Resurrection and to strengthen ourselves in our beliefs for dealing with a hostile world. We accomplish that through prayer and penitence, almsgiving and self-denial/fasting. In light of this purpose of Lent, SOME Catholic and Orthodox posters will absent themselves from FreeRepublic completely during Lent's forty days. (They will just silently disappear!) Great Lent for Orthodox begins on March 7th. Lent for Catholics begins on March 9th ...
  • Is the Bible the Only Revelation from God?

    02/24/2011 2:33:41 PM PST · by Natural Law · 40 replies ^ | 2005 | Greg Herrick
    Introduction Has God made himself known only in the Bible and/or Jesus? Are there any other ways in which He has revealed himself to us? If so, how? What is the nature, extent, and value of that revelation and how does it compare with the knowledge we have of God through Christ and Scripture? Does everyone inherently know God? If so, in what way(s)? These are just some of the questions we will treat in this brief paper. Our use of the term revelation comes from the Greek term ajpokavluyi" (apokalupsis) and means to uncover, reveal, disclose, or make known...
  • Bible Reading: 1 Maccabees 3 {Ecumenical thread}

    02/13/2011 1:24:26 AM PST · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Douay-Rheims ^ | 175 BC | Judas Maccabee
    Judas Machabeus succeeds his father, and overthrows Apollonius and Seron. A great army is sent against him out of Syria. He prepares his people for battle by fasting and prayer. [1] Then his son Judas, called Machabeus, rose up in his stead. [2] And all his brethren helped him, and all they that had joined themselves to his father, and they fought with cheerfulness the battle of Israel. [3] And he got his people great honour, and put on a breastplate as a giant, and girt his warlike armour about him in battles, and protected the camp with his sword....
  • Russian faithful to get 'sacred texts' on mobiles

    MOSCOW Hundreds of faithful Orthodox Christians in Russia have signed up to a new service to receive "sacred texts" -- short messages from the Bible sent to their mobile phones. Nearly 3,000 subscribers have signed up for the service that sends excerpts from the Bible and other religious works, said Father Iosaph Sorokin of Voskresenie (Resurrection), the Moscow-based Orthodox youth group that launched the service last month. "This is an opportunity to remind people of eternal values," he told AFP on Sunday, as new requests for subscriptions arrived on his mobile phone. The project, dubbed the "Kind Word", offers...
  • Church's interference in secular issues justified - Patriarch Kirill (Russia)

    Moscow, February 1, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said that the Church's interference in secular matters is justified. Patriarch Kirill was enthroned as the 16th leader of the Russian Orthodox Church exactly two years ago. The Patriarch conducted a liturgy at the Christ the Savior Cathedral on Tuesday morning. The present period differs from the past by "the presence of some apocalyptic tension because the power of the force of sin over mankind is stronger today than ever," Patriarch Kirill said. The Russian Orthodox Church could "not stay indifferent to this multiplication of evil," he...
  • Holy Water Miracle [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/01/2011 9:28:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | not given |
    The true nature of water has its destiny in the salvation of man and the world. The blessing of waters doesnt make bad water good. It restores the water to its original state. The prayer at the blessing of water causes the revelation of the true 'nature' and 'destiny' of water, and thus of the world. By being restored through the blessing to its proper function water becomes again a means of communion with God. Christ in His baptism purified the nature of the waters. He came to redeem not only human beings but, through them, the entire material...
  • Myrrh Weeping Icon Comes To Bakersfield

    01/31/2011 6:37:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    KERO Ch 23 ABC ^ | 1/30/11 | Kimberly Foley
    This Weekend, 'A Window To Heaven' Appeared At St. George Greek Orthodox ChurchBAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- According to Tom Dorlis, the vice president of the parish council for St. George Greek Orthodox Church, back in 2007, around the time of the financial crisis, a portrait of the Virgin Mary, from Hawaii, started to cry an oily substance that smells like roses. Parishioners at the church, located at the intersection of Truxton Avenue and 'U' Street, said there's no doubt that the weeping icon is a gift from god, whether you're a believer or not. What the myrrh-streaming icon is, is basically...
  • Russian Church Leader Ignores Abkhazia in Georgian Patriarch's Title

    01/07/2011 1:17:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    Civil Georgia ^ | January 7, 2011
    The Russian Patriarch Kirill skipped over Abkhazia from an official title of the Georgian Orthodox Church leader in a Christmas congratulation message. In an apparent move to emphasize that Abkhazia is part of the Georgian Orthodox Churchs canonical borders, its main decision-making body, the Holy Synod, decided on December 21 to also make the Patriarch Ilia II Metropolitan of Tskhum-Abkhazia and Bichvinta (Pitsunda). But in the letter sent to Ilia II to congratulate the Christmas, Russian Patriarch refers to the Georgian Church leader with his previous title: Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia...