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  • [Catholic Caucus] Expert Explains Vatican Compromise With Communist China

    09/12/2018 4:04:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 12, 2018 | Anita Carey
    FRONT ROYAL, Va. (ChurchMilitant.com) - An exclusive interview with Chinese cultural expert sheds some light on why Vatican prelates are compromising with China's Communist government at the expense of the Church. Steven Mosher is the president of Population Research Institute and a Catholic who has been studying and working in China since 1976. In 1979, he was the first American in China after the U.S. normalized diplomatic relations with the Chinese government and has spent decades in the country living and working with the Chinese people. "I've basically spent my life studying China," he said. Mosher traveled to Rome earlier this summer to talk directly...
  • Chinese officials burn bibles, close churches, force Christian to denounce faith...

    09/10/2018 5:24:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    The Chinese government is destroying cross, burning bibles, closing churches and forcing Christian believers to sign papers renouncing their faith as the crackdown on religious congregations in Beijing and several provinces intensifies. The suppression of religious freedoms comes as an official government campaign to “Sinicize” religion by demanding loyalty to the atheist Communist party and removing any potential challenge to the party’s power in the country. The persecution of Christians in China is nothing new. A report by the watchdog group Freedom House found that Christians and other religious groups in China have been persecuted since 2012, Fox News reported....
  • Religious Persecution in the Russian-Occupied Territories of Eastern Ukraine

    09/05/2018 2:17:54 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Spring 2018 | Mykhailo Cherenkov
    War continues to ravage eastern Ukraine, where conflict erupted in April 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the violent actions of pro-Russian separatists. Along with forcing at least 1.6 million people from their homes, the ongoing conflict has also resulted in the persecution of Protestant pastors and churches throughout the territories that are occupied by pro-Russian separatist groups. One such group is the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR). According to a new law passed on Feb. 2, 2018 (#211-II “About Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations”), the LNR is permitted to discriminate against any and all non-Orthodox religious communities. While...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Sermon That Cost A Brave Priest His Job

    09/03/2018 8:01:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Taking on Issues ^ | September 3, 2018 | TakingonIssues
    On Sunday, August 26, the day after the Vigano testimony was published, a young Catholic priest named Juan Carlos Gavancho preached a bold homily in the Santa Barbara, California, parish where he was assistant pastor. He preached about scandal, and standing up for the faith. You can hear the entire homily here, on his Facebook page.  It’s 20 minutes long, but the most intense part starts shortly after the 10-minute mark. I have transcribed it below.The reaction to this sermon was swift. Father Gavancho was told to get his things and vacate the rectory. His name was taken off the...
  • What Nonreligious People Get Wrong About Religious People

    08/28/2018 11:09:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2018 | Ben Shapiro
    With the media furiously obsessed over the supposed imminent end of the Trump presidency (spoiler alert: nope), the new conversation among the elite concerns the supposed evils of Vice President Mike Pence. Pence, our leftist thought leaders proclaim, is perhaps even more frightening than President Trump. Frank Bruni of The New York Times terms Pence a "holy terror waiting in the wings ... a bigot ... a liar ... cruel." This is nothing new. Conan O'Brien says that "many members of Congress are preparing for a Mike Pence presidency. Yeah, they're preparing by binge-watching 'The Handmaid's Tale.'" Joy Behar called...
  • Religious restrictions tighten in Russia-held areas of Ukraine

    08/26/2018 8:57:26 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    The Alabama Baptist ^ | August 26, 2018
    Authorities of the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), an unrecognized entity that declared independence from Ukraine in 2014, have halted worship meetings by a range of religious communities, seized religious literature and fined religious leaders. The most recent raid came on a Pentecostal Church in Alchevsk on Aug. 6. Earlier raids included one June 10 on a Baptist congregation in the town of Krasnodon (official Ukrainian name Sorokyne), near the eastern border with Russia. The church had gathered for its regular Sunday morning worship meeting when police arrived. State registration Officers told church members there that under Article 9 of...
  • China: The Persecution of the Uyghurs

    08/24/2018 8:20:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/24/2018 | The Editors
    It is the secrecy that makes whatever is happening in Xinjiang so sinister. The silence of the Xi Jinping regime is broken only by euphemism, which raises suspicions that something epochal, horrible is going on. The population of 12 million Uyghurs seems cowed. The province is under martial rule. Anyone attracting attention is liable to wind up in — where, exactly? A concentration camp? A penal colony? Or, as the People’s Republic of China would have it, a “vocational training center”? American officials estimate that 1 million Uyghurs have been incarcerated in these facilities, located in a province in northwest...
  • For years, Protestant preachers were allowed to visit prisoners in Russia. Then everything changed.

    08/22/2018 6:02:35 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Meduza Russia ^ | Aug 2018 | Sasha Sulim
    Ten years ago, Vitaly Mokrushin became the pastor of a Mennonite church in the town of Sol-Iletsk, in Russia’s Orenburg region, leading a small congregation of 20-25 people. The 42-year-old former locomotive mechanic found God in 1996. In the mid-2000s, he regularly visited the “Black Dolphin” prison colony. He visited prisoners on a weekly basis for several years, holding services, singing religious hymns, reading sermons, and using the prison’s PA system to communicate with inmates who weren’t allowed to gather in the same room. Roman Lunkin, a senior researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Philosophy, told Meduza...
  • [Vanity]What's Really Important?

    08/21/2018 11:00:20 PM PDT · by TBP · 11 replies
    Mee ^ | Today | Moi
    White farmers are being murdered and thrown off their land in massive numbers at the behest of their government. There is mass starvation in Venezuela. People have to eat their cats and dogs just to stay alive. In Myannmar, they're murdering Christians. They're also mass murdering Christians in India, as well as Sikhs, Muslims, Dalits, Assamese, Bodos, Manipuris, Dalits, and others. China is rounding up Muslims and forcing them into concentration camps, where they disappear, reminiscent of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews. They're also burning down churches and persecuting Christians. They previously expelled the Buddhists from Tibet. And throughout...
  • Flashback: Franklin Graham Cancels Persecution Summit in Moscow, Russia over Repressive Law

    08/20/2018 1:11:19 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Rev. Franklin Graham says he is cancelling an evangelical summit in Russia after the government passed a new law placing severe restrictions on Christian evangelization. "We were looking forward to this significant event being held in Russia because no one knows modern Christian persecution better than the church that suffered under communist rule. However, just a few weeks ago Russia passed a law that severely limits Christians' freedoms," Graham posted on Facebook in announcing the cancellation of his World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians. The law, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, puts a stop to sharing faith in...
  • Pastor faces eviction for hosting home Bible study

    08/16/2018 9:21:59 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 17 replies
    Zloto News ^ | 08/16/2018 | ZlotoNews
    A semi-retired Lutheran minister in Fredericksburg, Virginia faces the possibility of being evicted from a senior living community because he’s been hosting a small Bible study in the privacy of his apartment, his attorney alleges. First Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases, is representing Pastor Ken Hauge. The pastor has accused the management of The Evergreens at Smith Run of a pattern of verbal abuse and harassment directed at Christians who live in the complex. “The threat of eviction follows repeated religious discrimination by The Evergreens management, including forcing Hauge to refer to his event...
  • This Cake Baker Won At The Supreme Court. Now The State Is Trying To Get Revenge

    08/15/2018 11:45:47 AM PDT · by detective · 68 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 15, 2018 | Bre Payton
    Colorado is trying to compel the same baker who just won a Supreme Court case into baking a second cake that violates his religious beliefs. Masterpiece Cakeshop’s Jack Phillips, who won a Supreme Court case in June, is once again being harangued by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for refusing to bake a cake with a pro-LGBTQ message. Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit late Tuesday night against the commission on his behalf, over the state’s second attempt to compel him to bake a cake with a message that violates his religious beliefs. Two months ago, the Supreme Court...
  • Religious website triggers complaint against Edwards Air Force Base brigadier general

    08/15/2018 7:02:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    L A Times ^ | Aug 13, 2018 | Sarah Parvini
    On Sunday, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation made an official demand to Defense Secretary James N. Mattis to “immediately and comprehensively” investigate Air Force Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert. At issue is Teichert’s website, called “Prayer at Lunchtime for the United States,” in which the commander says he encourages “Bible-believing Americans to take time to specifically pray for our nation at lunchtime every day.” Teichert commands the 412th Test Wing and is also the installation commander, according to the Edwards website. On his religious website, Teichert goes only by “John,” and writes that he is an active duty brigadier general...
  • Teleios Research Estimates Government Aid to Persecuted Countries

    08/14/2018 6:18:26 AM PDT · by Teleios Research
    PRLOG ^ | August 14, 2018 | William C. Stewart
    We evaluated the amount of United States government aid (total and military) as well as trade policy with the top 50 countries on the Open Doors persecution of Christians list website (https://www.opendoorsusa.org/2018-world-watch-list-report/). The primary source noted of persecution in each country in the Open Doors list was: Islamic oppression (n=33), dictatorial paranoia (n=6), religious nationalism* (n=5), communist and post-communist oppression (n=4), or organized crime and corruption (n=2). We used the Office of the United States Trade Representative website (https://ustr.gov/) and the US Agency of International Development website (https://www.usaid.gov/) as the primary sources of information supplemented by Google searches. We collected:...
  • Christian group kicked off campus for requiring its leaders to be Christian

    08/10/2018 3:59:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/9/18 | Nicole Russell
    Another student-led group is suing a university because the school kicked the group off campus for requiring student leaders to agree with their faith tenets. The University of Iowa told InterVarsity Christian Fellowship they weren’t allowed to hold their meetings on campus because they require their members to hold to specific faith standards and kicked them out — in response, InterVarsity sued. The University of Iowa did the same thing last year with Business Leaders in Christ, or BLinC. This kind of blatant discrimination — one that infringes on religious freedom via the pretense of protecting other kids’ feelings —...
  • Nine-year-old Indian girl from Christian convert family gang-raped and murdered

    08/10/2018 5:22:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    A nine-year-old girl from an Indian family that had recently converted to Christianity was gang-raped and murdered on Sunday, 5 August, in Punjab state. Anjali Masih was playing with her friends in the city of Gurdaspur, near the Pakistan border, when a group of men lured her away by showing her a guava. She was then gang-raped and strangled with a telephone wire. Local Christians told World Watch Monitor that there has been a rise in anti-Christian feeling in the area, which is predominantly Hindu and Sikh, since a number of families converted to Christianity. One Christian, who did not...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Underground priests removed in China for holding summer youth camp

    08/09/2018 8:32:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic News Service via Crux ^ | August 9, 2018 | Contributor
    In Catholic News Service, Global ChurchCatholic News ServiceAug 9, 2018 CONTRIBUTORChinese Catholics pray in late January in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing. (Credit: Roman Pilipey/EPA via CNS.) Two underground parish priests in China's Gansu province have been removed after being accused of holding a summer camp for a youth group at their church. GANSU, China - Two underground parish priests in China’s Gansu province have been removed after being accused of holding a summer camp for a youth group at their church.Father Wang Yiqin of Hui county and Father Li Shidong of Leling in Shandong province...
  • Billboards Showing Pastor Holding Bible Removed After Complaints

    08/09/2018 1:53:53 PM PDT · by OddLane · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 9, 2018 | Fox and Friends
    Billboards showing evangelist Pastor Greg Laurie holding a Bible were removed from popular Southern California malls after numerous complaints. Laurie, who leads the multi-campus Harvest Christian Fellowship, contracted a real estate company to post the billboards to promote an upcoming SoCal Harvest event at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The billboards were displayed at several locations, including Fashion Island in Orange County and the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine. After receiving complaints -- including a "serious threat" -- the company asked that the billboards be revised to remove the image of the Bible.
  • Christian Persecution Around the World

    08/09/2018 1:51:58 PM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 9, 2018 | Jack Kerwick
    Pope Francis, the Holy See of the church to which I’ve belonged my entire life and that I continue to regularly attend, has spent relatively little time during his tenure devoting much energy to underscoring the Church’s traditional, however Politically Incorrect, positions on such hotbed issues as abortion, same-sex marriage, and, say, Jesus’s unique standing in God’s economy of salvation. And even though it is the baptismal promise of every Roman Catholic to renounce Satan and all of his works, to unequivocally repudiate evil wherever it rears its hideous head, Francis scarcely speaks to the abominations of the world. He...
  • Holy war: Franklin Graham shreds 'vile' media

    08/08/2018 5:00:31 PM PDT · by Maudeen · 13 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 8/8/2018 | Bob Unruh
    'I've never seen such hatred poured out against such a good man' Franklin Graham, chief of Samaritan’s Purse as well as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is pulling no punches in his criticism of the New York Times. His comments appeared on Facebook regarding an opinion piece published by the newspaper.