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  • Russia Named in List of 50 Countries in Which Christians Face Persecution

    01/19/2019 8:07:50 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Jan 17, 2019
    Russia has been ranked among the world’s 50 countries in which Christians face the most prosecution for the first time in seven years. Russia placed 41st out of 50 countries with the highest levels of persecutions faced by Christians, according to the group’s 2019 World Watch List published Wednesday. “Though radical Islam is largely to blame for Russia’s poor standing in how Christians are treated within its borders, the Russian legislation is unfairly applied to non-Russian Orthodox Christians as new laws and restrictions are constantly being imposed,” it said. The last time Russia landed on the list was in 2011,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] And Persecution of Underground Catholics Continues

    01/17/2019 9:51:38 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | January 12, 2019 | Lin Yijiang
    And Persecution of Underground Catholics Continues Never mind a nearly four-month-old provisional agreement with the Vatican – one that was supposed to ease decades-long tensions regarding the appointing of bishops – the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, is upping its suppression and persecution of underground Catholic churches and believers.Under the Vatican-China deal of 2018, Pope Francis recognized the legitimacy of seven Chinese-government-appointed bishops, who, not having been selected by the Vatican, had been excommunicated. In turn, Beijing finally, and formally, recognized the pope’s authority.“China and the Vatican will continue to maintain communications and push forward the process of improving relations...
  • This country was removed from Christian persecution list; now a 'model' for religious tolerance

    01/17/2019 7:41:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/17/2019 | Samuel Smith
    Open Doors USA released on Wednesday its annual list of top 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted. Two countries were taken off the list and two were put on this year. Bahrain, a tiny Muslim-majority nation in the Persian Gulf, earned its way off the 2019 World Watch List after being ranked in previous editions because of religious freedom and human rights concerns. In previous editions, the leading international Christian persecution watchdog called out the “relatively religiously tolerant” kingdom of Bahrain for placing inhibitions on the freedom to assembly, prohibitions against Christians proselytizing and restrictions to religious expression. In...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Open letter: Rethinking the future of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong

    01/16/2019 2:07:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Asia News.IT ^ | January 16, 2019 | Asia News
    Open letter: Rethinking the future of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong A group of Catholics, mostly young people, have addressed a letter to the diocesan Curia. Whilst appreciating the educational and charitable work the Church has offered so far, the petitioners demand the diocese not be China’s "vassal" and end the "colonial" phase of its work as a substitute services provider. It also notes the commitment of Christian in politics, defending the right of the faithful to religious freedom in China as well as Hong Kong’s freedom. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – A group of Hong Kong Catholics, most of...
  • Judge Forces Little Sisters of the Poor and Christian Groups to Fund Abortions

    01/14/2019 4:46:02 PM PST · by JME_FAN · 67 replies
    Life News ^ | January 14, 2019 | Micaiah Bilger
    A group of charitable nuns will be forced pay for drugs that may cause abortions in their employee health plans as a result of a federal judge’s ruling Sunday. The ruling by Judge Haywood Gilliam, a nominee of pro-abortion President Barack Obama, blocks the Trump administration from enforcing rules that provide wider religious exemptions to groups like Little Sisters of the Poor ...
  • The Outrageous Assault on the Knights of Columbus

    01/11/2019 7:05:53 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 19 replies
    Washington Fee Beacon ^ | 1-11-19 | Matthew Continetti
    Kamala Harris is set to announce her candidacy for president sometime around Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What sort of chief executive would she be? Well, here's your first clue: On December 5, Harris posed a series of written questions to Brian Buescher, President Trump's nominee for District Court in Nebraska. The third question reads as follows: Since 1993, you have been a member of the Knights of Columbus, an all-male society comprised primarily of Catholic men. In 2016, Carl Anderson, leader of the Knights of Columbus, described abortion as ‘a legal regime that has resulted in more than 40...
  • [Cath Cauc] Francis Claims That There is Full Communion With “All” Chinese Regime-Bishops

    01/08/2019 6:12:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 8, 2019 | Gloria TV
    Francis Claims That There is Full Communion With “All” Chinese Regime-Bishops During his annual address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See (January 7), Pope Francis hailed his secret agreement with the Chinese regime as one of his major initiatives in 2018. Expressing his satisfaction he claimed that for the first time after so many years, all bishops in China were in full communion with the Pope. However, according to the Vatican agreement only seven regime-bishops were accepted of which two are known to be married with children. There are about 65 Chinese regime-bishops. #newsXxdtbhmajv
  • Armed police drag pro-lifer from Irish cathedral while he prays for unborn

    01/07/2019 7:17:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 7, 2019 | K.V. Turley
    January 7, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – 2018 was the year that saw the Irish Referendum on abortion passed with cheering crowds on the streets of Dublin and elsewhere.   As the Feast of the Holy Family drew to a close on December 30, armed police at the request of the local clergy forcibly dragged an Irish pro-lifer from a Catholic cathedral. Seemingly, his crime was wanting to pray through the night in that cathedral as an act of reparation for the liberal abortion law about to be enacted in Ireland. The cathedral in question was St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh. That...
  • China forces church to take down first commandment given to Moses

    01/07/2019 8:19:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/07/2019 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Chinese communist authorities forced a church in China’s Henan Province to take down the first of the Ten Commandments given to Moses, as it was deemed offensive.Bitter Winter Magazine, which reports on religious freedom violations in China, said that the incident occurred in November, when 30 officials conducted an inspection of a government-approved Three-Self church in Henan’s Luoning county.Inside the church, they saw the Ten Commandments displayed on the wall, and declared that the first commandment must be removed and proceeded to wipe it off.The Ten Commandments, given by God to the Jewish people through Moses, became the bedrock of...
  • Harris, Hirono accused of anti-Catholic 'bigotry' for targeting Knights of Columbus

    12/30/2018 3:14:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    Democratic senators quiz judicial nominee over membership in men's Catholic charitable groupSenate Democrats are facing renewed charges of anti-Catholic discrimination after quizzing a federal judicial nominee about his membership in the Knights of Columbus. Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono were accused of “religious profiling” after they zeroed in on judicial nominee Brian Buescher’s membership in the 137-year-old fraternal Catholic charitable organization earlier this month in written questions. “The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions,” said Ms. Hirono, Hawaii Democrat, citing the group’s opposition to same-sex marriage. “If confirmed, do you intend to end your...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Christmas Behind Bars In China, For the Martyrs of the Free Press

    12/29/2018 2:47:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | December 29, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    Christmas Behind Bars In China, For the Martyrs of the Free Press “Looking To China” was the five-column headline that “L’Osservatore Romano” - no longer directed by Giovanni Maria Vian, but by Andrea Monda - ran in presenting the news that “two Chinese children, ages six and seven, brought flowers before the statue of the Child Jesus together with Pope Francis,” on Christmas Eve in Saint Peter’s Basilica.Meanwhile, however, things are happening in China that the official Vatican media will never be able to report, gagged as they are by the accord signed on September 22 between the Vatican and...
  • Christians in jeopardy: Who cares?

    12/28/2018 9:52:31 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | December 23, 2018 | Barbara Simpson
    Christians in jeopardy: Who cares? Exclusive: Barbara Simpson blasts hypocrisy of those who won't lift a finger to help To me, the most appalling refusal to help comes from the Vatican and Pope Frances – who has said nothing directly, allowing the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to do the talking. He says there is no diplomatic activity, that the Vatican is not working to arrange an asylum for Bibi and her family, and that “it’s an issue inside Pakistan. I hope it can be resolved in the best way.”
  • [Catholic Caucus] Underground Catholics in Jiangxi May Lose Their Churches

    12/28/2018 9:23:31 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | Lin Yijiang
    Underground Catholics in Jiangxi May Lose Their Churches Authorities are harassing underground Catholic churches in the Diocese of Yujiang, intimidating believers into joining the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Bitter Winter has recently reported that underground Catholic meeting venues in the Archdiocese of Fuzhou, in the southeastern coastal province of Fujian, have been suppressed by the authorities and even shut down. Members of the Underground Catholic Church in the central province of Jiangxi face the same predicament, suffering frequent coercion and harassment at the hands of authorities. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) interprets the Vatican-China deal of 2018 to the effect...
  • Apple Bans Christian App, Google and Amazon Urged to Follow Suit

    12/26/2018 7:52:32 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | DECEMBER 26, 2018 AT 2:04PM | KARA PENDLETON
    Many would agree that if a product is “dangerous” it should be carefully monitored, or even pulled from sales entirely — but it all depends on what “dangerous” means. According to an organization named “Truth Wins Out,” biblical teachings on homosexuality are too “dangerous” for the public marketplace of ideas. The BBC reported Monday that Apple has heard the pleas of the group and removed an app produced by Living Hope Ministries from its app store. Google and Amazon are being encouraged by activists to follow suit. A download of the app reveals that its contents are essentially the same...
  • Dem senators flirting with a religious test for judicial nominees

    12/25/2018 7:52:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The ugly specter of religious bigotry reared its disgusting head during Senate confirmation of the nomination of Brian Buescher for a federal judgeship. The Constitution’s Article VI, Clause 3 clearly specifies that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States,” but that must be news to Senators Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris. Ed Condon of the Catholic News Agency reports:  A judicial nominee faced questions from Senators this month about whether membership in the Knights of Columbus might impede his ability to judge federal cases fairly. The...
  • Christians 'Standing in the Way' of China's Xi Jinping's Totalitarian Rule

    12/19/2018 4:23:11 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    cbn.com ^ | George Thomas
    [U]nlike Deng Xiaoping, who helped launch the country's reforms 40 years ago and wanted to reduce the power and influence of the Communist Party over civil society, China's current leader believes in the absolute power of the Party and wants his government to exert control over every aspect of Chinese life. Since coming to power in 2012, Xi has severely cracked down on human rights, religious freedom and freedom of expression. Christians are experiencing some of the worst persecution in decades. "Under President Xi, the government has further tightened control over Christianity in its broad efforts to "Sinicize" religion or...
  • Human Wrongs Perpetrated Against Christians ... in Canada

    12/11/2018 3:18:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2018 | Arthur Schaper
    Canada’s commitment to human rights has dwindled faster than imagined. A nation founded within the British Empire, whose leaders were Bible-believing Christians committed to a civilizing mission around the world, Canada has fallen so far from its Judeo-Christian roots and causes. The attacks on freedom of speech and religion are staggering, and American citizens—as well as freedom fighters around the world—need to pay attention. The homeland of John Candy, Kenneth Galbraith, Jordan Peterson, The McKenzie Brothers, Bonhomme, Francophone Americans, and Brian Mulroney has gone fascist.This immoral rot began fifty years ago, and the fruit of this poisonous tree is in...
  • The Stigma Against My Conservative Politics Is Worse Than The Stigma Of Being Gay

    12/11/2018 7:02:22 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12-11-18 | Chad Felix Greene
    “Why would a person choose a life where they will be hated, judged, and rejected by society?” This was one of the first arguments I learned to defend myself against in arguments about my sexuality. In the late 1990s, it was perceived as a powerful call to the humanity of those who opposed gay rights under the notion that it was merely a lifestyle choice. The idea was that if we could appeal to others’ sense of compassion for our social plight, perhaps they could understand the effects of their intolerance. I often fantasized about breaking through the walls of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Battle of wills: Tiny order of French nuns takes on Vatican

    12/09/2018 9:37:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | December 8, 2018 | unknown
    Battle of wills: Tiny order of French nuns takes on Vatican VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has an unusual dilemma on its hands after nearly all the nuns in a tiny French religious order threatened to renounce their vows rather than accept the Holy See’s decision to remove their superior.The sisters argue that the Vatican commissioners sent to replace their superior general, who is also the niece of the order’s founder, have no understanding of their way of life or spirituality. The Church’s conclusion - contained in a summary of its investigation provided this week to The Associated Press -...
  • Democrat Party Chair Tom Perez Slams Christian Voters: They Just “Buy” What They Hear at Church

    12/07/2018 7:17:47 PM PST · by Coleus · 43 replies
    Life News ^ | 12.06.18 | Peter Hasson
    Listen on YouTubeDemocratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez on Wednesday complained that voters are influenced by what they hear in church on Sundays.  Perez claimed that Republicans have an advantage because “people buy” what they hear at church.“And we all have to make sure that we’re fluent in what’s happening across our ecosystem so we can come to each other’s defense because we need to build a bigger orchestra. They’ve had a big orchestra for some time and they’ve got the megaphones to amplify it, whether it’s Sinclair at the local level or Fox at the national level,” Perez...