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  • Video: Putin Publicly Reaffirms Russia’s Commitment To Defend Christianity

    08/14/2018 4:11:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    “The Christianization was the initial stage of the development of Russia's statehood, of the true spiritual birth of our ancestors, of the definition of their identity and self-awareness, of the explosion of the national culture and education, of the development of multi-faceted connections with other countries"Putin's hard-hitting speech at the commemoration of the 1030 year anniversary of the baptism of ancient Rus reaffirms the country's commitment to Christian values:Vladimir Putin: “The Christianization was the initial stage of the development of Russia's statehood, of the true spiritual birth of our ancestors, of the definition of their identity and self-awareness, of the...
  • Cath. Priests to be Forced to Report Abuse Revealed in Confession Under Victorian Opposition Plan

    08/14/2018 4:06:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/14/18 | Richard Willingham
    Child sexual abuse revealed in confession would have to be reported to police and could be used as evidence if the Coalition wins Victoria's state election, the Opposition's most senior Catholic MP has announced. The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse last year recommended that states introduce laws to make it a criminal offence to fail to disclose abuse revealed in the confessional. The Andrews Government has not ruled it out, but said it wanted to first examine a uniform national approach. Nationals Leader Peter Walsh told the ABC a Coalition Victorian government would change the law...
  • Trump Admin. Directive Protects Faith-Based Contractors From LGBT Discrimination Policy

    08/14/2018 9:01:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/14/2018 | Samuel Smith
    The Trump administration has issued a directive to protect the rights of faith-based federal contractors who have religious objections to same-sex marriage and homosexuality. On Friday, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs issued the directive to "incorporate recent developments in the law regarding religion-exercising organizations and individuals." Specifically, the directive cites three recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and executive orders on religious freedom issued by President Donald Trump. The agency suggests that while discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity are still not permitted under Executive Order 11246 (as amended by former President Barack Obama...
  • 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 ( 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 ( and the US Agency of International Development website ( as the primary sources of information supplemented by Google searches. We collected:...
  • Christians in Turkey Forced to Sign Paper Saying They Aren’t Persecuted

    08/14/2018 5:58:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 8/10/18
    Christians in Turkey were recently pressured by Erdogan’s government to sign a declaration that they face no religious persecution in the nation, according to a representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared last Wednesday that Turkey has no problems with religious minorities. “Turkey has no problems related to [religious] minorities. Threatening language of the U.S. evangelist, Zionist mentality is unacceptable,” he said, according to the Andalou Agency. His statement comes on the heels of the signing the day before of a joint declaration by every non-Muslim community, including Greek Orthodox, Armenian, and Jewish leaders, denying allegations of...
  • [UK] Conservatives Launch Investigation into Boris Johnson's Comments on Burkas

    08/14/2018 5:47:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | 8/9/18 | Aubrey Allegretti
    The former foreign secretary faces a probe that could see him expelled, as a source close to him says "the world had gone mad".Boris Johnson is facing investigation by an independent panel after comparing women in burkas to "letter boxes" and "bank robbers". The former foreign secretary, who resigned last month, faces claims he breached the Conservative Party's code of conduct in an article for the Sunday Telegraph. In it, Mr Johnson questioned why Muslim women who wear the full-face veil would "go around looking like letter boxes". He added he would "feel fully entitled" to ask a woman "looking...
  • The Black Man's ONLY TRUE Friend in America - The Lord Jesus Christ!

    08/13/2018 10:13:53 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/13/18
    The white and black oppressors of the lawless Left Democratic Party, who abhor Almighty God the Creator and His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Rom. 1:18-32) only seek to agitate, control, use, enrage and scare their black Democratic voters and to keep them on their state plantation. The very ones who are their lawless oppressors are usually put back in power each time by Black America; making heavier their chains of social ills. The Left is horrified of losing their political strangle hold and power and truly care nothing about black America. The black population are only a vessel to be used and oppressed...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 8-13-18 {Prayer}

    08/13/2018 12:41:48 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 24 replies
    8-13-18 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Isaiah 56:1 Be Just and Fair to All, the Lord God Says. Do what's...
  • [Cath Cauc] A NACIÓN Editorial: Pope Promotes a Political-Ideological Beatification

    08/12/2018 8:38:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 13, 2018 | New Catholic
    Satanelli Beatification - LA NACIÓN Editorial: Pope Promotes a Political-Ideological Beatification There were many radical bishops in the wild years following the Second Vatican Council. But Enrique Angelelli, bishop of La Rioja, Argentina, was probably the most radical. He was a Communist in all but name and stridently supported the terrorist organization "Montoneros", the leftist terrorist branch of the Peronist movement. It can be undoubtedly said that the horrid military dictatorship that governed Argentina from 1976 until the Falklands War was brought about as a brutal overreaction to the terrorist attacks coordinated by Montoneros in favor of a Socialist-Peronist revolution....
  • Vanity, What FRper Catholics Think About Hanging #NotMyPope?, Catholic Caucus

    08/12/2018 9:39:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies ^ | August 12, 2018 | Biggirl
    The last couple of I have seen this hashish, #NotMyPope. Even I have used it often in just anger when Pope Francis comes out with a new position teaching for the Church. Most recent is death penalty issue. Is that hashtag a good way to protest or not as a Catholic? Thank you and God Bless.
  • Turkey Planning Islamic Studies Center on Island where Orthodox Seminary Remains Closed for 45 Years

    08/12/2018 7:23:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 8/9/18
    The Turkish government made an announcement on August 2 that is likely to increase tensions between the state and its Orthodox Christians. While the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s seminary on the island of Halki has remained closed since 1971, Turkey has announced that it intends to open an Islamic studies center on the same island. Moreover, building plans have the Global Center for Islamic Studies situated right in front of the Orthodox seminary building, reports Sedmitza. According to experts, the opening of the Islamic studies center would completely rule out the possibility of reopening the seminary, which the Ecumenical Patriarchate has been...
  • A Priest's Pain: Crosses Destroyed, Ban on Catechism, the Vaccine Scandal [China]

    08/12/2018 7:17:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 8/6/18 | han Ren Shen Fu
    Cross and inscription "Catholic Church" removed from church facade. The ban on holding summer youth camps for catechism. Meanwhile, the vaccine scandal breaks out, a sign of a lack of moral values in Chinese society. Vaccinating young people in the spirit, helping them discover their faith, would help Chinese society. The considerations of a priest blogger.Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Chinese authorities have been eliminating visible Christian signs, crosses and engravings for several months due to a campaign of "synicization". This adds to the ban on meetings even in summer, with young people under the age of 18, who are also...
  • ‘Shut Up and Die’: Pro-Life Politician’s Home Vandalized with Spray Paint, Condoms [UK]

    08/12/2018 7:06:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/7/18 | Calvin Freiburger
    SOMERSET, England, August 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Left-wing vandals targeted Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg’s home and his wife’s car last week, as detailed in photos compiled by The Sun. The incident took place while the pro-family, Catholic lawmaker’s family was taking a vacation in New York City. As first discovered by his maid, the messages spray-painted on the family’s garage, patio window, bench, and garden umbrella included “shut up and die,” “posh scum,” “politics death,” anarchist symbols, and some obscenities. The vandals had also scattered condoms on their lawn and driveway, and hung condoms from a small cross in the...
  • Cath Cauc: Capital Punishment Now “Inadmissible”? Francis Pushes Heresy Envelope Even Further

    08/11/2018 8:22:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | August 2, 2018 | Matt Gaspers
    "And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed Him, saying: If thou be Christ, save Thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man hath done no evil. And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when Thou shalt come into Thy kingdom. And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in paradise." ~ Luke 23:39-43*****For those who haven’t yet...
  • [Barf Alert] Catholic bishops urge Florida governor to spare death-row inmate

    08/11/2018 7:30:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Catholic News Service via Crux ^ | August 11, 2018 | Contributor
    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Catholic bishops of Florida urged Gov. Rick Scott to commute the death sentence of Jose Antonio Jimenez to a life sentence without parole. Jimenez is scheduled to be executed Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. local time for the 1992 murder of Phyllis Minas. “Both victims of crime and offenders are children of God and members of the same human family,” said an Aug. 10 letter to Scott on behalf of the bishops by Michael B. Sheedy , executive director of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops in Tallahassee. “We appreciate your difficult task as governor and...
  • Australian Unions Seek Limits on Religious Groups’ Hiring Freedom

    08/10/2018 7:12:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/7/18 | CNA
    SYDNEY, Australia - A group of trade unions in Australia last month passed a motion saying that they will lobby to restrict the right of religious organizations to make hiring decisions based on adherence to Church teaching on sexuality. Wil Stracke, a member of the Victorian Trades Hall Council which proposed the new motion, said that union members hoped the religious exemptions to discrimination laws would be “narrowed significantly so that they can only apply when it’s an inherent requirement of the job.” “We recognise there are roles in some places where it’s appropriate, [such as] religious education at a...
  • Archbishop makes plea to remember Ukraine’s ‘silent and forgotten war’

    08/10/2018 6:36:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic News Agency ^ | August 9, 2018 | Courntney Grogan
    Baltimore, Md., Aug 9, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Four years of fighting in eastern Ukraine have led to “the biggest humanitarian crisis on the European continent since the end of the Second World War,” according to the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv called on the international community and the Catholic Church not to neglect the crisis in Ukraine. He made the plea during his keynote address at the Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore on August 7.Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the Ukrainian conflict has taken the lives of more than...
  • Italy’s Catholics flock to the right

    08/10/2018 2:44:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | August 10, 2018 | Jacopo Barigazzi
    Pope Francis has a problem: Italian Catholics. In the home of the Vatican, believers are increasingly attracted by the hard-line stance of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Francis and Salvini espouse radically different approaches to migration. Where the pope has called on countries to take care of the less fortunate, Salvini has turned his close-the-borders approach to immigration into an electoral warhorse. The trouble for Francis is that Salvini seems to be winning — even among Catholic voters.
  • Did 'Catholic Spring' groups undermine the Catholic bishops? [John Podesta, George Soros)

    08/10/2018 1:56:57 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Dec 15, 2016 | Kevin Jones
    Groups reputedly founded for a “Catholic Spring” revolt within the Church have a history of criticizing Catholic bishops on LGBT issues and other topics, while taking money from wealthy, strategically minded LGBT activists who have helped reshape American religion, politics and the definition of marriage. Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good came to prominence in mid-October when WikiLeaks published a 2012 email exchange apparently involving John Podesta, President Bill Clinton’s former chief-of-staff and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager. Podesta appeared to suggest he and his allies had founded the groups to sow religious revolution. Today,...
  • Italian Int Minister: “Enough now with this ‘parent 1 and 2. I have restored mother and father”

    08/10/2018 9:46:23 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 10, 2018 | Francesca Romana
    Italian Interior Minister: “Enough now with this ‘parent 1 and 2. I have restored mother and father” Claudio Cartaldo "Il Giornale" August 10, 2018 Salvini’s blitz on forms for identity cards - it’s back to the past and “No to the horror of “surrogate motherhood”.  Gone ‘parent n.1’ and ‘parent n.2’.  Back to what is natural: mother and father. Matteo Salvini launches the revolution also in the area of the family and gives the go ahead to re-examine the forms for identity cards.  [Excerpts] In an interview to La Bussola Quotidiano, the Interior Minister takes the side in defense of...