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  • Big Business Helps Squash Voters on Religious Liberty Debate

    04/28/2016 10:33:17 AM PDT · by milton23 · 4 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/28/16 | Katrina Trinko
    When it comes to religious liberty debates, big businesses don’t want the people to decide. Or at least they don’t want the people of Missouri to decide. While the more explosive battles in Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina about bills regarding religious liberty and LGBT accommodations have gained national attention, Missouri has flown mostly under the radar.
  • Joe Biden to Give Talk at Vatican Conference on Friday

    04/28/2016 5:22:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/27/16 | Edward Pentin
    Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Rome on Thursday to attend a conference on breakthroughs in regenerative medicine, part-hosted by the Pontifical Council for Culture. Biden will deliver a talk the following day about the Obama administration's "Moonshot" initiative which aims to make therapies available to more patients and accelerate cancer research by improving cancer prevention and detecting it at an early stage. The Vice President, whose son Beau died of brain cancer last year, is aiming to double the rate of progress toward a cancer cure, for which the Obama administration has asked Congress for $1 billion. The April...
  • The Next Synod: The Return of "The Peace of God"?

    04/27/2016 2:30:07 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    The Moynihan Letters (via email) | 04-27-2016 | Robert Moynihan
    April 27, 2016, Wednesday -- The Next Synod: The Return of "The Peace of God"? "The Pope would like to dedicate the next Synod of Bishops to the theme of peace." —The Italian news agency ANSA, in a short news article released this morning in Italy. The question of what topic the next Bishops' Synod would focus on was discussed in a meeting of the Synod's leadership in Rome on April 18 and 19; this is the first story that claims to give reliable information about what the topic will be    "Other proposals of the participants were the themes...
  • The Copts Return to Jerusalem

    04/27/2016 6:36:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 4/26/16
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - Palm Sunday, celebrated the day before yesterday by the Churches that follow the Julian calendar, saw an exponential increase of Egyptian Coptic pilgrims who have come to celebrate the rites of Holy Week in Jerusalem. According to the Egyptian media, in the current year already at least 5,700 Coptic Orthodox Christians have reached the Holy City, an increase of more than a thousand units compared to the Coptic pilgrims who had carried out a pilgrimage to the Holy Places of Jerusalem in 2015. The growing presence of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox in the Holy City marks...
  • Trump Chosen by God To Stop America's Destruction - Astounding 2011 Prophecy

    04/27/2016 4:39:17 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 44 replies
    INFO ^ | Apr 21, 2016 | youtube
    Rick Wiles interviews retired firefighter Mark Taylor who was given this prophetic revelation in 2011. The Lord has chosen Mr. Trump to bring America back from the brink of destruction. Mr. Taylor wrote this amazing prophecy in 2011 giving us a glimpse of what's to come and why all who attack Mr. Trump will fall by the wayside. What's amazing is that this revelation has gone forth to thousands. The wrath of God has come not for the people of America but for the leaders of the establishment. The hour of judgment is upon them. The light has begun to...
  • Pope's Marxist bias in U.S. campaign signals new global order

    04/26/2016 6:46:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Renew America ^ | April 18, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    The liberal media are so in love with Pope Francis that they can't report the hard truth about his blatant interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and what it represents. Not only was socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) invited to a conference of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) on Catholic social teaching and the world situation, he also met personally with Pope Francis. A secular Jewish atheist, Sanders is not even a member of the Catholic Church. "I am not actively involved with organized religion," Sanders has said. His brother Larry says, "He is quite substantially not religious."...
  • Catholic Bishop: “Never Vote for Any Candidate of Any Party Who Supports Abortion”

    04/26/2016 7:00:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 25, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Rhode Island has a message for Catholic voters: never ever vote for any candidate who supports abortion. With Hillary Clinton as the likely presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Bishop Tobin’s words make it clear that Catholic voters can’t vote for her for president. Bishop Tobin made the remarks in an April 21 post on Facebook: Catholics: Vote Pro-Life As the primary election draws near in Rhode Island, I encourage faithful Catholics to vote pro-life – and never to vote for any candidate, of any party, who supports abortion. And don’t be fooled by those...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/25/2016 7:57:20 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    4-25-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 3:4,5 I Cried Out to the Lord, and He Heard me from His Temple in Jerusalem. Then I Lay Down and Slept in Peace and Woke Up Safely, For the Lord was Watching Over me.
  • Cultural Identity Theft (alarming statistics)

    04/25/2016 5:55:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 20, 2016 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    A recent New York Times article revealed that 90 percent of teens in the predominantly Muslim districts of Molenbeek and Schaerbeek think of the Brussels terrorists as heroes. The main thing to notice here is not that these youth have warped values (which they do), but that their heroes are people who are willing to die for what they believe. Which means that some of these young people are likely willing to die for the same beliefs. Meanwhile, a test given to thirteen-year-olds in an Italian middle school revealed that 90 percent of them would convert to Islam if...
  • Pope Makes Surprise Visit to Rome Park Marking Earth Day

    04/25/2016 5:34:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/24/16 | AP
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to one of Rome's main parks to participate in an Earth Day event. Francis, who wrote an encyclical decrying the exploitation of the Earth's environment and resources often at the expense of the poor, went to Villa Borghese, a park filled with Sunday strollers.
  • Signatures for Banning Abortions to be Collected in Russian Churches

    04/25/2016 5:31:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/25/16
    Moscow, April 25, Interfax - Signatures for the legal protection of life from the moment of conception and for banning abortions to be held on April 30, on the Easter eve, in churches of Russia. "Signatures will be collected with the blessing of the spiritual guide of His Holiness the patriarch elder Eli (Nozdrin)," press service of the For Life Movement told Interfax-Religion. Organizers expect to collect several thousand signatures at each parish: on the Easter eve churches will be full of believers who come to bless Easter cakes and eggs. "By now, we have collected 200,000 signatures, our objective...
  • On Earth Day, Pope Francis calls all ‘to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator’

    04/23/2016 6:46:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 22, 2016 | Brian Rowe
    See the world through the eyes of the Creator, Pope Francis said at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, marking Earth Day. “I exhort everyone to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator: the earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden to be cultivated,” he said. “The relationship of mankind with nature must not be conducted with greed, manipulation and exploitation, but it must conserve the divine harmony that exists between creatures and Creation within the logic of respect and care, so it can be put to the service...
  • Civil Rights Commission Blasts 'So-Called Religious Liberty’ Laws

    04/23/2016 5:51:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A federal government agency has blasted “recent state laws passed, and proposals being considered, under the guise of so-called ‘religious liberty’ which target members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (‘LGBT’) community for discrimination.” “Religious freedom is an important foundation of our nation,” said Martin Castro, chairman of the US Commission on Civil Rights. “However, in the past, ‘religious liberty’ has been used to block racial integration and anti-discrimination laws.” Castro added: The North Carolina and Mississippi laws, and similar legislation proposed in other states, perverts the meaning of religious liberty and perpetuates homophobia, transphobia, marginalizes the transgender and...
  • Norway's [Catholic]Church to Seek Vatican Permission to Stop Officiating at Civil Weddings

    04/23/2016 5:48:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/22/16 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    Bishop says politicians 'may get aggressive' over resistance to same-sex marriageA Norwegian bishop has said the country’s clergy will no longer officiate at civil weddings, after the predominant Lutheran Church’s governing synod voted to conduct gay marriages in Norway. Bishop Bernt Eidsvig of Oslo told Catholic News Service that he would have to seek permission from the Vatican, saying: “It’s clear we must distinguish our own Church marriages from others. “This is a matter of liturgy, so it doesn’t necessarily reflect broader change in our society’s moral values. But politicians may now get aggressive toward churches who resist these weddings,...
  • Pope Francis reneges on offer to take in Christian refugees

    04/22/2016 4:17:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 22, 2016 | Yaron Steinbuch
    A Christian brother and sister from Syria felt blessed to have been among the dozen refugees selected to start a new life in Italy — but now say their savior, Pope Francis, abandoned them on a Greek island, according to a report.
  • Baalism's Suicidal Nature Worship and Sexual Decadence (Earth Day)

    04/22/2016 9:14:17 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 23 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/22/16 | Mark Musser
    Much of ancient Israel’s plight, well documented throughout the Old Testament, was its insatiable thirst for pagan nature worship. This of course was in direct violation of the first two commandments of the Mosaic Law which commanded Israel not to worship any other false god or idol (Exodus 20:3-4). The reason why Israel was forbidden to worship other gods, the natural created order, and idols, was given in Genesis. Genesis 1 presents to the reader an ultimate Creator who made the universe out of nothing through His omnipotent spoken word, and then climaxed the creation process with the making of...
  • The Demonic Movement Behind Earth Day

    04/22/2016 9:08:36 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/22/16
    As "Earth Day" is upon us, let us look at the demonic and leftist philosophy which is driving this "Baalistic" ideology. What seems to have a strangle hold on America and the world at present is the godless totalitarian socialistic environmental movement of today. This movement has halted progress and has laid shackles on the capitalistic freedoms at present here in America and in the world. As the environmentalist display their "Green Righteousness" and seek to practice at the same time a relative and godless philosophy when it comes to the Moral Laws of Nature and the ETERNAL ABSOLUTES of...
  • Churches hold classes about white privilege

    04/21/2016 10:39:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | April 21, 2016 | Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
    A year ago, when the death of Freddie Gray and resulting unrest in Baltimore filled the news, the Rev. Kathy Dwyer felt she had to do something. “Every time I turned on the TV, I just felt like I was getting punched in the gut from watching the issue of racism just escalate in our country,” said the white pastor of a predominantly white United Church of Christ congregation in Arlington, Va. In the wake of the continuing deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police officers, some white church leaders say they can no longer check off their racial-justice...
  • Bai Macfarlane, divorced 2005, on Live Radio Thurs 5 pm Eastern

    04/20/2016 8:26:53 PM PDT · by Bai Macfarlane · 4 replies
    Mary's Advocates ^ | April 20, 2016 | Bai Macfarlane
    Drew Mariani - Relevant Radio, Thursday 5 pm Eastern I'm scheduled for interview live with Drew Mariani at 5 pm Eastern tomorrow, Thursday, April 21. We'll be talking about Mary's Advocates efforts to ask the Church to work to prevent divorce from happening in the first place. The Catechism and the Code of Canon Law are my primary resources. Pope Francis' exhortation on the family, Amortia Leatitia, helps too. If you have a question or can share your own experience (good or bad) about the Church helping to keep a marriage together, give us a call (1-877-766-3777). See list of...
  • Vatican Audit Suspended, Secretariat of State Announces [Catholic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 4:56:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 20, 2016 | EDWARD PENTIN
    Just over four months since the Vatican announced that the Vatican would be subjected to an external audit by one of the world’s leading accounting firms, the Secretariat of State has said that it is pulling the plug on the initiative. The Vatican announced the decision to suspend the audit, carried out by accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, in a letter sent to all Vatican entities this week.
  • “The People, Mystical Category.” The Political Vision of the South American Pope [Catholic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 9:01:10 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Chisea ^ | April 20, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    “The People, Mystical Category.” The Political Vision of the South American Pope An essay by Professor Zanatta has come out in Argentina and Italy, on the “populism” of Francis. The thread that ties together his visit to Lesbos and his affinity for the anti-capitalist and anti-globalization “popular movements” by Sandro Magister ROME, April 20, 2016 – When he crosses the territories of politics, Pope Francis blazes new trails. He seeks direct contact, solidarity, with those he sees as victims of the world powers and at the same time the protagonists of the redemption to come. He does not enunciate programs,...
  • Wendy Davis is Dedicated to Promoting Abortions With God’s Help: “By God, We Get Back Up”

    04/20/2016 6:41:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Since her humiliating defeat in the 2014 Texas gubernatorial race, Wendy Davis has not backed down from her abortion-fueled fame. On the contrary, she has double downed on her commitment to promoting abortion, referring to advances in the pro-life movement as getting “knocked down, but by God, we can get back up and we fight to see a new day.” Reading Jezebel’s new interview with the pro-abortion Texan, it is clear that getting clobbered in an election does not make Davis any less of a progressive darling. Jezebel lovingly describes Davis during her filibuster of a Texas pro-life law as...
  • Orlando: March for Persecuted Christians and Jews

    04/19/2016 8:53:08 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 3 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 19 Apr, 2016 | Baron Bodissey/Elaine
    The third annual March for Persecuted Christians and Jews has just concluded in Orlando, Florida. Below is a report on the event sent by Elaine, one of the participants in the March and associated events. Report on March for Persecuted Christians and Jews Orlando, Florida April 17-18, 2016 For the third year in a row, concerned Christians and Jews gathered in Orlando to march in support of the millions of persecuted Christians worldwide. This year, the march included a representative of the Jewish faith. Christians around the world, especially in the Middle East and North Korea, are currently mercilessly persecuted...
  • Americans agree: Obama administration unfair to Little Sisters of the Poor

    04/19/2016 6:50:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    catholicnewsagency.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | staff
    - A new survey says most Americans think the Obama administration’s federal contraception mandate is unfair to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups defending themselves before the U.S. Supreme Court. About 53 percent of Americans said the process required by the government is “unfair,” while only 32 percent did not, according to a new Marist Poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus. The federal government has exempted many other organizations’ employee health care plans from a requirement to provide contraception and drugs that can produce abortions. But it has no exemption for the Little Sisters of...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Compares Europe with the Atheistic Soviet Union

    04/19/2016 7:00:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/19/16
    Moscow, April 19, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk draws a parallel between the USSR and present-day Europe. "It is surprising that today Russian and European civilizations have exchanged their roles in a certain sense. The Soviet Union was the country of the official state atheism, while all of us perceived the West as the Christian region," the hierarch said on air of his program Church and the World on Rossiya 24 television. According to him, now it is quite the contrary: faith and the Church are revived in Russia, new...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/18/2016 8:35:34 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 15 replies
    4-18-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 52:8 I Trust in the Mercy of God Forever and Ever.
  • God’s Man: Firefighter shares 2011 vision of President Trump

    04/18/2016 4:46:35 PM PDT · by Enduro Guy · 70 replies
    TRUNEWS ^ | April 18, 2016 | TRUNEWS
    Why is the Christian community so divided in Election 2016? Will God raise up a Nebuchadnezzar? Could Donald Trump be God’s man? Today on TRUNEWS, Rick Wiles will be joined by retired firefighter Mark Taylor to share his never before heard prophetic words — including one from 2011 — that Donald Trump would be elected President of the United States.
  • Putting Pope Francis into Perspective

    04/18/2016 10:18:35 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://thewildvoice.org ^ | April 16, 2016
    Below is a very abbreviated and incomplete chronological summary list of troubling quotes, headlines, and happenings which have taken place so far in the very young Pope Francis papacy. These news stories and quotes are intentionally presented in very brief format simply to demonstrate that there is an overall most suspicious and undeniable pattern of oddity surrounding Pope Francis. It should also be known that all of the items on the list below are from established, mainstream news sources and may easily be searched in google to confirm. The WILD VOICE has not used any sources on the list below...
  • Those Who Think Meeting Sanders Was Political Meddling Should 'Find a Psychiatrist', Pope Says

    04/18/2016 8:23:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/16/18
    Pope Francis had sharp words Saturday for people who are saying his brief exchange with Bernie Sanders at the Vatican is meddling in the U.S. presidential race, recommending they “find a psychiatrist.” The pope made the remarks hours after Sander, the Vermont senator seeking the Democratic nomination, said they met briefly at the Vatican and discussed such issues as income inequality and climate change. The pope later told reporters aboard a plane bound for Greece that he shook hands with Sanders, wife Jane, and another couple as he was leaving the Vatican. “This is called good manners, and it is...
  • Are You Perfect?

    04/17/2016 5:16:17 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 29 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/17/16
    Which man or woman among us all can EVER profess and claim that we have kept PERFECTLY the Ten Commandments of Almighty God with ALL (100%) of our heart, soul and minds? No one is that crazy to make such a foolish statement. If you are one to make such a claim please take this brief test. Almighty God’s Holy Law (The 10 Commandments) clearly reveals and conveys to every human being that we are truly transgressors of the natural and SPIRITUAL absolutes of Almighty God and that we are fully accountable to Him on this matter (Isa. 1:18, Rom...
  • Where is America in Biblical Prophecy?

    04/17/2016 5:07:42 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 56 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/17/16
    A resounding question asked by many today is, “Where is America in Biblical prophecy?” The simple answer is that our nation will still exist during the Great Tribulation period, but our military power and socio-economic position will have been diminished to the level of a godless, base nation. For many years this was a hard reality for many American believers to grasp because in many ways it was so hard to see! But by faith in God's Word we knew it must be! When Almighty God the Son calls His Body ( the Church) out of the world by means...
  • Bernie Sanders Meets Pope Francis During Visit to Vatican City

    04/16/2016 6:51:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    NBC New ^ | April 16, 2016 | ANNE THOMPSON, NICK BAILEY and F. BRINLEY BRUTON
    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Saturday, calling the short visit an "honor and a joy." "Today certainly was the highlight of the trip," Sanders told NBC News of his 6 a.m. (midnight ET) meeting with the pontiff outside the papal residence's breakfast room. He called the pope "one of the great leaders in this world." "In terms of economic justice, the need to combat climate change — nobody in the world has been more profound and articulate than the pope, and I'm delighted to go forward with him on those issues," said...
  • Broken Trust: The Cause of Angry Politics

    04/16/2016 5:39:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 15, 2016 | JOHN HORVAT II
    Everyone agrees that there is something different about today’s angry politics. The ordinary issues that have shaped the political debate for years have largely remained the same. The economy is still in bad shape, terrorism remains a top concern and the deficit is still growing as fast as ever.The mood of the nation, however, has undergone a great shift. People are angry. They are not angry about something, but rather angry at someone.Digging a bit deeper, one finds that, more often than not, people are venting their rage not at any particular individual, but rather a class, institution or...
  • Louisiana Gov.'s Executive Order Allows State to Punish Christians Over Gay 'Weddings': Family Ldr

    04/15/2016 8:14:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/14/16 | Ben Johnson
    BATON ROUGE, April 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed an executive order that critics say will open the floodgates for discrimination lawsuits to be filed against businesses and will prevent people of faith from freely exercising their religion. The order, which was signed yesterday, adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” alongside such immutable characteristics as race, sex, and national origin in the state's anti-discrimination policy. All firms that accept state contracts must adopt a similar policy. “We are fortunate enough to live in a state that is rich with diversity,” said Gov. Edwards on Wednesday....
  • New Documents Make It Clear: Obama Wants to Force Christians to Pay for Abortions

    04/15/2016 3:19:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | April 15, 2016 | CONOR BECK
    As a general rule, one is typically on the wrong side of the issue if they are fighting against a group of nuns providing care for the elderly and poor. “One,” in this case, is unsurprisingly the Obama Administration. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The pending U.S. Supreme Court case Zubik v. Burwell involves the Catholic charity the Little Sister of the Poor and other religious organizations’ desire to not provide services in their health plans that violate their religious beliefs. Namely, this includes free access to contraceptive drugs, including some that may cause abortions.The Obama Administration claims that they include a workaround...
  • Court: Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster Not a Religion

    04/15/2016 2:27:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 15, 2016 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster isn't real and it's followers, who call themselves Pastafarians, are just kinda' being jerks, a federal court in Nevada. (OK, the court didn't say they were being jerks but hey I'm allowed some editorial leeway. It's just a blog anyway.) A blast of common sense from the bench. Whoa. Newsweek:Worshippers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster call their faith FSMism or Pastafarianism, a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarianism. One such worshipper, Stephen Cavanaugh, a prisoner in a Nebraska state penitentiary, sued the state in 2014 over the right to practice his faith. Cavanaugh argued...
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer attacks Fr. Sirico of Acton Institute for questioning global warming VIDEO/ POLL

    04/15/2016 1:52:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 15, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I have long contended that Sen. Barbara Boxer may be the dimmest light in that intellectual constellation called the U.S. Senate.  She has competition, I’ll grant.I saw this at the Daily Caller, which, by the way, has a poll asking if she should apologize to Fr. Sirico.  HERE – Great video below. Sen. Barbara Boxer Attacks Catholic Priest For Questioning Global Warming [VIDEO]California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer went after a Catholic priest in a Wednesday hearing for supposedly questioning the pope’s statements on the dangers of man-made global warming.“So do you disagree with the pope when he says that climate change...
  • Norway's Lutheran Church Votes in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

    04/14/2016 7:30:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/16
    Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwide to do so. Last year the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage. In a vote at the annual conference of the Norwegian Lutheran Church on Monday 88 delegates out of 115 in total backed same-sex marriage. "Finally we can celebrate love independently of whom one falls in love with," said Gard Sandaker-Nilsen, leader of the Open Public...
  • Head of US Bishops' News Agency Resigns, Blames 'Far Right Blogosphere'

    04/14/2016 7:05:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/14/16 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C. April 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—The editor-in-chief and director of the U.S. bishops’ official news service resigned Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference general secretary. Tony Spence, who had worked for Catholic News Service since 2004, had publicly criticized religious freedom and bathroom privacy legislation on his Twitter feed. The news comes mere days after the Lepanto Institute issued a report highlighting Spence’s controversial tweets, wherein he had called religious freedom laws "pro-discrimination" and "stupid." LifeSiteNews ran an article on the report Tuesday. "The far right blogsphere and their troops started coming after me again, and it...
  • Atheist Blogger Challenges New Russian “Blasphemy” Law

    04/14/2016 3:25:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 14, 2016 | John Burger
    In a twist that would have been unthinkable five decades ago, a man in Russia could go to jail for blogging that God does not exist.Ironically, Viktor Krasnov’s day in court was to be Tuesday, which was the 55th anniversary of the historic space flight of Cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev later said in a speech that Gargarin found no evidence of God while orbiting Earth.Much has changed since 1961, but the change that concerns religious freedom advocates was prompted by a protest the feminist punk rock band known as Pussy Riot staged in a Russian Orthodox church four years ago. The group went...
  • Vatican conference urges end to doctrine of 'just wars'

    04/14/2016 11:56:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 14, 2016 2:26 PM EDT
    … Church teaching has long allowed for “just wars” — the use of force to stop an unjust aggression — as long as certain conditions are met. But participants at a conference sponsored by the Vatican’s justice and peace office and Pax Christi, the Catholic peace movement, said in a final communiqué Thursday that too often the doctrine had been used to justify and endorse military action rather than prevent it. …
  • Why Are Companies Taking Sides Against Religious Liberty?

    04/13/2016 4:52:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/10/16 | William Ligon
    The American Founders believed religious liberty to be so essential that they enshrined it in the First Amendment. Today, however, it is treated as only another flashpoint in the culture wars. Simply look at the reaction to Georgia’s H.B. 757, a religious-freedom bill that my colleagues in the legislature and I voted to pass on March 16. In light of the Supreme Court’s decision last year in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the U.S., Georgia’s lawmakers wanted to be clear that our state’s protections for religious liberty have not changed. The bill would have protected clerics from...
  • Al-Assad Sees No Future for Syria and Middle East Without Christians - Russian Church Representative

    04/13/2016 4:46:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/11/16
    Damascus, April 12, Interfax - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sees no future for his country and the entire region without the Christian presence, Hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), secretary for inter-Christian relations at the Moscow's Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, told reporters after a meeting with al-Assad on Tuesday. "During the talks today, Bashar al-Assad noted that Syria has traditionally been a multi-faith country, and both its future and the future of the Middle East is inconceivable without the Christian presence," he said. According to him, al-Assad noted the crucial peacekeeping and humanitarian role of the Russian Orthodox Church in efforts...
  • High Profile Missouri Businesses Oppose Religious Objections Law

    04/13/2016 4:42:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    High profile corporations join coalition campaigning against legislation that would protect businesses objecting on religious grounds to same-sex marriagesMore than 60 businesses including some of Missouri’s biggest corporate names joined a coalition opposed to state legislation that would protect businesses objecting on religious grounds to same-sex marriages. Agricultural giant Monsanto, prescription drug benefits manager Express Scripts, and pet food maker Nestle Purina are among employers to join the recently formed Missouri Competes, according to gay rights advocacy group Promo, which released the list just hours before a House committee heard testimony from business, sports and religious groups. Dozens crammed in...
  • The Powerful Testimony and Conversion of “The Girl in the Picture”

    04/13/2016 3:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 11, 2016 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    The picture is the iconic image of a Vietnamese girl, naked, burned by napalm as she runs down a road.The girl is Kim Phuc, and her life could have ended in that moment. It didn’t. She has taken an extraordinary journey and has not let that searing moment in her life define her: Despite the fear that no one would want her, Kim is now married and has two sons. She says her conversion from the Cao Dai religion to Christianity at the age of 19 changed everything.“And when I read in John 14:6, where Jesus say, ‘I am the...
  • 'Witch hunts' rooted in putting laws above God's truth, pope says

    04/12/2016 6:41:26 AM PDT · by Legatus · 15 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/11/2016 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A heart that clings to the letter of the law is closed to the Holy Spirit and God's truth, Pope Francis said at morning Mass. Such hardened hearts often were behind the persecution of innocent men and women seeking to follow God's will, the pope said April 11 in his homily during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives. The history of the church "tells us of many people who were judged and killed, although they were innocent -- judged according to the Word of God, against the Word of God," he said. "Let's...
  • Opinion: Ted Cruz - The Satmar Choice

    04/12/2016 2:01:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Jewish Political Updates ^ | April 11, 2016 | Avrumi Weinberger
    Like Republicans across the country, Satmar Republicans are fed up with the failed policies of the Obama administration. The burdens placed on small businesses by overregulation, higher taxes and Obamacare are felt here, too. Parents struggling to make ends meet dream of a president who will be a crusader for school choice. The administration’s hostility to religious liberty sends a chill down the spine of every religious Jewish voter, Republican or Democrat. So naturally, many Jewish Republicans are turning towards Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz achieved national renown for his efforts to defund Obamacare before it launched in 2014, leading to...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/11/2016 5:09:22 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 5 replies
    11 | Kitty Mittens
    Genesis 14:20 Praise be to God Most High, Who Delivered your Enemies into your Hands.
  • Bishop [Sorondo] Defends Inviting Pro-Abortion Sanders to Vatican Conference

    04/11/2016 11:31:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Live Action News ^ | 4/11/16 | Calvin Freiburger
    A Vatican official is defending the decision to invite pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to speak at an upcoming conference on economic and environmental issues, as Pope Francis has reiterated the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion. “No alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life,” the pope writes in his latest apostolic exhortation, “which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the ‘property’ of another human being.” Francis also expresses support for adoption and opposition to euthanasia and population control. However, critics have suggested that inviting Sanders to speak...
  • Russian Deputies Become the First Pilgrims in Syria's Maaloula

    04/11/2016 8:38:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/11/16
    Maaloula, April 11, Interfax - Russian parliamentarians visited the Syrian city of Maaloula. "This is the first time we can come to this city as pilgrims," Federation Council member Dmitry Sablin told Interfax on Monday. He is a member of the Russian parliamentary delegation, which also consists of State Duma deputies Alexander Yushchenko and Sergey Gavrilov. The parliamentarians visited the Thekla Monastery, which had been damaged and desecrated by the terrorists. "It is hard to describe what we have seen here. The holy places are destroyed, and the churches are burned by fires. A fire was deliberately started at the...