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  • The DNC's Odd Nod to Religion in Philly's [Catholic] Cathedral

    07/28/2016 1:18:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 7/27/2016 | Brian O'Neel
    The event in question was the “Interfaith Service of Prayer for the Nation” held at Philly’s [Catholic] cathedral, the Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul. Planning for the event began in February by the Philadelphia Liturgical Institute, at the request and on behalf of the DNC. The prayer service was … odd.
  • Russian Patriarch Kirill's Remarks Condemning Globalization & Modern Liberalism

    07/28/2016 1:08:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07-28-2016 | Orthodox Church
    Remarks by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church at a service blessing the beginning of reconstruction of the Kazan Cathedral that was destroyed by the Communists. The translation is a tad rough in some spots but I think the viewer will get the point.
  • Prophecy Autopsy | The Thief in the Night EXPOSED! + Q&A!

    07/28/2016 12:20:17 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 3 replies
    eternalrhythmflow on YouTube ^ | Jul 28, 2016 | Scott Clarke
    Maybe you have asked yourself this question because of my recent video messages. If so, It is very easily answered once context is applied. Q: The church has always symbolically been a female as we are the bride of Christ. Doesn't that seem unnatural to treat the church as a male child? [More Below] This video answers this question and cross-references 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 and Revelation 12:1-5 as being the very same picture of the beginning of the tribulation. Prophecy Autopsy | The Revelation 12 Sign of September 23, 2017 [UPDATE!] Prophecy Autopsy | The Revelation 12 Child Exposed! |...
  • Looking For A New Church to attend:

    07/28/2016 11:37:02 AM PDT · by Vinylly · 33 replies
    We are looking for a new church. We have been attending the First Presbyterian Church in Seattle. The congregation voted to leave Presbyterian Churches USA, so now we are just an independent Presbyterian Church. The Presbytery took us to court to take over our church property, which we lost. They also confiscated all our assets and bank accounts. They are trying to 'starve us out and destroy us, as we will be unable to pay our bills, and pay wages to church staff and ministers. We have no funds to rent a new worship space. The wife and I have...
  • POLISH BISHOPS VOW TO REFUSE COMMUNION TO DIVORCED AND REMARRIEDS [Cath Caucus]

    07/28/2016 10:15:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 58 replies
    The Tablet ^ | July 28, 2016 | Christopher Lamb
    Announcement highlights tensions between Francis and Polish hierarchy after closed door meeting last night A senior bishop has said that the Church in Poland will refuse communion to divorced and remarried Catholics despite the landmark family document from Pope Francis which opened up the possibility. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, said that giving communion could not be allowed following a period of pastoral discernment - something which Francis has advocated - adding that if remarried divorcees had a valid first marriage they cannot receive the eucharist. His remarks came just hours after the Pope’s arrival...
  • Knesset passes law blocking mikvah access for non-Orthodox conversions (Jewish Caucus)

    07/28/2016 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Read Write Repeat · 5 replies
    JTA ^ | July 26, 2016 | JTA
    The Knesset passed a controversial bill that allows local Orthodox rabbinates to bar non-Orthodox Jewish conversion ceremonies in publicly funded mikvahs. The bill, which was introduced by the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party and opposed by many North American Jewish leaders, was passed Monday night in a 41-35 vote, The Jerusalem Post reported. The new law will be implemented in nine months. Under the law, the municipal rabbinates can determine who may use the mikvahs, or Jewish ritual baths, in their purview. Immersion in the mikvah is part of most conversion ceremonies. The measure aims to override an Israeli...
  • Proving Your Faith

    07/28/2016 7:28:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:6-7). Proven faith brings joy and confidence. Although some Christians fear that trials and persecutions can only rob them of their joy, Peter taught just the opposite. In fact, he said that joy comes not in spite of trouble but because...
  • Fruitfulness

    07/28/2016 7:28:22 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8). If you are a Christian, your life will produce spiritual fruit. If you want to enjoy assurance of salvation in all its richness, you need to faithfully pursue all the virtues we have been studying this past week. The reason is simple—they produce fruit in the Christian life, and nothing is a better indicator of true salvation than that. It was the criterion Christ used to distinguish between the true and false...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    07/28/2016 6:52:43 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 4 replies
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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/28/16)[Prayer]

    07/28/2016 6:38:58 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/28/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John The Gospels) (Acts 1) 12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[c] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. New...
  • Syriac Patriarch Warns of Despair Among Displaced Iraqi Catholics

    07/28/2016 6:32:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/28/16 | Doreen Abi Raad
    In a wide-ranging interview for CRUX, the spiritual leader of the world's 200,000 Syriac Catholics describes the growing despair of the Iraqi refugees, the war in Syria, Bashar Assad, and the causes of Islamic fundamentalism.LEBANON - The displaced Syriac Catholics of the Iraqi areas of Nineveh and Mosul are fast losing hope that they will ever return home, according to their spiritual leader, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan. Some 100,000 Iraqi Christians were forced to flee to the Kurdistan region in the north in the summer of 2014, where they are languishing in expectation of a return that...
  • Catholic Parish Priest Given Right to Preach in [Anglican] St Anne’s Cathedral (N. Ireland)

    07/28/2016 6:24:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    News Letter ^ | 7/27/17
    St Anne’s Cathedral has appointed a Roman Catholic priest as one of its canons for the first time. Father Edward O’Donnell, parish priest of St Brigid’s in south Belfast, is now one of three “ecumenical canons” at the Church of Ireland cathedral. he dean of the cathedral, the Very Reverend John Mann, said the title allows him to help lead worship – meaning he can preach, as well as read scripture and prayers. To take part in services, they must first be invited by Dean Mann. Dean Mann said Fr O’Donnell may well take part in this year’s traditional Black...
  • Pope Francis Calls on Poles to Show Compassion to Migrants

    07/28/2016 6:19:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/27/16 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Francis has arrived in Poland at the start of World Youth Day 2016Pope Francis has urged Poles to show compassion to migrants, after arriving in Kraków for World Youth Day. Cloudy skies and a light drizzle did little to dampen the spirits of pilgrims cheering loudly as the Pope’s plane landed in Kraków on July 27. The arrival ceremony at Kraków’s John Paul II International Airport was marked by the presence of hundreds of Polish men and women, dressed in traditional clothes and dancing. Stepping down from his plane and before he departed for Wawel Castle, Pope Francis was greeted...
  • Christ’s Law-Based Ethic (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    07/28/2016 5:53:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/28/2016
    “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire” (vv. 21–22). - Matthew 5:21–26 The twenty-first-century church faces many challenges, not the least of which is widespread misunderstanding of the ethics of Jesus. Popular portrayals and understandings of Christ see Him in the mold of...
  • Today's Toons 7/28/16

    07/28/2016 1:30:41 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 9 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 7/28/16 | pookie18
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  • The Rapture – Indisputable Christian Heresy

    07/27/2016 8:46:41 PM PDT · by NRx · 192 replies
    Preachers Institute ^ | 04-10-2010 | Fr. Anthony M. Coniaris
    By Fr. Anthony M. ConiarisIn this brief article, Fr. Anthony expresses with clarity the truth of the false teaching known as the “Rapture” and how much it distorts the teachings of the Lord in the Holy Scriptures.As I was driving one day I encountered a bumper sticker admonishing me: “WARNING! In the event of Rapture, this car will be driverless.” The strange belief in the Rapture teaches that some day (sooner rather than later), without warning, born-again Christians will begin to float up from the freeway, abandoned vehicles careening wildly. There will be airliners in the sky suddenly with no...
  • Why Should You Believe In The Rapture? (video)

    07/27/2016 8:25:06 PM PDT · by Lera · 27 replies
    Calvary Chapel Chino Hills ^ | Jul 27, 2016 | Jack Hibbs
    The God of the Universe has announced to mankind that He has a specific plan and He has revealed that plan in advance. Get Ready...
  • At WYD, Vatican releases teen sex-ed program that leaves out parents and mortal sin [Cath Caucus]

    07/27/2016 7:21:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 27, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    "More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason," Our Lady of Fatima warned the three young seers in 1917. But this message, unfortunately, is entirely absent from the Vatican’s newly released sex-ed program for teens. Instead, sexual sins are not mentioned at all. The 6th and 9th commandments are ignored while sexually explicit images and immoral videos are used as springboards for discussion.
  • THE ISLAMIC JESUS AND THE LAST DAY

    07/27/2016 6:35:56 PM PDT · by windhover · 40 replies
    Many know that Jesus is considered by Islam to be a prophet, second only to Muhammad. What is not generally known is how the "Islamic Jesus" figures into "The Last Day ";one of "Pillars of Islam", which MUST be believed to be Muslim. They do, as Christians, believe that Jesus will return at the end time; leading the Righteous Armies of God to defeat the Armies of Evil, in order to found the Kingdom of God. However,in Islam, Jesus is a Muslim leading the Righteous Armies of Allah to destroy the Infidel Forces of Evil. Folks, that's us, and when...
  • Priest tells pro-abort Catholic Tim Kaine: “Don’t show up in my communion line.”

    07/27/2016 3:29:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | July 26, 2016 | JOHN WHITE
    Another election, another pro-abortion “Catholic” on the democrat ticket. Hillary Clinton has named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her vice-presidential pick, making this the fourth consecutive election to see a Catholic nominated to one of the top two spots by the democrats.  Of course, like almost every other democrat who claims to be Catholic and aspires to any political office higher than deputy street cleaner, Kaine has removed his soul, slapped a “personally opposed” label on it, and sold it outright to Satan. Oh, that crosses the line does it?  How dare I judge someone’s soul? You know...
  • WSJ Writer [from Iran] Announces Conversion to Catholicism -- honors Fr. Jacques Hamel

    07/27/2016 11:53:52 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 21 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | July 27, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - Following news of the murder of a French priest by ISIS militants Tuesday, an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal is announcing his conversion to the Catholic faith. In a tweet posted Tuesday, Sohrab Ahmari stated "this is the right moment to announce that [he is] converting to Roman Catholicism." The message was prefaced by the hashtag #IAmJacquesHamel, referring to the 84-year-old priest murdered Tuesday morning by Islamic terrorists while celebrating morning Mass at his parish in Normandy, France. Ahmari noted he is currently under instruction at the London Oratory, shorthand for the Brompton...
  • Situational Ethics (Protestant And Evangelical Caucus/Devotional)

    07/27/2016 11:44:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/27/2016
    “When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner of the ox shall not be liable. But if the ox has been accustomed to gore in the past, and its owner has been warned but has not kept it in, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death” (vv. 28–29). - Exodus 21:28–32 Joseph Fletcher ranks among the most influential intellectuals of the twentieth century. Fletcher, an Episcopalian priest...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Every Religion Wants Peace’

    07/27/2016 9:37:40 AM PDT · by detective · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Jul 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a brief address aboard the papal plane en route to Krakow for World Youth Day, Pope Francis expressed his conviction that the world is at war, but it is not a religious war, since every religion wants peace. The Pope told journalists traveling with him that the world is not only insecure, it is at war. “But it’s a real war, not a religious war,” Francis said. “It’s a war of interests, a war for money. A war for natural resources and for the dominion of the peoples. Some might say it’s a religious war. Every religion wants peace....
  • A Christian Duty in the Face of Terror

    07/27/2016 7:53:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    lifezette ^ | July 26, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    A Christian Duty in the Face of Terror After another devastating ISIS attack in France, this time against a priest in his 80s while he was saying Mass, the answer isn’t just, “Do nothing.” As racism distorts race and sexism corrupts sex — so does pacifism affront peace. Turning the other cheek is the counsel Christ gave in the instance of an individual when morally insulted: Humility conquers pride. It has nothing to do with self-defense. Christ warned the apostles, as shepherds, to beware of wolves. The Catholic Church has always maintained that the defiance of an evil force is...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/27/16)[Prayer]

    07/27/2016 7:39:04 AM PDT · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/27/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John The Gospels) (John 21) 21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.[a] It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus[b]), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not...
  • Egypt's Coptic Pope Warns of Increased Attacks on Christians

    07/27/2016 7:32:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | AP
    CAIRO (AP) — The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian church warned on Monday of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being "defaced." In a meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians — nearly an incident a month. He describes the situation as "very painful." He told lawmakers that preserving national unity is "our responsibility in front of the world, future generations, history and in front of God." His remarks were published on his personal website. The Pope's website also quoted lawmaker Saad el-Gammal as saying that parliament...
  • Pope Francis: ‘The World is at War, But it is Not a War of Religions’

    07/27/2016 7:29:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/27/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope spoke to reporters on his flight to Poland for World Youth DayPope Francis says the world is at war, but has stressed that it’s not a war of religions. Francis spoke to reporters on the papal plane en route from Rome to Poland, where he began a five-day visit for World Youth Day. Asked about the slaying of an 85-year-old priest in a Normandy church on Tuesday, Francis replied: “the real word is war…yes, it’s war. This holy priest died at the very moment he was offering a prayer for all the church.” He added: “I only want...
  • Since God Hates the Shedding of Innocent Blood, Can a Christian Vote for Hillary?

    07/27/2016 6:59:38 AM PDT · by Lera · 31 replies
    Stream ^ | July 26, 2016 | Michael Brown
    There are few sins God hates as much as shedding innocent blood, especially the blood of children. Seeing that Hillary Clinton is a radically pro-abortion candidate and seeing that the Democratic platform reinforces those radical views, can a Christian vote for Hillary in good conscience? In Jeremiah 19, God explained why the people of Judah were about to go into exile: It was because they worshiped idols and because they "filled this place [speaking of Jerusalem] with the blood of the innocent. They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(7/27/16)[Prayer]

    07/27/2016 6:50:43 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/27/16 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm “He will be the stability of your times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge…” Is 33:6
  • Christ’s Body – My Choice?

    07/27/2016 6:45:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 26, 2016 | Editors
    EDITORIAL Last week, Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, the Virginia bishop for Hillary Clinton’s pro-abortion Catholic running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, put out a press release announcing his decision not to enforce Canon 915, saying that for “Catholics in public office,” “worthiness to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist” is a matter for each person “to decide through an upright and informed conscience.” In other words, Bishop DiLorenzo has gone out of his way to make clear that, the ongoing scandal of Kaine’s weekly public reception of Holy Communion while supporting pre-born child killing on the campaign trail will continue indefinitely...
  • Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough - A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift

    07/27/2016 6:15:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough - A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2016 • In developing gratitude, we do well to remember how intertwined our lives are. None of us lives in isolation—none of us can. We may think we’re pretty self-sufficient, but we drive on roads that others built and paid for, and we do so in cars developed and built by others. We use electricity powered by coal that others mined, converted to power in power plants we neither built nor run, and delivered to us...
  • Rejoicing in Your Inheritance

    07/27/2016 1:17:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 25 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In this you greatly rejoice" (1 Pet. 1:6). Contemplating your eternal inheritance should give you joy that transcends any temporal circumstance. Joy is a major theme in Scripture. The psalmist said, "Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; praise is becoming to the upright" (Ps. 33:1); "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to Thee; and my soul, which Thou hast redeemed" (Ps. 71:23). Even creation itself is said to rejoice in the Lord: "Thou dost make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. . . . Let the heavens be glad, and...
  • Agape Love

    07/27/2016 1:16:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . And in your brotherly kindness, Christian love” (2 Peter 1:7). Sacrificial love proves genuine faith. Classical Greek had three common terms for love. As we saw yesterday, phileo (philadelphia) is the love of give and take, best expressed in friendship. Eros is the love that takes—one loves another strictly for what he or she can get out of that person. It is typical of the world’s sexual and lustful desires, which are always bent toward self-gratification. Agape is the love that gives. It is completely unselfish, with no taking involved. This is the highest form of love,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-27-16

    07/26/2016 8:20:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 27, 2016 Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 15:10, 16-21 Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth!a man of strife and contention to all the land!I neither borrow nor lend,yet all curse me.When I found your words, I devoured them;they became my joy and the happiness of my heart,Because I bore your name,O LORD, God of hosts.I did not sit celebratingin the circle of merrymakers;Under the weight of your hand I sat alonebecause you filled me with indignation.Why is my pain continuous,my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?You have indeed become...
  • Tears of Joy, and of Reparation

    07/26/2016 7:09:35 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 21 replies
    onepeterfive.com ^ | July 5, 2016 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Tears of Joy, and of Reparation By Dr. Brian Kopp on July 5, 2016 1P5 BlogEditor’s note: in March, we shared the news with our readers that 1P5 contributor Dr. Brian Kopp had suffered a series of debilitating strokes that were, at the time, life-threatening. By God’s grace, Brian pulled through, and is making progress in his physical recovery. This is his first contribution since that time. Please pray for his continued healing. I went to my parish for the Traditional Latin Mass today. It was the first time I went there with a pair of forearm crutches instead of...
  • On eve of Pope Francis visit to Poland, country refuses the red-carpet treatment

    07/26/2016 6:26:24 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Don Snyder
    Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II – Francis’ most popular modern-day predecessor -- is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation. Francis will be in Krakow to celebrate World Youth Day, the event initiated more than 30 years ago by Pope John Paul II in which hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world gather. But unlike the favorite son the Eastern European nation sent to the Vatican, Francis has received a chilly...
  • Pope Francis Condemns "Barbarous Murder" Of Priest In French Church

    07/26/2016 2:52:57 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 55 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In a Vatican statement Tuesday, Pope Francis announced his “most radical condemnation” of the terrorist attack, in which two men slit the throat of a priest during morning Mass and took several other people hostage, seriously wounding one of them.
  • Don’t ‘say no to drugs’ in Germany! Rehab clinic masks illegal Scientology church

    07/26/2016 1:39:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    RT ^ | 07-23-2016 | Staff
    Ad stands for rehab facilities with the particular slogan ‘Say no to drugs – say yes to life’ in Germany are under serious suspicion of being nothing more than a Scientology recruitment scheme, police warn. The sect is illegal in Germany. The enigmatic group, which believes our human souls have alien beginnings, does not enjoy the same legal status everywhere. In the United States it boasts dozens of Hollywood A-listers among its members and biggest donors. Not so in Germany, where the religious sect has been deemed “unconstitutional” since 1997 by domestic security, despite its existence there since the 1970s....
  • The Church of the Archangel Gabriel, Nazareth

    07/26/2016 1:26:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-26-2016 | Pravoslavie
         When the Virgin Mary as a young girl was one day in her hometown of Nazareth contemplating the coming of the promised Messiah, the Archangel Gabriel (commemorated today, July 13/26) appeared to her with the glad tidings of the Annunciation: And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord...
  • ISIS knifemen 'forced French priest to kneel and filmed themselves slitting his throat

    07/26/2016 10:41:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    Mirror ^ | July 26, 2016
    The ISIS terrorists who carried out the France church attack forced a parish priest to kneel before filming themselves slitting his throat, it has emerged. Father Jacques Hamel, 86, was made to get to his knees before he was brutally butchered at the church in Normandy today, says a nun who escaped the attack. His two murderers captured the slaying on a mobile phone, according to Sister Danielle, who was one of several worshippers taken hostage during morning mass. They then performed a 'sermon' around the altar in Arabic - as armed cops rushed to the scene and terrified...
  • Greece Eyes Constitution Overhaul Limiting MPs Terms, Defining Role of Church

    07/26/2016 9:09:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | Michele Kambas
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece on Monday unveiled plans to revise its constitution, formally proposing a clearer distinction between the state and the powerful Orthodox Church, changes in how the president is elected and limiting terms of lawmakers in parliament. Left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the proposals were aimed at transforming a system full of "pathogens", and public feedback would be sought from September before the plans are put to parliament for further consultation. "We aspire to see a process of active participation of citizens, and not something which is restricted within four walls of parliament," Tsipras told state officials...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/26/16)[Prayer]

    07/26/2016 9:04:23 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/26/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John The Gospels) (John 20) 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran...
  • Pope Francis Faces Tepid Welcome in Migrant-Wary Poland

    07/26/2016 9:02:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/26/16 | Maja Czarnecka
    Warsaw (AFP) - A portrait of Pope Francis hanging in Warsaw's St. Saviour Church is flanked by another, much larger one, showing the smiling late Polish-born pontiff and saint, John Paul II. In Poland, Karol Wojtyla is still "The Pope". Experts say Francis will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds in the devout central European country as he arrives Wednesday for his first visit, part of the week-long World Youth Day faith extravaganza. While Poland shunned refugees over alleged security risks amid Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II, Francis encouraged open doors and charity for...
  • Pro-abort VP candidate Tim Kaine Gets Standing O at Mass, Bishop Mum on Denying Communion

    07/26/2016 8:58:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/26/16 | Claire Chretien
    RICHMOND, Virginia, July 26, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine received a standing ovation at his parish on Sunday and several Catholic priests praised his nomination. Meanwhile, as Catholics call for Kaine to be denied Communion in accord with the Church’s laws, his bishop in the Diocese of Richmond has issued a statement saying that Catholics have a duty to determine their own worthiness “through an upright and informed conscience.” Kaine and his wife were “like every other married couple going to church on a Sunday morning — if every other couple were met by...
  • Catholic Priest to Tim Kaine: ‘Don’t Show Up in My Communion Line’

    07/26/2016 8:54:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/25/16 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest asked that pro-abortion Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine “do us both a favor” and not show up in his Communion line. “I take Canon 915 seriously. It'd be embarrassing for you & for me,” tweeted Dominican Father Thomas Petri, the vice president and academic dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies. Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law instructs that those “persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches,...
  • On eve of Pope Francis visit to Poland, country refuses the red-carpet treatment

    07/26/2016 8:52:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 26, 2016
    Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II – Francis’ most popular modern-day predecessor -- is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation.
  • And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids Close - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night

    07/26/2016 8:03:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night Msgr. Charles Pope • July 25, 2016 • One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to the beautiful tune of Tallis’ Ordinal, which you can hear in the video below.Ideally, night prayer should include acts of...
  • God’s Law in Nature (Evangelical & Protestant Caucus/Devotional)

    07/26/2016 7:56:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/26/2016
    “When Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law” (v. 14). - Romans 2:14–15 If there is only one, true creator God, then only the law of our Creator can serve as the fixed, transcendent basis for human ethics. We find our Creator’s law in Scripture, particularly in the Mosaic law, which includes ceremonial and civil regulations designed for ancient Israel as well as moral commandments that apply in every time and place. In particular, as Christians from nearly every...
  • California’s War on My Religious College and Others

    07/26/2016 7:37:08 AM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | July 25, 2016 | Katrina Trinko
    I had a very weird college experience. My memories aren’t of frat parties, of slugging down drinks in games of quarters or beer pong, of losing my voice cheering at big football games, and of hearing how evil Western civilization is in the classroom. Instead, when I think of my four years at Thomas Aquinas College, I think of drawing Euclidean propositions on a chalkboard, of lively debates about Aristotle’s claims about ethics, of earnest discussions about things as obscure as the nature of being.
  • Died: Tim LaHaye, Author Who 'Left Behind' a Long Legacy

    07/26/2016 7:16:47 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 7 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/25/2016 | Jeremy Weber
    Tim LaHaye, the best-selling author best known for the Left Behind series, “graduated to heaven” early this morning after suffering a stroke at age 90. His family announced the news of his passing at a San Diego hospital on his ministry Facebook page. On the eve of his death, ministry partners, fans, and friends urgently asked for prayer on social media this weekend, offering a wave of early tributes that spread through end-times prophecy circles and chapters of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the 600,000-member public policy organization founded by LaHaye’s wife, Beverly. Some circulated a statement by LaHaye’s daughter...