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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem,(11/27/12)[Prayer]

    11/27/2012 4:43:13 AM PST · by left that other site · 26 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/27/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Moshi'a....The saviorIsaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Savior. (Isa 43:11)
  • G-d Bless Our Chaplains

    11/26/2012 10:19:10 PM PST · by Phinneous
    Crownheights.info ^ | 4/1/2008 | Rabbi Joseph Jacobson
    A fantastic speech to the annual gathering of US military chaplains from a well-known (well, among the small chassidic population) orthodox speaker, Rabbi Joseph Jacobson. I posted a few years ago...worth viewing again. If you are a Christian and give sermons, I guarantee you'll enjoy this.
  • The Solemnity of Christ the King in China

    11/26/2012 7:47:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/25/12 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Sunday, Solemnity of Christ the King, 25 November 2012, Beijing, China. Only recently the auxiliary bishop of Shanghai bravely announced from the pulpit of Saint Ignatius cathedral that he would no longer subject himself to the leadership of China’s Catholic Patriotic Association. Soon after, he was “escorted” to the Sheshan Catholic Seminary, where is presently on a forced “spiritual retreat” to “reconsider” his affiliation. In addition, the seminary has been closed “until further notice.” China’s Catholics are keenly aware of their situation, and they are also keenly aware of how to respond. Sitting in the pews during 10:00 am Mass...
  • Half of Women Bishops Opponents in Synod Were Women

    11/26/2012 7:10:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/26/12 | John Bingham
    Half of women bishops opponents in Synod were women Almost half of the lay members of the Church of England General Synod who voted down women bishops were themselves women, official voting returns show.According to a list provided by the Church of England, 33 of the 74 members of the House of Laity who rejected the plan to open the episcopate to women were female. Women’s campaigners rounded on them calling their stance “ridiculous” arguing that those who believe in the idea of “male headship” should have followed the male leaders of the Church and voted in favour. They also...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-27-12

    11/26/2012 6:07:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 27, 2012 Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rv 14:14-19   I, John, looked and there was a white cloud,and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man,with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.Another angel came out of the temple,crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud,"Use your sickle and reap the harvest,for the time to reap has come,because the earth's harvest is fully ripe."So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the...
  • Evangelicals Becoming More Devout, Catholics Less So

    11/26/2012 5:09:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Live Science ^ | 11/26/2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    Evangelical Protestants have become more devoted to their religious beliefs over the last three decades, even as Catholics have become less attached to their faith, new research finds. The denominational differences come even as religious affiliations have decreased overall in America, with the number of people who claim no religious affiliation at all doubling from 7 percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2000, said study researcher Philip Schwadel, a sociologist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Nevertheless, Schwadel said, these unaffiliated individuals seem to be dropping out of religious institutions that they were previously ambivalent about. People who feel...
  • The "Faith" of the First Murderer...Genesis 4 pt 3

    And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.(Genesis 4:3)Cain believed in God. Furthermore he worshipped him. The account of the first murder in human history, took place in the context of worship. We would do well to consider the theology of Cain, for we are warned in the book of Jude that in the last days many within the church and outside of it would”go in the way of Cain”, plunging on into everlasting destruction. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way...
  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed (Catholic Caucus)

    11/26/2012 3:38:13 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 26, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Currently in the Liturgies of daily Mass we have been reading the Book of Revelation. It is commonly read at the end of the liturgical year, for it bespeaks the end of, and passing qualities of all things of this world.It is also a book of glory, depicting the ultimate victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, after a great period of conflict between the doomed kingdom of this world, and the victorious Kingdom of Christ. In this context the Book of Revelation is not a mere tour guide to the last days, but is a book of glory reminding us...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - November 25th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    11/26/2012 3:06:08 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 25, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - November 25th, 2012 Pastor JD talks about the Gaza ceasefire and the prophecy in Isaiah 19 concerning Egypt.
  • Some Revealing Responses to My Open Letter to Black Evangelicals (On why they voted for Obama)

    11/26/2012 2:38:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/26/2012 | Michael Brown
    My open letter to my black Christian friends, written out of respect and solidarity, generated an extremely high number of email responses. They ranged from commendation to condemnation, with one email informing me that neither “you nor I are going to alter prophecy, these things are foretold, we have to pray now GOD will get us out of here before masses get destroyed!” Espiritus offered a unique perspective: “The Black, Youth and Latino ‘vote’ is being used [by the Chinese] for the outcome [of the] 2012 election. . . . Under Komrad Obama, America’s military will be emasculated, our nuclear...
  • Does Someone Have to be Pro-Life to be a True Christian?

    11/26/2012 1:17:49 PM PST · by victim soul · 110 replies
    Life News ^ | 11.26.12 | Kristen Walker Hatten
    I wasn’t a Christian when I became pro-life. I was kind of anti-Christian. I was converted on the basis of science, reason, ethics, and human rights. A year later, I was confirmed in the Catholic Church. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. But I also don’t think one has to be a Christian to be pro-life. I do, however, believe that one has to be pro-life to be a Christian. Why? Well, because, duh. I mean, is it really necessary to go into deep biblical study over this issue? Is it necessary to quote Exodus 21:22-23, or Psalm 139:13-15, or...
  • Uniquely Ready To Respond To Disasters Like Sandy

    11/26/2012 11:20:49 AM PST · by BlueMoose · 2 replies
    WNYC ^ | November 23, 2012 | By Kathleen Horan
    Mormons are among the many faith-based organizations who've pitched in to assist in the post-Sandy relief effort. More than 5,000 are expected to volunteer this weekend in areas affected by the storm. Members say the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's tradition of preparedness has helped mobilize both volunteers and supplies quickly. Elder Jeffrey Olson of New Jersey, is an organizer for Helping Hands, the church’s community service and relief program. He said Mormons are encouraged to be ready for a range of emergencies and disasters. "One of our teachings is if you are prepared you shall not...
  • Sparks Fly at Pius XII Debate in London

    11/26/2012 10:33:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/23/12 | Edward Pentin
    Majority of the audience failed to be swayed by scholars speaking in favour of the wartime popeScholars speaking in favour of Venerable Pope Pius XII and his wartime record managed to convince a significant number of people that the Pontiff did the best he could to save Jewish lives from the Holocaust, even if they failed to win over the majority of the audience at a recent lively debate in London. The Intelligence Squared debate, held last Wednesday in front of a large audience of participants, heard four scholars debate the motion: “‘Hitler’s Pope’: Pius XII did too little to...
  • Catholic Academy of Sussex County reinvents school district (Catholic Caucus)

    11/26/2012 9:37:04 AM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    nj.com ^ | 07.22.12 | Thomas J. Healey
    Without a single campus, faculty or student body to its name, the 3-year-old partnership of Catholic schools that’s flourishing in northwestern New Jersey can hardly be considered an “academy.” But even if it’s more virtual than physical, the Catholic Academy of Sussex County is having a huge impact on the governance and administration of education in that corner of the state, and could well serve as a model for other parochial school systems that face extinction. Like many Catholic school districts, the one in Sussex County found itself in trouble. Two of its four elementary schools were in danger of...
  • Catholic Social Teaching: It’s Time to End the Misrepresentations

    11/26/2012 9:35:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/26/12 | Anthony Esolen
    Imagine someone appealing to Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, to justify the activities of gangs in Los Angeles. Why not? Lord Baden-Powell wanted boys to do risky things, and what’s more dangerous than running guns or smuggling cocaine or fighting another gang in a shooting spree? He enjoined upon the Scouts a stern code of honor and loyalty, and who is more loyal than a new recruit for the Crips? Who is more willing to shed his blood for the honor of the gang? Imagine someone appealing to Michelangelo to justify porn. Why not? Michelangelo painted nudes all...
  • Understanding the C of E and Those Who May Come Over

    11/26/2012 9:23:26 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 11/24/12 | Fr. Tim Finigan
    The vote against women bishops at the General Synod by the House of Laity may be puzzling to some; perhaps even more so if you are told (correctly) that a significant number of those who voted against it are themselves in favour of women bishops. Tom Sutcliffe has written a balanced and helpful article for Anglican Ink which explains things well. See: A "liberal" member of Synod explains his "no" vote on women bishops. (H/T The Deacon's Bench) Essentially he and others considered that the proposal was misguided in its approach to those who opposed women bishops, and would over-ride...
  • St. Petersburg Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Madonna

    11/26/2012 9:13:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/23/12
    St. Petersburg, November 23, Interfax - St. Petersburg's Moskovsky District Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit brought by a group of public figures against pop diva Madonna. The court ordered the plaintiffs to pay the defendant's attorney fees. The ten plaintiffs are to pay 22,022 rubles and 22 kopecks each to two of the defendant's companies and 16,000 rubles and 16 kopecks to another. The ruling will be appealed, one of the plaintiffs, Darya Dedova, told reporters. In August 2012, the plaintiffs filed separate lawsuits against Madonna (Louise Ciccone), the Peterburgsky sports and entertainment complex where Madonna's concert took place,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEATH INSTINCT, 11-26-12

    11/26/2012 8:38:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DEATH INSTINCT A term for the irrational desire for destruction and death and, when joined with pleasure, is a morbid drive for pain. It partly explains why some people commit suicide. It also helps to explain the nihilistic tendency in certain modern movements that exhibit a positive genius for destroying what may have taken centuries to build in religious or secular society. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/26/12)[Prayer]

    11/26/2012 5:56:12 AM PST · by left that other site · 27 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/26/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Ha Shem....The NameLeviticus 24:11 ...The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name and cursed. So they brought him to Moses. (Now his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.) This is the only Instance I could find in Scripture that uses the Name "Ha Shem". It is interesting, as it is a narrative about a man who "Blasphemed the NAME with a curse". There is NO QUESTION as to WHOSE Name was being Blasphemed, and it was...
  • Jamie Foxx Gives Honor and Praise to Barack Obama (GOD) on the BET Soul Train Awards

    11/25/2012 9:11:50 PM PST · by AmbassadorForChrist · 55 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2012-11-25 | Loonie Tune
    2012-11-25 - YouTube - Jamie Foxx (Actor) - Soul Train Awards - "let's give honor to God - our LORD and Savior Barak Obama, Barak Obama, Barak Obama..."
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Nation

    11/25/2012 6:54:46 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 18 replies
    11-24-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Exodus 14:13 Fear not; Stand still (Firm, Confident, Undismayed) And See the Salvation of the Lord which He will Work for you Today.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-26-12

    11/25/2012 6:19:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 26, 2012   Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5 I, John, looked and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion,and with him a hundred and forty-four thousandwho had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.I heard a sound from heavenlike the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder.The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne,before the four living creatures and the elders.No one could learn this hymn except...
  • Shun 'worldly logic of power': Pope Benedict to new cardinals

    11/25/2012 4:25:20 PM PST · by haffast · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 11/25/2012 | Reuters
    VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict on Sunday told six prelates newly elevated to the rank of cardinal that all Catholic leaders should shun the "worldly logic of power" and stick to spreading the gospel. snip "To be disciples of Jesus, then, means not letting ourselves be allured by the worldly logic of power, but bringing into the world the light of truth and God's love," he said. "To you, dear and venerable brother cardinals — I think in particular of those created yesterday — is entrusted this demanding responsibility: to bear witness to the kingdom of God, to the truth." snip...
  • In world's most religious country, humanists rally for secular space

    11/25/2012 3:54:09 PM PST · by haffast · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/25/2012 | Chris Stein
    In Ghana, where deeply held religious beliefs unite much of the population, a new group has formed around a shared disbelief in religion. The Humanist Association of Ghana practices a philosophy that is mostly unheard of in Ghana, which a recent survey ranked as the most religious country in the world. Nonetheless, the group has already made waves in West Africa. Last weekend, the association hosted humanists from across the region for a conference in the capital Accra, where attendees listened as speakers discussed the impact humanists could make on West African society. Lecturers talked about how humanists can stand...
  • Transhumanism: Taking the Place of Our Creator

    11/25/2012 3:47:46 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    NC Register ^ | November 24, 2012 | REBECCA TAYLOR
    There is a dangerous philosophy emerging in our fast-paced, technology-driven world of which most people are totally unaware. And yet, when Francis Fukuyama, economist at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, was asked what idea posed the "greatest threat to the welfare of humanity," his answer was this philosophy.  And yet I'm positive most Catholics have never heard of it. Catholics certainly do not realize that they are being fed a steady diet of images in popular media that play right to the more seductive aspects of this ideology. What is it? It is transhumanism. "What is that?"...
  • Israel vs. Hamas: The Story Behind the Conflict

    11/25/2012 12:17:58 PM PST · by Aquamarine · 5 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | 11/24/2012 | Stephen Flurry
    Jerusalem-To understand the latest escalation of violence between Israel and Gaza.....
  • In its search for 'relevance', the Anglican Church is losing relevanc

    11/25/2012 11:08:14 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-21-12 | Tim Stanley
    Being cruel to Anglicans is about as low as kicking a puppy. The Anglican Church does a lot of good for a lot of people and its presence in British public life forces debates about politics and social policy to be a bit more reflective than they would otherwise be. It is also capable of profound beauty. Village churches are arks of Englishness: neatly stacked Books of Common Prayer, hard wooden pews, a perfume of human breath and burning wax, a Union Jack hung above a shrine to the fallen. I pray that the Church of England is never disestablished,...
  • Have A Good Day Of Rest...

    11/25/2012 8:05:02 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. … Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take...
  • Jonah Code & 70 Weeks of Daniel Full Disk 1 of 5 by Michael Rood

    11/25/2012 7:29:09 AM PST · by Errant · 301 replies
    Youtube ^ | Michale Rood
    View The Jonah Code & the 70 Weeks Prophecy of Daniel via Full Playlist as Yahshua the Messiah (AKA Jesus of Nazareth) declared that there would be only One Sign of his authenticity: "Three Days and Three Nights in the grave---and rising on the Third Day." Tragically, inherited ignorance of our Creator's reckoning of time, and mindless attachments to Pagan Traditions have left the Christian Church system seemingly unable to count to three!!! Join your host Biblical Scholar, Author, and TV Host Michael Rood as he exposes and corrects the fatal error in Western Christianity while unveiling mathematical proofs...
  • The Hats Worn by a Cardinal

    11/25/2012 6:18:20 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Philippi Collection ^ | November 24, 2012
    Shop window of Ditta Annibale Gammarelli, Rome on 8th of Ferburay 2012, 10 days before the consistory. On Display: The wardrobe of a cardinal The biretta with 3 horns (blades, wings) a a littllstem of twisted cord on top, made out of watered silk Qob - biretta worn by the cardinals of the Ethiopian Catholic Church Made of red silk with moiré effect. The last cardinal worn this typ of Qob was Paul Cardinal Tzadua Biretta of the Syro-Malabar Church See as well: Biretta of George Cardinal Alencherry Tabieh or Tabiah - طابية See as well: Headgear of the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 22, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/25/2012 5:24:30 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/22/12 | Joel Osteen
    Faith Says Thank You! Today's Scripture “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!” (1 Chronicles 16:34, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What you dwell on is what you will draw into your life. We can either focus on our problems, or we can focus on our blessings. The question is: do you want more problems, or do you want more blessings? One thing I’ve noticed is that when you live with an attitude of constant gratitude, not only do you thank God for what He’s done in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 25, 2012]

    11/25/2012 5:19:56 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Secret of Spiritual Consistency "God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . ." —Galatians 6:14 When a person is newly born again, he seems inconsistent due to his unrelated emotions and the state of the external things or circumstances in his life. The apostle Paul had a strong and steady underlying consistency in his life. Consequently, he could let his external life change without internal distress because he was rooted and grounded in God. Most of us are not consistent spiritually because we are more concerned about being consistent...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/25/12)[Prayer]

    11/25/2012 5:11:43 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/25/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Melech Ha Olam....The King of the UniverseJewish Prayer "Blessed Art Thou, Oh LORD, Our God, King of The Universe, Who Hath Sanctified Us and Hath Brought Us To This Day."
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-25-12, SOL, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    11/24/2012 9:23:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 25, 2012 The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Reading 1 Dn 7:13-14 As the visions during the night continued, I sawone like a Son of man coming,on the clouds of heaven;when he reached the Ancient Oneand was presented before him,the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.His dominion is an everlasting dominionthat shall not be taken away,his kingship shall not be destroyed. Responsorial Psalm Ps 93:1, 1-2, 5 R. (1a) The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.The LORD is king, in splendor robed;robed is...
  • The half-life of DNA in bone:... [YEC takes a hit, DNA half-life only 521 years]

    [If dinos walked with man, there should be dino DNA, however, there is not.] Claims of extreme survival of DNA have emphasized the need for reliable models of DNA degradation through time. By analysing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from 158 radiocarbon-dated bones of the extinct New Zealand moa, we confirm empirically a long-hypothesized exponential decay relationship. The average DNA half-life within this geographically constrained fossil assemblage was estimated to be 521 years for a 242 bp mtDNA sequence, corresponding to a per nucleotide fragmentation rate (k) of 5.50 × 10–6 per year. With an effective burial temperature of 13.1°C, the rate...
  • True and False Worship...Genesis 4 pt 2

    And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/24/2012 11:07:36 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 13 replies
    November 24, 2012 | Irish Rose
    O earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest! Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend. (Job 16:18-21)
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMNIPRESENCE, 11-24-12

    11/24/2012 10:16:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OMNIPRESENCE God being simultaneously wherever he is, since he is present everywhere. The divine omnipresence is twofold, by nature and by grace. By nature God is present in all things by essence, knowledge, and power. This is the presence of a cause in the things that share in God's goodness. By his essence, he is substantially in all things, including the created spiritual essences (angels, demons, human souls) as the immediate origin of their existence. by his knowledge, he exercises his wisdom directly in all creation down to the least details. By his power, he operates...
  • Please pray for Joe

    11/24/2012 10:00:25 AM PST · by ex-snook · 69 replies
    self | 11/24/12 | self
    Please pray for my friend Joe. He has institutionalized unable to feed himself with Parkinson's disease. Joe was once a football player from the coal region of Pennsylvania. He was a HS football coach, neighbor and friend. My daughter was the baby sitter to his special child. His wife taught my children. A few months ago at Church, he poked me in the back. I turned around, Joe remembered me but did not know me. He was being guided by his wife and was failing rapidly from this terrible disease.
  • Martyrs: St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his 116 companion martyrs of Vietnam [Catholic Caucus]

    11/24/2012 9:57:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Fratres.wordpress.com ^ | 11.24.08 | Fratres.com
    Martyrs: St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his 116 companion martyrs of Vietnam  Icon: martyrs undergoing torture for Christ. VietnamVietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. The traditional religion of Vietnam is Buddhism, along with elements of Taoism, Confucianism and local ancestors’ cult.First martyrsPortuguese Dominican missionaries began to arrive in Vietnam in the early 16th century and there must have been conflict with local power groups from the very beginning. The mission had some success when the Jesuits joined the Dominicans. Among the earliest martyrs were Spanish Dominicans, Francisco Gil de Federich, who had a fruitful apostolate...
  • Women Bishops: It's about the Bible, not fake ideas of progress

    11/24/2012 7:24:11 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-23-12 | Tom Wright and Douglas Wilson
    We, of all people, ought to know better. "Progress" gave us modern medicine, liberal democracy, the internet. It also gave us the guillotine, the Gulag and the gas chambers. Western intelligentsia assumed in the 1920s that "history" was moving away from the muddle and mess of democracy towards the brave new world of Russian communism. Many in 1930s Germany regarded Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his friends as on the wrong side of history. The strong point of postmodernity is that the big stories have let us down. And the biggest of all was the modernist myth of "progress". What is more,...
  • Goodnight 'Snow White': Longest Coma Patient Ever Passes Away: Mom and Sister Never Left Her Side

    11/24/2012 6:59:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/23/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Edwarda O'Bara was a popular 16-year-old when she fell into a diabetic coma after a bout with pneumonia in 1970Her last words to her mother, Kaye, were 'promise you won't leave me'The woman's father died in 1977 from a heart attack, brought on by the grueling schedule of caring for Edwarda Her mother stayed by her daughter's side until Kaye passed away at the age of 80 in 2008 O'Bara's sister, Colleen, stepped in to offer full time care for Edwarda 'She closed her eyes and joined my mom in Heaven,' Colleen said about Edward's passing on Wednesday at the...
  • Women Bishops 'in My Lifetime', Insists Archbishop John Sentamu

    11/24/2012 6:53:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/20/12 | Richard Alleyne and John Bingham
    The Church of England will definitely have women bishops “in my lifetime”, claims Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York.The second most powerful man in the church said that it was “very disappointing” it had not happened during this General Synod but he was sure the principle had been accepted. His comments came the day after the church tore up plans to ordain women as bishops despite overwhelming support in the parishes. After a tortuous 12-year legal process, which secured strong backing in all but two of the 44 dioceses, the move was denied final approval by just six votes....
  • Shocking Case of Unbelief

    11/24/2012 6:49:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Father Ed Tomlinson's Blog ^ | 11/23/12 | Father Ed Tomlinson
    Channel 4 offers a reflection today from a clergyman of the Anglican Church who quite openly states a complete and sincere disbelief in God. He is an atheist who considers the scriptures nothing more than human literature. What are we to make of him? Personally I find this sort of liberal wooliness in a clergyman not only absurd but frankly dishonest. What an affront to those who do believe, to the faithful in the pews whose giving pays his stipend! How does he stand at the altar with a straight face I wonder? Little surprise he opts to be filmed...
  • CONSISTORY FOR CREATION OF CARDINALS: POPE EMPHASISES CATHOLICITY OF THE CHURCH

    11/24/2012 6:10:45 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | November 24, 2012
    Vatican City, (VIS) - In St. Peter's Basilica at 11 a.m. today, Benedict XVI celebrated an ordinary public consistory for the creation of six new cardinals: James Michael Harvey, Bechara Boutros Rai O.M.M., Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Ruben Salazar Gomez and Luis Antonio G. Tagle. Following the new appointments the College of Cardinals will be composed of 211 members of whom 120, being under the age of eighty, are eligible to vote in a conclave for the election of a new Pope. After the opening prayer and the proclamation of the Gospel, the Holy Father pronounced his...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/24/12)[Prayer]

    11/24/2012 4:45:38 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/24/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohei Avraham....The God of AbrahamExodus 3:15 God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
  • Case Against 'Innocence of Muslims' Filmmaker Raises Eyebrows

    11/23/2012 10:03:41 PM PST · by forty_years · 43 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/19/2012 | by Adam Turner
    Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, (or Mark Basseley Youssef) the American Coptic filmmaker partly responsible for the film clip that President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice initially and incorrectly blamed for inciting the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed the American Ambassador and three other Americans, was recently sentenced to a one year prison term for violating his probation.On September 27, in the midst of the tumult in the Muslim world, Nakoula was arrested in the middle of the night from his home in the Los Angeles area for violating his...
  • God Uses Your Voice

    11/23/2012 8:54:03 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 13 replies
    11-23-12 | Frank Broom
    God has made it that your voice plays a major role in your life. To understand how we have to go all the way back to the beginning when God made man. In Genesis 2:7 it says that God breathed the breathe of life into man. God put a part of himself into that physical body. Notice in Genesis 1:26 God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-24-12, M, St. Andrew Düng-Lac, priest & martyr/companions

    11/23/2012 8:25:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 24, 2012   Memorial of Saint Andrew Düng-Lac, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs  Reading 1 Rv 11:4-12 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me:Here are my two witnesses:These are the two olive trees and the two lampstandsthat stand before the Lord of the earth.If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouthsand devours their enemies.In this way, anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain.They have the power to close up the skyso that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying.They also have power to turn...
  • The C of E [Church of England] Must 'Reflect the Values of the Nation'

    11/23/2012 6:07:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Way Out There ^ | 11/23/12 | Fr. Levi
    The transcript for a debate which took place in the British parliament yesterday makes for sobering reading. The debate took place in the wake of the vote by the General Synod of the Church of England not to pass the measure which would have brought in women bishops. One of the remarks made by Sir Tony Baldry, the Second Church Estates Commissioner is particularly noteworthy. He said: As a consequence of the decision by the General Synod, the Church of England no longer looks like a national Church; it simply looks like a sect, like any other sect. If it...