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  • Top Five Under-Covered Vatican Stories of 2012

    01/07/2013 7:25:18 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 1/4/13 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Now that the dust has settled on the New Year's holiday, it's time for my annual run-down of the most under-covered Vatican stories. By that, I mean those stories that fell through the cracks in the last year or that didn't quite generate the buzz they really deserved. To be clear, this is not a countdown of the most important Vatican storylines. That list would certainly include the arrest, trial, conviction and eventual pardon of papal butler Paolo Gabriele and the crackdown by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Both stories,...
  • France's Hollande Escalates Row with Catholics Over Gay Marriage

    01/07/2013 7:21:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/6/13 | Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - France's President Francois Hollande has weighed this weekend into the war of words between his government and the Catholic Church over holding discussions in schools on the planned legalization of same-sex marriage. He defended Education Minister Vincent Peillon on Saturday for urging Catholic schools, which teach about one-fifth of all pupils in France, to stay neutral in the debate. Peillon's supporters and critics dominated the headlines and airwaves on Sunday, a week before a Church-backed protest in Paris that organizers say could draw as many as half a million people opposed to any change in traditional marriage. The...
  • 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #3 - Do You Obey God's Word?

    01/07/2013 6:02:58 AM PST · by xzins · 40 replies
    SO4J ^ | John MacArthur
    11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #3 - Do you Obey the Scriptures? SO4J ^ | John MacArthur Posted on 01/05/2013 7:35:55 AM PST by xzins Test #1 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #1 - Do you enjoy Fellowship with God and Christ? Test #2 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #2 - Are you Sensitive to Sin in your Life? Is It Real? 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation by John MacArthur - 11 Questions to help one see if they are Biblically Saved. Helps to Examine Their Faith with God's...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/7/13)[Prayer]

    01/07/2013 5:27:48 AM PST · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/7/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures GuidePsalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 7, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/07/2013 4:18:13 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/7/13 | Joel Osteen
    Your Absolute Best Today's Scripture And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasure bags, they presented to Him gifts--gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Can you imagine what it must have been like for the Wise Men when they saw Jesus? He was just a child in a stable surrounded by animals, but these Wise Men recognized that He was the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords; the Savior of the world....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 7, 2013]

    01/07/2013 4:17:03 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Intimate With Jesus "Jesus said to him, ’Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?’" —John 14:9 These words were not spoken as a rebuke, nor even with surprise; Jesus was encouraging Philip to draw closer. Yet the last person we get intimate with is Jesus. Before Pentecost the disciples knew Jesus as the One who gave them power to conquer demons and to bring about a revival (see Luke 10:18-20). It was a wonderful intimacy, but there was a much closer intimacy to come: “. . . I have called you...
  • Pope Says Church Must Stand Firm Against "Intolerant Agnosticism"

    01/06/2013 7:31:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/6/13 | Philip Pullella
    (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Sunday that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to stand up to attacks by "intolerant agnosticism" prevalent in many countries. The pope and the Church have come under increased attack because of their opposition to homosexual marriage and women priests. The pope has repeatedly denounced what he says are attempts to push religion out of public debate. The 85-year-old pontiff celebrated Mass on the day Christians in the West mark the Epiphany, and ordained four new archbishops including his personal secretary. In a homily to about 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica in...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    01/06/2013 6:04:18 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 16 replies
    1-6-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 7:10 My Defense is in God, Who Preserveth the Upright in Heart.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-10-13

    01/06/2013 5:50:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-10-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 10, 2013 Thursday after Epiphany Reading 11 Jn 4:195:4 Beloved, we love God becausehe first loved us. If anyone says, I love God,but hates his brother, he is a liar;for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him:Whoever loves God must also love his brother. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,and everyone who loves the Fatherloves also the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the...
  • Israeli Priest Hounded for His Support of Israel

    01/06/2013 5:26:55 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 12 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 1/4/'13 | Aryeh Savir/Tazpit News Agency
    Last weekend, Father Gabriel Nadaf, 39, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth, challenged a boycott against him and attempted to enter the church there to recite a prayer and light a candle. He was accompanied by Israeli Border Police officers and supporters, who came to ensure his safe passage into the church. Nadaf was excommunicated by the Orthodox Church Council after he expressed his belief that Christian youth in Israel should fully integrate into Israeli society, serving in the IDF or in the National Service. Since then, he and others, like Father Andr Alamiya, have been the target of virulent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-09-13

    01/06/2013 5:22:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-09-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 9, 2013 Wednesday after Epiphany Reading 11 Jn 4:11-18 Beloved, if God so loved us,we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testifythat the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,God remains in him and he in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-08-13

    01/06/2013 5:13:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-08-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 8, 2013 Tuesday after Epiphany Reading 11 Jn 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another,because love is of God;everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.In this way the love of God was revealed to us:God sent his only-begotten Son into the worldso that we might have life through him.In this is love:not that we have loved God, but that he loved usand sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Responsorial PsalmPs 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 R. (see 11) Lord, every nation on...
  • 11 Reasons the Authority of Christianity Is Centered on St. Peter and Rome

    01/06/2013 3:56:49 PM PST · by NYer · 3,032 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | December 19, 2012
    Bl. John Henry Newman said it best: “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” History paints an overwhelming picture of St. Peter’s apostolic ministry in Rome and this is confirmed by a multitude of different sources within the Early Church. Catholic Encyclopedia states, “In opposition to this distinct and unanimous testimony of early Christendom, some few Protestant historians have attempted in recent times to set aside the residence and death of Peter at Rome as legendary. These attempts have resulted in complete failure.” Protestantism as a whole seeks to divorce Christianity from history by rending Gospel...
  • Resurrection of the Body (Ecumenical)

    01/06/2013 3:34:53 PM PST · by narses · 20 replies
    The Bible tells us that when Jesus returns to earth, he will physically raise all those who have died, giving them back the bodies they lost at death. These will be the same bodies people had in earthly lifebut our resurrection bodies will not die and, for the righteous, they will be transformed into a glorified state, freed from suffering and pain, and enabled to do many of the amazing things Jesus could do with his glorified body (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3544, 1 John 3:2). The resurrection of the body is an essential Christian doctrine, as the apostle Paul declares:...
  • B16's Epiphany Gifts: Rings, Miters and Croziers

    01/06/2013 1:15:36 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | January 6, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    Continuing a JPII tradition he was initially loath to pick up, this morning again saw the Pope mark Epiphany by ordaining a new crop of bishops, the crop of four headlined by the elevation of his longtime personal secretary, now Archbishop Georg Gnswein, who Benedict XVI has made his ultimate gatekeeper by naming the 56 year-old German as prefect of the Papal Household. Two of the other new archbishops the Nigerian Fortunatus Nwachukwu, 52, and the Genovese Nicolas Thevenin, 54 will respectively serve as papal nuncio in Nicaragua and Guatemala, while the Italian Angelo Vincenzo Zani, 62, will...
  • Church of England Moves to Approve Gay Bishops, Conservatives Protest

    01/06/2013 7:37:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    The Church of England has decided to drop its ban on gay clergy in civil partnerships seeking to become bishops, as long as they make a promise to remain celibate. Conservative Anglicans, however, insist celibacy would be difficult to enforce, noting that the decision undermines church doctrine on marriage. "The House has confirmed that clergy in civil partnerships, and living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality, can be considered as candidates for the episcopate. There had been a moratorium on such candidates for the past year and a half while the working party completed its...
  • Eminem Becomes A Born Again Christian?

    01/06/2013 7:34:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Vincent Funaro
    Eminem could now be a born again Christian, according to a new rumor. A source from the rapper's hometown of Detroit claims to have witnessed Eminem's transformation firsthand through some of his recent actions, according to AllHipHop.com. He stated that Eminem has been going through many changes as of late and has removed himself "from the depths of the music industry," and has also refused to conform to what is expected from him in the business. Eminem, known for his shock value lyrics as well as his vivid storytelling and superior lyrical capabilities confessed to being a Christian on a...
  • D.C. Has a Prayer [Interview with Eric Metaxas]

    01/06/2013 6:47:32 AM PST · by newheart · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Jan. 5, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    When Eric Metaxas spoke last year at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., he used the opportunity to challenge his listeners. In his new book No Pressure, Mr. President: Real Faith in a Time of Crisis, he makes his remarks available to a broader audience and recounts the journey of a writer trying to be a Christian witness. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: The e-book version of your book is titled Jesus Hates Dead Religion. How can you claim to know what Jesus hates? ERIC METAXAS: The Bible says that God hates what is evil. According to my sources, Jesus is...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/6/13)[Prayer]

    01/06/2013 5:51:49 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/6/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures JudgeIsaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 6, 2013]

    01/06/2013 4:42:11 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Worship "He moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord" —Genesis 12:8 Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love-gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship....