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  • Pope attacks human rights culture

    01/13/2013 5:20:29 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1-7-13 | John Bingham
    Far from protecting hard-fought freedoms, modern human rights culture is being used to suppress liberty of conscience and restrain Christianity, he said. In one of his biggest addresses of the year, Benedict XVI said a false concept of human rights had gripped the western world. As a result, he said, religion is being marginalised and symbols of faith, such as the cross, are being treated with growing hostility. He also singled out how, he said, some charities and schools are limiting the freedom of Christians to practise or express their faith and spoke of the need for “conscientious objectors” who...
  • Following the Truth: Worrying About Finances? Here’s A Message From Jesus…

    01/13/2013 4:47:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    FolloeingtheTruth.com ^ | 01-04-13 | Gary Zimak
    Worrying About Finances? Here’s A Message From Jesus…Jan 4th, 2013 by Gary ZimakAs the author of a book on anxiety, I do a lot of speaking about the topic. As a result, I’ve met many people who are worried about lots of things. Somewhere near the top of the list are those who are struggling financially. Many people don’t know how they will pay their rent, buy food or pay their bills. Jesus has a clear message about this matter. It has nothing to do with financial irresponsibility or burying one’s head in the sand. Rather, it’s a reminder that...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    01/13/2013 3:16:09 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 17 replies
    1-13-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Job 23:14 He will Perform that which is Appointed for me, And Many Such Things are with Him.
  • Prayer request for my mother and sisters

    01/13/2013 3:08:07 PM PST · by Perdogg · 89 replies
    Please pray for my mother and family. My mother has dementia and she is fighting off a lung infection. She has been given some medicine, but we think the end may be near. My mother will be joining my father in Heaven when she passes, but please pray for my family as well as my mother, Dorothy. My sisters cannot get along, please pray for both of them and I need the prayers as well. Thank you,
  • The Bible and the New Evangelization

    01/13/2013 3:04:34 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 12, 2013 | Alberto Carosa
    Pope Benedict XVI leads a closing session of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2012 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Rome. The positive effects of the recent XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith” (Oct. 7-28, 2012) should be seen and experienced for a long time to come. As a follow-up to the Synod’s reflections, the proceedings of the second meeting of the XIII Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops on November 26 were...
  • More than 1,000 priests sign letter claiming gay marriage is biggest threat to religious freedoms

    01/13/2013 2:15:07 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 12, 2013 | ANTHONY BOND
    More than 1000 priests have signed a letter voicing concerns about how same-sex marriage will threaten religious freedoms and may even lead to Catholics being excluded from jobs.In the letter, which is one of the biggest open letters of its type ever written, the priests claim that same-sex marriage could threaten freedoms in a way that was last seen during centuries of persecution of Catholics in England.The letter, signed by 1054 priests as well as 13 bishops, abbots and other senior Catholic figures, expresses fears that the simple acts of practising or speaking about their faith will be severely limited.They...
  • Year of Faith: Indulgences and Places of Pilgrimage [Ecumenical]

    01/13/2013 12:54:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicSentinel.org ^ | 11-08-12 | Most Rev. John Vlazny
    Year of Faith: Indulgences and Places of Pilgrimage Most Rev. John VlaznyArchbishop of Portland Who among us would claim not to be a sinner?  Who is without need of forgiveness?  All our sins have consequences.  They disrupt our relationship with God and the church.  They make it difficult for us to resist temptations and they certainly hurt other people.  Healing is necessary and sometimes help is needed.  Our prayers, fasting, almsgiving and works of charity truly help the healing process.  But over the centuries the church has offered another aid, indulgences. Church law and the Catechism of the Catholic...
  • EU Working on New Mideast Peace Plan

    01/13/2013 11:33:57 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 13 replies
    Ynetnews.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Itamar Eichner
    The European Union is working on a detailed plan meant to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and establish an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital, Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Israeli diplomatic sources as saying. The plan will set a clear timetable for a discussion on all core issues over the course of 2013. It will likely be presented in March after a new Israeli government is formed.
  • Teacher Sues District Officials Demand She Remove Religious Items From Her Classroom

    01/13/2013 10:14:09 AM PST · by redreno · 15 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | Billy Hallowell | Billy Hallowell
    A Christian high school teacher in Cheektowaga, N.Y., is suing her employer after district officials told her to take personal signs and religious items out of her classroom. Joelle Silver, a science educator who has been working in the Cheektowaga Central School District for seven years, decided to take legal action after receiving a letter (read it here) asking her to comply with officials’ request.
  • A Somber Fortieth Anniversary...January 1973

    We in America are soon approaching the fortieth anniversary of the infamous Roe versus Wade legal travesty which foisted legalized abortion upon America. This decision was not won by vote or by referendum, but was imposed upon this nation by legal fiat, through our corrupted and Agenda driven Supreme court. This act of judicial tyranny has proven to be the most polarizing political decision since the Civil War. There can be no compromise for those who hold life sacred, with those who would champion the disposal of an inconvenient pregnancy, for the sake of the sexual revolution. What common ground...
  • Jean Valjean and the Forgiving Heart

    01/13/2013 7:01:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/13/2013 | Glenn Fairman
    Scant days ago, in that chilly time after Christmas, I strolled into our local theatre in the expectation of being entertained by an established well-loved musical that had just been rendered to film. I had no idea I would emerge from the darkness three hours later a scarlet-eyed blubbering wreck. Having bargained for diversion, I instead reaped a bounty of cinematic moral lessons wherein intense human ugliness runs headlong into the arms of sublime beauty and breaks our aching hearts in a fair exchange. Welcome to the spectacle of Les Miserables. In retrospect, one could not ask for a more...
  • Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Says Jail May be Effective Protest to Contraception Mandate

    01/13/2013 6:15:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/11/13
    RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said on a radio program Wednesday that going to jail may be an effective way to protest a mandate tied to ObamaCare that requires employers to provide contraceptive coverage. Appearing on on Iowa conservative radio host Steve Deace's syndicated show, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said civil disobedience is one way to attack the federal health care law's requirement. The so-called contraceptive mandate is now being challenged in a federal lawsuit by the Hobby Lobby stores. The company is primarily concerned about coverage for the morning-after pill, which some consider an abortion-causing drug....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 13, 2013]

    01/13/2013 6:13:42 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Have You Ever Been Alone with God? (2) "When He was alone . . . the twelve asked Him about the parable" —Mark 4:10 His Solitude with Us. When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted desires, a broken friendship, or a new friendship— when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even one question, then He begins to teach us. Notice Jesus Christ’s training of the Twelve. It was the disciples, not the crowd outside, who were confused. His disciples constantly asked Him questions, and He...
  • West Point Military Academy at Center of Prayer

    01/13/2013 6:10:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/12/2013 | By Jeff Schapiro
    Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys sent a letter to the United States Military Academy this week explaining why, contrary to the complaints of a group that advocates for church-state separation, they believe invocations should continue to be said at certain West Point events. "The First Amendment allows public officials to acknowledge our nation's religious heritage," said David Hacker, ADF senior legal counsel, in a statement. "Since the Revolution, the U.S. Army has offered soldiers the opportunity to hear invocations. West Point has continued this tradition since its founding in 1802. Anti-religious groups with misguided ideas about the First Amendment should not...
  • Survey: Less Americans Believe Homosexuality Is a Sin; Nation's View 'Evolving' With Obama's

    01/13/2013 6:07:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/13/2013 | By Alex Murashko
    Less Americans believe homosexuality is a sin than a little more than a year ago, according to a survey completed by a faith-based research group just 14 months after a similar study. Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, said the reason for the substantial shift is most likely the result of President Barack Obama's "evolved" view of gay marriage. Stetzer points out that halfway between the two polls Obama changed his pre-election (prior to first term) position concerning gay marriage. "There is little doubt that the President's evolution on homosexuality probably impacted the evolution of cultural values," Stetzer states in...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/13/13)[Prayer]

    01/13/2013 5:25:33 AM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/13/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures My PortionPsalm 73;26 My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
  • Church in U.S. Set for Annual Week to Focus on Vocations

    01/12/2013 9:41:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | January 10, 2013 | Zenit.org
    Church in U.S. Set for Annual Week to Focus on Vocations Study Suggests 600,000 Youth Have Considered Religious Vocation WASHINGTON, D.C., January 10, 2013 (Zenit.org). The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week this coming week, beginning with Sunday's Masses.The annual event calls parishes to consider their role in promoting the role of priests, deacons and men and women religious and consecrated persons. "National Vocation Awareness Week gives dioceses and parishes across the country a chance to promote vocations through prayer and education," said Archbishop Robert Carlson, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-13-13, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

    01/12/2013 8:36:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-13-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 13, 2013   Feast of the Baptism of the Lord   Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD:Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,upon whom I have put my spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.a bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,I have grasped you by the hand;I...
  • The Love and Judgment of God Sodom and Gomorrah condemned for homosexual behavior

    01/12/2013 6:13:38 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 1-11-13 | David W. Virtue
    It is now standard wisdom, held by most Episcopalians and not a few liberal Protestant denominational fellow travelers, that an all loving God would never judge people with any degree of harshness (if at all) and that His love, in fact, rules out such a possibility, over-ridden by His all embracive inclusive love. But Scripture declares that God is both judge and lover. The two cannot be divorced from each other. "God is not at odds with himself, however much it may appear to us that he is. He is 'the God of peace', of inner tranquility not turmoil. True,...
  • White House Petition: Defund Planned Parenthood

    01/12/2013 6:12:17 PM PST · by Teófilo · 11 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 12 January 2012 | Teófilo de Jesús
    Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you in Jesus Christ. I’ve created a petition in the WhiteHouse.gov website, asking the Obama Administration to cut government funds to Planned Parenthood. As many of you may know already, in these times of budgetary constraints, nothing is more urgent than defunding private organizations whose contribution to the Nation is nil. According to their own reporting, Planned Parenthood (PP) received over $1 billion in government funds, whereas for 2011-2012 alone PP received $542.4 million in government funding, which represents 45.2 percent of the group’s total annual budget. On June 30, 2012, PP had...