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  • New [Environmentalist] Curriculum for seminarians, inspired by Pope Francis

    05/30/2016 7:48:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 5/30/16 | LISA PALMIERI-BILLIG
    A young Israeli rabbi, Yonatan Neril, especially committed to developing the relation between faith and ecology, has taken to heart Pope Francis repeated call to take action to protect the environment against climate change. Rabbi Neril is founder and director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem, which just completed a groundbreaking new survey of 48 Catholic seminaries in North America, Rome and the Holy Land aimed at discovering the extent to which these institutions are taking seriously Francis warning and plea. ICSD is a nonprofit organization that works to catalyze a transition to a sustainable human society...
  • Buzzfeed 'Mark of the Beast' Experiment

    05/30/2016 3:07:27 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 65 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/30/2016 | Gary
    Buzzfeed reporter Charlie Warzel, who claims inspiration from the biblical Mark of the Beast, has his hand implanted with a payment chip and lives for a month wallet and cash-free. This report is beyond disturbing and shows how utterly debased the secular mind has grown in just the last few years. Now, not only is this kind of thing not shied away from, but unbelievers are actually finding inspiration in Revelation 13:16-17 for what a cashless society should look like. Here is his article, amazingly titled "Satan's Credit Card: What The Mark Of The Beast Taught Me About The Future...
  • Why Stephen Hawking Actually Believes In God

    05/27/2016 8:56:34 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 44 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/27/2016 | Gary
    Stephen Hawking, smarter and wiser than many of his colleagues, admits the obvious - that the probability of our universe supporting life is infinitesimally small. His anything-but-God workaround is simply to propose a near infinite number of universes to solve the problem - if the probability of biological life coming into existence in our universe via purely natural mechanisms is next to nil (which it is) than throw a few septillion parallel universes into the mix and eventually one or two might generate life. Out of those literally countless universes we just happen to be lucky enough to have been...
  • ACLU launches campaign to strip Catholic hospitals of federal funds

    05/11/2016 3:56:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 10, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    NEW YORK, May 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic hospitals across the U.S. are “withholding emergency care” and denying “essential health services,” the ACLU is alleging in a new campaign. They also inflict harm on “transgender and gender-non-conforming patients” “when seeking reproductive healthcare.” In a new report, “Health Care Denied,” the ALCU calls for denial of federal dollars from Catholic healthcare institutions, as well as investigations into their practices. With a subtitle of “Patients and Physicians Speak Out About Catholic Hospitals and the Threat to Women's Health and Lives,” the stated goal of the report “is to shine a light...
  • On Earth Day, Pope Francis calls all to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator

    04/23/2016 6:46:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 22, 2016 | Brian Rowe
    See the world through the eyes of the Creator, Pope Francis said at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, marking Earth Day. I exhort everyone to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator: the earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden to be cultivated, he said. The relationship of mankind with nature must not be conducted with greed, manipulation and exploitation, but it must conserve the divine harmony that exists between creatures and Creation within the logic of respect and care, so it can be put to the service...
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer attacks Fr. Sirico of Acton Institute for questioning global warming VIDEO/ POLL

    04/15/2016 1:52:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 15, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I have long contended that Sen. Barbara Boxer may be the dimmest light in that intellectual constellation called the U.S. Senate.  She has competition, I’ll grant.I saw this at the Daily Caller, which, by the way, has a poll asking if she should apologize to Fr. Sirico.  HERE – Great video below. Sen. Barbara Boxer Attacks Catholic Priest For Questioning Global Warming [VIDEO]California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer went after a Catholic priest in a Wednesday hearing for supposedly questioning the pope’s statements on the dangers of man-made global warming.“So do you disagree with the pope when he says that climate change...
  • Our Lord works 2nd Eucharistic Miracle to confound Kasperite Heretics

    04/15/2016 1:12:47 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    From Rome ^ | 4/13/16 | From Rome
    Rome, April 13, 2016: Our Most High Lord Jesus Christ, who in His Great and Authentic Mercy keeps His promise to us, His Faithful, on a daily basis: Lo, I am with you all days until the consummation of the age, Mt 28:20, has worked another Eucharistic Miracle to confound the heretical proposals of Cardinal Kasper and Team Bergoglio. NOTE WELL: This Miracle, which proves the promise of Our Lord in Matthew, chapter 28, 20, is to remind us of what Our Lord said in the same passage, regarding remaining faithful to Him! The Great Commission (Mt. 16-20) 16 And...
  • New Study: The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo Covered the Same Person

    04/12/2016 4:26:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 11, 2016 | Paraula
    The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo almost certainly covered the cadaver of the same person. This is the conclusion from an investigation that has compared the two relics using forensics and geometry.The research was done by Dr. Juan Manuel Miarro, a sculpture professor at the University of Seville, as part of a project sponsored by the Valencia-based Centro Espaol de Sindonologa (CES) (The Spanish Center of Sindonology).Transparency acetate on three-dimensional model used in the investigation of Juan Manuel Miarro . LINTEUM The study thus supports what tradition has held for more than two millennia: that the...
  • Bishop [Sorondo] Defends Inviting Pro-Abortion Sanders to Vatican Conference

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

    03/27/2016 2:55:03 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 31 replies
    http://www.tektonics.org/ ^ | James Patrick Holding
    Tammuz vs Jesus The ancient Sumerian deity Tammuz, or Dumuzi, has been thrown around a bit as a possible source for Christian belief by copycatters, but with little in the way of specifics. One critic refers to Tammuz as "the savior god worshipped in Jerusalem" [107 -- though they never say what he saved people from, or how he was a savior], as the "savior/fertility sun god who annually died and was resurrected" [138 -- we'll look into this claim below]; and uses word games to hint that he is represented by the Apostle Thomas [172 -- though this point...
  • Technocracy As A Religion: Satans Alternative Plan Of Salvation?

    03/25/2016 11:04:27 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 12 replies
    Technocracy News ^ | March 22, 2016 | Linda Kimball
    The contemporary chiliastic-evolutionary movement is Technocracy. The world is being actively transformed by an amoral power elite and their minions according to a very narrow economical/political/social philosophy called Technocracy, and it is impacting every segment of society in every corner of the world:
  • The Return of the Absent Clockmaker

    03/23/2016 3:45:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 23, 2016 | JOHN HORVAT II
    At a certain point in modern times, it was decided that God, the Creator of heaven and earth, should stay out of the business of running the world he created. Supposedly, men could do it much better without him.All this was done, mind you, with a certain amount of tact and propriety so as not to overly offend God or those who believed in him. It was decided that God would be given the title of the maker of a clock, where the clock was a great mechanical universe. As “clockmaker,” all God had to do was wind up...
  • Vatican to Undertake Ecological Initiatives During Easter Season

    03/20/2016 12:47:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 3/18/16 | Junno Arocho
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During Holy Week and in the Easter season, the Vatican will take part in several initiatives highlighting the importance of ecology and the care for creation. The Governorate of Vatican City State announced March 18 that the thousands of floral arrangements for the Easter morning Mass and the pope's solemn blessing "Uurbi et Orbi"(to the city and to the world), will be repurposed after the celebrations. Thousands of bushes, flowering trees, tulips and other flowering bulbs, which are a gift of growers in the Netherlands, will be replanted in the Vatican gardens. The plants also will...
  • St. Peter's to participate in Earth Hour 2016

    03/18/2016 9:27:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 18, 2016
    The lights of the Cupola atop St. Peters Basilica are to go dark on the evening of Saturday, March 19th, along with those that illumine Berninis colonnade embracing St. Peters Square. From 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM in the evening, the lights shall remain dark on the occasion of the 2016 iteration of Earth Hour an initiative promoted by the World Wildlife Fund International, in which the Vatican City State is participating. The lights illuminating the two fountains in the Square and the four candelabra surrounding the central obelisk will remain shining, however, along with those that light the...
  • ANALYSIS REVEALS SERIOUS DANGERS POSED BY SYNOD FINAL REPORT-Catholic Caucus

    03/14/2016 5:42:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | March 13, 2016
    Voice of the Family is pleased to publish a comprehensive analysis of the Final Report of the Synod of Bishops to the Holy Father. Our analysis argues that the Final Report, which was approved by the Ordinary Synod on the Family on 24 October 2015, undermines the teaching of the Catholic Church on matters relating to human life, marriage and the family. By striving towards bringing Catholic moral teaching in line with the norms prevailing in the modern world, the report pursues an approach that runs contrary to divine revelation and the natural moral law. The Final Report: endorses a...
  • Rare Jewel: Earth-like Planets May Be Very Rare

    02/29/2016 7:33:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 56 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Rare Jewel: Earth-like Planets May Be Very Rare Msgr. Charles Pope • February 28, 2016 • I have written a good bit over the years about what is known as the “Rare Earth” Hypothesis. A recent blog on discovermagazine.com ponders how high the odds are against the existence of another Earth-like planet. More on that in a moment. But first let’s review some of the basics of the Rare Earth Hypothesis.While most people, including most scientists, believe that there may be billions of inhabitable planets out there a capable of sustaining complex life, the Rare Earth Hypothesis suggests that...
  • “Brain death” apparently not so dead as some would like

    02/24/2016 3:25:30 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 23, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Be sure to read what I have posted in the past about PVS patients, people in a “Persistent Vegetative State”. HEREEspecially, I urge you to look at this article.Read everything and THINK about end of life decisions.And remember…I have written many times about planning for the end of your life, especially about having the last sacraments.From the American Thinker: Myth of 'brain death' exposed in Michigan"Brain death" sounds so scientific when uttered by a medical authority, an indication that the real life of a patient is over. But it is a judgment call with so little scientific basis that (via...
  • What gravitational waves can teach us about creation

    A momentary chirp rocked the scientific world last week when a team of researchers announced they had detected signals from gravitational waves produced when two black holes, with masses 29 and 36 times the mass of the sun, collided over a billion light years away. Since then, scientists have been giddy over the news. “This detection is the beginning of a new era: The field of gravitational wave astronomy is now a reality,” Gabriela González, a Louisiana State University physics and astronomy professor, said in a statement. But why is this discovery such a big deal?
  • Baptist Group Supports Abortions on Disabled Babies of Mothers Affiliated by the Zika Virus

    02/15/2016 1:08:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Baptist Church group in Brazil said it will consider supporting a growing push to legalize abortion for disabled babies in the South American country. Joel Zeferino, president of the Alliance of Baptists of Brazil, said his church is open to the idea of allowing abortions for women with the Zika virus, according to Premier. With the spread of the virus, some countries have noticed a huge increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder where a baby’s head is significantly smaller and the brain is abnormally developed, according to the Mayo Clinic. The condition is...
  • I’m an atheist. So why can’t I shake God?

    02/07/2016 10:35:14 PM PST · by TBP · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 7, 2016 | Elizabeth King
    Although I’ve been a content atheist for a decade, somehow God has found a way to stick around in my mind. Not the God of the Bible who created heaven and Earth — the God that lingers with me is harder to explain. The idea of God pesters me and makes me think that maybe I’m not as devoted to my beliefs as I’d like to think I am and would like to be. Maybe I’m still subconsciously afraid of hell and want to go to heaven when I die. It’s confusing and frustrating to feel the presence of something...
  • The Dark God of Gnostic Progressive Spirituality

    02/04/2016 4:35:11 AM PST · by spirited irish · 12 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Linda Kimball
    We are at the dawn of a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to our life...Perhaps the best name for this new segment of historical experience is the Interspiritual Age." Wayne Teasdale, "The Mystic Heart" "At the outbreak of the modern era, the (gnostic) system of inverse biblical exegesis was once again activated." Ioan Couliano, "The Tree of Gnosis" The Gnostic system of inverse exegesis begins with evolution, which has persuaded people, "...to think of everything in nature as the fruit of a gradual growth rather than an original creation." Such inverse thinking means it is now impossible for educated...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio meets Pope Francis to talk about climate change

    01/28/2016 6:55:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jodi Gugliemi
    Leonardo DiCaprio has officially met the Pope. The actor had a private meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday morning. "Leo explained that he wanted to discuss a subject they both have very much at heart: protecting the environment and climate change," a source tells PEOPLE. DiCaprio, 41, arrived at the Vatican at 11:15 a.m. local time and was accompanied by his father, George DiCaprio, and Milutin Gatsby, global fundraising chair for the actor's namesake charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. During the 15-minute meeting, the actor presented the pontiff with a check from his environmental philanthropy for him...
  • How Christianity Benefits Society, Even “Angry Humanists”

    01/23/2016 12:18:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/21/2016 | Jerry Newcombe
    Why has America been blessed in many ways in the past? At its core, the answer has to do with the Judeo-Christian tradition. We are living off of the residue of that great heritage. As one author put it, "one of our nation's primary advantages over many others lies in the greater strength of religion in American life." That author is Dr. Rodney Stark, a professor at Baylor, who is a specialist on the sociology of religion. Last week I mentioned a remarkable book he wrote that I feel did not get the attention it deserves. It's called America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits...
  • United Methodist Church Bans Intelligent Design Group From General Conference

    01/20/2016 1:12:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/20/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    The United Methodist Church has rejected an Intelligent Design group's request to have an information table at the denomination's 2016 General Conference. Reaffirming a decision from December, the UMC's Commission on the General Conference decided last week to not allow the Seattle-based Discovery Institute an information table at the Mainline Protestant denomination's gathering in Portland, Oregon. Diane Degnan, spokeswoman for the UMC, told The Christian Post that this was the first General Conference to allow for "outside exhibitors." "The Commission on the General Conference determined that the application by the Discovery Institute did not meet the guidelines established for exhibitors...
  • United Methodist Church Displays Intolerance by Banning Intelligent Design from General Conference

    The slogan of the United Methodist Church (UMC) is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors." But UMC officials are now under fire for being closed-minded and intolerant after they banned Discovery Institute, from sponsoring an information table at the denomination's upcoming General Conference in May. Intelligent design is the idea that life and the universe show evidence of being the result of purposeful design rather than unguided processes. "Preventing United Methodist leaders from even hearing about intelligent design isn't open-minded. It's intolerant and exclusionary," said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute. "Maybe United Methodist officials should change their...
  • New Take on the Biblical Flood story

    01/07/2016 1:19:30 PM PST · by Yollopoliuhqui · 44 replies
    Malaga Bay ^ | January 6, 2016 | Tim Cullen
    New interpretations of the Biblical Flood story
  • "SHROUD (of Turin) A NEW ASTONISHING PHENOMENON DISCOVERED IN THIS FIND"

    01/04/2016 2:20:34 PM PST · by overdog2 · 35 replies
    youtube ^ | Jun 28, 2015 | spacereinstitute
    This video answers many of the questions posted here regarding the Shroud of Turin. Note: it supports the connection to the Sudarium of Oviedo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCtDqCuhWNM&feature=youtu.be "SHROUD A NEW ASTONISHING PHENOMENON DISCOVERED IN THIS FIND" Published on Jun 28, 2015 Photogrammetric restitution on the Shroud of Turin has revealed a previously unknown phenomenon that opens up new horizons for science. The strength of this discovery is stressed by the fact that the geometrical data used for restitution can be verified with tools that are accessible to everyone.
  • The Virgin Birth: Where Science Meets Scripture PUTTING JESUS TO THE DNA TEST

    01/04/2016 9:38:32 AM PST · by SweetAkitoRose · 33 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | December 2015 | Maria Hsia Chang
    A 2013 Harris Poll found that while sixty-eight percent of American adults believe that Jesus is God, or the Son of God, only fifty-seven percent believe in the virgin birth. Disbelief in Jesus being born of a virgin, which is a fundamental tenet of Christianity, in turn implies a belief that the author of the Gospel According to Luke lied when he wrote: The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph…. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found...
  • Surgical Sex - Why We Stopped Doing Sex Change Operations

    01/02/2016 9:13:52 PM PST · by Coleus · 47 replies
    First Things ^ | November 2004 | Paul R. McHugh
    hen the practice of sex-change surgery first emerged back in the early 1970s, I would often remind its advocating psychiatrists that with other patients, alcoholics in particular, they would quote the Serenity Prayer, "God, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Where did they get the idea that our sexual identity ("gender" was the term they preferred) as men or women was in the category of things that could be changed?Their regular response was to show me their patients. Men (and...
  • Bible Prophecy Becoming Bible Fact Every Day- A Few Examples in Pictures

    01/01/2016 7:31:23 AM PST · by ghosthost · 21 replies
    Google Images ^ | 1-1-16 | vanity
    I remember reading obscure things concerning biblical prophecy when I was a child. I couldn't quite wrap my mind around them. But these days, the Bible seems more like a newspaper than a book of prophecy. Look over these photos/verses and please add your own!
  • The Star of Bethlehem Scientifically Proven

    12/25/2015 2:41:05 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 158 replies
    YouTube ^ | 17 May 2015 | God
    Proof of when the Star of Bethlehem happened and how...
  • Vatican Bishop: Pope's View on Global Warming is as Authoritative as the Condemnation of Abortion

    12/21/2015 9:34:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/18/15 | John-Henry Westen
    ROME, December 18, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A heated exchange regarding global warming and magisterial teaching between a top Vatican official and various other presenters ended a December 3 Acton Institute conference in Rome. Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, a close advisor to Pope Francis and the Chancellor of both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences stressed that the pope's declarations on the gravity of global warming as expressed in the encyclical Laudato Si' are magisterial teaching equivalent to the teaching that abortion is sinful. Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, the founder of Ignatius Press who...
  • Behold, the Official Catholic Blessing for Beer

    12/19/2015 10:37:52 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | Unknown | Editor
    Did you know the Catholic Church has an official blessing for beer?In the 1964 edition of the Rituale Romanum, one of the Church’s official books of rituals, there is a section with “Blessings of things designated for ordinary use.”Among the many rituals listed, you can find special blessings for pastries, medicine, cheese, fire, seeds, airplanes, and more – including beer.Why bless beer? Because it is a part of God’s good creation and a wonderful gift for human enjoyment! Ever since Jesus turned water into wine at the marriage at Cana (John 2), the Catholic Church has supported the enjoyment of alcohol...
  • Are kids from religious backgrounds really more selfish than their nonreligious peers? (Salon)

    12/14/2015 7:28:16 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    Salon ^ | 12/13/15 | Michael Schulson
    Are kids from more religious families more or less altruistic than their peers from less-religious families? That's what a high-profile new study from University of Chicago neuroscientist Jean Decety and a global crew of collaborators sought to determine... (snip) In their study, Decety and his colleagues gave the sticker test to 1,170 kids at schools in six cities--Amman, Cape Town, Chicago, Guangzhou, Istanbul, and Toronto...The researchers also gave the kids another test, in which they watched videos of people hurting other people, and then judged (a) how mean the bullies were, and (b) how much punishment the bullies deserved. (snip)...
  • Parameters of Religion and Science

    12/14/2015 7:38:10 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Church of St Michael ^ | December 13, 2015 | Fr. George Rutler
    Weekly Column (via email) Parameters are measurable factors that define a system, in the sense of a criterion or framework - like the parts that make the whole. The parameters of religion and science complement and serve each other, but are not to be confused. Thus, Cardinal Baronio told his friend Galileo that the Bible tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go. The Third Sunday of Advent is about heaven, and our Lord commissioned his Church to make people fit for it. The parameters of religion cannot estimate how many people can fit into heaven,...
  • The Christ Follower Who Saved a Billion People

    12/13/2015 7:56:21 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 9 replies
    Forty-five years ago this past Friday, Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. “More than any other person of (the) age,” the Nobel Committee stated, the Christ follower had “helped to provide bread for a hungry world.” Indeed, Dr. Borlaug, who grew up on an Iowa farm, who earned a Ph.D in plant pathology, was the father of the “green revolution.” His breakthroughs in breeding high-yielding crops averted the mass famines widely predicted during the 1960s. In so doing, he “alter(ed) the course of history,” the New York Times eulogized in 2009. In his Nobel Lecture, Borlaug noted, “Man’s...
  • On Climate Change,Francis Builds on His Predecessors’ Positions (Bp: Part of ordinary magisterium)

    12/13/2015 1:51:28 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | December 11, 2015 | Edward Pentin
    ...Some in the Vatican, however, see the Pope's position as more binding on the faithful. At a Dec. 3 Acton Institute conference on Laudato Si in Rome, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, insisted the Pope's support for climate-change science is not mere opinion, but part of the ordinary magisterium, and so is owed the same obedience by the faithful as the recognition that abortion is a mortal sin (which is also part of the ordinary magisterium, he pointed out). "When the Pope supports this because the majority tell him that scientific opinion thinks this,...
  • Can Google Silence the Church?

    12/11/2015 10:28:08 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 7 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 12/11/15 | Chelsen Vicari
    Whether we’re talking about the redefinition of marriage or taxpayer funded abortion and contraception, one question is crossing many Christians’ minds: where will the next challenge to religious liberty arise? Among some, there is a growing concern that the next threat to religious liberty will be a cyber showdown.
  • World's Richest Chinese Co-Sponsors Vatican's Light Show

    12/11/2015 5:53:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    UCA News ^ | 12/11/15
    Li Ka-shing, a Buddhist, says it a privilege to participate The world's wealthiest Chinese person was one of the sponsors of a Vatican light show that was part of the opening program for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The three-hour event, "Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home" saw the colorful display of images of people from various places, the natural world and climate change against the facade of St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 8. About 1.5 million spectators watched the show. The light show was staged by a conglomerate of social justice organizations under the umbrella of the World Bank...
  • Cardinal Turkson: If Climate Talks Stall, Pope Francis May Gently Intervene

    12/10/2015 8:19:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    AP via Crux ^ | 12/8/15 | Seth Borenstein
    LE BOURGET, France - If international climate talks really stall, don't be surprised if there might be an ever-so-slight intervention by Pope Francis. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace who helped draft the pope's June encyclical on global warming, said the pontiff has "deep trust" that negotiators in Paris will get the job done. But just in case they don't, the pope might possibly send a gentle message, he said. "If it gets to a stalemate or whatever, he may utter a statement or make a comment or whatever, but he will refrain from...
  • Francis Effect: the Vatican profaned

    12/09/2015 4:09:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12/09/15 | Antonio Socci
    The incredible show on St Peter's Basilica: a Neo-Pagan obscenity for the Feast of the Immaculate! The sense that St. Peter's Basilica has been profaned is strong. The symbolic significance of the event is a Church immersed in darkness, but illuminated by the world, by the new climatist-religion-ideology (all financed by the World Bank Group which will now have to explain to us what politics compatible with the teaching of the Church it is promoting..) The holy place par excellence, the heart of Christianity transformed on a maxi-screen for the show of the New World Power Ideology ...and the Nativity...
  • ‘SACRILEGE’: CATHOLIC LEADERS REACT TO VATICAN’S ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ LIGHT SHOW

    12/09/2015 2:32:41 PM PST · by NYer · 52 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | December 9, 2015
      (Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews) – Howling, grunting, and roaring animals, along with images of overcrowded city centers, depictions of pollution, and negative portrayals of industrialization, appeared on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica this evening during a much hyped “climate change” light show.The show was the finale of the opening celebration for the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. The event was watched by tens of thousands in St. Peter’s Square along with estimated millions worldwide through online streaming.The multi-million dollar show titled “Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home” was created and funded by climate-change partisans and population-control advocates with...
  • Turning St. Peter’s Basilica into a projection screen for climate change panic propaganda

    12/08/2015 10:19:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | December 8, 2015; Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I thought I could just let it pass...but I can't. On 8 December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) at 7 pm climate-change zealots will be allowed to project a light show entitled "Illuminating Our Common Home” onto the facade of St. Peter's Basilica in order to "educate and inspire change around the climate crisis across generations, cultures, languages, religions and class," a press release states. On the opening of the Year of Mercy? Why not rent out the Sistine chapel too, while they're at it? The Vatican basilica is a consecrated building. This is a non-sacred use - in fact...
  • Was Islam the original thinkers of the Deathstar?

    12/01/2015 10:36:13 AM PST · by VaeVictis · 16 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | 1996 | Louis Farrakhan
    "The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Mother Plane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects. Ezekiel, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day but a pillar of fire by night. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the Original scientists. It took $15 billion in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the...
  • World headed toward 'suicide' if no climate agreement: pope

    11/30/2015 10:17:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    The U.N. climate conference in Paris is most likely humanity's last chance to thwart global environmental disaster, Pope Francis said on Monday, warning the world was "at the limits of suicide". The pope, who wrote a major document on the environment last June, made the comment in an hour-long news conference aboard the plane returning him to Rome at the end of a six-day trip to Africa. The freewheeling conversations have become a trademark of his papacy and the few times he takes direct questions from journalists....
  • Pope Francis attacks ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics, dismisses condom ban as unimportant

    11/30/2015 3:52:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 60 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 30, 2015 | John Henry Westen
    On the plane returning from his journey to Africa today Pope Francis made his clearest remarks in condemnation of ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics. "Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions," Francis said, as reported by the National Catholic Reporter’s Vatican correspondent, Joshua McElwee, and similarly by other journalists on the plane. "We Catholics have some -- and not some, many -- who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil." "They do evil," said the pope. "I say this because it is my church." "We have to combat it," he...
  • Creationist Group 'Answers in Genesis' Disputes 'Lucy' Ancestry Claim

    11/27/2015 11:55:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/27/2015 | BY MICHAEL T. HAMILTON
    Earlier this week Google's logo mutated (if you will) from its usual form into a Google Doodle adorned with a series of images depicting an ape evolving into a human. Clicking the Doodle led to information about "AL 288-1," less esoterically known as "Lucy the Australopithecus," or simply "Lucy." Many scientists regard the fossil as an intermediary link between apes and humans.The same day, Googling "lucy australopithecus controversy" turned up a different interpretation of the fossil, including several from Answers in Genesis. The apologetics ministry, which focuses primarily on whether evolution or biblical creation provides the most accurate interpretation...
  • How Should We Then Live?

    11/25/2015 3:03:00 PM PST · by Fai Mao · 1 replies
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  • What did Jesus look like? Italian police use the Holy Shroud to develop facial image.

    11/09/2015 12:24:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 116 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | June 17, 2015
    What exactly did Jesus look like? Both as a child and then as an adult? It's a question that's been asked for centuries. An Italian scientific team decided to look into it, using the latest technology. The team used the Holy Shroud as a starting point to try and depict Jesus' appearance. GIOVANNI TESSITORE Technical Director, Italian State Dept. "One of the tasks this police department carries out quite often is facial reconstruction. So everything from describing facial features to comparing them. This is our starting point, so we used the Holy Shroud as our base and went from there."...
  • AFTER SCIENTOLOGY, LEAH REMINI FINDS COMFORT IN RETURN TO CATHOLICISM

    11/06/2015 11:42:49 AM PST · by NYer · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 5, 2015
    Former Scientologist and King of Queens star Leah Remini said she has found “amazing” comfort in returning to the Catholic Church after leaving Scientology two years ago, contrasting Scientology’s abusive policies with Christianity. During an interview with Howard Stern Tuesday morning, the 45-year-old actress said she was so happy to be “reconnecting” to the faith of her childhood.Initially, Stern tried to lump all religions together as equally fanatical, but Remini jumped in, telling the shock jock he was making a big mistake.“I’ve come to the conclusion in my life that all religions are sorta nutty,” Stern said. “And, you know,...