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  • Church fears holding Catholic beliefs may soon be a 'hate crime'

    03/25/2019 9:20:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 03/25/2019
    A "climate of heightened sensitivity" and increasingly broad definitions of 'hate crime' are putting freedom of speech and belief at risk, the Catholic Church in Scotland has warned. The Church said there needed to be "room for debate and a robust exchange of views" as it warned that holding to Catholic beliefs, particularly on marriage or sexuality, may soon be deemed "an attempt to stir up hatred". The warning was made in a submission to the Scottish Government's consultation on hate crimes following a review last year by Lord Bracadale. The consultation, which closed last month, asked members of the...
  • Nashville Residents Accuse Area Churches of Violating Their Privacy by Praying for Them

    03/22/2019 7:32:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/22/2019 | John Ellis
    Led by Ethos Church, a group of Nashville churches spent 30 days praying for their city. That's not unusual, because many churches around the world pray for their cities. What sets the group in Nashville apart is that they took it a step further and decided to pray for every single resident of the city. In fact, the participants of Awaken Nashville were encouraged to send postcards letting people know they prayed for them. Some Nashvillians, however, took umbrage at the prayer and postcards, deeming the whole enterprise intrusive and a violation of their privacy.Speaking to Religion News Service,...
  • Fire guts Paris’ historic St. Sulpice church

    03/17/2019 7:49:25 AM PDT · by robowombat · 30 replies
    News Agency Of Nigeria ^ | 17 Mar, 2019 14:16
    Fire guts Paris’ historic St. Sulpice church Fire at the Saint Sulpice Church in Paris as recorded by a passerby Fire has been reported at Paris’ historic St. Sulpice church, built in the 19th Century. According to Le Parisien, firefighters are extinguishing the blaze, which burst through the doors of the 19th Century building. The wooden doors were on fire, and a stained glass window was damaged. The rest of the damage “seems minor,” the daily newspaper said. Dramatic footage shared on social media shows the interior of the church in flames, with smoke billowing up to its arched roof....
  • These hilarious church signs in N.J. will have you praying for more

    03/07/2019 10:37:43 AM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 01.28.19 | Tim Hawk
    praying for more By Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com and Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted January 27, 2019 at 07:00 AM | Updated January 28, 2019 at 10:22 AM 0 shares 19 Comments Mullica Hill Baptist Church, Mullica Hill. (Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com) I was looking for a sign from God. Not a literal sign from the Almighty, though if He happened to enlighten me with something I wouldn't mind. No, I was looking for an actual sign -- in front of a church. Most church signs...
  • Shining a light on the Neverland of child sex abuse

    03/10/2019 2:47:05 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | March 9, 2019 | Editorial Board
    It is both harrowing and infinitely sad to see "Leaving Neverland" and "Surviving R. Kelly,"  two cable television documentaries about the crime of child sexual abuse, its perpetrators and victims. R. Kelly currently sits in a Chicago jail cell for failure to pay child support, while at the same time, years of allegations about his sexual abuse of underage girls, have finally caught up with him. The R&B star says he is unfairly accused and that his career has been ruined by the allegations. "Leaving Neverland" aired last week, profiling two men who say Michael Jackson sexually abused them when...
  • Fire Destroys Raleigh County (West Virginia) Church, Bibles & Cross Found Untouched

    03/05/2019 8:03:14 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    WOWK TV 13 ^ | MARCH 5, 2019 | Katy Andersen
    DANIELS, WV (WVNS) -- Firefighters made an incredible discovery Sunday while searching in the rubble of a church fire. Firefighters responded to Freedom Ministries Church on Grandview Road in Daniels around 1 a.m. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Firefighters said as they were going through the wreckage, they noticed not a single Bible was burned and the church's cross was untouched.
  • Russian choir draws criticism over performance describing nuclear attack on U.S.

    02/28/2019 5:56:36 AM PST · by tlozo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/28/2019 | Louis Casiano
    The Russian Orthodox Church expressed regret over a choir performance that featured a satirical Soviet-era song describing a nuclear attack on the United States in the midst of heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow. The Feb. 23 performance by the St. Petersburg Concert Choir at the historic St. Isaac’s Cathedral attracted widespread attention after it was posted on social media. "Choir performances are held regularly in St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the fact that appropriate music is performed is not a problem," the press office of the Petersburg metropolitan said on February 26, according to Radio Free Europe. "But this song...
  • Cardinal Pell Taken to Prison (Video)

    02/26/2019 10:46:19 PM PST · by mbrfl · 12 replies
    ABC News - Australia ^ | 2/27/19 | ABC News - Australia
    George Pell taken to prison after bail revoked at court hearing for child sex offences.
  • Truth and justice after the Pell verdict (Australia - Catholic Cardinal found guilty of sex crimes)

    02/25/2019 8:22:33 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    Eureka Street ^ | 26th February 2019 | Frank Brennan
    The suppression order in relation to Cardinal George Pell has been lifted. In December, a jury of 12 of his fellow citizens found him guilty of five offences of child sexual abuse. No other charges are to proceed. Cardinal Pell has appealed the convictions. The verdict was unanimous. The jury took three days to deliberate after a four-week trial. The trial was in fact a re-run. At the first trial, the jury could not agree. The trial related to two alleged victims, one of whom had died. Members of the public could attend those proceedings if they knew where to...
  • Kerala rape case: Sis. Lucy, who protested against accused bishop, says sex abuse rampant in Church

    02/23/2019 6:22:14 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Firstpost ^ | February 21, 2019 | T K Devasia
    Full title: Kerala rape case: Sister Lucy, who protested against accused bishop, says sexual abuse is rampant in Church Religious women, priests and laymen who supported a nun after she filed a police complaint of rape against Jalandhar ex-bishop Franco Mulakkal, are being systematically targeted by the Catholic Church in Kerala. Nuns, who form the most vulnerable community in the Church, are facing most of this oppression. While five nuns who took to streets demanding the arrest of the bishop are being put under pressure and threatened, another nun who was an important witness in the case was harassed and tortured...
  • Stained glass windows stolen from historic Braddock church

    02/18/2019 7:47:53 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 13 replies
    TribLIVE ^ | 2/15/2019 | Megan Guza
    Police are investigating the theft of more than a dozen stained-glass window panes from a 126-year-old church in Braddock. A passerby noticed the theft Thursday morning at the former First United Presbyterian Church on Parker Avenue, according to a spokesman for the Mon-Valley Initiative. The church, built in 1893, shut down in 2017. The Mon-Valley Initiative bought it last year and planned to redevelop the church into housing while retaining much of the original features, said spokesman Jason Togyer. The thief or thieves made off with 13 panes of glass ranging from 2 square feet to 3 feet by 2...
  • 5 reasons the belief that "we pay the bills at this church" is so toxic

    01/29/2019 8:03:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/29/2019 | Thom S. Rainer
    In this file photo, a collection plate containing envelopes specifically for the victims of hurricane Katrina is passed during church service, at the Jersey Baptist Church in Pataskala, Ohio, Sunday Sept. 4, 2005. | (Photo: AP Images / Paul Vernon) One of the most toxic statements a church member or group of church members can make is, “We pay the bills at this church.” Not only is it unbiblical, it is clearly divisive. It creates an “us versus them” mentality in the church.Why is the statement so harmful? Here are five reasons. It makes giving more like paying country club...
  • Virginia wants to allow guns in churches in wake of deadly shootings

    01/28/2019 1:08:22 PM PST · by AT7Saluki · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/28/19 | Caleb Parke
    To Republicans, not allowing religious houses to arm themselves is like leaving them as lambs to a potential slaughter. But for Democrats, lifting the ban would mean putting worshippers at risk of themselves. But Democrats saw it in a different light... "We are saying with this bill, we no longer trust in God," Virginia Democratic Sen. Lionell Spruill said. "We ... foolishly took prayer out of schools ... and now we want to take God out of church. If there's anywhere you can trust God, it should be the church. Let's depend on God on this one. Let's not take...
  • Pastor Forced to Resign for Declaring Biblical Truth About Homosexuality

    01/23/2019 4:01:30 PM PST · by detective · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 January 2019 | Dave Bohon
    A Presbyterian pastor in California has resigned his church after congregants abandoned him over a sign he placed in front of the church building declaring that “homosexuality is still sin.” In early January, the Reverand Justin Hoke, pastor of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in the small town of Weed, California, posted a sign in front of the church facility pointing out that “Bruce Jenner is still male,” referring to the high-profile U.S. Olympic Gold Medal athlete who changed his name to “Caitlyn” and now portrays himself as a woman. The sign went on to declare that “Homosexuality is still sin....
  • How to keep college students in church amid high dropout rates?

    01/21/2019 7:01:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/21/2019 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett
    To combat the growing number of young people who leave the church, leaders must invest in student ministry and make an intentional effort to focus on individuals during traditional college years, the director of student ministry at LifeWay has said.A 2017 LifeWay Research survey released on Tuesday reveals that 66 percent of Americans between 23 and 30 years old said they stopped attending church on a regular basis for at least a year after turning 18, compared to 70 percent in 2007.The five most frequently chosen specific reasons for dropping out were: moving to college and no longer attending (34...
  • Church shooting in Texas

    01/17/2019 6:07:33 PM PST · by old-ager · 29 replies
    KMOV TV St. Louis ^ | Jan. 17, 2019 | KMOV TV St. Louis
    Church shooting in Texas. I guess the congregation wasn't properly armed. No other info.
  • China forces church to take down first commandment given to Moses

    01/07/2019 8:19:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/07/2019 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Chinese communist authorities forced a church in China’s Henan Province to take down the first of the Ten Commandments given to Moses, as it was deemed offensive.Bitter Winter Magazine, which reports on religious freedom violations in China, said that the incident occurred in November, when 30 officials conducted an inspection of a government-approved Three-Self church in Henan’s Luoning county.Inside the church, they saw the Ten Commandments displayed on the wall, and declared that the first commandment must be removed and proceeded to wipe it off.The Ten Commandments, given by God to the Jewish people through Moses, became the bedrock of...
  • President Sisi attends ceremony in New Administrative Capital to inaugurate Egypt's largest church

    01/06/2019 8:15:13 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Ahram (on line) ^ | Sunday 6 Jan 2019 | Ahram Online
    The Egyptian President, accompanied by religious, military and international dignitaries, witnesses ceremony to inaugurate the Nativity of Christ Cathedral and Al-Fattah El-Alim17:43 US President Donald Trump tweeted, "Excited to see our friends in Egypt opening the biggest Cathedral in the Middle East. President El-Sisi is moving his country to a more inclusive future!" 17:40 In a short video message aired before the attendees, Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, congratulated the Egyptian people, government and president on the inauguration of the new cathedral.17:30 Following the moment of silence, the celebration on stage started with a live performance of Islamic chants and Christian hymns...
  • America Prayer Vigil - 12/28/18

    12/28/2018 6:29:05 AM PST · by Hiskid · 21 replies
    12/28/18 | Hiskid
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • How He’s Beating Homelessness Without Government Help

    12/24/2018 4:58:46 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 23, 2018 | Kelsey Harkness
    George Opudo used to drive for Uber. Picking up and dropping off customers at Union Station in Washington, just steps away from the U.S. Capitol, he’d look at homeless people and think: “That’d never be me.” But in September 2017, Opudo lost his car, his job, and all of his worldly possessions. With no place to go and no food to eat, Opudo was homeless. “I was so hungry, I didn’t know what to do,” Opudo told The Daily Signal. Walking around Union Station, he asked a woman where he could find some food. “She said, ‘Go down to the...