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  • Attended Church 10 Years Ago? No Travel for You [China]

    01/21/2019 7:03:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 1/21/19
    Chinese believers are finding that their travel is being monitored or prohibited. They fear social credit system and growing pressure on family members.The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities have been registering the personal information of religious believers on a comprehensive scale. The data collection is nationwide, centralized into a unified database, and associated with a similar collection of data on religious venues. Religious and human rights advocates are concerned that this information will be integrated into China’s so-called “social credit system,” and could be used as a powerful weapon against believers. In 2014, the State Council promulgated a Planning Outline...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 22

    01/21/2019 7:00:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture & Spirit and Life (HLI) ^ | 01.22.19 | Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
    MASS READINGS January 22, 2019 (Readings on USCCB website)COLLECT PRAYER God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother's womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. January 22 is the anniversary...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 22

    01/21/2019 6:54:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Libreria Editrice Vaticana & CERC ^ | 05.24.15 | Pope Francis
    Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children POPE FRANCIS We need to develop a new synthesis capable of overcoming the false arguments of recent centuries. When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities — to offer just a few examples — it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.  Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble, for "instead of carrying out his role...
  • Letter to [Notre Dame] Campus Regarding Columbus Murals [from Jenkins]

    01/21/2019 6:50:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Office of the President of Notre Dame ^ | 1/20/19 | Fr. John Jenkins CSC
    January 20, 2019 Feast of Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy CrossDear Members of the Notre Dame Community, As we celebrate the feast of Fr. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and as we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Walk the Walk Week at Notre Dame, I write to let you know of a recent decision. The murals by Luigi Gregori that adorn the ceremonial entrance to Notre Dame’s Main Building depict the life and exploration of Christopher Columbus. Painted in 1882-84, not long after a devastating fire and...
  • Jesus Christ's Shed Blood and RIGHTEOUSNESS Ends Racism To Those Who Receive Him

    01/21/2019 6:05:50 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/21/19
    Dear friends, have you had enough of the lawless race baiters on both sides of the color chart today? Lawless blacks and lawless whites dividing America and creating a horrific wake of envy, violence, lawlessness and discord because of their hatred and lawless mindsets (Psalm 14, Rom. 1:18-32; 3, 1 Cor. 1:18, Gal. 5:17-21, James 4:1-7, Jude 1:10). Almost everyone today is offended by something and a victim of someone yet none seek to look in the mirror and make a judgment based on the Word of Almighty God. Such is the world of lawless moral relativism. Many celebrities and...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - 1/21/2019 [Prayer]

    01/20/2019 11:03:49 PM PST · by · 28 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | 1/21/2019 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President and for 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.
  • A Dominican Preaches in the Mosque, Recalling the Great Imam Promoter of Peace [Pakistan]

    01/20/2019 4:59:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/19/19
    Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - Maulana Muhammad Abdul Qadir Azad, who served the faithful as Grand Imam in the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore for about 30 years and died in January 2003, was considered "a great promoter of interreligious peace and harmony and above all of dialogue between Christians and Muslims. He was a great religious leader and a lover of peace. He was an ardent promoter of harmony between different Muslim communities and people of other religions": says the Dominican, Fr. James Channan, director of the "Peace Center" in Lahore, preaching in the Badshahi Mosque, the "Royal Mosque" in Lahore....
  • Ex-Deputy to Argentine Bishop [Zanchetta] Says Vatican Knew of Misdeeds

    01/20/2019 4:47:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 1/20/19 | Almudena Calatrava, Natacha Pisarenko and Nicole Winfield
    ORAN, Argentina (AP) — The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited “obscene” behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago. Francis accepted Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s resignation in August 2017, after priests in the remote northern Argentine diocese of Oran complained about his authoritarian rule and a former vicar, seminary rector and another prelate provided reports to the Vatican alleging abuses of power,...
  • A great shaking[charismatic caucus]

    01/20/2019 1:34:13 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    A GREAT SHAKING IS ABOUT TO OCCUR TO OPEN ALL EYES I see The Lord Jesus standing in the courts with a Scroll in His left hand and a standard or sceptor in His right hand , and I hear Him saying " What I AM about to do will shake the hearts of all mankind and open their eyes to their True Lord God And Savior for The Earth is about to shudder as its Axis is altered changing it's coarse and balance . So watch now as even your days and nights shall be adjusted from where they...
  • WATCH — Christian Pastor Jacqui Lewis: ‘Our Common Enemy Is White Supremacy, Transphobia, Sexism

    01/20/2019 12:35:45 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/19/19 | Kyle Morris
    Rev. Jacqui Lewis, a senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York, took the stage Saturday at the Women’s March and announced what she believed to be Americans’ greatest enemies. “I am so glad to be able to follow my indigenous family and share some words of blessing,” Lewis said as she opened her speech. “Standing here and looking at you and thinking about this movement makes me want to tell you what it means for me to be a Christian pastor.” “There’s all kinds of Christians, but I’m the kind that believes that there’s more than one path...
  • Ex-Cardinal McCarrick Could be Defrocked Soon, Vatican Sources Tell Reuters

    01/19/2019 5:57:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/17/19 | Martin M. Barillas
    ROME, January 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Vatican sources told Reuters that the disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is almost certain to be laicized following widely published allegations against him last summer that include the sexual abuse of a minor and adult seminarians. The 88-year-old McCarrick, who now resides in a Carmelite monastery in Kansas, has responded to only one of the allegations, claiming he has "absolutely no recollection" of allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old boy more than 50 years ago. In 2018, Pope Francis ordered a "thorough study" of Vatican documents about allegations against McCarrick. In addition, the...
  • Bishops’ Pro-Life Leader Says Abuse of Minors ‘Upends’ Witness

    01/19/2019 5:54:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/18/19 | Christopher White
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the thick of the clergy sex abuse crisis, thousands of American Catholics descended on the nation’s capitol in protest of abortion where Archbishop Joseph Naumann reminded them that the abuse of minors is antithetical to the Church’s pro-life witness. “For all Catholics, the last several months have been profoundly difficult,” he said. “We have been devastated by the scandal of sexual misconduct by clergy and of past instances of the failure of bishops to respond with compassion to victims of abuse and to protect adequately the members of their flock.” “The abuse of children or minors...
  • Vietnam Demolitions Pit Catholic Church Against Authorities

    01/19/2019 5:46:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/17/19 | Rina Chandran
    BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The demolition of about 100 homes near Ho Chi Minh City, including one owned by the Catholic Church, has pitted the church against authorities in the latest such dispute over land in the Communist Party-ruled country. Residents in Tan Binh district received no warning of the demolitions earlier this month and were given little compensation, according to local media reports. Land conflicts have risen in Vietnam since the ruling Communist Party launched its economic reforms, or doi moi, in the late 1980s, which resulted in more farming land being taken over to build highways and...
  • European Court Upholds Removal of Children From Home Schooling

    01/19/2019 5:41:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 1/16/19 | Howard Friedman
    In Wunderlich v. Germany, (ECHR, Jan. 10, 2019), the European Court of Human Rights in a Chamber Judgment upheld Germany's three-week removal of four children from their parents' home after the parents insisted on home schooling them and refused to send them to state schools. The court held that there was no violation of Art. 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Right to Respect for Private and Family Life). the Court said in part: The Court finds that the enforcement of compulsory school attendance, to prevent social isolation of the applicants’ children and ensure their integration into society,...
  • Just got back from Santiago de Compestela's Portico of Glory

    01/19/2019 2:53:35 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies
    Myself ^ | Jan. 19, 2019 | Oshkalaboomboom
    We just returned from a visit to the city of Santiago de Compestela where we went to see the newly reopened Portico of Glory at the Cathedral. We stayed at the Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos, which is a treasure in its own right and steps away from the cathedral so we could easily take the first tour of the morning.There is good news and bad news about the Portico. The bad news is that you can no longer walk into it. It has been sealed off from the rest of the cathedral so other restoration work will not damage it...
  • North Sumatra Protests Against Protestant Church [Indonesia]

    01/18/2019 5:58:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/16/19 | Mathias Hariyadi
    Places of worship, especially non-Islamic ones, are one of the most controversial issues in Indonesia. The dispute began last August. Complaints stem from the lack of permits for the use of residential housing for religious purposes.Jakarta (AsiaNews) – The local Synod of Churches of Indonesia (MPH-PGIW) has condemned the latest "episode of intolerance" against a Protestant community in Medan Labuan, North Sumatra (Sumatera) province. Three days ago, local Muslims (picture 1) staged a protest that prevented the members of the Bethel Church of Indonesia of Philadelphia (GBI), in Martubung district, from entering a house of prayer. The authorities claim that...
  • Bishop Soto [Sacramento] Suspends Hand Holding, Shaking Hands During Mass

    01/18/2019 5:51:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    To avoid spread of fluThe following comes from a Jan. 10 notice on the Sacramento diocese website.The California Department of Public Health has reported that the incidence of flu and flu-like illnesses is widespread and has reached a level requiring that we enact preventive measures to mitigate the possibility of infection at Mass. In order to protect the health and well-being of everyone, Bishop Soto has issued the following directives: – The use of the Communion cup is suspended temporarily. – Receive the Body of Christ in the hand (although receiving on the tongue is permitted) – Do not shake...
  • Papal Advisers Say Francis Will Know Right Moment to Act on Women Deacons

    01/18/2019 5:46:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/16/19 | Christopher White
    NEW YORK - Members of Pope Francis’s study commission on women deacons spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday, saying the pope has their report and expressing confidence that when the moment comes, he’ll make the right call. “He will know the time to say something,” said Phyllis Zagano, a senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University, who served on the commission. In the meantime, Zagano suggested that rank and file Catholics also have a role to play in the discussions around the subject. “It’s up to the Church to make noise,” she said, while also...
  • Anti-Catholic bigotry is alive in the U.S. Senate

    01/18/2019 7:26:06 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    WaPo ^ | 01-18-2019 | Michael Gerson
    Those who want to understand how Democrats manage to scare the hell out of vast sections of the country need look no further than the story of Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and the Knights of Columbus. In considering the confirmation of Brian Buescher to a federal judgeship last month, Harris and Hirono submitted written questions that raised alarms about his membership in “an all-male society comprised primarily of Catholic men.” “Were you aware,” Harris asked, “that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?” And: “Have you ever,...
  • Is Saving the Earth More Important than Saving Souls? (10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity)

    01/18/2019 5:58:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | January 2, 2019 | Michael J. Kruger
    Here is the next thread in this series. I will be posing them in descending order, starting with #10. If you would like to be on or off of this ping list please let me know! ____________________________________________________________ _________________ Over the past year, I have slowly worked my way through my series on “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.” It’s an examination of 10 core tenets of progressive (or liberal) Christianity offered by Richard Rohr, but really based on the book by Philip Gulley. We finally come to the tenth and last “commandment” of progressive Christianity and this one is a...