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  • Russian Orthodox Church Denies Rumors of Coming Visit of Pope Francis to Moscow

    10/22/2018 7:19:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 10/22/18
    Moscow, October 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has denied the alleged discussion of preparations for a visit of Pope Francis to Moscow. "As for the new armchair pseudo-insiders and other quasi-experts: the Pope of Rome's visit to Russia is not on the agenda," the head of the Synod's department for relations of the church with society and media, Vladimir Legoyda, said on his Telegram channel on Monday morning. Russian bloggers reported on Monday alleged preparations for Pope Francis' visit to Moscow, which was bound to demonstrate the high international standing of the Russian Orthodox Church after its break-up...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 10-22-18 {Prayer}

    10/21/2018 10:31:02 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 31 replies
    10-22-18 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Psalm 108:13 In God we’ll Do our Very Best; He’ll Flatten the Opposition for...
  • Trip to Taiwan of Pope Francis Is Not Being Planned, Says Holy Press Office Director Greg Burke

    10/21/2018 5:24:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 10/19/18 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    Vatican Affirms That During Oct. 14 Canonization, Pope Was Reinvited, But Clarifies Trip by Holy Father Is Not Being PlannedThe Pope is not planning a visit to Taiwan, has stated the Holy See. In an Oct. 19 statement issued by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, he affirmed that Taiwan’s Deputy President, Chen Chien-jen, during the brief courtesy greeting during the Oct. 14 Canonization of seven saints, in the “context, strictly religious,”reiterated his invitation for the Pope to visit Taiwan. “In this regard,” Greg Burke stated, “I am able to state that such a visit by...
  • War news from Amir Tsarfati and other very recent events

    10/20/2018 6:36:33 AM PDT · by firebrand · 4 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    For those mostly interest in the current events part, start at about the 9-minute mark. Israel's current activity in foiling the Russian attempts to go after the spoils in Israel. Amir's conclusions, so far, on the Kharshoggi incident. Growing anti-Semitism in the U.S., Christ at the Checkpoint, attacks on rabbis in NY, Farrakhan. Throughout, a warning about Satanic forces, before and after the hard news.
  • Putin About Nuclear War: We'll Go Straight to Paradise, While They Will Simply Pop Off

    10/19/2018 3:58:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/19/18
    Sochi, October 19, Interfax - Russia would use nuclear weapons only after it is certain that a potential aggressor has launched a strike on it, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. "Our strategy of nuclear weapons use doesn't envision a preemptive strike. Our concept is a launch under attack," Putin said at the plenary session of the Valdai Club in Sochi. This means that Russia is ready to use and would use nuclear weapons "only when we are certain that someone, a potential aggressor, is delivering a strike on Russia." The essence of Russia's launch-under-attack nuclear strategy is that...
  • More than before: persecution continues in Wenzhou, Henan, Hubei after the China-Holy See agreement

    10/19/2018 9:45:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | October 11, 2018 | Asia News
    Cross and boundary wall of  Lingkun church torn down. A cross demolished in Zhumadian in Henan. It was "too visible". Re-education of priests in Hubei to reaffirm the Church's "independence" from the Vatican and submission to the Party. Rome (AsiaNews) - The "provisional" agreement between China and the Holy See, signed on 22 September, does not seem to have stopped persecution and violence against Catholics. This morning in Lingkun, in the district of Yongqiang, the cross that stood on the bell tower of the Catholic church was torn down (photo 1); the perimeter wall in front of the sacred building was demolished...
  • Tiananmen Square to St. Peter’s Square: Who are the Chinese Bishops at the Synod?

    10/18/2018 8:00:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/17/18 | Courtney Grogan
    Vatican City, Oct 17, 2018 / 08:40 am (CNA).- While Chinese Bishop Joseph Guo Jincai is new to the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops, he has served three terms as a deputy to the National People’s Congress in Beijing. As a member of China’s legislative body, Bishop Guo publicly supported an amendment to eliminate presidential term limits and enshrine “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” in the Chinese Constitution in March 2018. Weeks after his excommunication was lifted last month as a part of an agreement between China and the Holy See, Bishop Guo garnered...
  • Federal Gov’t Launches Criminal Probe Into Catholic Church in PA

    10/18/2018 7:57:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    WASHINGTON ( - The federal government has issued subpoenas to multiple Pennsylvania dioceses in a criminal probe into sex abuse cover-up. The subpoenas were served last week, but news of the investigation only broke Thursday. So far, all eight Pennsylvania dioceses — Erie, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Allentown, Scranton, Buffalo Pittsburgh and Greensburgh — have confirmed they have received subpoenas, some stating they will cooperate with the investigation. Two Eastern Catholic dioceses are also being investigated: the Byzantine Archeparchy of Pittsburgh and the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparhcy of Philadelphia. The investigation is being spearheaded by U.S. Attorney General William McSwain, who is asking...
  • Father Paul Warns that Chinese Regime’s “Ultimate Goal Is To Eliminate All Religion”

    10/18/2018 11:29:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Persecution ^ | October 17, 2018 | unknown
    Father Paul Warns that Chinese Regime’s “Ultimate Goal Is To Eliminate All Religion” 10/17/2018 China (International Christian Concern) – According to statements by religious affairs officials in a recent Religious Affairs Committee seminar, the Chinese government believes the “Vatican’s policy of meddling in China had not been abandoned”. The seminar was held in Wuhan city of Henei province where the deputy director of the committee, Xiong Huaqi, asks that Catholics regulate their religious activities to protect government interests.In a series of statements made by Xiong, he accuses some Catholics of having “lost their minds” because they do not know whether...
  • [Cath Cauc]Priest gives Communion to pro-abortion presidential candidate, quotes Pope Francis

    10/18/2018 10:33:54 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 17, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Brazilian priest gives Communion to pro-abortion presidential candidate, quotes Pope Francis October 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Brazilian Catholics are expressing outrage following a mass in which the country’s main socialist candidate for president, Fernando Haddad, who is perceived as pro-abortion, was given the sacrament of Holy Communion in a Catholic parish by a priest who is openly supporting his candidacy. The priests attached to the parish have issued a statement defending the action, citing Pope Francis’ famous dictum, “Who am I to judge?” and claiming that anyone who approaches the altar must be given Communion. Haddad, whose Labor Party...
  • The Eastern Schism: A Political Clash over Ukraine Shakes Eastern Orthodox Unity

    10/18/2018 8:47:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/17./2018 | By TYLER ARNOLD
    The patriarch of Constantinople recognizes the independence of Christians who have broken from Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church cries foul. The Russian Orthodox Church on Monday officially broke communion with the Orthodox Church of Constantinople, whose patriarch has held the title “first among equals” for nearly a thousand years, following the East–West schism of 1054 — the schism that separated Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. If communion between Moscow and Constantinople is not reinstated, the schism would be the largest in nearly a millennium. Typically, questions of church are a purely ecclesiological matter, but in this case politics seems to...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, October 18, 2018 [prayer]

    10/18/2018 4:21:02 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 27 replies ^ | October 18, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems 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 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for mercy and healing for our nation.
  • Far Eastern Russian Airport Could be Renamed for St. Innocent of Alaska

    10/17/2018 7:20:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/17/18
    Ten candidates were proposed yesterday for the renaming of South Sakhalin Airport on the far eastern Russian island of Sakhalin. Among the nominees was St. Innocent (Veniamin) of Moscow, the Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of North America, reports Interfax-Religion. St. Innocent was proposed as the future airport patron by Archpriest Viktor Gorbach, a member of the Public Chamber of the Sakhalin Region, during a meeting of the organizing committee for the renaming of the South Sakhalin Airport. Documents with the proposals will be sent to the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation for consideration. St. Innocent, the Metropolitan...
  • Chinese Bishops at Vatican Meeting Invite Pope to Make Landmark Visit

    10/17/2018 7:04:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/16/18 | Reuters
    VATICAN CITY — Two Catholic bishops from China who for the first time were allowed by the Beijing government to attend a Vatican meeting have invited Pope Francis to visit their country, a Catholic newspaper said on Tuesday. Joseph Guo Jincai and John Baptist Yang Xiaoting attended the first two weeks of a meeting of bishops from around the world, known as a synod, and saw the pope daily. Their presence was the first concrete sign of a thaw between the Holy See and Beijing following a landmark agreement last month on the naming of bishops in the communist country....
  • The Identity Politics of Heaven

    10/17/2018 12:19:55 PM PDT · by unlearner · 4 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/2018 | David Kupelian
    ... The mesmerizing ad ends with these words on screen: "Unlock your past. Inspire your future. Ancestry." There are currently over 10 million people in Ancestry's DNA database, each of whom sent the company $99 plus tiny bit of saliva, hoping to discover more about where they came from, who they're related to, what they're made of, what hidden gifts might lie dormant within them – in short, who they really are. While a few fortunate customers are reunited with long-lost relatives, most people, in return for paying for the privilege of giving their most private, personal data – their...
  • Jim Jones & Harvey Milk: The Secret History

    10/16/2018 7:44:06 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 42 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 10-15-18 | Rod Dreher
    Next month marks the 40th anniversary of two landmark events of American popular culture: the assassination of pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk, and the mass suicide of 900 members of the Peoples Temple cult. If you remember anything about the mass suicide, it’s probably that cult leader Jim Jones was a fundamentalist Christian demon whose Bible-thumping berated brainwashed followers into drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid. Harvey Milk, by contrast, is a folk hero. The San Francisco supervisor became a gay-rights saint because he was martyred by a right-wing fanatic. That’s the received history in both cases. But according to author Daniel Flynn,...
  • Catholic poll: does your church still pray for the president during prayer if the faithful?

    10/16/2018 6:54:16 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 21 replies
    I have noticed that since Trump was elected, our church and others in the area no longer pray for the president and our leaders during the Prayer of the Faithful. It is really starting to irritate me. Traditionally, this was always part of the prayer and he needs it now more than mkst presidents have. Did other Freepers notice that they stopped? What about other Christian churches?
  • Taiwan Invites Pope Francis to Visit, Following Landmark China-Vatican Pact

    10/15/2018 7:26:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/15/18
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has invited Pope Francis to visit, its President Tsai Ing-wen said, just weeks after the Vatican reached a milestone deal on the appointment of bishops with China, which claims the self-ruled island as its own. Last month’s deal gives the Holy See, Taiwan’s last remaining diplomatic ally in Europe, a long-sought say over such appointments, although both sides call it “provisional” and sources have said some key issues remain unresolved. Taiwan Vice President Chen Chien-jen met Francis on Sunday and invited him to visit, Tsai’s office said in a statement, adding that the pope had replied...
  • Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

    10/15/2018 7:12:35 PM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 15 October A.D. 2018 | Department for External Church Reltgh Relaations
    Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Russian Church With profound pain the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has taken the report of the Patriarchate of Constantinople published on October 11, 2018, about the following decisions of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople: confirming the intention ‘to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church; opening a ‘stauropegion’ of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Kiev; ‘restoring in the rank of bishop or priest’ the leaders of the Ukrainian schism and their...
  • KGB ‘Christians’: Putin, Stalin, and the KGB’s History of Manipulating the Orthodox Church

    10/15/2018 3:23:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 2016 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Anyone who grew up with the Eastern Orthodox Church (in my case, the Greek Orthodox Church) will get a good laugh at Vladimir Putin pretending to be a Christian during his first Easter as Russian ruler. As recounted by the great journalist Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006), the bravest of all the many Putin-critics to be systematically assassinated, in her book Putin’s Russia: The three men clumsily and clownishly crossed themselves, Medvedev making his crosses by touching his hands to his forehead and then to his genitals. It was risible. Medvedev followed Putin in shaking the patriarch’s hand as if he were...