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  • Russian Orthodox leader: American, European de-Christianization is 'Apocalyptic'

    05/27/2016 6:12:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church received a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on May 24 and lamented the secularization of Europe and the United States. “We are deeply worried to see what is going on in the Christian world,” said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who referred to the “ongoing de-Christianization of the European and American civilization” as “an apocalyptic scene: sin is affirmed by law.” “As you know, we underwent a period of state atheism,” he said in reference to over seven decades of Soviet Communist rule. “However, the moral paradigm remained Christian in its major...
  • 43 Republicans Join Democrats to Support Obama’s Transgender Agenda

    05/26/2016 12:28:50 PM PDT · by milton23 · 49 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Ryan T. Anderson
    On Wednesday night, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda. Whereas last week Congress voted to reject this proposal—known as the Maloney Amendment—last night they voted to ratify Obama’s 2014 executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies. And, of course, “discrimination” on the basis of “gender identity” can be something as simple as having a bathroom policy based on biological sex, not gender identity, as we learned last week from Obama’s transgender directives....
  • Muslims Think US 'Has Gone Completely Insane' Over LGBT Issues, Muslim Leader Says

    05/26/2016 4:32:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 5/25/16 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON — Peaceful Muslims who live outside the United States think American society "has gone completely insane" over LGBT issues, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf said on a Monday panel hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. After discussing President Barack Obama's edict directing all public schools to base their bathroom use policies upon gender identity rather than biological sex, the moderator turned to Yusuf to ask how Muslims view the issue. Even to think about thinking about it is probably difficult for a lot of Muslims. In the Muslim world ... they think we're a society that's gone...
  • Europe: Allah Takes Over Churches, Synagogues

    05/26/2016 4:26:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 5/22/16 | Giulio Meotti
    * In the Dutch province of Friesland, 250 of 720 existing churches have been transformed or closed. The Fatih Camii Mosque in Amsterdam once was the Saint Ignatius Church. A synagogue in The Hague was turned into the Al Aqsa Mosque. In Flanders, in place of a famous church, a luxury hotel now stands. Catholic arches, columns and windows still soar between menus and tables for customers.* "The French will not wake up until Notre Dame becomes a mosque." — Emile Cioran, author.*Germany is literally selling its churches. Between 1990 and 2010, the German Evangelical Church closed 340 churches. Recently...
  • Vatican Chief of Ecumenical Relations: 'We Have a Mission to Convert' Muslims

    05/25/2016 5:18:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2016 | 1:25 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    Catholic Cardinal Kurt Koch, who heads the Vatican’s office for ecumenical relations, said that Christians “have a mission to convert all non-Christian religions’ people,” including Muslims, to Christianity, with the exception of those who follow Judaism because of its unique, familial relationship with Christianity: both religions “have the same roots.” For Muslims, he added, the “Islamic tradition” in terms of the Abrahamic religions “is not the same.” […] “It is very clear that we can speak about three Abrahamic religions, but we cannot deny that the view of Abraham in the Jewish tradition and the Christian tradition and the Islamic...
  • Inevitable: “Serious scholars” now argue Jesus is transgender

    05/25/2016 4:12:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | May 25, 2016 | Tantumblogo
    There’s just no end with these people. Everything must be bent to serve the agenda or narrative, no matter how preposterous, no matter how blasphemous. There is no limit to the depths to which they will stoop in order to justify their depraved views and endless diabolical narcissism. Amazingly, these are the people who are utterly convinced they are the “good guys,” and we, who observe the moral creed that build Western civilization, the bad. So, with total inevitability, we are now treated to screeds (safe link) arguing that the Christ is “transgender,” so look how wrong you are with...
  • Met Saba (Esber) on the Orthodox "Diaspora" (Orthodox Caucus)

    05/25/2016 10:58:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Notes on Arab Orthodoxy ^ | 05-25-206 | Metropolitan Saba (Esber)
    On the Issue of the Orthodox "Diaspora" Introduction It seems, during the course of work on the Great Orthodox Council, that the issue of the "diaspora" will be the most important, in the sense that there is no issue more important than it. Due to serious disagreements that currently exist between the Orthodox Churches, mostly due to historical factors, the other working papers, most of which have been agreed upon, were formulated according to the lowest common denominator of agreement and not at the level hoped for by the people of God. The issue of the "diaspora," however, has remained urgent because...
  • At Least 20,000 Catholics Pray at Sheshan for the Church in China

    05/25/2016 6:14:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 5/24/16 | Victoria Ma
    Pilgrims came from other dioceses like Ningbo and Taiyuan. Some groups organised web prayers. Under house arrest since 2012, Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin was not present. The Diocese of Shanghai organised a solemn pilgrimage.Shanghai (AsiaNews) – Thousands of Catholics have come on pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan, on the feast day of Mary Help of Christians. But according to the Diocese of Shanghai, the lists of pilgrims include at least 20,000 people who made the journey during the month of May. Others are praying throughout China in their own communities. Since Benedict XVI launched the World...
  • First Communion for Iraqi Refugees Represents Hope for a Persecuted People

    05/25/2016 6:09:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/24/16 | Doreen Abi Raad
    What God is giving us in faith and strength is helping us to give more, and that by itself will bring us closer to God,” said Sister Waffa Yousif, who helped train the 30 first communicants.BEIRUT — Outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Beirut, Lebanon, the children could hardly contain their excitement. All the suffering of their lives in forced exile seemed to vanish as they anticipated the holy sacrament for which they had so diligently prepared. Two girls joined hands and gleefully spun each other around. Dressed in white robes adorned with wooden rosaries on...
  • Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History!

    05/25/2016 3:57:03 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 169 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | May 10, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When pasting this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words. To read the document with the formatting go to the link of the document.) Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History! Dear friends, As always as I have wrote in the last couple of “Spiritual Food”s, it is very important in these times of great confusion, when even Catholic bishops are no longer in agreement about the fundamentals of our faith and morals, to not only pray much and to study the...
  • A hidden surprise in the heart of the Sistine Chapel

    05/25/2016 3:55:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aletelial ^ | March 20, 2016 | Leigh Anderson
    How much do you know about the Sistine Chapel? Did you know, for example, that it began as a private chapel for Church elites—the “ultimate ecclesiastical man cave”? The Chapel, which attracts 5 million visitors per year, isn’t just an obligatory stop on an art history tour of Italy, it is a living history of the Church and its influences—influences that range from global, geopolitical change to petty personal feuds. This TED talk, by art historian Elizabeth Lev, outlines the evolution of the Chapel in three stages. The full talk, which Lev delivered in Geneva last December, is well...
  • Russian Patriarch Kyril Speaks of the Battle With Demonic Secularism

    05/23/2016 6:32:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 05-23-2016 | Patriarch Kyril
    Excerpts from a recent sermon by Patriarch Kyril of the Russian Orthodox Church with English subtitles.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/23/2016 3:38:38 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 6 replies
    5-23-16 | Kitty Mittens
  • The absurdity of “safe zones” for the secularist and the saint.

    05/23/2016 8:37:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Created Equal podbean.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Mark Harrington
    This is not violence,” an angry abortion advocate screams while physically attacking a Created Equal team member. Last week a Columbus, OH resident roughed up one of our outreach team members even before he had an opportunity to dialogue with his intended audience. It seems increasingly common for abortion advocates not only to dissent to our message but also to resort to violence. In defending the violence of abortion, abortion advocates use violence to intimidate preborn defenders. But this call for protectionism isn’t just for abortion advocates or unbelievers anymore, but we now see it cropping up among Christians, especially...
  • Decapitated Churches in China’s Christian Heartland

    05/23/2016 4:17:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5/21/16 | Ian Johnson
    SHUITOU, China — Along the valleys and mountains hugging the East China Sea, a Chinese government campaign to remove crosses from church spires has left the countryside looking as if a typhoon had raged down the coast, decapitating buildings at random. In the town of Shuitou, workers used blowtorches to cut a 10-foot-high cross off the 120-foot steeple of the Salvation Church. It now lies in the churchyard, wrapped in a red shroud. About 10 miles to the east, in Mabu township, riot police officers blocked parishioners from entering the grounds of the Dachang Church while workers erected scaffolding and...
  • A New and Improved God

    05/23/2016 2:49:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 20, 2016 | David Carlin
    It is difficult, indeed almost impossible, to know how many Americans believe in God. Why? Because the word “God” means different things to different people. Mr. A may have one idea of God while Mr. B has quite another, even though they both tell us that they believe in God. It’s like “democracy.” Communists and anti-Communists both called themselves democrats, but they had radically different ideas of democracy.A couple of centuries ago, almost everybody in the western world (which used to be called Christendom) had pretty much the same idea of God. You might be Catholic or Protestant, but your...
  • I told my North Korean captors about life in America, and they were shocked

    05/21/2016 4:18:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    KUOW-FM ^ | May 19, 2016 | Kate O'Connell Walters, Jason Pagano & Kim Malcolm
    After a year in the North Korean prison, Kenneth Bae softened toward his guards. “There were many small conversations like, 'How much do you make in the United States? What's it like to live in the U.S.?” Bae told KUOW’s Kim Malcolm. “Do people really have houses and cars?” When he told his captors about life in America, the guards were shocked. “They said, ‘No way. No way most common people can live like that,’” he said. “They were told that 1 percent of people in the United States have everything, and the rest of them are living in poverty....
  • Baby Bison and the Danger of "Misplaced Concern" (as it applies to the LGBT community)

    05/21/2016 2:43:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 20, 2016 | Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
    As the emotional trumps the rational, people increasingly act on sentiment and subjective desires, often making bad situations even worse. American Bison mother and calf stop traffic in Yellowstone National Park (Photo: Martha Marks | us.fotolia.com) On May 9th at Yellowstone National Park, a bison calf was euthanized. The reason? A tourist, concerned about the welfare of the calf in the cold temperatures, had put it in her SUV. The calf was later rejected by its mother after repeated attempts to return it to the herd. “Rob Heusevelet, another park visitor, said he warned the tourists they didn't need to...
  • Pope Francis Calls Greedy Employers 'True Leeches'

    05/21/2016 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 53 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | May 20, 2016 | SEAN DUFFY
        (CN) — Pope Francis condemned the sin of "living off the blood of the people" while criticizing immoral employers for not providing health care for their employees, calling them "true leeches."     During his homily on Thursday, the pontiff brought up a hypothetical situation in which a business employs a worker from September to June but does not provide health care coverage.     "Exploitation of people today is a true slavery," he said. "We thought that slaves do not exist anymore. They exist. It's true, people don't go to Africa to take them and then sell them in America, no. But it's in our...
  • Diocese of Maryland takes up reparations

    05/20/2016 6:02:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | May 17, 2016 | M. Dion Thompson
    Young protesters from the Baltimore uprising share their experience and hope to the Diocese of Maryland convention. Delegates began the work of what reparations for the sin of racism and slavery to determine what that might look like. At its recent convention, the Diocese of Maryland took the first of what could be many small steps to engage the issue of reparations and set aside money to help heal the centuries-old wounds of slavery. Though the resolution that anchored the conversation, known as “Reparations Investment,” was referred to Diocesan Council for further review, its appearance marked a beginning for the...
  • How to Understand the Doctrines

    05/20/2016 3:23:00 PM PDT · by Vision · 50 replies
    I was raised Catholic, like 12 years Catholic school and currently attend a Catholic Church, but this Pope and the Church's lack of response has destroyed it now. And after brushing up on history I find the idea of papal infallibility ridiculous, insulting to God. What's a good way to understand the different doctrines so I can move on? I don't have an understanding of them. I'm leaning Protestant as it seems Martin Luther was right on. Just need productive civil information for my next step. Thanks.
  • United Methodists Quit Abortion Coalition

    05/20/2016 8:08:25 AM PDT · by The Grammarian · 9 replies
    “In contrast to the United Methodist Church, RCRC dismisses the value of unborn human life” -UM Action Director John Lomperis Portland, OR—United Methodists have voted to require church boards and agencies to withdraw immediately from an organization that advocates for abortion on demand. Delegates from across the 12.1 million-member denomination adopted a proposal concluding affiliation with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) on a vote of 425 to 268 (61 percent to 39 percent) during their quadrennial General Conference meeting in Portland, Oregon. Two United Methodist agencies, the General Board on Church and Society (GBCS) and United Methodist Women...
  • Babylon Rises (Blog on Transgender Bathroom Controversy)

    05/20/2016 7:44:13 AM PDT · by pcottraux · 13 replies
    Depths Of Pentecost ^ | 5-14--2016 | Philip Cottraux
    Babylon Rises By Philip Cottraux I normally avoid controversial topics, preferring Bible teachings to divisive political issues. However, I have addressed gay marriage, church shootings and abortion, and now a particular firestorm has come against my state in recent weeks that I can no longer ignore. God is calling His people to take a stand. As homosexual fascism has swept America into embracing immorality under the phony guise of “civil rights,” ethical dilemmas have been created for local governments to deal with. North Carolina recently passed House Bill 2, which states that a transgendered person should use the restroom of...
  • Russian Church Destined to Change Western Attitude to Christianity - Patriarch Kirill

    05/20/2016 6:47:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/19/16
    Moscow, May 19, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that the answer to the banishment of Christianity on a global scale is one of the challenges facing the Russian Church. "We accept the new challenges that our Church is facing with dignity, and these challenges are very formidable and have a global nature. And, probably, the most difficult and important challenge is the changing attitude to faith and Christianity in many countries of Europe and America," the patriarch said following a prayer service in the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow on Thursday. The prayer service was...
  • To Transform Society, Be Ready to Die, Cardinal (Burke) Advises

    05/19/2016 3:34:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 19, 2016 | John Burger
    When Catholics approach Cardinal Raymond L. Burke to express their concerns about evidence of decay in society and the Church, he urges them to “deepen their understanding of the constant teaching and discipline of the Church” and to make their voices heard by Church leaders.In a May 7 talk addressing the “Rome Life Forum” sponsored by the group Voice of the Family, Cardinal Burke, patron of the Order of Malta, acknowledged concerns about possible confusion in the Church on fundamental dogmatic and moral truths, and said bishops need to “understand the urgent need to announce again with clarity and courage...
  • 'God is Being Eroded, Eclipsed, Liquidated' in the United States, Cardinal Says

    05/18/2016 6:57:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    US News ^ | May 18, 2016
    In a keynote address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Cardinal Sarah said that in the United States, "God is being eroded, eclipsed, liquidated," Catholic News Agency reports. Cardinal Sarah pointed out specific events "in the name of 'tolerance'" that have contributed to this erosion, including "the legalization of same sex marriage, the obligation to accept contraception within health care programs, and even 'bathroom bills' that allow men to use the women’s restrooms and locker rooms." [MORE:  Jesus' Tomb in Danger of Collapsing] "Should not a biological man use the men’s restroom?" he said in...
  • Obama directive on transgender access to facilities 'deeply disturbing'

    05/18/2016 4:22:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    catholicnewsagency.com ^ | May 17, 2016 | Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Obama administration's May 13 directive on transgender access to bathrooms "that treats 'a student's gender identity as the student's sex' is deeply disturbing," said the chairmen of two U.S. Catholic bishops' committees. "The guidance fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by Pope Francis: that 'the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created,'" the two bishops said in a statement May 16. The statement was issued by Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, who is...
  • Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

    05/18/2016 4:08:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 18, 2016 7:01 PM EDT
    The top policy body for the United Methodist Church is struggling to avert a split over gay rights. The Methodist General Conference voted 428-405 to delay all discussion of church policy related to LGBT people during a meeting in Portland, Oregon. Delegates created a commission Wednesday to review all relevant church law on the subject over a period of at least two years, then hold a special meeting to discuss the way forward. …
  • "Islam is not a religion of redemption..." stated Pope John Paul II...

    05/18/2016 8:49:04 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 3 replies
    He was the most recognized person in the world. He met with Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. Born in a small town in Poland, MAY 18, 1920, was Karol Wojtyla. A chemical worker during World War II, he risked punishment by Communists for being ordained a priest. In 1967, he became Archbishop of Krakow and, in 1978, he became Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope since 1522. Leader of one billion Catholics, Pope John Paul spoke eight languages and traveled a million miles in 170 countries - more than any other pope. In 1981, he survived...
  • BBC Religious Output is ‘Too Christian’, According to Internal Report

    05/18/2016 6:21:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/16/16 | Staff Reporter
    Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, has written a report on the corporation's religious programming for director general Lord HallAn internal review of the BBC has concluded that the corporation’s religious output is too weighted in favour of Christianity. A report by Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, suggests that more airtime be given to programming focussed on Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths. According to the Sunday Times, Ahmed told a Commons meeting on religious literacy that he had written a report for the BBC’s director-general Lord Hall in response to criticism from non-Christian...
  • Pope Francis Hails Election of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London

    05/17/2016 8:45:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/17/16 | Staff Reporter
    The election of a Muslim as London mayor 'illustrates the need for Europe to rediscover its capacity to integrate', the Pope told La CroixPope Francis has hailed the election of London’s first Muslim mayor in a wide-ranging interview with a French newspaper. Discussing the migrant crisis with French daily La Croix, Pope Francis said “the worst form of welcome” for migrants is “to ‘ghettoise’ them”. “On the contrary, it’s necessary to integrate them,” the Pope said. “In Brussels, the terrorists were Belgians, children of migrants, but they grew up in a ghetto. In London, the new mayor (Sadiq Khan) took...
  • From Ambrose to Zelie: For Catholic Babies, Old Is the New New

    05/17/2016 5:50:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 17, 2016 | Simcha Fisher
    Once upon a time, Catholic families had a girl named Mary, without fail. Maybe “Elizabeth” or “Rose” made its way into the mix, but you had to have a Mary — or Marie, or Maria, or at least a Regina. Even boys often had some form of “Mary” as a middle name.Now the name “Mary” has sunk below the top 100 names in the U.S., and the hunt is on for something new to name the baby — or something so old, it sounds new again.“I’m seeing a lot of vintage/retro/throwback names,” says Kate Towne, who writes Sancta Nomina, a blog devoted to Catholic...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/16/2016 8:25:48 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    5-16-16 | Kitty Mittens
  • What Does It Mean to Receive Communion Worthily? (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    05/16/2016 3:49:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 16, 2016 | Jenna M. Cooper, J.C.L.
    [Editor’s Note: In response to a recent piece by Judy Landrieu Klein, our “Daily Catch” blog polled readers about their habits of confession and the reception of Holy Communion. As nearly 60% of the respondents admitted to knowingly participating in Communion while not in a state of grace, we asked canonist Jenna Cooper to address what the church teaches about this issue, and why.]As the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium tells us, the Eucharist is the “source and summit of Christian life” (LG 11), in which Jesus Christ is made really and truly present to us. During the holy sacrifice of...
  • Collectibles for Christ

    05/16/2016 9:55:41 AM PDT · by pboyington
    Go Fund Me ^ | May 16, 2016 | Colonel Brian Sperling
    This seems like a good cause, a new organization started by a friend of mine, Colonel Brian Sperling. Ever since I took part in my first mission trip, over a decade ago in Zimbabwe, my heart for missions, for the homeless, and for the poor all over the world has grown. My name is Brian Sperling, a career Army officer, and I have reached a time in my life and achieved a conviction where I am taking steps to do something more than I have been. I have moved 14 times in my 27-year career and have seen financial needs,...
  • Western Europe Experiences Moral Catastrophe - Patriarch Kirill

    05/16/2016 6:12:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/16/16
    Nalchik, May 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has described a "catastrophe" the West's departure from Christian moral values. "We know what enormous efforts today are being made to prevent primarily the Christians from authentic understanding of the Divine moral law. And we know what catastrophe is taking place in Western Europe and in general across the rich American-European world," the patriarch said after performing a great consecration and liturgy at a church of Mary Magdalene in Nalchik on Sunday. Many Christians in the West are forgetting their roots, re-considering the foundations of morality, "justify the...
  • Years later,South Buffalo (Pa) officer honored for "unknowingly" saving man's life

    05/16/2016 12:41:01 AM PDT · by karatemom · 7 replies
    The Valley News Dispatch ^ | May 15 , 2016 | Chuck Biedka
    South Buffalo police Officer Jeff Kuntz vaguely remembers driving down a secluded lane to check on a site sometimes targeted for theft. He couldn't see it from the main road and didn't know until he got to the end of the lane that night in 2009 if anyone else was there. There was. His patrol car headlights soon shone on a down-on-his-luck young man sitting in a minivan. Kuntz had no way of knowing that his attention to duty and compassion that night would stop the man in his early 20s from committing suicide. “The man had a lot of...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/14/2016 10:56:35 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 8 replies
    May 14, 2016 | Irish Rose
    The LORD spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said: “Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes...
  • Three of the Oldest Images of Jesus

    05/14/2016 4:50:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 14, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    None of the four Gospels describes Jesus in detail. However, the Christian tradition has nevertheless represented him using different iconographic models. From the beardless and youthful “Alexandrine Christ,” based on classic Greek proportions and canons normally applied to sculpture, to the long-haired and bearded “Syrian Christ” following the Byzantine Empire’s custom, Christendom has always recognized in the image not only a liturgical, cultural related element but also an effective evangelization tool in a world where reading and writing are not widespread skills.Here, we wanted to share with you just three of the earliest images in the Christian tradition, which bear witness to different...
  • The Beautiful Reasons Why These Women Love Wearing A Hijab

    05/13/2016 5:46:48 AM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/11/2016 | Yasmin Nouh
    The New York Times recently published a “guide“ to Muslim headscarves. The article intended to illuminate an Islamic concept that promotes modesty, but the associated images showed styles specific to a few countries and all of the silhouettes were faceless. These types of portrayals can contribute to a misperception among some that Muslim women who don the headscarf may lack agency. In today’s political climate, the headscarf has become more than just a spiritual symbol of modesty. At one point, women working in government positions were not allowed to wear it in Turkey. In France, the niqab — a version...
  • Judge Faces Removal, $40K Fine Because of Her Beliefs About Marriage

    05/13/2016 5:37:58 AM PDT · by milton23 · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/12/16 | Ken McIntyre
    state agency wants to remove a small-town judge in Wyoming from two posts because she told a reporter that her religious beliefs would prevent her from solemnizing same-sex marriages. In her full-time responsibilities, Municipal Judge Ruth Neely isn’t authorized to preside over marriages. In part-time duties on the local Circuit Court, though, she could be asked to do so. Now supporters across Wyoming and the nation are siding with Neely as she asks the Wyoming Supreme Court to prevent the state Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics from ending her 21-year career as a municipal judge in Pinedale, a town...
  • The Sisters Who Treat the Untreatable

    05/12/2016 7:27:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | May 12, 2016 | GILLIAN LAUB
    At the beginning of the 20th century, sick Americans typically died at home. By the middle of it, they mostly died in hospitals. And yet this great transformation in the geography of death was, at first, of little interest to medical providers: In the 1960s, some doctors routinely chose not to inform terminal patients of their fate. Studies found hospitals stashing dying people at the ends of halls and largely ignoring them. Medicine, it was said, was about healing people. It had nothing to offer the already dying. That began to change with the broad acceptance of hospice, which spread...
  • One-In-Four New Children Murdered... 56 MILLION Per Year

    05/12/2016 2:32:59 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 10 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/12/16 | Gary
    A new study reveals that one-fourth of unborn children around the world are murdered - a staggering 56 million children per year.  The study reveals that the number is actually significantly higher than previously thought. From the BBC: One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest. The report in the Lancet said 56m induced abortions take place annually - higher than previously thought. Researchers acknowledge rates have improved in many rich countries but warn this masks no change in poorer areas over the past 15 years. Experts...
  • Italian Legislators Enact Civil-Union Law

    05/12/2016 5:50:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Italy's lawmakers has approved a bill that gives legal recognition to civil unions. By an overwhelming vote of 372 to 51, with 99 abstentions, the lower house of the Italian parliament approved the government's plan to establish civil unions. News of the result drew applause on the floor of the legislature and from a crowd waiting outside the building. The law-- which gives same-sex couples the same legal standing as married couples, but does not recognize same-sex marriages-- brings Italy into line with every other country in western Europe, in giving legal recognition to same-sex unions. Civil unions become law...
  • 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...
  • Church vans vandalized in Jackson

    05/11/2016 12:18:34 PM PDT · by Morgana
    wjtv.com ^ | May 11, 2016 | Donesha Aldridge
    JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A Jackson Church is working to bounce back after two of its vans were vandalized overnight. It happened here at Voice of Calvary Ministries in Jackson on Capitol Street. The church doesn’t know who did it, but we are told it’s going to cost hundreds of dollars to repair the vans. Their vans are used for several of their outreach ministries.When they got in Wednesday morning , they found several windows busted out. Someone even ruptured one of the gas tanks on one of those vans and took a battery. We talked to them today about...
  • Cardinal Claims Pope Can't Understand Refugee Crisis Because He is not from Europe

    05/11/2016 5:43:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 5/9/16 | Josef Pazderka and Sean Smith
    Czech Republic senior clergy says Francis' understanding of complex social issues on the continent comes from a different placeThe Archbishop of Prague has claimed that Pope Francis has a different understanding of the migrant crisis to the people of Europe because of his upbringing in South America. "The sensitivity of Pope Francis on social issues is different from ours in Europe," Cardinal Dominik Duka said. "Pope Francis is popular and there are different sources of his popularity. He also comes from Latin America where the gap between rich and poor is much bigger." Duka added that the Pope's recent trip...
  • Report: Pope's Popularity Plummets;Gates,Putin,Now More Admired Than Pontiff

    05/10/2016 11:33:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 10,2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    The immense popularity enjoyed by Pope Francis ever since his election in 2013 has precipitated sharply during the past year, and he no longer ranks among the top ten most admired men in the world, according to a massive new study involving 31,000 interviews.
  • ACLU Attacks US Catholic Hospitals, Saying 'Health Care' is Restricted

    05/10/2016 6:05:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a campaign against Catholic hospitals, charging that the health of patients-- especially women-- may be endangered by the US bishops' health-care directives. Noting that Catholic institutions account for one of every six hospital beds in the US, the ACLU remarks that Catholic institutions are generally forbidden to perform abortions and sterilizations or to euthanize patients: procedures that the ACLU defines as forms of "health care" Thus the ACLU report concludes that "health care" is not always available at US hospitals because of Catholic teachings. "When hospitals prevent doctors from providing care, the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/09/2016 10:47:11 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 6 replies
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