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  • Brazil Catholics Drawn to Worship Despite Downsized Services

    10/21/2020 7:16:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AP ^ | 10/12/20 | Tatiana Polastri and Mauricio Savarese
    APARECIDA, Brazil (AP) — Inside, there was nothing massive about the Mass: Just 1,000 people were spaced carefully across the pews of a vast basilica that normally holds 35,000 as the Roman Catholic Church tried to protect parishioners from the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet such caution wasn’t apparent outside the doors. Thousands of people found themselves unable to stay away from Aparecida on one of the most important weekends of the Brazilian church’s calendar, the celebration of the country’s patron saint. A similar scene played out far to the north in Belem, near the mouth of the Amazon River, where even...
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee Abortion Waiting Period

    10/21/2020 7:02:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    CNA Staff, Oct 16, 2020 / 12:31 am MT (CNA).- A federal judge on Wednesday ruled unconstitutional a mandatory 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion in Tennessee, which had been in effect since 2015. In the legal challenge brought by Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights, Judge Bernard Friedman wrote that most women are already certain about their decision to have an abortion when they go in for their first appointment. The judge cited testimony from abortion providers that abortion does not increase risk of negative psychological outcomes. He said the regulation placed an “undue burden”...

    10/21/2020 11:46:30 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 19 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/21/20
    Our earthly duties as Christ's ETERNAL ambassadors for time (2 Cor. 5:17-21) and the ETERNAL Gospel are to be our first and chief call and duty; and all other interests in this vapor called "life" and "time" an ETERNAL second (1 Cor. 2:1, Gal. 2:20, Col. 3:1-4). As blood brought redeemed believers in Jesus Christ living in America; we are called and have a Divine obligation to be salt and light for our Lord Jesus and His soon-coming Kingdom (Matt. 5:13-16, 6:33)! This subject is well spoken of in this video by Shane Idlemen which I wanted to share with...
  • The Spirit of Antichrist in 2020

    10/21/2020 10:46:43 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 15 replies
    rev310 ^ | 10/20/20 | Randy Nettles & Pete Garcia
    Well, it is not often that I would openly agree with the Chinese Zodiac, but 2020 certainly has been the Year of the Rat. There are certain years that have stood out in human history as being the worst years on record. Certainly, the year of Noah’s Flood (1656 Anno Mundi) should take the record as THE worst year. However, if you were a Creation-denying, godless heathen, you would probably relegate that honor to the year 536AD. In recent history, we have the years 1918 (Spanish Flu outbreak), 1929 (Great Depression), and 2001 (9/11) as coming in the top ten...
  • United Methodist evangelicals, the traditionalists, are growing amid UMC denominational decline

    10/21/2020 8:41:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/21/2020 | Kyle Huckins
    At the United Methodist Church, money’s tight, factions are readying exits, and social justice takes priority in witness. However, the denomination’s “traditionalists” — so named for their support for the accuracy and authority of the Bible, especially regarding LGBT marriage and clergy — are growing in number and telling others how Jesus saves. The Wesleyan Covenant Association, the largest of the groups forming out of the UMC, champions evangelical beliefs and values. WCA President Keith Boyette tells The Christian Post more than 3,000 churches have affiliated with the association, and the number is steadily climbing, though the next General Conference...
  • Christian voting myth No. 3: 'I don’t like either candidate, so what’s the point?'

    10/21/2020 8:37:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/21/2020 | Joseph Backholm
    This is part 3 of a 4-part series debunking four common myths Christians use to not vote. Read myth #1: “One Vote Doesn’t Make a Difference” and myth #2: “God Is in Charge Anyway So It Doesn’t Matter if I Vote” This article tackles the myth: 'I don’t like either candidate, so what’s the point?' In an ideal world, you would always have the option to vote for really great people that you agree with in every respect. In the real world, however, your ballot may give you choices that make you feel less like you’re choosing someone to represent...
  • Father Meeks: Why Catholics MUST NOT and CAN NOT vote for Joe Biden and the Democrat party

    10/20/2020 11:29:59 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 17 replies
    Father Meeks ^ | October 17, 2020 | Father Ed Meeks
    Okay, then the five things that every Catholic needs to know about Catholic Joe Biden. Number one Joe Biden is unabashedly pro-abortion. This fact is clear from his long voting record his public pronouncements his allegiance to and support of groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL and from his party’s platform not only in this election year, but in their platform going back decades. He and they support abortion for any reason or for no reason right up to an even beyond the moment of birth. He and they opposed the effort in Congress to pass legislation requiring doctors...
  • Netanyahu to Christians: You're Champions of Truth. Sooner or Later, Everyone will see it

    10/20/2020 6:29:04 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 9 replies
    israel365 news ^ | 10/19/20 | David Sidman
    At the fourth annual Christian Media Summit on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Christian support for Israel saying: “Your friendship and support is greatly appreciated – enormously appreciated.” The premier also discussed his newly negotiated Peace Deal between Israel and the UAE as well as Bahrain explaining that the Trump brokered normalization deal will “bring us the blessings of peace.” He added that he signed the accords “as a proud son of the Jewish people.” “If anyone has been there, all along through thick and thin, it’s you” Netanyahu stated. “You have understood the historical imperative, this great...
  • Churches Could Soon Face Prosecution Over LGBT Treatment, Says Steve Chalke [UK]

    10/20/2020 6:03:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 10/19/20 | Staff
    Former evangelical Steve Chalke has claimed that churches could soon face prosecution over their treatment of LGBT people. He tweeted over the weekend: "When I began to welcome LGBT people into my church, the Evangelicals threw the charity I founded out of their alliance. "But I believe what amounts to the abuse of LGBT people by churches is likely to soon see a crop of high-profile prosecutions." His tweet was in reference to the Evangelical Alliance, which in 2014 discontinued membership of the Oasis Trust, the charity founded by Chalke, after he came out in support of same-sex relationships. Since...
  • Archbishop Leads Rosary, Exorcism to Bring Peace to Portland

    10/20/2020 5:58:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/19/20 | Ed Langlois
    PORTLAND, Oregon — Dakota Hulsey was diligently setting up tables in a downtown Portland restaurant Oct. 17. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw 225 people walking in procession behind the Eucharist on busy Northwest Everett Street. Hulsey paused for a moment, went to the window and gazed with folded hands, purple surgical gloves and all. “I’m not Catholic,” he said. “I just recently found God.” What Hulsey had witnessed was a morning procession from St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to a city park where Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample offered a rosary for peace and...
  • Rioters Torch, Destroy Centuries-Old Churches in Chile

    10/20/2020 5:53:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/20/20 | Mary Werbaneth
    SANTIAGO, Chile, October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Two Catholic churches were destroyed in Chile’s capital city Sunday in the wake of riots marking the one-year anniversary of anti-government protests that called for a new constitution. “Television images from Santiago on Sunday showed masked protesters filming with their smartphones and cheering as the spire of the burning La Asunción church crashed to the ground,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “Demonstrators also set fire to San Francisco Borja church, which dates from the mid-19th century.” The Church of St. Francis Borgia is regularly used for law enforcement ceremonies. The Church of the...
  • Divided 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Panel Rules Against Texas Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

    10/20/2020 5:44:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    National Right to Life News ^ | 10/14/20 | Dave Andrusko
    State has 14 days to ask full 5th Circuit to hear caseTexas Right to Life responded yesterday to the 2-1 decision: The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled against the Texas Dismemberment Abortion Ban, upholding the district court ruling that blocked enforcement of the Pro-Life law. After a three-year wait, the decision by the three-judge panel is disappointing and demonstrates the need for judges who follow the strictest interpretation of the Constitution. However, Texas must continue the legal battle to force a federal circuit court split, pressuring the Supreme Court of the United States to evaluate...
  • List of cardinals, bishops, priests who are warning Catholics about pro-abortion Biden-Harris ticket: 'But if abortion is intrinsically can Catholics vote for a candidate like Biden?'

    10/20/2020 7:48:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10/20/2020 | Charles Robertson
    October 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – More than a dozen Catholic cardinals, bishops, and priests have spoken out strongly against the pro-abortion presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, not only because of their assault against the preborn but also because of their positions on marriage and religious liberty. Although Catholic prelates cannot officially endorse a candidate for the upcoming election, they are able to form the consciences of the faithful by highlighting the most important issues and moral principles to consider while casting their vote. Sometimes they also point out how certain policies or party platforms relate to...
  • How should Christians vote?

    10/20/2020 7:15:28 AM PDT · by Teleios Research · 18 replies
    Teleios ^ | Teleios
    In just two weeks Americans will go to the polls. For whom should Christians vote? This election is vitally important to you and future generations. There is a side that is openly supportive to Christians and the church. However, there is also a strong political movement that blatantly hates God and Christians. They ridicule Christians as racist, backward unscientific, judgmental and unsophisticated. They tell us that we need to change and update our doctrine to conform to their views about homosexuality, Islam, abortion and tax-payer funding for contraception. They approve of abortion even till after birth. They desire to use...
  • American Jewry's Fateful Hour

    10/20/2020 4:08:32 AM PDT · by Stepan12 · 5 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | October 20, 2020 | Caroline Glick
    Almost all the polls say that US President Donald Trump is heading towards defeat at the hands of his Democrat challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden next month. But Robert Cahaly, who heads the Trafalgar Group polling firm, disagrees. Cahaly was the only major pollster that accurately called the 2016 presidential race. In an interview with The Political Trade podcast last week, Cahaly said his data show Trump headed for another upset victory Nov. 3.Cahaly said that today, as in 2016, the disparity between his numbers and the marquis polling firms' numbers owes to the latter's systematic neglect of what...
  • Suspect filmed trying to rip huge cross off Chadwell Heath church tackled by vicar

    10/19/2020 6:45:28 PM PDT · by xomething · 8 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 10/19/2020 | Barney Davis
    Reverend John claimed to have caught the vandal and held him until police arrived A suspect who tried to tear a huge cross off the roof of a church in east London was tackled by the reverend before police arrived at the scene. Footage on social media appears to show the man ripping at the large wooden crucifix after scaling the roof of Chadwell Heath Baptist Church in east London. He is seen hanging his parka jacket on the cross as he repeatedly attempts to pull the cross from its base. Reverend John, who had just held his regular Sunday...
  • Chris Cuomo: Get In The Closet, Serious Christians, Your Kind Aren’t Welcome In Public Life

    10/19/2020 6:27:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/19/20 | Carina Benton
    The left believes Christians should be free to worship whatever sky-fairies they want, providing it’s a part-time commitment behind closed doors.While interviewing Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, last week, CNN’s Chris Cuomo expressed concern that Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s faith appears “more central to her value system and her behavior and thoughts than it would be for just an ordinary Catholic.” Cuomo went on to suggest in an interview with former 2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg that people’s faith “doesn’t matter,” but their policy positions affected by it do. What on earth does this mean? “It doesn’t matter if you have...
  • "Come out of her, My people..." (Bible thumpers caucus)

    10/19/2020 1:33:20 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 27 replies
    Faith Presses On ^ | 10/19/2020 | FPO
    "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities..." The laws of the United States are now positively anti-Bible. The U.S. joins the other "advanced" wealthy nations in being anti-Biblical and anti-Christian. Even with the slowing effects in some ways of the Trump presidency, the nation's laws still, in so many ways, require Christians to compromise on if not simply abandon God's Word, or else face...
  • Queering Calvin University

    10/19/2020 11:12:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 26 replies
    TAC ^ | 10-18-2020 | Rod Dreher
    A sign of changing times from Claire Murashima, writing in the student newspaper of Calvin University (formerly Calvin College) in Grand Rapids, Michigan: "In the 102 years that Student Senate has existed, we’ve never had an openly gay student body president. It’s beyond time that the LGBTQ community is represented in the highest student leadership position at Calvin. I’m proud to be the first. A few years ago, I never thought that I would be coming out to the world through my school newspaper at my Christian university. I wanted to be known as the girl who started Dance Marathon...
  • Why progressive Christianity is 'another Gospel'

    10/19/2020 9:37:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/19/2020 | John Stonestreet
    According to recent survey, nearly a third of self-described evangelicals do not believe that Jesus Christ is truly God. Arianism, as it turns out, is a heresy that plagues multiple generations of the Church, not just the one of the fourth century.Well, over and over the Church has, in various times and ways, ruled that some beliefs are not acceptable alternatives within Christianity. Adherents are, in fact, outsiders to the faith. For example, nearly 100 years ago, in a book entitled Christianity and Liberalism, Presbyterian scholar J. Gresham Machen argued, in an extensive scholarly treatment, that liberal Christianity was not...