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  • New Polish PM Sees Return to Christian Roots as Only Way to Stop Europe’s Decline

    12/17/2017 7:04:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/14/17 | Natalia Dueholm
    December 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Mateusz Morawiecki, the new Prime Minister of Poland, spoke about re-Christianizing Europe during the first interview after his nomination. His Law and Justice party has been under constant attack by the EU political elites. Last Friday Morawiecki, 49, was appointed Prime Minister by President Andrzej Duda. He replaced Beata Szydło, who had served only half a term. Morawiecki had been Minister of Development, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister in Szydło’s government. He was sworn into office last Monday, and gave his first interview the previous Friday. The topics of the conversation with a...
  • Italy Deals Church Third Big Political Loss, This Time on Right-to-Die

    12/17/2017 6:58:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/15/17 | Claire Giangravč
    ROME - Just days before the 11th anniversary of the death of an Italian man whose battle to be allowed to die stimulated wide debate in the country over euthanasia, the Italian senate on Thursday approved a “living wills” measure strongly backed by right-to-die advocates. For the Catholic Church here, the vote marks a third major political setback in the last two years, coming on the heels of its failures to block adoption of civil unions in 2016, which the Church saw as a step toward gay marriage, and to push through a ius soli law granting immigrant children citizenship...
  • Post-ISIS, the First Catholic Church is Re-Consecrated on Nineveh Plains

    12/17/2017 6:54:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 12/14/17 | Staff
    MARKING the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, 2017, the Christian community of Telleskuf, a Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, gathered for the re-consecration of the first church after the expulsion of ISIS from the region: the Chaldean Catholic church of St. George. For Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, Kurdistan, the festive occasion was a symbol of hope and victory. “It is a message of hope and victory,” he said, adding: “ISIS wanted to eliminate the Christian presence here—but ISIS is gone and the Christians of Telleskuf are back.” St. George’s was severely damaged, ransacked and...
  • First Lady Melania Trump Lets Her Light Shine Despite Her Detractors

    12/17/2017 12:00:17 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 17, 2017 | JP
    A Gallup Poll released this past Friday found that First Lady Melania Trump is viewed favorably by 54 percent of Americans. That amounts to a remarkable 17 percent improvement since January, which the pollster attributes to Mrs. Trump becoming “better known in her role as first lady.” But I think there’s another factor Gallup has completely overlooked – the grace with which the First Lady, a committed Christ follower, has evinced in the face of unrelenting attacks from haters, many of whom are members of the so-called Fourth Estate, who think no attack too vile or too petty. Indeed, at...
  • Pope Francis calls spreading fake news a sin

    12/07/2016 12:58:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2016
    Pope Francis, who in the past has not shied away from offering his opinion on U.S. politics, said in an interview published Wednesday that “spreading disinformation” is probably “the greatest damage that the media can do” and called it sinful. Pope Francis compared the spreading of fake news to the desire to eat excrement.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/17/2017 7:35:11 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 17 (NKJV) The LORD Tests Hearts 01 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, 00 Than a house full of feasting with strife. 02 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, 00 And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 03 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, 00 But the LORD tests the hearts. 04 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; 00 A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 05 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; 00 He who is glad at calamity will not...
  • Traditional Depictions of Mothers to be Banned in Ads Next Year Amid War On ‘Gender Stereotypes’

    12/16/2017 6:09:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/14/17 | Virginia Hale
    Cooking, cleaning mums will be banned in advertisements across the UK from next year, following a study which claimed traditional gender roles are “harmful and outdated”. The decision to tighten regulation was announced by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) this week, after a report published in summer identified gender stereotypes in adverts as a driver of inequality between men and women. “Wherever they appear or are reinforced, gender stereotypes can lead to mental, physical and social harm which can limit the potential of groups and individuals,” the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) alleged in its study. Depictions deemed problematic include...
  • Polish Church Launches English-Language Twitter Account Amid Growing International Scrutiny

    12/16/2017 5:51:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/14/17 | Nick Hallett
    Secular media outlets are taking interest in the country's increasingly conservative, Catholic directionPoland’s bishops’ conference has launched an English-language Twitter account, as international interest in the country and the Catholic Church there continues to grow. “We are observing a lot of internet interest about the Church in Poland from people living abroad, which is why we want to enable them to access the content of our Twitter posts in the English language,” said spokesman Fr Paweł Ryteł-Andrianik. The @ChurchinPoland account will post information about events in the country’s Catholic Church, comments from the bishop’s conference, and tweets concerning significant Church...
  • Americans Say Religious Aspects of Christmas Are Declining in Public Life

    12/16/2017 5:46:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 12/12/17
    Shrinking majority believe biblical account of birth of Jesus depicts actual eventsAs long-simmering debates continue over how American society should commemorate the Christmas holiday, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most U.S. adults believe the religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past – even as relatively few Americans are bothered by this trend. In addition, a declining majority says religious displays such as nativity scenes should be allowed on government property. And compared with five years ago, a growing share of Americans say it does not matter to them how they are greeted...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 16 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/16/2017 6:23:45 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 16 (NKJV) Wisdom Is Better Than Gold 01 The preparations of the heart belong to man, 00 But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 02 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the spirits. 03 Commit your works to the LORD, 00 And your thoughts will be established. 04 The LORD has made all for Himself, 00 Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 05 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; 00 Though they join forces, none will go...
  • Detroit Parish Converted Into Gospel Theatre

    12/15/2017 6:08:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/12/17 | Alexander Slavsky
    Dissident bishop was pastor of parish for yearsDETROIT ( - A historic Detroit parish has become a music hall after a financial collapse and a shrinking congregation. Saint Leo Catholic Church, established in 1908, reopened in October as the Detroit Gospel Theatre; before then, the parish had been overseen by controversial, pro-gay Bp. Thomas Gumbleton for 23 years. The archdiocese of Detroit sold the church to gospel artists this year after the congregation dwindled to only 150. The re-opening kicked off October 14 with a Grand Opening Gospel Celebration. Saint Leo opened in 1889 during Detroit's manufacturing and shipping boom...
  • British Government Refuses to Say Whether Proclaiming Divinity of Christ is a Hate Crime

    12/15/2017 5:55:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/14/17 | Staff Reporter
    Lord Pearson says the government refused to answer when he asked whether stating religious belief could be 'hate'The British government has refused to say whether telling people about the Christian faith could be a hate crime. Lord Pearson of Rannoch, a UKIP peer, says when he raised a question on the issue on the House of Lords, the government failed to state clearly whether Christians cannot be prosecuted just for stating their beliefs. “I said to the government ‘Will they confirm unequivocally that a Christian who says that Jesus is the only son of the one true God cannot be...
  • Group Opposes Senator’s Bell-Ringing for Salvation Army

    12/15/2017 5:51:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Connecticut Post ^ | 12/8/17 | Neil Vigdor
    Deep in the heart of Trump country, the Salvation Army’s ubiquitous red kettle is turning into a cauldron of controversy for Sen. George Logan. An Ansonia Republican, Logan’s volunteer work as a bell-ringer outside a Walmart in Naugatuck for the Salvation Army, which is a Christian charity, has drawn opposition from a secularist group. The Freedom From Religion Foundation called on Logan to keep up the separation between church and state. The group wrote to him Tuesday to voice its objections to him ringing the bell outside the big box store twice this week, including an appearance scheduled for Saturday...
  • 40 Facts About It's A Wonderful Life

    12/15/2017 10:00:51 AM PST · by ealgeone · 39 replies ^ | 12/7/2017 | John Birmingham
    For fans of the iconic movie you will enjoy the slideshow.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 15 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/15/2017 7:30:48 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 15 (NKJV) A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath 01 A soft answer turns away wrath, 00 But a harsh word stirs up anger. 02 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, 00 But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 03 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, 00 Keeping watch on the evil and the good. 04 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, 00 But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. 05 A fool despises his father's instruction, 00 But he who receives correction is prudent. 06 In the house of the...
  • If Americans Hate Donald Trump and Judge Moore, What Then?

    12/15/2017 5:59:21 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 30 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/15/17
    It should be clear to any observant Born Again believer that someone bigger and more powerful is behind the scenes here in America (Eph. 2:1-2). Now, this Alabama state race was nothing more than a continuation of demonic Trump hatred and godlessness at war with Judeo/Christian values. The heart of this race - if you remove the curtain - reveals the battle of demonic lawlessness against Judeo/ Christian values and God ordained moral absolutes; in which Tuesday, lawlessness triumphed! More and more Americans today are embracing and siding with moral relativism, spiritual relativism, lawlessness and godlessness and when such evil...
  • Turkish Nationalists Lead Muslim Prayers in Hagia Sophia in response to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

    12/14/2017 6:18:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/13/17
    A group of people from the ultranationalist youth organization Alperen Hearths recited the Muslim call to prayer and performed Mulsim prayers inside Constantinople’s Hagia Sophia on Monday, in response to President Donald Trump’s recently-announced decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. The group is linked to the right-wing nationalist Great Union Party. Their act comes a few days after Justice and Development Party deputy Şamil Tayyar called for Hagia Sophia to be reconverted into a mosque, in retaliation for Trump’s decision. “If you say so, let Hagia Sophia be opened to prayers. We...
  • School Inspectors Want New Powers to Tackle Faith Schools that ‘Clash with British Values’

    12/14/2017 6:13:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/13/17 | Staff Reporter
    Ofsted also said it is a problem that there is no requirement to register home-schooled childrenBritain’s school inspection body is demanding new powers to tackle conservative faith schools that spread beliefs that “clash with British values”. Ofsted claims in its annual report that an increasing number of religious schools teach a curriculum that undermines tolerance and respect, and says that its work is being hampered as there is no legal requirement to register children as home-schooled. Amanda Spielman, the group’s head, said spreading “shared values” would be one of Ofsted’s main priorities for the coming year. “Current legislation is inadequate...
  • New Film Shines a Spotlight on the Crisis in the Vatican

    12/14/2017 6:09:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 12/13/17 | Paul Stark
    Editor’s note: the following is from Paul Stark, Director of the forthcoming film, The Vatican Deception. There’s a new feature documentary film coming to theaters on January 18, 2018 called The Vatican Deception. It’s a powerful investigation into the past century through the lens of the Fatima prophecies, and it offers insights into the current crisis in the Vatican, how the crisis is linked to key global events, and why there’s a battle in the Vatican to conceal the prophecies. Those who know the story will see many familiar themes compiled in a comprehensive documentary designed to captivate the experts...
  • Why Would Christians Go Christmas Caroling Outside an Abortion Clinic?

    12/14/2017 2:03:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Dec. 14, 2017 | Eric Scheidler Pro-Life Action League
    A young woman sits in the waiting room of American Women’s Medical Center on Chicago’s northwest side, waiting to be called back to the operating room for her procedure. Even now, she’s unsure about the choice she’s made. She knows that abortion is against her religion, but she feels cornered. This is the only way out. Then she hears something that breaks through her anguished thoughts. A group of voices is singing outside the building. She recognizes the familiar words of a Christmas carol: “’round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant, so tender and mild.” Outside, a group of...