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  • In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

    10/17/2019 5:35:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    An update on America's changing religious landscapeThe religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. Both Protestantism and Catholicism are experiencing losses of population share. Currently, 43% of U.S. adults identify...
  • Auxiliary of Baghdad: We Fear the Return of ISIS

    10/17/2019 5:31:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 10/16/19
    Bishop Yaldo confirms the "strong fear" of "a return of the Islamic State". The intervention of the international community "fundamental" to exercise "pressure on Turkey". Erdogan rejects the US request for a ceasefire. From the Chaldean patriarch the appeal for a week of prayer for peace in Iraq and Syria.Baghdad (AsiaNews) - The populations, Christian and otherwise, from northern Iraq "are afraid of a return of the Islamic State (IS, formerly Isis)", which could exploit the Turkish offensive against the Kurds and the consequences of chaos , to close ranks and reconstitute. In an exclusive interview with AsiaNews Mgr. Basil...
  • Catholic Synod appears to be moving toward ordination for married men in Amazon Region

    10/17/2019 10:45:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 10/17/2019 | Thomas Reese
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The synod of bishops meeting in Rome appears to be moving toward recommending the ordination of married men in the Amazon region.While no one can predict what the bishops will do, one Brazilian bishop recently estimated that two-thirds of the bishops at the synod will support ordaining “viri probati” — a church phrase meaning “married men of proven virtue.”Another participant told Religion News Service that only a couple of the 185 bishops spoke against the idea during the first week of the synod.The three-week synod, which began Oct. 6, is composed mostly of bishops from the Amazon...
  • Atheism is declining worldwide, says report; what should Christians do?

    10/17/2019 9:15:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/17/2019 | Hayden Royster
    A few months ago, the good folks at the ​Center for the Study of Global Christianity released the 2019 ​edition​ of their “Status of Global Christianity” report. There’s a lot of fascinating info in there. Some of the more significant stats are detailed in the LifeWay ​article​, 7 SURPRISING TRENDS IN GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY IN 2019, like the fact that Christianity is growing faster than the population is, or that the percentage of unevangelized individuals in the world has shrunk, from 54.3% in 1900 to 28.4% today.Perhaps most fascinating, though, is the projected decrease in atheism worldwide. According to the report,...
  • Bannon Fights Eviction From Italian ‘Gladiator School’

    10/16/2019 7:06:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/16/19 | Martina Moyski
    A fundamentally political move against the conservative populistVIA TRISULTI, Italy (ChurchMilitant.com) - Italy's ministry for culture is claiming it has evicted Steve Bannon's "Gladiator School" from a 13th-century Italian monastery, 38 miles south of Rome. "As the DHI indicated when the Ministry for Culture first announced this politically motivated manoeuvre back in May, we will fight our case in court with every resource at our disposal," said Benjamin Harnwell, director of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, in comments to Church Militant. "We look forward to demonstrating that the objections against the DHI promoted by the Left over the last two years...
  • Nigerian Bishop Says ‘Border Wall’ Would be Good for Nigeria

    10/16/2019 6:54:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/16/19 | Staff
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - For decades Nigerian migrants have left their country - both legally and illegally - hoping to escape poverty, conflict, and corruption. Those traveling without proper documents faced several risks, including hunger and thirst, robbery, and the dangers of sea crossings into Europe. If caught, Nigerian migrants can be detained and eventually deported from their destination or transit countries. The Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, told Crux that migration is “the ultimate manifestation of our state of despair.” The bishop said the story of Africa is the story of a very irresponsible elite that has shown no...
  • Miraculous 17th-Century Icon of Christ, Lost 90 Years Ago, ..Returns to St. Basil’s on Red Square

    10/15/2019 6:07:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/15/19
    A miraculous 17th-century icon of Christ has finally returned home after being lost during communist times. The revered “Savior of Moskvoretesky” (Pantocrator) Icon was believed lost after 1927, but returned to the Holy Protection Cathedral on Red Square, commonly known as St. Basil’s, yesterday, reports TASS. Lost more than 90 years ago, the miraculous icon was discovered in an antique market and bought by collector Stanislav Nikolaev last year, and was restored over the summer. “The icon has found its place, I hope for many years, and perhaps, forever. The icon came to me, as I said, quite by accident,...
  • How Chinese Christians Worship in the Face of Persecution

    10/15/2019 6:01:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 10/15/19 | Wang Yichi
    Even pigsties, sheep pens, and cemeteries can become meeting venues for believers – as long as it allows them to avoid questioning and inspections by the state.The Chinese authorities spare no effort in persecuting people for their religious beliefs by vigorously cracking down on “unofficial” and state-approved churches alike. Many meeting venues have been shut down, forcibly demolished, or taken over for government use. To continue their gatherings and avoid being found out, believers have to be creative and think of every possible method to practice their faith. For them, harsh environments and long distances aren’t real issues – as...
  • Review: The Next Mormons: How Millennials are Changing the LDS Church

    10/15/2019 12:31:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Mormonism Research Ministries ^ | 10/15/2019 | Eric Johnson
    Jana Riess, 49, is a popular LDS blogger who has degrees from revered school such as Princeton Theological Seminary and Columbia University, where she earned her Ph.D. in religion. She is a senior columnist for Religion News Service. MRM’s Viewpoint on Mormonism has produced shows on more than a half dozen of her articles, as she has an interesting perspective, even when we disagree.Her newest book is titled The Next Mormons: How Millennials are Changing the LDS Church. It is a scholarly research book published by Oxford University Press in March 2019. While this book is not as “layperson” oriented...
  • The American Political Party of LUCIFER, Alinsky and the Frankfurt School

    10/14/2019 7:47:31 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 11 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/14/19
    Dear friends, the more I study and watch the rapid rise of the American Left here in America in the last 20 years, it is clearer to me more than EVER that they are indeed the political party of Saul Alinsky's Master! These are sold out FULLY to demonic lawlessness and are at war with their RIGHTEOUS ETERNAL Creator from top to bottom (Rom. 1:18-32)! No wonder Satan has such a hold on this nation today! He has more EXPONENTIAL power than ever via, the EXPONENTIAL technological advances of our day and his demonic minions in all facets of media...
  • Making the World a Better Place – Or Else

    10/14/2019 7:44:37 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 2 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | October 14, 2019 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    If you lurk around social media, particularly in conservative conversations, you will have undoubtedly seen something about recent statements on the part of a minor Democratic candidate for the Presidential nomination. I have no interest in the politics of the matter. However, the exchange goes to the heart of the modern impulse and serves as an excellent example of modernity’s dangers. The exchange: Don Lemon: Do you think religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities, should they lose their tax exempt status if they oppose same sex marriage? O’Rourke: Yes. There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for...
  • Gaining my religion: Kanye, Dylan and the pop stars who find God

    10/13/2019 5:40:44 AM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Keep the Faith ^ | October 13, 2019 | Dorian Lynskey
    Gaining my religion: Kanye, Dylan and the pop stars who find God Religion has always been a popular option for celebrities in urgent need of a fresh start because God, unlike Twitter, has a reputation for forgiveness. Kanye West launched his weekly Sunday Service in January after a whirlwind few months during which he swooned over Donald Trump, suggested that slavery was a choice and released the first forgettable album of his career. West has had an inconsistent relationship with his faith. His 2004 single Jesus Walks earned him multiple nominations for Stellar awards (the gospel Grammys) but I Am...
  • Catholic-Muslim Interfaith Council created by Pope Francis Announces new Chrislam HQ Opening in 2022

    10/12/2019 4:55:27 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 25 replies
    nteb ^ | 9/22/19 | Geoffrey Grider
    As far as advancing the end times timeline goes, 2019 has been a banner year for Pope Francis and the coming One World Religion. We told you back in February that the pope has travelled to Abu Dhabi where he met with Sunni Muslim leader Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb. There the two men signed a global peace covenant called the Document On Human Fraternity For World Peace. From that covenant, the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity was created to implement this end times religious peace treaty. Now that committee has announced that there will be a fancy new headquarters for this...
  • Amazon Synod: Threat to Brazil’s Sovereignty and a Return to Primitivism

    10/12/2019 12:24:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | October 9, 2019 | Jules Gomes
    Amazon Synod: Threat to Brazil’s Sovereignty and a Return to Primitivism Brazil's Imperial Prince denounces Amazonia hysteria as 'the biggest press conspiracy ever against our country' Brazilian royalty, political authorities and tribal leaders have condemned the "politically biased" Amazon Synod as "not proportional to reality or objective facts" and an "indoctrination" pushing for tribal people "to remain in their primitive state." His Imperial Highness Prince Dom Bertrand of Orleans and Braganza "This is the biggest press conspiracy ever made against our country, this is a machine of lies," His Imperial Highness Prince Dom Bertrand of Orleans and Braganza said in a video statement posted on his...
  • Pro-Abortion Candidate Elizabeth Warren Sings "Jesus Loves the Little Children" At Event

    10/11/2019 11:17:11 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 49 replies
    Pulpit & Pen ^ | 10/11/2019 | News Division
    The front-running Democratic Presidential candidate who is pro-abortion up until the first breath sang a rendition of "Jesus Loves the Little Children" at CNN's LGBTQ Town Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday. Elizabeth Warren sang the song in defense of gay marriage. She did not apply the song or its lyrics to unborn children who are slaughtered relentlessly by Democrat-protected abortuaries and whose blood money fuels her campaign. The church I grew up in, the first song I remember singing, "Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus Loves the little children of the world."...
  • Syrian Christians Face New Threat from Turkey, Human Rights Group Warns

    10/11/2019 6:42:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Damascus, Syria, Oct 8, 2019 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Endangered Christian populations in the Middle East face renewed risks as the United States removes troops from Syria, a leading human rights group has warned. On Oct. 6, the White House announced that Turkish forces would move in to northern Syria and that the United States would not have any military forces in the region. The announcement has caused widespread concern among Kurds in northern Syria and Iraq. An ally of the United States, the Kurdish population includes many Yazidis and a handful of Christians. They have assisted the United States...
  • Archbishop at Amazon synod: Admit sins against nature during confession

    10/11/2019 6:19:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Crux ^ | October 11, 2019 | Inés San Martín
    Archbishop at Amazon synod: Admit sins against nature during confession Pope Francis and participants pray at the start of the afternoon session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican Oct. 8, 2019. (Credit: CNS photo/Paul Haring.) ROME - Catholics should admit their crimes against nature in confession, according to one prelate at the Vatican’s ongoing summit for the Amazon region.“The ecological situation today is a motive for division, but people cannot but take into consideration the importance the environment has for us,” said Archbishop Pedro Brito Guimarăes, of Palmas, Brazil, on Friday. “Ecological sins. It’s a new...
  • Are You Truly Beautiful?

    10/11/2019 3:58:50 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 14 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/11/19
    What exactly is "true beauty", one might ask? Well, in a day in which narcissism and pride reign from sea to shining sea, it is pretty sure that very few know what TRUE BEAUTY is and how one may obtain it. In an EXPONENTIAL technological age where one seeks to express their genetic "beauty" globally via the mediums of the day, is it safe to say that the thinking and mindset of the hour is on the temporal and not the ETERNAL America today is so self-absorbed with the genetic beauty of the flesh (Prov. 31:30, 1 Peter 1:24)! It...
  • Vatican cardinal surprised when asked ... about Amazonian infanticide

    10/09/2019 3:40:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 8, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean and Martin M. Baril
    Vatican cardinal surprised when asked at synod press conference about Amazonian infanticide VATICAN CITY, October 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― A Peruvian cardinal reacted forcefully when a journalist raised the question of infanticide among aboriginal peoples in the Amazon region.  Cardinal Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, S.J., Archbishop of Huancayo, said that the journalist’s claim that around 20 communities of Amazonian indigenous people still put babies to death surprised him.  “I have [just] heard that at this moment that there are Amazonian peoples practicing infanticide,” Barreto said.  “This cannot be affirmed so easily because it indicates a situation of savagery. I...
  • Who is the Master’s Seminary grad preaching at Kanye West's Sunday Services?

    10/09/2019 2:58:00 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Oct 2019 | Jeannie Law
    The “Jesus Walks” performer has now invited Pastor Tyson to share sermonettes at his events...He was first seen at a Sunday Service during West’s sold-out show in Detroit last week. The slim, blonde-haired preacher hit the stage after West’s choir, led by James White, performed a few gospel numbers and reimagined mainstream songs with Christian lyrics. “I’m here to tell you that while our God is the judge over the universe, he’s also a God of mercy and he’s a God of love, and he sent his Son to die on a cross because he loves you,” Tyson told the...