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  • America, Europe to blame for decline in Catholic Church in Nigeria – Bishop Kukah

    10/21/2017 11:19:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    National Accord ^ | October 21, 2017 | Editor
    Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese has accused the United States and Europe of contributing to the diminishing influence of the Catholic Church in Nigeria.The Bishop said the Catholic Church in Nigeria is beginning to lose its public influence partly because of the decline of religious faith in the Western countries, especially Europe and the United States.“The Arab world is pouring money into Nigeria and the Pentecostal pastors in America are doing the same, and the Catholic Church is now becoming the weakest in terms of access to resources,” he said in Liverpool, United Kingdom.Bishop Matthew Kukah accused European...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    10/21/2017 7:51:40 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology

    10/20/2017 8:50:31 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 133 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Oct 20, 2017 | Kari Paul
    When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?” Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center released Wednesday found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt existence of God” fell from 81% in 2007 to...
  • Apple Removes Popular Pro-Life Prayer App After Liberals Complain

    10/20/2017 7:06:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/17/17 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    CUPERTINO, California, October 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Apple banned a pro-life mobile application after abortion supporters complained, even though the app was approved and previously offered on its App Store. Human Coalition (HC) created a mobile app that sends prayer alerts to intercessors and church groups. “Human Coalition’s prayer app is a platform where pro-life advocates can gather together in prayer for abortion-determined women and their children and families,” HC’s public relations director Lauren Enriquez told LifeSiteNews. “Our supporters have found the app helpful in their mission to extend all forms of support, including prayer support, to the women and...
  • Christian Printer Refuses Services to LGBTQ Activist, Says He Doesn't Want to 'Make Pressure Worse'

    10/20/2017 7:00:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/16/17
    A Christian printer in Britain reportedly refused to print business cards for a transgender diversity expert, claiming taking up the order would go against his religious views. Nigel Williams denied his printing services to Joanne Lockwood, a consultant at transgender diversity firm SEE Change Happen, which is aimed at offering advice to businesses on inclusion of LGBTQ staff, The Sunday Times reported. Lockwood tried to get her company’s promotional materials printed at Williams’ firm, but he refused, saying taking up the contract would “make pressure worse” for other Christians. “The new model of diversity is used (or misused) to marginalize...
  • Irish Pro-Life Student Leader Targeted for Impeachment

    10/20/2017 6:55:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/16/17 | Stephen Wynne
    Accused of "undemocratic" behavior by campus abortion activists DUBLIN (ChurchMilitant.com) - In Ireland, abortion activists are trying to unseat a pro-life student leader for heeding the country's abortion laws. Katie Ascough, president of University College Dublin Students' Union (UCDSU), is fighting to retain her office because she refused to illegally distribute abortion information in a student guide. During her campaign for president, Ascough's pro-life advocacy became an issue of concern for some among the broadly pro-abortion University College Dublin (UCD) student population. She responded with a pledge to refrain from imposing her views on the union if elected and in...
  • The Forgotten Christians of Nigeria -- Faithful While Enduring Incredible Persecution

    10/20/2017 6:52:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/15/17 | Larry Alex Taunton
    “Don’t go. I swore I would never go back there,” came the voice of my friend Jay Smith on a trans-Atlantic Skype call. “I’ve been in over sixty countries. I’ve been all over Africa. I lived there, and I’ve never felt unsafe the way I did in that country. There is something especially terrifying about that place.” “Good to know,” I replied. “Alan said that he goes there all the time. He said he even takes his children.” Alan was a British politician who had recently attended one of my lectures in London. To hear him tell it, Nigeria was...
  • Proverb of the Day, Proverb 20

    10/20/2017 7:28:32 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • America Prayer Vigil [Prayer] 20 October 2017

    10/20/2017 4:49:58 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 27 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 10/20/2017 | FR Prayer team
    America Prayer Vigil. Please join us in prayer this beautiful day.
  • Islam, Hollywood and Choice

    10/20/2017 3:33:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Crisis ^ | 10/20/17 | Derya Little
    Once in a while there is an article that defends the practice of Muslim women covering her hair. If they really want to be insulting, there is a picture of a nun in a habit right next to a beautiful woman in hijab. “What is the difference?” they ask. “It is the choice,” I answer. One would think the movement that donned the adjective “pro-choice” would appreciate the nuance. Despite the endless word games, an honest look at today’s world will reveal that women have true choice in one place only: the Church, where Christ reigns.I have been watching the...
  • Court: Flipping a Bird at Pastor Doesn’t Put You Behind Bars

    10/19/2017 5:45:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/2/17 | Bill Rankin
    The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reversed a disorderly conduct conviction against a man who flipped a bird at his pastor, saying the man’s behavior was protected speech under the First Amendment. The incident occurred at the 12Stone Church in Flowery Branch when David Justin Freeman attended services in August 2014. As the service came to a close, Pastor Jason Berry asked that any teachers who were present to stand and be recognized so the congregation could pray for them to have a successful year. Freeman, who home-schools, stood up, raised his middle finger in the air and stared angrily...
  • Christian Group Intervenes to 'Protect' Europe from Sharia Law

    10/19/2017 5:23:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Premier.org ^ | 10/14/17 | Tola Mbakwe
    Legal group Christian Concern has intervened in a case concerning the application of sharia law in Europe.The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights is set to rule on an inheritance case concerning the application of sharia law to a dispute between Greek citizens who are Muslims. The ruling will determine whether sharia law can have supremacy over a member state's domestic law. The court granted Christian Concern permission to intervene in the case of Molla Sali v. Greece. According to Christian Concern, Ms Molla Sali inherited the entire estate of her husband when he died under the...
  • Cath Cauc: Polish bishops follow JP II in refusing Communion to remarried

    10/19/2017 3:24:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | October 19, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    Polish bishops follow John Paul II in refusing Communion to remarried in new guidelines Pete Baklinski LUBLIN, Poland, October 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Conference of Polish Bishops has released guidelines for implementing Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia that adhere to perennial Catholic teaching of refusing Holy Communion to remarried Catholics living in adultery.  The guidelines, prepared for the bishops’ General Assembly that met last week in Lublin, make it clear that Pope Francis’ teaching on ‘accompaniment’ must be interpreted according to previous Catholic teaching. The guidelines have not yet been publicly released, but Italian newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    10/19/2017 9:26:10 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Be Wise In Who You Marry, Or You Could End Up With Family A That Makes Working Long Hours The Joy Of Your Day This Proverb is Specific To Wives & Son's, But It Goes For Both Men & Women Proverb 19:13 Two horrible things can happen to a man. He can marry an odious woman, or he can have foolish children. Both are disasters and make marriage and children very sober matters. The persons and relationships that should be for help and pleasure become like enemies. It is wisdom to carefully consider these potential threats and avoid them...
  • Cath Cauc: Promotion of Homosexuality: The Defining Image of a Corrosive Pontificate

    10/19/2017 8:45:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 19, 2017 | New Catholic
    Promotion of Homosexuality: The Defining Image of a Corrosive Pontificate The image above is taken from page 24 of the official Parish Guide created by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference in preparation for the "World Meeting of Families", which will take place in Dublin on August 21-26, 2018. The whole preparation program is based on the Francis exhortation "Amoris Laetitia", and is named "Amoris". The corrosive nature of this wicked pontificate is destroying all things that are true, loving, and beautiful in its path. The smoke of Satan first mentioned by Paul VI has blackened the whole interior of a...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, 19, October 2017 [prayer]

    10/19/2017 4:29:30 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 32 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | October 19, 2017 | FR prayer 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.
  • Bishop Showcases Russian Fighting Moves - and Explains When It's OK to Use Them (Video)

    10/18/2017 5:45:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Russian Faith ^ | 10/17/17 | Michael Tare
    Bishop Mark talks about Russia's unique fighting style 'Systema' and illustrates some pretty cool moves. Before anyone gets too scandalized that a spiritual leader is advocating violence, the bishop illustrates only defense moves. He also emphasizes, many times, that force can only be used for self-defense and protecting those who are weak and in trouble. Systema (Система, literally meaning The System) is a Russian martial art intended primarily for combat and self-defense. Training includes hand-to-hand combat, grappling, knife fighting, and firearms training. Systema dates back to the 10th century, and its ideology is deeply rooted in Russian Christianity. Bishop Mark...
  • ‘Christians are Nazis’: Church Sprayed with Graffiti Telling People to ‘Bash Bigots’...

    10/18/2017 5:38:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Anglican Mainstream ^ | 10/15/17 | Stephan Johnson
    A church has been tagged with vile ‘bash bigots’ graffiti – even though it isn’t telling parishioners how to vote on gay marriage. Drew Mellor, the head pastor of Glen Waverley Anglican Church in Melbourne‘s south-east, discovered the spray can attack early on Sunday morning. He was particularly upset with a tags which had threats of violence via the phrases, ‘Vote Yes, bash bigots’ and ‘crucify No voters’. ‘That’s very unsettling for some of our older members of our church this morning,’ Dr Mellor told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday. ‘Some asked, ‘Does that mean we’re going to be bashed?’....
  • [Catholic Caucus] New “Our Father” Book by Pope Likely To Contain Surprises

    10/18/2017 9:49:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | October 17, 2017 | Andrew Parrish
    Over the weekend, the Spanish Catholic website Religión Digital announced that the Pope has been working on a book about the Our Father. Scheduled for release in Italy on November 23rd, the work has been co-authored with the chaplain of a Paduan prison, Marco Pozza. Pozza is a well-known media figure in Italy who hosts religious television programs on the national network TV2000. If history is any guide, this new book is likely to contain some surprising statements from the Holy Father. “Our Father” is, according to Religión Digital, a joint meditation between Francis and Pozza on the Gospel prayer of...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    10/18/2017 8:59:48 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, / but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Given the fact that we normally think of blood being thicker than water, this proverb is rather jarring: there are ways that a friend can be more faithful than a brother. The ESV translates the first line of the proverb this way: “A man of many companions may come to ruin.” In any translation the emphasis is on the plurality of friends. A person with many friends may still run into problems. A large number of friends does...