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  • In Secular France, Catholic Conservatism Makes A Comeback

    12/08/2016 10:07:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | James McAuley
    In Secular France, Catholic Conservatism Makes A Comeback By James McAuley December 8. CHARTRES, France — For many French voters, François Fillon is more than a leading contender for president in next year’s elections: He is viewed as a crusader in the throes of a holy war. When Fillon handily won both rounds of France’s conservative primaries last month, he campaigned mostly on a genteel conservatism of economic restructuring and strengthened national security. But in a country that firmly defines itself as “secular” in its constitution, Fillon’s unexpected victory represented an astonishing prospect: the political reawakening of Catholic France after...
  • The History of Communion in the Hand

    12/08/2016 3:48:32 AM PST · by JosephJames · 30 replies
    SpiritualFood Blogspot ^ | September 7, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When I paste this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words and embedded links. To read the document with the formatting and embedded links go to the link of the document. It is interesting that when I past in the comments, the embedded links remain.) - - - The first two (printed) pages of the following was a letter to my parishioners of Antria, and a copy to Don Idilio: - - - Antria (Magione – PG), Date: December 2016 Dear brothers and sisters, After spending more...
  • 21 Regrets people confess on their deathbeds

    12/07/2016 5:38:47 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 7, 2016
    We’ve all heard the old saying that “People on their deathbeds don’t say, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at work
'” More often, people’s regrets are truly about “what I have done, and what I have failed to do.” A Spanish priest, Father Nelson, has listed the sort of regrets he has often heard while accompanying the dying, and we reprint it here from our Spanish edition, with permission.These regrets seem all too familiar to us, and the list seems well-worth keeping before our eyes, for the good of our souls, and our hearts and minds, too! We might...
  • Patriarch Kirill, Archbishop of Paris Discuss Erosion of Christian Values in Europe

    12/06/2016 6:23:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/6/16
    Paris, December 5, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, have discussed the problem of erosion of traditional Christian values in modern day Europe. "We saw the face of Catholic France during protests against the law on child adoption by same-sex couples," Patriarch Kirill said at their meeting in the Catholic Archdiocese in Paris on Monday. He expressed solidarity with the Roman Catholic Church on this issue and thanked the archbishop of Paris for the firm stance on the issue of same-sex "marriages". At the cardinal's exhortation, French...
  • A Little Space and Grace for America for the Moment - What Will You Do?

    12/06/2016 6:22:37 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/6/16
    Countless conservative talk show hosts throughout these 50 states are daily trying to sustain their panic stricken masses with optimistic appraisals and fictitious ideas and remedies that can NEVER fix our current decimated fiscal state, let alone our catastrophic social crisis that has EXPONENTIALLY sent our national fiscal national debt to the moon. My dear friends, How do you save a steel sinking ship when it is filled with 95% water? The obvious answer… You do not! You abandon ship and hope that the sinking ship does not suck you into its abyss when it goes down to Davy Jones...
  • Disappointment as Senate Republicans Drop Religious Freedom Amendment

    12/06/2016 5:35:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/5/16 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2016 / 03:46 pm (CNA).- Senate Republicans agreed to remove a religious liberty amendment from a defense bill earlier this week, after a fierce campaign was waged against it by secular groups. “The leadership of the 115th Congress must double down against, not concede to, ridiculous, fact-free accusations meant to derail legitimate lawmaking,” Kristina Arriaga, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, stated in response to the news that the Russell Amendment was pulled from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Back in 2014, President Obama signed an anti-discrimination executive order that prohibited any...
  • Satan Club for Children Triggers 103,000 Protests

    12/06/2016 5:34:24 PM PST · by RTO1917 · 7 replies
    America Needs Fatima | December 6, 2016 | RTO
    For more information, call America Needs Fatima at 888-317-5571. Parents are deeply concerned about an After School Satan Club that targets children as young as five scheduled to open at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, on Wednesday, December 14. “No one wants this club; we don’t want a group that identifies itself with Satan to have access to our children,” said Jennifer Droubay, a mother whose child goes to the school. Parents and concerned citizens will be gathering for a prayerful and peaceful protest against the Satan Club in front of Point Defiance Elementary School on December 14,...
  • Why France's 'Zombie Catholics' are so powerful

    12/06/2016 3:28:03 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    CWR ^ | December 6, 2016
    Paris, France, Dec 6, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- It happened in Britain. It happened in the U.S.   And now it’s happening in France.   A staunchly right-winged politician whose chances seemed slim when the primaries began is now in line to become the next President of France.   François Fillon, former prime minister of France and a faithful Catholic, has pulled ahead in the Republican party, shocking pundits and political commentators throughout the country and beating out the moderate former Prime Minister Alain JuppĂ© by a wide margin.     His Catholicism is such a strong part of...
  • Is this the first written mention of Jesus? 2,000-year-old tablets in a remote cave are genuine

    12/05/2016 8:11:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/05/2016 | by Libby Plummer
    Is this the first written mention of Jesus? 2,000-year-old lead tablets found in a remote cave ARE genuine, claim researchers The lead pages, bound like a ring binder, were first discovered in 2008 The tablets suggest that Christ was not starting his own religion, but restoring a thousand-year-old tradition from the time of King David They also suggest the God he worshipped was both male and female New testing said to confirm their age, say authors who have been campaigning since 2009 for the tablets to be recognised and protected An ancient set of lead tablets showing the earliest portrait...
  • Catholic Vietnam: Growing Despite Communist Oppression

    12/05/2016 5:25:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/5/16 | CWR Staff
    While the situation for Vietnamese Catholics has improved in recent decades, threats of violence, coercion, and harassment still exist.Late last month, the president of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang, met with Pope Francis for a private audience at the Vatican. Though the meeting was described by the Holy See Press Office as “cordial,” relations between Rome and Vietnam have been bumpy for the last several decades. One of five remaining Communist nations, Vietnam has been ranked as the world’s 20th most oppressive country for Christians by the non-profit Open Doors USA. And yet the nation’s Catholic population—which has been listed at...
  • Muslim Families Sending Children to Catholic Schools [UK]

    12/05/2016 5:01:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/1/16 | Sean Coughlan
    More than 26,000 Muslim pupils are enrolled in Catholic schools in England and Wales. For the first time an annual census of Catholic schools has collected information on the number of pupils from other religions. The biggest group of non-Catholic pupils are from other Christian denominations - but almost a tenth are from Muslim families. The government has plans to encourage more Catholic free schools to open. This analysis shows that, overall, nearly a third of the more than 850,000 pupils within the Catholic school system are not Catholic - a total of almost 290,000. Changing populationsThis can reflect local...
  • Lord Jesus: Please Reveal Truth About The Election Vote & Unveil Criminal Activity

    12/05/2016 10:35:28 AM PST · by Sontagged · 43 replies
    December 5, 2016 | Vanity
    Dear Lord Jesus: Please reveal the truth about the Presidential vote and all other votes cast in the election this year. There is nothing better to do than to cry out to You for justice, Lord. Reveal all chicanery, lies, deceit and fraud at the ballot boxes and in the ranks of either party, Lord God. You know what is in the hearts of all men AND You know the true motives of all men; reveal the truth and the secret agendas now, we beseech You. Not for our righteousness, but for the sake of Yours, show Americans what is...
  • Russian Patriarch consecrates Orthodox cathedral just yards from Eiffel Tower in Paris

    12/05/2016 10:34:50 AM PST · by NRx · 27 replies
    RT ^ | 12-05-2016 | RT
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has consecrated a new cathedral in central Paris, just yards away from the Eiffel Tower, with hundreds of worshippers attending the service he led there on Sunday. Trinity Cathedral was opened as part of a Russian cultural and spiritual center on the banks of the Seine River in the French capital. Around 500 Orthodox believers from the Russian community in Paris, including the offspring of Russia’s former princely houses, packed the church for the event. Renowned French singer, Mireille Mathieu, and Russian super-model, Natalia Vodianova, were also attending. The Patriarch called...
  • How to Celebrate Christmas with Benedictine Nuns

    12/05/2016 12:44:31 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 4, 2016 | Carl Bunderson
    Kansas City, Mo., Dec 4, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Christmas season approaches, the hit-making community of Benedictine nuns based in Missouri have released an album full of carols with which to greet the newborn Christ.“Our greatest hope is that these songs will truly 'lift up our hearts' to the Infant King, so that we will always be mindful of His humility and mercy,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, told CNA.The community's new album, Caroling at Ephesus, was recorded in September, and recently released. It can be purchased from the...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL

    12/04/2016 11:10:38 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 42 replies
    12-5-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my Salvation; I will Trust, and not be Afraid: For the LORD JEHOVAH is my Strength and my Song; He also is become my Salvation.
  • If We Aren’t Being Attacked For Our Faith As Christians, We’re Doing Something Wrong

    12/04/2016 7:53:32 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 12-4-16 | Matt Walsh
    A lot of people have seemed pretty shocked by the leftist media’s assault on Chip and Joanna Gaines. BuzzFeed, along with other liberal sites, went after the Gaines family this week for committing the crime of being Christian. Sure, they didn’t put it like that exactly. Instead they accused Chip and Joanna of attending a church led by a pastor who doesn’t believe in gay marriage. But, as anyone with even a trivial understanding of the world’s largest religion already knows, every authentic Christian church in the world teaches the same thing. There has never existed a real Christian church...
  • French Government Votes to Ban Pro-Life Websites

    12/04/2016 4:19:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/2/16 | Pete Baklinski
    PARIS, December 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) --The socialist government of France passed a bill after one day's debate that criminalizes websites that might dissuade women from abortion. The “digital interference” bill is aimed at cracking down on French websites that would, in the words of the bill, "deliberately mislead, intimidate and/or exert psychological or moral pressure to discourage recourse to abortion." Convicted website owners could face two years in prison and fines up to 30,000 euros ($31,799 USD). The majority left voted in a block for the bill while the minority right formed a block against it. Bruno Retailleau, who heads...
  • Not Afraid To Say “Christmas”

    12/04/2016 8:25:07 AM PST · by rhett october · 14 replies
    Grace Centered Magazine ^ | 12-4-2016 | Steven Hutson
    Another Christmas is quickly approaching and with it yet another round of insults to the Christian faith. Increasingly we are afraid to utter the “C” word in public places, or in seasonal advertising. We wouldn’t want to offend those people of other faiths, you know. Before I go any further, let me explain: I’m not one of those self-righteous fire-breathing religious types who reflexively seek vengeance over the smallest slight. I don’t argue endlessly over subjects like school prayer, or a cross on a government building. I refuse to accept the notion, held by so many, that my religion entitles...
  • Pope Francis meets with Fortune-Time Global Forum

    12/04/2016 12:07:56 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 22 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | December 3, 2016 | N/A
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday greeted participants of the Fortune-Time Global Forum. The Forum brings together Fortune 500 and Time 100 leaders, who were discussing technology and jobs, global health, food and water, commitment to communities, energy and the environment, and financial inclusion—each representing critical elements related to poverty alleviation. “Our world today is marked by great unrest,” – Pope Francis told them – “Inequality between peoples continues to rise, and many communities are impacted directly by war and poverty, or the migration and displacement which flow from them.  People want to make their voices heard and express their...
  • Fighting the Battle that BuzzFeed Insists We Fight

    12/02/2016 9:06:44 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 15 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 12/3/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    We were warned. Because the left is not going to remain silent on the moral issues—and because most liberals are devoted to a “theology of self” (or a “philosophical dumpster fire” as described by David French)—Christians, especially Christian celebrities, are going to remain targets of the homosexual agenda. It doesn’t matter whether you are tied to the wedding industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re famous. It doesn’t matter whether you are a small business owner, a large corporation, or a state government. In spite of the meme they like to perpetuate, the left simply will not tolerate dissent when it...
  • Keeping Advent when it’s not yet Christmas

    12/02/2016 5:17:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jenny Uebbing
    Keeping Advent when it’s not yet ChristmasJenny Uebbing It’s nearing the end of November. Which means Christmas music has already begun playing in stores, and I’m too late to buy Thanksgiving blend at Starbucks, because Christmas blend has already been out for weeks and weeks.The grocery stores are starting to fill out their fabricated forest of Christmas trees out front, and okay, yes, I’ve let my kids watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol on Netflix. Twice.But I don’t want to get pulled too far down the path of celebrating Christmas before we’ve kept Advent.Now, we live in a culture that beckons us...
  • The Providence College Mob Comes for Anthony Esolen

    12/02/2016 3:17:08 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 2, 2016 | EMMETT MCGROARTY AND JANE ROBBINS
    Those who doubt that orthodox Christians risk persecution should consider the case of Anthony Esolen. A prominent scholar of Renaissance literature, Esolen authored a widely used translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy. He writes books and essays incessantly, contributing to Magnificat, Crisis magazine, and other publications and online outlets that take seriously Christianity and human excellence. Perhaps the best description of his writing is “luminous.” In other words, he is exactly the type of person the totalitarian Left wants to silence.Esolen is under fire for being Catholic and not having the sense to keep quiet about it. The particular objects...
  • Should Islam Be Banned from America?

    12/02/2016 12:09:22 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 63 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 12/1/2016 | Dan Payne
    As it relates to religious liberty in the United States of America, here is the famous portion of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof... Many people extrapolate from the Establishment Clause a total prohibition of anything remotely associated with the Christian God from all branches of local, state, and federal government. Of course, the Christian God of the Holy Bible is the primary target of those who proudly tout the “Separation of Church and State.” Other religions seem to...
  • Indiana Priest under Fire for Barring Advocate of LGBT Cause from Singing at Funeral

    12/02/2016 2:41:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 1, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    DECATUR, Indiana, December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An Indiana Catholic priest is facing criticism after barring an open advocate of the LGBT agenda from singing at his grandmother’s funeral. Connor Hakes said it was a picture of him attending a gay pride rally shared on his Facebook page last year that prompted Father Bob Lengerich, the pastor of Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur, to deny his request to sing at the funeral. The Bloomington man’s grandmother passed away November 21. He made the request to the Decatur parish to sing the following day. Father Lengerich...
  • Foreign Citizens Urged to Stay Away from Central Jakarta Ahead of Islamist Rally

    12/01/2016 7:32:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Last month 100,000 people protested over the alleged blasphemy of the city's Christian governorForeign governments are warning citizens in Indonesia to stay away from central Jakarta ahead of a huge rally against the capital’s minority Christian governor. The United States, Japan and Australia issued advisories highlighting the possibility of Friday’s protest turning violent or the risk extremists could stage an attack. A related protest on November 4 drew more than 100,000 people demanding the arrest of Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is being prosecuted for blasphemy, a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Indonesia. After nightfall, hard-liners clashed with police, with...
  • Islamist Mob Destroys Christian Homes in Egypt

    12/01/2016 7:27:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/1/16 | Staff Reporter
    Islamists attacked a village after reports that Christians intended to build a churchThe homes and properties of Coptic Christians in Egypt have been attacked by radical Islamists after reports surfaced that a new church was going to be built. According to International Christian Concern, the attacks occurred in the Sohag Governorate in Upper Egypt in the village of Manshiet El-Naghamish. The village is populated by more than 2,000 Christians and the nearest church is more than three miles away. The villagers decided the build a four-storey building to be used as a community centre, nursery and retirement home, prompting suspicions...
  • Bishops say Guadalupe feast to be day of prayer for refugees, migrants

    12/01/2016 7:06:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic News Heral ^ | December 1, 2016
    A day of prayer with a focus on the plight of refugees and migrants will take place across the United States Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. "As Christmas approaches and especially on this feast of Our Lady, we are reminded of how our savior Jesus Christ was not born in the comfort of his own home, but rather in an unfamiliar manger," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. "To all those families separated and far from home in uncertain times, we join with...
  • Scans give 3D look at Coughton Court’s priest hole

    12/01/2016 2:00:42 PM PST · by fishtank · 22 replies
    Stratford-upon-Avon Herald ^ | 30th November 2016 | Chris Smith
    Scans give 3D look at Coughton Court’s priest hole By Chris Smith - 30th November 2016 1 1694 One of the 3D images of the priest hole at Coughton Court which have been produced by researchers at the University of Nottingham. THE first 3D images of a hiding-hole at Coughton Court that was used by 17th-century Catholic priests escaping religious persecution have been created by university researchers. The priest hole was first discovered in the 1850s in Coughton – a key building in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 – hidden in a turret of the main gatehouse, concealed between the...
  • HGTV "Fixer-Upper" Couple Chip and Joanna Gaines Under Attack for Attending Bible Believing Church

    12/01/2016 9:21:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/01/2016 | Brandon Showalter
    Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's No. 1 series "Fixer Upper," are being lambasted by secular media this week for attending a church that espouses the traditional view of marriage and sexual morality. Buzzfeed and Cosmopolitan magazine reported this week that the Gaines family are members of Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas, where Pastor Jimmy Seibert has preached that the practice of homosexuality is a sin, and urged Christians not to adopt the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage after it ruled that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide in July 2015. Cosmo called the Gaines' church attendance a "startling...
  • The Teaching of Jesus: What 'Judge Not' Really Means

    12/01/2016 9:12:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/01/2016 | Shane Idleman
    News reports are featuring famous athletes, actors, and pop-stars being asked about abortion and gay-marriage. Often, they criticize Christians: "Doesn't the Bible say 'judge not'; who are you to tell people what they can, and cannot do?" Unfortunately, misrepresentation of this Scripture is common among the media and other groups who often misquote Jesus' words from Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, that you be not judged." Ironically, few reference another scripture that also deals with judging, John 7:24. Here Jesus encourages His followers to "judge with righteous judgment." At first, these two scriptures may seem contradictory, but when we look at...
  • The Next Battlefront for Religious Freedom

    11/30/2016 5:56:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/30/16 | Phillip Booth
    Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populistsOne reason Donald Trump was able to put together a coalition big enough to get him elected as president was that there were so many single issues about which different groups of people were exercised. They cared much more deeply about that one issue than a whole range of other issues, on which they may have disagreed with the Republican nominee. This is one explanation for Trump’s lead among Catholics. Particular concerns among Catholics included life issues, of course. Many people...
  • The Fastest-Growing Churches Have Modern Worship, Teach Literal Interpretation of the Bible: Study

    11/30/2016 2:41:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 527 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2016 | Brandon Showalter
    A Canadian study has found that Mainline Protestant churches that have both modern worship services and teach a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster. (Photo: Reuters/John Gress)A parishioner cries as he signs a song of worship in the 7,000-seat Willow Creek Community church during a Sunday service in South Barrington, Illinois, November 20, 2005. Institutions like Willow Creek and Houston's Lakewood Church, each drawing 20,000 or more on a weekend, offer not just a vast, shared attraction but a path that tries to link individuals on a faith-sustaining one-to-one level beyond the crowd, observers and worshipers say.The Canadian researchers who authored...
  • Catholic Charities Resettled Ohio State’s Somali Attacker

    11/30/2016 5:03:27 AM PST · by NYer · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 30, 2016 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali refugee who attacked eleven people on the campus of Ohio State University on Monday, was initially resettled in Texas by Catholic Charities of Dallas in June 2014, according to The Dallas Morning News. snip Artan and his family “arrived at DFW Airport by way of JFK International Airport, and stayed in temporary housing in Dallas for 23 days,” according to NBC5. A spokesperson for the State Department tells Breitbart News that 98 Somali refugees arrived in Texas in June of 2014, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System database....
  • An FAQ for All Christians on Divorce, Pope Francis and the Bishops Questioning Him

    11/29/2016 5:46:56 PM PST · by NRx · 28 replies
    The Stream ^ | 11-25-2016 | John Zmirak
    Q: What is this controversy among Catholics and Pope Francis about?A: It concerns the appearance that Pope Francis is trying to change a perennial Catholic doctrine.Q: Why would he do that?A: You’d have to ask him. I was the English language editor of his first book, but I couldn’t make head or tails of what he was saying. Francis makes no pretense of being a systematic thinker. So it’s sometimes hard to tell if he’s simply speaking (and writing) imprecisely, or is using imprecision as a cover for doctrinal change.Q: You’ve got cardinals asking the pope to clarify his teaching, with other bishops condemning...
  • Patriarch Kirill Calls Fidel Castro a Sincere Friend of the Russian Church

    11/29/2016 5:17:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/28/16
    Moscow, November 28, Interfax - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia says he will always remember Fidel Castro, who was not only a legendary person, but a true friend of the Russian Orthodox Church. "Comandante Fidel was one of the most well-known and prominent state figures of the present time, enjoyed international authority and became a legend when he was alive. He was from the flesh of the Cuban people and focused his force on gaining true independence for his Motherland and giving it a worthy place in the family of nations," the patriarch said in his letter of condolences...
  • 2016’s Most Charitable States

    11/28/2016 3:19:20 PM PST · by StormPrepper · 18 replies
    WalletHub ^ | Nov 28, 2016 | Richie Bernardo
    ’Tis the season to be giving. And the latest World Giving Index shows that Americans are some of the most generous people in the world, ranking second out of 140 countries in 2015. That year, U.S. donors gave more than $373 billion to charity, and 71 percent of that figure came directly from individuals, according to the National Philanthropic Trust.
  • The Children Are Still Listening

    11/28/2016 10:55:58 AM PST · by truthxchange · 6 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 11-27-2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    The Children Are Still Listening In an election deemed one of the nastiest in recent times, our children heard hateful things said about women. CNN analyst and Marxist Van Jones expressed anguished concern on national TV: “It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us.” It is easy to conclude that Trump, the new President-Elect, is responsible for this negative effect on children, since it is his words that are quoted. But I wonder if others also contribute to filling our children’s ears with things they need not hear. In private, salacious talk about sex is apparently...
  • Atheist radio show hosts get replaced by round-the-clock Christmas music

    11/28/2016 9:28:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    The State ^ | 11/15/2016 | LISA GUTIERREZ
    The atheist radio program “Freethought Radio” has been axed in Madison, Wis., the victim of a format change. In its place? Twenty-four hours a day of Christmas music. It’s like getting run over by reindeer. “The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s radio show has been unceremoniously yanked off the air locally,” says the group’s press release, released Nov. 11. According to its website, the nonprofit group has more than 23,500 members and acts as a voice for free thought — atheism, agnosticism, skepticism. The radio program, which has been around for a decade and is hosted by husband-and-wife team Annie Laurie...
  • Same-Sex “Marriage” Was Doomed Long Before President-Elect Donald Trump

    11/27/2016 6:37:35 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 25 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 11/27/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Efforts to redefine marriage will ultimately, and always, fail, and as in the case of Elton John and David Furnish, will be revealed as folly. As Gamaliel warned the Sanhedrin concerning the Apostles of Jesus, “[I]f their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. (Acts 5:38b-39)” As liberals work to hold onto their perverse legal redefinition of marriage, they are not merely battling conservatism, but God Himself, and that is always a losing proposition.
  • Pope Francis' "sorrow" at Fidel Castro's passing, and a look back at his 2015 visit to Cuba

    11/27/2016 1:51:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 27, 2016 | Augustinus
    On receiving the sad news of the death of your dear brother, His Excellency Mister Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former president of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my sentiments of sorrow to Your Excellency and other family members of the deceased dignitary, as well as to the people of this beloved nation. At the same time, I offer prayers to the Lord for his rest and I entrust the whole Cuban people to the maternal intercession of our Lady of the Charity of El Cobre, patroness of that country. Francisco, PP....
  • So, 5000 Rabbis Walk Into a Bar...

    11/27/2016 1:22:17 PM PST · by Phinneous · 10 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 11/27/16 | None
    At 6 pm EST begins the live broadcast of the annual gathering of Chabad emissaries-- rabbis "stationed" in college campuses and cities all over the world. The live broadcast of the gala banquet includes the famous roll-call, with countries as far as Chabad of Napal to as close to home as Park Slope in Brooklyn. Tune in, celebrate, and dance with the chassidim of the Rebbe, as they aspire and inspire each other to "turn over the world" for G-d.
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 11/27/2016 [Prayer]

    11/27/2016 4:48:29 AM PST · by SisterK · 44 replies
    Free Republic ^ | November 27, 2016 | self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, 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 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind
  • Catholicism and Islam Growing Fast in Norway, Liberal State Church Declines

    11/26/2016 12:58:52 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Nov 2016 | Breitbart London
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway’s official statistics agency says the country’s Roman Catholic and Muslim communities have added tens of thousands of members in recent years while the state Lutheran Church is declining. Statistics Norway said Friday the number of Catholics has jumped 42 percent since 2012, to 145,000 this year.
  • Membership in Catholic, Muslim communities surges in Norway

    11/25/2016 6:44:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2016 4:45 AM EST
    Norway’s official statistics agency says the country’s Roman Catholic and Muslim communities have added tens of thousands of members in recent years while the state Lutheran Church is declining. Statistics Norway said Friday the number of Catholics has jumped 42 percent since 2012, to 145,000 this year. Membership in Islamic groups rose by 32 percent to 148,000 in the same period. Those figures were not broken down by denomination. …
  • Six Million Christians Emigrated from Middle East Over Past 100 Years – Expert

    11/25/2016 3:28:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 11/25/16
    “The number of Christian emigrants comprised six million people in the past 100 years,” Suheil Farah, Lebanese university professor and a member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), was quoted by the IOPS press service as saying. According to his information, the number of Christians on the territory of the Arab world ranges between 12 million and 15 million. Most of them live in Egypt, Sudan and Lebanon (9-12 million). There are 900,000 Christians in Syria, 350,000 in Iraq, between 140,000 and 165,000 in Jordan, 50,000 in Palestine and 120,000 in Israel. “Christians now account for 3.4% of the...
  • Norwegian Church Denounces Luther’s Anti-Jewish Writings

    11/25/2016 10:38:24 AM PST · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 25, 2016
    Norwegian Church Denounces Luther’s Anti-Jewish Writings November 25 STOCKHOLM — Norway’s state Lutheran Church has condemned the anti-Jewish legacy of Martin Luther, the 16th century German theologian who started the Protestant Reformation. In a statement issued Friday ahead of next year’s 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, the Church of Norway’s General Synod said some of Luther’s writings were later used in anti-Semitic propaganda, including in Nazi Germany. Noting that such propaganda was also spread in Nazi-occupied Norway during World War II, the synod said that “in the Reformation anniversary year of 2017, we as a church must clearly distance ourselves...
  • Progressive Christians to “Take Back Their Faith” After Election

    11/25/2016 7:52:28 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 45 replies
    JuicyEcumenism ^ | 11/25/16 | Derryck Green
    A week after the election, the Huffington Post published a blog entry in which Progressive Christians suggested what like-minded Christians should do in order to “take back their faith.” Still reeling from the election in which Donald Trump was elected president, several progressive Christians pondered the necessary steps to draw a stronger contrast between their brand of kindhearted progressive Christianity, and the kind of conservative, evangelical Christianity that helped elect Donald Trump. The responses were predictably representative of left-wing Christianity, which centered on re-emphasizing social justice issues and identity politics as the “loving,” compassionate, anti-Trumpian counterpart to the hate-filled Christianity...
  • EU Bishops Back Pillar of Social Rights, Call for Recognition of Sunday Rest

    11/25/2016 1:17:20 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 23, 2016 | N/A
    The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) have renewed their support of the European Pillar of Social Rights, an EU document on labor, education, and other social issues. In recent comments on the draft document, COMECE called for a recognition of Sunday rest. “As in times of digitalization of the economy, the boundaries between private and work-life become increasingly blurred, COMECE proposes to incorporate decent working hours and the right to a common weekly day of rest,” the bishops’ commission stated. “This day should be in principal the Sunday, which is recognized by tradition and custom...
  • Russian Patriarch: LGBT agenda poses ‘significant threat for the existence of the human race’

    11/24/2016 10:09:45 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | November 23, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, Russia, November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The head of the world's largest Orthodox Church says anti-discrimination laws supporting homosexuality and transgenderism are "at odds with the moral nature of human beings." Patriarch Kirill, leader of more than 200 million Russian Orthodox Christians, gave an exclusive interview to Russia Today (RT), the English-language news channel that provides a Russian view on global news. The Christian leader said Western same-sex "marriage" laws and transgender "anti-discrimination" laws are unprecedented and unnatural. "What's happening in the Western countries is that, for the first time in human history, legislation is at odds with the...
  • Pope’s Envoy to Mexicans: Stop Marching Against Gay ‘Marriage’ and ‘Practice Dialog’ Instead

    11/24/2016 2:09:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/23/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – After months of successful pro-family marches protesting an attempt to amend the constitution to create homosexual “marriage,” Pope Francis’ new apostolic nuncio to Mexico has come with a perplexing message for Mexicans: Don’t march, but rather enter into “dialog” over the gay agenda. Archbishop Franco Coppola, a career diplomat with the Holy See who has served as nuncio to several African countries, arrived in Mexico on September 29. He soon began commenting on the struggle underway in the country over a proposed set of reforms by Mexican president Enrique Peńa Nieto to amend the constitution...