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  • Le Pen Says as French President She Would Ban All Religious Symbols, Including Kippot

    10/19/2016 5:52:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of Franceís far-right National Front Party, vowed that if she is elected the countryís president she would ban all public displays of religious symbols and clothing, including kippot. Le Pen made the statement during an interview on Sunday with Franceís BFM-TV. She is expected to seek the countryís presidency in 2017. She heads the third-largest party in France. Le Pen is seeking to broaden an existing law, called the headscarf ban, that does not allow conspicuous displays of religious symbols in public schools to include all public areas. She called the ban a struggle against...
  • Dr. James Dobson Calls for Civil Disobedience

    10/19/2016 5:46:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 10/18/16 | James Dobson
    Christians across America must express their outrage at the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling to uphold California's so called 'Reproductive FACT Act.' This decision will require 150 pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics across the state to promote abortion services to the women they serve. Since Roe v. Wade, privately funded crisis pregnancy centers across America have provided a refuge and an alternative to women who might have otherwise chosen abortion. They are vitally important in the fight to promote a culture of life, adoption and health. This ruling now forces these clinics to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, and it is...
  • The Hedge Is Down: Could This Be the End of America?

    10/19/2016 12:20:42 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 10/19/2016 | Geri Ungurean
    Adrian Rogers speaks of four things in Psalm 80 which are applicable today in America: 1. Great national despair (Psalm 80:4-6) Spiritual sterility Ė prayers were given up to God out of unrepentant hearts. These prayers actually made God angry. The prayer of an unrepentant people is an insult to Almighty God. Religion without Righteousness is repugnant to God. America is praying but the sin of America is running over. 2. Personal Sorrow Sorrow follows sin as night follows the day. 3. National Shame Our enemies laugh at us. No longer is America respectfed for her ideals. 4. Glorious National...
  • Cardinals oppose Ďperverseí plan to open a McDonaldís in Vatican City

    10/19/2016 11:18:40 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 37 replies ^ | October 19, 2016 | Staff Reporter
    McDonaldís plan to open its first restaurant in Vatican City has prompted criticism from cardinals living above the proposed site. The fast food giant is reportedly willing to pay ďa few tens of thousands of euros per monthĒ to rent a property within sight of St Peterís Square, according to the Guardian. Cardinals claim that they were not consulted by APSA, the Vatican agency that owns the property, about the plans. Instead, residents were only informed after APSA had agreed to rent the ground floor of the property to McDonaldís. Cardinal Elio Sgreccia told LaRepubblica: ďItís a controversial, perverse decision...
  • Contemtable attack on Mary

    10/19/2016 11:00:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 73 replies ^ | October 18, 2016 | America needs Fatima
    The totally reconstructed, brand-new Estonian National Museum opened on September 28 with a blasphemous attack on Mary, the Mother of God. Hereís whatís happening, according to several news outlets: ďVisitors at Estonian National Museum [are] offered to kick Virgin Maryís imageĒ - - and itís definitely true. Iíve verified it. ďThe National Museum which opened in Estonia in the presence of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves last week, is offering its visitors to kick one of the exhibits, an interactive image of Virgin Mary, causing the picture to fall into pieces.Ē [my emphasis] The display is ďa depiction of Virgin Mary...
  • Cardinal-elect Cupich cites pope to justify opening Communion to Ďremarriedí (Catholic Caucus)

    10/19/2016 9:21:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 14, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    October 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) ‚Äď Chicago Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Blase Cupich told an Italian newspaper that his support of Communion for the divorced and remarried is the same position as the pope‚Äôs, the bishops of Argentina, and Cardinal Christoph Sch√∂nborn. ‚ÄúMy position is the same as that of Pope Francis, who has indicated that the proper interpretation of ‚ÄėAmoris Laetitia‚Äô was given by Cardinal Christoph Sch√∂nborn and then again by the bishops of Argentina, for which the Pope noted ‚Äėno further interpretation is needed,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Cupich said. ‚ÄúSo if people want to know what I think, they should refer to...
  • Christians: fast and pray, Fast and Pray, FAST AND PRAY for this election and for The USA!!!......

    10/18/2016 6:57:46 PM PDT · by Bellflower · 43 replies
    10/18/2016 | self
    Again, I cannot stress the importance of fasting and praying for this election enough. All those who are Christians please fast and pray to do what is truly essential for the winning of this election, and also for the benefit of the good to come if He allows for us to win this election. The Bible clearly states that it is The LORD that raises up and also brings down rulers. In The Bible whenever something was critically important for the survival and/or well being of the people of God the people prevailed when a time of fasting and praying...
  • Georgetown Battles ďIslamophobiaĒ While Christians are Killed

    10/18/2016 5:03:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/18/16 | William Kilpatrick
    If Islamization ever comes to Americaóand it may come quickly depending on the outcome of the November electionócertain Catholic individuals and institutions will bear a heavy burden of responsibility. Iím thinking in particular of Georgetown University and its Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). ACMCUís Bridge Initiative released a report in September on ďAmerican Catholic views of Islam, and the way Islam is discussed in Catholic publications.Ē The report, ďDanger & Dialogue,Ē is particularly concerned that the way Islam is presented in Catholic media is unduly influenced by Catholic ďIslamophobesĒ who are connected to the ďIslamophobia industry.Ē Now...
  • Election 2016 - Catholic Argument for Voting against Hillary

    10/18/2016 3:12:45 PM PDT · by Ouchthatonehurt · 13 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | October 18, 2016 | Ouch
    This sermon will knock your socks off!
  • Catholic Bishop Blasts Tim Kaine: Heís Just a ďCafeteria CatholicĒ Because He Supports Abortion

    10/18/2016 7:14:28 AM PDT · by tekrat · 9 replies ^ | 10/18/2016 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas doesnít mince any words in a new editorial he posted on the web site of the Catholic archdiocese he heads. He says Hillary Clintonís running mate Time Kaine is just a ďcafeteria CatholicĒ because he supports abortion.
  • Plans to desecrate image of Virgin Mary in Estonian museum prompt protest

    10/18/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 14, 2016 | David V Barrett
    Archbishop Viilma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church said that the exhibit ridicules religionAn image of the Virgin Mary in a museum in Estonia, designed to be desecrated to commemorate the Protestant Reformation, has provoked protests from religious and political leaders.The exhibit in the recently-opened National Museum of Estonia, in Tartu, is part of an exhibition on the Reformation in Estonia. It shows a virtual image of Our Lady of Graces on a screen in a glass box. If visitors kick a marked spot on the plinth supporting the box the image shatters into pieces and is replaced by the...
  • SexEd: A Catholic Motherís Conviction

    10/17/2016 1:33:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 16, 2016 | Pete Socks
    Imagine for a moment that an innocent inquiry throws you into what amounts to a political firestorm. Your only purpose was to defend your Catholic faith. You meant no malice towards anyone. There was no personal agenda. The intent behind your inquiry and concern was merely to ensure that the teachings of the Church were being respected and upheld, not only for your child but for future children, as well. Then imagine that the very entity that you approach in this matter identifies themselves as Catholic and persecuted you for daring to question their authority. Concerned About SexEd Content This...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/17/2016 10:51:53 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    10-17-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 116:5 Gracious is the LORD, and Righteous; Yea, our God is Merciful.

    10/16/2016 2:48:39 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 16, 2016 | JP
    Most Americans have never heard of Thomas ŗ Kempis, who in 1418 authored ďThe Imitation of Christ.Ē But most of us are familiar with the principle he set forth nearly six centuries ago: ďOf two evils, the less is always to be chosen.Ē Thatís why this God-fearing Christian can do no other than vote for Donald Trump. Not because the billionaire real estate developer/reality show personality is remotely worthy of the office previously held by such great Republican presidents as Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, but because Trump will subject the body of Christ to less evil than Hillary Clinton....
  • Cairo [Anglican] Bishop Urges Church to be Ready for Martyrdom

    10/15/2016 6:43:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    World Watch Monitor ^ | 10/14/16 | Jayson Casper
    A senior Anglican archbishop from the Global South called for the Church to be ďready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of ChristĒ in the face of persecution, restrictions, terrorism, and violence carried out in the name of religion. Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Cairo was addressing archbishops and bishops from some of the most difficult places in the world in which to practise the Christian faith: Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Southern Africa, West Africa, Indian Ocean, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South East Asia. More than 100 delegates also discussed the importance of ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue....
  • No, Voting for Trump Is Not IdolatryóSpeaking Truth to Christians

    10/15/2016 11:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 13, 2016 | D. C. McAllister
    Many evangelicals and Catholics have been guilty in this election of casting baseless judgments and aspersions on fellow believers. This vilification has been leveled with such a fevered and mob-like malevolence that the fundamental commandment to love your brother has been all but shredded. No doubt, the devil is laughing even as Jesus grieves. The gist of the conflict is that Christians, who have decided that Donald Trump is so evil and immoral that any vote for him is to approve of and even become complicit in his sin, are questioning not only the character but the salvation of those...
  • The Profoundly Politically Incorrect John Zmirak [Catholic]

    10/15/2016 8:26:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 14, 2016 | Austin Ruse
    John Zmirak makes all the right heads explode. For that alone, we should be grateful.John caused quite an Internet kerfuffle a few years ago with a column called Illiberal Catholicism where he identified and took apart a tendency he spotted among young Catholics who were trending toward a hatred of America, a belief now rampant in some circles that America was badly founded and is therefore always incompatible with Catholicism. He also noted their hatred of the free market. We both saw it among the traditionalists we knew in New York in the 1990s. During a Mass on Thanksgiving...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/15/2016 8:04:08 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    October 15, 2016 | Irish Rose
    The LORD is my light and my salvationó whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my lifeó of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,...
  • Federal Court: Christian Pregnancy Centers Must Tell Patients Where They Can Get Abortions

    10/14/2016 5:34:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/14/16 | Bre Payton
    A federal court just ruled that pregnancy centers have to tell their patients where they can get publicly-funded contraception and an abortionóeven if it violates their religious beliefs. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that California law AB 775, which compels Christian, pro-life pregnancy centers to advocate for abortion, doesnít impede their First Amendment right to exercise their religious beliefs. The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a faith-based pro-life group with 111 clinics in California, has been embroiled in lawsuit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris for a year since the bill was signed into law...
  • Detroit archdiocese offers ĎMass for Pardoní to Ďunleash the Gospelí

    10/12/2016 7:06:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Catholic Herald
    The litany included: Ė ďFor all the times we have not welcomed others to our parishes, especially for the times we have refused to allow African-American Catholics into our parish communities.Ē Each invocation was answered with ďKyrie eleison.Ē
  • A new saint " Viva Cristo Rey!" Josť SŠnchez del RŪo 14 year old martyr _ October 16 2016

    10/12/2016 8:30:21 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 13 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | Christopher Check
    "° Viva Cristo Rey!" shouted Josť, the rallying cry of the Cristeros. "° Viva Cristo Rey!" over and over as he limped in his bloodied feet over the gravel and twigs. "Long Live Christ the King! Long Live the Virgin of Guadalupe!" At the graveyard, Josť was pushed into a shallow grave. Struggling to his feet he again shouted, "° Viva Cristo Rey!" To avoid the sound of gunfire, the commander of the firing squad ordered his men to stab the boy with their bayonets. "° Viva Cristo Rey!" Again the bayonet into his side. "° Viva Santa Maria de...
  • Feminist Protesters Assault Catholic Cathedral in Argentina

    10/11/2016 5:59:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/10/16 | Ines San Martin
    Women with naked torsos demanding legal and free abortion and the legal recognition of prostitution as a legitimate trade assaulted a Catholic cathedral in Argentina on Sunday, hurling stones and bottles and prompting police to fire rubber bullets into the crowd.A feminist rally demanding an end to gender violence in Argentina ended with some violence of its own, as demonstrators hurled stones and bottles at a 19th century Catholic cathedral, prompting police to fire rubber bullets into the crowd. Several marchers were arrested, while both police and journalists covering the event were injured. The demonstration featured women with naked torsos...
  • [Catholic] Cardinals, Bishops From All Over Europe to Come to Minsk in a Year

    10/10/2016 4:57:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfac ^ | 10/10/16
    Minsk, October 10, Interfax - Minsk was selected as the venue of the plenary session of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE) in 2017, the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus said on its website. "The next plenary session of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe will be held in Minsk in the period between September 28, 2017 through October 1, 2017. The capital of Belarus will be visited by over 40 cardinals and bishops from all countries of Europe and from the Vatican, which has never happened before," the report said. Commenting on the decision...
  • The Religious Right Begins to Flex its Muscles in Secular Mexico

    10/10/2016 4:53:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/8/16 | David Agren
    MEXICO CITY ó Conservatives from all corners of the country converged on Mexico City on a recent Saturday for the National March for the Family, which took aim at the presidentís plans to enshrine same-sex marriage in the constitution. The LGBT community and its allies launched a counterprotest, waving rainbow flags and carrying pictures of former presidents Benito JuŠrez and Plutarco ElŪas Calles ó lionized as heroes of the secular state, figures who curbed Catholic Church privileges in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These contradictory images symbolize a growing conflict in this nation, where the church has been relegated...
  • With Popeís Cardinal Picks, Bernardinís ĎSeamless Garmentí is Back

    10/10/2016 4:44:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/9/16 | John Allen Jr
    By naming Blase Cupich of Chicago, Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis and Kevin Farrell, formerly of Dallas, as cardinals, Pope Francis has moved the senior leadership of the American Catholic Church to a centrist, non-cultural warrior stance reminiscent of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's "seamless garment."Pope Francis on Sunday engineered what may prove to be a seismic shift in the Catholic hierarchy in the United States, elevating not one or two, but a full three new American cardinals seen as belonging to the centrist, non-cultural warrior wing of the countryís hierarchy. The pontiff announced a consistory, the event in which new...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/10/2016 11:08:12 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
    10-10-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Exodus 15:18 ~The LORD Shall Reign Forever and Ever~
  • Perspective: Word on Donald Trump

    10/10/2016 8:58:57 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 7 replies
    Lance Wallnau live on you tube ^ | Oct 9, 2016 | Lance Wallnau
    In a world of negativity Lance gives a great personal perspective of the process and humbling of Donald J Trump so that he may be used for God's purposes in this hour. Great message for Christians. I urge you to watch and come away with a nugget or two!
  • In New Cardinal Picks, Pope Francis Sidelines Conservatives, Promotes Progressives

    10/09/2016 3:31:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 9, 2016
    Pope Francis announced his choices for new Catholic cardinals Sunday, promoting a number of well-known progressives while snubbing conservatives who were up for the job. In all, the Pope named 17 new cardinals, including 13 who are under 80 years old and therefore eligible to participate in the conclave electing the next pope. Notably, in his selection for cardinals from among the United States bishops, Francis named the recently appointed archbishop of Chicago, Blaise Cupich, a man with impeccable liberal credentials. He also broke with protocol by choosing Archbishop William Tobin of Indianapolis, a relatively small archdiocese never before considered...
  • Hillsong United Sows a Harvest With its Concert Film

    10/09/2016 11:56:56 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 9, 2016 | JP
    A ďflop.Ē Thatís how Australian web site disparaged ďLet Hope Rise,Ē the concert documentary featuring Hillsong United, which debuted three weeks ago here in the United States. As of this past Friday, the film has earned $2.3 million. Thatís little more than a tenth the sum earned over the same span by, say, ďBlair Witch,Ē as Hillsongís detractors would no doubt point out. But the success of ďLet Hope RiseĒ cannot be measured by the standards of Mammon, the god worshiped by the secular world, but by the Great Commission the risen Christ issued to his followers: ďGo into...
  • Marriage Manuals: Good Reads for After the Wedding [Catholic Caucus]

    10/09/2016 1:39:32 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 8, 2016 | Patti Armstrong
    If it‚Äôs you or your spouse driving your relationship, you may get lost. But God knows the way. In fact,¬†Catholic marriages receive his grace. The problem is that ‚Äúgrace‚ÄĚ can seem so abstract that we don‚Äôt always know how to access it. Two new books on marriage written by two married couples share personal experiences and insights on how to access those graces.¬† Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriages by Teresa Tomeo (Pastore) and Dominick Pastore and The Four Keys to Everlasting Love: How Your Catholic Marriage Can Bring You Joy for...
  • Diocese of Romeís new guidelines allow Communion for sexually active cohabitating couples in Ďlimite

    10/09/2016 1:12:34 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 62 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | October 5, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, October 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) ‚Äď New guidelines about the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia issued for the pope‚Äôs own diocese of Rome suggest that couples living in a state the Church labels objectively sinful may in limited circumstances receive Holy Communion in a "discreet manner." The release of the new guidelines follows closely on the Vatican‚Äôs authentication of a letter from Pope Francis to Argentine bishops affirming that the only valid interpretation of the exhortation is one that similarly liberalizes sacramental practice. The vicar of the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, publicized the official diocesan guidelines for the implementation...
  • Images of Christian Refugees Suffering Hardship in Northern Iraq

    10/08/2016 4:22:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/29/16 | Edward Pentin
    As ISIS invaded their towns and villages in the summer of 2014, tens of thousands of Christians fled to refugee camps, but the longer they remain displaced, the more they want to leave. On average, some 60,000 to 100,000 Christians have left Iraq every year since 2003. Persecuted Christians in northern Iraq continue to suffer great uncertainty and live in poor living conditions after the Islamist group ISIS invaded their towns and villages in 2014. Aware of their brutality, around 100,000 fled their homes in the middle of the night in the summer of that year, and many did so...
  • Shocking New Law Takes Effect in Massachusetts

    10/08/2016 4:12:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/4/16 | Dustin Siggins
    In 2016, holding to biological truths in America might get you in legal hot water Ė religious liberty, freedom of speech, and common sense notwithstanding.On Saturday, a Massachusetts law that could throw pastors in jail for using biologically correct pronouns took effect.But you wouldnít know that from The Associated Pressí article on the matter. Quoting in part: Advocates for transgender people in Massachusetts say they can no longer be legally discriminated against in public places.A new law taking effect on Saturday bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations. Among other things, the statute allows transgender people...
  • Pets & Instrumental Mix

    10/08/2016 1:04:06 PM PDT · by Revski · 2 replies
    YouTube Ministry (o7jimmy) - Revski ^ | 10/08/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    Instrumental, with the hymns; Jesus Loves Me, Till We Meet Again, with sing along lyrics. This video was arranged with our pets, my wife & scenic animation.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/08/2016 7:01:27 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    October 8, 2016 | Irish Rose
    Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in themó the LORD, who remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are...
  • Top Cardinal: Islam Wants to Conquer the World, and the West Is Letting It

    10/08/2016 4:21:13 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 8, 2016 | Nick Hallett
    The ultimate goal of Islam is world conquest and the ‚Äúsupine‚ÄĚ West is only helping it achieve that aim, a senior cardinal has said.Speaking in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Giornale, Cardinal Raymond Burke accused Westerners of being too weak to acknowledge the incompatibility of Christianity and Islam.‚ÄúIt is clear that Muslims have as their ultimate goal conquest and power over the world,‚ÄĚ the American cardinal said. ‚ÄúIslam, through sharia, their law, will rule the world and permit violence against infidels, such as Christians. But we find it hard to recognise this reality and to respond by defending the...
  • Devil Wants to Confuse Children about Gender: Late Chief Rome Exorcist

    10/08/2016 4:10:43 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | October 7, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    October 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) ‚ÄĒ Demonic disturbances that torment individuals, called diabolical obsession, ‚Äúcan lead to confusion about one‚Äôs gender,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúparticularly in the young,‚ÄĚ one of the world‚Äôs most famous exorcists wrote in a forthcoming book about Satan‚Äôs tactics. Father Gabriele Amorth, who served as the chief exorcist of Rome, founded the International Association of Exorcists and performed tens of thousands of exorcisms throughout his life, died at 91 last month. In his new book, An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels, Amorth wrote that disordered ideas about gender, especially in children,...
  • Evangelical campus ministry group asks pro-gay staff to quit

    10/07/2016 8:49:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2016 5:12 PM EDT | Rachel Zoll
    One of the largest evangelical college ministries in the U.S. has asked any staff members who support same-sex relationships to quit, a move critics call a purge and supporter laud as an affirmation of true Christianity. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship informed all staff about the policy over the summer after issuing a position paper based on their three years of study of sexuality that concluded sex should be reserved for marriage between a man and a woman. The organizationís leaders said employees are expected to ďbelieve and behaveĒ in accord with InterVarsityís stand on sexuality, including not engaging in immoral sexual...
  • If We Reject Trump, We May Be Inviting Persecution

    10/07/2016 1:16:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Stream ^ | October 5, 2016 | John Zmirak
    When the election is Constantine vs. Diocletian, Christians don't get to stay home. Should Christians get behind Donald Trump? As Iíve demonstrated here, on every criterion of politics, it seems to me that electing Donald Trump is less dangerous to the preaching of the gospel, the safety of Christian institutions from colleges down to the family, and the lives of unborn children. We donít have to believe the claim that heís even a ďbaby ChristianĒ to recognize that this is true. Winston Churchill wasnít any kind of Christian, but he defended our institutions and our freedoms, and that was all...
  • Pope Francis Replaces Cardinal Sarah to Open JPII Institute's Academic Year

    10/06/2016 4:47:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/6/16 | Edward Pentin
    Change comes on the heels of controversial new appointments at the head of the institute for studies on marriage and the familyIn a last minute change, Pope Francis will open the academic year at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Rome, replacing Cardinal Robert Sarah whom the Institute had originally scheduled for the task. The news of the Holy Fatherís attendance at the Oct. 27 inauguration comes just weeks after the Pope controversially hand-picked two prelates ó Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri ó to head the institute. The appointments caused...
  • The Culture is Wrong, and The Church is Right: Zmirakís New Book Reviewed

    10/06/2016 9:41:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 5, 2016 | William M. Riggs
    Scurry out and buy two copies of John ďBad CatholicĒ Zmirakís The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. Keep one for yourself, and give the other to your priest or clergyman (despite the title, this book is for all Christians). Be quick: get it to him before the election. If you have a clergywoman, buy three copies, because she might throw the first one out the window.
  • DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL - Octiber 6, 2016 Join with fellow FREEPERS in prayer

    10/06/2016 7:01:21 AM PDT · by · 2 replies ^ | 6 October 2016 | UMC Rev Mom
    I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: From whence shall my help come? My help [cometh] from Jehovah, Who made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. Jehovah is thy keeper: Jehovah is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, Nor the moon by night. Jehovah will keep thee from all evil; He will keep thy soul. Jehovah will keep thy going out and thy coming in From this...
  • New Film Documents the Persecution of Christians

    10/06/2016 6:43:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 6, 2016 | K. V. TURLEY
    A young boy, 10 years old or so, faces the camera.Like many young boys he is happy to be interviewed.This is war-torn Iraq, however, so he tells of the day ISIS came to his village. What took place, horror after horror, he starts to recount. It is hard to accept that one so young has already seen so much evil. Gradually, his urgent retelling of what happened slows and he breaks down. It is hard to watch as the tears flow down his cheeks. He tries to stem them, brushing them away ¬Ö but to no avail. His grief...
  • Pope & St. Corbinian's Bear Sing Meghan Trainor's "No"

    No (Meghan Trainor Parody by the Bear) (Music posted on source link.) Pope Francis: I think it's so cute / and I think it's so sweet How you let your blogs encourage you / to understand me, But let me stop you there / before you can even Tweet... "Nah" to the "Ah" to the "No", "No", "No" Your Dogma is "No" Your Tradition is "No" Your Church is "No" You need to let it go You need to let it go Need to let it go "Nah" to the "Ah" to the "No", "No", "No" Your matrimony is "No"...
  • Albanian President Unveils Statue of St Teresa in New York

    10/05/2016 4:54:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    A statue of St Teresa of Calcutta has been revealed at a New York church in front of a large crowdAlbanian President Bujar Nishani unveiled a statue of St Teresa of Calcutta in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York. Hundreds gathered for the ceremony outside St Athanasius Catholic Church, where the figure of the founder of the Missionaries of Charity cradling a child in her arms has been installed. St Teresa, often recalled as ďa humble daughter of Albania,Ē was born to an ethnic Albanian family in Skopje in what was then part of the Ottoman Empire and is...
  • Germany's Finance Minister Presses for a 'German Islam'

    10/04/2016 5:15:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/2/16 | y Caroline Copley
    A veteran ally of Angela Merkel urged Muslims in Germany on Sunday to develop a "German Islam" based on liberalism and tolerance, saying the influx of people seeking refuge, many of them Muslims, is a challenge for mainstream society. Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, stepping out of his usual finance remit, urged tolerance, saying the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants required a better understanding among Germans of what is important to them and how they want to live. Almost 1 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, came to Germany last year, stoking social tensions and boosting support for...
  • Ravensí quarterback Joe Flacco overjoyed at the birth of his fourth child in 5 years

    10/04/2016 3:12:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 4, 2016 | Philip Kosloski
    Last week Baltimore Ravens¬í quarterback Joe Flacco was finally able to realize his hopes and dreams. It wasn¬ít bouncing back from a season-ending injury or leading the Ravens to three successive wins.It was welcoming into his family his first baby girl. Here she is, meet Evelyn Renee! We would like to thank everyone for their well wishes. Both Dana and Evelyn are doing well.‚ÄĒ Joe Flacco (@JoeFlacco) September 29, 2016 ¬†Little Evelyn Renee was born last Tuesday, weighing seven pounds and six ounces, making Joe Flacco fell like the luckiest man alive.Flacco told, ¬ďI was keeping my...
  • Could Russia Ban Abortions?

    10/03/2016 5:55:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Russian Insider ^ | 10/2/16 | Oleg Yegorov
    The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Head Mufti of Russia and the Children's Ombudswoman support the removal of abortions from Russiaís mandatory health insurance, but officials and doctors say that a ban will only move the procedure undergroundOn Sept. 27, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill signed "The citizen's petition for banning abortion." Promoted by conservative Orthodox activists, the petition supports the position that life begins at conception and reads in part: "We, citizens of the Russian Federation, speak in favor of terminating the practice of legally killing infants before birth."The move by the patriarch has once again brought the...
  • Crucifix Appears in Nasarawa Mosque; Hundreds Troop Out for Miracle [Nigeria]

    10/03/2016 5:21:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies ^ | 10/2/16 | Omotayo Yusuf
    Ė The sight of of a cross in a mosque premise sent Nasarawa residents into confusionĖ Hundreds of people have trooped to the cross to ask for miracle Ė The chief imam of the mosque confirmed the sighting and said it was a sign from GodIn what might be considered a strange sighting, the sudden appearance of a cross a few metres away from a mosque in Nasarawa threw residents into confusion. The Punch reports that residents of Assakio Development Area in Lafia were left awed by the strange sighting which has brought hundreds of people to the location to...
  • Scanning software deciphers ancient biblical scroll

    10/03/2016 2:12:22 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 20 replies
    Daily Courier ^ | 1 October 2016 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM (AP) ó The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist's storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form. The passages from the Book of Leviticus, scholars say, offer the first physical evidence of what has long been believed: that the version of the Hebrew Bible used today goes back 2,000 years.