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  • 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 Juppé 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 · 43 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 · 16 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 worlds 20th most oppressive country for Christians by the non-profit Open Doors USA. And yet the nations Catholic populationwhich 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 · 18 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 Russias 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...

    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 Arent Being Attacked For Our Faith As Christians, Were 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 medias 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 didnt put it like that exactly. Instead they accused Chip and Joanna of attending a church led by a pastor who doesnt believe in gay marriage. But, as anyone with even a trivial understanding of the worlds 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 wouldnt want to offend those people of other faiths, you know. Before I go any further, let me explain: Im not one of those self-righteous fire-breathing religious types who reflexively seek vengeance over the smallest slight. I dont 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 ^ | 12/3/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    We were warned. Because the left is not going to remain silent on the moral issuesand 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 doesnt matter whether you are tied to the wedding industry. It doesnt matter if youre famous. It doesnt 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 its not yet Christmas

    12/02/2016 5:17:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 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 capitals minority Christian governor. The United States, Japan and Australia issued advisories highlighting the possibility of Fridays 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 Courts 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 Courts 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 Trumps 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 · 422 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2016 | Brandon Showalter
    A Canadianstudyhas 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 States 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 States 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 tryingto change a perennialCatholic doctrine.Q: Why would he do that?A: Youd have to ask him. I was the English language editor of his first book, but I couldnt make head or tails of what he was saying. Francis makes no pretense of being a systematic thinker.So its sometimes hard to tell if hes simply speaking (and writing) imprecisely, or is using imprecision as a cover for doctrinal change.Q: Youve 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...
  • 2016s 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 ^ | 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: Its 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 childrens 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. Its like getting run over by reindeer. The Freedom From Religion Foundations radio show has been unceremoniously yanked off the air locally, says the groups 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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) Norways official statistics agency says the countrys 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
    Norways official statistics agency says the countrys 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 Luthers Anti-Jewish Writings

    11/25/2016 10:38:24 AM PST · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 25, 2016
    Norwegian Church Denounces Luthers Anti-Jewish Writings November 25 STOCKHOLM Norways 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 years 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, the Church of Norways General Synod said some of Luthers 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 ^ | 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...
  • Popes 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: Dont 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 Pea Nieto to amend the constitution...
  • Did your church offer prayers of thanksgiving for the election results?

    11/24/2016 10:07:29 AM PST · by old-ager · 30 replies
    Vanity | 2016-11-24 | Vanity
    Did your church offer a specific prayer thanking God for Clinton's defeat? In my church, which is in a 100% pro-life denomination (MO Synod Lutheran), it was notably absent.
  • Hate Crime: Arsonist Set Fire to Pregnancy Center in NM

    11/24/2016 4:17:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ | November 23, 2016 |
    Fires set by suspected arsonists have rendered Project Defending Life, also known as Womens Pregnancy Options, a pregnancy resource center in the heart of the late-term abortion capital of the nation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, inoperable this morning. The clinic is across the street from Planned Parenthood, which does abortions up until 19 weeks. The late-term abortion facility is less than four miles away. Our sources in Albuquerque said someone broke into the building and set a fire inside the chapel itself, which is housed inside Project Defending Life, and also in another room where there was pro-life literature. The...
  • St. Gianna Mollas Daughter Thanks God for Her Saintly Parents

    11/24/2016 12:59:35 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 23, 2016 | Jerri Donohue
    As Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla cradled a baby, 10 other girls clustered around her. Some, like the infant, were baptized Gianna in honor of Dr. Mollas mother, St. Gianna Beretta Molla. Others had chosen the Italian pediatrician, wife and mother as their confirmation saint. Born just one week before her mothers death, Dr. Molla, too, is the saints namesake. The touching group photo was snapped at the end of Dr. Mollas Nov. 10 presentation in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. How many Giannas I meet every time I visit the United States, Dr. Molla exclaimed in...
  • Russian Patriarch: LGBT Agenda Poses Significant Threat for the Existence of the Human Race

    11/24/2016 12:48:32 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 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...
  • New Books Tell the Stories of Popes Benedict, Francis

    11/24/2016 12:18:06 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 23, 2016 | Barbara Mahany
    It's unprecedented in publishing history for two books tracing the spiritual roots and biographies of two living popes to be published within the same month, let alone within the same lifetimes. And in tandem, or alone, they make for extraordinary reading. One, "Last Testament: In His Own Words," by Pope Benedict XVI with Peter Seewald, is the much-awaited, book-length, question-and-answer autobiography of the only modern-day pope to retire from the papacy. While Benedict's resignation in February 2013 fueled a firestorm of speculation, and bracketed a deeply divisive chapter of Catholic Church scandal, the ex-officio pope breaks his silence here and...
  • World-First Sacraments App Announced by Scottish Archbishop [Catholic Caucus]

    11/23/2016 2:47:07 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 22, 2016 | N/A
    (Vatican Radio) -- In an impressive move to introduce a legacy of the Year of Mercy, a Scottish archbishop has launched what is thought to be the world's first GPS-powered Sacrament-finding app. Archbishop Leo Cushley from the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh announced the launch of 'The Catholic App' outside St Peters Basilica on 22nd November 2016, surrounded by pilgrims and seminarians from his archdiocese, accompanied by the sound of the Scottish bagpipe. The app will allow users around the archdiocese to find the nearest and soonest opportunities to go to Confession and Holy Mass, as well as Adoration...
  • Cardinal Dolan Calls for New Energy in Fight against Assisted Suicide

    11/23/2016 2:40:29 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 23, 2016 | N/A
    New York City, N.Y., Nov 23, 2016 / 12:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the push for physician-assisted suicide continues throughout the country, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is asking the faithful to step up in opposing anti-life measures.Catholics must join medical professionals, disability rights groups, and other concerned citizens in fighting for the authentic care of those facing terminal illness, he said.The cardinal, who heads the U.S. bishops committee for pro-life activities, reflected on recent ballot measures and legislative acts permitting assisted suicide.Seven jurisdictions in the United States have now opened the legal door to this dangerous abuse...