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  • Franklin Graham Event Bus Ads Pulled in UK After Outcry From LGBT Community

    07/16/2018 6:17:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 52 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/12/18 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Bus ads promoting an upcoming evangelistic festival with Franklin Graham in England were pulled in response to outcry from LGBT communities. "Blackpool Transport has recently been made aware of an advert in place on the side of some of our double decker buses," said a spokesperson for the company, according to the Blackpool Gazette. "In light of customer feedback and reactions on social media which has resulted in heightened tension, we have taken the decision to remove all adverts relating to the 'Time for Hope' Festival with immediate effect. We will reimburse any income back to the advertising company. "We...
  • After Shuttering 700 Churches, Rwanda Proposes Stricter Clergy Guidelines

    07/16/2018 6:13:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 7/12/18 | Frederick Nzwili
    NAIROBI, Kenya — After closing more than 700 churches and some mosques in March, Rwandan government officials have moved to institute guidelines for how faith groups operate in the majority-Christian East African country. Rwanda's minister in the office of the president has brought to Parliament a draft law that would require Christian and Muslim clerics to attain university education before preaching in churches or mosques. The law would require clerics to have a bachelor's degree and a valid certificate in religious studies. It would also bar clergy who have been convicted of crimes of genocide, genocidal ideology, discrimination or other...
  • John Haller's Prophecy Update "Prophetic Spectacles"

    07/15/2018 5:40:48 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 5 replies
    Fellowship Bible Church ^ | 7/15/18 | John Haller
    It's time to put on your "Prophectic Spectacles." It is imperative that we scrutinize everything that is happening around the world. We must take a close, discerning look at the world events that are rapidly transpiring, while taking a similar look inward into our hearts in preparation for those final signs that could signal the soon return of Christ. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq-bA9SBLwY
  • Patriarch Kirill to Lead 21-km Procession in Memory of Nicholas II's Family

    07/15/2018 6:42:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/12/18
    Moscow, July 12, Interfax - The centenary of the execution of the last Russian emperor and his family will be marked by a 21-kilometer nighttime religious procession led by Patriarch Kirill from the Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama, the patriarch's press secretary Rev. Alexander Volkov told reporters. In this way, the patriarch will pay tribute to the memory of the canonized royal family, who were executed by the Bolsheviks early on July 17, 1918 at the Ipatyev House, where the Church on the Blood was later built. After...
  • A Meeting of Emperors – and Priests [China]

    07/15/2018 6:36:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Settimana News ^ | 7/12/18 | Francesco Sisci
    The meeting, the rapprochement, between the Holy See and China has a thousand faces, of course. There are the questions of faith, of religion, of souls approaching one another, of tension toward the afterlife, and communication with people on this side. All are important points, perhaps the most fundamental and profound. But seen from China, the question is essentially about power and politics. So, for the benefit of the meeting and approach, it is perhaps appropriate to understand the Chinese position. This has three acts, as in classic tragedies. A comparison of empiresFor China, the Holy See is first and...
  • O Wretched World - Christ Died for You!

    07/15/2018 5:44:37 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/15/18
    Almighty God saw our desperate need for His righteousness and for deliverance from the tyranny and bondage of our transgressions (Rom. 7:24-25). These have separated us from Him and have brought His wrath upon us (John 3:36; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 2:1-2, 14). In His great ETERNAL love Almighty God sent forth His only Son from Heaven’s glory to pay the price for our transgressions, to be our propitiation and to rescue us from the ETERNAL ramifications of our transgressions and godless folly (John 3:16-17; Rom. 7:24-25; Gal. 1:4; Eph 2:14; 1 John 2:2). If this is you my dear friend,...
  • Cardinal, Nuncio and Bishop Attacked by Mob in Nicaragua

    07/13/2018 8:33:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/11/18 | David Agren
    Bishop Silvio Jose Baez tweeted pictures of his injuries and prayed for those who attacked himNicaraguan bishops and clergy were attacked by armed groups aligned with the government on July 9 as violence in the Central American country escalated and affected the Catholic Church, which has provided humanitarian assistance in its parishes and has tried to diffuse a worsening political crisis through dialogue. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua and his auxiliary, Bishop Silvio Jose Baez, and Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, the apostolic nuncio, were among clergy from Managua pummeled as they attempted to protect St Sebastian Basilica in the...
  • Armenian Church Displays Significant Relic Amid Tensions

    07/13/2018 8:28:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/7/18 | AP
    YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s dominant church put a significant Christian relic on display Saturday after rumors that a part of it had been sold prompted protesters to occupy a main church administrative building. The Spear of Longinus, which the Armenian Apostolic Church says is the lance stabbed into Jesus Christ’s side as he hung on the cross, was displayed at the mother church complex of Etchmiadzin. Demonstrations calling for the resignation of the church’s leader, Catholicos Garegin II, have persisted for several months. Detractors have claimed Garegin II is married and involved in business activities, which are against church doctrine.
  • Baptist claiming trademark on name/image of Elder Arsenie wields law against Orthodox Church

    07/13/2018 3:05:20 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 07-13-2018 | Staff
    A bizarre legal battle is playing out in Romania right now, as the Romanian Orthodox Church is fighting for the right to use the name and image of Elder Arsenie (Boca), a faithful son of the Church, against a private individual who owns the right to use the elderÂ’s name and image that were trademarked with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Elder Arsenie, who reposed in 1989, was one of the great Romanian spiritual fathers of Communist times, and is revered today as a saint, although he has yet to be canonized. Thousands go on pilgrimage annually to his...
  • Abortion Activist: Christians Only Oppose Abortion Because “They Think Women Are Not to be Trusted”

    07/13/2018 7:46:27 AM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 13, 2018 | Rachel Peterson
    According to Lauren Sandler, opinion columnist for Huffington Post, conservative’s “source document for understanding the rights of Americans is not the Constitution, but the New Testament.” She believes they use this document to force women to submit to their husbands and have babies. Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, although not a evangelical Christian, is a “thriving alumnus of President George W. Bush’s administration, the same administration that “best understood the vigorous political power of cultural conservatives.” He, and other conservative Christians in politics are demanding that “their beliefs be honored as the rule of law.” Sandler claims that “the...
  • Vatican Drafting Guidelines on Proper Uses for Sold Churches

    07/12/2018 6:03:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 7/10/18 | AP
    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is drafting guidelines to help Catholic dioceses find appropriate ways to decommission unneeded churches so they don't end up as discos, gymnasiums or gelato shops. The Vatican's culture ministry is teaming up with Rome's Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University and the Italian bishops' conference to host an international conference in November on managing the sale of churches and handling of their assets. The event already has a title: "Doesn't God Dwell Here Anymore?"Culture Minister Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi told reporters on Tuesday that many dioceses in Europe, North America and Australia have more churches than they need...
  • Priests Apologise for Wearing Clerical Attire at Trump Rally

    07/12/2018 6:00:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    A local bishop said he was 'shocked' to see them prominently seated right behind the podiumFour Montana Catholic priests have strongly criticised for wearing clerical attire to President Donald Trump’s Montana rally on July 5. They garnered national attention after they were seated in the front row behind Trump’s podium. Two of the priests were from the Great Falls-Billings Diocese, headed by Bishop Michael Warfel, and two were from the Helena Diocese, which currently does not have a bishop. Mgr Kevin O’Neill is diocesan administrator. Mgr O’Neill reiterated his diocese’s policy: “Religious leaders should avoid taking positions on candidates or...
  • Philippines President Duterte Apologizes to God for Calling Him 'Stupid'

    07/12/2018 12:23:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    CBN News ^ | 07/12/2018 | Kayla Root
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sparked outrage last month when he called God "stupid" for allowing Adam and Eve to sin in the Garden of Eden. In a speech, the president asked, "Who is this stupid God? You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would destroy the quality of your work. How can you rationalize that God? How can you believe him? So now we're all born with an original sin. Even in the womb, we already have sin. What kind of religion is that?" Now, Duterte is apologizing for his rant. Local media reports Duterte...
  • Church Mounts Billboard Atop Gay Bar Telling LGBT Community 'God Takes Pride in You'

    07/12/2018 11:30:51 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/6/18 | Leonardo Blair
    A Disciples of Christ Church in San Diego that describes itself as "radically inclusive" has purchased a billboard atop a gay bar with a message to the LGBT community, declaring, "God takes pride in you, so do we!" The Mission Gathering Christian Church first promoted its billboard endorsing gay pride on Twitter last month as something that the Bible would also treat as that which is "right and good." "If you're looking for a sign... This is it. Our message of PRIDE coming in July. Check us out then join us to 'do what is right and good...' Deuteronomy 6:18,"...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, July 12, 2018 [prayer]

    07/12/2018 5:57:50 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 28 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | July 12, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for our nation, and our President's diplomatic tour in the United Kingdom.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Calls Divine Wrath Upon Sandinista Thugs

    07/11/2018 7:25:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | July 11, 2018 | Tancred
    Pope responds to an attack by Sandinista troops against the nuncio and bishops in Nicaragua - Edit: the Church is no stranger to hostility from the Communist Sandanista regime. And none of the news stories I see are covering the Communism angle and the apparent end of the romance. Managua (kath.net) On Monday, in Nicaragua, in an attack by pro-government thugs on the Cardinal of Managua, the apostolic nuncio and several bishops, including Managua suffragan bishop Silvio Baez, were injured. Demonstrators against dictator Ortega and his wife's government, who were attacked by Sandinista paramilitary groups, retreated to the Basilica of...
  • Fort Worth [Catholic] Diocese Removes "No Gun" Signs From Church Property

    07/11/2018 6:12:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Boston Pilot ^ | 7/9/18 | CNA Staff
    Fort Worth, Texas, Jul 7, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- The Diocese of Fort Worth is removing signs notifying people that concealed and open carry of firearms are both banned on church property – but the policy against guns has not changed. Removal of the signs was recommended by a security team whom the diocese hired as consultants after a mass shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs last November, NBC reported. Tony Perez, a parishioner at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, has a license to carry firearms, but had been advocating for the removal of the signs. He told Dallas-Fort Worth’s NBC...
  • Archbishop Stops Jesuit Who Supports Gay ‘Marriage’ from Speaking at Conference in His Diocese

    07/11/2018 5:47:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/6/18 | Claire Chretien
    TASMANIA, Australia, July 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An Australian archbishop has banned a dissident Jesuit priest who supports homosexual "marriage" from speaking at a conference in his archdiocese and faces secular media criticism for doing so. Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous, who in 2015 faced a government investigation for distributing a pamphlet articulating Catholic teaching on marriage, sent a letter to Father Frank Brennan’s superior notifying him of the decision. Brennan had been scheduled to speak at a conference where Porteous was speaking about marriage. Brennan, the head of Catholic Social Services Australia, supports same-sex “marriage” in opposition to Church teaching,...
  • Where Does Brett Kavanaugh Stand on Religious Liberty? A Look at His Record

    07/11/2018 12:37:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/112018 | Michael Gryboski
    President Donald Trump announced on Monday evening that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is his pick to replace the retiring United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.Kavanaugh is already being hailed by many conservative groups as an excellent jurist while being vilified by many liberal organizations as a detriment to civil liberties.As a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, Kavanaugh has weighed in on many cases over the years, including a few that deal with religious freedom issues.Here are four cases that involved the issue of religious liberty in which Kavanaugh offered an...
  • Amir discusses attack by Israel in Syria 7/8-7/9 and the precarious situation there

    07/11/2018 11:08:32 AM PDT · by firebrand · 6 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | July 10, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    A description of the Israeli attack on the T-4 airbase in Syria and the complete destruction of the control tower. The Iranians are no longer hiding their intentions and are waiting for the order to destroy Israel. Israel's help in rescuing the trapped soccer players (amazing technology!). The repercussions on Iran of Trump moving out of the Iran nuclear deal. And did you know it was Israeli intelligence that revealed the plot to blow up the convention in Paris at which Giuliani and Gingrich were scheduled to speak? Earthquakes and their possible significance. And the update is followed by a...