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  • Instability Set to Follow IS Collapse

    10/22/2017 5:36:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 10/17/17 | Zeina Karam
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse. After brutalizing residents living under its command for more than three years, the militants have now lost their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa and are battling to hang on to relatively small pockets of territory in Iraq and Syria, besieged by local forces from all sides. Few, however, expect IS to completely go away, or for the bloodshed in the two countries and the region to end quickly. Here’s a look at the Islamic State...
  • Amir on latest developments in Israel, Oct. 22

    10/22/2017 3:51:55 PM PDT · by firebrand · 4 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Oct. 22, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    The Israeli military has determined that the rockets recently fired from Syria were not a spillover but an intentional attack on Israel. Amir discusses the implications of this, predicting a soon occurrence of Isaiah 17 and an eventual war, the first of Israel against a major power. The future is not all bleak, however, and will of course include great things for Israel. Look up, keep the faith, and do not live for the things of this world, is his message. Be ready, as always.
  • HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Aren’t Ashamed of the Gospel

    10/22/2017 7:43:27 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 26 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 22, 2017 | JP
    Chip and Joanna Gaines grace the cover of People magazine’s October 23, issue. The husband and wife costars of the home makeover show ‘Fixer Upper’ – the highest rated series in HGTV’s history – explained why they decided to walk away from their hit series after five successful seasons. I’ve had my suspicions about the Waco, Texas couple since I caught an episode in which Joanna placed several pieces of artwork on a wall. The piece that stood out to me proclaimed: “We walk by faith, not by sight.” I image that many, if not most, of the 46 million...
  • BBC mini-series captures daily life of Benedictine monks [and podcasts coming]

    10/22/2017 7:23:45 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10.19.2017 | Staff at Catholic News Agency
    Stratton-on-the-Fosse, England, Oct 19, 2017 / 12:54 pm (CNA).- A new BBC series will depict the daily life of Benedictine monks in a few UK monasteries, taking camera crews to capture a lifestyle normally hidden from the public’s eye. A three episode mini-series called “Retreat: Meditations from the Monastery,” the broadcast will explore the life of three different abbeys: Downside, Belmont, and Pluscarden. Produced without a narrator, the series aims to portray the quiet contemplation of the monks’ daily routines using only the natural sounds of the monasteries. Viewers will be able to experience the sights and sounds of meals,...
  • Yes, the rosary is a weapon – but maybe not the way Rupa Huq thinks

    10/22/2017 6:43:46 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 8 replies
    Catholic Hearld ^ | Friday, 20 Oct 2017 | Fr Matthew Pittam
    The rosary is immensely powerful, but it is God's strength at work, not ours Two weeks before Ealing Council voted to ban pro-life vigils, the local MP Rupa Huq accused the Good Counsel Network of “weaponising the rosary” as they prayed silently outside the local abortion clinic. It is interesting that this non-Catholic MP should have perceived that the rosary was being used in this way. For Catholics the rosary has indeed always been a spiritual weapon – and we should not be afraid to say so.
  • Catholic Archbishop: ‘Methodical Effort…in Mass Media to Recast Biblical Truths as a Form of “Hate”’

    10/21/2017 5:04:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies ^ | 10/19/17
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia wrote in a column posted on the archdiocese website last month that there is a “methodical effort” in the mass media to portray adherence to biblical truth as “hate.” “We live in the midst of a culture war,” wrote Chaput. “A methodical effort is now playing out in the mass media to recast biblical truths as a form of ‘hate,’ to reshape public opinion away from those biblical truths, and to silence anyone who stays faithful to Christian teaching on matters of sexual behavior, sexual identity, family and marriage.” Chaput’s observation was inspired by...
  • Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Ruling Declaring 10 Commandments Monument Unconstitutional

    10/21/2017 4:58:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Christian News ^ | 10/16/17 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a ruling out of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that declared a New Mexico Ten Commandments monument unconstitutional. Two Wiccan women who took offense at the display had filed suit against the Decalogue placement in 2012, stating that it made them feel “alienated.” The nation’s highest court gave no reason on Monday for its decision to not to take the case. “This is a victory for the religious liberty of people everywhere,” Peter Simonson, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico,...
  • Christian Printer Refuses Services to LGBTQ Activist, Says He Doesn't Want to 'Make Pressure Worse'

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

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

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

    10/20/2017 12:58:21 PM PDT · by detective · 62 replies
    Scientific American ^ | October 20, 2017 | Allen Downey
    Since 1990, the fraction of Americans with no religious affiliation has nearly tripled, from about 8 percent to 22 percent. Over the next 20 years, this trend will accelerate: by 2020, there will be more of these "Nones" than Catholics, and by 2035, they will outnumber Protestants. The following figure shows changes since 1972 and these predictions, based on data from the General Social Survey (GSS):
  • Democrats’ New Bill Would Overturn Trump Order and Force Christians to Pay for Abortion Drugs

    10/20/2017 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | October 20 2017 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), along with 35 of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, introduced a bill Thursday that would repeal the Trump Administration’s recent broadening of exemptions from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for employers with religious and moral objections. The “Protect Access to Birth Control Act” is brief, stating that the religious and moral exemptions “shall have no force or effect, and shall be treated as though such rules had never taken effect.” “President Trump wants to make birth control about ideology, but let’s be clear: for women and their families in the 21st century, birth control is about...
  • Court: Flipping a Bird at Pastor Doesn’t Put You Behind Bars

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

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

    10/19/2017 5:18:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Matters India ^ | 10/12/17 | Cyriac Sebastian
    Kochi: Hundreds of people are flocking to a church in Kerala after a group of children claimed to have had Marian apparitions while praying there. The children are students of St Ambrose Lower Primary School at Edavanakkad adjacent to a parish church with the same name under the archdiocese of Verapoly. According to an explanatory note posted on the parish billboard, it all began on September 23 when a Hindu girl student, Krishnaveda, went to the church to pray for her ear problem and applied some holy water. The girl later told her companions that she felt immediate relief as...
  • Cath Cauc: Polish bishops follow JP II in refusing Communion to remarried

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

    10/19/2017 4:29:30 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 32 replies ^ | October 19, 2017 | FR prayer intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • After 883 Years, Cistercian Monastery to Close in Germany

    10/18/2017 5:50:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Himmerod Abbey was founded by St Bernard of Clairvaux, but closed due to lack of vocationsA Cistercian monastery that’s existed for almost 900 years in what is now western Germany is closing down for good, due to a shortage of monks. The Himmerod Abbey, founded in 1134 by the French abbot Bernard of Clairvaux, had just six resident monks before the closure that was decided this week, down from about 30 monks in the 1970s. German news agency dpa on Saturday quoted the monastery’s head, Abbot Johannes, as saying the financial situation and especially the small number of monks had...
  • ‘Christians are Nazis’: Church Sprayed with Graffiti Telling People to ‘Bash Bigots’...

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

    10/18/2017 1:45:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | October 18, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Italian vaticanista Andrea Gagliarducci writes regularly a column at his place called “Monday Vatican”. You should read him.Today, however, he has a piece at CNA about how Pope Francis seems to approach the selection of and translation of bishops. HEREAmong other things, Andrea wrote: Over the past year, Pope Francis has appointed 16 U.S. bishops, most of them in smaller dioceses or as auxiliaries. The major pending question is that of the successor of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C. Cardinal Wuerl is already 76 years old, more than a year beyond the normal retirement age.The post in...