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  • A miracle in Georgia: We did not have an epidemic although churches never closed, says Georgian hierarch

    07/09/2020 8:26:00 PM PDT · by lightman · 10 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 6 July A.D. 2020 | Staff
    A nation that is faithful to God and its fatherland will be miraculously blessed by God, His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Chiatura and Sachkhere of the Georgian Orthodox Church said during his Sunday sermon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. A miracle was seen in Georgia, where there was no eruption of the coronavirus epidemic despite the fact that the churches were never closed, as in many other countries, Met. Daniel emphasized, reports “The Georgian ethos is one of the first,” Met. Daniel said. “Someone may ask how it survived. It survived for two reasons: it was dedicated to the...
  • Coronavirus: Donations to Catholic Church [in Ireland] Down 80%

    07/09/2020 6:08:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 7/4/20 | Mark Hilliard, Patsy McGarry
    Priests agree 25% drop in personal income and voluntary redundancy scheme in place Catholic Church donations have plummeted in Dublin during the Covid-19 outbreak, falling by as much as 80 per cent. The Dublin Archdiocese said the need to close churches had “resulted in very serious consequences” for its income stream. A restructuring strategy to address “this urgent situation” is now under way to reduce costs, it said. This is expected to take some months to complete. Two donation streams – the “common fund” collection for priests and the “support for share” fund – have dropped by 70 and 80...
  • 7th-8th Century Chapel Discovered on Uninhabited Little Skellig Island in Ireland

    07/09/2020 6:04:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/6/20
    While the Irish island of Little Skellig was long thought to have been inhabited by nothing but a variety of seabirds, a new archaeological discovery demonstrates that monastics once labored in asceticism on the inaccessible crag. The archaeologist Michael Gibbons and a group of climbers recently located the remains of an early Christian church located on a narrow precipice overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, reports Afloat. Gibbons estimates that the church dates to the late 7th-early 8th century, when there was already a functioning monastery on nearby Skellig Michael. He described the location, 8 miles west of the Iveragh Peninsula...
  • Victory: US Navy Reverses Unlawful Order Banning Troops from Indoor Mass, Religious Services

    07/09/2020 6:00:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/9/20 | Doug Mainwaring
    'This proves' that 'there is no pandemic exception to the First Amendment,' said Mike Berry, First Liberty Institute General Counsel.WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Navy has revised its policy prohibiting active service members from attending in-person religious services. Those who disobeyed and attended church services had risked court-martial. The move is seen as an important victory on behalf of religious liberty by Navy personnel affected by the previously enacted ban, and by those who fought on their behalf. The change comes just days after First Liberty Institute sent a letter on behalf of active duty...
  • [Turkey's] Top Court Declares Hagia Sophia a Mosque

    07/09/2020 5:54:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/9/20 | Jules Gomes
    Vatican silent as verdict triggers geopolitical tremorsISTANBUL ( - In a historic verdict, Turkey's top court has returned the world's greatest Byzantine basilica to its previous status as a mosque after it abolished President AtatĂŒrk's 1934 decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum. Turkey's highest administrative court, the Council of State, reached a unanimous verdict declaring that president Kemal AtatĂŒrk's cabinet had no right to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum as part of his secularist reforms and has rendered the decision unlawful. The court is expected to deliver its judgment Friday, but Turkish journalist Mehmet Ardıç, a close...
  • The Dying Light of the Day / Antichrist Zeitgeist

    07/09/2020 10:57:18 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 8 replies
    rev310 ^ | 7/8/2020 | Pete Garcia
    As America gets ready to celebrate her 244nd birthday this as a nation, we should take a moment and pause to wonder what became of this once mighty nation. Is it so far-fetched to believe that our nation will not last forever? Or even last another decade intact? Would we recognize her 10-20 years from now? Would the Founders of this once great nation even recognize her today? Most likely not. Looking around today, it seems almost inconceivable that 400 years ago, our nation was once forged by Pilgrims who were fleeing an oppressive, monarchical Europe, seeking only religious liberty...
  • Open Letter to The Honourable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California from His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America

    07/09/2020 7:41:00 AM PDT · by JoanSmith · 4 replies
    Open Letter to The Honourable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California from His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America in light of the decree issued by the Governor of California that forbids choral singing in churches. Your Excellency, I hereby express my protest against the recent prohibition of liturgical singing in houses of worship, which is an infringement of the rights and religious freedoms of the clergy and faithful of the Western American Diocese of the Russian Diaspora, the other Local Orthodox Churches, performing their ministry in this state, as well as other religious bodies. During the years...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil —July 9, 2020 [prayer]

    07/08/2020 8:46:38 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 51 replies | July 9, 2020 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers around the world as we pray for President Trump, Vice President Pence, and AMERICA—churches, families, our military and first responders, businesses, healthcare, schools, and media. Threads labeled [prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Priest to Scottish Gov’t: Pubs Are Allowed to Open, So Why Can’t We Have Mass?

    07/08/2020 6:31:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/7/20 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    ‘It is extremely concerning that there may now be some further delay in allowing the return to public worship,’ wrote Father Michael J. Kane, pastor of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Coatbridge. ‘It is deeply distressing that Catholics cannot receive the Sacraments.’COATBRIDGE, Scotland, July 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― A Catholic priest has published an objection to the Scottish government’s continuing ban on public church services. Father Michael J. Kane is the pastor of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Coatbridge, a town about 10 miles east of Glasgow. In a June 26 open letter to Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) Fulton...
  • Patriarch Kirill: A Threat to Hagia Sophia is a Threat to the Entire Christian Civilisation

    07/08/2020 6:21:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a “resounding” intervention with multidimensional nuances on the issue of Hagia Sophia, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow called not to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. In a statement, Patriarch Kirill stressed his deep concern over the calls of certain Turkish politicians to reconsider the status of Hagia Sophia as a museum, “one of the greatest monuments of Christian culture.” He highlighted that there have been different, sometimes rather difficult periods in the history of relations between Rus’ and Constantinople. But “the Russian people responded in the past and respond now with bitterness and indignation to any attempt to degrade...
  • A Miracle in [Republic of] Georgia: We Did Not Have an Epidemic Although Churches Never Closed, Says Georgian Hierarch

    07/08/2020 6:16:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/6/20
    A nation that is faithful to God and its fatherland will be miraculously blessed by God, His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Chiatura and Sachkhere of the Georgian Orthodox Church said during his Sunday sermon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. A miracle was seen in Georgia, where there was no eruption of the coronavirus epidemic despite the fact that the churches were never closed, as in many other countries, Met. Daniel emphasized, reports “The Georgian ethos is one of the first,” Met. Daniel said. “Someone may ask how it survived. It survived for two reasons: it was dedicated to the...
  • Three Prophetic Dreams From Pastor Dana

    07/08/2020 11:57:46 AM PDT · by fightin kentuckian · 32 replies
    Youtube | Fightin Kentuckian A friend sent me this video of a Kentucky Pastor describing three very apocalyptic dreams. The dreams, as he describes them, are disturbing and scary. Another Pastor has posted a reaction to the video and offers that Pastor Dana's dreams are more metaphorical rather than literal. If you've seen Pastor Dana's video I'd like to hear your thoughts on what the dreams mean to you. To be clear, I'm not saying I think Pastor Dana is true prophet and should be believed. I'm still formulating my own opinions and need some collegial dialogue to help. And I'm buying guns...
  • Pope Francis Dangerous Call For Interfaith Prayer, Each To His Own God

    07/08/2020 8:02:31 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 36 replies
    PNW ^ | 7/7/2020 | Leonardo Di Chirico
    Can you imagine an Apostle Paul who, at the Areopagus in Athens (Acts 17), invites his listeners (followers of various philosophical schools and ancient cults) to unite in prayer, each to his own god/ideal as a sign of fraternity? Can you imagine an Apostle Peter who, in writing to Christians at the four corners of the Roman Empire (1 Peter 1:1), recommends that they raise petitions together with the faithful of the Eastern, Greek and Roman religions, to invoke the end of a pandemic? For those who have a basic grasp of the biblical faith, this is pretty absurd. Not...
  • Analysis: 10 Realistic Ways the War of Gog and Magog can Ignite Tomorrow

    07/08/2020 7:47:40 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 20 replies
    BIN ^ | 7/8/2020 | David Sidman
    The war of Gog and Magog, is a final battle prophesied in the Book of Ezekiel which consists of a type of ‘End of Days’ World War that ushers in the final redemption. But could a third world war really be on the horizon? When looking at the in rise international hostilities taking place worldwide between nations, the notion of such an apocalyptic battle seems to be an extremely realistic scenario. The following is a list of international hostilities that if erupt simultaneously, can spiral into a Third World War. And due to modern defense technology, the devastation can be...
  • Pope Francis and China: A Vatican Mystery and a Proposal

    07/07/2020 6:42:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 7/6/20 | Massimo Introvigne
    Allegedly, on July 5 a paragraph of a pre-written speech by the Pope where he supported freedom in Hong Kong was not read by Francis. To avoid further wild speculations, the Vatican may publish the text of the 2018 China deal.On July 5, a mysterious incident that would have pleased a Dan Brown happened in the Vatican. Speeches by the Pope are distributed to journalists “embargoed,” meaning that media can quote them only after the Pope had pronounced them. In the past, journalists who violated the embargoes lost their credentials with the Vatican. Allegedly, the embargoed text in Italian of...
  • Kremlin Hopes Hagia Sophia's Global Significance, Sacred Value to be Accounted for in Determining its Status in Turkey

    07/07/2020 6:38:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/6/20
    Moscow, July 6, Interfax - Moscow expects the Turkish authorities to take into account the fact that the Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece of global art and has sacred value when making a decision as to its status, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. "Undoubtedly, we hope that the Hagia Sophia's status as a world heritage site will be taken into account. Of course, it's a favorite international masterpiece for tourists from all countries visiting Turkey, including tourists coming from Russia. And in addition to its tourism value, the Hagia Sophia has a very profound sacred value," Peskov told...
  • Montenegro Becomes First Balkan State to Legalize Gay Civil Unions

    07/07/2020 6:34:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/2/20
    With a 42-5 vote in Parliament on Wednesday, Montenegro became the first European country outside Western Europe and the EU to legalize gay civil partnerships. The new bill gives same-sex couples equal rights to traditional couples except for the right to adopt children, reports euronews. The move was hailed by the nation’s top authorities and the LGBT community. “By adopting the Law on Same Sex Life Partnership, Montenegro is for the first time regulating the legal rights of same-sex couples!” President Milo Đukanović tweeted. “A confirmation that our society is maturing, accepting and living the differences. Born free and equal...
  • Discarded Seminarian Fighting Back

    07/07/2020 6:30:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 6/30/20 | William Mahoney
    Open letter exposes seminary cover-upAfter being forced out of the Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome, former seminarian Anthony Gorgia has launched a GoFundMe account to finance legal action against "culpable Church leaders who will listen ... when faced with a lawsuit." Gorgia, once an exemplary seminarian, was forced to leave the NAC during the 2018–2019 school year after witnessing the seminary's vice-rector inappropriately touching a seminarian in his care. Gorgia's impeccable record of service, coupled with love and admiration of professionals and people who know him, were no deterrent to his bishop, Cdl. Timothy Dolan of New York....
  • Famed evangelist Tony Campolo suffers stroke, recovering at Texas medical facility (Spiritual advisor to Bill Clinton during the Monica Scandal)

    07/07/2020 8:06:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/07/2020
    Notable evangelist Tony Campolo recently experienced a severe stroke and has been recovering at a medical facility, according to a newly released statement. The Campolo Center for Ministry at Eastern University announced in a statement, posted to social media earlier this week, that Campolo had suffered a stroke on June 20. Campolo had the left side of his face and body partially paralyzed. He has been recovering at the Beaumont Health Center, according to his children, Bart Campolo and Lisa Goodheart. “… his wife Peggy – who is prohibited from entering his room due to COVID19 – patiently sits outside...
  • Russian President Putin Mocks US Embassy for Flying Gay Pride Flag

    07/06/2020 6:54:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/6/20 | Martin Burger
    MOSCOW, Russia, July 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that a “gay pride” flag flying at the U.S. embassy in Moscow indicates the people working there are homosexuals. When Putin was told during a televised video conference that the U.S. embassy had a pride flag hanging from the front of its building to celebrate Pride month in June, he asked, “Who works in this building?” When the president was told “Americans,” he responded, “Let them celebrate.” “They’ve shown a certain something about the people who work there,” he added with a smile, according to The Moscow Times,...