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  • "Dying Populations, Not Climate Changes, Are Biggest Threat to Western Civilization." (Viktor Orban)

    10/17/2019 5:39:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 10/17/19 | Svetlana Ekimenko
    Faced with the challenge of a declining population, governments across central Europe have introduced financial incentives for having children...As Budapest hosts an international summit on demography this week, attended by several regional leaders and delegations from dozens of countries, the country’s prime minister, Viktor Orban deplored the population decline in Europe while lauding Hungary's pro-family policy, writes the Financial Times. Orban said it was conceivable that Hungary, with a population of just under 10 million and shrinking, due to plummeting birthrates and emigration to EU states further west, could just disappear. “It’s not hard to imagine that there would be...
  • In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

    10/17/2019 5:35:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    An update on America's changing religious landscapeThe religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. Both Protestantism and Catholicism are experiencing losses of population share. Currently, 43% of U.S. adults identify...
  • Auxiliary of Baghdad: We Fear the Return of ISIS

    10/17/2019 5:31:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 10/16/19
    Bishop Yaldo confirms the "strong fear" of "a return of the Islamic State". The intervention of the international community "fundamental" to exercise "pressure on Turkey". Erdogan rejects the US request for a ceasefire. From the Chaldean patriarch the appeal for a week of prayer for peace in Iraq and Syria.Baghdad (AsiaNews) - The populations, Christian and otherwise, from northern Iraq "are afraid of a return of the Islamic State (IS, formerly Isis)", which could exploit the Turkish offensive against the Kurds and the consequences of chaos , to close ranks and reconstitute. In an exclusive interview with AsiaNews Mgr. Basil...
  • Brazil Archbishop Blames ‘Dragon of Traditionalism’ for Opposition to Pope

    10/17/2019 5:28:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/14/19 | Jules Gomes
    Archbishop Brandes backtracks in presence of conservative President Jair BolsonaroSAO PAULO, Brazil (ChurchMilitant.com) - The archbishop of Aparecida has lashed out at conservatives who oppose the Amazon Synod as possessed by the "dragon of traditionalism" and as "violent, unfair" and "shooting the Pope, the Synod and the Second Vatican Council." Preaching at the Solemn High Mass on the feast day of Our Lady of Aparecida, Abp. Orlando Brandes said that the dragon was active and was "easing the ways of the dragon of corruption, which takes bread out of our mouth and increases social inequalities." "Of course, in the Scriptures...
  • Episode 31: Could There Be Infiltrators In The Pro-Life Movement?

    10/17/2019 2:30:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LifeTalkTV ^ | May 24, 2017 | Mark Crutcher
    Episode 31: Could There Be Infiltrators In The Pro-Life Movement? Could there be people currently infiltrating the pro-life movement? Hosts Mark Crutcher and Renee Hobbs discuss... What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!
  • Catholic Synod appears to be moving toward ordination for married men in Amazon Region

    10/17/2019 10:45:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 10/17/2019 | Thomas Reese
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The synod of bishops meeting in Rome appears to be moving toward recommending the ordination of married men in the Amazon region.While no one can predict what the bishops will do, one Brazilian bishop recently estimated that two-thirds of the bishops at the synod will support ordaining “viri probati” — a church phrase meaning “married men of proven virtue.”Another participant told Religion News Service that only a couple of the 185 bishops spoke against the idea during the first week of the synod.The three-week synod, which began Oct. 6, is composed mostly of bishops from the Amazon...
  • Informal talks reportedly underway between Russian and Greek Churches to resolve crises

    10/17/2019 9:41:58 AM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 10-17-2019 | Staff
    Moscow, October 17, 2019 Informal talks between the Russian and Greek Churches are underway, looking for a way to resolve the crisis that has arisen in Orthodoxy thanks to Constantinople’s meddling in the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Church and in the relations between the two Churches following Saturday’s meeting of the Greek Bishops’ Council, a source in Greek Church circles told RIA-Novosti. The discussions are also connected with today’s session of the Russian Holy Synod, which is already underway. “It is possible to avoid a deterioration of the situation if the ROC comes out with a proposal to Archbishop...
  • Atheism is declining worldwide, says report; what should Christians do?

    10/17/2019 9:15:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/17/2019 | Hayden Royster
    A few months ago, the good folks at the ​Center for the Study of Global Christianity released the 2019 ​edition​ of their “Status of Global Christianity” report. There’s a lot of fascinating info in there. Some of the more significant stats are detailed in the LifeWay ​article​, 7 SURPRISING TRENDS IN GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY IN 2019, like the fact that Christianity is growing faster than the population is, or that the percentage of unevangelized individuals in the world has shrunk, from 54.3% in 1900 to 28.4% today.Perhaps most fascinating, though, is the projected decrease in atheism worldwide. According to the report,...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, October 17, 2019 [prayer]

    10/17/2019 5:58:42 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 27 replies
    Free Republic.com ^ | October 17, 2019 | 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.
  • Why Luther?

    10/17/2019 5:25:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 59 replies
    Tabletalk ^ | 10/7/2019 | Gene Edward Veith
    History is the account of vast social movements and cultural changes. To be sure, individuals play their part. But they are usually understood to be products of their times. The Reformation, though, whose five-hundredth anniversary we observe this year and whose impact on not only the church but the world has been monumental, was largely precipitated by one man: Martin Luther. Yes, vast social movements and cultural changes were at work in sixteenth-century Europe. But Luther caused many of them, such as the educational explosion that would lead to universal literacy, the rise of the middle class, and eventually democratic...
  • Bannon Fights Eviction From Italian ‘Gladiator School’

    10/16/2019 7:06:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/16/19 | Martina Moyski
    A fundamentally political move against the conservative populistVIA TRISULTI, Italy (ChurchMilitant.com) - Italy's ministry for culture is claiming it has evicted Steve Bannon's "Gladiator School" from a 13th-century Italian monastery, 38 miles south of Rome. "As the DHI indicated when the Ministry for Culture first announced this politically motivated manoeuvre back in May, we will fight our case in court with every resource at our disposal," said Benjamin Harnwell, director of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, in comments to Church Militant. "We look forward to demonstrating that the objections against the DHI promoted by the Left over the last two years...
  • The Mysterious Resignation of Vatican Police Commander Giani

    10/16/2019 7:02:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/15/19 | Ed Pentin
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Ostensibly his resignation was a consequence of the leaking of the names of five suspended Vatican officials, but sources tell the Register it was actually triggered by other issues.VATICAN CITY — The resignation of Vatican police commander Domenico Giani on Monday had been long expected, but the background to his removal remains shrouded in intrigue and mystery. The Vatican announced Giani’s replacement today, Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti, who has served in the Vatican police corps since 1995 and was appointed Giani’s deputy last year. A former officer in both Italy’s finance police, the Guardia di Finanza, and Italy’s Secret...
  • Nigerian Bishop Says ‘Border Wall’ Would be Good for Nigeria

    10/16/2019 6:54:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/16/19 | Staff
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - For decades Nigerian migrants have left their country - both legally and illegally - hoping to escape poverty, conflict, and corruption. Those traveling without proper documents faced several risks, including hunger and thirst, robbery, and the dangers of sea crossings into Europe. If caught, Nigerian migrants can be detained and eventually deported from their destination or transit countries. The Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, told Crux that migration is “the ultimate manifestation of our state of despair.” The bishop said the story of Africa is the story of a very irresponsible elite that has shown no...
  • Abortion Activists Stage Topless Protest of Argentinean Cathedral

    10/16/2019 12:33:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    BREITBART ^ | October 15, 2019 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    ROME – Topless protesters assailed the cathedral of La Plata, Argentina, this weekend, hurling Molotov cocktails and human excrement at the church building while demanding legalized abortion. The “tetazo,” or topless protest, was a spin-off from Argentina’s annual “National Encounter of Women” taking place Sunday in La Plata, home to one of the world’s largest Catholic cathedrals. The activists called for “legal abortion now, unobstructed, safe, and free in the hospital” while also shouting insults against the Catholic Church. Chanted slogans included: “Abort your heterosexuality,” “‘Death to the macho’ is not a metaphor,” “The only church that enlightens is the...
  • Judge Rules Obamacare Transgender, Abortion Protections Violate Religious Freedom

    10/16/2019 11:49:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    BREITBART ^ | October 16, 2019 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Obamacare’s special protections for transgender individuals and women who choose to have abortions violate religious freedom. Judge Reed O’Connor of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, a George W. Bush appointee, overturned the protections by vacating the Obama-era rule that banned health insurers and providers who receive federal taxpayer funds from denying coverage or treatment to any individual based on sex, gender identity, or termination of pregnancy. As the Hill noted, Reed is the same judge who ruled last December that Obamacare in its entirety is unconstitutional. In January 2017...
  • Miraculous 17th-Century Icon of Christ, Lost 90 Years Ago, ..Returns to St. Basil’s on Red Square

    10/15/2019 6:07:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/15/19
    A miraculous 17th-century icon of Christ has finally returned home after being lost during communist times. The revered “Savior of Moskvoretesky” (Pantocrator) Icon was believed lost after 1927, but returned to the Holy Protection Cathedral on Red Square, commonly known as St. Basil’s, yesterday, reports TASS. Lost more than 90 years ago, the miraculous icon was discovered in an antique market and bought by collector Stanislav Nikolaev last year, and was restored over the summer. “The icon has found its place, I hope for many years, and perhaps, forever. The icon came to me, as I said, quite by accident,...
  • How Chinese Christians Worship in the Face of Persecution

    10/15/2019 6:01:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 10/15/19 | Wang Yichi
    Even pigsties, sheep pens, and cemeteries can become meeting venues for believers – as long as it allows them to avoid questioning and inspections by the state.The Chinese authorities spare no effort in persecuting people for their religious beliefs by vigorously cracking down on “unofficial” and state-approved churches alike. Many meeting venues have been shut down, forcibly demolished, or taken over for government use. To continue their gatherings and avoid being found out, believers have to be creative and think of every possible method to practice their faith. For them, harsh environments and long distances aren’t real issues – as...
  • Lonely Voice in Brazilian Episcopate Speaks Against Synod Document

    10/15/2019 5:49:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/14/19 | Eduardo Campos Lima
    SĂO PAULO - In Brazil, most of the criticism directed towards the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon came from the government, not from members of the hierarchy. Bishop José Luís Azcona is among the minority of Brazilian prelates to raise concerns about the synod, calling the Vatican meeting’s preparatory document “weak and inconsistent.” Still, he has sought to distance his criticism from that of President Jair Bolsonaro, who he said wants to meddle in the Brazilian Church. In the past few months, the Spanish-born Azcona, bishop emeritus of the Prelature of Marajó - located in the Amazonian State of...
  • CA Lifts Statute of Limitations on Sex Abuse

    10/15/2019 5:46:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/14/19 | Bradley Eli
    Stephen Brady: 'Los Angeles archdiocese will be one of the biggest hit in the country'SACRAMENTO, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) - California just became the sixth state to drop its statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse. The law signed on Sunday by California's Gov. Gavin Newsom gives all victims of childhood sexual abuse a three-year period beginning Jan. 1 to file lawsuits. Following that period, the new law will extend the age limit of the victim filing from 26 to 40 and the time limit of when the abuse is discovered to when the case is filed from three to...
  • South Carolina pastor who impregnated girl twice sentenced to prison

    10/15/2019 3:05:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    WSAV3 ^ | October 11, 2019 | WYFF Staff
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WYFF) – A pastor who pleaded guilty to child sex charges will spend the next decade in prison. The victim says she became pregnant twice by 32-year-old Phillip Buckson and had abortions to terminate the pregnancies. According to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Buckson, pleaded guilty to this week to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor 11 to 14 years old in Spartanburg County. He was sentenced to 20 years, suspended to 10 years and 5 years of probation, must register as a sex offender, and can have no contact with the victim....