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  • Day 48 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    10/01/2016 7:18:45 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Oct. 1, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 48 – MARY, QUEEN OF THE FAMILY, PRAY FOR US SHOCK TROOPS KING: As Jean-Baptiste Chautard recounts in his book The Soul of the Apostolate, Pope St. Pius X was conversing with a group of his cardinals one day. The pope asked them: “What is the thing we most need, today, to save society?” “Build Catholic schools,” said one. “No.” “More churches,” said another. “Still no.” “Speed up the recruiting of priests,” said a third. “No, no,” said the pope, “the most necessary thing of all, at this time, is for every parish to possess a group of laymen...
  • Shock: Eucharist stolen from New York City church

    09/30/2016 2:50:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 30, 2016 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From Catholic New York:  The Holy Eucharist was stolen early last week from Holy Trinity Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.The tabernacle door was reportedly vandalized and forced open and the Eucharist was removed what is believed to be sometime early Monday morning, Sept. 19, according to Msgr. Thomas Sandi, the pastor.Msgr. Sandi made the discovery when opening the church for 9 a.m. daily Mass that same day. He reported the incident to police, and at press time was awaiting results of their investigation. The tabernacle door is currently being repaired.On behalf of Cardinal Dolan, Auxiliary Bishop John O’Hara,...
  • ‘Inclusive’ Canadian Church Debates Suitability of Openly Atheist Pastor

    09/30/2016 12:16:25 PM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Sep 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    The pastor of West Hill United Church has found herself in the middle of a firestorm ever since she came out publicly as a disbeliever, raising the question of just how far this big Christian tent can stretch. Progressive Christian churches that have adopted inclusivity as their defining virtue find themselves ill-equipped to oust a member, even when that member has overtly rejected the fundamental tenets of the faith.
  • Day 47 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/30/2016 7:35:55 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 30, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 47 – MARY, QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY, PRAY FOR US BORN FOR COMBAT Prophet: Bishop Robert Barron says, “A prophet is someone who speaks for God. Their task is to speak God’s word, in season and out (whether that word is popular or not). It means you should be a reader of theology and spirituality that you might, as St. Peter put it, ‘give a reason for the hope that is in you.’ We’re living in a time when religion is under attack. If someone challenged you, could you give a reason for the hope that is...
  • The Beginning of the End of Abortion -- 40 Days for Life --

    09/29/2016 8:21:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    40 Days for Life.com ^ | 09-28-16 | 40 Days for Life staff
    The Beginning of the End of Abortion 40 Days for Life is the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through: Prayer & Fasting Knowing that “with God, all things are possible,” people of faith and conscience unite in 40 days of prayer and fasting Community Outreach The pro-life message is taken proactively to every corner of your community during a local 40 Days for Life campaign Peaceful Vigil A focused, 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil is held outside an abortion facility or public place in your city
  • The Church Has Contributed to Antisemitism, Archbishop of Canterbury Says

    09/29/2016 6:48:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/28/16 | Staff
    "The fact that antisemitism has infected the body of the Church is something of which we as Christians must be deeply repentant.The Church has contributed to the spread of antisemitism, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby wrote this week in an essay for the Holocaust Educational Trust. The leader of the Church of England referred to antisemitism as "an insidious evil," adding that "it is a shameful truth that, through its theological teachings, the Church, which should have offered an antidote, compounded the spread of this virus." Welby, who has held his position since 2013, said that "the fact that...
  • Armed Police Patrol Canterbury Cathedral Amid Terrorist Fears

    09/29/2016 6:42:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/29/16 | Staff Reporter
    Security has been increased following the murder of Fr Jacques HamelPolice with guns are patrolling Canterbury Cathedral amid fears about terror attacks. The extra security comes after a series of jihadist attacks across Europe, including the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel. Essex and Kent Police have ordered armed officers to guard potential terrorist targets, including the cathedral, major shopping centres, the port of Dover and London Southend Airport. Photos have emerged of police officers carrying Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles, Glock 17 semi-auto 9mm pistols and Tasers outside the cathedral. A spokesman for Canterbury Cathedral said: “Having grown used...
  • My journey from Tehran to Rome [WSJ journalist, formerly a Muslim, becomes a Catholic)

    09/29/2016 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 40 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 29 Sep 2016 | Sohrab Ahmari
    'I just sat in the back pews and felt waves of peace wash over me' As a Muslim-born Iranian, I first doubted God, then flirted with Nietzsche and Marxism. But the whisper of conscience kept suggesting that I go to Mass. On July 26, I announced my decision to join the Catholic Church. Hours earlier, a pair of jihadists had attacked a church in France and murdered a priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, while he was celebrating Mass. Two months before that, I had begun studying one-on-one with a priest in London, reading Catholic books and immersing myself in the...
  • Christians 'Hung On A Cross Over Fire', Steamrollered And Crushed To Death In North Korea

    09/29/2016 11:07:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 09-23-2016 | Carey Lodge
    Christians in North Korea face rape, torture, enslavement, and being killed for their faith, a damning new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has warned. CSW, a UK-based religious freedom charity, said in the report, Total Denial: Violations of Freedom of Religion or Belief in North Korea, that freedom of religion or belief "is largely non-existent" under dictator Kim Jong-Un's leadership. "Religious beliefs are seen as a threat to the loyalty demanded by the Supreme Leader, so anyone holding these beliefs is severely persecuted," the report says. "Christians suffer significantly because of the anti-revolutionary and imperialist labels attached to them...
  • Georgian Church reassures believers—Pope's visit not to cross into ecumenism

    09/29/2016 10:56:06 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-29-2016 | Pravoslavie
    September 29, 2016      In response to some strong reactions among the clergy and faithful to the Pope's upcoming visit to the country of Georgia, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, which will include meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II, the Patriarchate has released a statement aimed at reassuring those concerned. "We note that prayerful-sacramental communion between us and the Catholic church of Rome has been severed since medieval times and as long as there are dogmatic differences between us, according to Church law, Orthodox believers do not take part in their services," the statement reads. The release notes that Pope Francis'...
  • Faith Leaders Call To ‘Repentance’ Catholics and Protestants Aiding Soros’ ‘Anti-Christian’ Agenda

    09/29/2016 9:03:18 AM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Sep 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Shortened title. Full title: Faith Leaders Call To ‘Repentance’ Progressive Catholics and Protestants Aiding George Soros’ ‘Anti-Christian’ Agenda An open letter signed by more than 75 of America’s evangelical and Catholic leaders calls upon politically progressive groups that claim to be members of a traditional “faith” to refuse financial assistance from leftwing billionaire political activist George Soros and his political allies. The group of leaders – which calls itself the American Association of Evangelicals – writes in its letter: After years of earnest but less public attempts, it is now with heavy hearts, and a hope for justice and restoration,...
  • Day 46 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/29/2016 8:02:59 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 29, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 46 – MARY, QUEEN ASSUMED INTO HEAVEN, PRAY FOR US BORDER WALKERS Priest: Bishop. Robert Barron says, “A priest prays for others, intercedes, and performs sacrifices. Priests are border walkers. They walk the border between heaven and earth. They are mediators as friends of God and friends of the human race. They bring divinity and humanity together. It means you must be a person of prayer — intercessory prayer — prayer on behalf of others. It pleases God to channel his providential care precisely through us and through the instrumentality of our prayer.” Recall the last line of the...
  • Day 45 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/28/2016 6:57:09 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 28, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 45 – MARY, QUEEN CONCEIVED WITHOUT ORIGINAL SIN, PRAY FOR US YOU ARE A COMMISSIONED OFFICER Admission into Christ’s elite fighting force begins by knowing that by your baptism you have been “commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill a most dramatic mission; it is the mission of saving souls. This mission cannot be accomplished without entering into conflict with ‘the world, the flesh and the devil.’ It is not a mission for the fainthearted or for those who wish to take the wide road to heaven. It is the path of warfare, of spiritual battle.” “Holiness,” writes...
  • Crucifix, Trump chalkings reported as 'hate incidents' at UW-L

    09/28/2016 3:38:45 AM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Sep 27, 2016 | Anthony Gockowski
    A report released by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s “Hate Response Team” shows that more than 10 percent of reported hate incidents were determined to be fake or frivolous. In fact, the report notes that 28 of 192 reports were found to be either completely fake or “not a bias/hate incident,” accounting for 14 percent of all incidents reported.
  • Hungarian Government Prepares to Rescue Persecuted Christians

    09/27/2016 7:55:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    World Religion News ^ | 6/26/16 | Corey Barnett
    Hungary aims to aid and defend Christians persecuted by ISIS.Hungary has announced a new initiative to fight forces that discriminate against and persecute Christians. The government has decided that in the light of the recent attacks on Christians, a new department will be set up in Hungary to study these cases and fight radical forces that threaten the lives of innocent Christians. The authorities have indicated that this department will not only take into consideration the attacks that have been happening in the Middle East, but also the disguised forms of discrimination against Christians in Europe. Hungary's Minister for Human...
  • Outcry at Providence Church Over Firing of Gay Music Director

    09/27/2016 7:48:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | 9/25/16 | Jacqueline Tempera
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rev. Francesco Francese kept his Sunday homily at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Broadway short as he encouraged worshipers to “be gentle” with people who stray from the path of God. “It’s our Christian duty to, if we can, to make up for mistakes, and try to help those who are also victims in one way or another,” said Father Francese. “God wants us to give others their due, to never be unjust to them.” As he closed his Bible the sanctuary fell silent. The rousing blend of voices, piano harmonies, and bongo drums associated...
  • Twenty Churches Destroyed in Aleppo During the War

    09/27/2016 7:30:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/26/16
    Moscow, September 26, Interfax - 20 churches were destroyed in Syrian Aleppo, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for UNESCO of the Russian Federation and the Committee for Russian-Syrian cooperation Alexander Dzasokhov said. "It is a magnificent city in Syria that was famous not only for its renowned architecture and cultural sites, but it was a place where Christian aspect of this long-suffering nation has always been present. It suffers great destructions now. According to the recent data, 20 churches were destroyed there," he said on air The Church and the World TV program on Rossiya-24 channel. Dzasokhov believes the future...
  • Orthodox Patriarch Kirill Signs Appeal to Ban Abortion in Russia

    09/27/2016 12:31:30 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 09-27-2016 | Staff
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church signed on Tuesday an appeal to introduce a total nationwide ban on abortions in Russia, Patriarch Kirill's spokesman said. According to Father Alexander Volkov, the appeal calls for recognition of the beginning of human life at the moment of conception and stresses that the embryo should be legally protected. The document also proposes to ban any surgical or therapeutic interruption of pregnancy, as well as "the use of contraceptives with abortion-inducing effects." According to Russian pro-life activists, about 1 million women in Russia have induced abortions every year.
  • Day 44 - Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/27/2016 7:14:05 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 27, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 44 – MARY, QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS, PRAY FOR US “CAN’T QUIT – WON’T FALL – PUT ME IN THE FIGHT!” The Soldier’s Creed of the United States Army states: “I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.” Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens said: “One of the things that makes a warrior into a warrior is that they are dedicated to developing their strength in service to others.” Whether it’s a Navy SEAL or a saint, we admire those who put it all on the line — go “all in!” —...
  • What Argentina’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Guidelines Really Mean [can it be interpreted as a Kasper loss?]

    09/26/2016 7:02:01 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    National Catholi Register ^ | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    When Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released in April, it was already clear that an unusual moment in the life of the Church had been reached. The September disclosure of guidelines formulated by Argentinian bishops — and explicitly endorsed personally by the Holy Father himself in a very peculiar manner — has served to reinforce [this]. Pope Francis clearly wanted to change the Church’s practice on the admission of the divorced and civilly remarried to holy Communion, but could not get the synod of bishops to agree. It was an example of the Holy Spirit guiding the magisterium...
  • The Consent to Reality

    09/26/2016 9:58:41 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-27-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Catholic philosopher, Alasdair MacIntyre (After Virtue), has presented perhaps the most cogent account of our modern cultural landscape. It is not an account of how one set of ideas gave way to another set of ideas, but how a once-upon-a-time consensus gave way to our current collection of competing truth-claims and world-views. Indeed, he demonstrates (Whose Justice, Which Rationality) that our present confusion is not primarily represented by competing groups and sub-groups, but within most individuals. A person, in the course of a single argument, will likely cite any number of disparate and mutually-contradicting propositions. This is not simply the...
  • Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church to appear before court for sharp remarks concerning sodomy

    09/26/2016 9:25:51 AM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-27-2016 | agionoros.ru
    Source: agionoros.ruSeptember 25, 2016      Metropolitan Alexandros of Mantineia and Kynouria has reported that he received an official summons and will soon appear in court for his statements regarding representatives of sexual minorities. Vladyka reported that he is obliged to give testimony before Tuesday September 27. In April 2016 the metropolitan of Mantineia spoke out sharply against Greek Parliament’s adopting of the law on free cohabitation: “Worst of all is that Parliament voted for laws which call perversion and depraved couplings of people of the same sex marriage.” Speaking of sodomites, Vladyka said in particular: “They are an anomaly which...
  • What's Missing from Mr. Trump's "Make America Great Again" Slogan

    09/26/2016 4:01:36 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 82 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/26/16
    What I find absolutely amazing today is how many Americans truly believe that one person can "make America great again" after years of our nation's war on and abandonment of moral absolutes. As many Americans know, "Make America Great Again" is Donald Trump's presidential campaign slogan. This campaign slogan sounds great and has given a huge false hope to many Americans who want to return back to America's "less declining" pre-Obama years. However, I truly wonder how many of these Americans see the REALITY and three dimensional perspective of how impossible, unrecoverable and irreversible the fallout and damage inflicted on...
  • Ex-Catholic Michael Coren stripped of papal knighthood

    09/25/2016 7:04:32 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 24 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 25, 2016 | Michael Coren
    Michael Coren, former Catholic apologist and journalist, has been stripped of his papal knighthood following his reception into the Anglican Church of Canada in 2013. Coren is known for his popular work of Catholic apologetics, Why Catholics Are Right, and for his schism from the Church over her doctrine on homosexuality. He is married with four children. Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic made Mr Coren a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in October 1992, for 'services to Catholic media'. According to an interview with the ultra-liberal Catholic journal, The Tablet, "Coren was stripped of his papal knighthood and asked to return the...
  • 2016 09 25 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Geopolitical Delusions" (video)

    09/25/2016 4:16:26 PM PDT · by Lera · 8 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 9/25/16 | John Haller
    The average, reasoning person needs to be added to the "endangered species" list. The world continues to go mad. And who are the most delusional, with few exceptions? The Geopolitical Leaders of the World. This week's update, entitled "Geopolitical Delusions" looks at some of the life-altering decisions that are occurring behind closed doors in the smoke-filled rooms of the United Nations. From condemning Israel for so called "Human Rights Violations" to the revival of the Oslo Accords and a demand that Israel return to her borders established in 1949, we are rushing to a flash point that could see Biblical...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – September 25th, 2016 (video)

    09/25/2016 4:04:59 PM PDT · by Lera · 10 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 9/25/16 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. shares the three main reasons Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 38 are about to be fulfilled and why it’s important to understand their significance.
  • Relics Of Russian Orthodox Saint Set To Spend Six Months In Space

    09/25/2016 1:46:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty ^ | 9/25/16 | Robert Coalson, Lilya Palveleva
    The influence of the Russian Orthodox Church in the country's political and social life has grown markedly in the 15 years since President Vladimir Putin came to power. But the church's intrusion into the realm of space exploration has particularly raised eyebrows.After spending nearly nine decades forgotten in a Moscow storeroom during the Soviet era, some relics of Russian Orthodox St. Serafim of Sarov should soon be circling the globe aboard the International Space Station (ISS). When the next mission to the ISS blasts off, a box containing a tiny relic of Serafim's body will be strapped to the chest...
  • Italy: ‘Muslims, Atheists’ Blast Christian TV News Anchor for Wearing Crucifix

    09/25/2016 1:31:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/24/16 | Thomas D. Williams
    An Italian television news anchor has ignited a firestorm of criticism by wearing a crucifix around her neck while reporting the news, drawing the ire of “Muslims, atheists and many viewers,” according to reports. Marina Nalesso, a well-known news anchor on the State-owned Tg1 television news show, wore a crucifix around her neck several times last week while on the air, a choice that Silvio Viale, a leftist politician and vocal atheist, has described as “arrogance.” “TG is a public, secular news show, not a Vatican news show,” he said. On her FanPage, Nalesso defended her actions saying that she...
  • Day 42 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/25/2016 7:22:10 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 25, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 42 – MARY, QUEEN OF CONFESSORS, PRAY FOR US YOU MADE US FOR YOURSELF The unfortunate reality is that the modern campaign of militant secular indoctrination has been so severe that fewer remain who believe or trust in God’s supernatural power. In spiritual terms, this makes us puny and scrawny rather than strong and powerful mighty warriors ready to confront the powers of darkness in the heavenly realm. With so many modernized Christians ignoring the reality of grace, it is no wonder that evil is thriving in our day. In speaking of the need for a New Evangelization, Pope...
  • Day 41 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/24/2016 8:34:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 24, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 41 – MARY, QUEEN OF MARTYRS, PRAY FOR US GOD STRONG The U.S. Army ran a very effective “Army Strong” advertising campaign to recruit soldiers. The key message was: “There is strong, and then there is Army Strong.” The commercial goes on to say, “It is a strength like none other. It is a physical strength. It is an emotional strength. It is strength of character. It is strength of purpose. The strength to do good today, and the strength to do well tomorrow. The strength to obey, and the strength to command. The strength to build, and the...
  • Priest: ‘You might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November’

    09/24/2016 6:54:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | September 23, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    NAPLES, Florida, September 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)--We are at a "precarious moment in our history" when churches must speak truth to power or risk the loss of a lot more than their tax statuses, Ave Maria Law School chaplain Father Michael Orsi said in a blistering speech at a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children event on September 10. "For too long, pastors and churches have been bullied into believing that they can say nothing political from the pulpit," said Orsi. The regulation that is used to silence them "was a piece of spite work" against non-profits that had opposed...
  • Iraqi Catholic Church in U.S. Torn by Immigration Efforts

    09/23/2016 6:45:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/22/16 | Ian Lovett
    In opposition to church officials, some Iraqis in the U.S. have been helping Christians escape Iraq EL CAJON, Calif.—The backyard gathering was part Catholic Mass, part rebellion. The priest, an Iraqi immigrant, had been kicked out of the local church. Parishioners had been warned by local church leaders not to worship with him. Yet 50 people sat in makeshift pews behind a home east of San Diego in a show of opposition to church officials urging Christians to stay in Iraq, where their numbers are dwindling. “There is no future for Christians in Iraq,” said Bahaa Gandor, a 31-year-old who...
  • Poland Initially Approves New Law Banning All Abortions and Protecting Unborn Children

    09/23/2016 6:06:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/23/16 | Micaiah Bilger
    Polish legislators debated a citizen-led bill this week that would ban almost all abortions and protect unborn babies’ right to life. And in an initial vote on the measure has been approved. The strong Catholic country already prohibits most abortions. Unlike most of Europe, abortions are legal in Poland in only cases of rape and incest, the life or health of the mother or severe fetal deformities – though “severe” is widely defined and unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities have been legally aborted. The new citizen-led bill, which has wide support from the public, top government officials...
  • Exit United States

    09/23/2016 2:25:32 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 2 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 9/23/2016 | Matt Ward
    The United States of America, under the leadership of President Barack Hussein Obama, has effectively abdicated all real current and future leadership within the Middle East arena. Worse still, this abdication of power and influence will knowingly benefit a growing key strategic enemy of America, Vladimir Putin’s Russia. This almost complete U.S. capitulation has been solidified by the recent signing of the tenuous Syrian ceasefire agreement, on September 9, 2016. This deal is an affront to U.S. regional power and a betrayal of key US allies within Syria. Under the terms of the now signed agreement the rebels in Syria,...
  • Day 40 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/23/2016 7:44:48 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 23, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 40 – MARY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES, PRAY FOR US DIVINE CONNECTION The Gospel story Pope John Paul II sets as the foundation for his new millennium appeal is the “Call of the First Disciples” (Lk 5:1-11). This is the classic scene in which Jesus tells Peter to “Put out into deep water (duc in altum), and let down the nets for a catch.” Peter’s response is: “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” They proceed to catch the maximum amount of fish their nets can...
  • Is Mary not a Virgin? The German Bishops’ New Bible Translation Leaves it... Unclear

    09/22/2016 7:57:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 367 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/21/16 | Jan Bentz
    GERMANY, September 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The German Bishops have presented a new “Unified Translation” of the Bible that follows a significant modernization of the language and will be binding for all German-speaking areas starting in 2017. On Tuesday, the German Bishops Conference (DBK) presented in Fulda the fruit of many years of scientific work: a new edition of the so-called “Unified Translation" (Einheitsübersetzung) of the Bible into German. It’s called “unified” because, from the original published from 1962 onward, these editions are supposed to be used ecumenically, unifying Catholics and Protestants in Germany. The original aim, however, was thwarted...
  • Christian Homeland in Iraq: Nineveh Plain Province Is Solution ‘Beyond Genocide’

    09/22/2016 7:26:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/19/16 | Victor Gaetan
    In Defense of Christians Convention Aims to Preserve Christianity in the Middle EastWASHINGTON — “Time is running out for Assyrian Christians,” declared Michigan-resident Nahren Anweya, 34, speaking to the Register at the third annual convention of In Defense of Christians (IDC) held in Washington Sept. 7-9. Born in Iraq, Anweya vividly remembers being slapped in the face by her first-grade teacher in Baghdad, for describing herself as a Christian — signifying the second-class citizenship suffered by the faithful there long before the current crisis. “We are disappearing literally by the week,” she said, estimating the total number of Christians in...
  • On Marriage and Gender, Where’s the FCA?

    09/22/2016 1:07:23 PM PDT · by DWW1990 · 10 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 9/21/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    A wise pastor, whose name I’ve forgotten, once said, “If you want to know what to preach about, find out what sin with which your congregation is struggling.” Or, as I noted after the infamous Obergefell ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that legally redefined the oldest institution in the history of humanity, pastors, as they prepare their sermons, should always be asking, “Where is the enemy at work in attempting to deceive my congregation?” Likewise, any organization devoted to the works of Jesus Christ—or seeking to “impact the world for Jesus Christ”—should be well prepared to confront the popular...
  • Day 39 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/22/2016 7:23:44 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 22, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 39 – MARY, QUEEN OF PROPHETS, PRAY FOR US ONE THING NECESSARY Pope Benedict XVI said, “The heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind … the Evil One has power in this world, as we experience continually; he has power because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God.” This brings us to the key to Pope John Paul II’s master plan for the new millennium, as he asks us to set aside our disconnected busy-ness, and to start fresh by contemplating the face of Christ....
  • Vatican Confirms Authority of Bishop Abducted by Chinese Officials

    09/21/2016 4:43:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Vatican has confirmed that Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin has become the Bishop of Wenzhou, following the death of Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang. Bishop Zhu died earlier this month, at the age of 90, after a long battle with cancer. Bishop Shao had already been named by the Holy See as coadjutor bishop, with the right of succession. However, Bishop Shao has not been recognized by the government-backed Patriotic Association. Shortly before the death of the older bishop, Chinese officials took Bishop Shao into custody. Although the public explanation was that Bishop Shao was being given a "vacation tour" of...
  • Former Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety, world's oldest Catholic bishop, dead at 104

    09/21/2016 4:38:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies
    nj.com ^ | 09.21.16 | Mark Mueller
    Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety, considered one of the most progressive Roman Catholic bishops in America during his 12-year tenure as head of the Archdiocese of Newark, died Tuesday, the archdiocese confirmed. He was 104. Gerety, the world's oldest Catholic bishop, marked his 77th year as a priest and 50th year as a bishop in June. He spent his final years at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Totowa. "He made an enormous contribution because of his love of the poor and his deep interest in African American Catholics," said retired Cardinal...
  • Christian Deplorables with Matt Buff and Chris Quintana(audio)

    Join hosts Matt Buff and Chris Quintana live as they represent Christian Deplorables around America, destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God in the political arena.
  • The New America and Global Tribulation!

    09/20/2016 7:30:55 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 10 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/20/16
    The American Left rejoices greatly in its new "lawless revolution" under Barack H. Obama that has finally over thrown our Founding Father's vision of America. Today the Left celebrates the birth of a new nation to replace our old one which was founded on the Laws of Nature and of Natures God. Almighty God and His moral absolutes for this physical world have been finally ousted from our schools, public squares, lives and three branches of government. Godlessness, secularism, technological tyranny, lawlessness, moral relativism and Big Government are now the new gods of America and as we look back at...
  • What Your "Left" With

    09/20/2016 7:26:03 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 28 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/20/16
    My dear friends, when Americans outright reject Almighty God's Person, RIGHTEOUSNESS, people and moral absolutes for time and for a healthy society, we are "left" ONLY with Satan, the Left, tyrants, thugs, reprobates, immorality, tyranny and its horrific consequences, violence and their godless selves (Rom. 1:18-32). How much "peace" do you actually think that mindset and lawless drive will bring to our fallen and crumbling nation? The key to surviving today is to face the REALITY of our day and hour and to see things rightly from Almighty God's ETERNAL perspective! My dear friends, lose the optimistic delusion that we...
  • “Let us Free Ourselves from the Heavy Burdens of Fundamentalism and Hate” [Assisi]

    09/20/2016 5:25:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 9/20/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    In his final speech in Assisi, Francis said “no” to “the paganism of indifference”. “Our path leads us to immersing ourselves in situations and giving first place to those who suffer; to taking on conflicts and healing them from within”“No” to a “paganism of indifference”, “our path leads us to immersing ourselves in situations and giving first place to those who suffer; to taking on conflicts and healing them from within… let us free ourselves from the heavy burdens of fundamentalism and hate”. In the heart of Assisi, warmed by the afternoon sun, Pope Francis, along with hundreds of men...
  • Argentine Bishop Threatened with Prosecution for Condemning ‘Culture of Fornication’

    09/20/2016 4:37:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/20/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    September 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic archbishop of the Argentinean city of La Plata is under investigation by the country’s “discrimination” police for condemning the modern acceptance of sexual promiscuity and “unnatural” unions, according to local media sources. Archbishop Héctor Aguer has incurred the wrath of Argentina’s Secretary for Human Rights and perhaps the government’s National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Racism for writing that modern society’s culture of promiscuity is “banal,” “animalistic,” and “infantile.” In a recent article written for the La Plata newspaper El Dia, Aguer laments that the act of “carnal copulation outside of marriage” has...
  • Over 500 Scholars Affirm Church Teaching on Contraception

    09/20/2016 4:32:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    More than 500 scholars have signed a statement of support for the Catholic Church's teaching on contraception. At a press conference held at the Catholic University of America on September 20, the scholars unveiled an "Affirmation of the Church's Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality." The statement was issued as a rebuttal to the "Wijngaards Statement," in which critics of the Church's teaching had called for acceptance of contraception. "Scholarly support for the Church's taching on the gift of sexuality, on marriage, and on contraception has burgeoned in recent decades," said the signatories of the "Affirmation." They added that the...
  • Pope Francis: War Is Satan's Work, "There Is No God Of War"

    09/20/2016 10:52:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 83 replies
    Breibart.com ^ | September 20, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    On the 30th annual World Day of Prayer, Pope Francis met with leaders of the world’s religions to pray for peace, insisting that “God is a God of Peace.” “There is no god of war,” Francis proclaimed during morning Mass, celebrated in the chapel of his residence in the Vatican. War is the work of the “Evil one, the devil, who wants to kill everyone,” the Pope said in preparation for a day dedicated to praying for peace.
  • Day 37 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/20/2016 8:26:33 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 20, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 37 – MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS, PRAY FOR US SET THE WORLD ABLAZE The word “courage” actually derives its meaning from a Latin root word “cor” which means “heart.” It means we are never more courageous than when we “have the courage of our convictions,” that is, when we live from the heart, remaining true to who we really are. Lombardi was courageous because he simply yielded to his raison d‘être, his reason for existence. St. Catherine of Siena put it this way: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” Who are...
  • Forbidden To Speak About Sin

    09/20/2016 6:11:03 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 2 replies
    Spiritual Food Blog ^ | September 18, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When pasting this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words and embedded links. To read the document with the formatting and embedded links go to the link of the document.) Forbidden To Speak About Sin On September 14, 2016, at the monthly formation of the clergy of the diocese of Perugia, my cardinal said: “I would like to say something that I forgot to tell you, but I feel it is important. Because I myself had to reflect a lot on this to convince myself. When you...