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  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, March 23, 2017 [prayer]

    03/23/2017 6:21:57 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 21 replies
    APV prayer team ^ | March 23, 2017
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, 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.
  • Pope: 'Current Migration Crisis Greatest Tragedy After WW2'

    03/22/2017 1:57:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 3/22/17
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for an ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate forced migrants and refugees and described the current migration phenomenon as the world’s greatest tragedy after the Second World War. Speaking on Wednesday to crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience, the Pope also continued his catechesis on Christian hope and appealed to the faithful to ‘re-discover’ the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Church Official Believes Lenin Will be Buried Sooner or Later

    03/22/2017 12:56:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/21/17
    Moscow, March 22, Interfax - The Russian Church official is sure that Lenin's body should be buried when there are enough preconditions for it. "I believe that Lenin certainly should be moved out and I am sure this question will be settled sooner or later," head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda said on air Dozhd TV channel. According to him, it will take place "when it doesn't give grounds for splits." Legoyda does not agree that "sometimes they make a touchstone of it: if you are an Orthodox Christian, you should demand to...
  • The Church of England Has Sent a Clear Message to Its Conservative Churchgoers – You're Not Wanted

    03/22/2017 5:11:30 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 12 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 13, 2017 | Andrew Sabisky
    The treatment of Bishop Philip North, an Anglo-Catholic, shows the Church's prospects for unity are grim. It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that the Church of England is at it again. Fresh off a truly disastrous session of General Synod (the Church's parliament), it has plunged itself headlong into further public ignominy.The latest disaster concerns Bishop Philip North, currently the Bishop of Burnley. He was chosen by the bureaucracy to be the new Bishop of Sheffield (a promotion from suffragan to diocesan status). Bishop North, however, is a traditionalist Anglo-Catholic, one of a sizable minority within...
  • Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope's Fatima Visit [Catholic Caucus]

    03/22/2017 4:58:12 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 20, 2017 | Devin Sean Watkins
    (Vatican Radio)  The Vatican has released the schedule of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Fatima in Portugal, due to take place on 12-13 May. The Holy Father will arrive on Saturday by plane at the Monte Real air base in the afternoon, where he will be welcomed by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. He will then travel by helicopter to the Stadium of Fatima before travelling by car to the Fatima Shrine. Whilst there, the Pope will pray at the Chapel of the Apparitions, greet pilgrims present, and recite the Holy Rosary with them. On Sunday, Pope Francis will meet with...
  • Are Christians Too Nice? Why Christians need to stop being wimps

    03/21/2017 3:42:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/20/2017 | Daniel J. Phillips
     In a piece over at Fox News, Larry Alex Taunton argued that evangelicals “need to stop being wimps.” (A glance at the URL suggests that the writer’s original title may have been a bit saltier.) Taunton makes a vividly argued case.As an example of wimpiness, he adduces Barnabas Piper, famous for being the son of John Piper. Writing at WORLD, Piper reassured the world that he’d not eat at Chick-fil-A to support a fellow-believer targeted by “gay agenda” activists et al for the compounded crimes of (a) being a Christian (b) out-loud and (c) in public. Piper was very...
  • Jesus's tomb unveiled after $4m restoration

    03/21/2017 3:02:14 PM PDT · by mgstarr · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/21/17 | Harriet Sherwood
    The restored tomb in which Jesus’s body is believed to have been interred after his crucifixion will be officially unveiled at a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday. “If the intervention hadn’t happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,” Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund, which had oversight of the project, told Associated Press. “This is a complete transformation of the monument.” The delicate restoration was carried out by a team of about 50 experts from the National Technical University, which previously worked...
  • Fra. Cristoforo: ‘Cardinal Muller told Dubia Cardinals Formal Correction would risk Schism’

    03/21/2017 4:31:33 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | March 20, 2017 | Unknown
    Once again breaking news in Novus Ordo Land: The Roman Novus Ordo cleric who goes by the pen name of Fra. Cristoforo (“Bro. Christopher”) has just published some additional information about the four “dubia cardinals” (Caffara, Brandmuller, Meisner, and Burke) and why the previously announced “formal correction of the Pope” has been scrapped.Last week, after Fra. Cristoforo had revealed that the formal correction was not going to happen, Vatican journalist Edward Pentin sent out some tweets (see here and here) contradicting the claim, saying that the information was not correct and the formal correction was “still on.” Fra. Cristoforo, however,...
  • Anonymity, Disinformation, and Trust: The Fra Cristoforo Effect

    03/21/2017 4:28:57 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | March 20, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    I have a growing sense that we’ve entered a new phase in the war for the soul of Catholicism. I have the distinct impression that the enemies of truth and goodness within the Church have been displeased with the effectiveness of a handful of feisty publications in exposing their anti-Catholic agenda at nearly every turn. I think of something Bishop Athanasius Schneider said concerning the first Synod on Marriage and Family in 2014: That in the very bosom of the Church, there are people who undermine the teaching of Our Lord became an obvious fact and one for the whole world to...
  • 2017 03 19 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Webs of Lies and Ties"(video)

    03/20/2017 5:50:04 PM PDT · by Lera · 12 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | Mar 19, 2017 | John Haller
    The adversary is a master at spinning truth in lies and deceit. As a result, those who are not grounded in the Word have tremendous difficulty discerning the difference between God's truth and man's truth, creating a web of confusion and distraction. In this week's update, John brings us up to date on issues in the world, including the recent movement toward the idea that each person must determine their own gender-identity (as opposed to it being determined by physical and DNA attributes), plus of folks into the churches without worry about their Middle East, including Turkey's planned expansion and...
  • The Moscow Patriarchate Believes Lenin's Burial is Untimely

    03/20/2017 5:37:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/17/17
    Moscow, March 17, Interfax - Representative of the Moscow Patriarchate calls extremely untimely the idea to bury Lenin's body and urges to introduce a moratorium on a war against political symbols in Russia. "We understand that his presence on Red Square has nothing to do with Christian traditions. But we can raise a question about reburial only when a campaign on decommunization and desovietization is stopped in the post-Soviet territory. And afterwards, when we pose this question, we should base only on religious, not political grounds," first deputy chairman of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media relations, PhD...
  • Will The Correction Come? Keeping The Faith In The Age Of The Kitten Cardinal [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 12:35:17 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | March 17, 2017 | Mundabor
    Will, then, the famous correction come? Fra Cristoforo says it won’t.Edward Pentin says it will. I quote the Bible:  Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. I will be very glad if the correction comes. I will be moderately sad if it doesn’t. But one way or the other my faith will not be shaken, my days will go on exactly in the same way and my salvation will not be directly influenced by it.I believe in God, the Father Almighty. I do not believe in four Cardinals. As...
  • Pope Francis to priests: Do not be afraid to call on exorcists

    03/20/2017 11:16:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    AOL News ^ | March 20, 2017 | Grant Suneson, Newsy
    Pope Francis gets a lot of attention for his modern views on Catholicism, but he's now backing an ancient and controversial practice in the church. The pope told priests that they should be willing to call on an exorcist if they feel it's warranted, but they should make sure the person is actually possessed first. There are no official statistics, but exorcisms are reportedly on the rise — at least in the U.S. Father Vincent Lampert of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis said, "The problem isn't that the devil has upped his game, but more people are willing to play it."...
  • Pope's Egypt visit offers chance to improve Catholic-Muslim ties

    03/18/2017 8:14:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Mar 18, 2017 | 10:45am EDT | Gavin Jones
    Pope Francis will make a trip to Egypt next month, the Vatican said on Saturday, giving the pontiff another opportunity to promote better relations between Catholics and Muslims. Francis has accepted an invitation to Cairo on April 28-29 from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Catholic bishops, the pope of the Coptic church of Alexandria and the country’s highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, the Vatican said in a statement. Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts, account for about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, which is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim. Sectarian violence sometimes erupts over disputes on issues related to church building, religious conversions and interfaith relationships....
  • Trump is right: France is no longer France

    03/17/2017 6:39:00 AM PDT · by high info voter · 24 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | 3/17/2017 | Giulio Meotti
    “Paris is no longer Paris,” US President Donald Trump recently said. A few days later, the New York Times ran a story entitled “As France’s Towns Wither, Fears of a Decline in ‘Frenchness.’” But the liberal newspaper refused to testify about the real metamorphosis of the French landscape. That is perfectly summarized by a book entitled Will the Church Bells Ring Tomorrow?, in which Philippe de Villiers writes that France, the “eldest daughter” of the Catholic Church, is turning into the “eldest daughter of Islam.” Trump was right. A 2,200-page report, entitled “Suburbs of the Republic,” commissioned by the French...
  • Boston St. Patrick’s Parade Admits Gay Group After Death Threats

    03/16/2017 8:18:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    OUTVETS has been re-admitted after the parade council was threatened and bullied by gay activistsMass Resistance and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts have received multiple reports from within the Allied War Veterans Council — organizers of Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade — that the homosexual group OUTVETS was admitted to the 2017 parade only after numerous threats of violent protests disrupting the parade, potentially causing injuries and worse, were directed at Council members on social media. Reports were also received that the Boston Police found these threats to be credible, and told Council members that they could not guarantee...
  • Turkish FM Warns of ‘Religion Wars’ in Europe in Remarks on Dutch Elections

    03/16/2017 8:10:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 3/16/17 | Anatalya
    Europe will soon be the site of “religion wars,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on March 16, in Ankara’s first comment on the general elections in the Netherlands that saw the victory of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal VVD. “Now the election is over in the Netherlands ... “When you look at the many parties you see there is no difference between the social democrats and fascist [Geert] Wilders. All have the same mentality. Where will you go? Where are you taking Europe? You have begun to collapse Europe. You are dragging Europe into the abyss. Holy wars will soon...
  • European Court Upholds Employer’s Ban on All Workplace Religious Displays

    03/16/2017 7:51:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The European Court of Justice has ruled that an employer can ban the wearing of the Islamic veil, but the court’s ruling could also be used to justify a ban on the wearing of a crucifix or other Christian religious item. In a case that arose when a Belgian firm fired a Muslim woman for continuing to wear her veil, the Court ruled that a workplace rule was not discriminatory because it did not single out any religious faith. The firm had set a policy that prohibited employees from wearing “in the workplace visible signs of political, philosophical, or religious...
  • One Man, Close to the Pope, Responsible for So Much Evil in the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    03/16/2017 12:56:50 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | March 15, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    March 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — His name is Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, and he hails from Pope Francis’ homeland of Argentina. He was ordained in 1968 as a priest in the diocese of Rome, then as a bishop in 2001. He has an anti-capitalist worldview and is opposed to traditional doctrine. He is the chancellor of two Vatican dicasteries: the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Sources in the Vatican say he has a rather vicious streak, and we experienced it firsthand when our Rome correspondent interviewed Sorondo after a Feb. 27-March 1 conference on “Biological...
  • When the Spirit of the Age Has a Cosmic Tantrum - Hatred Off the Charts

    03/16/2017 10:18:03 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 25 replies
    Olive Tree Ministries ^ | 3/16/17 | Jill Martin Rische
    Whoever thought an entire country could disappear down the rabbit hole? If only we were headed to Wonderland, like Alice and her rabbit! But America is going someplace far darker. The spirit of this age is furious and we are seeing a cosmic tantrum. Hatred Off the Charts Who could imagine that witches cursing Trump would be a top headline on Fox News or that media outlets would actually print the spell, with handy hints on how to curse your President? In what reality does assassination lunacy go mainstream? America -- and now the world -- has lost its collective...
  • Federal Court: 1964 Civil Rights Act Does Not Bar Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation

    03/15/2017 6:00:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    A US circuit court in Georgia has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, does not by that fact prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In November 2016, a federal district court in Pennsylvania reached a different conclusion in a similar case. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has argued that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a kind of sex discrimination. 11th Circuit: Title VII Does Not Bar Sexual Orientation Discrimination (Religion Clause)
  • Iraqi Christians Ask EU to Support the Creation of a Nineveh Plain Province

    03/15/2017 5:55:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    European Post ^ | 3/14/17 | Marco Gombacci
    Nineveh Plein is the area in North Iraq where more than 120.000 Christians had to escape in face of ISIS offensive in August 2014. They went to Erbil, capital of Kurdistan Region of Iraq and they have been living now in refugee camps for more than two years. Christianity has been present in the Nineveh Plain – where Mosul, Qaraqosh and Bashiqa are located – since the first century. Now, the return of Christian communities to their home in the Nineveh Plain is a concrete problem. “If we don’t go back home, from where Daesh banished us, Christianity in Iraq...
  • Pro-Abort Speaker at Vatican Conf: Pope has ‘Done More’ for Global Warming Movement than Anyone

    03/15/2017 5:48:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/14/17 | Claire Chretien
    VATICAN, March 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The father of the population control movement, Paul Ehrlich, told a Vatican conference that he thinks Pope Francis is "the person in the world [who] has done more" than others to "initiate work" to fight climate change. Ehrlich was a speaker at the Biological Extinction conference, sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Pro-life Catholics expressed concern over Ehrlich being invited to present. He holds many views contrary to the Catholic Church's teaching, including support for forced abortion and sterilization.Ehrlich has made inflammatory statements about the hierarchy...
  • The Ongoing Discussion about Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation Receives New Fuel

    03/15/2017 5:03:50 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | March 13, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Since the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI in February of 2013, speculations have never fully ceased as to whether he was pressured to do so, after all, in order to make way for a more progressive-leaning pontiff. Archbishop Luigi Negri has now given new fuel to this debate in a recent 6 March interview, as reported by John-Henry Westen at LifeSiteNews: An Italian archbishop close to Pope Benedict XVI says the former pope decided to resign as a result of “tremendous pressure.”Archbishop Luigi Negri, who says he has visited Pope Benedict “several times” since his resignation in 2013, is the...
  • Mosul Church Turned into ISIS Police Base

    03/14/2017 6:59:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Asharq Al Aswat ^ | 3/10/17 | AFP
    Mosul-The elegant columns of a west Mosul church stand plastered with ISIS propaganda after the jihadists’ infamous religious police took over the Christian place of worship. The sign above the door of Um al-Mauna (Our Mother of Perpetual Help) in Iraq’s second city reads “Chaldean Catholic church”, but its jihadist occupants had other ideas. “No entry, by order of ISIS Hesba Division (the religious police), they wrote on the building’s outside wall. The church “was an important office for the authorities tasked with making sure (Mosul) residents had a beard, wore short robes and followed their extremist convictions,” says Lieutenant...
  • Ides of March Maddow Prayer for Trump

    03/14/2017 5:58:17 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 24 replies
    Free Republic ^ | March 14 2017 | Sontagged
    Lord Jesus: We take authority in Your Name Lord over this supposed tax return release of President Trump's tax returns. Lord God, quell the wickedness in high places that we are wrestling with now: shut the mouths of every lie spoken against the President, and may the truth of the motives of those who say they are releasing these supposed tax returns be revealed for all Americans to see. The wicked plans of the NWO Uniparty liars are abhorrent to You, Lord God; we believe they are whom You laugh at in derision in Psalm 2... expose, unveil and reveal...
  • Irreconcilable Differences: Conservatives and Liberals Are Worlds Apart on Worldview

    03/14/2017 11:32:35 AM PDT · by Boomer · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 14, 2017 | Dr. Richard Land
    If it wasn’t already clear during the November election and in the months since the inauguration, conservatives and liberals have some “irreconcilable differences” when it comes to their outlook on the world, especially when it comes to who God is, the inerrancy of the Bible, the definition of success and the meaning of life.
  • Is Pope Francis Really a “Pop Pope”?

    03/13/2017 1:34:32 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | March 13, 2017 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Last week Rolling Stone magazine (Italian edition) put Pope Francis on the cover with the description “A Pop Pope.” This is the umpteenth proof that the secular world loves Pope Francis. The striking fact, however, lies in the motivation behind the Pope making this magazine cover, as was the case back in 2013 when Time magazine elected Pope Francis “Man of the Year.”The cover was explained this way: “Rolling Stone celebrates Pope Francis who has conquered young people with his words of attention toward the least and the poorest, with his close attention to regular people, with a decidedly popular...
  • The plot against the Pope (What is going on and why)

    03/13/2017 9:23:40 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 03-12-2017 | Damian Thompson
    On the first Saturday in February, the people of Rome awoke to find the city covered in peculiar posters depicting a scowling Pope Francis. Underneath were written the words: Ah, Francis, you have intervened in Congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, ignored Cardinals… but where is your mercy? The reference to mercy was a jibe that any Catholic could understand. Francis had just concluded his ‘Year of Mercy’, during which the church was instructed to reach out to sinners in a spirit of radical forgiveness. But it was also a year in...
  • 2017 03 12 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Unintended Consequences" (video)

    03/13/2017 8:37:08 AM PDT · by Lera · 2 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 3/13/17 | John Haller
    From drought to deluge, from clean energy to polluted waters, people in our world are "shacking up" with lies from the pit of hell served up by our adversary. Evangelicals and Catholics are shacking up with each other to create an ecumenical movement; The women's movement is "shacking up" with Islam, bowing toward Mecca during the call to prayer; Russian and Iran are "shacking up" with each other in what is likely a prophetic alignment with significant implications; And millions are "shacking up" with Paul Young and his deceptions in a movie that is leading many to a false sense...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – March 12th, 2017(video)

    03/13/2017 8:27:24 AM PDT · by Lera · 5 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 3/13/17 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. zeros in on the meeting between Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, painting a prophetic picture of the pre-tribulation rapture on the canvass of typology from the book of Esther.
  • A prayer for Steve Bannon & President Trump:

    03/12/2017 5:46:04 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 37 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 3/12/17 | sontagged
    Dear Lord Jesus: Thank You for the election & safe installation in office of President Trump. We ask You now to strip away the lies & liars that surround this Administration; we ask You show Mr. Bannon & the President whom to trust and whom to distrust; we ask You reveal the wicked works of darkness & expose any plans or strategies of Hell against this White House and all the people there; then we ask, in accordance with Your Word, that the wicked deeds of those around the President & those in the Media would be revealed for all...
  • Christians Warn Pope Francis: Making Deal With China Is Big Mistake, Would Worsen Persecution

    03/12/2017 1:23:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 3/8/17 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Reports of warming relations between China's atheistic Communist Party and the Vatican have beet met with high caution by some watchdog groups, which are warning that the persecution of Christians could get worse. "A partnership between the Vatican and the Chinese government would worsen the lives of house church Christians. The Communist Party already targets clergy who are not ordained by the state as illegitimate, which leads to persecution, and having the Vatican's backing gives them a further excuse to do so," ChinaAid President Bob Fu told The Christian Post in an interview earlier this week. They may also feel...
  • ‘Words Fail Me:’ Pro-Life Leader Reacts to Population Control Advocates Speaking at Vatican

    03/12/2017 1:14:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/10/17 | Claire Chretien
    March 10, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Vatican hosting population control advocates at a conference is "such a departure from the solid, orthodox teaching [of] the two previous popes," a pro-life leader who has spent decades fighting the "myth" of overpopulation told LifeSiteNews. Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, told LifeSiteNews that the Pontifical Academy of Sciences shouldn't be surprised that speakers at its Biological Extinction conference, which included the pro-abortion "father" of the population control movement and supporters of contraception, espoused anti-Catholic views. "This is what you get if you invite secular humanists to speak at a Catholic...
  • Bishop McElroy: Discrimination Against Muslims 'Unconscionable'

    03/12/2017 1:06:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 3/10/17 | Heidi Schlumpf
    Catholics must "condemn unequivocally" anti-Muslim prejudice in the United States, including in our own church communities, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy told a national meeting of Muslims and Catholics Wednesday, March 8. McElroy, co-chair of the West Coast Catholic-Muslim Dialogue of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was part of a two-day national meeting of three regional dialogue groups at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago March 8-9. Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich is chair of the national dialogue. In his public remarks, McElroy decried the "intolerable exclusion and marginalization, which both the followers of Islam and Christians are facing in our...
  • Thy Brother’s Wife: John the Baptist Wouldn’t Approve of Hunter Biden

    03/12/2017 8:03:43 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 21 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 12, 2017 | JP
    The Gospel According to Mark recounts the circumstances that led to the beheading of John the Baptist by order of Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilee. “Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Phillip’s wife; for he had married her. Because John had said to Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’” Beau Biden, the eldest son of former vice president Joe Biden died of brain cancer in May 2015. Not even two years later, Beau’s younger brother Hunter has left his...
  • ISIS Inadvertently Proves Bible Historically Accurate

    03/12/2017 1:04:15 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    NCR ^ | Mar. 8, 2017 | Matthew Archbold
    One archeologist was quoted as saying that ISIS's act of “destruction has actually led us to a fantastic find.” A find that shows the Bible to be correct once again. ...snip So here's how it happened. In 2014, ISIS destroyed a site believed by many to be the burial site of Jonah in Mosul because...that's what ISIS does. They destroy. For some reason they went to town on the place, even using dynamite to destroy it. But a few weeks ago, the area was liberated by Iraqi forces from ISIS. But because the site was blown to smithereens, what was...
  • Is Pope Francis Really Facing a Coup? Or Just ‘Fake News’?

    03/11/2017 4:26:48 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 45 replies
    RNS ^ | March 10, 2017 | David Gibson
    (RNS) As Pope Francis marks the fourth anniversary of his revolutionary papacy, the pontiff apparently finds himself besieged on all sides by crises of his own making: an open “civil war” in the Catholic Church and fears of schism, mounting opposition from the faithful and a Roman Curia so furious with his reforms that some cardinals are plotting a coup to topple him.And those are just some of the more noteworthy threats to the church and his authority, at least in the view of various right-wing Catholic websites and pundits who have been criticizing Francis almost since the day he...
  • The Jewish holiday of Purim

    03/11/2017 6:59:18 AM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Rabbi Benzion Shemtov
    I would like to share with all of you readers, the history and lesson behind the upcoming Jewish holiday. Jewish people around the globe will be celebrating the holiday of Purim from nightfall on March 11 until after the March 12. The story in short: In the year 364 BCE, Haman, one of the king’s top advisors, plotted with the King to annihilate and destroy all the Jews. The king decided to make a feast for all his constituents, hoping this would lead the Jews to sin which in turn would give him the upper hand. At the party, the...
  • Anheuser-Busch, Boston Mayor Floats Pulling Out of St. Patrick's Day Parade if LGBTQ Vets Ban Stands

    03/10/2017 7:41:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 3/10/17 | Reid Mene
    Anheuser-Busch, the largest brewery in the world has just announced it may pull out of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade after finding out a gay veterans group had been excluded. According to reports, South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, an agency involved in organizing the parade has banned OUTVETS, a group of U.S. veterans which honors the LGBTQ community: A spokesperson for the company said in a statement: "We value equality and believe diversity enriches our workforce and our world. [...] We are disappointed to learn that the OUTVETS, who have proudly served this country, have been denied entry to...
  • A Further Confirmation of Father Dollinger’s Claim about Cardinal Ratzinger and Fatima [CathCaucus]

    03/10/2017 4:03:00 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 23 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | March 10, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    In May of 2016, OnePeterFive received a public denial from the Vatican’s Press Office with regard to a story that we had published about the apparently still missing part of the Third Secret of Fatima. On 15 May 2016, Dr. Ingo Dollinger, a saintly priest and long-time friend of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, had confirmed to us that Cardinal Ratzinger – shortly after the 26 June 2000 publication of the Third Secret of Fatima – had admitted to him that one part of that secret was still not published.However, in the 21 May 2016 Press Communique from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI...
  • Pope signals he's open to married Catholic men becoming priests

    03/10/2017 12:02:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | March 10, 2017 | Delia Gallagher
    Pope Francis has said he is open to married men becoming priests to combat the Roman Catholic Church's shortage of clergy. In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, Pope Francis said the lack of Catholic priests was an "enormous problem" for the Church, and indicated he would be open to a change in the rules governing eligibility for the priesthood. "We need to consider if 'viri probati' could be a possibility," he said. "If so, we would need to determine what duties they could undertake, for example, in remote communities." Viri probati is the Latin term for "tested men"...
  • Canada's New Blasphemy Laws

    03/10/2017 11:08:05 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/10/17 | Tyler Durden
    Although these motions against "Islamophobia" are not legally binding, extremists have already started demanding them as laws. People in hostile societies put their lives at risk by speaking against the majority; meanwhile, shutting out any criticism against hardliner behaviour in the West actually means giving extremists a license to keep on committing atrocities. Motions such as these are how most Muslim societies -- and other authoritarian states -- were founded: by depriving citizens of the basic right to express a difference of opinion, and worse, on the pretense of "doing good." The blasphemy laws of Pakistan were introduced on the...
  • Searching for Trump condemnation in Pope Francis’ words

    03/10/2017 10:45:24 AM PST · by detective · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 10, 2017 | Caitlin Dickson
    Pope Francis warned against the rising tide of populism in an interview with German paper Die Zeit this week, reigniting an ongoing search for subliminal criticism of President Trump in the pope’s words. “Pope Francis issues veiled warning about Donald Trump,” proclaimed the headline on British news site the Independent about the interview, though Francis had not mentioned Trump. His statement, however, that “populism is evil and ends badly as the past century showed,” marks at least the second time in recent months that the pope has warned against the dangers of growing populist movements in the U.S. as well...
  • Sex orgies, prostitution, porn: Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy

    03/10/2017 7:29:44 AM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 9, 2017 | Josephine McKenna
    Lurid accusations of priests involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution have emerged from several parishes in Italy recently, sending shock waves all the way to the Vatican and challenging the high standards Pope Francis demands of clergy. In the southern city of Naples, for example, a priest was recently suspended from the parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli over claims he held gay orgies and used Internet sites to recruit potential partners whom he paid for sex.
  • We Cannot Be Great without God

    03/10/2017 6:49:41 AM PST · by pgkdan · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 03/10/17 | Bruce Walker
    What would happen if, tomorrow, the national debt could be paid off with no inflation or other ill effect, and if the per capita income of our nation could be doubled, and if we discovered a means of extending human life to 100 youthful years, and…well, put in whatever else you wish. What would happen? In twenty-five years, we would find ourselves again bedeviled with problems that seem insoluble and crushing, and we would again bemoan our wretched state. After we won the Cold War, there was an immediate peace dividend that allowed us, if we would, to run budgetary...
  • Reports of a ‘Plot Against the Pope’ Are Not Wholly Implausible [Catholic Caucus]

    03/10/2017 5:21:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 9, 2017 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    A Francis resignation seems unlikely – but then he is the 'Pope of surprises.' The Pope is on retreat this week, which is a good reminder to all of us, clerical and lay, that we do need time out and time away, in order to reflect on what really matters in our lives – that is, our relationship with God – and to refresh our spiritual lives. Perhaps that is why the Pope has gone to Ariccia, some miles from Rome, a place where he will be insulated from the usual pressures of life in the Vatican and “living over the shop”.That...
  • Wyoming Judge Censured for Same-Sex Marriage Refusal

    03/09/2017 7:46:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    In a 3-2 decision, the Wyoming Supreme Court has censured a judge who declined to officiate at same-sex civil marriages because of her faith. Judge Ruth Neely, a member of the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod), was willing to refer same-sex couples to other judges for civil marriage. “We find that Judge Neely’s misconduct warrants a public censure,” the court ruled. “We further find that Judge Neely must perform her judicial functions, including performing marriages, with impartiality. She must either commit to performing marriages regardless of the couple’s sexual orientation, or cease performing all marriage ceremonies.” Wyoming Supreme Court Censures Judge...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL, March 9, 2017 [prayer]

    03/09/2017 6:49:48 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 53 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 3/9/17 | APV prayer intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, 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.
  • Reading of The Book of Esther Megillat Hebrew for Purim

    03/09/2017 6:04:08 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/13/'13 | Rabbi Moshe Weisblum