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  • Pope Francis Confirms Mexico Trip, Including Stop at US Border

    11/25/2015 2:46:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/25/15 | Inés San Martín
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis confirmed on Wednesday that he plans to visit Mexico in February 2016, including a stop at Ciudad Juarez on the US/Mexican border, a gesture clearly intended to express the pontiff's solidarity with immigrants making their way to America in search of opportunity. "I'm going to leave through [Ciudad Juarez] because I wanted to enter the United States from this city," the pontiff said to reporters traveling with him on a six-day swing through Africa. He was referring to his trip to the US last September, when Francis had originally hoped to make a...
  • Europe Must Return to Religious Roots to Oppose Terrorism, says Russian Orthodox Official

    11/25/2015 2:43:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Addressing both houses of the Russian parliament, a leading Russian Orthodox official said that "the whole world community must unite in the struggle against terrorism." Stating that the war on terrorism "is not a war of one religious confession against another," Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, recalled that "citizens of the Soviet Union, America, Great Britain and France fought side by side" against Adolf Hitler in World War II. "Multiculturalism, so popular in Europe, presupposing not only the equality of all religions but also their absence from the public space, has...
  • On Syrian refugees, bishops say: Welcome all to the table

    11/25/2015 1:51:54 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 11/25/15 | Vinnie Rotondaro
    As the United States prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving - a holiday that American legend traces back to a dinner between Native Americans and bedraggled, immigrant pilgrims - some of the country's top political leaders are calling to block the arrival of Syrian refugees, would-be immigrants fleeing chaos and possible death in the Middle East, a situation some think the U.S. may have helped create. In the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks, newly elected U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the U.S. government needs to "balance our compassion and our safety," when it comes to processing refugees...
  • Ted Cruz makes his move

    11/25/2015 9:32:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | November 25, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk
    The religious right may be yesterday’s news, but its signal accomplishment, the white evangelical voting bloc, remains the Republican Party’s most important constituency. And it’s moving toward Ted Cruz. The latest numbers from Iowa show Cruz neck and neck with Donald Trump thanks to evangelical support. According to Quinnipiac, it’s now Trump at 25 percent, Cruz at 23 percent, and Ben Carson slipping to 18 percent among all likely Republican caucus-goers. White evangelicals, who make up 60 percent of them, now favor Cruz over Carson, 27 percent to 24 percent, with Trump at 20 percent. And as white evangelicals in...
  • Europe's moral and spiritual vacuum invites acts of terrorism

    11/25/2015 7:35:52 AM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    RT ^ | 11-24-2015 | Iben Thranholm
    Iben Thranholm examines political and social events with focus on their religious aspects, significance and moral implications. She is one of Denmark’s most widely read columnists on such matters. Thranholm is a former editor and radio host at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), at which she created a religious news program that set a new standard for religious analysis in the newsroom. She has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Italy, the United States and Russia to carry out research and interviews. She has been awarded for her investigative research into Danish media coverage of religious issues. Published time:...
  • Individuals Picketed in Moscow on the 95th Anniversary of Legalization of Abortions in Russia

    11/24/2015 7:30:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/19/15
    On November 18, 2015, the 95th anniversary of legalization of abortions in the Soviet Union, individuals picketed in defense of life of pre-born children at the entrances to the Council of Federation and the State Duma in Moscow. The Pro-Life Movement activists silently witnessed the fact of legality of infanticide for past 95 years before the elected representatives of the people and representatives of the regions who were arriving to the plenary meetings. Commenting on the action, Chairman of the Synodal Department for Cooperation of the Church and Society Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said: "I am very glad that Orthodox...
  • Pope Names First Catholic Bishop to Oversee Anglican Ordinariate

    11/24/2015 7:05:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/24/15 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 24, 2015 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada. Bishop-elect Lopes, 40, is originally from the Archdiocese of San Francisco in the United States, and currently serves as an official for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the FaithHe will be taking over for Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012 to shepherd the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The Personal...
  • Fr. Miscamble Can't Tell Students How to Get a Catholic Education at Notre Dame

    11/24/2015 2:50:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 11/22/15 | Matthew Archbold
    Earlier this month, the great Sycamore Trust created a website called NDCatholic.com which would assist Notre Dame students in finding those professors and courses on campus that could be counted on to deliver an "authentic Catholic education." Great idea, right? On top of that, they had the great Fr. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., making his very well informed recommendations to students on the website. Great idea, right? In fact, so many students thought it was a great idea that the website reportedly crashed on the first day. Well, it seems to me the university's administration didn't like the idea. The...
  • Ben Carson Won’t Apologize to Terri Schiavo’s Family After “Much Ado About Nothing” Quip

    11/24/2015 10:36:47 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won’t meet with or apologize to Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother, about comments Carson made concerning the legislation Congress passed to help Terri Schiavo’s family try to save her life. As LifeNews reported, Carson thinks the federal and state governments overreached when they attempted to protect Terri Schiavo from a painful 14-day starvation and dehydration death. Despite the best efforts of pro-life lawmakers in Congress and the Florida state legislature, where lawmakers approved pro-life laws to allow Terri’s family to take their case to federal courts and to allow then-Governor Jeb Bush to try...
  • Moving Out of the Temple (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional and Caucus)

    11/24/2015 5:10:54 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    On the mountain of transfiguration, the disciples were stunned by the breakthrough of the dazzling glory of Christ. What previously was veiled by His humanity, hidden from the sight of mortals, suddenly burst through the veil in translucent radiance. With but one glimpse, the disciples were paralyzed. They had but one consuming desire-to abide in that place, basking forever in the light of His countenance. Jesus would have none of it. As Lord of the church, He commanded His disciples to forget about pitching tents and sent them down the mountain and into the world. The day Christ died, those...
  • Over 200 Consecrated Hosts Stolen, Desecrated in Spain Art Exhibit

    11/23/2015 6:36:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Madrid, Spain, Nov 23, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Critics of Pamplona's city council say it deliberately attacked Catholics and broke Spanish law by using city property to display a sacrilegious art exhibit with more than 240 stolen consecrated Hosts. The Spanish artist Abel Azcona stole more than 240 consecrated Hosts by pretending to receive Holy Communion at Mass. He then placed the hosts on the ground to form the word "Pederasty" in Spanish. Photos of the theft of the Hosts and their placement on the ground are shown in a public art gallery in Pamplona. The city council there...
  • Terrorism is Satanism

    11/23/2015 7:22:54 AM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 11-23-2015 | Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
    On November 20, 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations (DECR), addressed the united session of the Federation Council and the State Duma devoted to problems involved in the struggle against terrorism. Please find below the full text of the address. Esteemed Participants in the Session, Brothers and Sisters: On behalf of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and on behalf of the whole Russian Orthodox Church I would like once again to expressed deep, heartfelt and sincere condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones in...
  • [Australian] Army Chaplains to Remove 'Conquer' from 102-Yr-Old Motto; It's Offensive to Muslims

    11/23/2015 6:57:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | 11/20/15 | Matthew Benns
    The Australian Army is removing the motto "In this sign conquer" from the 102-year-old hat badges of army chaplains because it is offensive to Muslims. The move comes after an imam approved by the Grand Mufti was appointed to join the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services in June. Australian Army chaplains have had the motto on their hat badges since 1913. A Defence spokeswoman last night denied the motto was being changed because it was associated with the Crusades, when Christian armies fought Muslims in the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. "The motto of the Australian Army Chaplains...
  • Church of England Threatens to Sue Over Banned Cinema Advert About the Lord's Prayer

    11/23/2015 6:44:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 11/23/15 | Sean Smith
    The Church of England said that it may sue the three largest cinema chains in the UK after they banned a 60-second advert promoting prayer. The short film Just Pray was passed with a U certificate by the British Board of Film Classification and received clearance from the Cinema Advertising Authority. But Digital Cinema Media (DCM) agency, which handles British film advertising for Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, which run almost 300 of the 750 cinemas in the UK rejected the advert because they said it would "offend" audiences. The Church of England planned to run the advert before the new...
  • Why Some Churches Choose to Die

    11/22/2015 4:17:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/22/2015 | Thom S. Rainer
    The conversation surprised me. I was recently meeting with about a dozen members of a church that was on the precipice of closing. During their perceived "good old days," the average worship attendance was in the 40s and 50s. Now the church attendance was in the teens. The church was on metaphorical life support. I shared with them some items of urgency that might give them some glimmer of hope. So I was surprised when one of the members asked me a question that seemed to come from nowhere: "Will we have to sing from screens instead of hymnals?" she...
  • I went to church with Ted Cruz. He is building an army of young Christian voters in Iowa

    11/22/2015 3:29:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | November 20, 2015 | Robert Leonard
    These Iowa voters buy into Fox News war on Christmas, and love Ted Cruz's patriotic, end-times rhetoric. Look out.One of the more endearing customs of many of our small town Iowa churches on Sunday morning is story time. The pastor welcomes elementary and pre-school aged kids up front, where he or she sits with the children, and shares a parable. Often the pastor sits down on the steps leading up to the altar, and the children will sit, cross legged at the pastor’s feet. Always the pastor picks a good story, something about the importance of friendship, kindness, sharing, telling...
  • Neurotic priests scare me, says Pope

    11/22/2015 8:24:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    yahoo/afp ^ | November 20, 2015
    Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis on Friday described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them. In comments that had his audience chuckling at a conference on training for the priesthood, the 78-year-old pontiff revealed he is instinctively suspicious of overly pious candidates. "I will tell you sincerely, I'm scared of rigid priests," he said. "I keep away from them. They bite!" Francis resorted to humour to make a serious point that some people that are drawn to a clerical career are fundamentally unstable -- and that inevitably creates problems for the church...
  • Controversy Over Voting Doc Shows Divisions Among US Bishops

    11/22/2015 6:25:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Baltimore, Md., Nov 20, 2015 / 03:30 am (CNA).- At their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops voted to issue a new introductory note and make limited revisions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility. But while the vote was overwhelmingly in favor, it was not without controversy. The 2007 voting guide, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," was among the subjects discussed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this past week. Previously, the bishops had directed a working committee to make limited revisions to the document in order to reflect the magisterium of both the latter part...
  • Islamic Refugee Crisis: Good Samaritan or Maccabean Response? Or both

    11/21/2015 3:08:04 PM PST · by SweetAkitoRose · 8 replies
    blog ^ | November 20, 2015 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    This article is politically incorrect and says things that might shock you. Please read the entire article until the very last two paragraphs before making a judgment or writing incendiary comments. This might be one of the clearest things you’ve read on the topic, because it draws on virtue ethics of Thomas Aquinas – something generally ignored in our day and age. – Godspeed, Taylor Marshall
  • Neurotic Priests Scare Me, Says Pope

    11/21/2015 11:16:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 57 replies
    Global Post ^ | 11/20/15 | AFP
    Pope Francis on Friday described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them. In comments that had his audience chuckling at a conference on training for the priesthood, the 78-year-old pontiff revealed he is instinctively suspicious of overly pious candidates. "I will tell you sincerely, I'm scared of rigid priests," he said. "I keep away from them. They bite!" Francis resorted to humor to make a serious point that some people who are drawn to a clerical career are fundamentally unstable - and that inevitably creates problems for the church if they are not...
  • US Bishops Conference Betrays Catholic Church (Cafeteria Catholics Not Happy) {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    11/20/2015 6:26:27 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com ^ | November 20, 2015 | Marianne T. Duddy-Burke
    As the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) concludes its annual meeting this week, it reveals itself as grossly out of touch with both grassroots Catholicism and with Pope Francis. While there were certainly some who objected, the strong majority of US Bishops set forth an agenda that has little to do with the Gospel of Jesus, is opposed by the majority of US Catholics, and will squander Church resources, even as parishes, schools, and service programs continue to be shuttered due to decimated diocesan budgets. USCCB members voted 210-21 (with a handful of abstentions) to promote a Voters' Guide...
  • German Cardinal: ISIS a ‘Satanic Terrorist Group’

    11/20/2015 5:32:20 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | November 20, 2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a "satanic terrorist group." Those were the words of Cdl. Kurt Koch of Germany on Tuesdayat the International Ecumenical Congress held in his country near Stuttgart. The German cardinal, one of the few remaining orthodox prelates in Germany, told his audience it's wrong to believe violent persecutions of Christians are a thing of the past. Instead, he pointed out how there are plenty of martyrs for the Faith today, specifically because of ISIS. "In about 25 countries Christians are under threat of life and limb," observed Cdl. Koch. Hence, it is...
  • Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory Promotes Pro-LGBT Retreat: Will Host LGBT Retreat at the Chancery

    11/20/2015 5:26:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | November 20, 2015 | Rodney Pelletier
    Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the archdiocese of Atlanta will be saying Mass Sunday afternoon for a group promoting the acceptance and legitimization of homosexual acts and transgenderism. Fortunate and Faithful Families is one of several groups claiming to be Catholic, yet who are in open disagreement with Catholic teaching on homosexuality. It associates with dissident groups DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry and other Catholics openly criticical of Church doctrine. Fortunate Families' second annual retreat will be held at the chancery of the Atlanta archdiocese, with Abp. Gregory saying Mass and delivering the homily. The archbishop did the same last year at...
  • False Ecumenical Fantasy Is Stopping the Vatican from Seeing the Evil That Is the Religion of Islam

    11/20/2015 5:09:22 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | November 19, 2015 | Barona
    A false ecumenical fantasy. Here we have the real reasons for the foolishness, the idiocy coming from Rome and various functionaries following the monstrous terrorist attack on Paris last Friday. One minor functionary even mused that the Islamic battle cry, "Allahu Akbar," was never a call to "violence and destruction". This buffoonery is all about a delusional "ecumenical dialogue" with the followers of a false religion, whose founder was a pedophile and a "monster of lust, cruelty, and rapacity" (Archbishop Sheehan). From Jihad Watch:  Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan is not the only one. “Why, we ask...
  • Russell Moore, Conservative Christian Leader Blasts Anti-Refugee Rhetoric, Calls For Compassion

    11/20/2015 8:23:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 11/20/2015 | McKay Coppins
    A leading voice on the religious right sharply criticized the "dangerous" anti-refugee sentiment that has permeated the recent political debate in the United States -- and warned that some Republican presidential candidates may turn off Christian voters with their lack of compassion. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday that he was shocked by the "overheated" rhetoric being employed by high-profile politicians in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. "Donald Trump is saber-rattling about shutting down mosques in this country, which, as somebody who...
  • Islam, Terrorism, and Denial

    11/20/2015 4:58:08 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 3 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/19/15 | Michael Brown
    According to Middle Eastern scholar Daniel Pipes, since 9/11, there have been "27,000 attacks globally connected to Islam," many of which have involved Muslims killing Muslims. This number certainly dwarfs all other terrorist attacks worldwide by non-Islamic groups, reinforcing the simple message of my tweet.
  • Should We Accept Syrian Refugees?

    11/19/2015 7:38:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | November 17, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Everywhere I turn the talk is about the Syrian refugees and why we should take them or why we shouldn't. What I'm not hearing is much common sense or Christian charity. Why all the idiocy about the refugee crisis? I'm talking about the stupidity and lack of common sense by those who want to throw open our borders and those who want to refuse entry to all refugees. On the one hand, Christian charity demands that we welcome the stranger and give solace to the homeless where we are able. We are the richest and most prosperous and bountiful country...
  • Patriarch Younan: IS cannot be defeated with air raids, the West has betrayed Christians

    11/19/2015 5:12:43 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 11-18-2015 | Rafic Greiche
    e-mail this to a friend printable version » 11/18/2015EGYPT - SYRIAPatriarch Younan: IS cannot be defeated with air raids, the West has betrayed Christiansby Rafic GreicheThe head of the Syrian Catholic Church, Mar Ignace Youssif III Younan, accuses Western governments of perpetuating an "endless conflict in Syria" out of regional interests. The terrorists who use Islam as an excuse for violence “have already infiltrated Europe, supported by money from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States under the supervision of Western governments." Pope Francis "true defender of justice, is deeply pained by what is happening in Syria and Iraq." Cairo...
  • Catholic Church Facilitates Foreign Invasion

    11/19/2015 2:42:15 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 70 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | November 19, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    In addition to direct federal grants to help refugees, government at various levels provide subsidized housing, healthcare, food stamps, other cash assistance, and free education. There is also a cost to the criminal justice system of taking care of the criminals among them. It’s the Catholic role, in collaboration with the federal government, in bringing refugees to the U.S. that caused Corcoran to leave the church. She told Accuracy in Media, “In 2002, having been raised in a protestant faith, I became a Catholic. For a few years I loved being a Catholic. All of that changed beginning in 2007...
  • The Lesson of Paris (they were entirely predictable)

    11/19/2015 2:38:51 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 17, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    People observe a minute of silence at the Trocadero in Paris Nov. 16. (CNS photo/Philippe Wojazer, Reuters) Of all the commentaries on the Paris massacres I’ve read, the one that seems most perceptive is a piece by Judith Bergman for the Gatestone Institute titled “How Can Anyone Be Shocked?” Indeed. The attacks had all the inevitability of a Greek tragedy: they were entirely predictable. Nevertheless many reacted with “shock,” including Angela Merkel, David Cameron, and the Vatican. As Bergman writes: After 9/11 in the United States; the 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed nearly 200 and wounded 2,000; and...

    11/19/2015 11:03:06 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 19, 2015
    The United States Embassy in Italy has issued a security alert to all Americans abroad, warning them to avoid locations that have been identified as potential targets for terrorist attacks. At the top of the short list is “St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City (Rome).”The November 18 notice is billed as a “Security Message for U.S. Citizens” regarding a potential for terrorist attacks, and arrived punctually into the email boxes of all Americans registered with the embassy, including that of Breitbart News.Along with the Vatican, the State Department singles out the Duomo (cathedral) and La Scala opera house in Milan....
  • Islam and the Closing of the Secular Mind (must read)

    11/19/2015 7:33:47 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    The American Spectator | 09-19-2012 | Samuel Gregg
    Given the decidedly strange response of the Obama Administration and much of the Western commentariat to the violence sweeping the Islamic world, one temptation is to view their reaction as simple incomprehension in the face of the severe unreason that leads some people to riot and kill in a religion's name. But while the Administration's response has plenty to do with trying to defend a foreign policy that has plainly gone south, it also reflects something far more problematic: the Western secular mind's increasing inability to think seriously and coherently about religion at all. This problem manifests itself in several...
  • The Left’s Dishonest Biblical Argument for Taking in Syrian Refugees

    11/19/2015 7:09:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/19/2015 | David French
    Is Jesus telling America to open its borders? To read the secular and religious Left --and to hear President Obama speak --you'd think that American Christians who argue against welcoming Syrian migrants to our shores are hateful, bigoted hypocrites ignoring clear scriptural imperatives of openness and compassion. In reality, however, Christians who urge that we care for Syrian refugees abroad rather than here at home are responding wisely to national leaders who've failed in their own God-ordained duties. We can be compassionate from afar, and we'd be wise to do so. But don't tell that to the Left. Writing...
  • The Dhimminitude of France...

    If you continue in my Word, then you will be a disciple of mine, and you will know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”.John 8:32One of the side effects of the turbulent events of the last twenty years, is that we in the West have been acquiring quite an expanded vocabulary, particularly of Arabic words. For example we all now know what Jihad is, also Al Taqqiya, Jizya, Ayatollah, Imam, Mosque, the Shihad. We wouldn’t want to sign a Hudna, but we are proud to be called a Kifir.If you aren’t careful some crazy Imam will put...
  • With Facts I Helped Open Someones Eyes To The Dangers of Islam (YOU CAN TOO)

    11/18/2015 6:52:23 PM PST · by damonw · 13 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 11/18/2015 | Damon Whitsell
    Just four days after the Paris Terrorist Attack I got a pleasant surprise, a friends son sent me a friend request on Facebook. What made this request a lift-me-up for me was that I thought my friends son might have some more few choice words for me again. But I am glad I accepted his request because he informed me that he was after his own research seeing Islam in a whole new way. We went toe tot toe on some of the issues related to Islam and it did not go very well I thought. But my friends son...
  • Putin the 'Only Defender of Christianity' - Bashar Assad

    11/18/2015 6:43:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 11/18/15
    Syrian President Bashar Assad considers Russia's Vladimir Putin as the "only defender of Christian civilization one can trust." "When I look at the present state of things in the world I realize that Vladimir Putin is the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on," Assad said in an interview with French magazine Valeurs Actuelles. The Syrian leader also said that he would step down only if asked to by the Syrian people and the Syrian parliament, adding that the issue of his possible resignation had not yet been raised on an international level. Syria will only share intelligence...
  • 'The Waster': Ominous Letter Spooks Dozens of Churches in Tennessee, Georgia

    11/18/2015 6:31:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/18/15 | M. Alex Johnson
    Law enforcement agencies in Tennessee and Georgia are looking for an anonymous man who sent ominous, eerie letters signed "The Waster" to dozens of churches. The photocopied, handwritten letter - which criticizes "you preachers, ministers, and chaplains" for not teaching all of the commandments of the Bible - has been sent to at least 50 churches in the last two weeks in McMinn and Monroe counties in Tennessee and in Murray County, Georgia - and likely elsewhere, authorities said. It doesn't include an explicit threat, meaning no crime has technically been committed, but "it's better to be safe than sorry,"...
  • Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica Unwalled (Catholic Caucus)

    11/18/2015 2:50:58 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 18, 2015
    VATICAN CITY — In preparation for the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on December 8, the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica has been freed of the brick wall that has hidden it since the Holy Year of 2000.The Recognitio ceremony took place on Tuesday evening and was led by the Basilica’s cardinal archpriest, Angelo Comastri.Following a procession and short prayer service, workers began carefully removing the wall, extracting a small metal box that conserved mementos from the Great Jubilee of the year 2000.The zinc box contained several documents certifying the closure of the Holy Door at the end of the last Holy Year....
  • 'We're in awe': New Orthodox church in Halifax opens at former Saint Matthias Anglican Church

    11/18/2015 9:22:50 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Halifax Metro ^ | 11-15-2015 | Stephanie Taylor
    Fifteen years ago, Affaf El-Jakl remembers there was talk of building a new church to accommodate the growing congregation of Saint Antonios Orthodox Church. And on Sunday, that hope finally became reality. “We’re in awe,” El-Jakl, president of the parish council said Sunday morning, as hundreds of parishioners filed into the sanctuary, filling it to capacity until there was only standing room and the upper balcony left to sit. "It's not everyday a new church is built and opened." The crowd gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the new church with the first of what would be many Sunday masses...
  • New measures seek to prevent ISIS drone attack on Vatican in Year of Mercy

    11/18/2015 9:12:50 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 18, 2015
    Drones are to be banned from the airspace over the centre of Rome, during the Year of Mercy as a precaution against ISIS attacks. In the wake of the Paris attacks, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday that drones will be banned from the airspace from December 8, as the Year of Mercy is due to attract millions of tourists to the Italian capital.Addressing the Italian Parliament, Mr Alfano said that security would be tightened around any potential target, particularly around St Peter’s Square, he said: “Particular attention has been dedicated to the risk of an attack...
  • Ben Carson's Pyramid Scheme Is an Insult to the Christian God

    11/18/2015 8:28:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/18/2015 | BY TYLER O'NEIL
    Retired neurosurgeon turned presidential candidate Ben Carson has doubled down on his crazy theory about the pyramids. Not only is it false, his idea also minimizes the wonder of God's creation by implying that human beings are not creative enough to build the majestic Egyptian landmarks on their own. At a commencement address at Andrews University in 1998, Carson argued that the biblical prophet Joseph built the pyramids as grain silos for the seven fat years recorded in Genesis. Scholars of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, feel free to laugh now. Everyone else, go ahead, join in. The archaeological evidence...
  • Even bird brains respond

    11/18/2015 5:52:56 AM PST · by Resettozero · 1 replies
    BibleGateway.com ^ | 629 BC to 580 BC | Jeremiah
    Jeremiah 8 English Standard Version (ESV) 4 "You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord: When men fall, do they not rise again? If one turns away, does he not return? 5 Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return. 6 I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, "What have I done?" Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle. 7 Even the stork in the heavens knows her times, and...
  • Dr. Robert Jeffress Addresses Paris Attacks (11/15/15)

    11/18/2015 2:01:24 AM PST · by knarf · 8 replies
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  • Would Jesus take in Syrian refugees?

    11/17/2015 8:24:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/17/2015 | By Michelle Boorstein
    For many American Christians, the Paris attacks have revealed a conflict between two priorities: The cause of persecuted Middle Eastern Christians and a hard line on security. Following reports that one of the Paris attackers had a Syrian passport and had allegedly registered as a refugee, multiple GOP presidential candidates called for bans on Syrian refugees. On Monday, multiple GOP governors joined in. Considering the United States has absorbed fewer than 2,000 Syrians, this may seem like political posturing, but Congress is set later this year to debate funding for another 10,000 who President Obama has said he wants to...
  • Reverend Jeremiah Wright asks crowd at Divinity School if ‘black lives matter’

    11/17/2015 12:43:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Vanderbilt Hustler ^ | November 17, 2015 | Nathan Kiker
    “The field of education reinforces racism, white supremacy, white privilege and exceptionalism upon which western civilization is built” Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Barack Obama’s former pastor, came into the spotlight during the 2008 presidential election when he drew harsh criticism for his comments damning America and using anti-semitic language. Wright spoke on the evening of Nov. 17 at the Vanderbilt Divinity School. In his talk titled “Prophetic Faith for Social Justice”, Wright spoke to a crowd of 100 about the need for a new theology that can lift African Americans from the despair of exploitation, war and racism. “The...
  • Vatican Secretary of State: The Holy Year Is Open to Muslims!

    11/17/2015 12:02:25 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    La Repubblica ^ | November 16, 2015
    The Secretary of the Vatican State, reaffirms that there will be no step back: We are launching a campaign of mercy. The events in Paris don't change anything in the Pope's agenda. VATICAN CITY - Respond with mercy and hospitality to violence. The Secretary of the Vatican State, Pietro Parolin, has confirmed that the Jubilee (from December 8th 2015 to November 20th 2016) is on schedule, as the spokesman for the Holy See, Padre Lombardi had already said, and that, in fact, will be open also to Muslims. "In a world torn by violence, it is the right time to...
  • Russia’s Christian Renaissance Explains Her Current World Role

    11/16/2015 8:16:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Russian Insider ^ | 11/16/15 | Frank Gashumba
    Russia is a bulwark for good, resisting an evil which has worked its way deep into the fabric of western societyWinston Churchill, in describing Russia, suggested it was a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. As the world is increasingly forced to pay closer attention to Russia, many may look on with a mixture of curiosity, admiration and mystification, wondering what makes Russia tick. In trying to explain Russian culture, Russians may direct the enquiring foreigner to their literature. And in this literature one will soon be met with the recurring theme of the Russian soul, an idea...
  • Things You Should Know About Islam - Part 1

    11/16/2015 8:14:15 PM PST · by boycott · 50 replies
    www.fortressoffaith.com ^ | November 15, 2015 | Tom Wallace
    The first thing we should know is that nearly one in four people in the world today is a Muslim. 1.7 billion people in the world pray to Allah as their god. To be technical, this works out to be 23% of the world’s population are Muslims. At the end of WWI, that is about 100 years ago, the estimated Muslim population in the world was 300 million. In this relatively short time they have grown from 300 million to 1.7 billion. This is phenomenal growth. This growth does not come from evangelism, it is from having lots and lots...
  • Australian Archbishop 'Astonished and Alarmed' by Discrimination Charge

    11/16/2015 8:07:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has decried as "astonishing and truly alarming" a move to bring another Australian archbishop before an anti-discrimination commission because of a pamphlet defending marriage. Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart is the target of a discrimination complaint filed with a government commission in the state of Tasmania. The complaint is based on the archbishop's distribution of a pamphlet prepared by the Australian bishops to encourage support for marriage.
  • American Band in Paris Sings "Kiss the Devil" as Terrorists Attack

    11/16/2015 8:04:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 11/15/14 | Michael Matt
    Le Point reports that the American rock group Eagles of Death Metal, traumatized by the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, have now returned home to California. They were reportedly in the middle of a song aptly entitled Kiss the Devil when the killers stormed the concert hall and starting killing people. How about some lyrics from that song by this "fun-loving" American band: Who'll love the devil?... Who'll song his song?... Who will love the devil and his song?... I'll love the devil!... I'll sing his song!... I will love the devil and his song!... Who'll love the...