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  • Russia, France Need to Pool Efforts to Protect World from Globalism, Islamic Fundamentalism; Le Pen

    03/24/2017 8:26:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/24/17
    Moscow, March 24, Interfax - The world is facing two increasingly serious threats today, Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's National Front and a presidential candidate, said on Friday. "This new world taking shape right before our eyes now is already facing two gigantic, monumental challenges, namely globalism and Islamic fundamentalism," Le Pen said at a meeting with members of the Russian State Duma international affairs committee in Moscow. Islamic fundamentalism is delivering blows to peace and security by committing acts of terrorism, she said. As far as globalism is concerned, all trade is supposed to be tightly regulated,...
  • Archbishop Reassures Church Schools 'Will Always Remain Catholic' [if Lessons on Islam Offered]

    03/22/2017 1:18:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Malta Today ^ | 3/22/17 | Paul Cocks
    Archbishop Charles J Scicluna: 'I want to offer a guarantee and reassure all Catholic parents that church schools would not be impoverished if they respect others, but would actually be more authentic'Church schools in Malta will always remain Catholic, with the crucifix on classroom walls, even if they autonomously choose to start offering lessons in Islam and other religions, Malta’s archbishop insisted yesterday. Mons. Charles J. Scicluna was answering questions put to him by MaltaToday, at the end of an event commemorating former Archbishop Joseph Mercieca on the first anniversary since his death. Scicluna said that Church schools should respect...
  • 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....
  • Muslim sex drive

    03/18/2017 2:09:34 AM PDT · by ekeni · 28 replies
    And - incredibly - he's a refugee, too. Let in five years ago, under Labor, of course: A CONVICTED stalker has struck again, following a jogging off-duty policewoman to her home before trying to force his way in as she cowered inside. Javad Ahmadpoor, 26, sensationally blamed his Iranian culture for his terrifying actions as he pleaded guilty to stalking in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The refugee was already serving a 12-month wholly suspended sentence after being convicted of stalking an ex-girlfriend in New South Wales
  • Islam Is Ireland’s Fastest Growing Religion

    03/17/2017 9:52:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | March 17, 2017 | unknown
    Happy St. Patty’s Day via Islam Is Ireland’s Fastest Growing Religion. h/t TROP The Republic of Ireland may be intimately associated with the Roman Catholic Church, but the fastest-growing faith on the emerald isle is Islam — at such a rapid rate that Muslims are projected to replace Protestantism as the second-most popular religion by the year 2043. Ireland’s Central Statistics Office reported that between 1991 and 2011, the percentage of Irish residents who were Muslim jumped from 0.1 percent to 1 percent (equating to about 49,000 people). By 2020, Ireland’s Islamic population will more than double to at least...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • France's Fatal Attraction to Islam

    03/04/2017 7:59:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 3/4/17 | Giulio Meotti
    * Instead of fighting to save what is savable, French opinion-makers are already writing the terms of surrender. * By hybridizing cultures and rejecting Christianity, France will soon end up not even teaching also Arabic, but only Arabic, and marking Ramadan instead of Easter.* Instead of wasting their time trying to organize an "Islam of France", French political leaders, opinion makers and think tanks should look for ways to counter the creeping Islamization of their country. Otherwise, we may soon be seeing not only a "Grand Imam de France", but also lashes and stonings on the Champs Élysées.Two years ago,...
  • [Rochester] Cathedral Offering Informational Sessions on the History and Practice of Islam

    02/27/2017 6:23:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    WXXI News ^ | 2/18/17 | Caitlyn White
    A class offered at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester is encouraging people to learn more about the history and practice of Islam. Dr. Joseph Kelly is the professor emeritus of religious studies at Nazareth College and leads the sessions. He said the classes were created to eliminate any uncertainty or fear people might have towards the faith, and separate the religion from extremist groups. "There are extreme groups. There are extremists in the Jewish tradition, the Christian tradition and yes the Islamic tradition. But this is a very small percentage of the people who practice it, and unfortunately they get...
  • Open Letter to Pope Francis re Muhammad

    02/26/2017 7:11:40 AM PST · by Triple · 45 replies
    Triple ^ | Triple
    Open letter to Pope Francis re Muhammad Dear Pope Francis, There is much confusion in the world today about the holiness of Muhammad. The Church must either release its finding that support the use of the term "Holy Quran" or initiate a new inquiry that can support the this classification. Too many people question the holiness of the Quran for the church to remain silent. A strong voice from the Church has the potential to unite the world. Just imagine Christians and Muslims living in harmony. The culmination of this effort should lead to the beatification of Muhammad. After all,...
  • POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS EUROPE’S ANCIENT WALLS AGAINST ISLAM

    02/24/2017 8:32:43 PM PST · by NYer · 72 replies
    FPM ^ | February 24, 2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center Pope Francis continues to argue for two interrelated points that, while seemingly humane, compromise Western nations and expose their citizens to danger. He reiterated his first point earlier this month when he said, “I appeal not to create walls but to build bridges.”  Francis has made this appeal frequently, both figuratively (when imploring Western nations not to close their doors against more incoming Muslim migrants), and literally—including by characterizing Donald Trump’s proposal to build a U.S.-Mexico wall as “not Christian.” Francis reiterated his second point a few...
  • The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS

    02/24/2017 7:19:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/23/17
    Why a Christian wants to rescue Islamic artifactsRescuing the world’s most precious antiquities from destruction is a painstaking project—and a Benedictine monk may seem like an unlikely person to lead the charge. But Father Columba Stewart is determined. Soft-spoken, dressed in flowing black robes, this 59-year-old American has spent the past 13 years roaming from the Balkans to the Middle East in an effort to save Christian and Islamic manuscripts threatened by wars, theft, weather—and, lately, the Islamic State. “Given what’s happened in the last years since the rise of ISIS, it’s very clear that things are really endangered,” Stewart...
  • Egypt Christians Flee Sinai as Sixth of Their Kin Killed

    02/24/2017 6:45:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/24/17 | AP
    After a spate of killings by suspected militants have spread fears among the Coptic community in Egypt, hundreds of Christians have decided to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next. At least six Christians have been brutally murdered in the last month and no group has claimed responsibility.EL-ARISH, Egypt - Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian man and stabbed his daughter to death inside his home in northern Sinai, the sixth such killing in a month’s time in the restive region, officials and a Christian priest said Friday, prompting hundreds of Christians to flee from...
  • DO AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT CHRISTIANITY IS AS VIOLENT AS ISLAM?

    02/21/2017 2:06:18 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Spiritual Direction ^ | February 21, 2017 | VICKI BURBACH
    Take out of consideration the Creator, who made every person in love and destined each for eternal life, and properly inalienable rights promptly disappear.  And individuals become, in very short order, the objects of political manipulation and domination. To see the truth of this, all we have to do is look at the totalitarianisms of the last century, governments that were grounded in the explicit denial of God. The negation of equality and the suppression of fundamental human rights in Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and Castro’s Cuba followed directly from the systematic denial of...
  • Ungodly Speech

    02/20/2017 11:15:20 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 20, 2017
    Ungodly Speech: Last Friday Pope Francis visited the Third Roman University. Francis spoke 45 minutes and never mentioned God or Jesus Christ, although they were contained in the written text, but Francis chose to drop these passages. Bergoglio focused instead on promoting Islamic mass-immigration.
  • Syrian Orthodox Bishops Assail Patriarch for Reverencing Qu’ran

    02/16/2017 8:16:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Six bishops of the Syrian Orthodox Church have accused their Patriarch Ignatius Ephem II of “betrayal of the faith,” after the Patriarch made a gesture of respect for the Qu’ran and referred to “the prophet Mohammed.” During a meeting with Muslim leaders, the Syrian Patriarch raised the Qu’ran in an indication of reverence. That gesture outraged some Syrian prelates, whose protests were acknowledged by the Patriarch as a “serious internal problem” for his Orthodox community. The Patriarch defended his expressions of respect for Islam. “Christ loves everyone, and calls us to be peacemakers with everyone,” he explained. Six bishops against...
  • Chaldean Patriarchate Disowns Christian Paramilitaries Threatening Revenge against Sunnis

    02/16/2017 8:12:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 2/16/17
    Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - Mr. Ryan Salem who yesterday appeared in a television program to assert that Iraqi Christians are also present in Mosul to fight and take revenge on Sunni Muslims, "has nothing to do with the Christ’s moral teachings, messenger of peace, love and forgiveness", and cannot "make such statements involving Christians", as it "does not represent them in any way". This is what the Chaldean Patriarchate released yesterday evening, a real formal notice, just after national television network had aired the reckless statements made by Ryan Salem, a Chaldean Christian from Alqosh, linked to paramilitary groups of...
  • Cross Missing From Moldavian Flag During its President's Visit to Iran Results in Scandal

    02/14/2017 7:06:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/13/17
    Kishinev, February 13, Interfax - Moldavia faces a scandal connected with the distortion of national flag demonstrated during president Igor Dodon's visit to Iran. The Moldavian leader, who is also a president of the chess federation, participated in the ceremony of opening the world chess championship among women in Iran. The national flag of Moldavia was set up behind the president's back. The coat of arms depicted at the flag lacked the cross in the eagle's beak and scepter. Dodon posted the photos in Facebook right after the ceremony. Certain mass media paid attention to the distortion of the flag....
  • Catholic Church Ignores Growing Threat of Islam in Europe

    02/14/2017 3:21:25 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Punching Bag Media ^ | February 12, 2017 | Alice Greene
    “There are now many Catholic commentators who are questioning the Church’s blindness about the danger Europe is facing,” writes Giulio Meotti of the Gatestone Institute.The Gatestone Institute is a not-for-profit, non-partisan international policy council dedicated to filling in the gaps when the mainstream media fails to educate the public on topics ranging from energy independence to human rights. This week, they published a piece focused on the Catholic Church's ongoing ignorance of the growing threat of Islam in Europe. As we have pointed out time and time again, Islam does not mesh with Western law and culture. Over the past few years,...
  • On Defining Religion [Islam is a Quasi-Religious Political Movement]

    02/13/2017 8:21:44 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/12/2017 | Nonie Darwish
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said that President Donald Trump's 90-day ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries is "a religiously based ban," and "if they can ban Muslims, why can't they ban Mormons." This has become the position of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media, which has influenced not only the American public but has convinced the majority of the world that America is "bad." How can we blame the world, and even a good segment of American citizens, for hating America when such disingenuous and misleading claims are aired to the world from US officials and broadcast...
  • From the Mouth of Muhammad: 'Allah Will Wed Me to the Virgin Mary'

    02/11/2017 2:09:02 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 11, 2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    At a time when Western people are constantly warned to speak respectfully of Muhammad, or else offended Muslims might respond with violence – to the shame and blame of those who exercise their freedom of expression – consider what Muslims regularly say about the things non-Muslims hold dear. Recently, during his televised Arabic-language program, Dr. Salem Abdul Galil – previously deputy minister of Egypt's religious endowments for preaching – gleefully declared that, among other biblical women (Moses' sister and Pharaoh's wife), "our prophet Muhammad – prayers and peace be upon him – will be married to Mary the Virgin in paradise." ...
  • American Women – Would You Enjoy Being Beaten Up?

    02/10/2017 5:37:15 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 29 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 1/9/17 | Pat Franklin
    Fact: Islam condones beating women. The Koran declares: ‘…when you go to bed, hit them.’ This is in the ‘holy book of the muslim people’, Sura (chapter) 4:34. The Koran is supposedly a divine revelation to Islam’s founder, Muhammad, in the 7th century A.D. I wonder if the American women marching in protest would enjoy being beaten by their husbands in bed? Fact: I personally saw a young girl in Morocco who came to me in tears. She held out her arms. Both her hands had been cut off. To this day I feel great guilt that I could not...
  • Church in revolt at pope’s ‘blessing’ of Islam’s expansion in Europe

    02/06/2017 8:18:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 02/06/2017
    Several leaders in the Catholic Church are openly challenging what they say is Pope Francis’s decision to condone the rapid spread of Islam in Europe. “[T]hey are not refugees, this is an invasion, they come here with cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’, they want to take over,” said Laszlo Kiss Rigo, head of the Catholic Hungarian southern community. Rigo “belongs to a growing branch of Catholic leaders who refuse to see the future belonging to Islam in Europe,” Giulio Meotti wrote for Gatestone Institute on Jan. 29. “They speak in open opposition to Pope Francis, who does not seem too impressed...
  • 'Media Coverage on Syria is Biggest Media Lie of our Time' -Interview with Flemish Priest in Syria

    02/05/2017 6:51:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Ron Paul Institute ^ | 2/4/17 | Wierd Duk
    Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) lives in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. Father Daniel has been a witness to the “civil war” and according to him, Western reports on the conflict in Syria are very misleading. In short: “the Americans and their allies want to completely ruin the country.”Interviewer: You are very critical of the media coverage on Syria. What is bothering you?Father Daniel: “The idea that a popular uprising took place against President Assad is completely false. I’ve been in Qara since 2010 and I...
  • Iraqi Archbishop: Where Were the Protesters ‘When ISIS Came to Kill Christians’?

    02/05/2017 6:27:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/3/17 | Thomas D. Williams
    The Catholic Archbishop of Erbil has denounced the hypocrisy of those protesting President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, wondering aloud where all of the demonstrators were when Islamic State fighters were slaughtering Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. In an interview with the online journal Crux, Archbishop Bashar Warda said that from his perspective in Iraq, he couldn’t help but ask “why all of these protesters were not protesting in the streets when ISIS came to kill Christians and Yazidis and other minority groups.” Warda also criticized the policies of the Obama administration, which offered no financial...
  • Vacant Catholic Church Will Become Mosque on Buffalo's East Side

    02/05/2017 6:22:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    TWC News ^ | 2/3/17 | LaMonica Peters
    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The former St. Gerard Roman Catholic Church, a vacant Catholic church on Buffalo's east side, is answering a second calling. The Diocese sold the building for for $120,000 and it will be converted into a mosque. Former pastor Father Butch Mazur says even with the current political and social climate around the country, the community should embrace the new place of worship. "People should not be uncomfortable with having a mosque in this community. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has a long-standing, healthy, great relationship with the Muslim community for almost 40 years," Mazur said. Some of...
  • Muslims Outnumber Christians at Over 30 Church Schools [UK]

    02/05/2017 6:08:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Premier Christian Radio ^ | 2/5/17 | Marcus Jones
    It's reported Muslim children outnumber Christian children at over thirty church schools in England. A study by the Sunday Times found that one Church of England school had a 100 per cent Muslim population. St Thomas in Werneth is reported by its diocese to have no Christian pupils while another school in West Yorkshire had 98% of pupils from a Muslim background. The Church of England says around 20 of its schools have more Muslim pupils than any other while the Catholic Education Service has 15. Many schools now include Islamic prayers in services while teacher training days are often...
  • Iraqis' Experiences Recall 'What it Means to Live As a Christian'

    02/02/2017 8:22:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/1/17 | Hannah Brockhaus
    Rome, Italy, Feb 1, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Iraqi priest who was forced to flee his village when the Islamic State seized the area in 2014 said the hardship and persecution Christians in Iraq have experienced has taught them what it really means to fully live out their faith. “What we have witnessed is a message for us, so we may reconsider what the objectives of being Christian should be, what it means to live as a Christian to the fullest, not through empty words, and not as something that can be carried away by the wind,”...
  • MUHAMMAD AND FORCED CONVERSIONS TO ISLAM: The true meaning of “no compulsion in religion.”

    02/01/2017 1:50:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/01/2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. What are we to make of the glaring contradiction between the Koran’s claim that “there is no compulsion in religion” (2:256) and the many other verses that call for war, slavery, and death to those who refuse to submit to Islam (9:5, et al)—to say nothing of the militant behavior of the prophet of Allah, Muhammad?  This is the question Stephen M. Kirby examines in his new book, Islam’s Militant Prophet: Muhammad and Forced Conversion to Islam.    Rather than offer speculations or cite nearly 1,400 years...
  • "Islam Strengthening in Europe With the Blessing of the Church"

    01/31/2017 8:03:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 1/29/17 | Giulio Meotti
    * There are now many Catholic commentators who are questioning the Church's blindness about the danger Europe is facing. * "Islam has every chance massively to strengthen its presence in Europe with the blessing of the Church.... the Church is not only leading Europe to an impasse, it is also shooting itself in the foot." — Laurent Dandrieu, cultural editor of the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles. * "It is clear that Muslims have an ultimate goal: conquering the world...Islam, through the sharia, their law...allows violence against the infidels, such as Christians....And what is the most important achievement? Rome." — Cardinal...
  • Iraqi Patriarch: Trump Executive Order Harms the Middle East’s Christians

    01/31/2017 7:33:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, said that he opposed US President Donald Trump’s decision to “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.” “Every reception policy that discriminates the persecuted and suffering on religious grounds,” Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako told the Fides news agency, “ultimately harms the Christians of the East, because among other things provides arguments to all propaganda and prejudice that attack native...
  • Islamic Cleric: Muhammed Will Marry Virgin Mary in Heaven

    01/27/2017 12:49:27 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/26/2017 | Ali Waked
    A leading Egyptian cleric irked his Christian compatriots when he said on television that the Islamic figure Muhammed would marry the Virgin Mary in heaven. Dr Salem Abdel Galil, a theologian at Cairo’s prestigious Al Azhar academy and a former director-general of the Ministry of Religions, said on his television program that “Allah, hallowed be his name, chose Mary of all the women, alongside Asiya, Pharaoh’s wife, Aisha and Khadijea, Prophet Muhammed’s wives, and Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter. There are verses in the Quran that suggest that in heaven Muhammed will marry the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus peace...
  • Christians Assess Damage on Iraq's Nineveh Plain, Ravaged by ISIS

    01/24/2017 8:15:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/24/17 | Jaco Klamer
    Erbil, Iraq, Jan 24, 2017 / 12:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “I don't understand how people can harm each other so much,” sighs security guard Louis Petrus. Petrus recently returned to his hometown for the first time: the Christian city of Qaraqosh, near Mosul, which he had to flee in August 2014, when Islamic State captured the largest Christian city on the Nineveh plain. He told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need: “Look at my house: it is damaged, most of my furniture has been stolen and my household effects are broken. Other inhabitants...
  • Orthodox Icons Hidden from Muslims in Mosque Built Within Ancient Church

    01/23/2017 7:03:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/23/17
    An ancient Trebizond church of Agia Sophia, built between 1238 and 1263 and defiled by being converted into a mosque in 1461, is now set to undergo a restoration project worth about 2 million Turkish liras (about $530,000). The building, regarded as an exemplary piece of Byzantine architecture, located in northeastern Turkey, served as a museum for fifty-two years before being opened to worship again in 2013. The new project plans to continue prior measures taken to conceal the church’s Orthodox Christian frescos from the eyes of Muslims, who, despite their dogmatic opposition to it, have chosen to worship in...
  • LDS church provides place for displaced Muslim community to pray

    01/22/2017 5:52:34 PM PST · by LiberalismDestroys · 21 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 21, 2017 8:40 p.m. | Ginny Romney
    After arson recently destroyed a Muslim community's mosque in Bellevue, Wash., a neighboring LDS church opened its doors, reports KOMO 4 TV in Seattle. The Bellevue Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered use of a large room that was formerly a classroom so members of the Islamic Center of Eastside could have a place to pray until they find a new space. “It’s really very simple,” Church Director of Public Affairs Gordon Wilson told KOMO 4 TV. “It’s just neighbors helping neighbors. Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbor.’ They’re right next door. How can it be...
  • Outrage as Islamic Call to Prayer Held Inside Historic British Cathedral

    01/19/2017 8:31:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    A ROW has broken out after an Islamic call to prayer was held inside one of Britain's most historic cathedrals. The traditional Muslim invocation to worship was performed in front of 1,000 people at the launch of a multi-cultural Faith Exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. Imam Hassan of the local Masjid-e-Noor mosque was invited by church leaders to carry it out in the cathedral's 11th century Chapter House. Many worshippers welcomed the "inclusive" act but some traditionalists questioned why a "different God" should be worshipped in such an iconic Christian house. A clip of the call to prayer was initially shared...
  • Top Bishop: Europe Will Soon Be Muslim Because of Our Stupidity

    01/14/2017 9:20:35 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 14, 2017 | NICK HALLETT
    Monsignor Carlo Liberati, Archbishop Emeritus of Pompeii, said that Islam will soon become Europe’s main religion thanks to the huge number of Muslim migrants alongside the increasing secularism of native Europeans.Speaking to Italian Catholic journal La Fede Quotidiana, the archbishop said: “In 10 years we will all be Muslims because of our stupidity. Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheist way, they make laws that go against God and they have traditions that are proper of paganism.“All of this moral and religious decadence favours Islam.” “We have a weak Christian faith,” he added. “The Church nowadays does not...
  • Abuse After Cathedral's Quran Reading Prompts Police Investigation

    01/13/2017 6:05:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 1/13/17 | Harry Farley
    Offensive comments directed at clergy at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, have prompted a police investigation after the Quran was read at a service last week. Police Scotland confirmed it is investigating remarks after the Epiphany service contained a recitation from the Islamic holy book denying Jesus was the son of God – a key Christian doctrine. "Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of hate crime and encourages all communities to continue working together to ensure no one feels threatened or marginalised," a spokesman told Christian Today. Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth invited the reading from Madinah Javed, a law student...
  • 'Everyone Will be Muslim Because of Our Stupidity’ Catholic Leader Blasts ‘WEAK’ Church

    01/13/2017 5:35:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | 1/13/17 | Belinda Robinson
    A PROMINENT figure in the Catholic church has controversially suggested that everyone will “soon be Muslim” because Italy lives in an increasingly secular society amid rapidly growing migration figures. Monsignor Carlo Liberati, an Italian Archbishop, gave the warning after observing the growing number of detention centres opening up in Europe, suggesting it was a sure fire way to have the Islamic faith become mainstream. He said: “In 10 years we will all be Muslims because of our stupidity. Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheist way, they make laws that go against God and they have traditions that...
  • Koran Verse Denying Jesus Was Son of God Sung in Scottish Cathedral

    01/11/2017 5:47:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/11/17 | Nick Hallet
    A passage from the Koran that denies one of the central tenets of the Christian faith was sung aloud at a cathedral service in Scotland. The passage from Surah 19, which specifically denies that Jesus was the Son of God and says He should not be worshipped, was sung during a Eucharist service at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow to mark the feast of the Epiphany. A video of the recital was posted on YouTube showing a girl singing the passage in a typical Islamic style. It narrates the Islamic account of the birth of Jesus, which includes the...
  • Catholic-Muslim dialogue opens to support American Muslims

    01/11/2017 4:01:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Crux News ^ | January 10, 2017 | Jame Martone
    The dialogue stems from concerns expressed by U.S. bishops in the wake of “a serious uptick in violence against American Muslims … to make sure that they are sensitive to what is going on in the (Muslim) communities,” said Anthony Cirelli, associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Chapel of the Madonna of Loreto at Malpensa Airport given to Muslims: A risky gesture of good-will

    01/11/2017 11:00:19 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | Marco Tosatti
    It is undoubtedly a gesture of good will, but it might also be a colossal mistake. We are talking about the initiative by Malpensa’s chaplain who decided to place the Chapel of Our Lady of Loreto at the disposition of Muslims for their prayers. We read of the initiative here: (click here); it seems to be well-intentioned, but perhaps not very wise Let’s try to explain why. The place a Muslim community prays becomes Dar al-Islam, the house of Islam; a place that will always be the property of the Prophet’s followers. Not like the rest of the world --...
  • Political Islam Is All of It

    01/10/2017 9:04:19 AM PST · by wtd · 8 replies
    Gates of Vienna Blog ^ | January 10, 2017 | Dymphna, Dr. Bill Warner
    Political Islam Is All of ItHere is one of Bill Warner’s new videos, “Hijra, Islamic Migration”. But it is so much more than that. With each of his expositions you can learn something new, sometimes with his charts, sometimes just with his ideas, often with his Socratic questions. The progressive map showing the conquest of the Arabian Peninsula followed by the subjugation of other areas once they moved in, is sobering. That’s one reason Dr. Warner says he never talks about Muslims as individuals (except for Mohammed). His interest is jihad and sharia, i.e., ISLAM. By coincidence, that’s a...
  • Cardinal Cupich, the "sex jihad" and "crushing the skulls of infidels"

    01/09/2017 4:25:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | January 9, 2017 | Manhound
    At Holy Name Cathedral yesterday, to kick off National Immigration Week, Cardinal Blase Cupich had two "migrants" speak from the altar. One of them was the Syrian Muslim, Feras Shawesh.
  • Scores of Muslims Turning to Christ in Middle East; Churches Expecting 'Millions' of Converts

    01/09/2017 7:23:44 AM PST · by Petrosius · 25 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | January 9, 2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Thousands of Muslims are turning to Jesus Christ and what they view as the "religion of freedom" amid ongoing bloodshed in the Middle East, reports indicate. Some churches hope that millions of people will accept Christ amid a "spiritual hunger" that is forming in the wake of persecution. Voice Of the Martyrs Canada, which supports Christian radio broadcasts in the region, told BosNewsLife that despite the mass exodus of Christians from Iraq and Syria due to terrorism, persecution, and war, scores of Muslims are making the decision to embrace Christianity. "There are thousands upon thousands coming to Christ," VOMC revealed....
  • Archbishop of Mosul: “Don’t Accept Refugees Who Have Made Us Refugees Here”

    01/08/2017 5:07:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 1/7/17 | Baron Bodissey
    Below are excerpts from an interview posted by François de Souche with the Orthodox Syriac Archbishop of Mosul concerning the plight of Christians in Iraq since the rise of the Islamic State. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation: Interview with Monsignor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Orthodox Syriac Archbishop of Mosul, Kurdistan and Kirkuk on the aleteia site. Q: Don’t you worry about the people who stayed behind in Mosul?A: All Christians fled the city in 2014 from Daesh’s troops. Those who stayed, for the most part, welcomed them. Sometimes with open arms. The Sunni Muslim Arabs who live there...
  • Christmas in Iraq, Chaldean Patriarch: Muslims Closeness and Solidarity with Christians

    01/04/2017 5:54:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/2/17
    Mar Sako speaks of "grass roots revolt" against terrorism and violence, combined with a renewed commitment "in defense of life." The authorities in Basra for the first time celebrate the New Year and ask Christians to come back. A group of young Muslim Shiites of Najaf attend Mass in the capital and have lunch with the patriarch. Several Baghdad streets festooned with Christmas trees.Baghdad (AsiaNews) - In Iraq we are witnessing " grass roots revolt against terrorism, against violence", accompanied by a renewed commitment to the "defense of life, of peace, of joy"; in this way "it is possible to...
  • Islamic Society Wins 'Landmark Ruling' in Long Battle for New Mosque [New Jersey]

    01/02/2017 4:34:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 1/1/17 | Kathleen O'Brien
    BERNARDS TWP. -- Bernards Township's insistence that a proposed mosque have more parking spaces than churches or synagogues is unconstitutional, a federal judge said in a ruling filed New Year's Eve. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp's ruling eviscerates the township's main reason for rejecting Islamic Society of Basking Ridge's plan to build a mosque in the Liberty Corner section of town. The court victory is a turning point in the nearly four-year saga of the Islamic Society's desire to move its worship from rented space to a mosque. That plan, which triggered neighborhood opposition, went through 39 planning board...