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  • Armenians Restore Female Diaconate

    01/15/2018 6:04:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Communio ^ | 1/14/18
    The female diaconate has been restored with the ordination of Ani-Kristi Manvelian, 24, in Tehran as a deacon for parish life who is not a nun. It is understood as a “restoring” rather than “reinstating” of the Order of Deacon for women. This act is see as a precedent. The ordination happened at St. Sarkis Church on 25 September 2017 by Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, the Primate of the Diocese of Tehran (Catholicosate of Cilicia). Archbishop Sarkissian said: “Today, our Church is confronting the imperative of self-examination and self-critique. It is imperative to rejuvenate the participation of the people in the...
  • On The Flight to Chile, the Pope Distributes to Journalists the Picture of the Child from Nagasaki

    01/15/2018 5:59:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 1/15/18 | Andrea Tornielli
    Released in December, the image is a warning against every conflict and a condemnation of today’s “piecemeal Third World War”“The fruit of war...”. To the journalists who accompany him on his flight from Fiumicino to Santiago de Chile, the first stop of his apostolic journey to Chile and Peru, the Pope wanted to distribute the photo of the child who, after the atomic bombardment of Nagasaki, in 1945, is carrying his dead brother on his shoulders to a crematorium. A brutal image taken by American photographer Joseph Roger O’ Donnell, that the Pope already wanted to be printed and distributed...
  • The Graham Family Legacy in North Korea

    Franklin’s father, Billy, visited the DPRK in 1992 and 1994, and his mother Ruth returned in 1997 after attending high school in Pyongyang in the 1930s. “When I was growing up my mother spoke often about her experiences here, and one of the high points of her life was the opportunity she had to return in 1997,” Franklin said when he landed at Pyongyang airport in 2008. At the conclusion of her six-day visit in 1997, Mrs. Graham summarized her experience as one of the true highlights of her life. “Almost nothing remains from my school days here during the...
  • Fear of Immigrants Not a Sin, But Being Driven By It Is, Pope Says

    01/14/2018 6:12:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/14/18 | John Allen Jr
    ROME - In a sense, every papal liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica has symbolic value, but rarely was that symbolism more overtly on display than on Sunday, when Pope Francis led a Mass for the Catholic Church’s Jan. 14 World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Obviously intended to drive home the message that migrants are refugees and not just abstractions for Catholicism, but part of its family of faith, there were representatives of 49 nations on hand in the basilica, including 2,000 immigrants and refugees from the Philippines, more than 1,200 Ukrainians, 800 Romanians, 650 Indians, as well as groups...
  • Cardinal Says Nigerian Crisis Raises Big Issues, and Rome Must Act

    01/14/2018 6:04:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/11/18 | John Allen and Claire Giangravé
    ROME - These days, Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja is deeply hesitant to be drawn into talking about the troubled Nigerian diocese of Ahiara, saying his role as Apostolic Administrator there ended a year ago when Pope Francis took the situation in his own hands, and not wanting to aggravate what’s already perhaps the most painful, and extraordinary, Catholic storyline in Africa. Onaiyekan reluctantly agreed to discuss the situation with Crux on Jan. 9, mostly because he believes a core principle is at stake, which is that “the pope appoints bishops and nobody else.” “We need to handle this seriously...
  • Should Church Be Exciting?

    01/13/2018 10:03:11 PM PST · by tiredofallofit · 59 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 1/13/2018 | Robert Messner
    One of my favorite places to sit and work is Panera Bread. No, this is not a plug for Panera Bread! It’s just that I enjoy the atmosphere – something about it helps me to complete my tasks more efficiently. I can sit in a booth for hours and lose myself in my work despite the noise around me. But once in awhile I will tune into that noise and pick up on some interesting conversations. Especially about church. Sometimes there will be a pastor sitting nearby talking about church matters with a staff member. More often than not, however,...
  • Amir discusses recent developments in the Middle East, 1/13/18.

    01/13/2018 8:39:45 PM PST · by firebrand · 5 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Jan. 13, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir tells of the recent attacks by Israel on Damascus. Also drone warfare by ISIS.Turkey becoming more aggressive, forming alliance with Sudan, in preparation for Ezekiel 38 war.This leads into some general comments about Christians who refuse to believe Biblical prophecy.Again, for those who are pressed for time, the important news begins at the 5-minute mark. The warnings about skepticism of prophecy are at the end.May many blessings come to those who believe God's prophetic Word.
  • Sorin’s ‘Bold’ Vision and the Future of Notre Dame

    01/13/2018 5:46:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Irish Rover ^ | 12/1/17 | Fr. Bill Miscamble C.S.C
    Whose Gospel, What Purpose?Father Edward Sorin has been the subject of renewed attention during this year celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of the University of Notre Dame by the determined Holy Cross priest and his band of brothers. The university administration has made the fulfillment of Sorin’s ‘vision’ a lynchpin of sorts in its “Boldly Notre Dame” campaign aimed at raising a mere $4 billion dollars to “embrace the opportunities of the future.” Assurances are given that the university is “following in Father Sorin’s footsteps,” and that it remains “rooted in the mission” he launched. One hears ad...
  • Muslim Converts to Christ Beg Pope Francis to Stop Deceiving Himself

    01/13/2018 5:40:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Stream ^ | 1/10/18 | John Zmirak
    Last year, Jason Jones and I wrote at The Stream to Pope Francis. We begged him to reconsider his statements on Muslim immigration. This in the wake of the murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel. Muslims slit that priest’s throat while he was saying Mass. Not in Egypt or Iraq. In France. Now a much more powerful document has appeared. The authors? Men and women who risked Fr. Hamel’s fate. Indeed, from an orthodox Muslim point of view, they invited it. The signers are converts from Islam to Christianity. There’s a penalty for that in Muslim sharia. And hence...
  • Three Churches Bombed Ahead of Papal Visit to Chile

    01/12/2018 6:10:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/12/18 | Staff Reporter
    A note said the next bomb would be 'in your cassock'Three Catholic churches in the Chilean capital have been bombed just days before Pope Francis begins his tour of the country. The perpetrators placed incendiary devices in all three churches in Santiago, and in one church left a direct threat to the Pope, saying the next bombs would be “in your cassock”. Chile’s outgoing president Michelle Bachelet said the events were “very strange, because it is not something that can be identified with one specific group”. She added: “What I’ve been told is that, for example, [when the Pope visited]...
  • Notre Dame Pres. Shouldn’t Attend March for Life While Providing ‘Abortifacient’ Coverage: Alumni

    01/11/2018 6:05:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/9/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, January 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – It would be “hypocritical” for Notre Dame University’s president to attend the March for Life given his role in allowing abortifacient birth-control coverage through insurance to students and staff, concerned alumni are saying. A Notre Dame alumni association, the Sycamore Trust, was disappointed when the university, under the presidency of Father John Jenkins, CSC, bowed to Obama’s HHS ‘contraception’ mandate which enjoined employers to provide their employees with health coverage that included “services” such as contraceptives and sterilization. The group expressed grave concern when the university did not except the new faith-based...
  • Relevant Radio Purging Orthodox Catholics

    01/10/2018 5:00:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/5/18 | Christine Niles
    "Terry and Jesse Show" latest to get axedDETROIT ( - A spate of orthodox Catholic programming is being ditched by Relevant Radio. After Mother Miriam was let go in November and Catholic Answers Live was dropped on New Year's Day, an internal email sent Friday announced the station was also ditching "The Terry and Jesse Show," known for its blunt, no-holds-barred approach to the Faith. Hosted by Terry Barber and Jesse Romero, the show aired from 8–9 p.m. ET each weekday, running for 11 years on Immaculate Heart Radio before the station was bought out by Relevant Radio last year....
  • Senior Anglican Priest Slams Opposition to Assisted Dying as 'Pure Fatalism and Superstition'

    01/08/2018 6:16:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 1/4/18 | James McIntyre
    A senior Anglican priest has spoken out in favour of assisted dying, dismissing as 'pure fatalism and superstition' the notion that 'the time of someone's death is purely God's business'. Canon Rosie Harper, the chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham and a member of the Church's General Synod, has written a controversial post on the ViaMedia blog urging acceptance of the right to die. In it, she writes: 'Don't tell me that the time of someone's death is purely God's business. That at the moment when all a human soul wants is for it to end, God stands at the...
  • Bishops' Letter on Sexual Identity Prompts LGBT Counter-Lobbying

    01/08/2018 6:11:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2018 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several Catholic bishops’ call for clarity and compassion on sexual identity issues such as transgenderism drew the ire of a dissenting Catholic group which is part of a well-funded LGBT activism network. New Ways Ministry’s executive director Francis DeBernardo encouraged his group’s supporters Dec. 18 to write the four bishops who signed the recent letter. Claiming gender transition helps people “become closer to God,” he said the letter is “denying transgender experience” and “promotes a false scenario about how gender topics are being taught to children.” The Dec. 15 letter...

    01/07/2018 11:30:55 PM PST · by · 33 replies
    Intercessory prayer ^ | 1/7/2018 | UMCRevMom
    Please join this opportunity to pray with fellow FREEPERS for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and for 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. (I John 5:14) Religion forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Rural Minnesota Catholic Parish Dismisses Musicians Over Gay Marriages

    01/07/2018 7:21:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Twin ^ | 1/6/18 | Tad Vezner
    For weeks now, a Catholic parish in the rural St. Croix River Valley north of the Twin Cities has been praying through turmoil, brought by a trio of startling dismissals. On one hand, even many of the most distressed don’t want any of the 400 or so parishioners to leave the Church of St. Joseph in Taylors Falls and the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Shafer. On the other, some see a wounded spirit — a weakening of the backbone of inclusiveness that has kept the parish tight-knit for decades. Last month, the congregations’ three choral musicians were dismissed...
  • Priest Cancels ‘LGBT’ Christmas Mass After Bishop Reminds Him that Homosexual Acts are ‘Sinful’

    01/07/2018 7:12:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/2/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    HONG KONG, January 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A priest in Hong Kong canceled a planned ‘LGBT’ Christmas Midnight Mass at the last minute after the diocese’ auxiliary bishop reminded him that homosexual acts are “sinful” and “serious violations of chastity.” Auxiliary Bishop Rev. Joseph Ha, OFM, at the urging of Hong Kong Bishop Michael Yeung, investigated the planned event before speaking to the priest, according to a report in the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP). Compassion HK LGBTQ Catholics Union, the group sponsoring the Mass, stated on Facebook that bishops in other countries permit LGBT Masses, so “Why is it...
  • Monks Killed in Algeria to be Recognised as Martyrs

    01/05/2018 9:30:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    They were martyred, probably by Islamic extremists, in the early 1990sA bishop, seven Trappist monks and 11 other religious men and women killed by extremists in Algeria in the 1990s will soon be recognized as martyrs, the postulator for their causes said. The decree for their beatification should be published sometime in January, Trappist Father Thomas Georgeon said on January 1 in an interview with Mondo e Missione (World and Mission), a monthly magazine and website run by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions. A 10-year-long armed conflict between government forces and extremist Islamic rebel groups left tens of thousands...
  • Müller Blames his Ouster on Anti-Roman, Argentine Clique Close to Pope

    01/04/2018 6:10:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    La Croix ^ | 12/30/17 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said this Argentine circle close to the pope is “prejudiced against Rome”. Cardinal Gerhard Müller has blamed a group of anti-Roman clerics from Argentina for convincing Pope Francis to dismiss him last June as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). “From the very beginning, certain forces in the background suggested that I stood in the pope’s way and in the way of their notions of pope and Church, and they publicized their opinions,” the former CDF chief said on December 5. Speaking to...
  • Passion of the Christ actor: We must be ‘warriors’ ready to risk our lives for the Gospel

    01/04/2018 5:04:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 4, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    Catholics must be ready to risk their lives and reputations to defeat evil in the world, Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel told a gathering of Catholic college students this week. Only through the faith and Christ’s wisdom can we be saved, Caviezel said, but it will also take people who are prepared to fight, sacrifice and suffer. Citing St. Maximilian Kolbe, Caviezel said that indifference was the greatest sin of the 20th century, and still is in the 21st century. “We must shake off this indifference, this destructive tolerance of evil. But only our faith and the wisdom...