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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • North Korean Defector: Despite Horrific Persecution, Christianity Is Growing

    05/28/2017 7:18:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/15/17 | Matt Hadro
    Kim Chung-seong, a Christian missionary, spoke at the first annual World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington, D.C.WASHINGTON — Although the North Korean government is doing everything it can to suppress Christianity, the faith continues to spread, said a defector and missionary who called for prayers and action to increase religious freedom in the country. “It is my prayer that all the international Christian communities will pray for those North Korean Christians to really help and engage them to spread the Gospel, not only through the works of the underground Church network, but also through the government and...
  • Vatican-Approved Bishop Seized for a Fourth Time in China

    05/26/2017 6:34:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    La Croix ^ | 5/25/17 | reporter
    Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou was summoned to the religious bureau and has not returned.A Vatican-approved bishop has been detained by Chinese officials for the fourth time since he was confirmed Bishop of Wenzhou last September. Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province was detained May 18, a month after he was briefly locked up during Holy Week. Bishop Shao has been placed under detention or removed from the diocese four times since he automatically succeeded Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, his predecessor, who died in September 2016. On this occasion, Bishop Shao, who is not recognized by...
  • Cardinal Zen Urges Prayer for Christians in China

    05/25/2017 6:06:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/24/17 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Chinese Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Cardinal Joseph Zen has asked for prayers on behalf of Christians in the country, who often face difficulty and even persecution for their faith. “In the history of the Church, Our Lady, Help of Christians always came to help the Church in difficulty,” Cardinal Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, told CNA in an interview, adding that this help has always been particularly strong when attached to the rosary. Noting how the Church is celebrating the centenary year...
  • Seminarian who once saved the Eucharist from ISIS returns as a priest

    05/23/2017 2:11:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | May 23, 2017
    Karamlesh, Iraq, May 23, 2017 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Martin Baani was just 24 years old when he risked his life as a seminarian to rescue the Blessed Sacrament from the imminent invasion of Islamic State terrorists in his hometown.Now, he is returning to his native village as a priest, ready to serve the people through the Eucharist.On August 6, 2014, Baani received a call from a friend who warned that a nearby village had fallen into the hands of ISIS, and that his hometown of Karamlesh would be next. Baani promptly headed to the San Addai church...
  • UK Bishop Questions LGBT Involvement in Catholic Schools’ Sex-Ed Program

    05/22/2017 7:59:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/22/17 | Deacon Nick Donelly
    May 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, an English bishop has expressed his reservations about the Catholic Education Service [CES] program “Made in God’s Image: Challenging homophobic and biphobic bullying in Catholic Schools.”Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth responded to questions about the influence of the militant LGBT group Stonewall on the CES program for 14-year-old children and discussed how Catholic schools could best counter ideological colonization. For the past two weeks, Catholics parents have taken to social media to protest against the "Made in God’s Image" program because it distorts the Church’s teaching on sexuality. The...
  • Prayers for Farmer Dean who is starting chemo today

    05/22/2017 4:27:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 74 replies
    Freepmail ^ | 05-22-17 | Farmer Dean email to another Freeper
    I am copying a Freepmail I got from another person for Farmer Dean. Farmer Dean, an all around good and likable guy, is starting chemo and more radiation for colon cancer today. I asked him if he wanted us to pray for him and he was very thankful and said yes. It is beautiful when Christians realize that prayers from other Christians, regardless of denomination, is a powerful thing. My mom’s been going to Mass for him and he has been so very grateful. Just a good guy whom I pray beats this through and through.
  • God's Country; Autumn River

    05/22/2017 7:13:00 AM PDT · by Revski · 5 replies
    Revski Youtube video's ^ | 5/22/2017 | Revski
    A scenic river in Chepachet R.I., in Autumn, with live video, and animation, the voices of animated dear and rabbit are myself and grandson.
  • Bergoglian ‘diversified unity’: does it have anything to do with Christ?

    05/21/2017 9:17:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | October 2016 | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    “Solidarity becomes a way of making history in a life setting where conflicts, tensions and oppositions can achieve a diversified and life-giving unity” Among the bizarre principles of bergoglian philosophy is this nugget: “unity is greater than conflict”. The consequences of this pseudo-principle are explained in Evangelii Gaudium, which claims to indicate the direction of Francis’ pontificate: we find expressions like “communion amid disagreement”, “friendship in society”, “multifaceted unity” and many others that, although deliberately ambiguous as Francis’ ideas and gestures have always been, nonetheless still permit an attentive observer to discern their true meaning.En passant, it is noteworthy that someone...
  • Abortion, Homosexuality Show ‘Final Battle’ Between God and Satan Has Come: Cardinal

    05/21/2017 7:38:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/19/17 | Dorothy Cummings McLean and Pete Baklinski
    ROME, May 19, 2017, (LifeSiteNews) -- The prophecy of the Fatima visionary Sister Lucia that the final battle between God and Satan will be about marriage and the family is being fulfilled today, said a cardinal speaking at a Catholic conference in Rome. "What Sister Lucia said in those days is being fulfilled in these days of ours," said Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, one of the dubia signers who is the archbishop emeritus of Bologna and a former member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, in a Q&A after his presentation. Caffarra made his comments at the fourth annual Rome...
  • Pope Francis Sets Date for Consistory for New Cardinals – Short, Odd List

    05/21/2017 11:45:20 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | May 21 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At the English site of Vatican Radio we find the names of the soon-to-be Cardinals.  There is something rather odd in the list. (Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Sunday announced a consistory for the creation of new Cardinals. He made the announcement at the end of the Regina Caeli in St Peter’s Square.The new Cardinals come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador. The Consistory will take place on June 28th.Find below the list of new Cardinal designates:Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali.Archbishop Juan José Omella of Barcelona, Spain.Bishop Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm, Sweden.Archbishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun Apostolic...
  • Orthodox Church to Russian Gov’t: ‘Abortion Must Be Made Equal to Murder’

    05/20/2017 5:17:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/19/17 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, Russia, May 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Russian Orthodox Church is again calling upon the nation's government to make abortion illegal. Archimandrite Theothilactes addressed Parliament's Commission for the Protection of Christian Values at their first session of the new State Duma. He advised the commission to make an abortion ban the top legislative priority. “Abortion must be made equal to murder," the Patriarch’s representative urged. "Attention must be paid to this bill and eventually it must be passed.” The Commission for the Protection of Christian Values is a lower house coalition of 46 members of Parliament coming together to...
  • The First Catholic Church in 60 Years is Being Built in Cuba

    05/20/2017 5:14:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | 5/20/17 | Catholic News Agency
    For the first time in 60 years places of worship are being built in Cuba. A parish in Florida funded the construction of a Catholic church in the western corner of the country showing that Cuba is taking big steps toward religious freedom.TAMPA, FL - Funded by a parish in Florida, a new Catholic church is being built in Cuba and is the first the island nation has seen in 60 years. Father Ramon Hernandez, pastor of St. Lawrence church in Tampa, said he and his parishioners are happy to see how their funds have financed the project, and said...
  • Cash Cow in Medjugorge [Catholic Caucus]

    05/19/2017 4:11:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | May 17, 2017 | TTC
    I knew there was something fishy in the Vatican's talking points in Medjugorje They are taking the position that the Blessed Mother likely appeared in Medjugorje seven times but following those appearances, the 'seers' have been lying. I think that's very generous. It's inconsistent with the Blessed Mother's nature to choose to appear to people whom she knew would lie about the messages she conveyed to them. I kept asking myself why on earth their solution to this mess was to set up shop parallel to the frauds and crooks. What's next? Setting up an office in pope Michael's "see"?...
  • The church in Iran has become one of the fastest growing in the world

    05/19/2017 8:35:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Everyone loves a good story. As Christians, we especially love stories that tell us how, when all seems lost, God makes a way. One such story is about the church in Iran—and it’s one of the greatest stories in the world today.  It’s a simple story that can be summarized in just two sentences: Persecution threatened to wipe out Iran’s tiny church. Instead, the church in Iran has become the fastest growing in the world, and it is influencing the region for Christ. As simple as it is, such an amazing story is worth examining deeper. Growth Amid Persecution The Iranian revolution...
  • There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood

    05/15/2017 6:19:56 AM PDT · by Revski · 4 replies
    Revski Youtube video's ^ | 5/15/2017 | Revski
    A scenic brook in Autumn, and I sing two verses of the hymn, There is a Fountain Filled with Blood, accompanied with, lyrics, and piano music.
  • Prayer for UCMRevMom and family[PRAYER]

    05/14/2017 8:51:08 PM PDT · by givemWatts · 43 replies
    "...if you would remember my children in prayer, I & they would be blessed. Amanda had the emergency (appendix) surgery & Julie broke her forearm & dislocated her wrist. UMCRevmom"
  • “If modern feminists truly knew the fundamental values Catholic priests are called to emb”[CathCaUc]

    05/12/2017 3:33:45 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | May 10, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorg
    Full Title:     “If modern feminists truly knew the fundamental values Catholic priests are called to embrace…”[CathCauc] The other day I read about another dreadfully misguided and spiritually dangerous fraud perpetrated in North Carolina, another fake “ordination” of a woman.   Women, of course, cannot every be ordained to any of the Holy Orders (that includes diaconate).  A thousands male bishops with the laying on of hands chant prayers over a woman for a thousands days and yet the effect would only be fatigue and a pressed down hairdoo.There is a good piece at the National Catholic Register which you might peruse about feminism....
  • Blueprint for Church Schism Revealed as Conservative Leaders Plot Separate Anglican Structure

    05/11/2017 7:10:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 5/10/17 | Harry Farley
    A blueprint for schism seen by Christian Today reveals extensive plans by conservative evangelicals to form a rival Anglican structure to the Church of England in the UK. The proposals, born out of concerns about liberal teachings on homosexuality, include suggestions for a new synod, new liturgy, an appointments system for new bishops, new church canons and new statements of belief. First mooted at ReNew, a conference of traditionalist church leaders last autumn, the 15-page discussion document outlines how the new faction could take shape and establish credibility as an alternative Anglican church. 'Widespread credible bishops serving conservative evangelicals here...
  • Questions in the Wake of Cdl. Coccopalmerio’s Comments on Anglican Orders [Catholic/Anglican Caucus]

    05/11/2017 11:26:09 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 10, 2017 | Edward N. Peters
    Was Leo’s "Apostolicae curae" an exercise of the extraordinary papal magisterium, itself making infallibly certain the invalidity of Anglican orders and thus requiring Catholics to hold them “absolutely null and utterly void”? A rock dropped into quiet waters produces a visible splash and observable ripples. The same rock thrown into a storm-tossed sea, however, passes unnoticed, for its effects are overwhelmed by larger and wider waves. Before the splash of Cdl. Coccopalmerio’s startling comments toward recognizing Anglican orders disappears in the theological chop that is the new normal for Catholics, let’s record some questions deserving of consideration. Note, the only source I...
  • Anglican Orders not 'Invalid' Says Cardinal, Opening Way for Revision of Current Catholic Position

    05/10/2017 6:14:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 5/7/17 | Christopher Lamb
    Leo XIII’s remarks that Anglican orders are “absolutely null and utterly void” have been a major stumbling block to Catholic-Anglican unity. One of the Vatican’s top legal minds has opened the way for a revision of the Catholic position on Anglican orders by stressing they should not be written off as “invalid.” In a recently published book, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, calls into question Pope Leo XIII’s 1896 papal bull that Anglican orders are “absolutely null and utterly void.” “When someone is ordained in the Anglican Church and becomes a parish priest in...