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  • More Than 60,000 Take Part in Royal Procession in Honor of Romanovs

    07/21/2017 6:57:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/17/17
    In the night of July 16-17, on the anniversary of the killing of the holy Royal Martyrs, the penitential Royal Procession was held in Ekaterinburg from the place of their killing to the place where their remains were hidden, where today stands a monastery in honor of the holy Royal Martyrs, reports the site of the Ekaterinburg Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church. The cross procession began immediately after the Divine Liturgy which was celebrated by Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, along with Metropolitans Vikenty of Tashkent and Uzbekistan and Kirill of Verkhoturye and Ekaterinburg, and Bishops Benjamin of...
  • Middle Eastern Christians Propose a Safe Haven in Iraq

    07/21/2017 6:43:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 7/15/17 | Angelo Stagnaro
    Representatives of the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac Christian political parties have produced a position paper which outlines their desire to establish self-governance.In the very land from which Christianity was born, the Faithful have suffered terrible, unspeakable oppression, blatant discrimination, torture and holy martyrdom at the hands of those who reject peace and love. Now, that the failed “ISIL” is in rapid retreat, having unleashed untold suffering on the region and deaths over the past three-years, plans are in the work to keep the remainder of Christians in the region safe from more unsolicited, gratuitous violence. A high-level European Parliament meeting...
  • Ecumenism of Hate: The "Hate" Is All Coming from the Left

    07/21/2017 11:11:52 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 19, 2017 | Unknown
    TRANSCRIPT So the international fallout from the Vatican's hit piece against Trump, America's political conservatives and us, here at Church Militant, continues. Father Antonio Spadaro's bloated and nonsensical article last week made the almost unprecedented move of actually singling out this apostolate as an example of what is wrong in the Church these days. Now, that's rich, coming from a priest who has openly backed ordaining women as priests and is good buddies with practically every lover of the agenda of sodomy in the Church that exists. The essence of his condescending article is that an ecumenical effort has formed...
  • When Jesuits and Popes Dance With the Devil

    07/21/2017 8:06:14 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | July 17, 2017 | Fr. Celatus
    Years ago I was brought in as a priest to a psych ward in a VA hospital to work with a suicidal Vietnam veteran. His family was convinced that the root of his problem was not merely mental but diabolical. After spending some time with the tormented veteran, I agreed that something diabolical was at work. One thing I remember the veteran saying was that he “danced with the devil.” I shudder at the thought! So I prayed the Rosary with him, taught him the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel and enrolled him in the scapular. For a while...
  • A partisan vision at the Vatican? Further thoughts on that Civilta Cattolica essay

    07/21/2017 7:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholiic Culture ^ | July 19, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    A week after the appearance of the Spadaro-Figueroa rant against American conservatives, I am still shaking my head with disbelief, wondering how a semi-official Vatican journal could have published such a harshly partisan and grossly misinformed analysis of American politics. I am not alone. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia was characteristically polite but firm in his critique, describing the already infamous Civilta Cattolica essay as “an exercise in dumbing down and inadequately presenting the nature of Catholic/evangelical cooperation on religious freedom and other key issues.” Archbishop Chaput—who has been a prime mover in Catholic-Evangelical cooperation, and thus implicitly a target...
  • Salem witch trial victims are honored in two different communities on the 325th anniversary of...

    07/19/2017 11:02:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | July 19, 2017 | Reporter and Associated Press
    FULL TITLE: Salem witch trial victims are honored in two different communities on the 325th anniversary of the tragedy Two communities in Massachusetts where 20 people suspected of witchcraft were put to death in 1692 honored the victims on Wednesday. The ceremonies in Salem and Danvers comes 325 years to the day when Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Wildes were hanged at a site in Salem known as Proctor's Ledge. It was the first of three mass hangings at the spot. The 20th victim was crushed to death. Salem unveiled a memorial at noon on...
  • Qatar, Saudi Arabia to Islamize One of Europe's Greatest Cathedrals

    07/19/2017 7:17:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 7/18/17 | Giulio Meotti
    * In Islamic symbolism, Córdoba is the lost Caliphate. Political authorities in Córdoba dealt a blow to the Catholic Church's claim of ownership of cathedral by declaring that "religious consecration is not the way to acquire property". But this is how history works, especially in the lands where Christianity and Islam fought hard for dominion. Why are secularists not pressing Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give Christians back the Hagia Sophia? No one has raised an eyebrow that "Christendom's greatest cathedral has become a mosque". * The Spanish left, governing the region, would like to convert the church into...
  • Step outside the politics and encounter immigrants, (catholic) bishop implores

    07/19/2017 11:17:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    CNA ^ | July 19, 2017 | Matt Hadro
    A U.S. bishop on the border of Mexico hopes his new pastoral letter on migration will turn the hearts of Catholics to encounter their migrant brothers and sisters in a concrete way. “It is first and foremost a reflection on the signs of the times by the light of faith,” Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso told CNA of his new pastoral letter on migration. The letter is not meant to be “simply abstract,” he said, but “has to come down to the daily life and daily realities.” Bishop Seitz’s letter on migration, “Sorrow and Mourning Flee Away,” was released...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Sure that Putin's Meeting with Trump Will Help Save Lives in the Middle East

    07/18/2017 8:02:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/17/17
    Moscow, July 17, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion called meeting between presidents of the USA and Russia on sidelines of G20 "a road to the future" and pointed out to its immediate result - ceasefire in Syria. "Any attempt to tune the dialogue, to meet face to face and discuss problems that had been discussed only in distance is a road to the future, which we have to follow. It is very good that the meeting was held, that two presidents looked each other in the eye and listened to each other....
  • Review: Praise for The Political Pope: A Book Worth Supporting

    07/18/2017 2:41:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 17, 2017 | Matt P. Gaspers
    A Guest Book Review By Matt P. Gaspers* The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives George Neumayr In early May of this year, I was browsing the headlines at OnePeterFive and came across one that peaked my interest: “An Interview with George Neumayr, Author of The Political Pope” by Dr. Maike Hickson. After I began reading the interview, it didn’t take long for me to conclude that I needed to read Mr. Neumayr’s book. One statement of his, in particular, which appears about a third of the way down, caught my attention: “Pope Francis...
  • Are Americans from Mars?

    07/18/2017 12:26:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 17, 2017 | Robert Royal
    Two Jesuits of one mind There is something like an emerging theocracy in the United States, with a Manichean vision. But it’s the theocracy of sexual absolutism that cannot tolerate pluralism or dissent. The Little Sisters of the Poor, Hobby Lobby, evangelical bakers, anyone who stands up to the contraception-abortion-“gay-marriage” (and now) “transgender” juggernaut risks legal jeopardy and accusations of being a “hate group.” (Spadaro and Figueroa echo this claim, saying the Evangelical-Catholic alliance represents a xenophobic, Islamophobic, purist vision that is really an “ecumenism of hate.”)
  • In God They Don't Trust: Anti-American Syllabus in Vatican journal, by Maureen Mullarkey

    07/17/2017 2:15:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 17, 2017 | Maureen Mullarkey
    My initial response—unbidden, unguarded—to the Civiltà Cattolica broadside against American conservatives was relief. Almost a kind of glee. The Emperor has thrown his New Clothes on the floor in a fit of pique; his courtiers bend low to pick up what is not there. The pantomime is fully in the open. Here, thankfully, is a barefaced specimen of intellectual sterility too obvious for a cosmetic gloss. Illustration by Munro Scott Orr (1874-1955) The Spadaro-Figueroa tirade is as nasty as it is ignorant. Writing as proxies for Francis, the pair make plain their boss’ uncomprehending distaste for America—its history, its politics,...
  • Islam and the Ten Commandments ("Islam and the Decalogue")

    07/17/2017 7:03:43 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 22 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 3, 2016 | Howard Kainz
    I first noticed something unusual about Islam during the 1980s when I was doing research for my book, Ethics in Context. I devoted one section of the book to the “Golden Rule.” The Golden Rule, in its negative or positive formulations, is incorporated not only in Christianity (Matt. 7:12), where Jesus declares it is a summary of “the law and the prophets,” but also in other major religions. For example, in Judaism, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor”; in Hinduism, “Let no man do to another that which would be repugnant to himself”’; in...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 7-17-17 {Prayer}

    07/16/2017 10:37:24 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 30 replies
    7-17-17 | Kitty Mittens
    Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Psalm 72:12-14 He will Take Care of the Helpless and Poor when they Cry to Him; For they have No One Else to Defend them. He Feels Pity for the Weak and Needy, and will Rescue them. He...
  • Gard Spokesperson: Baby Charlie is Effectively 'a Prisoner of the State'

    07/16/2017 7:05:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Sky News ^ | 7/16/17
    A family spokesperson has complained that if the Gards were wealthy the situation with their child 'would have never arisen'.Critically ill baby Charlie Gard has been "taken prisoner by the NHS and by the state", a spokesperson for the family has told Sky News. Alasdair Seton-Marsden, who represents Charlie Gard's family to the press, complained that if they were rich instead of "ordinary people" their child would be free to receive treatment in the US. "Baby Charlie wouldn't have become what is essentially - and these are my words - a prisoner of the state. The child is effectively being...
  • The War On Everything That Is Good And Sacred

    07/16/2017 6:55:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | July 16, 2017 | Mundabor
    The disgraceful Pontificate of the Evil Clown can be summarised with the following points: Dethronement of Christ, and substitution for a Weltanschauung in which earthly cares and problems are the only focus. Francis says we should kneel in front of the poor, but he does not kneel in front of the Blessed Sacrament. He is a South American agit-prop in White. Aggressive pushing of a strongly socialist agenda of the sort that has repeatedly put on its knees the economy of several Central and South American Countries. Pushed by a person every bit as arrogant, incompetent and outright stupid. War...
  • Egypt's Copts Say They're Tired of Being 'Martyrs' As Deadly Attacks Continue

    07/15/2017 4:51:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The streams of blood from defenseless Copts massacred by Islamist extremists continue to drench Egypt--with no end in sight. Three more Coptic were found dead in a span of eight days from the last week of June to the first week of July, with a fourth victim killed in late May, World Watch Monitor reported. Even as the Coptic Orthodox Church held another memorial service on July 3 commemorating 40 days since the bus attack in Minya that killed 29 Copts on Ascension Day, hopes for an end to the sectarian killings remain dim. Although the Coptic community has remained...
  • Florist Takes Religious Liberty Case to US Supreme Court

    07/15/2017 4:37:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Yakima, Wash., Jul 14, 2017 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Flower shop owner Barronelle Stutzman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect her from a Washington state court ruling that could destroy her financially because her religious beliefs prevented her from serving a same-sex wedding ceremony. “If the government can ruin Barronelle for peacefully living and working according to her faith, it can punish anyone else for expressing their belief,” said Stutzman’s attorney Kristen Waggoner, a senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom legal group. “The government shouldn’t have the power to force a 72-year-old grandmother to surrender her...
  • An ignorant, intemperate Vatican assault on American conservatism

    07/15/2017 1:54:58 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies ^ | Jul 13, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    With a harsh denunciation of American conservatism, published in the semi-official Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica, the Vatican has plunged headlong into a partisan debate in a society that it clearly does not understand, potentially alienating (or should I say, further alienating) the Americans most inclined to favor the influence of the Church. Why? Why this bitter attack on the natural allies of traditional Catholic teachings? Is it because the most influential figures at the Vatican today actually want to move away from those traditional teachings, and form a new alliance with modernity? The authors of the essay claim to embrace...
  • THE ULTIMATE INTERVIEW to Understand all About Pope Francis: Marcello Pera, Italian Politician and C

    07/15/2017 5:03:53 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli / Il Mattino ^ | July 14, 2017 | Corrado Ocone / New Catholic
    Full Title:   THE ULTIMATE INTERVIEW to Understand all About Pope Francis: Marcello Pera, Italian Politician and Close Ratzinger Friend Marcello Pera is an influential intellectual in Italy. A former president of the Italian Senate, he is a close friend of Benedict XVI, and even co-authored a book of lectures with him on the decay of the West (Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam) In an interview with Naples newspaper Il Mattino, published on July 9, 2017, Marcello Pera presented what can reasonably be called the general view of Pope Francis by the wide moderate spectrum of Italians, and Europeans, of...