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  • Russia's Next Weapon: A Military Church

    11/17/2018 6:21:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 11/11/18 | Michael Peck
    The walls of the military church are made in the color of the standard Russian missile system and armored vehicle. From the inside, the walls are decorated with paintings of battle scenes from military history and texts from the Holy Scriptures. The projected height is 311 feet tall, and it is designed to hold 6,000 people. "The modern Russian serviceman cannot be shaped without shaping lofty spirituality in him,”Meet Vladimir Putin's newest weapon: a church. The Russian military plans to build a military church to bolster the spiritual values of its armed forces. Construction will soon begin of the Main...
  • Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion?

    11/17/2018 11:16:10 AM PST · by Stepan12 · 33 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | November 17, 2018 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    This triumphalist statement is a staple of Islamic propaganda. If Islam is the “world’s fastest-growing religion,” then this must surely reflect, its adherents believe, its innate superiority to other faiths. And it suggests that this rise is inexorable and irreversible. But the picture is not quite so clear. Look at the figures being given for the world’s Muslim population. There still seems to be no agreement. The numbers range enormously, from a low of 1.4 billion to a high of 1.8 billion.In Muslim countries, the way Muslims are counted is to take the total population, subtract those who have definitely...
  • There’s a Battle for the Soul of America: Christians Must Stand Firm

    11/16/2018 6:34:44 PM PST · by Maudeen · 17 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | 11/15/2018 | Deborah R. Leininger
    There is a war raging throughout our nation — a battle for the soul of America. Unfortunately, a chief defender of liberty is the lukewarm, double-minded Church which embraces political correctness and has succumbed to fearful, blasphemous spirits. It is imperative that a remnant rise from the rubble, stand upon the Rock of their Salvation, and assume their roles in Church leadership and public discourse
  • Shame Over Msgr. Shao Zhumin, the Bishop Kidnapped by police

    11/16/2018 5:29:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/13/18 | Bernardo Cervellara
    The silence of so many commentators dictated by knockback: The belief that the Sino-Vatican agreement would have ensured smooth waters. Persecution takes place in many regions of the country and with the endorsement of central power. Underground Catholics bitterly suspect that the Vatican has abandoned them. The "papolatry" complex: instead of attending to the truth, things are measured on the basis of whether they are "for or against Francis". The "marketolatry" complex: trade with China is worth all the silences. But, as the Pope says, religious freedom is "a fundamental human right, a bulwark against totalitarian demands".Rome (AsiaNews) - We...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Undermines Vatican Diplomatic Immunity with USCCB Intervention

    11/16/2018 9:20:20 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 15, 2018 | Benjamin Harnwell
    In ordering the U.S. bishops to abstain from voting on measures aimed at addressing clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis may have inadvertently performed the most consequential and costly act of his papacy. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) intended to vote on two measures responding to the ongoing sex abuse crisis in its annual fall meeting, which concluded in Baltimore on Wednesday. A last-minute intervention, however, from the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops instructed the USCCB to stand down and to await a meeting of global episcopal conference leadership convoked by Pope Francis for February. The Vatican’s direct intervention into the bishops’ governance would...
  • What Will the Vatican Do with China's Underground Bishops?

    11/15/2018 7:16:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    UCA News ^ | 11/14/18 | Michael Sainsbury
    The papally appointed prelates' fate was not included in the recent deal with Beijing and remains under discussionOn the face of it, one of the more curious issues about the recent "temporary" deal between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops, as described in the official state-run Chinese media, was the lack of any resolution of the status of bishops appointed by the Vatican but not recognized by Communist Party-run Catholic groups. It would seem to have been a logical quid pro quo — something granted or expected in return for something given — for the Vatican's forgiveness...
  • Why Does No One Compare The California Fires With Sodam And Gamorrah ?

    11/15/2018 6:11:08 AM PST · by knarf · 59 replies
    self ^ | November 15, 2018 | knarf
    I think the comparisons of many artists from many years ago captured today's actual photos of what we see these fires look like now is fascinating.
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, November 15, 2018 [prayer]

    11/15/2018 5:36:42 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 28 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | November 15, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for mercy and healing for our nation.
  • Prayer and Fasting for our Nation

    11/14/2018 5:43:49 PM PST · by metmom · 78 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 1/14/2018 | self
    <p>To say that our nation is in serious trouble is a vast understatement. We are daily being bombarded with news of immorality and corruption in all levels of politics and society.</p> <p>We are under attack on many fronts.</p> <p>Abortion is still legal, homosexuality and sexual perversion is being flaunted and lauded in the streets, elections are being brazenly stolen right under our noses as we watch, and nobody is stopping it, God was kicked out of our schools and public life decades ago. Our culture has embraced humanism and sees no need for God.</p>
  • Minnesota’s CAIR‘s Jaylani Hussein Tries to Link White Christian Protestants to the KKK!

    11/14/2018 2:28:28 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 2 replies
    bw ^ | 11/13/18 | Bradlee Dean
    A little homework into the Southern Poverty Law Center clarified its true mission: Make money while working hand in glove with the mainstream media to attack America’s foundation using a Communist/Marxist agenda. SPLC’s founder is lawyer Morris Dees who in 1961 earned money by doing legal work for the Ku Klux Klan. That information alone brings enough red flags to expose SPLC as an illegitimate and anti-American organization. Dees founded SPLC in 1971 after the civil rights battle had been won and there was no more money left in representing groups like the KKK. He then jumped to the other...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Zen presents letter to pope warning him on China

    11/14/2018 9:45:38 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    UCANEWS.COM ^ | November 9, 2018 | ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
    Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun flew to Rome and handed a seven-page letter to Pope Francis appealing for him to pay attention to the crisis facing the underground church in China. The Hong Kong emeritus bishop on Nov. 8 told ucanews.com that underground clerics have cried to him since the Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops. "They said officials have forced them to become open, to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and to obtain a priest's certificate with the reason that the pope has signed the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement," said Cardinal Zen. He said some parts of the agreement...
  • Vatican’s Own News Website Profiles Pro-Abortion ‘Nun’ Praising US Midterm Election Results

    11/13/2018 6:13:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/12/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    VATICAN CITY, November 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Vatican’s news website has showcased an interview with a pro-abortion religious sister in its coverage of the recent U.S. elections. Sister Bernadette Reis of Vatican News Service interviewed Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the left-wing “Nuns on the Bus”, about the election of over 100 women to the House of Representatives. The interview appeared November 8 on the vaticannews.va website. Vatican News describes itself on its website as the “information system of the Holy See.” Campbell, 73, has stated publicly that she believes abortion should remain legal, which both contradicts Church teaching...
  • The Story Behind the Gaza Attack, from Amir 11/13/18

    11/13/2018 2:19:09 PM PST · by firebrand · 5 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | 11/13/18 | Amir Tsarfati
    The reasons for the recent Gaza attack and why it is now over.
  • Teleios Research Evaluates Opinions About the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    11/13/2018 8:08:17 AM PST · by Teleios Research · 4 replies
    PRLOG ^ | November 13, 2018 | William C. Stewart
    Teleios Research recently surveyed adolescents and millennials regarding opinions about the Israel-Palestine conflict. The survey was promoted on the Christian Instagram accounts, Instapray and Godsholyscriptures as well as a secular site, Mindsetofgreatness. Of the 146 participants the majority were: male (52%), <35 years old (74%), from the United States (34%), and evangelical (58%). Politically, evangelical Christians believe Israel is a democracy and all groups are treated fairly (28%); whereas non-evangelicals perceive Palestinians living in Israel are repressed (28%; P=0.002). Evangelicals generally support Israel regarding political and human rights issues (74%) compared to non-evangelicals (46%); while non-evangelicals support the Palestinian Authority...
  • Prayer Thread: ROCKETS FIRED AT ISRAEL FROM GAZA IN ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE

    11/13/2018 2:30:25 AM PST · by .30Carbine · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Joel C. Rosenberg Updates
    BREAKING: It is 10:40am here in Israel and more than 400 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza in the last few hours — more than on any other single day in history. The IDF is retaliating. Children and their parents have had to sleep in bomb shelters all night. More rockets are coming in as I write this. High risk of even further escalation. Please pray for calm to be restored. Pray, too, for all who are being traumatized on both sides to experience the supernatural comfort of the Lord.
  • Episcopal bishop, William Love, bans gay unions on his turf [Albany NY]

    11/12/2018 9:50:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2018
    An Episcopal bishop in Albany, New York, has issued a directive banning same-sex marriages in his diocese, saying the church has been “hijacked by the ‘Gay Rights Agenda.’” The Rev. William Love says in a pastoral letter that Scripture describes same-sex relationships as “sinful.” He also says that “Satan is having a heyday bringing division into the church.” His directive Saturday comes three weeks before a resolution allowing same-sex marriages in Episcopal churches nationwide goes into effect. …
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - 11/12/2018 [Prayer]

    11/11/2018 9:02:48 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 39 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | 11/12/2018 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President 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. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • [Cardinal] Zen Presents Letter to Pope Warning Him on China

    11/11/2018 5:59:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    UCA News ^ | 11/9/18
    Cardinal Zen flew to Rome and handed Pope Francis letter detailing situation faced by underground Catholics in ChinaCardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun flew to Rome and handed a seven-page letter to Pope Francis appealing for him to pay attention to the crisis facing the underground church in China. The Hong Kong emeritus bishop on Nov. 8 told ucanews.com that underground clerics have cried to him since the Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops. "They said officials have forced them to become open, to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and to obtain a priest's certificate with the reason that the...
  • Pleas From the Underground Church [in China]

    11/11/2018 5:55:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/9/18 | "Cry of the Poor"
    Francis betrays Chinese CatholicsIt's with a very heavy heart that I write this article. However, after much prayer, I, in good conscience, can no longer keep silent. Since the Sept. 22 provisional agreement between the Holy See and the People's Republic of China, the crackdown of the underground Church has quickly escalated: * Throughout the country, underground priests are being coerced into joining the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA). Some have even received threats of imprisonment. Although this is nothing new, what’s different now is that Chinese Authorities are using the Holy Father's words against us. They're telling priests: "Your...
  • Heart warming tribute to veterans after mass today

    11/11/2018 2:39:27 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 10 replies
    vanity | Nov. 11, 2018 | By Kevin Collins
    My fellow Catholic Freepers will enjoy this. After mass this morning our cantor sung the song identified with each branch of the service and veterans from that branch were asked to stand. There was strong sustained cheering at each one. We closed with a singing of America The Beautiful and it brought a tear to my eye. We are new in this parish and never expected such warm friendship.