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  • 70 Nations Unanimously Declare That God's Land Must Be Divided

    01/16/2017 7:14:22 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 27 replies ^ | 1/16/17 | Gary
    Representatives from some 70 nations, including Secretary of State John Kerry, gathered in France yesterday for the landmark Conference for Peace in the Middle East and upon conclusion of the meeting released a declaration saying that the only way to achieve peace was to divide God's covenant land (see Joel 3:2 for God's response).  They also affirmed December 23rd's Resolution 2334, which criticized settlement building in Judea and Samaria.  However, yesterday's declaration took it a step further saying that Israel must retreat to the 1949 Armistice Lines without any mention of mutually agreed upon land swaps.  Here is the world's response...
  • New Embassy Signals Pope’s Love for Palestine, says President Abbas

    01/16/2017 3:40:09 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 16, 2017 | N/A
    The Palestinian embassy to the Holy See was inaugurated on Saturday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pope Francis for his support of the country’s new embassy to the Holy See.“This is a sign that the Pope loves the Palestinian people and loves peace,” Abbas told the Pope on Saturday before heading to the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See in Rome.The Pope welcomed Abbas with open arms, embracing the president and saying, “It is a pleasure to welcome you here.”“I am also happy to be here,” Abbas replied.The Vatican said the two leaders spoke privately of the...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 1-16-17 {Prayer}

    01/15/2017 10:40:52 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 23 replies
    1-16-17 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 12:2 Hinei, El is my Yeshuah (Salvation); I will Trust, and not be Afraid; For Hashem G-d is my Strength and my Zemirah; He also has become my Yeshuah (Salvation).
  • Pro-Abortion Advocate Paul Ehrlich to Speak at Vatican Conference

    01/15/2017 3:21:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | January 14, 2017 | David Martin
    The Vatican will once again be used as a forum to advance population control. Pro-abortion advocate Paul Ehrlich, father of the modern population control movement and author of the 1968 best-seller "The Population Bomb," has been invited to speak at the Vatican during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss "how to save the natural world." This is deplorable when we consider the possible millions of deaths globally that he and his ideas may have indirectly been responsible for over the past five decades. Is the Vatican deliberately seeking to put the unborn to death? The Stanford biologist, who...
  • François Fillon could become the face of France’s Catholic revival

    01/15/2017 11:29:39 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    The Spectator ^ | January 13, 2017 | Gavin Mortimer
    It strikes me that it’s not much fun being a Catholic in France these days. Strolling back to my apartment in Paris on Christmas Eve, for example, I passed my local church. Inside a midnight Mass was in progress; outside a policeman stood guard.It was the same across France, an army of gun-toting men and women protecting the nation’s cathedrals and churches. They’ll be back at Easter, and on the Ascension and the Assumption. For how long? Who knows how long the country that is known as ‘the eldest daughter of the church’ because of its Christian heritage will need...
  • End times harbinger: Nations gang up on Israel

    01/15/2017 10:11:23 AM PST · by amorphous · 56 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 15 Jan 2017
    It’s like an alarm bell in the night for prophecy experts. Seventy nations are meeting in Paris this weekend for a massive summit to coordinate efforts against the Jewish state of Israel. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a statement issued after the conference will demand an end to the “occupation that began in 1967,” a two-state solution and no recognition of Israeli control of Jerusalem. It may even lead to recognition of a Palestinian state. “There’s no telling what this meeting might produce,” said Joseph Farah, founder of and author of the new prophecy book “The Restitution of...
  • Prayer Heading Into Inaugural Week

    01/14/2017 2:57:28 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 19 replies
    January 14, 2016 | GoldenState_Rose
    Heavenly Father, We thank you as we stand on the brink of a New Dawn for this nation. We pray for the outgoing Obama/Biden administration, LORD. We lift up the souls of all former leaders, from the Bushes to the Clintons. YOU are the ultimate judge of their legacies, and You are the ultimate judge of every soul: powerful and civilian alike. We pray for each of them, wherever they are in spiritual journeys, to come to embrace the FULLNESS of Your Truth. We pray that moving forward, they be advocates for what is objectively good, just, and true, and...
  • Two Juicy Ironies in the Current Saga Featuring the Knights of Malta

    01/14/2017 12:35:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    Crux ^ | January 13, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    For anyone familiar with the Vatican over a long stretch of time, there are a couple of truly juicy ironies involved in its current probe of the Knights of Malta, and understanding those ironies may help explain both the defiant reaction the Knights have displayed publicly and the vertigo they may be feeling privately. ROME – Just to be clear from the beginning, I have no insider information regarding the news now making the rounds about the Knights of Malta, either in terms of the factors that led to the ouster of Albrecht von Boeselager, the group’s chancellor, or Pope...
  • 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...
  • Russian Cathedral That Was Turned Into Museum Of Atheism Is To Be A Church Again

    01/13/2017 6:16:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Christian Today ^ | Mark Woods
    A former Russian Orthodox cathedral that was converted into a museum of atheism during the Soviet period is to be returned to the Church – and local people are protesting the move. More than 100,000 people signed a petition on against the return of St Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg. Built between 1818 and 1858 by French architect Auguste Ricard de Montferrand, it was formerly the flagship church of Orthodoxy in Russia. The building is now used for concerts and is a major tourist attraction though religious services are occasionally held there. According to AFP the petition has been...
  • Palestinian Embassy Opening in Vatican City on Eve of Evil International Decree

    01/13/2017 2:42:47 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 15 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 1/13/17 | Adam Berkowitz
    On Friday, just two days before 70 nations gather in Paris to vote on an anti-Israel decree, a new embassy for the Palestinian Authority will be inaugurated in Vatican City. This will be the first Palestinian embassy to be established in a European Union member nation. PA President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Pope Francis on Saturday. This will be the third time the two have met. When they met last year, Pope Francis referred to Abbas as “an angel of peace‘. When confronted, the Holy See explained that this was an error in translation and the Pope had atually...
  • Atheism Became Way More Popular During The Obama Era

    01/13/2017 1:23:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/13/2017 | Peter Hasson
    The number of Americans who don’t ascribe to any religion grew significantly during Obama’s eight years in office, according to a recent Pew Research report on how the country changed during the Obama era.U.S. President Barack Obama (L) stands with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst “When it comes to the nation’s religious identity, the biggest trend during Obama’s presidency is the rise of those who claim no religion at all. Those who self-identify as atheists or agnostics, as well as those who say their religion...
  • Supremes face bombshell: Law censoring Christian counselors

    01/13/2017 11:20:16 AM PST · by amorphous · 45 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 13 Jan 2017 | Bob Unruh
    The U.S. Supreme Court has been handed a bombshell: An appeal of a lower-court ruling that banned Christian counselors from talking with teens about the biblical standard for sexuality. The case challenges laws that force licensed counselors to affirm homosexuality, prohibiting them from helping clients overcome same-sex attractions. Such laws have been adopted in New Jersey, where a biased judge used it to shut down a Christian ministry, and in California and other states. The case already was presented to the Supreme Court several years ago, but it did not get a ruling. Now a new appeal has been submitted...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Move Past The Comma

    01/13/2017 4:31:03 AM PST · by Resettozero · 7 replies ^ | January 12, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Move Past The Comma January 12, 2017 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 I sure don’t like to fail, but here I am. When John McCain and I lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2008, it was one of the most public failures you can imagine. As much as we fought to win that election, it was impossible to know how the nation would change and morph under the leadership of the guy who beat us. Looking back, it sometimes felt...
  • Graduates of Jesuit Colleges in Congress Overwhelmingly Pro-Abortion

    01/12/2017 7:09:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 1/9/17 | Matt Archbold
    The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities recently celebrated the fact that 56 members of the new 115th U.S. Congress (a full 10 percent) attended a Jesuit college or university. AJCU President Father Michael Sheeran, S.J., said, “A hallmark of Jesuit education is service to others, and we are proud to see that commitment represented by the alumni of Jesuit institutions who serve in the House and Senate. We appreciate their leadership and look forward to working with them during the 115th Congress.” As boastful as the AJCU seems about this (it’s on the banner of their home page), I’m...
  • Priest sues diocese alleging persecution for reporting abuse [Catholic Caucus]

    01/12/2017 1:50:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | January 12, 2017 | Terry Spencer
    A priest from West Palm Beach is suing his former diocese. He claims the bishop set him aside and lied about him because he called law enforcement after another priest showed child pornography to a teenage boy. Father John Gallagher claims he was “ostracized” by the diocese of West Palm Beach after calling the police to investigate a fellow priest who showed child-porn images to 14-year-old parishioner. Father Joseph Palimattom was convicted, spent six months in jail and was deported home to India. WEST PALM BEACH - A Catholic priest filed suit Wednesday against his former diocese, saying that the...
  • Statement of the Grand Magistry (of the Sovereign Order of Malta [Catholic Caucus

    01/12/2017 8:43:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Order of Malta ^ | January 10, 2017
    The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta, in response to the activities being carried out by a Group appointed by the Secretary of State of the Vatican, considers it appropriate to reiterate that the replacement of the former Grand Chancellor was an internal act of the government of the Order. Thus, considering the legal irrelevance of this Group and of its findings relating to the legal structure of the Order of Malta, the Order has decided that it should not cooperate with it. This is to protect its sovereignty against initiatives which claim to be directed at objectively...
  • Recognizing the Face of Evil

    01/12/2017 6:43:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 12, 2017 | Rev Jerry J Pokorsy
    Many Catholic churchmen also seem to be incapable of recognizing the evil of the most monstrous of human acts. Internet searches of the comments made by senior clergymen after terrorist events reveal an undeniable pattern. Terrorist acts by extremist Islamists are almost always met with comments disassociating the “religion of peace” from the act. Frequently – despite evidence that many Islamists like Osama bin Laden are well-to-do – joblessness and economic deprivation are blamed. The solution usually includes a strong call for more “dialog” (with whom?). There is never talk of just punishment and just measures to protect individuals and...
  • [Russian] Church Will Release Results of Yekaterinburg Relics Expertise by Second Quarter of 2017

    01/11/2017 5:53:34 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 1/6/17
    *** Principally new data obtained in course of investigationMoscow, January 6, Interfax - Head of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, rector of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Yegoryevsk tells when results of the church expertise of the criminal case on the murder of Nicholas II family will be released. "We hope that as the work is very extensive and the report will be very voluminous, it will be ready by the second quarter of this year: investigators will report to the Investigative Committee, and we will report to the coming Bishops' Council," the bishop told in his...
  • Statement of the Grand Magistry (Order of Malta)

    01/11/2017 3:49:06 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Sovereign Order of Malta ^ | January 10, 2017 | Sovereign Order of Malta
    The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta, in response to the activities being carried out by a Group appointed by the Secretary of State of the Vatican, considers it appropriate to reiterate that the replacement of the former Grand Chancellor was an internal act of the government of the Order. Thus, considering the legal irrelevance of this Group and of its findings relating to the legal structure of the Order of Malta, the Order has decided that it should not cooperate with it. This is to protect its sovereignty against initiatives which claim to be directed at objectively...
  • Knights of Malta Refuse to Assist ‘Irrelevant’ Vatican Investigation

    01/11/2017 3:24:55 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    AP ^ | January 11, 2017 | N/A
    The Knights of Malta, the ancient Catholic lay order, is refusing to cooperate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a top official over a condom scandal — and is warning its members to toe the line if they choose to speak with investigators. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Knights called the investigation legally “irrelevant” and aimed at limiting its sovereignty. It insisted that the ousting of its grand chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager, was an act of internal governance that in no way involves religious superiors. The order told its members that if they speak with Vatican-appointed...
  • Top Government Advisor: ‘Not OK’ for Catholic Schools to Oppose Gay Marriage [UK]

    01/10/2017 7:31:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/10/17 | Nick Hallet
    Catholic schools in Britain must not be allowed to be “homophobic” and oppose gay marriage, the government’s top advisor on community integration has said. Speaking to MPs on Monday, Dame Louise Casey hit out at “religious conservativism”, which she called “anti-equalities”, likening conservative Christianity to extreme Islam. In a discussion on her recent report – in which she highlighted the great social divisions between different immigrant religious groups within British society – Dame Louise said that just it was not acceptable for Muslim schools to segregate boys and girls, it was also not acceptable for Catholic schools to be “homophobic”....
  • Pope Francis Now International Monetary Guru?

    01/10/2017 10:52:05 AM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 9, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    As the new year dawns, it seems the current occupant of St. Peter’s Chair will take on a new function which is outside the purview of the office that the Divine Founder of his institution had clearly mandated. Besides being a self proclaimed expert on global warming and a vociferous advocate of societal-wrecking mass immigration, it looks as if “Pope” Francis has entered the realm of global economics specifically, international monetary policy. In an 18-page document issued through the Vatican’s Office of Justice and Peace, Bergoglio has called for, among other repressive and wealth-destructive measures, the establishment of a “supranational...
  • 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...
  • Yes, the Order of Malta is Catholic. That Doesn’t Legitimise This Vatican Inquiry

    01/10/2017 2:07:59 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 9, 2017 | Ed Condon
    Unless the Pope formally abrogates the Order's rights, no Vatican department can investigate the Order – and certainly not the Secretariat of State. The dispute between the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Holy See’s Secretariat of State can be quite confusing. So much so that even the Secretary of State himself, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, seems to be having a hard time finding his place in the affair.To recap: Cardinal Parolin has announced that a commission to investigate the dismissal of the Order’s Grand Chancellor will go ahead. He has said, according to recent leaks, that the Order is...

    01/09/2017 8:47:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Tablet ^ | January 9, 2017 | Christopher Lamb
    The man leading a papal investigation into the Order of Malta has said the Vatican has authority to investigate the dismissal of a senior Knight on the grounds they are a religious order, challenging a claim that the Holy See has no right to interfere, given the Knights are a sovereign entity. In a letter seen by The Tablet, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi explained that the sacking of Albrecht von Boeselager as Grand Chancellor had taken place on the grounds of “refusal of obedience” as a religious and therefore comes under the remit of the Vatican. The eleventh-century Knights of Malta...
  • Chinese communist gangs severely beat Christians

    01/09/2017 8:17:49 PM PST · by Bogle · 5 replies
    Christian Daily ^ | January 8, 2017 | Lorraine Caballero
    Communist gangs hired by authorities severely beat several Christians in Hebei province in China after they resisted the destruction of an officially registered church.
  • Christian Clergy Welcomes Islam in Church, Then Bows to It

    01/09/2017 3:05:40 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 1/4/17 | Giulio Meotti
    There is a disturbing and growing trend in Italy and Europe. For the first time in more than 700 years, Islamic songs resonated in Florence's Cathedral, the Church Santa Maria del Fiore. Under the famous Dome of Brunelleschi, Islamic melodies accompanied Christian ones. The "interfaith initiative" was promoted a week after the barbaric massacre by Islamist terrorists in Paris at the magazine Charlie Hebdo, and included "Koran is Justice" and other such "hymns". A priest in the south of Italy then enraged parishioners by dressing the Virgin Mary in a Muslim burqa for his church's Christmas nativity scene. The pastor...
  • President al Sisi: I Will Build the Largest [Coptic] Church in the Nation [Egypt]

    01/09/2017 2:00:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - It will be the largest Coptic Church of Egypt, it will be inaugurated by 2018 in the new capital which is being built on the margin of Cairo's metropolis, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi will be among its direct sponsors. The announcement of the project was given by the same al Sisi on the occasion of his participation in the Christmas liturgy in the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, celebrated by Patriarch Tawadros II. Egyptian President said he had destined 100 thousand Egyptian pounds in the first funding initiative, which involves the construction at...
  • Lenin Should be Buried, but Most Important is not to Inflict Harm, Russian Church Official Believes

    01/09/2017 1:43:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/6/17
    *** Red Square is not a cemetery and is not a place for such burialsMoscow, January 6, Interfax - Head of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, rector of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Yegoryevsk believes that Lenin's body should be interred, but authorities should take the final decision. "Red Square is not a cemetery, it is not a place for such burials, but it will be decided by people who are authorized to take such decisions, after listening to all opinions. And this decision will certainly influence many vectors. The most important thing is not to inflict...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 1/9/2017 [Prayer]

    01/09/2017 1:43:03 AM PST · by · 26 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 1-9-2017 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and 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.
  • 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...
  • America Is a Christian Nation; The Voters Proved it on Election Day

    01/08/2017 8:24:43 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 8, 2017 | JP
    Eleven years ago, Illinois Senator Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at a conference sponsored by Sojourners, the self-styled “progressive” Christian magazine. “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation,” said the future 44th president. America was also “a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of unbelievers.” That’s the distorted view of America’s religiosity Mr. Obama brought with him to the White House. And he was dead wrong. America is, indisputably, a Christian nation. And that was confirmed this past week by the Pew Research Center, which released...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 1/8/2017 [Prayer]

    01/08/2017 4:17:43 AM PST · by SisterK · 25 replies
    Free Republic ^ | January 8, 2017 | self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and 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.
  • A Vatican inquiry into the Order of Malta? Legally speaking, this makes no sense

    01/06/2017 8:41:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 5, 2017 | Ed Condon
    The Order of Malta, like the Vatican, is a sovereign body. For one to investigate the other is simply incoherent Imagine that the UK Foreign Office recommended the creation of a commission to investigate the dismissal of the Canadian Finance Minister. It would, to say the least, raise some legal questions. But that is pretty much what the Vatican’s Secretariat of State did shortly before Christmas, when it suggested the Pope appoint a team to investigate and report on the sacking of the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta. There is certainly some controversy about the recent dismissal of...
  • Vatican-China Accord: Snapshots From Behind the Scenes

    01/05/2017 8:04:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/4/17 | Victor Gaetan
    NEWS ANALYSIS: A flurry of activity in China demonstrates the high stakes behind the talks.Negotiations between the Holy See and China, aimed at bringing unity to the Catholic Church in China, which is divided into two communities — one, state-sanctioned; the other, functioning beyond government control — are on course for a landmark breakthrough in 2017. This is according to Church experts who observe the process at close range, unless close observers instead are projecting their own hopes into the new year. The Vatican’s objective is not yet full diplomatic relations between China and the Holy See, but normalizing the...
  • The Fruits of Radical Catholic Modernism?

    01/05/2017 8:54:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 4, 3017 | John J. Arechiga
    Was it Cromwell that said, “It is time to investigate history and learn what is really at stake at this moment in time.” That being said, it is time to investigate relevant secular history and learn what is really at stake at this moment in time. You have to wonder what impact Saul David Alinsky had on Pope Paul VI, on the Second Vatican Council, and on contemporary modernist Catholicism – especially in the United States of America. Pope Paul VI, before being elected pope, spent two weeks consulting with Saul David Alinsky “on the Church’s relationship to local Communist...
  • 12 Worst Christian Persecution Nations; US Makes List for First Time

    01/05/2017 8:02:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/05/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The United States has for the first time been named among the top 12 nations where Christians are targeted for their faith by a persecution watchdog group in its "Hall of Shame" report for 2016. "We felt it was very important this year that we highlight three countries where religious discrimination and persecution are deemed unusual but have reached a certain threshold of concern. These are Mexico, Russia, and sadly, the United States," explained in a press release Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern. "While conditions in the US are in no way comparable to other countries on the...
  • Historical Anniversary Dates for Israel

    01/04/2017 1:26:39 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 21 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 1/3/2017 | Randy Nettles
    The current year of AD 2017 is upon us, and with it comes several important historical anniversary dates for the nation of Israel specifically; and the Gentile nations in general. 2018 is a very significant year as well. August 31, 2017 marks the 120th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress organized by Theodore Herzl in 1897. Held in Basel , Switzerland , the gathering defied the purpose of Zionism as a movement aimed at obtaining a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. guaranteed by public law. Israel will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which...
  • To Make Peace in Syria? Cow Horns and Deer Bladders

    01/04/2017 12:57:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    I'l Espresso ^ | Sandro Magister
    You have to read it to believe it. Here is the opening of today’s editorial on the front page of “L'Osservatore Romano”: “We know that Aleppo cannot be freed with bombs. Aleppo and Syria still need to be set free from misery, from the climate change that a few years ago drove men and women to migrate from the rural areas, that destabilized the demographic equilibrium and triggered the first Syrian revolts and then the war.” The author of this mind-boggling analysis of the Syrian crisis is Carlo Triarico. But the readers of the pope’s newspaper are not told that...
  • The Great Global Warming Swindle

    01/04/2017 4:42:13 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | January 4, 2017 | Donald R. McClarey
    “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18:22).  Hattip to Thomas Sowell.Originally filmed backed in 2007, the above video is still on target.  The global warming scam has little to do with science and everything to do with an ecological substitute religion for wealthy elites in the West.  This substitute religion is eagerly embraced by politicians in search of green crusades to bring themselves political power.  The harsh reception this...
  • French presidential candidate Fillon rouses Catholics, challenges secularism

    01/03/2017 7:56:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Francois Fillon, the Republican candidate for the French presidency, is “tapping a wellspring of Catholic voters who have begun coalescing into a potentially decisive voting bloc,” according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the campaign. Fillon, who will face nationalist leader Marine Le Pen in the final contest, scored an upset win over Alain Juppé in November to enter the run-off election. His victory as attributed to his direct appeal to traditional Catholic sentiments, in a direct challenge to decades of astringent secularism.
  • Russian Pentecostals Took the Road

    01/03/2017 4:09:37 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 13 replies ^ | 01/03/17 | Dan Graves, MSL
    Increasingly the word that came to Peter Vashchenko's mind early in the 1960s was Doroga-- "the road." He must find a road out of the atheistic Soviet Union... Years before, Peter's father, Paul Vashchenko, was converted to Christianity during World War I. Back in Russia, he told others about his faith. When he married and had children, he passed his belief on to them. Peter married Augustina, a non-Christian. They moved to Chernogorsk in Siberia. While visiting Peter's family, Augustina read the Bible. It became her favorite book. She was impressed with her in-laws' loving home. What a contrast it...

    01/03/2017 4:04:54 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Tablet ^ | January 3, 2017 | Tom Heneghan
    Far-right party denies declaring war on Catholic Church in France after broadside ahead of spring elections Front National launches scathing attack on French bishops over refugees Three leaders of France's far-right Front National (FN) have used post-Christmas interviews on leading radio stations to criticise French bishops for urging Catholics to support refugees. They argue that the clergy should focus on filling up their churches rather than interfering in politics. FN vice-president Louis Aliot said a “large majority of bishops” had “spit in the face” of the party by “systematically denigrating the FN, its leaders and its policies”. Gilbert Collard, one...
  • Pope Francis Channeling Juan Peron?

    01/03/2017 3:56:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | January 2, 2017 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    As we all know, Pope Francis is an Argentine native. It is said that he is sympathetic to "liberation theology", condemned by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. Pope Francis' sympathies to it have been evidenced over the past few years. Last week, Leonardo Boff, a leading proponent of the flawed thought system in the 1980s (and former Franciscan priest), said of Pope Francis "he is one of us". He even indicated that Pope Francis solicited him for input for Laudato Si. Unless Pope Francis explicitly repudiates this, I've no reason to doubt Boff's allegations. Recall that over two years ago,...
  • Kellyanne Conway: Feminism's Nightmare

    01/03/2017 3:04:10 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    The Remnant ^ | January 2, 2017
    As President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, Mrs. Kellyanne Conway helped pull off one of the most stunning political victories in U.S. history. So, why do the feminists hate her? Why isn't she being praised as a feminist icon by CNN or the gals from The View? Could it be because Kellyanne Conway is outspokenly pro-life?  And here's another hopeful sign:  President Donald Trump's top advisor will be an Irish-American, happily married Catholic mother of four who makes breakfast every morning for her kids and then goes to Mass. She's a daily communicant! And there's more: Kellyanne Conway reportedly took Donald Trump to meet Father George Rutler, the Anglican...
  • For 2017 More of the Same: Leftist Politics Wrapped in the Language of Catholic Piety

    01/03/2017 11:55:51 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 3, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As Catholics the world over, from Cardinals to the simple faithful in the pews, look with growing alarm and dismay upon this pontificate, there is no sign that Francis will turn over a new leaf with the beginning of the New Year. As part of his program of attempting to remake the Church in his own image, Francis never misses an opportunity to weave a condemnation of orthodox Catholics into his addresses, sermons and informal remarks, which relentlessly promote political and social agenda items no Democrat would find offensive, often conveyed in the context of pious references to Our Lord...
  • A Humble Redneck, proud of God, looks to Nashville

    01/03/2017 8:03:03 AM PST · by HiTech RedNeck · 46 replies
    the hound of heaven :-) | January 3, 2017 | HiTech RedNeck
    Well, speaking of work, sometimes this place tempts me to spend less time on it than I should. I love to chew the fat, don’t get me wrong. But maybe I can dine on the whole pig, so to speak. Maybe this is an odd place to mention it, but it’s possible that I may be the author of a theme song, from a Christian point of view, for “Let’s Make America Great Again.” This was requested of my musical (and spiritual) collaborator by an ASCAP affiliated Christian music publisher. ASCAP seems to be more into that; BMI (which I...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • Egyptian Army Renovates Bombed Cairo Church Ahead of Coptic Christmas

    01/02/2017 4:21:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Coptic World ^ | 12/31/16
    The Egyptian army has completed the renovation of a church in central Cairo that was the scene of a bomb attack that killed 27 people earlier in December, a military spokesman announced on Saturday. President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered that St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church be renovated after the attack on 11 December, which was claimed by a local ISIS affiliate, before Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January. "The Armed Forces Engineering Authority was able to restore the church’s destroyed areas while preserving the church's architectural heritage in 15 days to be ready to receive Christians for Christmas," read...