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  • World watches as Alfie Evans’ life hangs in the balance - live updates

    04/23/2018 1:41:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 23, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean and Pete Baklinski Share on Facebook
    3:20 PM EST: The Italian Ambassador has threatened charges of murder if the hospital proceeds with removing Alfie’s life-support system.  2:40 PM EST: Tom Evans related in a Facebook live stream post that there will be a conference call between the family’s legal team, Justice Hayden, the Italian ambassador, and hospital administration to decide if Alfie can leave on a plane for Italy now that he has been made an Italian citizen. 
  • ...On the Feast of St. George of England, the UK Descends into a New Barbarity,...

    04/23/2018 8:32:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Torch of Faith ^ | April 23, 2018 | admin
    Murderous Bureaucracy: On the Feast of St. George of England, the UK Descends into a New Barbarity, whilst the Bishops Betray the Fort (Again) Torch of The Faith News on Monday 23 April 2018 - 08:37:38 | by admin New UPDATE: 15:55 UK time: Thanks be to God, Alfie is still alive! Flo Hoy at Alfie's Army public site announces: ''We are thankful that our lawyer Mr. Diamond was able to get the execution temporarily stopped. There are negotiations happening right now and we ask for your urgent prayers that God would show us the way to end this nightmare,...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 4-23-18 {Prayer}

    04/22/2018 10:43:42 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 17 replies
    4-23-18 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! 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. Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath Highly Exalted Him, And Given Him a Name...
  • [Cath Cauc] Priest shot hearing confessions in Mexico; second cleric murdered in 3 days

    04/22/2018 4:40:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Crux ^ | April 21, 2018 | Crux Staff
    Then-Deacon Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia in vocations video. The priest was murdered on Friday outside Guadalajara. A priest on the outskirts of Guadalajara has been murdered, the second priest in a week killed in Mexico.Father Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, 33, was shot dead late Friday in Tlajomulco de Zuniga by unidentified attackers in his parish office, reportedly while hearing a confession.“We make an urgent call to build a culture of peace and reconciliation. These lamentable events call all of us to a much deeper and sincere conversion. It is time to look honestly at our culture and society, and to...
  • How long will I be allowed to remain a Christian?

    04/22/2018 8:49:18 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-22-18 | Douglas McKinnon
    Too many of those who worship at the altar of political correctness have deemed that Christianity should no longer be respected. Rather, they assail it on a regular basis in a coordinated campaign to weaken the faith and its base. The prevailing view in much of the media is that Christianity is aligned with Republicans, conservatives, or the views of President Trump – and therefore must be diminished and made suspect. The New Yorker just described the opening of a few Chick-fil-A restaurants in New York City as “Pervasive Christian traditionalism,” and a “Creepy infiltration of New York City.” (Skip)...
  • Rome Yanks Largest Pro-Life Poster in Its History

    04/22/2018 7:01:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/17/18 | Juliana Freitag
    Mayor claims pro-life display violates 'civil rights'Roman authorities have removed from a busy street near the Vatican the largest pro-life poster in the history of Italian pro-life activism. The huge poster, spanning three stories, features the image of an 11-week-old unborn child, and was part of a chain of demonstrations promoted by pro-life group ProVita Onlus to recall 40 years of legal abortion in Italy. The poster, which had been legally granted a permit to be posted from April 3–15, was taken down by Mayor Virginia Raggi after a mere three days. ProVita Onlus is used to censorship. The group...
  • Chinese Christian Advocates: Xi ‘Has Particular Animosity’ Against Christianity

    04/22/2018 6:55:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/16/18 | Edwin Mora
    WASHINGTON, DC — Persecution against Christians, Muslims, and other religious groups in communist China has escalated as Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s atheist regime attempts to crack down on religion in the country, a top official from a U.S. religious freedom panel and a human rights lawyer told Breitbart News. Bob Fu, the founder and president of the U.S.-based Christian human rights group China Aid, and Kristina Arriaga, the vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), indicated that China’s oppressive tactics employed against Christians have intensified in recent years. Their comments came in response to a...
  • Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Maine Law Banning Abortion Clinic Protests

    04/22/2018 6:50:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Stream ^ | 4/16/18 | Kevin Daley
    The U.S. Supreme Court Monday turned down a First Amendment challenge to a noise provision of Maine’s civil rights law used to police abortion clinic protests. Though the denial is a temporary victory for the state, the case is likely to return to the Court at a future juncture. The Maine Civil Rights Act makes it unlawful to create noise audible within a health care facility meant to interfere with the safe and effective delivery of medical services. Pro-life groups say the provision is a poorly-disguised attempt to suppress the speech of anti-abortion protesters, and asked the high court to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cuba: Pope Sends Message to Youth Ministers

    04/21/2018 2:40:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Zenit ^ | April 21, 2018 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis on April 21, 2018, sent a message to the participants in the meeting of heads of youth pastoral ministry in Cuba.Video Message of the Holy FatherDear young people,I encourage you to fall in love with Jesus and to be ever more committed in a concrete way to the service of the Church in this real Cuba of today, without fear of hearing the call of God in the situations that are presented every day. Good patriots, love your land, love your country! Be generous and open your heart to the Lord!May the next World Youth Day in Panama,...
  • Amir Tsarfati's report, April 21, on Iran, Gaza, Russia, Turkey, trouble

    04/21/2018 12:56:25 PM PDT · by firebrand · 5 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | April 21, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Russia is moving the S-300 surface-to-air missiles into Syria under a literal smokescreen, to be placed next to the Syrian air bases, but it will be "resolved." Turkey is calling for new surface-to-air missiles. Iran suffering tremendous unrest, which we are not hearing about in our media, and will suffer more if Trump pulls out of Iran deal. And in Gaza the assault on the Israeli border continues, with teenagers being sacrificed to the battle. Not a pretty picture, but stay tuned till the end to hear a very moving description of Israel's purpose in the world, and our role...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Holy See joins the EPA ( Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes)

    04/21/2018 11:08:33 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Council of Europe ^ | April 9, 2018
    Strasbourg, France 9 April 2018 On Wednesday 21st March 2018, the Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, informed Mr Thorbjřrn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe of the Holy See’s accession to the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, registered as of the 21st March 2018. The Holy See becomes the 32nd member State of the EPA. We should like to thank Msgr. Paolo Rudelli, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe for his support during the accession process, and look forward to welcoming the Holy See to...
  • Who Can Crack this Code (something fun on a Friday night)

    04/20/2018 6:36:19 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 64 replies
    vanity | 04-20-18 | ealgeone
    5-12-5-5-12 4-1-21-1 What does this mean?
  • Parts of China's Henan Enforce Registration for All Faiths

    04/20/2018 5:12:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    UCA News ^ | 4/13/18
    Even officially recognized churches and religious communities across Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Daoism are not immune Moves by China's all-powerful Communist Party to gain tight control over religion have been ramped up in the Pengyuan district of the populous central province of Henan. On April 4, local authorities posted a notice that demanded those who follow the official religions to register with the residents' committee. Followers of Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism should register, the notice from the committee read. Authorities in Henan, which has an estimated 300,000 Catholics, have been noticeably tightening their grip since September 2017. It...
  • Swedish Government Threatens to Close Catholic Schools

    04/20/2018 5:08:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/20/18 | Angelo Stagnaro
    “The proposal is an aggressive assault against our Catholic community.”Stockholm — Christianity came to Sweden in the person of St. Ansgar (AD 801–865) when he visited Birka in AD 828–829 where he was given permission to build a church. However, the rising alarm and ire against Muslim immigrants has threatened to dislodge Christianity as the foundation upon which Swedish culture is based. In fact, the Pew Research Center points out that practicing Muslims will make up 20-30 percent of the Swedish population within 30 years. This nationalist ire is now being directed toward Catholics and their children. Sweden’s school system...
  • California Assembly votes to ban books on treating unwanted gay attraction

    04/20/2018 3:02:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 19, 2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    The California Assembly passed legislation today broad enough to ban the sale of books that address helping people overcome unwanted same-sex attractions. AB 2943 cleared the chamber by a “bipartisan” vote of 50-14, CBS Sacramento reports. The measure adds “[a]dvertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” to the state’s list of illegal “unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer.” “Sexual orientation change efforts”...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, April 19, 2018 [prayer]

    04/19/2018 12:40:40 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 31 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | April 19, 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 today for our economy, the national debt, and our finances.
  • UK bishops say hospital acting with ‘integrity’ in Alfie Evans case

    04/18/2018 6:33:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 18, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have weighed in on the case of baby Alfie Evans, saying that the courts and hospital are acting “with integrity and for Alfie's good” in deciding that removing life-support is in the baby’s “best interest.”  “We affirm our conviction that all those who are and have been taking the agonising decisions regarding the care of Alfie Evans act with integrity and for Alfie's good as they see it,” the bishops stated.  The statement follows today’s surprise meeting between Pope Francis and Alfie Evan’s father this morning at the Casa Santa Marta in Rome....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Chinese Catholics warned by provincial officials not to take children to Mass

    04/18/2018 4:44:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic News Service via Crux ^ | April 18, 2018 | Contributor
    Catholics in China’s Henan province have been warned that venues will be closed if they do not adhere to the revised regulations on religious affairs. Ucanews.com reported that a clampdown on religious freedom has intensified in the province in recent months, with crosses removed from churches, minors banned from entering churches, church-run kindergartens closed and children expelled from Mass.Now Henan Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and Henan Catholic Administration Commission have jointly issued a circular, warning worshippers to take the new rules seriously.It warned people to follow “the principle of religion and education separation” and the revised regulations on religious affairs....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis is Using the Communists, Not the Other Way Around

    04/18/2018 4:10:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 17, 2018 | Jason Morgan
    Cardinal Joseph Zen (Getty) has accused the Vatican of 'selling out the Church in China'When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected supreme pontiff in March of 2013, the world seemed to expect a softening of Pope Benedict XVI’s crystalline, intellectual style. At first, the new Pope Francis’ many gaffes and faux pas seemed part of this more relaxed approach to the papacy. I and many others pigeonholed Francis as a theological and mental featherweight, an affable simpleton whose papacy would be much more about embracing children and washing the feet of the faithful, and much less about issuing encyclicals and wading...
  • French Doctors Condemn a Patient to Death Against Parents’ Wishes

    04/17/2018 6:11:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/12/18 | Alexander Slavsky
    The decision comes as France is considering legalizing euthanasia REIMS, France (ChurchMilitant.com) - French Doctors are removing nourishment and hydration for an unconscious man with paralysis despite the fact other hospitals are willing to care for him. Vincent Lambert, who was injured in a 2008 car crash which left him severely brain damaged in a coma as a quadriplegic, is receiving basic hydration and nutrition at the Sebastopol Hospital in Reims, France. His doctors and specialists have shown that he is breathing on his own, responding to stimuli and his condition is stable. But Lambert's physician, Dr. Vincent Sanchez, ruled...