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  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 2-27-17 {Prayer}

    02/26/2017 10:43:43 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 22 replies
    2-27-17 | 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. 1Peter 5:11 To Him be Glory and Dominion Forever and Ever, amen.
  • The UnGodly Call Upon Their Father, the Devil, to ‘Bind’ President Trump

    02/26/2017 7:08:30 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 14 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 26, 2017 | JP
    Fifty years ago this upcoming October, the so-called National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, aka “the Mobe,” held a march on Washington. The highlight of the protest was to be an exorcism ritual and supernatural levitation of the Pentagon, which supposedly would bring about the end of the war. As protestors encircled the Pentagon, they were led in an incantation resisting in the war “in the name of Zeus, in the name of Anubis, god of the dead… in the name of the lives of the soldiers in Vietnam who were killed because of a bad karma,...
  • Geo W Bush says Christians & Muslims worship the same God (Jesus answers in John 14:6)

    02/25/2017 12:17:32 PM PST · by Sontagged · 84 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 28, 2011 | LoneStar1776
    Uploaded on Feb 28, 2011 George Bush says that Christians and Muslims worship the same God (Read what Jesus says in John 14:6) COMMENTS • Tara Risser 8 months ago and he obviously has no idea that God is not allah. We do not follow the same beliefs at all. desiachar 2 weeks ago Tara Risser you need to go read a book cicada 1 week ago Then I guess you don't worship the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus Polizei1945 9 months ago George W. Bush is an idiot. Christians worshps Yahweh a true God and Islam worships a different...
  • HERMIT OF LORETO’S 1980S PREMONITION ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP (Catholic Caucus)

    02/24/2017 2:42:46 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Roman Catholic Man ^ | February 20, 2017 | Fr. Richard Hellman
    Just posted to YouTube yesterday, Father Giacomo Capoverdi shares a fascinating story of his encounter with the Hermit of Loreto (the author of the Pieta Prayer Book), at the site of the Holy House of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Exterior and interior shown in this article’s photo). In this video, Father Capoverdi shares an amazing premonition this Hermit of Loreto had all the way back in the 1980s about Donald J. Trump. Please watch as Father shares this incredible story. Hermit of Loreto - Video Link Note: Fr. Capoverdi is not one to make You Tube videos, his account...
  • Sen. Tim Kaine meets Pope Francis in Vatican City

    02/24/2017 7:56:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    WTVR ^ | February 22, 2017 | unknown
    Senator Tim Kaine met with Pope Francis after attending a general audience with him on Wednesday. Kaine and the Pope discussed the Holy See’s work to address the global refugee and migrant crisis, according to the senator’s office. “As the Pope stated so clearly yesterday, it is a ‘moral imperative’ to protect and defend the ‘inalienable rights’ of refugees and respect their dignity, especially by adopting just laws that protect those fleeing dangerous or inhumane situations,” said Kaine in a statement. Kaine also participated in a discussion focused on Latin American issues with Vatican officials and members of other religious...
  • Are You Going To Cast A Spell On Trump?

    02/24/2017 7:36:37 AM PST · by Morgana · 43 replies
    elle.com ^ | Feb. 23, 2017 | Jaya Saxena
    Those who don't like Donald Trump and the current Republican administration are mobilizing in all sorts of ways. They're speaking up in town halls and calling their representatives. They're organizing protests and demonstrations. And, for the magically-inclined, they're casting spells. Starting at midnight on Friday, witches around the country are calling for a mass spell to be cast on Donald Trump every night of a waning crescent moon until he's driven from office. The spell was publicized by Michael M. Hughes, who told ELLE.com that it was tweaked from multiple spells he saw going around private witchcraft groups. He published...
  • Would Jesus Scold Trump on Refugees? Leftist commentators manipulate scripture

    02/24/2017 7:19:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/24/2017 | Peter Heck
    Who would have thought that just a month into the Trump presidency and the progressive left would be demanding our society ask itself what Jesus would do about foreign refugees? Apparently on some issues, that wall between church and state they’re always harping about is almost as porous as our southern border. But before we get caught up in appropriating Jesus to our side of a political issue, I think it is important to be wary of those who prefer selective application of Biblical principle when it comes to the great moral issues of our day. If God’s word should...
  • DELIVERED: More than 10,000 signatories ask Vatican to disinvite pro-abortion fanatic

    02/24/2017 7:05:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    More than 10,000 names were delivered to the Vatican this week from people across the world opposed to notorious population control zealot Paul Ehrlich speaking at a Pontifical Academy of Sciences conference. LifeSiteNews Rome correspondent Jan Bentz brought a petition with 10,710 names to the Vatican on Monday asking Pope Francis to stop plans for the pro-abortion and anti-Catholic Ehrlich to address a symposium titled “Biological Extinction” set for next week. In addition to asking the Holy Father to stop Ehrlich from speaking at the Vatican conference, the LifeSite petition requests that the pope clarify that the Vatican does not...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL, February 24, 2017 [prayer]

    02/24/2017 4:24:25 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 114 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 02/24/2017 | JustaCowgirl
    Father, we pray for a cloak of protection for our leaders Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Guide them, and help them guide us, through the perilous waters that face our country and the world. We pray that those brave souls who assist them will be protected and kept from harm. May those who seek to harm them be met with a refusal to quit by Your forces. Surround our leaders with Your angels. Help their families, for their courage and dedication is important to them and to us in these perilous times. Amen
  • Witches to Cast Spell to Curse President Trump

    02/23/2017 5:55:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    church millitant ^ | Feb. 23, 2017 | Max Douglas
    WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - According to reports circulating on social media, a group of witches are planning a mass witchcraft spell to curse President Trump and get him "removed from office." The curse will also extend "to all those who abet him." The spell is set to take place February 24 at midnight, and is supposed to continue at "midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office." A Facebook page has been created for participants to offer input — although Christians are also leaving comments promoting "the power of Jesus" to counteract their efforts. The proclaimed binding...
  • Witches pledge to cast 'binding spell' on Trump. Pledge to pray for him instead.

    02/23/2017 3:15:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 43 replies
    lifepetitions.com ^ | Feb. 23, 2017 | staff
    With President Donald Trump and the first Lady bringing God and the Lord’s Prayer back into the mainstream, Satanists and self-proclaimed witches are up in arms. Witches around the globe are launching a campaign to cast a ‘binding spell’ on President Trump beginning February 24. The spell is to begin February 24th (Midnight, Friday evening) and to be repeated on every “waning crescent moon,” so roughly once a month. Beyond February 24th, the following dates are given: “March 26th; April 24th; May 23rd; June 21st (especially important as it is the summer solstice); July 21st; August 19th; etc.” Let us...
  • NY Bishop: Pro-Abortion 'Catholic' Politicians Imperil Their Souls, Create Scandal

    02/23/2017 8:29:07 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    CNS ^ | February 23, 2017 | Michael W. Chapman
    Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, headof the Catholic diocese of AlbanyN.Y. (Diocese of Albany)  (CNSNews.com) -- In response to three New York politicians participating in a pro-Planned Parenthood rally -- the nation's largest abortion provider -- the Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Albany, N.Y. said it is a "scientific fact" that abortion kills a human person and it is his responsibility to correct the politicians "for the wellbeing of the individuals' souls and to avoid scandal among the Catholic faithful."The three politicians at the Feb. 11 rally in Albany were U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and N.Y. State Assemblywoman Patricia...
  • Popular Movements Call for Sanctuary, Disruption; Blast Racism, ‘All Forms of Human Hierarchy’

    02/23/2017 6:39:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Participants in the First US Regional Meeting of Popular Movements issued a “message from Modesto” following a four-day meeting in the California city. Cardinal Peter Turkson and two dozen US bishops attended the meeting, which was cosponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the US bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and PICO National Network. “We believe that every human is sacred with equal claim to safe water, education, health care, housing and family-sustaining jobs,” participants said in their message. “Racism and all forms of human hierarchy, whether based on skin color, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability,...
  • The true story behind the Marie Stopes eugenics trial of 1923

    02/23/2017 6:05:02 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 22, 2017 | Mark H. Sutherland
    In the 1920s, a legal victory against the rising eugenic tide was won by a Catholic doctor over prominent birth control advocate Marie Stopes. While Stopes is lauded today as a feminist hero, the story of the eugenics libel trial has been largely overlooked. Marie Stopes in her laboratory in 1904. (Image via Wikipedia) Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles on the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial. In 1923 in Britain, a Catholic doctor won an important victory in the battle against one of the most harmful ideologies of the 20th century: eugenics. The battle was fought...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL, February 23, 2017 [prayer]

    02/22/2017 9:55:59 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 78 replies
    APV prayer team ^ | 2/23/2017 | Albion Wilde
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, VICE PRESIDENT 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 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • ‘Demonic activity was palpable’ at Trump’s rally, pastor says [Barf Alert]

    02/22/2017 6:11:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 2/22/17 | Lindsey Bever
    A Florida pastor who took his 11-year-old daughter to a campaign-style rally for President Trump said he hoped the event would serve as a civics lesson — but that it turned instead into a spectacle where “demonic activity was palpable.” Joel Tooley, lead pastor at Melbourne First Church of the Nazarene in eastern Florida, said that when he heard that the president and first lady would be passing through town, he decided to go see them in person. “I am enough of a sentimentalist that when I found out THEEEE President was coming to town, I got online quickly and...
  • A Pastor’s Encounter with the ‘Demonic’ at Trump’s Florida Rally

    02/22/2017 6:05:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 2/22/17 | Lauren Markoe
    RNS) The vitriol of the president’s supporters at a Trump rally has moved a Florida pastor to write a much-shared Facebook post about the mockery of religion he believed he witnessed. “I have been in places and experiences before where demonic activity was palpable,” wrote the Rev. Joel Tooley, lead pastor of Melbourne First Church of the Nazarene. The pastor said he felt the “power of the Holy Spirit of God” protecting him and his daughter as he sought to shield protesters from angry Trump fans. Tooley had brought his 11-year-old to the rally Saturday (Feb. 18) in Melbourne, he...
  • Pope’s support of UN’s 2030 Agenda a major threat to children’s lives: new analysis

    02/22/2017 10:27:47 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Voice of the Family via LifeSite News ^ | February 22, 2017 | Voice of the Family
    Voice of the Family is today publishing an in-depth analysis of the United Nations’ Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) and their potential impact on the lives and well-being of children and the wider family. The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets that nations states have committed themselves to achieve by 2030. The analysis also examines the support offered to the UN agenda by Pope Francis and other representatives of the Holy See. The briefing explores: *The goals and targets of the UN SDGs that pose a threat to lives and wellbeing of children, born and unborn; *The real meaning...
  • How Christian Are the Trumps?

    02/22/2017 2:10:13 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 86 replies
    Cathoic Herald ^ | January 21, 2017 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Donald and Melania Trump are Christians who seem to occupy a grey area between churches. At Donald Trump’s recent rally in Florida, Mrs Trump was at his side and at one point led the audience in the recitation of the Our Father. This strikes me as unusual, given the American obsession with the so called separation between Church and State. I am guessing that most people at the rally, including the Donald, were delighted, and most of anti-Trump America would have had their prejudices confirmed. Prayer has long been a bone of contention in America. Prayers are banned in American...
  • US Bishop [McElroy] Abandons Party Political Neutrality to Urge Opposition Against President Trump

    02/21/2017 7:00:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | 1/21/17 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Rt Rev Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, appears to have abandoned party political neutrality to urge a general attitude of opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump at a conference of political activists. In his address to the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements Bishop Robert McElroy said: “President Trump was the candidate of disruption. He was the disrupter. Well, now we must all become disrupters. We must disrupt those who would seek to send troops into our streets to deport the undocumented, to rip mothers and fathers from their families. We must disrupt those...
  • Cardinal Zen Says ‘Naďve’ Pope and Bad Advisors are Betraying Underground Church in China

    02/21/2017 6:50:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/21/17 | Claire Chretien
    February 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Joseph Zen says the Vatican is betraying Catholics living their faith out clandestinely in China. In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, he says he has been urged to speak out by Catholics who lack the freedom to speak for themselves. Priests and bishops in the underground church have faced imprisonment for adhering to the Holy See, rather than submitting to the patriotic church approved by the Communist government. Cardinal Zen, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong and China's highest-ranking prelate, is pleading with the Vatican not to "sell out" China's Catholics by striking a...
  • House Hearing on Religious Liberty in US

    02/21/2017 6:39:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on the state of religious liberty in America. Four people offered testimony at the February 16 hearing: * Kimberlee Colby, director, Center for Law & Religious Freedom * Hannah Smith, senior counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty * Rabbi David Saperstein, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom * Casey Mattox, senior counsel, Alliance Defending FreedomColby, Smith, and Mattox expressed concern at developments that have taken place in recent years, while Saperstein (an Obama administration appointee) worried that religious liberty may be used to excuse...
  • California Bishop Praises President Trump’s Travel Ban

    02/21/2017 6:34:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Stating that “I am not against refugees, since I was one myself,” a Chaldean Catholic bishop who ministers in California defended President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Bishop Bawai Soro, who came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq in 1973, wrote in a San Diego newspaper column that “the events of Sept. 11, 2001, illustrated how radical Islamic terrorism is the clear and present danger facing America.” “Mr. Trump has no one to apologize to for his immigration doctrine for the simple reason that coming to America is not a right...
  • DO AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT CHRISTIANITY IS AS VIOLENT AS ISLAM?

    02/21/2017 2:06:18 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Spiritual Direction ^ | February 21, 2017 | VICKI BURBACH
    Take out of consideration the Creator, who made every person in love and destined each for eternal life, and properly inalienable rights promptly disappear.  And individuals become, in very short order, the objects of political manipulation and domination. To see the truth of this, all we have to do is look at the totalitarianisms of the last century, governments that were grounded in the explicit denial of God. The negation of equality and the suppression of fundamental human rights in Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and Castro’s Cuba followed directly from the systematic denial of...
  • Burke Suspended 'de facto' as Knights Patron, Grand Chancellor Says [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 1:37:17 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    The Tablet ^ | February 21, 2017 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Accusations of pope violating Order's sovereignty unfounded, says von Beoselager Cardinal Raymond Burke has now “de facto” been suspended as Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta, according to Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager.In a long interview for the Cologne archdiocese’s website domradio.de on 19 February, von Boeselager explained that Archbishop Angelo Becciu, “who has the full confidence of the Pope and is his spokesman”, was now responsible. “That means that Cardinal Burke as Cardinal Patron of the Order is now de facto suspended.” The chief thing now was to restore peace in the Order so that it could concentrate on its real task, namely to...
  • The Arab ("Palestinian") Israeli conflict is ALL about Arab Islamic racism, bigotry

    02/21/2017 4:16:29 AM PST · by FreedomUS · 4 replies
    Here is an example. El Shehaby, blue, declines to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson, white, after losing during the men's over-100-kg judo contest in Rio. Mark Schreiber, AP What the Olympics Say About Arab Racism Refusing to shake Or Sasson's hand was a manifestation of anti-Israel racism in the Arab world, with big implications for our place in the Middle East. David Rosenberg 16.08.2016 | 21:14  Israel can take some consolation from the official tut-tuts that followedEgyptian judoka Islam el-Shehaby http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.737160?v=440DE42F1D433BA0D12DD37AAA52F5F9 It's not about "settlements" Mr Obama!
  • Briarwood Presbyterian Church seeks lawmakers’ approval to establish police force

    02/20/2017 4:13:09 PM PST · by PAR35 · 55 replies
    ABC3340 ^ | 02/2017 | Lauren Walsh
    Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Vestavia Hills is trying to establish its own police force. The move requires approval from state lawmakers. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Shelby County) cleared its first major hurdle Wednesday. The House Public Safety Committee gave its OK.
  • Pope Francis Praises Soros-Funded Organization; Encourages “Resistance”

    02/20/2017 12:20:31 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 41 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 20, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    On 17 February, Pope Francis released a letter written for those gathered for the World Meeting of Popular Movements held in California from 16-19 February — a meeting organized by the Vatican. Such meetings regularly take place in the Vatican and are initiated by Pope Francis himself in his attempt to work together with a variety of grassroots movements world-wide.In the letter, which is dated 10 February, Pope Francis publicly praises the organization PICO — People Improving Communities through Organizing — which was one of the promoters of this Vatican event. Francis writes: I would also like to highlight the work done by...
  • San Diego Bishop Tells Catholics to 'All Become Disrupters'

    02/20/2017 11:47:12 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 45 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 20, 2017 | Deal W. Hudson
    Both the Catholic bishops of the United States and the Vatican have now virtually endorsed the strategy of “disruption” being used across the nation to oppose the new administration of President Trump. Held in Modesto, California, the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM), was sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican’s Department of Integral Human Development to address issues of “land, labor, and lodging,” as well as racism and immigration.The 700 attendees applauded and cheered as Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego told them, “President Trump was the candidate of disruption. . . ....
  • Ungodly Speech

    02/20/2017 11:15:20 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 20, 2017
    Ungodly Speech: Last Friday Pope Francis visited the Third Roman University. Francis spoke 45 minutes and never mentioned God or Jesus Christ, although they were contained in the written text, but Francis chose to drop these passages. Bergoglio focused instead on promoting Islamic mass-immigration.
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 2/20/17 [Prayer]

    02/19/2017 11:14:00 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 43 replies
    prayer intercessors ^ | February 20, 2017 | UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and our nation to return to serve the Lord: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff...
  • ‘Destroy’ the Johnson Amendment? Trump’s Rhetoric Meets Reality

    02/19/2017 2:23:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | February 18, 2017 | David Gibson
    Catholic Church to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to the Mormons, specifically bar or strongly discourage their clergy and churches from endorsing or campaigning for candidates. Any change to the Johnson Amendment wouldn’t affect those strictures. Expanding religious freedom is a defining issue for religious conservatives who propelled President Trump to the White House, and the centerpiece of Trump’s religious freedom agenda is ending the 1950s-era law that says houses of worship can lose their tax-exempt status if they engage in partisan campaigning.Indeed, Trump won’t just overturn that ban — known as the Johnson Amendment — but, as he...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 2/19/17 [Prayer]

    02/19/2017 3:07:17 AM PST · by SisterK · 42 replies
    Free Republic ^ | February 19, 2017 | prayer intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Join Bishop David Zubik at a prayer service with immigrants and refugees

    02/18/2017 7:38:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    “Becoming One-Standing Together,” is an interfaith gathering of prayer and celebration with immigrants, refugees, and allies. This worship event will take place on Monday, February 20 at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict the Moor Roman Catholic Church, 1500 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219. It will bring together leaders from faith communities who will lead prayers and read sacred scriptures, as well as immigrants and refugees who will tell their personal stories.
  • Chinese Priest: The Life of the Faithful is the Same With or Without China-Holy See Agreements

    02/18/2017 5:59:56 AM PST · by marshmallow
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/16/17 | Shan Ren Shen Fu
    The majority of Chinese faithful have no interest in China-Vatican dialogue. They are not affected by the Patriotic Association. This is a mere instrument of government policy.Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - "The life of the faithful is the same before and during the China-Vatican negotiations": This is the opinion of a well-known blogger priest regarding the article published last week by Card. John Tong on "The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from the ecclesiological point of view". The blogger, whose nom de guerre is "Shanren Shenfu" (the hermit priest), notes that the faithful in China are rather indifferent to the progress of...
  • Vatican-sponsored conference criticizes Trump orders (A million illegals just in Los Angeles?)

    02/18/2017 12:35:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | February 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Speakers at a Vatican-sponsored conference in Northern California — including an archbishop — denounced President Donald Trump’s orders on immigration and travel and vowed to fight them at a meeting Friday. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez said President Barack Obama deported a high number of people, but the harsh tone and cruelty coming out of the new administration was prompting mass fear and panic. “They’re playing with people’s emotions and toying with their lives and futures, and that is not right,” said Gomez, who noted his city has an estimated 1 million people who are living...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

    02/17/2017 6:11:23 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 17, 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.” “Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
  • Jesus Fulfilled the Promise of His Second Coming

    02/17/2017 2:51:19 PM PST · by searchinsany · 30 replies
    HubPages ^ | 17.2.17 | searchinsany
    Critics of Christianity try to undermine the integrety of the Lord Jesus Christ, declaring Him a false prophet because they cannot reconcile the 'imminent' factor of His 'end times' predictions. Most Christians are also unable to account for the simple statements Jesus made concerning His impending return. In my opinion, Dispensationalism's emphasis on empirical evidence and imaginative narrative has blinded the eyes of many believers.
  • Pope appears to back anti-Trump protests in letter condemning populism

    02/17/2017 2:20:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 17, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgassener
    Pope Francis has offered his unequivocal support to grassroots organisers and activists who are fighting for social justice, migrants, and environmentalism, saying he “reaffirms” their choice to fight against tyranny amid a “gutting of democracies”. “As Christians and all people of good will, it is for us to live and act at this moment. It is a grave responsibility, since certain present realities, unless effectively dealt with, are capable of setting off processes of dehumanisation which would then be hard to reverse,” the pontiff wrote in a letter that was read to organisers this week. The remarks can be viewed...
  • Cardinal Zen: I Fear the Vatican’s Ostpolitik With Communist China

    02/17/2017 12:14:46 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 17, 2017 | Daniel Blackman
    …You’re reported as saying that a Vatican deal with China would be to “betray Christ.”… …What I mean is that if the Pope “knowingly” signed a bad agreement with the communists, it would be a betrayal of Jesus, and a betrayal of the good and faithful people in the Catholic Church in China. I’m not against the dialogue…I cannot see goodwill on the side of the communists. …To dialogue means to compromise, but the communists are not ready to give anything…they have full control of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association... …They probably want to see a decision from the Vatican...
  • Pope Says Immigrants No Threat to Europe’s Christian Identity

    02/17/2017 12:04:42 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 52 replies
    Crux ^ | February 17, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    Visiting a state run university in Rome, Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to talk instead "from the heart," answering questions about the threat migrants pose to Europe's Christian identity and the historic presence of violence in the world. ROME—Famous for his off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis was at it again on Friday when he set aside a prepared address to “speak from the heart” to thousands of students from Rome’s youngest university, Roma Tre, where he revisited some of his usual concerns: war and violence, a lack of dialogue and the need for the West to acknowledge its responsibility...
  • Stop hurling insults and listen, Pope Francis tells politicians [Barf Alert]

    02/17/2017 8:36:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/17 | Philip Pullella
    Politicians should lower the volume of their debates and stop insulting each other, Pope Francis said on Friday, adding that leaders should be open to dialogue with perceived enemies or risk sowing the seeds of war. "Insulting has become normal," he said in a 45-minute-long improvised talk to university students in Rome. "We need to lower the volume a bit and we need to talk less and listen more."
  • Socialist Militants Storm Mass in Venezuela

    02/16/2017 8:41:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/16/17 | Staff Reporter
    Worshippers were left shaken after militants denounced their priest in a speech at his pulpitMilitant socialists stormed a Mass in Venezuela on Sunday, shouting slogans such as “Satan in a cassock” and “fascist!” Congregants told Reuters that about 20 people barged in to San Pedro Claver church in the “23 De Enero” community, shouting “Chavez lives!”The area is militantly loyal to Venezuela’s socialist government. Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher, said: “Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt. “They said: ‘Because the priests have spoken about politics, we have the right too.'” The leader of the group,...
  • Border bishops call for dignity regardless of "migration (aka illegal aliens) condition"

    02/16/2017 7:46:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | February 16, 2017 | Rhina Guidos
    In a joint statement, Catholic bishops whose dioceses are along the U.S.-Mexico border spoke of the "pain, the fear, and the anguish" they're seeing in immigrants and vowed to follow the example of the pope in building "bridges, rather than the walls of exclusion and exploitation." The Feb. 14 statement was read at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle in Texas after a visit by the bishops to an immigration detention center as well as to a humanitarian respite center at Sacred Heart Parish in McAllen, Texas, in the Brownsville Diocese. The...
  • Bishop to Pro-Abortion Politicians: “You Can’t Publicly be Catholic While Promoting Abortion”

    02/16/2017 3:33:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Catholic bishop of Albany, New York did not spare any criticism this week for politicians who support abortion and claim to be practicing Catholics. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger’s statement on Monday came in response to the national debate about defunding the abortion business Planned Parenthood, according to the Church Militant. Three politicians who represent his area and claim to be Catholic attended a pro-Planned Parenthood rallies last weekend, the report continued. Scharfenberger did not mention any names in his statement Monday, but he did criticize politicians who ignore the plight of unborn babies and biblical teachings about the sanctity of...
  • Seven Reasons Why Christians Can Be Thankful for President Trump

    02/16/2017 3:24:47 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | February 16, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Only twenty-four days since the inauguration of the new president and Christians have plenty of reasons to be thankful for Donald Trump. The President, Vice President and the Republican party are keeping their campaign promises to Catholics and evangelical Christians about pro-life issues, gender ideology, and Obamacare.  Here are just some of the reasons why Christians can be thankful for President Trump and his administration: U.S. House of Representatives votes to overturn Obama regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood Faced with an increasing number of states passing laws to defund the industrial-scale abortion providers Planned Parenthood, ex-President Obama...
  • Bishop to Pro-Abortion Politicians: “You Can’t Publicly be Catholic While Promoting Abortion”

    02/16/2017 3:21:44 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | February 16, 2017 | MICAIAH BILGER
    The Catholic bishop of Albany, New York did not spare any criticism this week for politicians who support abortion and claim to be practicing Catholics. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Edward Scharfenberger’s statement on Monday came in response to the national debate about defunding the abortion business Planned Parenthood, according to the Church Militant.Three politicians who represent his area and claim to be Catholic attended a pro-Planned Parenthood rallies last weekend, the report continued. Scharfenberger did not mention any names in his statement Monday, but he did criticize politicians who ignore the plight of unborn babies and biblical teachings about the sanctity...
  • Socialist militants storm Mass in Venezuela

    02/16/2017 2:10:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 16, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Militant socialists stormed a Mass in Venezuela on Sunday, shouting slogans such as “Satan in a cassock” and “fascist!” Congregants told Reuters that about 20 people barged in to San Pedro Claver church in the “23 De Enero” community, shouting “Chavez lives!” The area is militantly loyal to Venezuela’s socialist government. Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher, said: “Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt. “They said: ‘Because the priests have spoken about politics, we have the right too.'” The leader of the group, who works at a nearby radio station, made a political speech from the...
  • Knights of Malta Chief Says It Was Burke Who Asked Official to Resign

    02/16/2017 5:19:33 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | February 15, 2017 | Austen Ivereigh
    In an interview with an Austrian newspaper, the acting head of the Order of Malta has described being present at the meeting where the Grand Chancellor was asked to resign -- and that it was American Cardinal Raymond Burke, not the Grand Master, who made the request. The Knights of Malta’s chaplain, the pope’s arch-critic American Cardinal Raymond Burke, not its Grand Master, was the one who asked the order’s Grand Chancellor to resign, according to the Knights’ acting head.Ludwing Hoffmann von Rumerstein, who is Austrian, was present at a meeting on December 6 in which the Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Von Boeselager, was...
  • Pope Appears to Back Native Tribes in Dakota Pipeline Conflict

    02/15/2017 4:22:26 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 15, 2017 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis appeared on Wednesday to back Native Americans seeking to halt part of the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying indigenous cultures have a right to defend "their ancestral relationship to the earth".The Latin American pope, who has often strongly defended indigenous rights since his election in 2013, made his comments on protection of native lands to representative of tribes attending the Indigenous Peoples Forum in Rome.While he did not name the pipeline, he used strong and clear language applicable to the conflict, saying development had to be reconciled with "the protection of the particular characteristics of indigenous peoples...