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  • ‘Church won’t carry out crusade against removal of Catholicism from Constitution’

    01/20/2018 7:19:03 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Malta Today ^ | January 20, 2018 | Matthew Vella
    Archbishop Charles Scicluna said removing Roman Catholicism as Malta’s official religion would not affect the Church’s mission The Maltese Archbishop has vowed he will not carry out any “crusade” should Roman Catholicism be removed from the island’s Constitution as the official religion of Malta. Charles Scicluna told Radju Malta host Andrew Azzopardi that the separation of church and state were positive developments for a country, and that he was in favour of a level-playing field for all religions. But he said that if any constitutional convention had to propose the removal of Roman Catholicism from the Constitution, he would...
  • Venezuelan Bishops Accused of “Hate Crimes”

    01/20/2018 5:47:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 18, 2018 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, called for an investigation of two bishops accused of committing “hate crimes” in homilies they gave on the Feast of the Divine Shepherdess, Jan. 14, a popular Marian feast day in the country. On Monday, the Venezuelan president gave a speech before the Constitutional Assembly asking the Supreme Court of Justice, the Comptroller's Office and the Public Prosecutor's Office to investigate the Archbishop of Barquisimeto, Antonio López Castillo; and the Bishop of San Felipe, Víctor Hugo Basabe. Venezuela’s El Nacional reports that the bishops “cried...
  • A Presbyterian Pastor Languishes in a Turkish Prison

    01/20/2018 5:32:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/11/18 | Sandra Jolley and Kristina Arriaga
    (RNS) — For most pastors, the beginning of a new year is filled with the promise of youth programs, baptisms, and marriages. Instead, Pastor Andrew Brunson — Presbyterian cleric in Turkey, American citizen, and pawn in an international game of hostage diplomacy — is spending it in a Turkish jail. Since he was detained in October 2016, his life has been arbitrarily suspended. Representing the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, we met with Brunson in Kiriklar Prison on Oct. 5, near the city of Izmir. Only relatives or embassy officials are allowed to visit. We are the only other...
  • (Catholic) Bishop says Arkansas AG wrong for participating in rally

    01/18/2018 9:11:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Crux ^ | January 18, 2018 | Kelly P. Kissel
    A Catholic bishop who has led prayers at Arkansas anti-abortion rallies says he will not take part this year because its featured speaker is a public official who actively pushed for the state’s aggressive execution schedule last year. Bishop Anthony Taylor wrote an open letter to the state’s 125,000 Catholics inviting them to special Masses instead of attending the event featuring Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.“Arkansas Right to Life has chosen as the keynote speaker for the Rally a person who has good anti-abortion credentials but otherwise is decidedly not an appropriate pro-life speaker,” Taylor wrote. He said Rutledge “worked tirelessly...
  • Hong Kong’s Catholic Church in President Xi Jinping’s Era

    01/18/2018 6:47:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/15/18 | Victor Gaetan
    An interview with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, Pope Francis’ choice to shepherd Hong Kong.Twenty years since Hong Kong’s passage from British colonial rule to Chinese central government rule, 20 years since the application of the “one country, two systems” formula, Beijing is dropping the pleasantries. The communist giant has increasingly exerted its power over education, the judiciary and the electoral process governing the island’s 7.35 million people. This trend was reinforced with the October 2017 Chinese Communist Party congress that re-elected President Xi Jinping party chief and commander of the army. Last August, Pope Francis selected mainland-born Bishop Michael Yeung...
  • Justice Dept. Backs Archdiocese in Christmas Subway Ad Fight

    01/18/2018 6:29:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/17/18 | AP
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department on Tuesday threw its support behind the Archdiocese of Washington in a court fight to have its Christmas fundraising ads displayed on D.C. buses. The archdiocese sued Metro in November, arguing the transit agency’s refusal to sell ad space violated its First Amendment rights. But a federal judge rejected its request to force Metro to post the ads, which showed a biblical Christmas scene and the message, “Find the Perfect Gift,” encouraging charitable donations and church attendance. The Justice Department’s Tuesday court filing called Metro’s ban on ads that promote or oppose religion unconstitutional...
  • White House Announces New HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

    01/18/2018 6:23:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/18/18 | Rodney Pelletier
    WASHINGTON ( - The Trump administration is announcing the formation of the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The press release states the division will be under the Office for Civil Rights, adding it's purpose is to "restore federal enforcement of our nation's laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom." It continues, "The creation of the new division will provide HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom, the first...
  • Hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers backed by Trump to march for life in D.C.

    01/18/2018 5:58:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 18, 2018 | Lianne Laurence
    Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates are converging on Washington for Friday’s March for Life to mark 45 years of legal abortion in the United States, and proclaim that “Love Saves Lives.”  They gather to mourn some 60 million children killed in the womb since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling struck down abortion laws on January 22, 1973, and to renew their strength to continue the battle to secure protection for their country’s tiniest and most vulnerable citizens. “Choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering, and self-sacrificial option,” March for Life president Jeanne...
  • Public Statement on Orthodox Deaconesses by Concerned Clergy and Laity

    01/18/2018 9:26:34 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 39 replies
    American Orthodox Institute ^ | January 18, 2018 | FR. JOHANNES JACOBSE
    WASHINGTON — Fifty-seven Orthodox Christian clergymen and lay leaders, including the heads of two leading Orthodox seminaries in the U.S., have issued a public statement calling on church leaders to defend Orthodox teaching on the creation and calling of man as male and female by opposing the appointment of deaconesses in the Orthodox Church. The statement comes in response to a public statement issued in October by nine Orthodox liturgical scholars in the U.S. and Greece, expressing support for the Patriarchate of Alexandria’s November 2016 decision to “restore” the ancient order of deaconesses and its February 2017 appointment of deaconesses...
  • Polish Archbishop Calls on Govt to Welcome Refugees

    01/17/2018 5:58:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | 1/15/18 | AFP
    Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki on Monday called on his Catholic country to welcome refugees, saying altruism must trump the right-wing government’s concern for national security. Poland is among several EU members in central Europe to have refused to accept quotas for asylum-seekers from North Africa and the Middle East, causing the bloc to take the countries to court last year. “Everyone would like to live in security, except that that attitude has little to do with Christianity,” said Gadecki, the president of the Polish Episcopal Conference. “Personal egoism, meaning concern for one’s own safety, has the upper hand over altruism,...
  • Vatican: Papal Honor for Pro-Abortion Politician Not a Sign of Support

    01/15/2018 8:34:28 PM PST · by annalex · 12 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | JAN. 15, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    (YouTube) Blogs  |  Jan. 15, 2018 Vatican: Papal Honor for Pro-Abortion Politician Not a Sign of Support In a statement, the Holy See Press Office says Dutch militant pro-abortion politician Lilianne Ploumen was given the ancient papal honor as ‘diplomatic practice’ for a visiting official head of state delegation to the Vatican.
  • The World Council of Churches Visits Protestants in China (but only official ones)

    01/15/2018 5:49:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/5/18 | Wang Zhicheng
    The ecumenical delegation will be in the country from January 7 to 16. Meetings scheduled with the authorities of the Religious Affairs Office and with the Three-Self Patriotic Movement; preaching in the oldest Protestant churches in Beijing; visits to Shanghai and Xian. But unofficial Christians (80 million) are more numerous than the official ones (20 million) and criticize the Movement’s subjection to the Party. Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Pastor Olav Fykse Tveit, will visit China from January 7 to 16. This was announced by the press office of the ecumenical body...
  • The Vatican infiltrated by Freemasonry?

    01/15/2018 11:42:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 94 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | January 14, 2018 | Toronto Catholic
    The Vatican infiltrated by Freemasonry? Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki stated on his blog, just over two years ago, regarding the meetings at the Synod of the Family, that the spirit of freemasonry was afoot amongst many of the bishops with regards to dialogue, and their secular view of the world:   "the dialogue on human rights is from the point of view of the illuminati of the 19th century."  Dear friends, I ask you to reconsider these words by the Archbishop taking into consideration the release of the materially heretical "Amoris Latitia", the various scandalous statements coming from Rome, the ongoing homosexual crisis...
  • Is the Face of the Migrant the Face of Jesus?

    01/15/2018 7:23:22 AM PST · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 15, 2018 | William Kilkpatrick
    January 15, 2018Is the Face of the Migrant the Face of Jesus?William Kilpatrick In the face of increasing Muslim violence in Europe, Pope Francis has remained firm in his defense of mass migration.In his Urbi et Orbi Christmas message, he compared migrants to the Holy Family forced to journey to Bethlehem and unable to find a room in the inn. And in his January 1st message for the World Day of Peace, Francis denounced those who decry “the risks posed to national security” by mass migration. Such people, said the pope are guilty of “demeaning the human dignity due...
  • Christians in China Fear Persecution Will Get Worse After Authorities Bomb Evangelical Megachurch

    01/15/2018 6:29:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/15/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    An evangelical megachurch was destroyed by Chinese Communist authorities Tuesday in the country's northern Shanxi province, sparking fears among Christians that the persecution they suffer will soon get worse.China Aid said in an update Wednesday that Chinese military police detonated explosives inside Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, destroying the $2.6 million house of worship, which was owned by the Christians who worshiped there.A demolition crew broke apart the remaining pieces of the church after the explosion with diggers and jackhammers.Lampstand's head Pastor, Yang Rongli, had previously spent seven years in prison on charges of assembling a large crowd to disturb traffic...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 1-15-18 {Prayer}

    01/14/2018 11:03:20 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 24 replies
    1-15-18 | 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. Psalm 103:13 As a Father hath Compassion upon His Children, So hath the Lord...
  • Vatican official decries “obsession with borders and national security to detriment ...

    01/14/2018 7:40:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | January 13, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    The Catholic Church, which makes millions of dollars annually on refugee resettlement, is now saying that those who oppose the Muslim migrant influx are morally deficient. If you don’t want your land invaded by tens or hundreds of thousands of people with vastly different values, which they consider superior to yours, you are simply not a good Christian.Yet there is real cause for concern. Are Catholics to turn a blind eye to the fact that all of the jihadis who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 had just entered Europe as refugees? Is it racism and xenophobia to...
  • Fear of Immigrants Not a Sin, But Being Driven By It Is, Pope Says

    01/14/2018 6:12:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/14/18 | John Allen Jr
    ROME - In a sense, every papal liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica has symbolic value, but rarely was that symbolism more overtly on display than on Sunday, when Pope Francis led a Mass for the Catholic Church’s Jan. 14 World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Obviously intended to drive home the message that migrants are refugees and not just abstractions for Catholicism, but part of its family of faith, there were representatives of 49 nations on hand in the basilica, including 2,000 immigrants and refugees from the Philippines, more than 1,200 Ukrainians, 800 Romanians, 650 Indians, as well as groups...
  • US Bishops Silent on Trump’s Many Pro-life Measures

    01/14/2018 6:00:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/9/18 | Bradley Eli
    Pro-life leaders view Trump as the "most pro-life president in modern history"The U.S. bishops continue to attack their president on social justice issues like immigration, health care, gun control, climate change and tax reform while turning a blind eye to his many pro-life accomplishments. Pro-life leaders, in reviewing this past year's pro-life accomplishments of President Donald Trump, hail him as the most pro-life president in modern history. Troy Newman, president of the pro-life organization Operation Rescue, noticed that President Trump "has proven to be the most pro-life president we have had in modern history and has backed up his pro-life...
  • Amir discusses recent developments in the Middle East, 1/13/18.

    01/13/2018 8:39:45 PM PST · by firebrand · 5 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Jan. 13, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir tells of the recent attacks by Israel on Damascus. Also drone warfare by ISIS.Turkey becoming more aggressive, forming alliance with Sudan, in preparation for Ezekiel 38 war.This leads into some general comments about Christians who refuse to believe Biblical prophecy.Again, for those who are pressed for time, the important news begins at the 5-minute mark. The warnings about skepticism of prophecy are at the end.May many blessings come to those who believe God's prophetic Word.