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Religion & Politics (Religion)

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  • At the Congress Xi Reaffirms: Sinicization of Religions Under the Communist Party

    10/23/2017 6:32:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 10/19/17 | Li Yuan
    In his speech yesterday at the Party Congress, Xi Jinping reiterated the "new approach" to religious activities. The Catholic Church reiterates the independence of nomination and ordination of bishops. Two bishops present at the Congress: Msgr. Giovanni Fang Xingyao of Linyi and Msgr. Giuseppe Ma Yinglin of Kunming.Beijing (AsiaNews) - Insisting the direction of “Siniciziation of religions” was stressed among main goals and visions in General Secretary Xi Jinping’s work report in the opening session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. His epic address or the so-called “Xi Jinping Thought” is expected to become dogma...
  • Pope Francis "Loses" Argentinean Elections

    10/23/2017 3:02:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | October 23, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Center-right Argentinean president Mauricio Macri who received from Pope Francis in February 2016 a frosty welcome in the Vatican, won the midterm parliamentary elections on Sunday. Former leftwing Peronist President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, favoured by Francis but involved in a corruption affair, lost against Macri’s candidate in Buenos Aires by four percentage points. During the election campaign Kirchner had claimed that Macri’s policies would “hurt the poor”. In Buenos Aires Macri’s coalition received more than half of the vote.
  • Venezuela's Catholic bishops deplore pro-government bias in elections

    10/23/2017 2:49:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Ecumenical News ^ | October 23, 2017 (updated) | Ecumenical News Reporter
    (Photo: REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins)Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends to a meeting with representatives of the opposition, the Roman Catholic Church and Union of South American Nations' (UNASUR) at Miraflores Palace in Caracas April 10, 2014. Maduro hosted Venezuelan opposition leaders on Thursday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation.Venezuela's Catholic bishops have criticized bias by the country's National Electoral Council in favor of the government of President Nicolas Maduro during last week's regional elections. Maduro's regime took 18 out of 23 disputed...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 10/23/17 {Prayer}

    10/22/2017 10:30:30 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 20 replies
    10-23-17 | 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. Acts 4:12 There is None Other Name Under Heaven Given Among Men, Whereby we...
  • Holy Russia? Believers Debate Putin’s Record as a Christian Leader

    10/22/2017 5:41:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Compass ^ | 10/17/17 | Robert Duncan
    MOSCOW — Many commentators in American media see Russian President Vladimir Putin as an authoritarian leader who rigs elections at home and abroad, silences political adversaries, rescinds civil rights and tirelessly plots to revive a Soviet-sized empire. While some of his own citizens share such criticisms, others celebrate Putin as an Eastern Orthodox czar, warring with the forces of the Antichrist in an apocalyptic struggle for the soul of Christian civilization. “We consider Putin to be a modern form” of this kind of Christian leader, said Aleksandr Dugin, the controversial philosopher PBS recently described as a Russian “TV fixture and...
  • Amir on latest developments in Israel, Oct. 22

    10/22/2017 3:51:55 PM PDT · by firebrand · 4 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Oct. 22, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    The Israeli military has determined that the rockets recently fired from Syria were not a spillover but an intentional attack on Israel. Amir discusses the implications of this, predicting a soon occurrence of Isaiah 17 and an eventual war, the first of Israel against a major power. The future is not all bleak, however, and will of course include great things for Israel. Look up, keep the faith, and do not live for the things of this world, is his message. Be ready, as always.
  • Coptic priest’s murderer is a Islamist fanatic, says bishop

    10/22/2017 7:04:29 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 4 replies ^ | 10.16.2017 | Staff at
    For Abba Estiganous, bishop of Beba, religion is behind the murder of "martyr" Sam'an Shehata. His murderer, Mohamed Sonbaty, attacked his own relatives in the past and set fire to their home. For neighbours, he is a known radical. The Catholic Church shares the pain and offers prayers. Cairo (AsiaNews) – The killer of Saman Shehata, a Coptic Orthodox priest stabbed to death last Thursday, is well known to law enforcement. His name is Mohamed Sonbaty, said Abba Estiganous, Bishop of Beba, in a statement released today on the priest's "martyrdom". The lethal attack appears to be religious in motivation....
  • Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Ruling Declaring 10 Commandments Monument Unconstitutional

    10/21/2017 4:58:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    Christian News ^ | 10/16/17 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a ruling out of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that declared a New Mexico Ten Commandments monument unconstitutional. Two Wiccan women who took offense at the display had filed suit against the Decalogue placement in 2012, stating that it made them feel “alienated.” The nation’s highest court gave no reason on Monday for its decision to not to take the case. “This is a victory for the religious liberty of people everywhere,” Peter Simonson, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico,...
  • Globalists want Church to serve ‘New World Order’: Italian journalist

    10/21/2017 8:09:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 20,2017 | Lisa Bourne
    A top population control proponent has attained unprecedented access and influence at the Vatican, a presenter for an international symposium on population control said Thursday, as part of an effort to target the Catholic Church and leverage its moral influence in service of a globalist agenda. Population control forces are welcomed and provided a platform at the Vatican in the Pope Francis pontificate, according to Italian journalist Riccardo Cascioli. They are abetted principally by Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor for the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Cascioli revealed specifics leading to a “magic moment” —...
  • Democrats’ New Bill Would Overturn Trump Order and Force Christians to Pay for Abortion Drugs

    10/20/2017 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | October 20 2017 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), along with 35 of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, introduced a bill Thursday that would repeal the Trump Administration’s recent broadening of exemptions from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for employers with religious and moral objections. The “Protect Access to Birth Control Act” is brief, stating that the religious and moral exemptions “shall have no force or effect, and shall be treated as though such rules had never taken effect.” “President Trump wants to make birth control about ideology, but let’s be clear: for women and their families in the 21st century, birth control is about...
  • America Prayer Vigil [Prayer] 20 October 2017

    10/20/2017 4:49:58 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 28 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 10/20/2017 | FR Prayer team
    America Prayer Vigil. Please join us in prayer this beautiful day.
  • Court: Flipping a Bird at Pastor Doesn’t Put You Behind Bars

    10/19/2017 5:45:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 10/2/17 | Bill Rankin
    The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reversed a disorderly conduct conviction against a man who flipped a bird at his pastor, saying the man’s behavior was protected speech under the First Amendment. The incident occurred at the 12Stone Church in Flowery Branch when David Justin Freeman attended services in August 2014. As the service came to a close, Pastor Jason Berry asked that any teachers who were present to stand and be recognized so the congregation could pray for them to have a successful year. Freeman, who home-schools, stood up, raised his middle finger in the air and stared angrily...
  • Christian Group Intervenes to 'Protect' Europe from Sharia Law

    10/19/2017 5:23:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies ^ | 10/14/17 | Tola Mbakwe
    Legal group Christian Concern has intervened in a case concerning the application of sharia law in Europe.The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights is set to rule on an inheritance case concerning the application of sharia law to a dispute between Greek citizens who are Muslims. The ruling will determine whether sharia law can have supremacy over a member state's domestic law. The court granted Christian Concern permission to intervene in the case of Molla Sali v. Greece. According to Christian Concern, Ms Molla Sali inherited the entire estate of her husband when he died under the...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, 19, October 2017 [prayer]

    10/19/2017 4:29:30 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 32 replies ^ | October 19, 2017 | FR prayer 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.
  • [Catholic Caucus] How does Pope Francis choose bishops of important dioceses?

    10/18/2017 1:45:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | October 18, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Italian vaticanista Andrea Gagliarducci writes regularly a column at his place called “Monday Vatican”. You should read him.Today, however, he has a piece at CNA about how Pope Francis seems to approach the selection of and translation of bishops. HEREAmong other things, Andrea wrote: Over the past year, Pope Francis has appointed 16 U.S. bishops, most of them in smaller dioceses or as auxiliaries. The major pending question is that of the successor of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C. Cardinal Wuerl is already 76 years old, more than a year beyond the normal retirement age.The post in...
  • British Civil Servants Told to Avoid Pronouns

    10/17/2017 5:50:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Anglican Mainstream ^ | 10/15/17 | Rory Tingle, Mail Online
    Civil servants should avoid using gendered pronouns like ‘he’ and ‘she’ or assuming someone with the title ‘Mr’ is male, according to the latest government directives. The rules, which apply to all Whitehall departments, are intended to avoid causing offence to people whose chosen gender does not identify with their biological sex. But opponents branded the language code ‘politically-correct claptrap’ and accused the government of trying to bring in ‘social engineering by the back door’. The Service Manual is produced by the Cabinet Office and used by government departments to design their websites. ­­ These include taxpayer-facing departments such as...
  • Cath Cauc: What if the Pope Does “Change the Church's Teaching” on Capital Punishment?

    10/17/2017 3:15:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | October 16, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In my last column I discussed the Pope's astonishing declaration that capital punishment is "in itself contrary to the Gospel," uttered in the face of the Church's constant teaching, based on the Gospel itself, that capital punishment is within the legitimate authority of civil rulers and is even obligatory in cases where the protection of society necessitates its imposition. Of further concern, from the same address, is the suggestion that the Catechism promulgated by John Paul II should be "revised" to reflect Francis' view of the death penalty. According to Francis, this would not involve "a contradiction with the teaching...
  • Catholic Populist Elected Chancellor of Austria

    10/17/2017 2:05:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | October 16, 2017 | Stephen Wynne
    In a surge of populist fervor, Austrian voters ousted leftist incumbents from office Sunday and swept a young conservative and his party into power. The center-right People's Party (OVP) claimed the top spot in the national elections, with 31 percent of the vote. As a result, party leader Sebastian Kurz is advancing to the chancellorship of Austria. At just 31, upon assuming office Kurz will be world's youngest national leader. After declaring victory, Kurz vowed that it's time for a change in Austria and thanked those for entrusting him to guide the country through the coming transformation, "Many people have placed great...
  • Hungary Hosts First Ever Government Conference for Persecuted Christians

    10/16/2017 5:16:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/14/17 | Edward Pentin
    Prime Minister Viktor Orbán opens conference by calling on nations, particularly in Europe, to cast aside political correctness, stand up against Christian persecution, and defend the roots of Christian civilization. It is time for Europe to free itself from the shackles of political correctness, speak the truth, and face the facts about the violent persecution of Christians, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Thursday. In a hard-hitting speech delivered at the opening of the first major conference ever held by a government in support of persecuted Christians, Orbán said that the “forced expulsion” of Christians from parts of the...
  • Philosophers warn Europe: protect borders, restore marriage if you want to survive

    10/16/2017 4:03:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 16, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    European conservative scholars and intellectuals have released a manifesto aimed at restoring Europe to its “true genius” and actively recovering “what is best in our tradition.” The manifesto, called the Paris Statement, details how “technocratic tyranny” and “false freedom” prevails in Europe, threatening its very existence as well as the Christian roots that undergird it.  The statement, released October 7, lists concerns about the growing secularization of Europe, Muslim immigration, and the rise of a “false Europe.” It outlines ways Europe can return to respecting the sovereignty of its nations, overcome “isolation and aimlessness,” and restore “true liberalism.” “The true...