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  • Alfie Evans being ‘starved’ to death by hospital, dad claims: BREAKING

    04/24/2018 3:32:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 69 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 24, 2018 | Pete Baklinski
    Update April 24, 4:20 PM: This story has been updated to include Alder Hey hospital's statement that it is going ahead with Alfie's "end of life care plan."   LIVERPOOL, April 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – UK toddler Alfie Evans is being starved to death by the hospital looking after him, the boy’s father Tom confirmed. The 23-month-old is now approaching 24 hours since being removed from his ventilator. Tom says his son is still fighting, but he needs food.  Photos of Alfie Evans taken after his ventilation was removed at 9:17 on April 23, 2018. Alfie's Army / Facebook READ: World...
  • Following Jesus, or Following Trump?

    04/24/2018 9:53:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/24/2018 | Cal Thomas
    "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other." (Matthew 6:24) The verse refers to money, but in light of today's debate about the unaccountable devotion many Christian leaders have for President Trump it is not a stretch to apply it to their relationship with him. Last week at Wheaton College in Illinois a number of Christian pastors and leaders gathered to discuss the future of "evangelicalism" in the Trump era. Some who were not there claimed it was a forum...
  • Churches Demolished, Desecrated Tombs, Kindergartens Closed: Persecution in the Henan Church

    04/23/2018 6:50:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 4/20/18 | Bernardo Cervellara
    The church of the village of Hutuo has been reduced to a pile of ruins; the tomb of the bishop of Luoyang, not recognized by the government, was desecrated; children are forbidden to enter churches; threats against Catholic parents and seniors: if they continue to believe they will not receive government subsidies or pensions.Rome (AsiaNews) - "The Catholic Church in the province of Henan, in central China, is violently persecuted! Pray for them! ": This is the appeal we received yesterday from different parts of China, along with a list of violent acts that have occurred in recent weeks and...
  • Bishop McElroy: Catholics should focus on ‘deep-level conscience formation’ over moral issues

    04/23/2018 4:40:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Lisa Bourne
    CHICAGO, Illinois, April 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy called last week for the U.S. bishops to shift from focusing on Catholic principles and moral issues in the political arena to a “deep-level conscience formation” inspired by Pope Francis. “As bishops, we tend to teach from principles and moral norms,” McElroy said. “Our approach is cognitive and exhortational, not affective and inspiring.” “There are, of course, moments and purposes for which cognitive and exhortational treatments are essential in expressing the Church's legacy of teaching that spring from Revelation and the tradition of reason,” he said. “But breaking through the hyper-partisan...
  • World watches as Alfie Evans’ life hangs in the balance - live updates

    04/23/2018 1:41:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 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 · 7 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 ^ | 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.