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  • Ukrainian Parliament Makes Catholic Christmas a Public Holiday

    11/18/2017 5:47:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/16/17
    Kiev, November 16, Interfax - The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved changes to the Labor Code by adding Catholic Christmas, December 25, and removing May 2 from its list of national public holidays and non-business days. The changes to Article 73 of the Code of Labor Laws were backed by 238 people's deputies in attendance. "With the passage of this bill, Christmas will be marked in Ukraine twice: on December 25, according to the Gregorian calendar, and on January 7, according to the Julian one," Lyudmila Denisova (People's Front), head of the parliamentary committee on social policy, said during debate...
  • Orthodox Activists Call for Kremlin Stars to be Replaced with Double-Headed Eagles

    11/17/2017 5:35:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/15/17
    The Russian Orthodox activist movement Forty Times Forty has called for the ruby stars to be removed from the towers of the Kremlin, to be exchanged with two-headed eagles, which, according to the organization, could serve for reconciliation and the restoration of historical justice, reports RIA-Novosti. “We sincerely believe that the ruby stars should stand on those buildings that were built during the 70-year Soviet period of Russian history, but not on the Kremlin towers, which the Bolsheviks have nothing to do with building,” the movement’s statement reads. In a century of revolution, when, in the view of the movement,...
  • America Prayer Vigil 11/17/2017 [Prayer]

    11/17/2017 3:52:08 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 30 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11/17/2017 | FR Prayer Intercessors
    Join us in prayer for our beloved country and for our worldwide family of believers.
  • Hungary PM: ‘US of Europe’ Plotters Using Mass Migration to Create...'Post-Christian’ Super-State

    11/16/2017 7:16:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/14/17 | Jack Montgomery
    Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has warned that the elites plotting a United States of Europe are using mass migration to engineer a post-Christian, post-national super-state. Breitbart London has seen a transcript of the Central European leader’s speech to the 7th Plenary Session of the Hungarian Diaspora Council, in which he told listeners: “A nation that has found its feet is a free nation. It is fair to say that since we found our feet we have begun to act as a free nation. “But this has also brought with it some problems. Whatever a nation of serfs does will seldom lead...
  • Illegal Immigrants Placed Before American Kids, Forcing Preschool to Close

    11/16/2017 8:44:15 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Nov. 15, 2017 | Moonbattery
    Basic laws exist as to what is right and what makes sense. Indulging in moonbattery entails rejecting these laws so as to posture on behalf of a deranged ideology. This has consequences: A preschool that leases space from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder is shutting down at the end of the month after the church congregation voted to become a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants facing deportation. “It put us out of business,” said Active Boulder Kids owner Kristen Argow Heaton. The presumably far-left Unitarian congregation voted overwhelmingly to convert part of the building into illegal immigrant living quarters. Argow...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, November 16, 2017 [prayer]

    11/15/2017 11:49:08 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 38 replies ^ | November 16, 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.
  • Yugan Authorities Replace Jesus with Xi Jinping to Help the Poor

    11/15/2017 5:55:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/14/17
    Needy Christians are forced to replace religious images with pictures of the president to get aid. “They think God is their saviour,” an official said. “After our cadres’ work, they’ll realise their mistakes and think: we should no longer rely on Jesus, but on the party for help”. According to some sources, the number of Christians exceeds that of party members.Beijing (AsiaNews/SCMP) – Yugan County, a poor rural area in the southern province of Jiangxi Province, has undertaken a campaign to replace religious faith with faith in the party. To achieve this, the local government is asking people to replace...
  • Card. Zen Asks for God‘s Grace to Save the Church in China and the Holy See from the 'Precipice'

    11/14/2017 7:42:54 PM PST · by marshmallow
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/11/17 | Li Yuan
    Fr. Wei Heping, 41, died in mysterious circumstances, his body dumped in a river in Taiyuan (Shanxi). For the police claim he committed suicide. Family members are not allowed to even see the autopsy report. For Card. Zen the Holy See (which "is not necessarily the Pope") seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking "to sell out the faithful Church". Justice and Peace publish a booklet about Fr. Wei, not to forget.Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Card. Joseph Zen, Emeritus Bishop of Hong Kong, has asked God to save the Holy See "from the brink of the...
  • Tensions Brewing over Muslim Street Prayers North of Paris

    11/13/2017 5:26:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 11/12/14
    Lawmakers try to block prayers, held since March in protest against mosque closureCLICHY (France) • Around 100 local French lawmakers attempted to block Muslims praying in a street north of Paris and called on the government to ban what they see as an unacceptable use of public space. The lawmakers, led by the head of the regional government of the Paris area, Mrs Valerie Pecresse, disrupted the crowd of around 200 all-male devotees last Friday, and sang the national anthem in the multi-ethnic Clichy suburb. "Public space cannot be taken over in this way," Mrs Pecresse said at the demonstration...
  • Russia Should Impose 5-10-Year Moratorium on Lenin Burial Topic - Church Representative

    11/13/2017 5:22:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/13/17
    Moscow, November 13, Interfax - The body of Vladimir Lenin must be buried but at present this could shake the political situation in Russia, according to Alexander Shchipkov, first deputy chairman of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations, and an advisor to the State Duma speaker. "Let's impose a moratorium, five to ten years [on the subject of reburying the leader]. If we don't bury [him], our children will, he has already lain in state for 70 years! But of course, buried he should be," Shchipkov said during a lecture at the Library of Foreign Literature in...
  • The Russian Orthodox Church and the Impact of Bolshevism

    11/13/2017 11:34:29 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose
    The Moscow Times via EurasiaNet's Red Legacy Project ^ | November 3, 2017 | Christopher Stroop
    "It is common knowledge that the advent of Bolshevism in 1917 was devastating for devout believers in the former tsarist empire." "Less well known is the fact that the October Revolution interrupted a reform movement that could have taken the Russian Orthodox Church in a new direction, and that it subsequently caused splintering from which the Church still has not recovered." "Under the tsars, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) served as an important pillar of the autocratic system. Just how subservient the church was to the state remains a matter of debate. Some historians, such as Gregory Freeze and Scott...
  • The long-awaited Amir talk on America's role in prophecy

    11/13/2017 11:07:37 AM PST · by firebrand · 17 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Nov. 13, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    The talk Amir gave earlier this fall in Minnesota is finally up on YouTube. Lots of good history and comments on what the role of the United States may be in Bible prophecy and events to come. An excellent, beautiful speech, and thanks to Olive Tree Ministries for this fantastic convention of end times speakers.
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - 11/13/2017 [Prayer]

    11/12/2017 9:40:48 PM PST · by · 24 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | 11/13/2017 | UMCRevMom
    AMERICA Prayer Vigil: Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President and for 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 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Polish PM Calls for an EU Where Christianity Is Not Censored

    11/12/2017 6:50:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/9/17 | Lidia Kelly, Pawel Sobczak
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland wants to be sure that Christian traditions are not subject to “ideological censorship” in the European Union, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Thursday, emphasizing her party’s opposition to Muslim immigration. Along with Hungary, Poland has refused to take in any of its quota of the wave of refugees from Syria and elsewhere who have come to Europe since 2015, on the grounds that Muslim immigrants are a threat to their national security and stability. Szydlo’s eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party appeals directly to the more socially conservative sections of Poland’s overwhelmingly Roman Catholic population....
  • Head of Madrid-Based House of Romanov to Meet with Patriarch Kirill in Moscow on Nov 18

    11/12/2017 6:37:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/9/17
    St. Petersburg, November 9, Interfax - The head of the Madrid-based House of Romanov, Maria Vladimirovna, will meet with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during a visit timed to coincide with the centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. After visiting the cruiser Aurora in St. Petersburg, Maria Vladimirovna will travel to Ryazan and Moscow, her chancellery's director Alexander Zakatov told Interfax. "After St. Petersburg, she will visit Ryazan, an old Russian city, at the governor's invitation. The visit will conclude in Moscow, where meetings will also be held with public figures and the media. Maria Vladimirovna will...
  • American Muslims and the Assault on Western Christian Culture

    11/12/2017 4:50:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The Remanant Newspaper ^ | November 11, 2017 | Dr. Boyd D. Cathey
    I find it fascinating to watch the praxis of our politically-correct multiculturalist establishment when it comes to Islam. You would think that those PC elites would be, at the very least, offended by the tenets of the Muslim religion, if not very wary of how orthodox Muslims have conducted themselves across the globe in recent years. Their insistent response to Islamic terror and violence has been, almost uniformly, to declare repeatedly that “Islam is a religion of peace,” and that such manifestations as ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Syria, North Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere are aberrations which don’t represent the...
  • Will U.S. Catholic Bishops Choose Life?

    11/12/2017 1:02:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    The Stream ^ | November 4, 2017 | John Zmirack
    We don’t look to The Wall Street Journal for its religion reporting. But a recent piece stands out. It shows American Catholicism at a crossroads. It’s rare that a single decision decides the future of a church in a nation. But we face such a moment now. As the Journal explains, the bishops will vote on a crucial staff post. Who will lead the Church’s pro-life efforts? The vote is down to two candidates — Cardinal Blase Cupich, of Chicago, and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, of Kansas City — who represent the ideological poles of the U.S. church and have articulated...
  • U.S. bishops to set agenda in era of Pope Francis, President Trump

    11/11/2017 8:18:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | November 11, 2017 | Christopher White
    When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Baltimore next week for their annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), they’ll attempt to set an agenda in reaction to two of the world’s most closely-watched and consequential figures: Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump. While the priorities of the pontiff will be instrumental in shaping their focus, it will likely be the actions of the president that yield the most immediate responses. Since Trump was elected in November 2016, the conference has issued nearly 100 more statements than the previous year -a clear indication of...
  • Trump is More Dangerous than Kim Jong Un, Says Former Head of Benedictines

    11/11/2017 7:57:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    La Croix ^ | 11/9/17 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The US president should stop making threats and start negotiating with North Korea’s strongman, says Abbot Primate-emeritus Notker Wolf. Abbot Notker Wolf, the former representative head of all Benedictine monks and nuns throughout the world, has called on US President Donald Trump to stop making ominous threats against Communist North Korea and meet its leader Kim Jong Un “on an equal footing”. “I know from personal experience that one can negotiate with the North Koreans,” the abbot said in a November 4th interview with the German Catholic press agency KNA. Wolf, who headed the Archabbey of Sankt Ottilien in Bavaria...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Father Guarnizo And The Irish Referendum

    11/11/2017 7:50:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | November 10, 2017 | Restore DC Catholicism
    This past June it was announced that the new Irish prime minister would be conducting a referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland, to be held in 2018.  This amendment, as it currently stands, enshrines protections for unborn children in Ireland.  The general weakening of the Catholic faith in Ireland and the finger-wagging of the anti-life UN (Useless Nincompoops) are two factors. The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, along with other pro-life groups, are engaged in a battle to save not only countless Irish babies, but the vestiges of the Catholicism that at one...