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  • Vatican-Approved Bishop Seized for a Fourth Time in China

    05/26/2017 6:34:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    La Croix ^ | 5/25/17 | ucanews.com reporter
    Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou was summoned to the religious bureau and has not returned.A Vatican-approved bishop has been detained by Chinese officials for the fourth time since he was confirmed Bishop of Wenzhou last September. Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province was detained May 18, a month after he was briefly locked up during Holy Week. Bishop Shao has been placed under detention or removed from the diocese four times since he automatically succeeded Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, his predecessor, who died in September 2016. On this occasion, Bishop Shao, who is not recognized by...
  • Missouri Archbishop Defies City Ordinance Criminalizing ‘Discrimination’ Against Abortion Advocates

    05/26/2017 4:40:31 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    gospelherald.com ^ | May 25, 2017 | Suzette Gutierrez-Cachila
    The archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in Missouri is putting his foot down in defiance of a city ordinance that criminalizes “discrimination” against advocates of abortion. Archbishop Carlson said the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its affiliated agencies will not comply with Ordinance 70459. Facebook/Archdiocese of St. Louis The archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in Missouri is putting his foot down in defiance of a city ordinance that criminalizes "discrimination" against advocates of abortion. The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson stated the church and other entities affiliated with it will not abide by the ordinance. "Let...
  • Mormon wards to host Ramadan meals for Muslim neighbors

    05/26/2017 7:53:20 AM PDT · by LiberalismDestroys · 27 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 26, 2017 08:18AM | BOB MIMS
    Fear, stereotypes, ignorance and hunger have this in common: They seldom survive sharing a meal, honest conversation, a desire to learn and making eye contact with the stranger across the table. On the evening of June 4, two Salt Lake City Mormon congregations — the Yale Ward, 1431 E. Gilmer, and the Gregson Ward, 3151 S. 900 East — will do just that, hosting iftar dinners for Muslim neighbors during Ramadan, which begins Friday evening. Sariah Toronto, of the Yale Ward, says the idea came up during a discussion a few months ago about "what else we can do as...
  • Again: Pope Francis Supports Controversial Milagro Sala

    05/26/2017 6:13:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | May 26, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Again: Pope Francis Supports Controversial Milagro SalaOn Wednesday, Pope Francis sent a handwritten letter of support to the Argentinean left-wing activist Milagro Sala, the imprisoned leader of the association Tupac Amaru which receives monthly 1,9 Million Dollars from the Argentinean government for different social projects. Among others, Tupac Amaru provides for contraception and free abortions and promotes homosexualism and gender ideology. In January 2016 Sala was arrested on charges of fraud and criminal conspiracy. She allegedly embezzlement over 1,8 Million U.S. Dollar intended to help the poor. Shortly after her arrest Francis sent her a rosary. Sala considers the Communist...
  • Cardinal Zen Urges Prayer for Christians in China

    05/25/2017 6:06:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/24/17 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, May 24, 2017 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Chinese Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Cardinal Joseph Zen has asked for prayers on behalf of Christians in the country, who often face difficulty and even persecution for their faith. “In the history of the Church, Our Lady, Help of Christians always came to help the Church in difficulty,” Cardinal Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, told CNA in an interview, adding that this help has always been particularly strong when attached to the rosary. Noting how the Church is celebrating the centenary year...
  • The sex education agenda and the Catholic Church

    05/25/2017 10:38:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | May 25, 2017 | Matthew McCusker
    The sex education agenda and the Catholic Church May 25, 2017May 25, 2017 11Share This address was given by Matthew McCusker, deputy international director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, on 18 May 2017 at the fourth annual Rome Life Forum, organised by Voice of the Family.On 25 September 2015 the member states of the United Nations approved the Sustainable Development Goals. These consist of 17 goals and 169 targets which nations have committed achieving by 2030. The threat to the family that is most immediately apparent when reviewing the SDGs is the promotion of abortion and...
  • Cardinal Parolin: ‘The Holy See Stands Ever Ready’

    05/25/2017 8:32:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Zenit ^ | May 25, 2017 | Zenit staff
    Vatican Secretary of State Sends Letter for Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction May 25, 2017ZENIT StaffPope and Holy See ZENIT - HSM The Holy See stands ever ready to make its own specific contribution as the Forum works to meet the urgent challenges before us.This assurance was given by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the participants at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction taking place in Cancun, Mexico, May 22-26, 2017.More than 5,000 experts, including policymakers and disaster risk managers, are participating in the forum, which marks the world’s foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing...
  • Author: Pope Francis Is A Socialist And An Opponent Of Donald Trump

    05/25/2017 8:16:22 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Philadelphia CBS local ^ | May 24, 2017 | Chris Stigall
    <p>George Neumayr, the author of The Political Pope, reacted indifferently to Donald Trump’s meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican but told Chris Stigall on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT that Francis and his supporters in the US are no friends of Trump.</p>
  • Can We Pray in Jesus' Name? Yes!

    05/25/2017 6:01:36 AM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Jan 29,2011 | Shane Idleman
    This article has special significance for me. I was able to pray in Jesus’ name last Tuesday, Jan. 25th, at the City Council meeting in Lancaster. This is a priviledge that should not be taken lightly. In the last few decades, we have seen a calculated attempt to remove God from government. Ironically, many of the men and women who died for our freedoms did not die for what we are becoming today. Many gave their lives in order that we would be “one nation under God,” not above God. A Fifth Division graveyard sign in Iwo Jima, Japan, states...
  • Patriarch Kirill Will Consecrate a Cathedral Built to the 100th Anniversary of the Revolution

    05/24/2017 7:02:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/24/17
    Moscow, May 24, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Thursday, the feast of Ascension, will conduct a great consecration of the cathedral dedicated to the new martyrs and confessors suffered from Bolsheviks for their faith at the Moscow Sretensky Monastery. During the Divine service relics of the Holy Martyr Hilarion (Troitsky) who was the rector of the Sretensky Monastery in the 1920s will be moved from the ancient cathedral of the convent to this new church. The relics will be put in a special reliquary set in the stones brought from the Solovetsky Islands where the...
  • The Root Cause of Islamic Violence

    05/24/2017 1:45:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    1P5 ^ | May 24, 2017 | Andrew Bieszad
    Pope Francis’ most recent comments attempting to separate Islamic religious beliefs from Islamic violence are deeply misleading. They are not just slightly or partially incorrect, but dangerously wrong.  They stand in direct contradiction to the Church and her saints’ long history of experience and understanding of the Islamic world.In the context of yet another airplane interview — this time returning from World Youth Day in Poland, Francis was asked to discuss the threat posed by Islamic violence — now occurring with alarming frequency throughout the world — against the backdrop of the murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel at the hands of...
  • Pope Francis and Donald Trump meet at Vatican

    05/24/2017 6:42:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 24, 2017
    The US president said it was a 'very great honour' to meet the Pope Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the Pope, “I won’t forget what you said.”The atmosphere at the beginning was initially formal, however, the mood lightened when Pope Francis met the first lady, Melania Trump, and asked if she fed her husband “potica”, a traditional cake in Slovenia, her homeland. There were smiles all around.Pope Francis gave Trump a split medallion held together by...
  • The Latest: Trump Says Meeting With Pope Was 'Honor' (First Lady visits children's hospital)

    05/24/2017 5:44:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 24, 2017 | The Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 2:23 p.m. President Donald Trump says meeting with Pope Francis was the "honor of a lifetime." Trump tweeted Wednesday that a private meeting with the pontiff at the Vatican leaves him "more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world."(continued)
  • Nation’s First-Ever Public Satanic Monument Approved

    05/23/2017 8:03:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/22/17 | Trey Elmore
    The approval comes following the latest antics from the Satanic TempleBELLE PLAINE, Minn. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Minnesota will soon be hosting the country's first public, permanent satanic monument. The Satanic Temple (TST), headed by Detroit native Doug Mesner (also known by his public pseudonym Lucien Greaves), announced May 5 that Belle Plaine had approved a monument for Veterans' Memorial Park that will consist of a two-foot-high, black steel cube, with inverted pentagrams etched into its sides and a dark soldier's helmet overturned on top. It's being called the "Baphometic Bowl of Wisdom," named after the half-man, half-goat demon worshiped by satanists....
  • Italian Geo-Strategist Fuels Debate Over Pope Benedict’s Resignation

    05/23/2017 6:37:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 23, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    An article published recently by an Italian geo-strategist and university professor has again sparked questions concerning the reasons for Pope Benedict XVI’s surprising resignation in 2013. Professor Germano Dottori, a professor at the Institute for Strategic Studies at LUISS-Guido Carli University in Rome, wrote an article in the the 4/2017 issue of Limes, a geo-strategic journal, which was later picked up by Italian journalist Alessandro Rico and Italian commentator and author Antonio Socci, as well as by Giuseppe Nardi of Katholisches.de in Germany. While discussing the role of the Catholic Church with respect to larger geo-strategic considerations – such as the vast immigration into Italy and the apparently growing...
  • An Immigration Memo From a ‘Deplorable’ Catholic to Trump for His Meeting With Pope Francis

    05/23/2017 6:07:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Stream ^ | May 23, 2017 | John Zmirack
    Mr. President, as a Catholic conservative who endorsed you in the election, I’d like to make a few suggestions before you meet with our spiritual leader, Pope Francis. Just a few facts and arguments that might come in handy. You probably don’t know too much inside Catholic baseball. So you might have a wrong impression of the authority and power of the pope. You also might feel put on the defensive. This pope questioned your credentials as a Christian during the campaign. The worst outcome of all that might come of this meeting? That you might think that the pope’s...
  • Confidential contacts and phone calls: how the Trump-Pope meeting was born

    05/23/2017 2:21:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | May 23, 2017 | ANDREA TORNIELL
    On Wednesday, the US president will land in Rome from Israel. Appointed Callista Gingrich Ambassador to the Holy See At 8.30 am on Wednesday, May 24, two Americans will be shaking hands for the first time. President Donald Trump’s audience with the Argentinian Pope has been a big maybe for a few months as, up until three weeks ago, no request was made by the White House. Indeed, rumors had that Trump had actually decided to defer. Rumors that hit the spot. What changed things was the patient work of some of the President’s advisors along with some precise signals...
  • Texas protects freedom: Pastors won’t be forced to turn over sermons

    05/23/2017 10:55:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 23, 2017 | Peter LaBarbera
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 24, the “Sermon Protection Act,” into law Thursday, three years after the “Houston Five” controversy in which the lesbian mayor of Houston subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors who opposed a pro-“transgender” ordinance. Under SB 24, the government may not "compel the production or disclosure of a written copy or audio or video recording of a sermon delivered by a religious leader during religious worship of a religious organization or compel the religious leader to testify regarding the sermon." The bill went into effect immediately upon its signing by Gov. Abbott, because it was...
  • Francis: Catholic Persecuted Communists? [Catholic Caucus]

    05/23/2017 9:34:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | May 23, 2017 | Gloria TV
    In his Tuesday homily Pope Francis gave an example from Argentina, "I remember in my country many, many men and women, consecrated good people, not ideologists, who used to say, 'No, the Church of Christ is such and such... - This one is a Communist, get him out!'. And they chased them away and persecuted them."
  • Justice Alito Warns Seminarians Religious Liberty is in Danger

    05/22/2017 7:42:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Philadelphia, Pa., May 22, 2017 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his address to graduating seminarians on Wednesday, United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. emphasized the importance of religious freedom and the dangers it faces today. Religious freedom means that “no one is forced to act in violation of his own beliefs,” Alito said, according to Catholic Philly. “Most of my life Americans were instilled in this,” he added, and urged the audience “keep the flame burning.” Alito gave the keynote address at the concursus ceremony for the graduating class of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia...