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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-17

    12/17/2017 9:13:32 PM PST · by Salvation ^ | 12-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2017 Monday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:"The LORD our justice." Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, "As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt";but rather, "As the LORD...
  • Catholic Police Officer Gets Suspended for Going to Church While on Duty

    12/17/2017 7:09:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/15/17 | Doug Mainwaring
    MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania, December 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A Pennsylvania police officer has been suspended for ten days for going to Catholic Mass on a day of obligation while on duty and in uniform. Officer Mark Hovan, a 20- year veteran of the Middletown, Pa., police department, attended Mass in uniform on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation for Catholics. “Hovan, who said he is a devout Catholic, said it was necessary at times because of shift changes for him to go to church while on duty on occasion,” reports...
  • New Polish PM Sees Return to Christian Roots as Only Way to Stop Europe’s Decline

    12/17/2017 7:04:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/14/17 | Natalia Dueholm
    December 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Mateusz Morawiecki, the new Prime Minister of Poland, spoke about re-Christianizing Europe during the first interview after his nomination. His Law and Justice party has been under constant attack by the EU political elites. Last Friday Morawiecki, 49, was appointed Prime Minister by President Andrzej Duda. He replaced Beata Szydło, who had served only half a term. Morawiecki had been Minister of Development, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister in Szydło’s government. He was sworn into office last Monday, and gave his first interview the previous Friday. The topics of the conversation with a...
  • Italy Deals Church Third Big Political Loss, This Time on Right-to-Die

    12/17/2017 6:58:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/15/17 | Claire Giangravč
    ROME - Just days before the 11th anniversary of the death of an Italian man whose battle to be allowed to die stimulated wide debate in the country over euthanasia, the Italian senate on Thursday approved a “living wills” measure strongly backed by right-to-die advocates. For the Catholic Church here, the vote marks a third major political setback in the last two years, coming on the heels of its failures to block adoption of civil unions in 2016, which the Church saw as a step toward gay marriage, and to push through a ius soli law granting immigrant children citizenship...
  • Post-ISIS, the First Catholic Church is Re-Consecrated on Nineveh Plains

    12/17/2017 6:54:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 12/14/17 | Staff
    MARKING the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, 2017, the Christian community of Telleskuf, a Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, gathered for the re-consecration of the first church after the expulsion of ISIS from the region: the Chaldean Catholic church of St. George. For Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, Kurdistan, the festive occasion was a symbol of hope and victory. “It is a message of hope and victory,” he said, adding: “ISIS wanted to eliminate the Christian presence here—but ISIS is gone and the Christians of Telleskuf are back.” St. George’s was severely damaged, ransacked and...
  • {Catholic Caucus] CM Exclusive: Author of ‘The Dictator Pope’ Speaks

    12/17/2017 5:25:13 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Church Militant ^ | December 17, 2017 | Church Militant
    The newly released book The Dictator Pope has drawn international attention for its claims about the current pontificate, and reports say the Vatican is anxiously hunting down the author, who goes by the alias Marcantonio Colonna (a 16th-century Italian aristocrat who served as admiral of the papal fleet in the Battle of Lepanto). Church Militant spoke with the author via email to discuss his hopes in publishing the book and his thoughts on the current regime. ******* Church Militant: Why did you write the book, and what do you hope Catholics do with this information about Pope Francis? Marcantonio Colonna: My aim in publishing...
  • Methodist Minister: I Help Women Get Abortions at Planned Parenthood Because I’m a Christian

    12/17/2017 5:02:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Dec 17, 2015 | Micaiah Bilger
    Emma Akpan is a faith leader at her North Carolina African Methodist Episcopal Church. She also volunteers for Planned Parenthood. Akpan wrote a column for Bustle this week trying to justify her abortion advocacy with her Christian faith by claiming that she wants to end violence against women. Akpan described herself a minister at her church. “I am a clinic greeter because of my faith, which teaches me how important it is to provide care for my community,” the Raleigh, North Carolina, woman wrote. “For me, that means ensuring that women have safe access to their health care facilities.” Akpan,...
  • Cath Cauc: Cardinal Burke to Michael Matt: "Amoris Not An Exercise of Magisterium" (Now what?)

    12/17/2017 4:59:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Remant Newspaper ^ | December 16, 2017 | Michael Matt
    In my interview of Raymond Cardinal Burke less than one year ago, I asked His Eminence to clarify what, exactly, is the level of authoritative weight of Pope Francis’s post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Given that Pope Francis has, since that interview took place, attempted to make the Argentine bishops’ interpretation of AL 'magisterial'--an interpretation that allows public adulterers to receive Holy Communion--Cardinal Burke’s reply to my question on January 9th of this year would seem to take on new relevancy.It appears less than two minutes into this interview: Now, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, made it very clear to...
  • Aborted Fetal Cell Line Vaccines And The Catholic Family A Moral and Historical Perspective

    12/17/2017 4:30:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies ^ | (Updated October 2005) | CoG for Life Debra L. Vinnedge
    The Hunt for Fresh Fetuses In a CBS 60 Minutes, television expose in 1999 and subsequently reported by the Asheville NC Tribune, not only is there a growing market for baby body parts, but the abortionists now have published “sales lists”. Interested researchers can choose prices ranging from $150.00 for a brain less than 8 weeks gestation to $999.00 for one greater than 8 weeks.[34] As though they were advertising used merchandise at a bargain thrift shop, the abortionists further callously listed “discounts” up to 30% if the brain material is “partially fragmented.”[34] Following those newscasts, World magazine reported that...
  • Christ's Superior Destiny

    12/17/2017 4:17:22 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To which of the angels has He ever said, 'Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet'? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?" (Heb. 1:13-14). The destiny of Jesus Christ is that ultimately everything in the universe will be subject to Him. "At the name of Jesus every knee [will] bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth" (Phil. 2:10). That great promise confirms that Jesus Christ is destined to be the ruler...
  • The Meaning of Christ's Exaltation

    12/17/2017 4:16:53 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    The Meaning of Christ's Exaltation “God highly exalted Him” (Philippians 2:9). The Father exalted the Son as the God-man. A question that often springs to mind regarding the exaltation of Christ is how Jesus could be exalted since He is already God. We find the answer in Jesus’ High-Priestly prayer in John 17, where He asked the Father to restore to Him the glory He had with the Father before the world began (v. 5). Christ’s request shows that He gave up something that God would give back to Him. Christ gave up His glory in the Incarnation. Beyond glorification,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Greater Advent Antiphons -->

    12/17/2017 1:44:48 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Also known as the Greater Advent Antiphons, the O Antiphons are Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers (around sunset) of the last seven days of Advent preceding the vigil of Christmas. Each antiphon is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. They are: DECEMBER 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)DECEMBER 18: O Adonai (O Lord)DECEMBER 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)DECEMBER 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)DECEMBER 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)DECEMBER 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the Gentiles)DECEMBER 23: O Emmanuel (O God is with Us) The hymn O come,...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – December 17th, 2017

    12/17/2017 1:40:16 PM PST · by Lera · 2 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 12/17/17 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. explains what’s really behind all the rhetoric concerning Jerusalem, and why it matters to us today.
  • New Bishop for the Evansville Diocies

    12/17/2017 12:02:03 PM PST · by M.K. Borders · 3 replies
    No source | 17 December, 2017 | Me
    The Diocese Evansville has a new Bishop, Joseph M. Siegel lately of the Joliet Diocese, does anyone know anything about him beyond what is posted on Wikipedia?
  • First Lady Melania Trump Lets Her Light Shine Despite Her Detractors

    12/17/2017 12:00:17 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 17, 2017 | JP
    A Gallup Poll released this past Friday found that First Lady Melania Trump is viewed favorably by 54 percent of Americans. That amounts to a remarkable 17 percent improvement since January, which the pollster attributes to Mrs. Trump becoming “better known in her role as first lady.” But I think there’s another factor Gallup has completely overlooked – the grace with which the First Lady, a committed Christ follower, has evinced in the face of unrelenting attacks from haters, many of whom are members of the so-called Fourth Estate, who think no attack too vile or too petty. Indeed, at...
  • Renovatio 21 in Italy speaks out on aborted fetal vaccines

    12/17/2017 11:13:58 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ | Dec. 6, 2017 | CoG for Life
    INTERVIEW WITH CRISTIANO LUGLI SPOKESPERSON OF THE COMMITTEES “RENOVATIO 21”, ITALY With Journalist from “Parents of N.O.” Cristiano Lugli, together with other Catholic parents worried about the cell lines of aborted fetuses. Stated Mr. Lugli, “Our association wants to defend Life as an unrepeatable and divine miracle, and defends Civilization as the earthly cradle of Life. We also support the research of Dr. Stefano Montanari and Dr. Antonietta Gatti, two scientists and researchers, the only ones in Italy to talk about the speech of aborted fetuses to produce vaccines.” Vaccines and aborted fetuses Q: Mr. Cristiano Lugli, today you will...
  • 2017 12 17 John Haller's Prophecy Update “When You See ……”

    12/17/2017 10:47:41 AM PST · by Lera · 9 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 12/17/17 | John Haller
    When you see.... these things.... pay attention. Again, the news this week revolved around the Jerusalem problem and the Middle East.
  • Praying the O Antiphons: An Ancient Advent Tradition [Catholic Prayer]

    12/17/2017 10:24:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic ^ | December 16, 2016 | Gretchen Filz
    Praying the O Antiphons: An Ancient Advent Tradition December 16, 2016 By Gretchen Filz During the final days of Advent, the anticipation increases as the birth of the Savior draws nearer and nearer. In the eight days before Christmas this anticipation is marked by something special that happens in the prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours. The antiphons of Evening Prayer (Vespers) during the week before Christmas welcome the birth of the Savior by heralding one of His resplendent Biblical titles along with a special petition in light of that title.It is a liturgical tradition started in the...
  • Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

    12/17/2017 9:57:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 16, 2017 • This Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (Phil 4:4) (Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). Today, this theme is developed most fully in the 2nd reading, which is from 1 Thessalonians. It also begins with the salutation and imperative, “Rejoice always.”Let’s take a closer look at that reading and what is meant by the admonition to “rejoice.”The text begins, Rejoice always....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/17/17)[Prayer]

    12/17/2017 8:12:40 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/17/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of God

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