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  • Shock claim: Turkey provided 10,000 passports to ISIS

    04/15/2015 5:02:50 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 19 replies
    WND ^ | April 14 2015 | AARON KLEIN
    TEL AVIV – Egypt is accusing Turkey of providing more than 10,000 Turkish passports to members of ISIS, the Islamic State, to facilitate travel of fighters across the region. An Egyptian intelligence official who asked not to be named told WND his country delivered a report to the U.S. documenting the astonishing claim. The official further charged that Istanbul is serving as the “headquarters” for ISIS planning. “Turkey continues to allow free passage to Iraq and Syria to IS fighters,” the official added. If the Turkish passport charge is true, it would present a worldwide ISIS travel threat. Already, there...
  • Anti-Cordileone ad misrepresents Catholicism, archdiocese says

    04/18/2015 3:43:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2015
    Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly, Nov 13. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA. San Francisco, Calif., Apr 17, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA).- A group of Catholics promoting a full-page advertisement asking Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone don’t represent San Francisco Catholics and misrepresent the facts, the archdiocese has said. “The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the (archdiocese’s) teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop,” the San Francisco archdiocese said April 15. “The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the...
  • Thank You Archbishop Cordileone For Your Courageous Leadership

    04/19/2015 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    CatholicVote.Org ^ | April 19, 2015
    Your Excellency, We’ve been monitoring the recent controversy surrounding your decision to insert morality clauses into teacher contracts in schools in your Archdiocese. Given the hostility to the teachings of the Church and growing attempts to coerce our institutions, your decision is perfectly reasonable. As you know, such clauses are nothing new and represent a commitment to fulfill a basic promise to those families who entrust their children to the care of the Church. We want you to know that we are praying for you and support you 100%. As the Archbishop of San Francisco, you are responsible for insuring...
  • The PR Guru Who Wants to Take Down San Francisco's Archbishop Cordileone

    03/19/2015 1:14:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 18, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    The battle for San Francisco’s Catholic schools has been joined. Will Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone or a public-relations expert survive? Last month, the  archbishop called for changes to the staff and faculty handbooks of the archdiocese’s four high schools in the 2015-2016 school year—Sacred Heart and Archbishop Riordan in San Francisco, Marin Catholic in Kentfield, and Junipero Serra in San Mateo. The proposal would add a detailed statement on Church teaching about sexual morality and the sanctity of life. According to Catholic SF Weekly, the archbishop explained his proposals this way:   "At the outset, I wish to state clearly...
  • Vandals strike historic Santa Cruz (CA) Church

    05/10/2012 2:58:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Santa Cruz, Calif., May 9, 2012 / 07:09 am (CNA).- The parishioners of Holy Cross Church and the Diocese of Monterey, Calif. are “shocked and saddened” after a Sunday vandalism spree damaged irreplaceable items like a baptismal font that the famous missionary Bl. Junipero Serra brought to the area in 1791.“The Diocese of Monterey is deeply saddened by the apparent hate crime committed against Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz last weekend,” diocese spokesman Deacon Warren Hoy told CNA May 8.Damage affected the church, the attached Mission Santa Cruz Museum and the parish’s ministry and outreach building Siena House....
  • Santa Cruz: Vandals damage Father Serra artifact at Holy Cross Church

    05/08/2012 8:49:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/8/12 | Cathy Kelly, Santa Cruz Sentinel
    A vandal or vandals caused widespread damage at Holy Cross Church early Sunday in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. The damaged items included a baptismal font brought to Mission Santa Cruz by Junipero Serra in the late 1700s, a church spokesman said... A custodian discovered the destruction to the main church and other areas on the property about 6:50 a.m., ...It included windows shattered by rocks and paint sprayed and poured on doors, walls, statues, a fountain area and sidewalks, Friend said. Some anti-church slogans and symbols were painted, he said. Targets included the main church,...
  • Muslim Man Sentenced 56 Months For Hate Crime

    06/13/2002 4:17:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies · 188+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/12/02
    LOS ANGELES - A Muslim fundamentalist was sentenced to nearly five years in state prison for vandalizing religious statues at a Roman Catholic church and stealing hundreds of magazines from a mosque. Emad Ibrahim Saad, 35, of Los Angeles, was sentenced Tuesday to 56 months in prison for vandalism, theft and hate crimes. Saad fired several attorneys and insisted on representing himself at his trial. However, on the last day of the trial, he refused to leave his jail cell and show up for court. Prosecutors said Saad decapitated a Virgin Mary statue, cut off the hand of a statue...
  • Police arrest LA man for allegedly vandalizing churches

    11/03/2001 10:08:46 AM PST · by culpeper · 33 replies · 47+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/3/2001 | Christina Almeida
    <p>Police arrest LA man for allegedly vandalizing churches By Christina Almeida Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man suspected of vandalizing three Roman Catholic churches and placing a stolen religious statue near a mosque with material saying, "Allah is the only true God" has been arrested. Emad Ibrahim Saad, 35, of Los Angeles, was arrested Thursday and booked for investigation of vandalizing a place of worship, said police Det. Kurt Wachter. He was jailed in lieu of $70,000 bail, pending a Monday arraignment. He remained in jail Friday. Among the sites Saad is suspected of vandalizing is St. Augustine Church in Culver City. There, a statue of the Virgin Mary was beheaded and one of Father Juniperro Serra, founder of California's early missions, was ripped from its pedestal and taken to a nearby mosque. Authorities say Saad is also suspected of stealing Islamic literature from a Los Angeles mosque and leaving it behind at the vandalized churches in Culver City and Los Angeles. He was arrested by Culver City and Los Angeles police Thursday morning as he distributed Islamic literature in the suburban city adjacent to Los Angeles. Wachter said authorities believe Saad acted on his own and was not part of a larger group. Maher Hathout, a senior adviser for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said whoever committed the crimes violated the tenets of Islam. "This is an act contrary to the spirit and the teaching of Islam," he said. Earlier this week, Cardinal Roger Mahony cautioned against a rush to judgment, saying the vandal or vandals could be taking advantage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to cause rifts between Catholics and Muslims. "We have to continue to be people of faith, and, most important, we have to trust each other," he said.</p>
  • Blessed Junípero Serra 1713 - 1784 (Mission Chronology, Biography, etc.)

    06/30/2008 9:24:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies · 1,563+ views
    Blessed Junípero Serra1713 - 1784[ Chronology | The Man | Biography | Birth to Missionary | Travels ]  Chronology 1713. . Miguel Jose Serra, born at Petra on the Island of Mallorca, Spain.1729. . At the age of 16 he entered the service of the Catholic Church. He soon entered the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and and took a new first name, Junípero, that of St. Francis' beloved original companion friar.1749. . Father Serra volunteered to serve the Franciscan missions in the new world. He left Cadiz, Spain and sailed for Vera Cruz, Mexico, at the age al...
  • The Significance Of Blessed Junipero Serra

    07/01/2002 5:40:25 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 26 replies · 884+ views
    Catholic.Net ^ | March-April, 2000 | Gerard Beigel, S.T.D.
    SAINTLY SKETCH The Significance of Blessed Junípero Serra by Gerard Beigel, S.T.D. In the providence of God, Mission San Carlos Borromeo was destined to hold the remains of the Franciscan priest who planted the Gospel of Jesus Christ in California: Blessed Junípero Serra. It is only a matter of time, please God, before he will be canonized as a saint of the Church. As someone who is already beatified, he is held up to the faithful as a model of heroic Christian virtue. Let us reflect upon the spiritual character of this man who continues to influence the Church....
  • Bl. Junípero Serra and the Holy Family

    07/01/2014 9:49:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    CE.com ^ | 07-01-14 | Sean Fitzpatrick
    Bl. Junípero Serra and the Holy Family Sean FitzpatrickOn September 25th, 1988, Pope St. John Paul II beatified a swarthy, Spanish, asthmatic priest of small stature who was a dazzling scholar, a tireless apostle, and the founder of many missionaries from San Diego to San Francisco—Junípero Serra, who walked the western desert to irrigate souls with the water that becomes a spring welling up to eternal life.Born Miguel Jose Serra Ferrer on November 14, 1730, in Petra, Majorca, Spain, this servant of God and God’s people became a Franciscan after a brilliant career as a scholar of philosophy, taking...
  • Pope's Canonization Announcement Surprises Even Serra's Promoters

    01/16/2015 2:25:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 1/15/15 | Patricia Zapor
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Surprising even the people who have been promoting the sainthood cause of Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis announced Jan. 15 that in September, he hopes to canonize the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan who founded a string of missions across Mexico and California. Blessed Serra is credited with directly founding nine missions in California, one in Baja California in Mexico and with reinvigorating established missions in Mexico. Friars under his tutelage founded many others across California, in territory that was then part of New Spain. The vice postulator for Blessed Serra's sainthood cause, Franciscan Father John Vaughn, told Catholic...
  • Statue of Pope Francis' new saint could be kicked out of US capitol

    02/10/2015 10:42:43 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | February 10, 2015 | Kevin J. Jones
    The statue of Father Junipero Serra (Far Left) inside the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. Washington D.C., Feb 10, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just weeks after Pope Francis announced his intention to canonize missionary Father Junipero Serra during his upcoming visit to the states, a California legislator has proposed replacing the soon-to-be-saint's statue in the U.S. Capitol – but critics of the move are beginning to speak out. “I certainly wouldn't endorse it,” Monsignor Francis J. Weber, an author and historian of 18th century missionary, told CNA Feb. 6. Father Serra helped establish the California missions, many...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SERRA INTERNATIONAL, 04-15-10

    04/15/2010 8:48:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies · 105+ views
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-15-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SERRA INTERNATIONAL An organization under Catholic leadership whose purpose is to foster vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Aggregated since 1951 to the Pontifical Society for Priestly Vocations. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Priesthood Sunday -- October 28th -- Serra Club [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/27/2007 10:50:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies · 382+ views
    SerraUS.org ^ | not given | Serra International
              A Brief History of Serra International . . . The year was 1934; the place was Seattle, Washington, and four Catholic friends had an idea. They decided to meet regularly over a meal to discuss how their Christian values could be lived out in their professional lives. Soon more friends were joining them, and within several months they had decided on an additional focus: the encouraging of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. They chose Padre Junipero Serra, the noted Spanish missionary, as patron.This small group has grown into Serra International. Serrans today are still...
  • Cathedral yields more surprises: Crews unearth Presidio chapel remnants

    07/30/2008 6:51:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 455+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | July 30, 2008
    The wall footings, foundation and floor of the oldest Christian house of worship in California were found during grading work on Monterey's San Carlos Cathedral on Monday. The "third chapel" of the Royal Presidio of Monterey was a rectangular adobe building located directly in front of the present stone church, according to archaeologist Ruben Mendoza of CSU-Monterey Bay. The chapel was built in 1772 after the first two chapels — a lean-to made of brush and a later log pole structure with a thatched roof — burned down. Historian Gary Breschini, writing on the Monterey County Historical Society Web site,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CALIFORNIA MISSIONS, 12-10-14

    12/10/2014 9:22:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CALIFORNIA MISSIONS The parish centers established among the American Indians by Catholic missionaries from Spain. Three sets of missions were founded, in sequence, by the Jesuits and Dominicans in Lower California (now Mexico), and by the Franciscans in Upper California (now the United States). The Jesuit missions and the years of their foundation, beginning from south to north, were: San José del Cabo (1730); Santiago de las Coras (1721); San Juan de Ligní (1705); Nuestra Seńora de los Dolores del Sur (1721); Nuestra Seńora del Pilar (1720); Santa Rosa or Todos Santos (1733); San Luis Gonzaga...
  • More Than Just a Statue: The Legacy of California's First King

    04/29/2005 2:43:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 300+ views
    Los Angeles Lay Catholic Mission ^ | May 2005 | CHARLES A. COULOMBE
    The beatification of the Emperor Charles I of Austria-Hungary last October by Pope John Paul II might remind Californians that we too once had monarchs — three of them in fact: Charles III, Charles IV, and Ferdinand VII: all of them kings of Spain. The pictured statue of the first of these in the old plaza downtown reminds us that he ordered both the founding of California in 1769 and the foundation of Los Angeles in 1781. The adjoining church of Our Lady of the Angels stands in itself as a memorial to his grandson Ferdinand, who paid for its...
  • A Saint on Capitol Hill

    02/23/2009 5:45:46 PM PST · by Thorin · 12 replies · 582+ views
    Takimag ^ | 2/23/09 | Tom Piatak
    When one reads the new atheists, one gets the impression that the influence of Christianity has been entirely baleful, that Christianity’s contribution to morality has been entirely negative, and that the United States, far from being a Christian country historically, is really the finest flower of the anti-religious Enlightenment, and that we therefore ought to stamp out all public manifestations of Christianity, which will most likely wither away anyway as Americans become as sensible as contemporary Britons and Scandinavians. These peculiar beliefs often find expression in lawsuits trying to suppress all public expressions of Christianity. It is therefore with some...
  • CA: Respect earned - Another win for the Gipper

    10/24/2006 10:04:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 662+ views
    California Political Review ^ | 10/24/06 | Frank Duclos
    In January 2005, GOP state Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (R-La Mesa), while in Washington, D.C., for the Inauguration of President Bush, toured Statuary Hall in the national Capitol with Congressman Duncan Hunter. Each of the 50 states provides Statuary Hall a pair of statues honoring notable persons from the state. California’s statues are of Father Junipero Serra and Thomas Starr King. Father Serra, of course, is well known. King, who lived from 1824 to 1864, was a Unitarian minister, lecturer, and orator credited with playing a prominent role in keeping California in the Union during the Civil War. Taking nothing away...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-08, Opt. Mem, Bl. Junipero Serra

    06/30/2008 9:42:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies · 40+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 07-01-08 | New American Bible
    July 1, 2008                                 Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week                                 in Ordinary Time       Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Am 3:1-8; 4:11-12 Hear this word, O children of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you,over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt: You alone have I favored, more than all the families of the earth;Therefore I will punish youfor all your crimes. Do two walk togetherunless they have agreed?Does a lion roar in the forestwhen it has no prey?Does a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-09, Opt. Mem. Bl. Junipero Serra

    06/30/2009 10:35:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies · 480+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 07-01-09 | New American Bible
    July 1, 2009                                 Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week                             in Ordinary Time       Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Gn 21:5, 8-20a Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.Isaac grew, and on the day of the child's weaningAbraham held a great feast. Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptianhad borne to Abrahamplaying with her son Isaac;so she demanded of Abraham:"Drive out that slave and her son! No son of that slave is going to share the inheritancewith my...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-10, Opt. Mem. Blessed Junipero Serra

    06/30/2010 9:55:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 07-01-10 | New American Bible
    July 1, 2010Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Am 7:10-17Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam,king of Israel:“Amos has conspired against you here within Israel;the country cannot endure all his words.For this is what Amos says:Jeroboam shall die by the sword,and Israel shall surely be exiled from its land.” To Amos, Amaziah said:“Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!There earn your bread by prophesying,but never again prophesy in Bethel;for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.”Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet,nor have I belonged to a company of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-11, Solemnity, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

    06/30/2011 9:52:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 07-01-11 | New American Bible
    July 1, 2011 Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus   Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Dt 7:6-11Moses said to the people:"You are a people sacred to the LORD, your God;he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earthto be a people peculiarly his own.It was not because you are the largest of all nationsthat the LORD set his heart on you and chose you,for you are really the smallest of all nations.It was because the LORD loved youand because of his fidelity to the oath he had sworn your fathers,that he brought you out...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-04, Opt'l. Blessed Junipero Serra

    07/01/2004 9:06:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies · 191+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 07-01-04 | New American Bible
    July 1, 2004 Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Thursday 29 Reading I Responsorial Psalm Gospel Reading IAm 7:10-17 Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam, king of Israel: "Amos has conspired against you here within Israel; the country cannot endure all his words. For this is what Amos says: Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be exiled from its land." To Amos, Amaziah said: "Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! There earn your bread by prophesying, but never again prophesy in Bethel; for it is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-05, Opt. Blsd. Junipero Serra

    07/01/2005 7:13:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies · 352+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 07-01-05 | New American Bible
    July 1, 2005Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Friday 29 Reading IGn 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67 The span of Sarah's life was one hundred and twenty-seven years.She died in Kiriatharba (that is, Hebron)in the land of Canaan,and Abraham performed the customary mourning rites for her.Then he left the side of his dead one and addressed the Hittites:"Although I am a resident alien among you,sell me from your holdings a piece of property for a burial ground,that I may bury my dead wife." After the transaction, Abraham buried his wife Sarahin the cave of the field of Machpelah,facing...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-06, Opt.Bld. Junipero Serra

    07/01/2006 7:30:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies · 178+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 07-01-06 | New American Bible
    July 1, 2006 Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Psalm: Saturday 27 Reading 1Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19 The Lord has consumed without pityall the dwellings of Jacob;He has torn down in his angerthe fortresses of daughter Judah;He has brought to the ground in dishonorher king and her princes. On the ground in silence sitthe old men of daughter Zion;They strew dust on their headsand gird themselves with sackcloth;The maidens of Jerusalembow their heads to the ground. Worn out from weeping are my eyes,within me all is in ferment;My gall is poured out on the groundbecause of the downfall...
  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 9:23:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Reuters and KQED-TV ^ | January 15, 2015 | Dan Brekke
    <p>Pope Francis announced Thursday that he will canonize Father Junipero Serra, the founder of California’s missions and a controversial figure for his role in a process that began the decimation of the Native American population here.</p> <p>The pope said the canonization — the formal elevation of a person to sainthood — will take place in September, when he’s scheduled to visit the East Coast.</p>
  • History, Truth, and Politics: the record on Father Junipero Serra

    03/30/2015 6:02:39 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | March 29, 2015 | Catholic News Agency
    Left: Monument of Junípero Serra on plaza de San Francisco de Asis in Havana; right: Mission church of Jalpan de Serra, Querétaro, Mexico, built by Junípero Serra between 1751 and 1758 (Images: Wikipedia) Los Angeles, Calif.- California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented. “When he died, many native peoples came to the mission for his burial. They openly wept. Others of his colleagues and even colonists, believed that he would be made a saint, because of the way he had lived his life,...
  • Easter Sunday protest over Serra planned at Carmel Mission

    04/02/2015 5:57:21 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 04/01/15 | Phillip Molnar
    An Easter Sunday showdown at the Carmel Mission is expected between Native Americans and the faithful over the canonization of Father Junipero Serra. Anger among tribes has been growing since January, when Pope Francis announced Serra, who is buried at the mission, would be made a saint. Native Americans and their supporters plan a 1 p.m. gathering near unmarked burial sites adjacent to the mission for a “ceremony for our ancestors” — just as believers begin Mass on the holiest day in the Christian calendar. “For too long the mission system has been glorified as these wonderful moments of California’s...
  • Poll: Is it time to retire Junipero Serra's statue?

    04/19/2015 5:06:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jon Healey
    ... Statues of ... historical figures stand in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall, where each state has two representatives cast in bronze or marble ... [Father Junipero] Serra could be the first and only actual saint in Statuary Hall -- Pope Francis recently announced plans to canonize him -- yet he's also a polarizing figure. Is it time to send Serra to the sidelines (or more accurately, move his statue to the California Capitol grounds)? ... Take our pointedly unreliable poll, leave a comment or do both! ...
  • Why Pope Francis Was Right To Call The Armenian Massacres ‘Genocide’ [Christian Genocide!]

    04/19/2015 12:42:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lela Gilbert
    Why Pope Francis Was Right To Call The Armenian Massacres ‘Genocide’ by Lela Gilbert 16 Apr 2015 'Their Christian faith was bruised and battered. In some cases, all hope was lost' A century after the genocide began, Turkey still refuses to accept the truth. Yet for the sake of today’s persecuted Christians, the past must not be forgotten In March last year reports emerged of a nightmare unfolding in the Armenian town of Kassab in northern Syria. A horde of al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists descended on the city, forcing the Christian residents out of their ancestral homes. It was widely reported...
  • Nancy Pelosi’s brand of ‘prominent’ Catholics Harassing Archbishop

    04/19/2015 10:29:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/19/15 | Judi Mcleod
    Pious, holier-than-thou Pelosi is about as much a Catholic as Barack Obama is a sincere Christian Everyone in the inevitably baleful Vale of Tears has a cross to bear in this life, but San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s cross Nancy Pelosi has more splinters than most. Turns out that pro-abortion, pro same sex marriage ‘Catholic’ Nancy Pelosi is chief agitator behind the ‘prominent’ Catholics attacking Cordileone with demands for the Vatican to remove him. Pious, holier-than-thou Pelosi is about as much a Catholic as Barack Obama is a sincere Christian. That the Archbishop Cordileone hatchet attack’s running its course in...
  • This I believe: Created in G-d's image (homosexual Jesuit priest)

    04/19/2015 8:30:14 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 34 replies
    The Jesuit Post ^ | 4/17/2015 | Damian Torres-Botello
    In a five-part series released the week of March 16th from the National Catholic Reporter, God’s Community in the Castro, a parishioner from San Francisco’s Most Holy Redeemer parish had this to say about his spiritual home: “We don’t see ourselves as a gay community, but rather as a community that’s open to gays…It’s an acceptance and a realization that people feel OK to be who they are that makes this place different.”
  • Ted Cruz Calls For Recognition of Armenian Genocide

    04/19/2015 1:20:02 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 52 replies
    groong.usc.edu ^ | Sun, 19 Apr 2015 9:31:47 PDT | Mihran Keheyian
    Cruz: "The Massacre of the Armenian, Assyrian, and other Christian People Should be Called what it is: Genocide" WASHINGTON--Republican Presidential Candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on April 18 marked the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide with a statement calling for the proper recognition of the massacre of Armenian, Assyrian, and other Christian peoples as genocide, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). Republican Presidential Candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Cruz's statement, addressed to the Armenian Church of Austin, was read on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol, during the Austin Peace March and Rally, an observance attended...

    04/18/2015 10:18:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | April 17, 2015 | Matthew Schmitz
    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s effort to ensure that Catholic schools are Catholic has led one-hundred San Franciscans who describe themselves as “committed Catholics inspired by Vatican II,” to take out a full page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle asking Pope Francis to force Cordileone's resignation and appoint in his place an archbishop committed to “our values and your teachings.” It is worth asking to what extent those “values” and “teachings” align. Francis, who has spoken strongly in the past against gay marriage and transgender ideology, has also called for a church that is “poor and for the poor.”...
  • Under Intensified Attack, Archbishop Cordileone Enjoys Renewed Support from San Francisco Catholics

    04/18/2015 6:06:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/18/15 | Anne B. Hendershott
    A look at some of the signers of the open letter to Pope Francis.Escalating the attacks on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco for continuing to uphold Catholic teachings, 100 self-described “Catholic leaders” have signed an open letter to Pope Francis, calling for the archbishop’s removal. In a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, the petitioners claim that Cordileone has “fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance” by asking K–12 Catholic-school teachers in the Bay area to “violate their individual consciences by accepting a morality code” based on the Church’s teachings.“Instead of your famous words, ‘Whom am...
  • The Armenian Genocide

    04/15/2015 5:55:22 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/15/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The Marxist/Nazi/Ottoman/Islamist ISIS pogrom against Christianity continues to this day “Around the world, Christians are facing violence, persecution, brutality in a way we have not seen in generations.” – Rey Flores, “The Wanderer” The hypocritical “war on women” movement is deafly silent, no real effort to save the captives, and good men are doing nothing when faced daily with photographs of Christian hostages on their knees, clad in orange jumpsuits, about to be beheaded, when women and girls are kidnapped, raped, genitally mutilated by ISIS, and driven into a life of slavery as forced converts to Islam. One year later,...
  • Turkish Leaders Invoke Crusades, Inquisition in Reaction to Pope’s Armenian ‘Genocide’ Comment

    04/17/2015 2:43:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/17/15 | Patrick Goodenough
    As Turkey’s leaders fume over Pope Francis’ use of the term “genocide” to describe mass killings of Armenian Christians a century ago, the country’s top religious figure invoked the crusades and said the furor would accelerate a controversial scheme to turn Istanbul’s most famous historical church into a mosque.“The statement that the Catholic world’s spiritual leader delivered three days ago, saying Armenians had been subjected to a genocide, is extremely spectacular,” Mefail Hizli, the mufti of Ankara, said in a written statement, Hurriyet daily reported.Hizli said the pontiff’s comment “reflected a modern color of the crusader wars launched in these...
  • A Century After Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Denial Only Deepens

    04/16/2015 8:03:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 2015-04-16 | TIM ARANGO
    Nearly 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, during World War I. Turks by and large do not believe mass killings were planned. CUNGUS, Turkey — The crumbling stone monastery, built into the hillside, stands as a forlorn monument to an awful past. So, too, does the decaying church on the other side of this mountain village. Farther out, a crevice is sliced into the earth, so deep that peering into it, one sees only blackness. Haunting for its history, it was there that a century ago, an untold number of Armenians were tossed...
  • Fresno Armenian leaders praise Pope Francis' acknowledgment of genocide

    04/15/2015 8:51:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 4-12-15 | Rory Appleton
    Pope Francis’ remarks urging the world to recognize the slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks a century ago as “the first genocide of the 20th century” drew unanimous praise Sunday from several prominent leaders of Fresno’s Armenian community. “Today’s papal remarks speak from our heart in not only advocating for Armenians but also recognizing that atrocities like genocide remain a point of concern,” said Berj Apkarian, who was named an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia in October. “Denial of the Armenian genocide is the foundation for current and future genocides,” Apkarian added. “Genocide is continuing in the...
  • Armenia, the first Christian nation in the world, and the first genocide in the 20th century

    04/14/2015 6:32:21 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 8 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Armenia, the first Christian nation in the world, and the first genocide in the 20th century Edited by Julio Severo Armenia was the first nation to become Christian during the Roman era. According to ancient tradition, Noah’s Ark rested on Mount Ararat in the Armenian Mountain Range. Armenia’s Coat of Arms has Mount Ararat with Noah's Ark on top. Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi (410-490 AD) recounted the tradition that Noah’s son Japheth had a descendant named Hayk who shot an arrow in a battle near Lake Van c.2,500 BC killing Nimrod, builder of the Tower of Babel who was...
  • Turkey summons Vatican envoy after Pope Francis’ speech on Armenian genocide

    04/13/2015 7:54:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/13/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    One hundred years ago, the dying Ottoman empire attempted to put down an uprising of Armenian Christians as world war broke out around the globe. Over 1.5 million Armenians died in the conflict, a crime which has often been called the first genocide of the 20th century — but not usually by diplomats or world leaders with ties to modern Turkey. Ankara has demanded complicity in their dodge of the Armenian genocide, and will only allow that a lot of people died in 2015 but that the slaughter doesn’t meet the legal definition of genocide. Pope Francis refused to...
  • Vatican Archives Shed Light on Tragedy of Armenian Genocide

    03/23/2015 6:07:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/20/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Mar 20, 2015 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would. The Italian Jesuit-run magazine La Civiltŕ Cattolica stressed that newly published documents “prove how the Holy See, always informed about events, had not remained passive, but was strongly committed to face the issue” of the Armenian Genocide. “Benedict XV was the only ruler or religious leader to voice out a protest against the ‘massive crime’.”...
  • Turkey accuses EU of 'enmity' over 1915 Armenian genocide recognition

    04/17/2015 1:38:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/15 | Richard Spencer
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has accused the EU of declaring “enmity” on his country as next week’s centenary commemorations of the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire descend into bitter rows over what to call them. Both the European Parliament and Pope Francis this week referred to the killings as a genocide, a term recognised by much of the rest of the world but fiercely disputed by Turkey. The European decision prompted a furious response from Mr Erdogan. “Such decisions are nothing but expressions of enmity against Turkey by abusing Armenians,” he said while on a visit to...
  • Islamist Turkish President Erdogan Says A 'Mastermind' Is Plotting Against Turkey...

    04/14/2015 4:47:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Memri ^ | 4/14/15
    Since October 2014, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has regularly referred to the concept of a "Mastermind" (ust akil, "supra-intellect," in Turkish) that, he says, is plotting against Turkey. This concept has been applauded by the Islamist pro-AKP media. Erdogan's December 12, 2014 speech, which focused on this "mastermind" concept, inspired the production of a two-hour "documentary" by one of the leading Turkish television channels, the pro-AKP A Haber. The film, titled "The Mastermind," first aired on March 15, 2015 and has been broadcast repeatedly since then; in addition, the Turkish Islamist pro-AKP media are circulating the film on their...
  • Patricia Jannuzzi Wins! (Immaculata Cath. school teacher REINSTATED after anti-gay Facebook posts)

    04/12/2015 2:21:26 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 10, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Patricia Jannuzzi SOMERVILLE — Patricia Jannuzzi, the veteran Immaculata High School School teacher suspended for her anti-gay Facebook posts, will be reinstated immediately, school principal Jean Kline said in a letter dated Friday. Jannuzzi, a 33-year theology teacher at Immaculata, was forced by Immaculata to deactivate her Facebook page after several alumni started circulating screen shots of her sharply worded posts against gay marriage and gay rights. Two days later, the school placed her on administrative leave. The letter to students and parents, quoting school director Msgr. Seamus Brennan states in part: Immaculata High School has reached an understanding with...
  • Turkey Recalls Ambassador Over Pope's Armenia Genocide Words

    04/12/2015 2:41:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling the massacre by Ottoman Turks "the first genocide of the 20th century" and urging the international community to recognize it as such. Turkey immediately responded by recalling its ambassador and accusing Francis of spreading hatred and "unfounded claims." SNIP "The pope's statement, which is far from historic and legal truths, is unacceptable," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted. "Religious positions are not places where unfounded claims are made and hatred is stirred." The Foreign Ministry summoned the Vatican's envoy in Ankara, and then announced it...
  • Turkey Anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'Genocide' Claim (Recalls Ambassador)

    04/12/2015 1:02:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    BBCNews ^ | April 12, 2015 | James Reynolds
    Turkey Anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'Genocide' Claim (Recalls Ambassador) James Reynolds examines the Pope's comments Turkey has recalled its envoy to the Vatican after Pope Francis described the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1 as "genocide". Turkey has reacted with anger to the comment made by the Pope at a service in Rome earlier on Sunday. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million people were killed by Ottoman forces in 1915. But Turkey has always disputed that figure and said the deaths were part of a civil conflict triggered by WW1. The row has...
  • Pope calls Armenian slaughter ‘1st genocide of 20th century’

    04/12/2015 10:55:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    ABC27.com ^ | 2015-04-12 | The Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis uttered the politically explosive word “genocide” today as he referred to the slaughter of Armenians 100 years ago by the Ottoman Empire.