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  • The Remarkable Beauty of Fog

    10/14/2019 9:14:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-13-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on October 13, 2019October 13, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope The Remarkable Beauty of Fog The time-lapse video below does a wonderful job of recording the beauty of fog. Most of us don’t remark on it in “real time”; it just seems to sit there and brood. Like clouds, fog is dynamic and undulating, moving so slowly that it rarely catches our attention. If time is collapsed, as is done in this video, the fog seems to flow like a river over the landscape, sometimes cascading like a waterfall. It is a beautiful sight. Put this in your...
  • Archbishop at Amazon synod: Admit sins against nature during confession

    10/11/2019 6:19:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Crux ^ | October 11, 2019 | Inés San Martín
    Archbishop at Amazon synod: Admit sins against nature during confession Pope Francis and participants pray at the start of the afternoon session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican Oct. 8, 2019. (Credit: CNS photo/Paul Haring.) ROME - Catholics should admit their crimes against nature in confession, according to one prelate at the Vatican’s ongoing summit for the Amazon region.“The ecological situation today is a motive for division, but people cannot but take into consideration the importance the environment has for us,” said Archbishop Pedro Brito Guimarães, of Palmas, Brazil, on Friday. “Ecological sins. It’s a new...
  • Biblical Edom unearthed: Not a myth, a historical reality

    10/08/2019 7:56:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/07/2019 | By John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    In Psalm 60, the Psalmist describes the totality of God’s victory over Israel’s foes, proclaiming “Moab is my wash basin; upon Edom I cast my sandal.” This is only one of more than 100 mentions of Edom in the Old Testament. The Edomites were descendants from Esau, Jacob’s older brother. The Genesis account of the troubled twins describes Esau as red all over when he was born. Esau, you might remember, sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of red stew. Edom means “red” in Hebrew; thus, Esau’s descendants came to be known as Edomites. Over the years, many...
  • [Barf Alert] Pope consecrates Synod for the Amazon to Saint Francis of Assisi

    10/04/2019 4:08:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Vatican News ^ | Vatican News
    [Barf Alert] Pope consecrates Synod for the Amazon to Saint Francis of Assisi During a highly symbolic tree-planting ceremony in the Vatican Gardens on Friday, Pope Francis places the upcoming Synod for the Amazon under the protection of Saint Francis of Assisi. By Vatican NewsThe phrase “Everything is connected” recurs often in Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Sì.During a unique ceremony in the Vatican Gardens on Friday, signs, symbols and songs, ensured that everything really was “connected”.Saint Francis and ecology Starting with the timing: 4 October is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, which closes the “Season of Creation” that...
  • The religion of climate change and the new doomsday scenario

    10/04/2019 7:39:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/04/2019 | Michael Brown
    p>When I came to faith as a 16-year-old drug-using, hippie rock drummer, I was told that Jesus was returning very soon. The end of the world was near. Very near. Today, there is a new religious narrative, especially among young people, with a new “end of the world” scenario. But this one is depressing and grim, with nothing redemptive about it.I’m talking about the new religion of manmade global warning.It has its unique gods (like Mother Earth).It deifies the created world (with seminarians confessing to plants in a chapel service).It has its high priests and religious leaders (the climate change...
  • In Orbán’s Hungary, Christ is King

    10/03/2019 5:41:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/26/19 | Fr. Benedict Kiely
    At the end of the Second World War, the revered crown of St. Stephen, the first Christian monarch of Hungary, was smuggled out of Austria by the U.S. Army to prevent its falling into Soviet hands. It remained at Fort Knox in the United States until it was handed over to the communist government of Hungary in 1978. The return of the crown was opposed by many in the Hungarian diaspora, especially by those who had fled the country after the brutal Soviet suppression of the uprising in 1956. The reason for the opposition was explained to me by a...
  • Does the Bible teach Big Bang cosmology?

    10/03/2019 7:36:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/03/2019 | Hugh Ross
    One of the most popular articles I have written is “Big Bang—The Bible Taught It First!” I wrote it with the encouragement and assistance of theologian John Rea and we published it in Reasons to Believe’s Facts for Faith magazine in 2000.1 In the two decades since then, one of the most common objections I have received from skeptics is that the Bible teaches no such thing. Who is correct?Biblical EvidenceJohn Rea and I did not claim in this article that the Bible teaches all the fundamental features of the big bang creation model. We did explain, however, how it...
  • Commitment to Fighting Climate Change Still Weak, Pope Says

    09/27/2019 7:04:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/23/19 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    ROME - The international community must ramp up its efforts if it expects to mitigate the negative effects of climate change, Pope Francis said. In a video message sent Sept. 23 to participants at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York, the pope said that while the 2015 Paris climate agreement raised awareness of the “need for a collective response,” the commitments made by countries “are still very weak and are far from achieving the objectives set.” “It is necessary,” he said, “to ask whether there is a real political will to allocate greater human, financial and technological resources...
  • Vatican Names Abortion Promoter Jeffrey Sachs as ‘Special Invitee’ to Amazon Synod

    09/25/2019 6:39:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/22/19 | Thomas D. Williams
    ROME — The Vatican published the list of participants in its upcoming pan-Amazon Synod Saturday, which includes as “special invitee” Jeffrey D. Sachs, who is among the world’s foremost proponents of population control. In his 2008 book Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, Sachs argued for legalizing abortion as a cost-effective way to eliminate “unwanted children” when contraception fails. Abortion, he wrote, is a “lower-risk and lower-cost option” than having unwanted children born into the world. The “legalization of abortion reduces a country’s total fertility rate significantly, by as much as half a child on average,” he wrote approvingly,...
  • UN Climate Chief: Stop Worrying and Have Babies

    09/17/2019 4:47:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 9/13/19 | Rev. Ben Johnson
    Climate change may well be a problem, but the chief of the United Nations’ agency on climate says it won’t destroy the world – and shouldn’t stop young people from having children. Alarmist rhetoric from “doomsters and extremists” that babies will destroy the planet “resembles religious extremism” and “will only add to [young women’s] burden” by “provoking anxiety,” he said. Petteri Taalas is no “climate-change denier.” He is secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN’s special agency on weather and climate with 193 member states and territories. The WMO’s most recent global climate report states that “evidence exists...
  • Woke Pope: Plastic Banned in Vatican to Save Environment

    09/15/2019 6:02:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/12/19 | Thomas D. Williams
    ROME — Pope Francis has banned plastic in Vatican City State to stand in solidarity with environmentalists. He made the announcement from aboard the papal plane during a long-haul flight back from his recent trip to Africa. The pope said he had been disturbed by a conversation a couple months ago with sea chaplains and fishermen who recounted how they had gathered six tons of plastic from the ocean over the course of a few months. “In the Vatican we have banned plastic,” Francis told journalists. “We are working on that.” The pope went on to explain that his prayer...
  • NIV Quest Study Bible: Is There Any “Secular” Evidence to Support the Bible’s Claims?

    09/08/2019 11:10:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Bible Gateway Blog ^ | September 2, 2019 | Jonathan Petersen
    Although the Bible is not an ancient history textbook, it does report events that have been confirmed by other historical works. Consider the following examples: Archeological digs and ancient Assyrian records confirm the Bible’s portrayal of King Sennacherib’s invasion of Judah (2 Kings 18:13–19:37). Until recent excavations at Tell Mardikh uncovered tablets mentioning Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1–29), scholars dismissed the existence of both cities as a biblical legend. The Hittites were also considered a biblical legend until their capital and records were discovered in modern-day Turkey. The palace of King Sargon, an Assyrian ruler mentioned in Isaiah, was uncovered...
  • Israeli Archaeologists May Have Found Emmaus, Where Jesus Appeared After Crucifixion

    09/06/2019 8:57:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 09/06/2019 | Ariel David
    Archaeologists have uncovered the massive walls of a 2,200-year-old Hellenistic fortification that may have been built by the Seleucid general who defeated Judah the Maccabee, the famed Jewish leader at the center of the Hanukkah story. In an unexpected twist, the discovery could also help identify the location of the biblical town of Emmaus, where the Gospels say Jesus made his first appearance after being crucified and resurrected. Since 2017, a Franco-Israeli expedition has been digging at Kiriath Yearim, a hill overlooking the approach to Jerusalem a few kilometers west of the city, next door to the town of Abu...
  • Rich Cause Climate Change, Poor Pay For It: Vatican Official

    09/04/2019 7:04:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    CathNews ^ | 9/4/19
    Fr Joshtrom Kureethadam said “we need to care for creation because poor people are all being affected by [changes in climate]”. “And it is really Catholic tradition, Christian tradition, that in the poor we see Christ. Matthew 25:35 onwards [says]: I was hungry, I was naked, I was in prison, I was a foreigner and you welcomed me,” he said. Fr Kureethadam has been coordinator of the “ecology and creation” sector at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development since 2017. He is a university professor and the author of multiple books on creation and theology. He said that in...
  • Minnesota Bishops Bring ‘Laudato Si’ to the Pews

    09/04/2019 6:52:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/3/19 | Charles Camosy
    [Editor’s Note: In a message for the September 1 World Day of Prayer for the Care for Creation, Pope Francis urged governments to show the “political will” to take drastic steps to deal with climate change and says it’s time to abandon dependence on fossil fuels. Jason Adkins has served as the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference since 2011. Charles Camosy spoke to Adkins about the ecological projects taking place with the Minnesota bishops in light of the pope’s call to do better in taking care of our “common home.”]Camosy: September 1st was the World Day of Prayer...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Burke: Francis' "Personal Opinions" Are Not Catholic Teaching

    09/04/2019 5:25:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 4, 2019 | Gloria TV
    [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Burke: Francis' "Personal Opinions" Are Not Catholic Teaching Francis’ condemnation of capital punishment is Pope Francis' "personal opinion as a man,” Cardinal Raymond Burke explained. During a July 21 question and answer session for the Marian Catechists in La Crosse, Wisconsin (full audio below), he invited his audience to buy a copy of the Catechism "as it is now and keep it in a safe place“ [laughter]. Burke noticed that in former days the popes spoke little and avoided expressing personal opinions not to cause confusion. Now, "we have the situation of a Pope who speaks a...
  • Pope Francis claims climate in state of ‘emergency’, asks world to ‘abandon’ fossil fuels

    09/04/2019 1:48:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 96 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | September 4, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Pope Francis claims climate in state of ‘emergency’, asks world to ‘abandon’ fossil fuels VATICAN CITY, September 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has called upon the world to give up fossil fuels, claiming that the climate is in a state of “emergency” and that this has been caused by human activity.   In his Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, an ecumenical celebration held on September 1, the Argentine pontiff encouraged the world to adopt “simpler lifestyles” and to abandon fossil fuels. “Now is the time to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels...
  • [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Do not act with tyranny towards God’s creation, Pope Francis says

    09/02/2019 6:13:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 2, 2019 | Hannah Brockhaus
    [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Do not act with tyranny towards God’s creation, Pope Francis says 'Let us say ‘no’ to consumerist greed and to the illusion of omnipotence, for these are the ways of death,' the Pope said In a message for Sunday’s World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to make simple changes to their lives so that God’s creation is treated with respect.“Too many of us act like tyrants with regard to creation. Let us make an effort to change and to adopt more simple and respectful lifestyles!” he said in the September 1...
  • [Barf Alert] Repent, convert, pray, give up fossil fuels, pope says

    09/01/2019 11:34:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 63 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | September 1, 209 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “Now is the time to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels and move, quickly and decisively, toward forms of clean energy,” Pope Francis said as he marked the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.“We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own,” the pope said in his message for the Sept. 1 ecumenical day of prayer.Pope Francis urged Catholics to find a naturally beautiful place and think about how God created the universe and declared it good; then he created human beings and gave them creation...
  • CNN and 586 BC: More evidence of the Bible’s historicity

    08/26/2019 8:57:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/26/2019 | By John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    In Jeremiah 15, God tells the prophet that “I will make [Jerusalem] an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem.” Can you imagine God saying that He’s going to make you “an object of horror”? Well, as God does, He kept His word. The wealth of Jerusalem’s inhabitants was given as plunder to invaders, only after they were starved, put to the sword, or enslaved. Of course, passages like this one, in which God “speaks,” are rarely taken seriously, much less historically, in academic...