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  • More on the coronavirus from Amir 2/16/20

    02/16/2020 6:39:05 PM PST · by firebrand · 3 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | 2/16/20 | Amir Tsarfati
    Up to minute 17 or so is a good explanation, with map, of what is going on in Syria with Turkey, Russia, Syria, Israel. Amir really brings it to life with his direct and appropriately passionate treatment of the conflict. Then comes his take on the coronavirus, with reports from many countries, some of which many of us haven't heard. Last, an end times perspective on things and a call to prayer.
  • Catholic Eastern Europe

    02/16/2020 6:01:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 14, 2020 | Rodney Pelletier
    Catholic Eastern Europe Bastion of freedom Catholicism in Western Europe is atrophying and it's not secular forces that are the cause. It's because Catholics are abandoning and perverting the Faith. Meanwhile, Eastern Europe has become the bastion of Catholicism and culture, protecting and passing on what the rest of Europe has cast away. The bishops of Germany are gathering for their own synod and, as indicated by the working documents outlining the assembly's discussions, the prelates are seeking to redefine Church teaching on the ordination of women, homosexuality, masturbation and contraception. But this week, Ukranian bishops wrote a letter to their German...
  • ‘The Vatican Lost Everything, Got Nothing’: An Interview with Cardinal Zen

    02/16/2020 5:53:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/15/20 | Matt Hadro
    Cardinal Joseph Zen discusses the Church in China and his relationship with Pope Francis and Cardinal Pietro Parolin On February 11, Cardinal Joseph Zen, emeritus bishop of Hong Kong met with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. After that meeting, the cardinal gave an exclusive interview to CNA in which he discussed the Church in China, the Holy See’s agreement with the Communist regime, and his relationship with Pope Francis and the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The following is a transcript of the cardinal’s interview with CNA. It has been edited for length and clarity....
  • Conservatives Drop Nationalism Bombshell in Pope’s Globalist Backyard

    02/16/2020 5:43:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/13/20 | Jules Gomes
    Vatican Secretary of State blasts Rome conference on St. John Paul IIROME ( - A conference of eminent academics, politicians and writers celebrating the nationalist legacy of Pope St. John Paul II and targeting Pope Francis's globalist agenda has triggered a counterblast from the Holy See's head of state and Catholic and secular establishment media. Cardinal Pietro Parolin blasted the Rome conference on "God, Honor, Country: President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and the Freedom of Nations" as "fundamentally infantile" — even though speakers like Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán emphasized the values of "Christian liberty" and Europe's Christian...
  • [Barf Alert] Vatican, Chinese diplomats discuss deal on bishop appointments

    02/16/2020 11:53:10 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    [Barf Alert] Vatican, Chinese diplomats discuss deal on bishop appointments Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, meets with Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, in Munich, Feb. 14, 2020. Credit:Vatican Media. The Feb. 14 meeting took place in Munich on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.“In the course of the colloquy, which took place in a cordial atmosphere, the contacts between the two parties were evoked, which have developed positively over time,” according to a Holy See press office communique.“In particular, there was highlighted the importance of the Provisional Accord on the nomination of...
  • Brazil President Criticizes Pope Francis for Claiming Amazon Region Belongs to Whole World

    02/15/2020 6:11:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/14/20 | Paul Smeaton
    'Pope Francis said yesterday the Amazon is his, the world's, everyone's. Well, the pope may be Argentinian, but God is Brazilian.'February 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has seemingly criticized Pope Francis for asserting in his exhortation released this week that the Amazon region belongs to people other than the nations among which the territory is spread. Speaking yesterday, Bolsonaro said: “Pope Francis said yesterday the Amazon is his, the world’s, everyone’s. Well, the pope may be Argentinian, but God is Brazilian.” In section 5 of Querida Amazonia, published on Wednesday, Pope Francis stated that he was addressing...
  • Pope Francis Blesses Leftist Lula, Politician Jailed for Corruption

    02/15/2020 10:05:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 14, 2020 | Jules Gomes
    Pope Francis Blesses Leftist Lula, Politician Jailed for Corruption Brazil's bishops appoint pro-abort, pro-LGBT Chico Alencar to Justice and Peace Commission VATICAN CITY ( - A day after calling for "outrage" against injustice and evil in his papal exhortation Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis welcomed former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the Vatican, bestowing on him a papal blessing.   The meeting, which lasted an hour at the pope's Santa Marta residence, was not listed in the Holy Father's official agenda. The Vatican issued no comment following the audience.   "Meeting with Pope Francis to talk about a more just and fraternal...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Zen criticizes Vatican for ‘despis[ing] the heroes of faith’ in China

    02/15/2020 8:18:41 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite New ^ | February 14, 2020 | Claire Chretien
    EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Zen criticizes Vatican for ‘despis[ing] the heroes of faith’ in China In a 20-minute discussion, the cardinal lamented the Pope’s silence on China’s abuses of power in Hong Kong and described a dire situation for faithful Chinese Catholics. NEW YORK, February 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The communist-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association “has always been objectively schismatic” and remains that way “but with the blessing from the Holy See,” Cardinal Joseph Zen said today. Cardinal Zen sat down with LifeSite for a one-on-one interview in New York today. In the 20-minute discussion, the cardinal lamented the Pope’s silence on China’s...
  • Vatican urged to partner with top population controllers on pope’s Global Education Pact

    02/14/2020 8:56:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 14, 2020 | Diane Montagna
    Vatican urged to partner with top population controllers on pope’s Global Education Pact Will Pope Francis’s Global Education Pact for a ‘new humanism’ mobilize funding for population control? Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo (left) with Jeffrey Sachs. \ ROME, February 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — American economist and population control proponent Jeffrey Sachs has announced that potential funding partners for Pope Francis’s May 2020 Global Education Pact to create a “new humanism” include U.S. billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, China’s wealthiest business magnate, UNESCO and other United Nations agencies, and the Islamic Development Bank. A key means of population control for Sachs...
  • No Same-Sex Marriage to be Legitimized in Russia as Long as I am President - Putin

    02/14/2020 6:06:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/13/20
    Novo-Ogaryovo, February 13, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin said that as long as he remains in office, Russia will not legitimize same-sex marriages. "As concerns Parent No. 1 and Parent No. 2, I've said publicly some time ago, and I'll repeat once again now: as long as I am president, we won't have parents number one and number two, we will have Mom and Dad," Putin said at a meeting with members of a working group for preparing constitutional amendments on Thursday. State Duma deputy Olga Batalina said at the meeting that the working group had received numerous proposals...
  • Cardinal Zen to Congressmen: China Wants Vatican 'Surrender'

    02/14/2020 5:57:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/11/20 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Feb 11, 2020 / 05:30 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has said that the situation of the Church in China is dire. The cardinal also predicted the end of the underground Church. “The situation is very bad. And the source is not the pope. The pope doesn’t know much about China,” Cardinal Zen told CNA on Tuesday “The Holy Father Francis shows special affection to me,” Zen said, but added that he is in confrontation with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State. “I’m fighting Parolin. Because the bad things come...
  • Prosecutors Drop Sedition Charges Against Philippine Bishops

    02/14/2020 5:52:08 PM PST · by marshmallow
    UCA News ^ | 2/11/20 | Joe Torres
    No evidence linking four prelates and two priests to an alleged plot to depose DutertePhilippine prosecutors have exonerated four Catholic bishops charged with plotting to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration. The Justice Department dropped the charges, saying there was no evidence supporting police claims that the bishops intended to commit seditious acts. The accused bishops were Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Bishop Honesto Ongtioco and Bishop Teodoro Bacani, retired prelate of Novaliches. Charges against Father Robert Reyes and La Salle Brother Armin Luistro were also dismissed. Charges were, however, filed against Jesuit priest Albert Alejo and...
  • The Day Nothing Happened [the Querida Amazonia Notingurger]

    02/14/2020 2:19:05 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies ^ | February 14, 2020 | David Warren
    I filed my column just after it came out; I cannot claim to have deeply studied the papal document, Querida Amazonia. Given more time, I’d hesitate to study it any deeper. Like many Catholics, who at least aspire to be “faithful” and “traditional,” I simply rejoice in what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t, in itself, advance such campaigns as those for the marriage of priests, or the ordination of women. It does recommend the appalling Amazon Synod Final Report, rather than ignore it, or better, refute it. This is the “footnote” tactic, tried by Bergoglio before. But now it can...
  • Conservative Baptist Network launched amid 'woke' trend in SBC, emphasizing Scripture, evangelism

    02/14/2020 8:26:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/14/2020 | Brandon Showalter
    Amid growing concern that the nation's largest Protestant denomination is increasingly "woke" and drifting from biblical orthodoxy, a new network has formed to emphasize evangelism and the sufficiency of Scripture within the Southern Baptist Convention. The Conservative Baptist Network, which is being launched Friday, describes itself as a grassroots effort to maintain the proclamation of the Gospel at the center of SBC life, in addition to prioritizing fidelity to Scripture and all of its implications, including presenting a vibrant, biblically-informed witness when engaging culture. The network fully affirms the longstanding beliefs of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. Those involved...
  • Virginia Democrats Storm Out After Black Pastor Condemns Abortion, Gay Marriage: ‘Woe To Anyone Who Harms An Innocent Child’

    02/13/2020 7:11:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Feb. 13, 2020 | Mary Margaret Olohan
    State Democrats stormed out of the Virginia House chamber Tuesday after a black pastor condemned abortion and gay marriage through prayer. Rev. Robert M. Grant Jr. of The Father’s Way Church in Warrenton, Virginia, addressed the Democrat-controlled House of Delegates with an opening prayer that condemned abortion and gay marriage, Media Research Center reported. Grant’s prayer caused members to storm out of the chamber and for one member to yell, “Is this a prayer or a sermon?” The pastor defended his actions by saying the “state house belongs to all the citizens.” “And all the citizens have a voice,” Grant...
  • Pro-Family Hungarian Leader Orbán Praises ‘Catholic Approach’ for Helping Country Flourish

    02/13/2020 6:19:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/11/20 | Paul Smeaton
    The Hungarian Prime Minister said his country has chosen 'Christian liberty' instead of 'liberal freedom.' February 11, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, told a conservative conference in Rome last week that “the universal Catholic approach” is the only one “which appreciates and accepts national sovereignty.” Orbán made his comments during an address given to the National Conservativism Conference in Rome on February 4. In a wide-ranging speech, he spoke about his core anti-Marxist political principles, the impact of Muslim migration to Europe, the reasons for Hungary’s economic success and the relationship between national identity and conservative politics....
  • Pastor Who Prophesized 4 Years Ago About Kanye West’s Christian Conversion Makes Prediction About President Trump’s Chances Of Re-election

    02/13/2020 2:08:36 PM PST · by Red Badger · 127 replies ^ | Feb 12, 2020 | Staff
    President Trump’s popularity with Christians in America is off the charts. In addition to his unyeilding support for Israel, he is the most pro-life president in the history of the United States. Pastors and priests from a variety of churches across America have praised Trump for his courage to stand up for Christianity in the face of criticism and hatred from the left. Shawn Bolz, a prominent pastor in Los Angeles who has prophesied about many things from Kanye West to President Trump, told Fox News his number one mission is to make hearing from God normal for everyone. ======================================================================...
  • Switzerland Votes to Criminalize ‘Homophobia’

    02/12/2020 6:26:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/10/20 | Jeanne Smits
    February 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The Swiss have voted by a large majority to make “homophobia” a criminal offense. On Sunday, 63.1 percent of the voters who turned out for several popular initiative referendums agreed that “discrimination,” “hate speech” and other forms of public “insults” aimed at homosexuals because of their “sexual orientation” will be punishable by a fine and up to three years’ imprisonment. During the run-up to Sunday’s vote, the Catholic hierarchy in Switzerland was mostly conspicuous by its absence from the debate. With the new legislation, the aggravating circumstance of a victim's homosexuality will be added to...
  • CPRF [Communist Party of Russian Federation] Doesn't Mind Mentioning God in Russian Constitution

    02/12/2020 6:09:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/11/20
    Moscow, February 11, Interfax - The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) does not mind mentioning God in the preamble to the Russian constitution, CPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov said. At a press conference at Interfax's central office, Zyuganov answered a question about the possibility of mentioning God in the preamble to the constitution, saying, "It's an image that is in line with the main moral and spiritual values of our state." God is also mentioned in the Russian national anthem, he said. According to Zyuganov, biblical themes have become a part of communist ideology. "When I studied the Bible,...
  • Analyzing the de facto schism in the Catholic Church in Germany

    02/12/2020 12:54:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 02/11/2020
    February 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — For years the Catholic Church in Germany has been heading down a very dangerous path. It seems that with each day we are getting closer to a point where it officially breaks off into schism. Just last week the Vice President of the German Bishops Conference, Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, said that, “Christ became a human being, not a man.” What blasphemy! On top of that, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president of the German Bishops Conference, has time and time again expressed support for heretical policies — ordaining women deacons, allowing Protestants to receive Holy Communion,...