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  • Legislators Overturn Kansas Gov’s Order Closing Churches for Easter But Letting Abortion Clinics Kill Babies

    04/09/2020 6:24:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | April 9, 2020 | Micaiah Bilger
    Kansas lawmakers took action Wednesday to stop Gov. Laura Kelly from banning church services on Easter while allowing abortion facilities to continue killing unborn babies in elective abortions. The AP reports the Legislative Coordinating Council voted 5-2 to overturn Kelly’s executive order as it applies to religious gatherings of more than 10 people. Those found to be in violation of the order could have been punished with fines up to $2,500 and 12 months in jail. A pro-abortion Democrat, Kelly argued that strong restrictions are necessary to protect lives during the coronavirus crisis. But she excluded the most vulnerable when...
  • Police Fine Church $2,500 for Holding Service With 16 People, But Abortion Clinics Can Kill Babies

    04/09/2020 6:10:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | April 9, 2020 | Liberty Counsel
    Police served a summons to the pastor of Lighthouse Fellowship in Chincoteague Island for holding a church service for 16 people spaced far apart in a sanctuary that seats 293. The charge is violating Virginia Governor Northam’s COVID Order 55 with a penalty up to a year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. Liberty Counsel is representing Pastor Kevin Wilson and Lighthouse Fellowship Church. Last Sunday before the service, a local police officer entered the church. He gave no introduction and did not ask for the pastor. He abruptly said they could not have more than 10 people spaced six...
  • Nicaraguan Officials Stop Church Program to Prevent COVID-19

    04/09/2020 5:47:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | 4/6/20 | David Agren
    Health officials in Nicaragua have stopped a church program to prevent COVID-19 in the Central American country, where the government has downplayed the pandemic’s potential impact and encouraged the population to go about their business as usual. Bishop Rolando Alvarez Lagos of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, tweeted April 5 that the health ministry told him he “could not carry out the medical prevention centers project and not even the call center,” which would have provided medical advice. “I want to say for the record, before the people, that we as a diocese wanted to work for the health of our communities, and...
  • Vast Majority of Pastors See Signs of End Times in Current Events

    04/09/2020 4:10:56 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 96 replies
    lifeway research ^ | Aaron Earls
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Almost 9 in 10 pastors see at least some current events matching those Jesus said would occur shortly before he returns to Earth, according to a new survey focused on Christian eschatology, or the study of end times. A study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research of pastors at evangelical and historically black churches found 97% say they believe Jesus Christ will literally and personally return to Earth again. “While Christians prepare to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, many pastors believe they see signs his return may be close,” said Scott McConnell, executive director LifeWay Research. “These sentiments were expressed in...
  • Louisville Mayor Bans Churches from Holding Drive-in Easter Services

    04/09/2020 11:51:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 9, 2020 | Todd Starnes
    The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky says churches will not be allowed to hold drive-in services on Easter Sunday. Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, said he made his decision with a “heavy heart.” “Our job is to deny the virus,” the mayor told television station WDRB. “If we don’t do that, more lives will be lost. I know it’s tough…I just can’t allow (drive-thru church services) to happen.” The Courier-Journal reports that the mayor wants congregants who “belong to a church that is defying Fischer’s request to contact their minister or the city’s 311 line.” The mayor actually wants Christians to...
  • David Benham and Christians Tell City: Let Us Pray Outside Abortion Clinic or Face a Lawsuit

    04/09/2020 11:26:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Life News ^ | April 9, 2020 | Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger
    David Benham and the eight Christians who were arrested for praying outside a local abortion clinic and helping mothers in need are not taking the abrogation of their Constitutional rights lying down. Their attorneys drafted a letter to the city of Charlotte, North Carolina today telling the city to stand down and let them pray and counsel outside the abortion center or face a potential lawsuit. As LifeNew reported, Benham was arrested Saturday while praying outside an abortion facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed that they arrested eight people outside the abortion facility for allegedly violating...
  • Priest Caught Processing With Miraculous Crucifix Refuses to Pay Fine [Italy]

    04/08/2020 5:35:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/6/20 | Jules Gomes
    Civil rights leader asks why Pope Francis is not subject to same lawROME ( - A priest who was fined €400 ($432) for processing with a "miraculous crucifix" through the picture-postcard town of Rocca Imperiale in southern Italy is refusing to pay the penalty in protest against the state's repressive measures to "punish the Church."Father Domenico Cirigliano, 76, says he was doing what every parish priest overseeing Rocca Imperiale in the province of Calabria has done for the last 300 years: re-enacting the procession that has been the town's tradition since March 30, 1691 — the date on which the...
  • Bologna Cardinal Rejects Matteo Salvini’s Appeal for Open Churches

    04/08/2020 5:29:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/6/20 | Thomas D. Williams
    ROME — Bologna Cardinal Matteo Zuppi said Monday that he opposes Matteo Salvini’s call for open churches on Easter, saying that it is too “risky” and the Church has to “obey the rules.” Salvini, the leader of Italy’s Lega party, said this weekend that people of faith should be able to care for their spiritual health as they care for their bodies. “I support the requests of those who ask to attend Easter Mass, in an orderly, composed, and safe way, maybe even in groups of three, four, or five,” Mr. Salvini said. “You can go to the tobacconist because...
  • Communists arrest Chinese priest for refusing to join schismatic state-run ‘church’

    Communists arrest Chinese priest for refusing to join schismatic state-run ‘church’ Fr. Huang Jintong was picked up by security forces on April 3 and taken to an undisclosed location. MINDONG, Fujian Province, China, April 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A 60-year-old Chinese priest was arrested Friday for refusing to join the state-run “independent Catholic Church.” Fr. Huang Jintong, pastor of Saiqi Parish in the Mindong diocese, Fuijan province, was picked up by security forces on April 3 and taken to an undisclosed location, Asia News reported Monday. A few hours later, police called Msgr. Vincenzo Guo Xijin, the unofficial and auxiliary...
  • Democrats Let Abortion Clinics Kill Babies, But Stop Christians From Praying Outside

    04/08/2020 8:40:23 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | April 8, 2020 | Tony Perkins
    If there’s one thing David Benham isn’t social distancing from, it’s his convictions. So when police showed up outside a North Carolina abortion clinic that was still operating on Saturday and told his group to stop counseling pregnant moms, he didn’t blink. If abortions can continue during the coronavirus, he insisted, then so should pro-life ministry. Local officials didn’t agree. When they asked the Cities4Life volunteers to leave, David refused. “We are a federally recognized 501(c)(3) public charity,” he insisted. “We are an essential business.” Not only that, he argued, but the group has followed every possible government guidance—sanitizing and...
  • Italy’s Matteo Salvini Calls for Open Churches on Easter

    04/07/2020 7:18:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/6/20 | Thomas D. Williams
    ROME — Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s opposition party, has called for churches to be open at Easter, insisting people should be able to care for their spiritual health as they care for their bodies. “I can’t wait for science — and also the good God, because science alone is not enough — to defeat this monster so we can go out again,” Mr. Salvini said on national television. “Easter is coming and we also need the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” “I support the requests of those who ask to attend Easter Mass, in an orderly,...
  • Former Royal Chaplain Says UK Bishops Spearheaded Coronavirus Church Closures

    04/07/2020 7:14:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/6/20 | Paul Smeaton
    'To have the churches closed at this particular place seems to me to be the height of irresponsibility.'UNITED KINGDOM, April 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A former Anglican bishop and chaplain to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has accused Catholic and Anglican bishops of being responsible for the closure of churches in the U.K. during the nationwide lockdown in response to the coronavirus. Gavin Ashenden, who was received into the Catholic Church in December last year, told the Sunday edition of The Nigel Farage Show on LBC that he is “halfway between cross and distraught” at the church closures. “To have...
  • More Than 100 Parishioners Fined for Violating Quarantine to Go to Church in Greece

    04/07/2020 7:09:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 4/6/20
    More than 100 people were fined in two separate incidences over the weekend in Greece for violating the state-mandated quarantine to go to church. The first incident occurred on Friday afternoon, April 3 at the Church of the Prophet Elijah in Agia Varvara, where about 100 parishioners had gathered, reports Russian Athens. The police arrived and issued fines of $160 (150 euros) to those present. An investigation has been launched and one person was arrested. A video of the incident shows that some people left when the police arrived, while others remained, shouting, “Get your hands off the church!” A...
  • Cardinal Pell's initial guilty verdict 'an international embarrassment'

    04/07/2020 2:38:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-07-2020 | Sky News
    The conduct of some parts of the Victoria legal system in regards to the George Pell case is an "international embarrassment" according to The Australian's Legal Affairs editor Chris Merritt.
  • In unusual session, Michigan lawmakers OK 23-day extension of coronavirus state of emergency

    04/07/2020 12:28:59 PM PDT · by madison10 · 21 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4/7/2020 | Lauren Gibbons
    Opening of session with hymn rather than invocation. (Not sure how to post a video)
  • LGBT Activists Slam COVID-19 Aid - Because It's Run By Christians

    04/07/2020 7:05:13 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 30 replies
    pnw ^ | 4/6/2020 | Jonathon Van Maren
    As New York City becomes the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the city is going into lockdown. Frontline healthcare workers are preparing for shortages of beds and equipment, and the USNS Comfort, a massive hospital ship, has arrived to help deal with the influx of patients. Samaritan's Purse, a Christian humanitarian organization that, among other things, brings medical professionals and supplies to war zones and disaster hotspots around the world, has set up a 68-bed field hospital in Central Park with 60 to 70 medical staff to treat coronavirus patients. The arrival of Samaritan's Purse was...
  • Cdl. Pell unanimously acquitted of sex abuse charge by Australian High Court, will be freed

    04/06/2020 7:49:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 6, 2020 | Paul Smeaton
    Cdl. Pell unanimously acquitted of sex abuse charge by Australian High Court, will be freed 'It is alarming that a man had to spend nearly 14 months in prison on the uncorroborated say-so of a single accuser, despite having multiple alibis. There is a need for both the police and the public prosecutor to respond to charges of malicious prosecution,' said a former altar boy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne. CANBERRA, Australia, April 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The High Court of Australia has acquitted Cardinal George Pell of his convictions of historic child sexual abuse and ordered his release...
  • Egypt’s Coptic Church Suspends Easter Holy Week Services Over Coronavirus

    04/06/2020 6:29:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/5/20 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    Cairo (AFP) — Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox church has decided to suspend prayers preceding Easter celebrations later this month as part of efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The church, which last month ordered the closure of churches and suspension of services nationwide, said the decision was taken on Thursday during a meeting chaired by Pope Tawadros II. “Prayers, including Holy Week services, which are considered the most important rituals in the Coptic Orthodox church, will be suspended” until the pandemic is contained, a statement posted on Facebook said. Holy Week prayers precede Easter Sunday, which this year...
  • ‘I Felt A Real Pain In My Heart For My Country’: David Benham Arrested Outside NC Abortion Clinic Over Coronavirus Orders

    04/06/2020 3:24:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 6, 2020 | Mary Margaret Olohan
    Police arrested David Benham and his son Saturday and said he violated coronavirus distancing orders while offering sidewalk counseling outside a North Carolina abortion clinic — an incident he said was targeted. Benham, who started the pro-life sidewalk counseling service Cities4Life in 2010, told the Daily Caller News Foundation he received a call from some of the sidewalk counselors Saturday morning saying there were police outside Preferred Women’s Health Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Benham is a Christian entrepreneur and former professional baseball player who gained media attention after he and his brother Jason Benham’s reality HGTV show was canceled...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 4-6-20 {Prayer}

    04/05/2020 11:07:52 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 36 replies
    4-6-20 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Psalm 89:13 Thou hast a Mighty Arm: Strong is Thy Hand, and High is...