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introduction:

Tolerance is the buzz word ricocheting around politically correct circles over the past few years. What that really means is that all political, philosophical and theologically correct viewpoints must be tolerated, and any other viewpoints must be mercilessly squelched. The bottom line of this whole rhetoric is that the Christian viewpoint is hateful and must be silenced.

 

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Nigeria church building collapse kills at least 17

 
‎13 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:11:37 PMGo to full article
At least 17 people were killed when a guest house under construction at the Lagos headquarters of one of Nigeria's best-known Christian evangelical pastors collapsed, rescue officials said on Saturday. More than 100 people were hurt when the building collapsed on Friday at the compound in the Ikotun neighborhood belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations. "We are still working," Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman in Lagos for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), told Reuters. He earlier said the lower floors of the building located in the church compound had already been operating as a guest house.
 

Pope urges world to shed apathy toward new threats

 
‎13 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:13:15 PMGo to full article
In this Sunday, July 6, 2014 file photo, an Italian Alpine soldier plays a homage with his trumpet to the fallen soldiers of World War I, ahead of a concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I at the Redipuglia memorial in Northeastern Italy. The largest Italian war memorial, Redipuglia encases 100,000 Italian soldiers killed in battle, 60,000 of those whose identity remains unknown and 40,000 who are identified, sometimes with just an initial. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini, File)REDIPUGLIA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.
 
 

Pope Francis marks 100 years from start of WWI

 
‎13 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:57:35 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis prays at the World War I memorial in Redipuglia, northern Italy, on September 13, 2014Pope Francis on Saturday denounced those who profit from the "madness" of war at a ceremony in the north west of Italy to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Around him, neat rows of graves lined Italy's largest military graveyard in the region of Veneto, near the Slovenian border, home to the more than 100,000 soldiers killed during the Great War. Pope Francis said the same "greed, intolerance (and) the lust for power" was driving conflicts in the world today.
 
 

Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three

 
‎13 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:32:04 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis walks inside the Austro-Hungarian cemetery at Fogliano in RedipugliaBy Stefano Rellandini REDIPUGLIA Italy (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction. "Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep," Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy's largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried. The pope began his brief visit to northern Italy by first praying in a nearby, separate cemetery for some 15,000 soldiers from five nations of the Austro-Hungarian empire which were on the losing side of the Great War that broke out 100 years ago. In the past few months, Francis has made repeated appeals for an end to conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Gaza and parts of Africa.
 
 

Pope to marry couples with kids, cohabitating

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:39:22 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is making good on his insistence that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful — not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He'll marry 20 couples this weekend, including some who already live together and those with children, technically a sin in the eyes of the church.
 

Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies at 88

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:04:31 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this April 20, 1999 file photo former Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley laughs as he poses for a photo with school children. Paisley the fiery Protestant leader has died in Northern Ireland aged 88 his wife Eileen said Friday Sept. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Paul Faith) UNITED KINGDOM OUTDUBLIN (AP) — The Rev. Ian Paisley, the Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast. He was 88.
 
 

Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies aged 88

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:39:30 PMGo to full article
J166122907DUBLIN (AP) — For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: "No" and "Never."
 
 

Vatican confirms pope to visit Turkey in November

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:30 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit Turkey at the end of November, traveling to a country on the front lines of the Islamic militant surge that has forced tens of thousands of Christians to flee their homes.
 

Pope Francis may declare Sri Lanka's 1st saint

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:57:54 PMGo to full article
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during his trip next year, making good on his promise to give Asia more saints as models for the faithful, Sri Lankan and Vatican officials said Friday.
 

Pope to visit Turkey in November, first trip to a Muslim nation

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:38:29 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will visit the Turkish city of Istanbul at the end of November, his first trip to a predominantly Muslim nation, the Vatican said on Friday. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the exact dates and the program for the trip, which will last several days, were still not fixed. Francis is expected to be in Istanbul on Nov. 30, the feast of St. Andrew, at the invitation of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual head of the world's Orthodox Christians. ...
 
 

Wife of Ian Paisley says the fiery Protestant leader has died in Northern Ireland

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:49:36 PMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — Wife of Ian Paisley says the fiery Protestant leader has died in Northern Ireland.
 

Sri Lanka told not to exploit Pope for poll boost

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:45:03 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka on January 13-15The Roman Catholic church on Friday urged Sri Lanka not to politicise a visit by the pope in January amid reports that President Mahinda Rajapakse may hold a snap election early next year. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the head of the Catholic church on the island, called on Rajapakse's government not to use Pope Francis' visit from January 13-15 as a "political tool". "The visit should not be used as a political tool by the government, or the opposition, or anybody else for that matter." Sri Lanka is mainly a Buddhist country, but it has a 7.5 percent Christian population whose block vote could be decisive in the event of a close presidential election. Asked if it would be acceptable if a snap election is concluded before the papal visit, Cardinal Ranjith said: "The government has to decide on those things.... It must be a visit free of politics.
 
 

Catholic League quits New York City's St. Patrick parade after gay decision

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:11:26 PMGo to full article
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A conservative Roman Catholic group severed its 20-year ties with the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on Thursday, a week after event organizers took the unprecedented step of allowing a gay group to march under its own banner in the procession. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said it pulled out of the March 2015 event because the parade committee denied an anti-abortion group from marching with banners while bending its rules to allow the gay group to do so, League President Bill Donohue said in a statement. City officials and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, welcomed the policy change, announced last week, as a change of tone after years of conflict over the issue. Donohue said the Catholic League is not withdrawing because of any opposition to the gay group's participation.
 

Catholic League bowing out of St. Patrick's parade

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:40 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic League said Thursday that it will sit out next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York because event organizers aren't letting an anti-abortion group march.
 

Vatican sees closer Vietnam ties as bridge to Asia

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:58:35 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves during his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on September 10, 2014The Vatican said Thursday it was committed to reestablishing diplomatic ties with Vietnam as part of a bid to better relations with Asia in general. Pope Francis is keen for the Church to tap into Asia, a continent where the number of Catholics, currently just 3.2 percent of the population, is rocketing. During his five-day visit to South Korea in August -- his first trip to Asia -- the pope called for communist countries Vietnam and China, which do not have formal ties with the Vatican, to accept a "dialogue" with Rome, insisting that Catholics did not view Asia with the mentality of "conquerors".
 
 

Ted Cruz booed off stage at Middle East Christian meeting. Why?

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:56:06 PMGo to full article
Why was Ted Cruz booed off the stage while speaking at an event meant to raise awareness of the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East? Because he mentioned Israel, that’s why. Near the end of his speech, Senator Cruz said, “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” At this point, some in the audience started to boo, according to eyewitness accounts and video of the incident. Cruz continued with, “Those who hate Israel hate America.
 

Haitian church killings recalled at Aristide rally

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:47:13 PMGo to full article
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide are rallying at the site of an infamous church massacre as the ousted ex-leader faces possible arrest for failing to appear at a court hearing.
 

San Lorenzo to name new stadium after Pope

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:30:38 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis holds a scarf of Argentine football team San Lorenzo of which he is a fan, during his visit to the Sao Jeromino Emiliani church at the Varginha favela in Rio de Janeiro, on July 25, 2013Top Argentine football club San Lorenzo are to name their new stadium after Pope Francis, who is a fervent supporter of the club. "San Lorenzo will make Pope Francis eternal," the club said on its Twitter account. San Lorenzo, which won South America's Libertadores Cup for the first time this year, are to build a new stadium in the historic Gasometro district of Boedo in the Buenos Aires suburbs. San Lorenzo, one of Argentina's top five clubs, took on new prominence in 2013 after the election of the Argentinian pope.
 
 

Pope to visit European Parliament in November

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:42:15 PMGo to full article
BRUSSELS (AP) — The president of the European Parliament says Pope Francis will make an official visit to the assembly in Strasbourg on Nov. 25.
 

Pope to visit European parliament on November 25

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:43:47 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis holds a scarf of Argentine football team San Lorenzo of which he is a fan, during his visit to the Sao Jeromino Emiliani church at the Varginha favela in Rio de Janeiro, on July 25, 2013Pope Francis will speak to members of the European parliament in the French city of Strasbourg on November 25. "The official visit will take place on 25 November 2014 in Strasbourg. Parliament President Martin Schulz told parliamentary group leaders that the pope had accepted an invitation extended to him last year, it said. The Vatican confirmed the trip, with its spokesman Federico Lombardi quoted by Italian media as saying the pontiff might briefly visit Strasbourg Cathedral, though no religious ceremony is planned.
 
 

Argentina's San Lorenzo to name stadium after Pope

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:59:59 AMGo to full article
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine club San Lorenzo will name its new stadium after its most famous fan: Pope Francis.
 

India ruling party president charged with causing religious tensions

 
‎10 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:51:08 PMGo to full article
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) greets Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) new president Amit Shah during the appointment of the party's president in New Delhi on July 9, 2014Police Wednesday charged the president of India's ruling political party, Amit Shah, over a speech that allegedly inflamed religious tensions during the national election campaign, an officer said. Shah, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was charged for the speech he made at a rally in northern Uttar Pradesh state that was torn apart last year by deadly Muslim-Hindu riots. "The charge sheet against Amit Shah has been filed by the investigating officer," deputy superintendent of police Yogendra Singh told AFP in the district of Muzaffarnagar where the riots occurred.
 
 

Pope makes key sex abuse appointments

 
‎10 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:53:24 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named a fellow Jesuit to be the Vatican's new sex crimes prosecutor after deciding to move the current one to be the No. 2 on his new sex abuse commission.
 

Utah author says Christian romance novel plagiarized, sullied by sex

 
‎10 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:34:18 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - A Utah author has sued another writer for allegedly copying her Christian romance novel, adding "graphic sex scenes," and then selling the story, court records showed. Established Christian novelist Rachel Ann Nunes said in a suit filed in a federal Utah court late last month that her book, "A Bid for Love," was plagiarized by Tiffanie Rushton's "eerily similar" story, "The Auction Deal", court records show. Nunes said in the complaint that she was shocked to learn about Rushton's story, copies of which were sold after it was published online earlier this year under Rushton's pen name of Sam Taylor Mullens, according to the suit. "In converting Ms. Nunes’s work into "The Auction Deal," (Rushton) added several graphic sex scenes and other adult content to what was originally a Christian novel," the suit said.
 

Author says Christian novel plagiarized, sex added

 
‎10 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:59:15 AMGo to full article
Author Rachel Ann Nunes poses with two versions of her Christian romance novel at her home Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Orem, Utah. Nunes says a schoolteacher plagiarized her Christian romance novel, added graphic sex scenes and passed it off as her own. In a case she says brings to light plagiarism in the burgeoning world of online self-publishing, Nunes filed a federal lawsuit in August against a Layton, Utah, teacher. Nunes is seeking at least $150,000 in damages as well as attorney's fees in the suit, which was first reported by the Ogden Standard-Examiner. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah author says a schoolteacher plagiarized her Christian romance novel, added graphic sex scenes and passed it off as her own.
 
 

Author says Christian novel plagiarized, sex added

 
‎10 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:59:15 AMGo to full article
Author says Christian novel plagiarized, sex addedA Utah author says a schoolteacher plagiarized her Christian romance novel, added graphic sex scenes and passed it off as her own. In a case she says brings to light plagiarism in the burgeoning world ...
 
 

Olivia Pope Is Our Contemporary Carmen Sandiego in the 'Scandal' Season 4 Teaser

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:35:41 PMGo to full article
Where in the world is Olivia Pope? The modern-day Carmen Sandiego (played by Emmy nominee Kerry Washington) isn't in her office, nor is she picking up calls from President Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn). As you recall, Olivia flew away with her secondary man Jake (Scott Foley) after she realized that she herself was the scandal at the end of last season. So it looks like, at least as the season begins, Olivia will be relaxing on a beach somewhere, hair not straightened, drinking her signature glass of red wine.
 

Irish Catholic leader apologises for child abuse as he steps down

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:55:41 AMGo to full article
The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, speaks in Saint-Patricks Cathedral on March 20, 2010 in Armagh, Northern IrelandCardinal Sean Brady, who was criticised over his handling of abuse scandals, stepped down as leader of the Irish Catholic Church on Monday with an emotional plea for forgiveness. "I too need to say sorry and to ask forgiveness and I do so again today," Brady told the faithful at a mass in Armagh in Northern Ireland. Brady himself became directly embroiled in accusations that he mishandled child abuse allegations during an investigation into notorious paedophile Father Brendan Smyth. Survivors of clerical sex abuse -- including one of Pope Francis's own advisors on the issue, Marie Kane -- have repeatedly criticised Brady for not stepping aside sooner.
 
 

Pope Francis to meet Argentina president Sept. 20

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:21:29 PMGo to full article
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis has invited Argentina's president to meet him in the Vatican.
 

Pope accepts resignation of head of scandal-plagued Irish church

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:25:44 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis leads his weekly audience in VaticanROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the Vatican said on Monday, drawing a line under a career plagued by accusations that he kept quiet about the sexual abuse of children by clergy. Cardinal Sean Brady announced his plan to retire in August, just before he turned 75, at which age all bishops must offer their resignation to the pontiff, who can reject or accept it. ...
 
 

Pope accepts retirement of Ireland's cardinal

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:36:38 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Sean Brady, the leader of the Irish Catholic Church who resisted calls to resign after covering up for a priest who raped children.
 

Lesbian teacher says fired by Detroit Catholic school over pregnancy

 
‎07 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:34:01 PMGo to full article
Lesbian coupleBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit-area teacher says she was fired from her post at a private Catholic all-girls high school after she and her lesbian partner announced they were expecting a child through non-traditional means. Hundreds of supporters for Barb Webb, a teacher at Marian High School in suburban Bloomfield Hills, rallied on Sunday at the school after she posted on Facebook that she had been forced from her job after she become pregnant “outside the Catholic way." Webb said she was asked late last month to choose between resigning or being fired, but decided against leaving voluntarily although she said the school had offered healthcare for the remainder of the school year had she chosen to resign. “I feel sickened for my colleagues who are disgusted with this decision but are forced into silence for fear for their own jobs,” Webb wrote on her Facebook page in which she detailed her firing, the latest in a string of such actions involving gay and lesbian employees at U.S.
 
 

Pope says war no way to address injustice

 
‎07 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:21:51 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis delivers a speech from the window of his apartment during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on September 7, 2014War is not the way to address injustice, Pope Francis said Sunday, in comments that appeared to distance himself further from any faith-based justification for US airstrikes in Iraq. "War is never a satisfactory way to right injustices," the pontiff said in a message to an inter-faith colloqium being hosted in Antwerp, Belgium by the St Egido community.
 
 

Churches urge high court to act on gay marriage

 
‎07 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:47:18 AMGo to full article
FILE - This photo taken on Monday, May 12, 2014, shows the certificate of marriage presented to Kathy Chambery, and her partner, Marilyn Haring of 23 years, after they were married at Magistrate Court in Santa Fe, N.M. More than half of marriage licenses issued from Santa Fe County in the last year have gone to same-sex couples. Data from the Santa Fe County Clerk's Office shows that the number of licenses given out doubled and 55 percent went to same-sex couples. New Mexico became the 17th state to legalize same-sex marriage on Dec. 19, through a unanimous ruling by the state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Jane Phillips)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church and four religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage.
 
 

San Diego Catholic bishop dies after battle with cancer

 
‎07 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:48:33 AMGo to full article
Roman Catholic Bishop Cirilo Flores, the first Hispanic bishop to preside over San Diego's nearly one million Catholics, died Saturday after a battle with cancer, according to church officials. "Bishop Cirilo Flores passed away peacefully at 2:47 this afternoon at Nazareth House in San Diego," the Diocese of San Diego said in a statement. "Please remember Bishop Flores and his family in your prayers." Bishop Flores was the first Hispanic bishop to lead the church in San Diego, a city where one-third of all residents are of Latino heritage, according to U.S. Bishop Flores served in the post just less than a year, according to his official biography.
 

Christian Siriano puts NY Fashion Week on ice

 
‎07 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:45:32 AMGo to full article
The Christian Siriano Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — In icy crystals and soft seafoam, Christian Siriano evoked the massive glass sculptures of controversial Australian sculptor Sergio Redegalli, offering backless blouses in washed silk and open lattice work in bright white for spring.
 
 

Putin is under Satan's influence: leader of Kiev Orthodox Church

 
‎06 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:25:55 PMGo to full article
By Gareth Jones KIEV (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has fallen under the spell of Satan and faces eternal damnation unless he repents, a top Ukrainian clergyman said on Saturday in an unusually blunt statement that squarely blamed the Russian leader for the war in Ukraine. Patriarch Filaret heads the Kiev Patriarchate, a branch of the Orthodox Church that broke away from Moscow in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union and the declaration of an independent Ukraine. His church, a rival of the Moscow Patriarchate which is closely linked to Putin, strongly supports Ukrainian nationhood and the Kiev government's struggle to defeat pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
 

Chicago church laments after falling gargoyle kills woman

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:44:00 PMGo to full article
A historic Chicago church apologized on Friday, a day after pieces of a gargoyle fell off the building's facade and killed a mother-of-two who was walking along the street. Sara Bean, 34, was killed on Thursday while walking to lunch with her fiancé, who is her longtime boyfriend and father of her children, local media reported. The Second Presbyterian Church in the South Loop neighborhood just outside downtown Chicago expressed its sympathy to Bean's family in a statement on Friday and said it was "deeply sorry at the death." The church, which does not have outstanding complaints over its structure but has had violations in the past, was putting up protective scaffolding on Friday to prevent any more accidents. According to the Chicago Department of Buildings, a metal decorative piece on the exterior of the building gave away on Thursday and dislodged part of a gargoyle on the steeple and the broken piece fell and struck Bean, who worked at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.
 

Pakistan's Shahzad 'faces action' over religious spat

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:30:51 PMGo to full article
Pakistan's Ahmed Shahzad awaits the umpires' decision during the second One Day International (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa at the St Georges Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth on November 27, 2013The head of Pakistan's cricket board said Friday that batsman Ahmed Shahzad could face disciplinary action over a religious spat with Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan. Television footage showed Shahzad passing a religious remark at Dilshan after the third and final one-day international in Dambulla last week. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has set up a committee to look into the matter despite Sri Lanka Cricket and Dilshan not making an official complaint. "Shahzad has breached the central contract in which it is clearly written that you will not involve in any religious spat with others so there can be disciplinary action against him," PCB chief Shaharyar Khan told reporters.
 
 

Shehzad could be disciplined for religious chat

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:08:07 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad attends a practice session in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, is investigating religious comments by batsman Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international last Saturday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Ahmed Shehzad violated his central contract by making religious comments to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan and he could be disciplined, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Friday.
 
 

'Beware of gangs' pope tells Salvadoran youth

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:53:38 AMGo to full article
A Salvadorean high school student chats with Pope Francis during a videoconference at the public school in La Campanera on September 4, 2014Pope Francis on Thursday warned adolescents in El Salvador to "beware of gangs" during a videoconference with youth in the violence-wracked country. Speaking to a 15-year-old boy and dozens of his classmates in the town of Soyapango outside San Salvador, the pope urged the youngsters to steer clear of the violent groups which are plaguing the Central American nation. Francis told Gerardo Ernesto Mancia and some 30 of his school mates to instead focus on their studies, sports and to cultivate an interest in culture. "Be very careful when there are groups that seek out destruction, who search for war, who don't know how to work on a team," the pope told the youngsters, warning in particular that they should "beware of gangs."
 
 

Church rebukes Venezuela Socialists over 'sinful' Chavez prayer

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:21 AMGo to full article
A supporter of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds up a picture of late president Hugo Chavez during a May Day demonstration in CaracasBy Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church has admonished the ruling Socialist Party for re-writing the Christian "Lord's Prayer" into an ode to its beloved late leader Hugo Chavez. "The Lord's Prayer, the typical prayer for Christians around the world, comes from the very lips of our Lord Jesus Christ... and is therefore untouchable," the local Catholic Church said in a statement. "Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and in us delegates," red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe read in front of a vast image of the former president. Viva Chavez!" she exclaimed to applause.
 
 

'Love Jihad' and religious conversion polarize in Modi's India

 
‎04 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:38:22 PMGo to full article
People take part in a religion conversion ceremony in Uttar PradeshBy Rupam Jain Nair and Frank Jack Daniel HASAYAN India (Reuters) - Fired up and full of vitriol, Hindu activist Rajeshwar Singh is on a mission to end centuries of religious diversity in India, one conversion at a time. His voice echoing off the walls of a Protestant church across a narrow street, Singh railed against foreign faiths at an event last week to convert a Christian family to Hinduism in the rural town of Hasayan, 140 km (87 miles) south of Delhi. We will not let the conspiracy of church or mosque succeed in Bharat (India)," he said, standing in the family's front yard by a ritual fire lit to purify the poor, lower-caste converts. Emboldened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rise to power in May, leaders of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have joined right-wing activists like Singh to openly declare India a nation of Hindus, posing a challenge to its multi-faith constitutional commitment.
 
 

Israel's Peres pitches "UN of Religions" to pope

 
‎04 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:25:28 PMGo to full article
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets with former Israeli President Shimon Peres on the occasion of their private meeting at the Vatican, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Peres ended his term as president of Israel on July 24, 2014, handing the presidency over to Reuven Rivlin. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Israeli President Shimon Peres has proposed a new global peace initiative to Pope Francis: A "United Nations of Religions," given that most wars today have religious, not nationalistic, undercurrents.
 
 

Pakistan investigates Shahzad-Dilshan 'religious spat'

 
‎04 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:24:36 PMGo to full article
Ahmed Shahzad (left) plays a shot during the 2nd T20 match against Sri Lanka in Dubai on December 13, 2013Pakistan on Thursday said it has set up a committee to look into a religious spat between their opener Ahmed Shahzad and Sri Lankan counterpart Tillakaratne Dilshan last month. Television footage showed Shahzad passing a religious remark at Dilshan after the third and final one-day international in Dambulla last week. After Sri Lanka notched a seven-wicket win to take the series 2-1 and the players were walking off the field, Shahzad can be heard on camera saying to Dilshan: "If you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven." Dilshan replied he doesn't want to go there, to which Shahzad replied: "Then be ready for the fire." The remarks stemmed from reports that 37-year-old Dilshan was born to a Muslim father and a Buddhist mother and was originally named Tuwan Mohamed Dilshan.
 
 

Egypt religious body: Suspend belly-dancing show

 
‎04 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:37:46 PMGo to full article
Egypt religious body: Suspend belly-dancing showEgypt's top religious body demanded Wednesday that a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for "corrupting morals" and serving "extremists" who could use it as a pretext to depict ...
 
 

Repayments to investors in church scam wrapping up

 
‎03 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:16:20 PMGo to full article
The last refund checks to devout investors who lost millions of dollars in what amounted to a religious Ponzi scheme are ready to be mailed after being tied up in court for nearly a decade. Court-appointed ...
 

Saudi religious police issue rare apology for beating Briton

 
‎03 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:23:28 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - The Saudi religious police issued a rare apology on Tuesday for the beating by its personnel of a British man residing in the kingdom in a supermarket in the capital Riyadh. The Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice said it was re-assigning four of its staff to administrative duty after a video emerged over the weekend of the men in a confrontation with a foreign man. The Briton, who has not been officially identified, was in a women-only checkout aisle at a supermarket in the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom on Friday when the officers approached him, in a spat which devolved into an assault on the man and his Saudi wife. Public mixing between the sexes is frowned upon in Saudi Arabia and Virtue and Vice personnel patrol public places to prevent it and other perceived violations of Islamic morality.
 

Egypt religious body: Suspend belly-dancing show

 
‎03 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:19:11 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 25, 1956 file photo, Ferial, a belly dancer, performs at the Abdin Casino in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's top religious body has demanded Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for "corrupting morals" and serving "extremists" who could use it as a pretext to depict Egyptian society as anti-Islamic.(AP Photo, File)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top religious body demanded Wednesday that a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for "corrupting morals" and serving "extremists" who could use it as a pretext to depict Egyptian society as anti-Islamic.
 
 

Pakistan probe into Shehzad-Dilshan religious chat

 
‎03 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:14:20 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad attends a practice session in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, is investigating religious comments by batsman Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international last Saturday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Religious comments by Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international last Saturday are being investigated by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
 
 

Saudi religious police in rare apology after Briton beating

 
‎03 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:15:44 PMGo to full article
Women and children shop at a mall in the Saudi capital Riyadh on June 12, 2011Saudi Arabia's religious police issued a rare apology Wednesday after members roughed up a British resident of Riyadh over paying at a women-only cash desk. The Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, known unofficially as Mutawaa, also vowed to punish the assailants, after an investigation prompted by a YouTube video showing members attacking the man and his Saudi wife. A man accompanied by female family members can stop at such desks so long as a woman deals with the cashier. Commission members enforce a strict segregation of the sexes and have traditionally forced women to cover from head-to-toe when in public.
 
 

Pope to Iraqi Christians: You are church's heart

 
‎03 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:43:31 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has sought to encourage Iraq's beleaguered Christians under threat from Islamic militants, saying they are the "heart" of the church and that the church is proud of them.
 

'Lord of Rings' star invites Pope Francis to match

 
‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:16:10 PMGo to full article
US actor Viggo Mortensen arrives for the screening of the movie "Loin des Hommes" presented in competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2014 at Venice LidoVenice (AFP) - "Lord of the Rings" star Viggo Mortensen, an avid follower of Argentine football club San Lorenzo, told AFP on Tuesday he hopes to persuade fellow fan Pope Francis to join him at a match. Mortensen, in Venice for the premier of his latest film "Far From Men", by French director David Oelhoffen, broke off from interviews to pose in front of the team's flag and chat about this year's FIFA Club World Cup.
 
 

Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

 
‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:27:11 PMGo to full article
Former soccer star Diego Maradona presents Pope Francis with an Argentina national soccer jersey during a special audience held before a special interreligious "Match for Peace", at the Paul VI hall at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine - soccer great Diego Maradona - attended a papal event. Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organizers of a charity match that was being played on Monday night in Rome to promote peace and inter-religious cooperation. Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986 and played for Italian side Napoli, sat in the front row waiting his turn to greet the pope. When his turn came to greet the pope, Maradona chatted with his compatriot longer than most of the others and gave him a light blue-and-white jersey with his Argentine national team number - 10 - and the name Francisco on it.
 
 

Saudi religious police beat up Briton

 
‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:22:40 PMGo to full article
Fully veiled Saudi women browse the annual International Book Exhibition in the capital Riyadh on March 4, 2014Members of Saudi Arabia's religious police roughed up a British resident of Riyadh after they caught him paying at a women-only cash desk, local media reported on Monday. Saudi Arabia imposes a strict interpretation of Islamic laws, notably a segregation of the sexes. A short video posted on YouTube on Sunday shows a member of the religious police jump out of his car and attack the Briton, who was accompanied by a woman in a black abaya cloak who defended him. Al-Hayat newspaper, quoting witnesses, said the religious police had stopped the man in a supermarket after he had paid a female cashier.
 

Pakistan probe into Shehzad-Dilshan religious chat

 
‎03 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:14:14 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad attends a practice session in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, is investigating religious comments by batsman Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international last Saturday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Religious comments by Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international last Saturday are being investigated by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
 
 

Saudi religious police in rare apology after Briton beating

 
‎03 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:15:44 PMGo to full article
Women and children shop at a mall in the Saudi capital Riyadh on June 12, 2011Saudi Arabia's religious police issued a rare apology Wednesday after members roughed up a British resident of Riyadh over paying at a women-only cash desk. The Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, known unofficially as Mutawaa, also vowed to punish the assailants, after an investigation prompted by a YouTube video showing members attacking the man and his Saudi wife. A man accompanied by female family members can stop at such desks so long as a woman deals with the cashier. Commission members enforce a strict segregation of the sexes and have traditionally forced women to cover from head-to-toe when in public.
 
 

Pope to Iraqi Christians: You are church's heart

 
‎03 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:43:31 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has sought to encourage Iraq's beleaguered Christians under threat from Islamic militants, saying they are the "heart" of the church and that the church is proud of them.
 

'Lord of Rings' star invites Pope Francis to match

 
‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:16:10 PMGo to full article
US actor Viggo Mortensen arrives for the screening of the movie "Loin des Hommes" presented in competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2014 at Venice LidoVenice (AFP) - "Lord of the Rings" star Viggo Mortensen, an avid follower of Argentine football club San Lorenzo, told AFP on Tuesday he hopes to persuade fellow fan Pope Francis to join him at a match. Mortensen, in Venice for the premier of his latest film "Far From Men", by French director David Oelhoffen, broke off from interviews to pose in front of the team's flag and chat about this year's FIFA Club World Cup.
 
 

Maradona steals show from fellow Argentine Pope Francis

 
‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:27:11 PMGo to full article
Former soccer star Diego Maradona presents Pope Francis with an Argentina national soccer jersey during a special audience held before a special interreligious "Match for Peace", at the Paul VI hall at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis normally has no competition for attention when he is in a room but it was different on Monday when another larger-than-life Argentine - soccer great Diego Maradona - attended a papal event. Maradona was among some 400 people who attended a special papal audience for players and organizers of a charity match that was being played on Monday night in Rome to promote peace and inter-religious cooperation. Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986 and played for Italian side Napoli, sat in the front row waiting his turn to greet the pope. When his turn came to greet the pope, Maradona chatted with his compatriot longer than most of the others and gave him a light blue-and-white jersey with his Argentine national team number - 10 - and the name Francisco on it.
 
 

Saudi religious police beat up Briton

 
‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:22:40 PMGo to full article
Fully veiled Saudi women browse the annual International Book Exhibition in the capital Riyadh on March 4, 2014Members of Saudi Arabia's religious police roughed up a British resident of Riyadh after they caught him paying at a women-only cash desk, local media reported on Monday. Saudi Arabia imposes a strict interpretation of Islamic laws, notably a segregation of the sexes. A short video posted on YouTube on Sunday shows a member of the religious police jump out of his car and attack the Briton, who was accompanied by a woman in a black abaya cloak who defended him. Al-Hayat newspaper, quoting witnesses, said the religious police had stopped the man in a supermarket after he had paid a female cashier.
 
 

Arizona man arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

 
‎30 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎12:43:40 AMGo to full article
A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself "Dark Lord" has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion of one count of unlawful symbol burning stemming from the incident at the Gospel Rescue Mission, Prescott police spokesman Lieutenant Ken Morley said in a written statement. He quickly admitted to the act.  He told officers the mission was selected because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians,” police said. He remained at the detention center on Friday afternoon on the misdemeanor charge, sheriff’s officials said.  Dan Pochoda, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said the arrest raises questions as to whether Minerault’s First Amendment freedom of speech rights were violated.
 

Capital gains mean church losses in new German tax twist

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:50:53 PMGo to full article
A change in Germany's capital gains tax has prompted an exodus from its Catholic and Protestant churches this year as thousands of registered members quit their parishes rather than pay the money. Dioceses in both churches have reported in recent weeks that the number of members deserting them has jumped compared to last year, often by 50 percent or more, as banks prepare to withdraw church tax at source for capital gains from January 1. Under a simplified procedure starting next year, banks will withhold that premium from church members earning more than 801 euros ($1,055) in capital gains annually and pass it on to tax authorities for distribution to the churches. "We should have become active earlier." Discussing the large sums involved is difficult for the churches, maybe more so now for Catholics because Pope Francis says he wants "a poor church for the poor" and makes a point of living in a simple apartment and riding in ordinary cars.
 

Three admit to murder of prominent Tibetan religious leader in China: lawyer

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:27:02 AMGo to full article
By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Three Tibetans in China have pleaded guilty to involvement in the death of a prominent religious leader and two other people, a lawyer representing the victims' families said on Friday, in Tibet's most closely watched murder case in decades. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche was among the first religious leaders to teach Tibetan Buddhism to followers in the West. He was killed in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu with his nephew and another Tibetan last October. "They have admitted to the basic facts of the court's allegations," lawyer Xiang Chaoyang said of the three defendants.
 

Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:26:14 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain.
 

Pope to honor dead on both sides of WWI next month

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:30 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will honor the dead from both sides of World War I during a visit next month to northern Italy that witnessed some of the decisive final battles of the conflict — and where his own grandfather battled.
 

Pastor shot, wounded in Wyoming church

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎10:02:25 PMGo to full article
CENTENNIAL, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming pastor was shot and wounded with his own handgun after apparently interrupting a burglary at his rural church.
 

Dominican court opens case on ex-Vatican official

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎05:42:58 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 15, 2013 photo, Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, papal nuncio for the Dominican Republic, greets people after a Mass in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A court in the Dominican Republic is taking the first steps toward possible sexual abuse charges against a former Vatican ambassador to the Caribbean country. The Vatican recalled Wesolowski in August 2013 after allegations emerged he had sexually molested boys there. The court says it will begin interviewing alleged victims on Sept. 2. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz, File)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A court in the Dominican Republic has taken the first steps toward possible sexual abuse charges against a former Vatican ambassador to the Caribbean country.
 
 

Seventh-day Adventist church sued over allegations of abuse in youth program

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:44:22 AMGo to full article
By Lee van der Voo PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Two men who say they were molested in the 1970s by a youth group leader in Oregon sued the Seventh-day Adventist church for $13.5 million on Tuesday, saying it had appointed a known pedophile to head the program and failed to remove him despite abuse allegations. The lawsuit said that church officials appointed Leslie Bovee in 1972 to lead a Seventh-day Adventist youth group in Veneta, Oregon, even though they knew he had previously served two years in prison for molesting three boys. Then in 1975, he was charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy, but continued to lead the local Pathfinders group until he denounced his religious beliefs in 1979, the suit stated. "This is a situation where they knew this guy had abused kids and they didn't just let him in the church, they put him in charge of the youth program," said attorney Peter Janci, one of two attorneys representing the plaintiffs.
 

Suit: Church knowingly let abuser in youth program

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:33:43 PMGo to full article
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two 50-year-old men filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the Seventh-Day Adventist Church put a man known to abuse children in charge of its youth program in the 1970s and kept him in that position even after learning he was accused of abusing a child in its ranks.
 

Former papal diplomat could face trial in Dominican Republic: Vatican

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:46:11 AMGo to full article
Archbishop Josef Wesolowski offers mass in Santo DomingoBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A former Polish archbishop and papal diplomat who was defrocked after allegations of paying children for sexual acts has lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried in the Dominican Republic, the Vatican said. In a statement late on Monday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi also denied that the Vatican, by recalling Jozef Wesolowski to Rome last year when he was still a diplomat in Santo Domingo, had tried to cover up the case. Lombardi, whose statement followed a detailed report on the Wesolowski case this week in The New York Times, said the 66-year-old former archbishop no longer had immunity and "might also be subjected to judicial procedures from the courts that could have specific jurisdiction over him".
 
 

Vatican: Ex-envoy can be tried by Dominican court

 
‎26 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:45:14 AMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Monday that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing young boys in the Caribbean country, had lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried by Dominican or other courts.
 

Polish archbishop appeals defrocking for sexual abuse: Vatican

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:04:44 PMGo to full article
A Polish archbishop accused of child sex abuse in the Dominican Republic has appealed against a Roman Catholic tribunal's decision to defrock him, the Vatican said on Monday. Jozef Wesolowski, who had served as a Vatican nuncio or ambassador to the Caribbean nation, was sentenced in late June to be expelled from the priesthood, an extremely rare step against such a senior church official. "Former nuncio Josef Wesolowski has recently appealed, within the prescribed limit of two months, against the most serious canonical sentence, that of a return to the lay state, which has been imposed upon him," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in a statement. He said that Wesolowski, who was recalled last August to the Vatican, had lost diplomatic immunity when he stopped functioning as a diplomat of the Holy See.
 

Pope endorses Sept. 1 interreligious peace match

 
‎25 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:38:02 PMGo to full article
Form left, papal Master of Ceremonies Mosnignor Guillermo Karcher, Italian Entrepreneur Alfredo Altavilla, President of Charity Foundation PUPI Andres De La Fuente, Inter of Milan Vice-President Javier Zanetti and Italian Entrepreneur Marco Tronchetti Provera hold soccer jerseys bearing the name of Pope Francis as they pose for the photographers prior to the start of a press conference presenting a inter-religious football match for peace, in Rome, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. The friendly soccer match, supported by Pope Francis to promote the dialogue and peace among different religions, is scheduled at Rome's Olympic stadium, Sept. 1. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is backing an interreligious soccer match that will gather greats from around the globe and is aimed at promoting peace and raising money for at-risk kids.
 
 

Lack of prospects, financial lure pushing youth to IS: Vatican

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:20:38 PMGo to full article
Alleged members of the Islamic state militant group parade in a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa, June 30, 2014Young Syrians are gravitating towards the radical Islamic State due to a lack of prospects and the lure of financial support more than "ideological conviction", the pope's Syria envoy said Saturday. IS militants, which have been active in the Syrian conflict for several years, have made headlines in recent months after grabbing large swathes of northern Iraq and declaring a caliphate spanning the territory they hold in both countries. In an interview with Radio Vatican, Mario Zenari -- who has remained in Syria throughout the bloody conflict -- said he believed that young militants rushing to join their ranks did not as a rule do so out of "ideological conviction". The rise of IS has also sent alarm bells in the West as nationals from many European countries have gone to join the ranks of the jihadists.
 
 

New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎12:53:47 AMGo to full article
FILE - This June 30, 2014, file photo shows a demonstrator holding up a sign outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.
 
 

Birth control mandate: HHS offers new way for religious employers

 
‎23 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎12:42:13 AMGo to full article
The Obama administration took steps Friday it said would ensure that women who work for religious employers will have continued access to cost-free birth control coverage, while respecting the views of their employers. The rules address both religious nonprofits and “closely held” for-profit corporations whose owners have moral objections to some or all forms of birth control.    The first rule applies to nonprofits and sets up a new pathway for employers to provide notice of their religious objection. Such services would be provided at no additional cost to enrollees or employers.
 

U.S. moves to ensure birth control access at religious companies

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎10:28:11 PMGo to full article
An illustration picture shows a woman holding a pill at her home in Nice(Reuters) - The Obama administration will ensure access to birth control coverage for employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds to contraception, one of the health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The move follows a Supreme Court ruling in June that allowed certain for-profit companies to refuse to cover contraceptives due to the religious beliefs of their owners. It provides for insurers to offer contraception to employees through separate coverage. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law requires companies to provide free birth control coverage as a preventive service included in their health plans.
 
 

Teacher fired for pregnancy sues Catholic school

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:29:13 PMGo to full article
A former teacher at a Montana Catholic school who was fired for being pregnant and unmarried is suing the school district. Shaela Evenson filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Butte on Thursday, ...
 

Pope Francis offers condolences on Szoka's death

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:43:12 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 file photo U.S. Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka celebrates a mass at the Vatican. Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86. Szoka died of natural causes Wednesday night at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan, the Archdiocese of Detroit said in a statement Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.( AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)DETROIT (AP) — Pope Francis says he offers his "heartfelt condolences" to the Detroit archdiocese over the death of Cardinal Edmund Szoka (SHAH'-kuh).
 
 

Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:22:50 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants must be defended now and given international protection so they can return home, reinforcing the Vatican's position that military force is justified in this case.
 

Oklahoma Catholic bishop drops suit over planned 'black mass'

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:25:40 PMGo to full article
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma on Thursday dropped a lawsuit filed a day earlier against a Satanic church after it turned over to a Catholic priest a consecrated host, or communion wafer, Satanists planned to use in a "black mass." "I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned Satanic ritual. A lawyer for the Angra Mainyu Satanic group named in the suit turned over the communion wafer on Thursday. The Catholic Archdiocese claimed the communion wafer was obtained "by illicit means." Adam Daniels, leader of Angra Mainyu, said the wafer was sent to him from a priest in Turkey who is also a Satanist.
 

Journalist Foley's parents, after call with pope, call for prayer and action

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:24:57 PMGo to full article
Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterThe parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic State fighters. "We do pray, we beg the international community to help the remaining hostages," his mother, Diane Foley, said in an interview with her husband, John, on MSNBC. "We just pray that they will be set free." Their plea comes after a long conversation with Pope Francis, who the Vatican said called the couple on Thursday afternoon to offer his condolences and support. James Foley, who was abducted in Syria in late 2012, was beheaded by a masked member of the Islamic State group in an act filmed in a video released on Tuesday that also threatened a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.
 
 

Top Vatican figure in row over child abuse comments

 
‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:42:25 AMGo to full article
Australia's leading Catholic cleric George Pell arrives to give evidence to a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia, in Sydney on March 27, 2014Australia's leading Catholic cleric George Pell, a top Vatican official, came under fire Friday after drawing an analogy between the church's response to child abuse and a trucking company. Cardinal Pell, a former archbishop of both Melbourne and Sydney before taking up a high-powered job this year as head of a new Vatican finance ministry after being handpicked by Pope Francis, made the comments Thursday. He acknowledged to a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne that the church had a moral obligation to the victims of paedophile priests.

 

 
 

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Just who is Jesus Christ? What did Jesus actually accomplish? Jesus Christ is not “a concept,” an “idea,” or a “useful traditional value.” He is an actual living person who
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He is the fulfilment of a pervasive promise made before the foundation of the world and the very standard by which the entire universe, and everything in it, will be judged!

Join Dr. Chuck Missler from the Executive Briefing Room of The River Lodge,
New Zealand as he explores who Jesus really is.

This briefing pack contains 2 hours of teaching

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Description


What are Christians called to do during these turbulent times? How can you make a difference in your family, among your friends, and within your community?

This follows the wonderful success of the “Weathering the Coming Storm” series where Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen dealt with global, national, and personal issues impacting all of our lives today. “Church in the End Times” serves as the NEXT STEP in equipping ourselves with the tools and insights we need to be a guiding light to a world coping in the Last Days darkness of chaos and deceit.

Join Dr. Chuck Missler as he explores this timely topic.

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 DVD Bible Commentary

 

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"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16

Because of its emphasis on "the Love of God" and Jesus' being the incarnation of that Love, many believe this gospel is the most important for new and old Christians alike to take to heart. Written by the "disciple whom Jesus loved", the book of John is organized around seven miracles, seven discourses and seven "I AM" statements. This study is so deep "an elephant can bathe in it, and yet an infant can wade in it."

This study contains 20 hours of verse by verse teachings


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Biblical Archaeological Society

 

Weathering the Coming Storm

 

 

 

Price R399.00

 

Description

Dr. Chuck Missler, an internationally known business executive, outlines our current economic predicament and defensive steps you can take to lessen the impact of the impending economic crisis. As a Bible teacher for over 30 years with a ministry reaching over 40 countries, Chuck shares some key strategies to prepare yourself spiritually and practically.

Is the World facing another major economic upheaval?

What is the best strategy to protect your family in times of economic uncertainty?

The Church has enjoyed a relatively peaceful existence in the West for a few centuries but the with the coming persecution, how do we go about organizing home study and home-church?

Soul Survival – Keeping your “lamp full” during the hard times ahead.

Join Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen in the Executive Brie fing Room of
The River Lodge, New Zealand, in an intensive summary outlining what lies
ahead and how we can prepare for the coming storm.

Runtime: Approx. 5 hours

© 2012 Koinonia House Inc.

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2012

Strategic Trends

by Chuck Missler

 

 

DVD

PRICE R 299.00

 

END TIMES SCENARIO

DVD

 

 

3 set DVD

 

 

End Times

Scenario

 

Chuck Missler

 

Session Listing

Session 1

Introduction. Eschatological Hermeneutics. Preview of the Sessions. Daniel’s 70 Weeks.

Session 2

The Harpazo (“The Rapture”). Its Biblical Basis. Alternative Views. Old Testament Allusions.

Session 3

Pre-Rapture Events. The 70th Week of Daniel 9: Definition; the Abomina­tion of Desolation; the AntiChrist; the First Beast and the False Prophet; the Mark of the Beast.

Session 4

Babylon. Kings of the East. Armageddon (The Refuge in Edom; The Sequence). The Second Coming. The Kingdom.

Session 5

The Millennium: Satan bound. Amillennialism. The Final Rebellion (Magog #2). The Great White Throne. The Millennial Temple. The New Jerusalem. Recap and Overview.

Session 6

Post-Rapture Events (for the Redeemed). The Bema Seat. The Wedding of the Bride. The Kingdom (from) Heaven. The Overcomers: the Metachoi.

Letters to 7 Churches.

 

 

African Missionary’s Notice

 

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power.

           The die has been cast.

                             I have stepped over the line.

                                            The decision has been made.

                                                            I’m a disciple of His.

                             I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

 

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense,

                 my future is secure. 

                                I’m finished with low living,

                                             sight walking, small planning,

                                                            smooth knees, colourless dreams,

                     tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence,

                prosperity, position, promotions,     

                              plaudits, or popularity.

 I don’t have to be right,

                        first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.

            I now live by faith,

                    lean on His presence,

                                 walk by patience, lift by prayer,

                                                and labour by power.

             My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven,

                              my road is narrow, my way rough,

                                        my companions few,

 my guide reliable, my mission clear.

              I cannot be bought,

                           compromised, detoured, lured away,

                                            turned back, deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,

                        hesitate in the presence of the adversary,

   negotiate at the table of the enemy,

                                                 ponder at the pool of popularity,

                                                            or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, or let up,

                        until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up,

                                    paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.

 I am a disciple of Jesus.

I must go till He comes, give till I drop,

                 preach till all know, and work till He stops me.

 And when He comes for His own,      

                              He will have no problems recognizing me

                                       —my banner will be clear!

— by an Anonymous African Pastor —nailed to his wall prior to his execution

 

 

Price 

R399.00

 

This DVD includes notes in PDF format and M4A files.

3 Disc
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+ 6 Hours

 

 

Many people are becoming increasingly conscious that we are entering a unique phase of human history. Some are terrified. Some are predicting cosmic doom on the near horizon. Others are making astonishing predictions. What does the Bible really say?

Eschatology (the Study of “Last Things”) is among the most challenging avenues of study, even for the most sophisticated.

  • What are the “real” End Time events?
  • What is the most preposterous doctrine in Christianity?
  • Does the Church go through the Great Tribulation?
  • Which Kingdom do we pray for in the Lord’s Prayer?
  • Is there really a “Battle of Armageddon”? Why?
  • What Scripture did Jesus deliberately leave out in Nazareth?
  • Who is the “AntiChrist”? Is he alive today?
  • Should we expect a literal Babylon on the horizon?

Join Dr. Chuck Missler in the Executive Briefing Room of The River Lodge, in New Zealand, for an intensive summary of the entire fabric of controversies and insights in this most provocative area.

© 2012 Koinonia House Inc.

This briefing pack collection contains 6 hours of teaching

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  • 6 M4A Files
  • PDF Notes File
  • Files play in iTunes and any iOS player (iPhone, iPad, iPod, iPod Touch)
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  • Includes embedded slideshow

 

 

Death of Discernment

 

by Ron Matsen

 

 

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Death of Discernment Intro - Ron Matsen

In this segment, Ron Matsen discusses signs of the end times. This segment comes from the "Death of Deiscernment" briefing pack published by Koinon...

Of all the end-time themes discussed in the Bible—such as global disasters (Mt 24), the rise of the global super-state, the identity of the Antichrist, the mark of the beast, and the Magog invasion (Ezek 38-39)—“deception and apostasy in the church” is listed more times than any other end-time “sign of the times.”

Are we currently living in the Age of Apostasy? Ron Matsen explores the evidence and causes of apostasy and provides an antidote for apostasy in this timely study
 

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Has God abandoned Israel?

Has the Church “replaced” Israel?

What does the Bible say?

 

As we watch the world events, it is clear that Israel is following her prophetic scenario, and a new chapter is about to be written—and there may be a big surprise on our near horizon!

 

 

 

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Timothy/Titus/Philemon - DVD
Chuck Missler

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Chuck Missler examines the 'pastoral epistles' of I & II Timothy, Titus and Philemon messages not just to pastors, but to all believers.

 

 

 

 1 & 2 Peter
 
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ITV London Tonight's report from  on the synthetic ice rink installed in Woking United Reformed Church's sanctuary to raise money for The Children With Special Needs Foundation and Woking Hospice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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