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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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Pope Francis plays long game to reform Catholic Church

 
‎22 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:24:04 PMGo to full article
A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - After winning praise around the world for his fresh and open style, the honeymoon period seems to be over for Pope Francis. A tumultuous two-week Vatican synod exposed polarization in the Catholic Church over his push to reform its traditional approach to sexual morality by becoming more welcoming to gays and easing restrictions on divorced and remarried Catholics. A Jesuit unafraid of frank debate, Francis has set off a clash of opinions not seen since the reformist Second Vatican Council of 1962-1965. ...
 
 

Pope praises Bayern Munich after Roma rout

 
‎22 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:29:45 PMGo to full article
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis receives an autographed soccer ball by Bayern Munich's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, left, and Bayern Munich's President Karl Hopfner, center, during a private audience with team and officials at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after its 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling the players Wednesday they "played a wonderful game" and receiving a signed jersey and ball in return.
 
 

Church official pleads guilty in looting case

 
‎22 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:45:14 AMGo to full article
BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston church official who claimed in an autobiography that he was an enforcer for gangster James "Whitey" Bulger pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges that he looted his church's assets.
 

Pope to visit Turkey as region's Christians flee Islamic State persecution

 
‎21 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:16:31 PMGo to full article
Pope FrancisROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis will travel to Turkey next month, the Vatican said on Tuesday, his first visit to the predominantly Muslim country which has become a refuge for Christians fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and in Iraq. During his three-day visit, the pope will meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. He will also meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the Orthodox churches that make up the second-largest Christian church family after Roman Catholicism. ...
 
 

Pope to visit Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia in Turkey

 
‎21 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:24:13 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit sites that recall Turkey's often-tumultuous history at a cultural crossroads between continents and faiths during a three-day visit to the country next month.
 

Sri Lankan snap polls cast doubt on Pope's visit

 
‎21 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:18:59 AMGo to full article
In this file photo, Sri Lankan Catholic devotees are seen gathering for mass on Good Friday, in Colombo, on April 2, 2010The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka on Tuesday asked the government to clarify its plans for a snap presidential election, amid fears the polls will scupper a planned visit by the Pope.
 
 

Vatican warns of 'new genocide' by IS

 
‎20 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:53:14 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has demanded that world governments do more to prevent a possible "new genocide" in northern Iraq and Syria, and for Muslim leaders in particular to repudiate the Islamic State militants who are killing and exiling the region's Christians.
 

Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision

 
‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:02:06 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis greets the crowd from the popemobile after a papal mass at St Peter's square on October 19, 2014 at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Activists lashed out Sunday at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront "taboos."
 
 

The Vatican Backpedals on Support for Gays and Divorcees

 
‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:37:08 PMGo to full article
The Vatican Backpedals on Support for Gays and DivorceesAs a Vatican assembly on the family came to a close on Saturday, bishops ditched a document believed to signal a major shift in how the Church views gays and remarried Catholics, thus rejecting the vision of Pope Francis to chart a more ecumenical approach to ministering to Catholics around the globe. So sharply divided were the bishops that they could not even approve a watered-down version of the text that would provide ministering to homosexuals.

 

 

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Wendy Alec says husband Rory has left her for another woman and no longer wishes to be part of GOD TV; 'The devil got in very, very easily,' she says

Published 08 October 2014  |  

 

GOD TV co-founder Wendy Alec has made an emotional live broadcast today in which she disclosed that her husband and ministry partner of over 20 years, Rory Alec, has left her for another woman.  

Her comments today were made after the TV channel confirmed last week that Rory would be stepping aside as chairman and chief executive with immediate effect following an undisclosed "moral failure".

Rory said in a statement on October 2: "After 20 years of service, I have had a moral failure this year. For this reason, I am stepping down. Please forgive me for the disappointment I've caused, but I know your eyes are on Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith and not on me, an imperfect man.

"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm my season with GOD TV is over for now."

In a lengthy statement broadcast live on GOD TV today, Wendy said Rory had been having an affair with a divorced woman in Austria and that he is currently staying on the farm belonging to the woman's father in South Africa.

Wendy also stated that he no longer wishes to be involved in the GOD TV ministry, which they founded together in 1995.

She was frequently tearful as she explained Rory's decision, which she described as a "satanic assault on God TV and Rory and I". 

Wendy said problems first appeared in March this year when Rory returned home from a visit to South Africa and announced his intention to go to Germany for some "space".

"My whole world started turning upside down and the next morning he just went," Wendy said.

"It started to be extremely traumatic for me because suddenly my husband just started to change in a pattern and a way I had never seen him act before."

She shared the situation with trusted friends and they initially kept it quiet because they were believing God for a breakthrough, but "it got worse", she says, and Rory "just started to go off".

She alleges he told her to keep his behaviour quiet for the sake of the ministry and the staff, and that she started to feel "very manipulated and intimidated".

Wendy said she and the board of GOD TV asked Rory to go for counselling because they thought he might be suffering from burnout as a result of carrying the financial burden of the ministry for so many years, but she says he was not able to trust anyone enough to go for counselling and refused.

As the year went on, he "started going away for weeks at a time" but rather than making things better, it "seemed like every time he had more space it got worse and worse for our marriage", she alleged.

"To live like that for me was really, really hard."

She described one time when she had emergency hospital treatment for gall bladder on the Global Day of Prayer and while she was in hospital, Rory "just flew off to Austria".

Wendy said he only returned home when her brother, who is a doctor, told him how serious it was, but she says he left again just a few days after she came out of the hospital.

She also said that she had at one point asked him if there was another woman and that he had denied there was.

It was following a night of prayer with friends for the situation on August 15 she says she discovered he had been having an affair with a divorced woman in Austria that he had apparently come to know as a result of working with her on her jazz album in the studio.

"The devil got in very, very easily," said Wendy. 

She said the unnamed woman supposedly heard a voice from God telling her that Rory was her Mr Right and her husband. 

Wendy continued: "That landed up in adultery.  The [GOD TV] board talked to him and it was just too far gone and Rory said 'I won't be controlled'.  He went upstairs, packed his bags and he went to Austria."

Rory did then return and he and Wendy headed out to South Africa for what she anticipated would be a time of counselling but during the stay, he "turned around to me and said our marriage is over". 

While Wendy says she wants her marriage to be restored, she told viewers Rory does not feel the same way.

"Today I have to tell you guys it's not like that," she insisted.

"Rory is on this lady's father's farm in South Africa.  He doesn't want to be involved in the ministry anymore and as far as he's concerned, the marriage is finished. He doesn't want restoration, he doesn't want counselling, he doesn't want anything to do with it.  He wants a new life."

Wendy said that in spite of the breakdown of her marriage, God has been faithful to her and "been healing my heart where it couldn't be healed".

"It is traumatic because it's like your life is over, all our memories," she said.

"I don't know what the outcome will be but I know this with all my heart ... I've got absolute trust in my Father God.  He is beautiful and he is always good.  I have absolute faith in incredible restoration and incredible restitution in our lives ahead."

The special broadcast, made live from Jerusalem, was joined by supporters of GOD TV, including Canon Andrew White, who said God had not finished with GOD TV and was still going to do wonderful things through the channel.

"God is going to cause revival to come and that's why the devil doesn't like it and he will try and stop it and destroy it, but the work of God has not finished.  It has only just begun," he said.

Bill Johnson, senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California, asked people to stand behind GOD TV and both Wendy and Rory.

"They're in a place of real need right now ... This is the worst time for us to pull away from these friends of ours," he said.

Rory could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.

 

Moral failure rocks God.tv

Rory Alec has stepped down from his role as leader of God.tv because of a ‘moral failure’ in his marriage.
False prophet Benny Hinn has been called in to save the marriage of Rocy and Wendy Alex.

False prophet Benny Hinn has been called in to save the marriage of Rory and Wendy Alex.

Rory Alec said he was handing over the running of God TV, a worldwide network that got its start in Britain, to his wife Wendy.
He did not elaborate – but religious figures have quit similar positions in the past after having extramarital affairs.

Alec and his wife Wendy, who launched God TV from their London home in 1996, have been married for 27 years.
In a brief statement, South African-born Alec said: ‘After 20 years of service, I have had a moral failure this year. For this reason, I am stepping down.

‘Please forgive me for the disappointment I’ve caused, but I know your eyes are on Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith and not on me, an imperfect man.

Source: Daily Mail, Uk

Charisma News has learned that Benny Hinn will be in the studio with Wendy on Wednesday, and other leaders from the body of Christ are actively ministering to the couple hoping to bring restoration. Please pray for the Alecs, GOD TV and their staff.

Source: Charisma News

My comment:

First I want to underline. I am not interested in throwing stones on Rory Alec. I hope and pray that Alec has learned his lesson, will repent, and that Jesus the Messiah will restore him. And that his marriage will recover from his adulatory.

My problem is with all the heretic stuff that is published on this TV channel. God.tv has since its formation been an epic center for distribution of false prophecies and teachings of the Word of Faith movement.  False prophets like Benny Hinn seems to have unlimited access to their studios. And false teachers like Kenneth Copland and Joel Osteen is permitted to say all kinds of baloney stuff without being corrected.

When God.tv was the culprit behind the global outpouring of false spirits during the so called “Lakeland revival”, I became convinced that I should start to warn Christians about the damage this ministry can create. It would be wise to switch off this TV-station, and rather go to a public park and share the gospel. Or to visit the neighbor for a cup of coffee.

One of the gross errors is to promote a “billion soul” end time revival. This is the height of unbiblical stuff, since Jesus the Messiah has foretold a catastrophic falling away in the last days.  The hero of our days will be the last antichrist, hailed by the multitudes.  Only a few people in the last generation will hold on to the narrow path, and make it through the narrow gate.

  Matthew 7:13-14
‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Now, one of the founders of this Charismatic TV-ministry has fallen away, by trying to make it through the wide gate. Let us therefore pray that the children of Jesus learn from this, and do not give up their faith in the Messiah. And that they stop listing to TV-ministers who completely lack discernment, and who finance and support this never ending, 24 hours a day, outpouring of mostly falsehood.

May Jesus the Messiah have mercy on all deceived souls. Amen.

Written by Ivar

 

 

Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

 
‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:43:24 PMGo to full article
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to attend a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter's square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. Francis, who has said he wants a more merciful and less rigid Church, made his comments in a sermon to some 70,000 people in St. Peter's Square for the ceremonial closing of a two-week assembly, known as a synod. ...
 
 

Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

 
‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:52:53 PMGo to full article
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, greets Pope Francis prior to the start of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI and a mass for the closing of a two-week synod on family issues, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.
 
 

How Catholic synod on gays made history, even with 'disappointing' end

 
‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:02:17 PMGo to full article
Gay advocacy groups in the United States have responded with disappointment after Pope Francis' attempt to extend a more welcoming hand to gays and divorced Catholics was turned aside by a synod of bishops in Rome Saturday.
 

Reformist Pope Paul VI moves step away from sainthood

 
‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:32:26 PMGo to full article
A tapestry showing late Pope Paul VI hangs on St Peter's basilica during a papal mass for his beatification the on October 19, 2014 at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Pope Paul VI, who banned contraception but presided over Vatican reforms in the 1960s, moved one step away from sainthood on Sunday as Pope Francis beatified him.
 
 

5 Things to Know about Pope Paul VI

 
‎19 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:35:41 PMGo to full article
Copies of the Osservatore Romano Vatican newspaper with a photo of Pope Paul VI on the front page are seen over empty chairs prior to the arrival of Pope Francis to celebrate his beatification ceremony and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI on Sunday at the end of a remarkable meeting of Catholic bishops discussing family life, marriage, divorce, sex and gay unions. Paul VI oversaw the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 world-wide church meetings which brought the Catholic Church into modern times. The parallels between Francis and Paul, and the divisive issues both men confronted, are significant. Here are 5 Things to Know about Paul VI.
 
 

Setback for pope as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees

 
‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:44:43 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on October 15, 2014 at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday failed to reach a consensus on opening the Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays after a special synod on the family, in a blow to Pope Francis.
 
 

Catholic bishops drop moves to accept gays

 
‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:21:03 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday reversed a historic acceptance of gays, dropping parts of a controversial document that had talked more positively of homosexuals than ever before in Church history. The document, issued at the end of a two-week assembly, or synod, of some 200 Roman Catholic bishops from around the world, pointed to deep divisions within the Church on issues such as reaching out to homosexuals and Catholics who have divorced and re-married in civil services. ...
 
 

Site for Greek church near WTC gets blessing

 
‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:11:22 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of members of New York's Greek Orthodox community attended a blessing ceremony Saturday for a new church near ground zero in Lower Manhattan that will replace a house of worship that was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
 

Site for Greek church near WTC gets blessing

 
‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:37:10 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of members of New York's Greek Orthodox community attended a blessing ceremony Saturday for a new church near ground zero in Lower Manhattan that will replace a house of worship that was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
 

Vatican and Vietnam edge closer to restoring diplomatic ties

 
‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:10:17 PMGo to full article
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrives to attend the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on October 16, 2014 in MilanVietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met Pope Francis in Rome Saturday with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations.
 
 

Catholic bishops scrap watered-down welcome to gays in document in sign of deep division.

 
‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:46:53 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops scrap watered-down welcome to gays in document in sign of deep division.
 

Catholic bishops approve revised report on gays

 
‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:23:26 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis talks to prelates as he arrives at the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops on Saturday approved a revised document laying out the church's position on gays, sex, marriage and divorce, saying the report was a "balanced" reflection of church teaching and pastoral needs.
 
 

Pope faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

 
‎18 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:11:23 PMGo to full article
Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays.
 

Pakistan court upholds death penalty in Christian woman's blasphemy case

 
‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:07:30 PMGo to full article
A Pakistani high court has upheld the death sentence given to Asia Bibi, a jailed Christian woman convicted of blasphemy in 2010, whose case at the time played into an atmosphere of recrimination and spawned several murders of prominent human rights and political figures.
 

Former Myanmar religion minister jailed for 13 years: lawyer

 
‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:56:58 PMGo to full article
By Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - A former minister of religious affairs in Myanmar was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday on charges of misappropriation of state funds and sedition, his lawyer said. Hsan Hsint, who was sacked on June 19, was handed a 10-year prison term and 100,000 kyat ($100) fine for sedition, lawyer Tin Tun told Reuters, and an additional three-year sentence for a charge of siphoning off state funds worth $10,000. Tin Tun said prosecutors failed to provide concrete evidence of Hsan Hsint's guilt. ...
 

Kenya dismisses Catholic fears over tetanus vaccine

 
‎17 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:36:32 PMGo to full article
Kenyan bishops called for a boycott of the country's tetanus vaccination campaignNairobi (AFP) - Kenya on Friday said a tetanus vaccination campaign was entirely safe and would save children's lives, dismissing claims by the country's Roman Catholic church that it made women infertile.
 
 

Vatican waters down gay references in translation of divisive paper

 
‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:56:02 PMGo to full article
A member of a gay activist group holds a sign in front of St. Peter's square in VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on gay people. The alterations pointed to continued tensions between conservatives and progressive bishops at the closed-door assembly, known as a synod, which is discussing family issues such as homosexuality, divorce and birth control. ...
 
 

Vatican alters draft report translation about gays

 
‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:35:51 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis greets a Vatican Swiss Guard as he arrives for a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays — but only if they speak English.
 
 

Pastor accused of affairs, not revealing he had AIDS temporarily banned from church

 
‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:54:07 PMGo to full article
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Pastor accused of affairs, not revealing he had AIDS temporarily banned from church.
 

Pakistan court upholds death penalty of Christian blasphemy convict

 
‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:09:58 PMGo to full article
Pakistani and Italian protesters hold posters reading "Religious Freedom is a Fundamental Right", "Let's save Asia Bibi and all those condemned for blasphemy" in Rome on January 26, 2011A Pakistani court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy four years ago, as her lawyers vowed to appeal.
 
 

Pakistani Christian loses appeal against death sentence for blasphemy

 
‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:03:08 PMGo to full article
By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court upheld the death penalty on Thursday against a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, her lawyer said, in a case that drew global headlines after two prominent politicians who tried to help her were assassinated. In 2010, Asia Bibi, a mother of four, became the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law. She is alleged to have made derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. ...
 

Vatican to limit Sistine Chapel visitors to protect fragile frescoes

 
‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:02:32 PMGo to full article
Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel to begin the conclave in order to elect a successor to Pope Benedict at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican will restrict the number of visitors to the Sistine Chapel to 6 million a year to protect Michelangelo's delicate frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists, an official said on Thursday. Visitors to the chapel - where popes are elected in secret conclaves - can reach 20,000 a day in summer, with up to 2,000 people inside at a time. Dust brought in from outside, body sweat and carbon dioxide pose a major risk to Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes, which are more than 500 years old. ...
 
 

Why the City of Houston wanted the sermons of five Christian pastors

 
‎16 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:07:30 AMGo to full article
The City of Houston ignited a First Amendment free-speech debate by issuing subpoenas to evangelical Christian leaders demanding they turn over their sermons – and all other communications – regarding a new city ordinance providing protections to the LGBT community.
 

Vatican mystery: Where did gay welcome originate?

 
‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:52:20 PMGo to full article
Bishops and Cardinals attend a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — It's one of the great mysteries of the meeting on family life taking place behind closed doors at the Vatican this week: Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that even homosexual partnerships had merit?
 
 

Pope to have audience with Bayern Munich next week

 
‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:26:29 PMGo to full article
In this picture released by the Vatican press office Pope Francis holds the Libertadores Cup flanked by members of Argentinian San Lorenzo's football team, during his weekly audience on August 20, 2014 at the VaticanBerlin (AFP) - Bayern Munich players and their Spanish coach Pep Guardiola will have a private audience with Pope Francis next week, the German club announced Wednesday.
 
 

Conservative Catholic bishops push back on Pope Francis' tone on gays

 
‎14 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:48:00 PMGo to full article
A number of conservative bishops around the world are beginning to push back as Pope Francis tries to reshape the pastoral tenor of the Roman Catholic Church, attempting to bring a more inclusive and accepting ethos to the globe’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
 

Next gay marriage fight: religious exemptions

 
‎14 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:54:20 PMGo to full article
Alarmed by the broad expansion of same-sex marriage set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures — seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses.
 

Conservatives want changes to Vatican document on family, gays

 
‎14 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:47:20 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI's hall at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Conservative Roman Catholic prelates on Tuesday vowed to change a controversial Vatican document that held out the possibility of a major shift in the Church's attitude towards homosexuals. The document, issued on Monday, said homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples. ...
 
 

Catholic bishops snub Vatican on gays

 
‎14 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:08 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis greets cardinals and bishops at the end of a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on October 8, 2014Vatican City (AFP) - Catholic bishops said Tuesday that they remain fundamentally opposed to homosexual relationships, tempering the message of a landmark Vatican report calling for a more positive approach to gay believers.
 
 

Historic church bell missing in upstate New York

 
‎14 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:46:22 PMGo to full article
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Police are looking for the thieves who stole a more than 1-ton brass church bell that was going to be placed in front of an upstate New York museum.
 

Saudi bank's $6 billion IPO ignites religious controversy

 
‎14 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:50:54 PMGo to full article
By Marwa Rashad RIYADH (Reuters) - Plans by Saudi Arabia's biggest bank for a $6 billion initial public offer of shares, the largest-ever equity sale in the Arab world, have run into religious controversy with some clerics suggesting it violates Islamic principles. Securities analysts said the controversy was unlikely to sway enough investors to derail the IPO of state-owned National Commercial Bank, which is due to start next week. ...
 

Minnesota churches settle clergy abuse lawsuit

 
‎14 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:22:36 AMGo to full article
Archbishop John Nienstedt talks with a reporterST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Victims of clergy sex abuse stood next to Catholic church leaders in Minnesota on Monday to announce a settlement to a novel lawsuit that includes new measures to keep children safe.
 
 

Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

 
‎14 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:13:33 AMGo to full article
Bishops and Cardinals attend a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with "precious" support.
 
 

The Religious Effort in Ferguson

 
‎13 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:50:56 PMGo to full article
The Religious Effort in FergusonThe weekend of demonstrations dubbed "FergusonOctober," two months after the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, came to a close with "Moral Monday," during which local and national religious leaders tried to help heal a badly damaged community in the absence of any forward movement on legal fronts.
 
 

Church prepares 'pastoral earthquake' on divorce, gays

 
‎13 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:47:14 PMGo to full article
Clerics issued a working paper that said many saw "positive aspects" to relationships currently officially regarded as "irregular" in Catholic teachingVatican City (AFP) - Participants in a landmark review of Catholic teaching on the family suggested on Monday that the Church adopt a more positive perspective on the relationships of cohabiting, divorced and gay couples.
 
 

TV station, church rector: 2nd Ebola patient is 26-year-old nurse infected at Dallas hospital

 
‎13 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:37:16 PMGo to full article
TV station, church rector: 2nd Ebola patient is 26-year-old nurse infected at Dallas hospital.
 

The Vatican's New Stance Toward Gays and Divorcees

 
‎13 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:55:26 PMGo to full article
The Vatican's New Stance Toward Gays and DivorceesIn a document released on Monday, the Vatican took the first steps toward reforming its approach to long-taboo topics within the Catholic Church: homosexuality, divorce, and premarital sex. For seven days, top Church leaders have been gathered in Rome at a synod of bishops, the third gathering of its kind in history. Although Vatican spokesmen have hinted at contentious debate over commonly used theological euphemisms such as "living in sin" or "intrinsically disordered" (i.e. ...
 
 

Vatican document challenges Church to change attitude to gays

 
‎13 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:16:18 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis at the Vatican, FridayBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples. Roman Catholic gay rights groups around the world hailed the paper as a breakthrough, but Church conservatives called it a betrayal of traditional family values. ...
 
 

Christian group singer killed in Indiana crash

 
‎13 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:11:07 PMGo to full article
LEBANON, Ind. (AP) — Police say a singer and pianist with a Christian musical group was killed when an RV he was driving crashed over the weekend on a highway in central Indiana.
 

Some Mormons pushing church on gay marriage

 
‎13 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:24:05 AMGo to full article
ADDS LAST SENTENCE FOR CLARIFICATION ABOUT GROUP- FILE - In this June 2, 2013, file photo, members of Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade, in Salt Lake City. Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members. “Mormons Building Bridges is neutral on gay marriage but is trying to work within church doctrine and policy to make congregations more accepting of gays. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.
 
 

Pope says Mass for 2 Canadian saints

 
‎12 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:40:41 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis leaves after he celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonization of two Canadian saints, St. Francis de Laval and St. Mary of the Incarnation, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has held a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of two 17th-century missionaries who spread Roman Catholicism through what is today Canada.
 
 

Egypt completes restoration of famed Coptic church

 
‎11 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:45:39 PMGo to full article
Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, second left, and Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, center, attend a ceremony marking the end of a $5.4 million restoration project of the Hanging Church in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Egyptian officials are celebrating the completion of a 16-year old restoration project of Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Church, also known as the Hanging Church, one of the oldest in the country that owes the nickname to the fact that it rests above a gatehouse of a 2nd century Roman fortress. The church lies in a complex housing one of the oldest synagogues and the first mosque built in Cairo. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)CAIRO (AP) — After 16 years, Egypt has completed the restoration of a famous Cairo landmark — the St. Virgin Mary's Coptic Church, also known as the Hanging Church.
 
 

Gay rights groups hail new Catholic tone

 
‎10 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:21:52 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward homosexuals, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to bishops debating family issues at a Vatican meeting this week.
 

Christian clerics urge recognition of Palestinian state

 
‎10 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:26:02 PMGo to full article
Palestinians demonstrate on the Mount of Olives in the occupied West Bank, on April 20, 2012Jerusalem (AFP) - Three leading Christian clerics in the Holy Land appealed Friday for more European governments to recognise a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.
 
 

Snowden, pope, refugees in Nobel Peace Prize buzz

 
‎09 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:15:29 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis greets journalists as he walks alongside Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, background left, and Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, as he arrives for an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Bettors this year are putting their money on Edward Snowden, Pope Francis or a Pakistani schoolgirl as favorites to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
 
 

Top Vatican cardinal wants streamlined annulments

 
‎09 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:24 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis is flanked by Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias as they leave at the end of the morning session of the Synod on family, a two-week meeting of 200 cardinals and bishops from around the world, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's top legislator says he favors a radical change in how the Catholic Church handles marriage annulments to speed them up and reduce costs and red tape.
 
 

Cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage

 
‎09 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:49:00 PMGo to full article
Italian Cardinal Coccopalmerio arrives to attend a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica in the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A leading Vatican cardinal said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, wading into a controversy over the issue in Italy and other countries. On Tuesday, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano ordered mayors to stop recognizing the validity of gay marriages performed outside the country, prompting protests from rights groups and local officials. ...
 
 

Two killed in southern Philippines church blast

 
‎09 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:55:27 AMGo to full article
A convoy of government combat troops in Pikit on August 15, 2008 after Muslim insurgents occupied several villages in the areaTwo people were killed while three others were wounded in a grenade attack on a church in the southern Philippines, police said Thursday.
 
 

Grenade blast kills 2 in Philippine church

 
‎09 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:17:15 AMGo to full article
PIKIT, Philippines (AP) — Two men on a motorcycle fired a grenade at the main gate of a Protestant church in the southern Philippines late Wednesday, killing two churchgoers and wounding three others, police said.
 

Bishops emphasize being best possible Catholic

 
‎08 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:24:19 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis smiles as he walks alongside Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, left, and Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, prior to start an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' emphasis on a church that is merciful rather than moralizing is having a pronounced effect inside a meeting of bishops on family life, with the bishops emphasizing that the faithful should be the best possible Catholics they can be, even if they're not perfect ones.
 
 

Snowden and the Pope tipped for 'wide open' Nobel peace prize

 
‎08 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:47:37 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis is the bookmakers favourite for the Nobel Peace Prize for his outspoken defence of the poorOslo (AFP) - The race for the Nobel peace prize, to be announced Friday, has rarely been as open or unpredictable, experts say, with the pope and Edward Snowden tipped as possible winners.
 
 

Austrian school drops yoga on religious grounds

 
‎08 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:07:55 PMGo to full article
VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian primary school has dropped yoga classes for children after a mother argued that yoga goes against Christian teachings.
 

Gay marriage opponents pick new battleground of religious freedom

 
‎08 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:47:23 AMGo to full article
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - With the U.S. gay marriage battle looking increasingly like a lost cause for conservative opponents, a last battleground may be their quest to allow people to refuse services to gay men and women on religious grounds. Some conservative groups have seized on what they consider religious freedom cases, ranging from a Washington state florist to bakers in Colorado and Oregon who are fighting civil rights lawsuits after refusing to provide goods and services to gay couples. ...
 

Gay marriage opponents pick new battleground of religious freedom

 
‎08 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:35:28 AMGo to full article
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - With the U.S. gay marriage battle looking increasingly like a lost cause for conservative opponents, a last battleground may be their quest to allow people to refuse services to gay men and women on religious grounds. Some conservative groups have seized on what they consider religious freedom cases, ranging from a Washington state florist to bakers in Colorado and Oregon who are fighting civil rights lawsuits after refusing to provide goods and services to gay couples. ...
 

Hunt on for 1.5-ton gargoyles missing from church

 
‎07 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:12 PMGo to full article
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Church officials and preservationists are trying to figure out what happened to several 1.5-ton gargoyles from a Massachusetts church.
 

Catholic Church should scrap phrase 'living in sin': cardinal

 
‎07 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:12:31 PMGo to full article
A picture released by the Vatican press office show Pope Francis (back C) taking part in an extraordinary synod of nearly 200 senior clerics in the Synod Aula at the Vatican on October 6, 2014Vatican City (AFP) - A Catholic cardinal suggested Tuesday that the phrase "living in sin" for cohabiting couples should be banned, saying it alienated people from the Church.
 
 

Pope and prelates get crash course in joys of sex

 
‎07 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:30:44 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis, flanked by Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, arrives at a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Francis has urged bishops to speak their minds about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce at the start of the meeting aimed at making the church's teaching on family matters relevant to today's Catholics. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, cardinals and bishops from around the world have gotten an unexpected lecture on the joys of sex, from a Catholic couple brought in to talk about what makes a marriage last.
 
 

Hobby Lobby executive's Bible museum: priceless artifacts, scholarly doubts

 
‎07 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:06:48 PMGo to full article
Handout image of an artist's rendering showing the exterior of the proposed Museum of the Bible, located two blocks from the National Mall in Washington, D.C.By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hobby Lobby's Steve Green hopes his planned $800 million Museum of the Bible in Washington and its priceless collection can satisfy both scholars and casual visitors. But with Hobby Lobby a household word after the craft store chain's contentious victory in a Supreme Court ruling over contraception, scholars and analysts worry that despite its vast holdings the museum will give a narrow interpretation of one of the most influential and debated books in history. ...
 
 

Pope to visit France in 2015, on top of Asia, US

 
‎07 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:27:05 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis will travel to France next year, as 2015 is shaping up as a busy travel year for the 77-year-old pontiff.
 

Parish priest, 20 Christians kidnapped in Syria: Catholic news agency

 
‎07 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:13:15 PMGo to full article
ROME (Reuters) - A parish priest and around 20 Christians have been kidnapped from a Syrian village near the border with Turkey, Catholic news agency Fides reported on Tuesday, quoting Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, the Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo. "Unfortunately I have to confirm news of the kidnapping of Father Hanna Jallouf..., the Syrian priest in the village of Knayeh, who was taken with around 20 Christians," Fides quoted him as saying. He said the kidnapping took place in the night between Sunday and Monday. (Reporting by James Mackenzie, editing by John Stonestreet)
 

Pope accepts 'unfaithful' British bishop's resignation

 
‎07 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:05:21 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis leaves at the end of the morning session of the synod on the families, at the Vatican, on October 6, 2014Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a British bishop who stood down after admitting to an affair with a woman, the Vatican said on Monday.
 
 

Christian militia calls on C.Africa president to resign

 
‎06 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:45:58 PMGo to full article
Central African Republic Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza speaks at the Brookings Institute on September 19, 2014, in Washington, DCBangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - The Christian-dominated anti-balaka militia in the Central African Republic has demanded the country's president resign and asked its members to quit the transitional government, one of their chiefs told AFP on Monday.
 
 

Boy left in car during church choir practice dies

 
‎06 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:14:45 PMGo to full article
PHOENIX (AP) — A 3-year-old boy has died a day after being left in a hot car for several hours while his mother and a family friend were in church for a choir practice, police said Monday.
 

Pope urges bishops to 'speak freely' at family synod

 
‎06 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:12:38 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis delivers his speech to cardinals and bishops gathering at the Vatican for the Synod of the Familie on October 6, 2014Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis urged bishops to be frank and not afraid to "speak freely" as a synod on the thorny subject of Catholic teachings on the family opened in Rome on Monday.
 
 

Pope ditches Latin as official language of Vatican synod

 
‎06 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:13:37 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI's hall at the VaticanVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - In a break with the past, Pope Francis has decided that Latin will not be the official language of a worldwide gathering of bishops at the Vatican. A cardinal made the announcement at the start of the first working day of the two-week assembly, known as a synod, where about 200 Roman Catholic bishops from around the world are discussing themes related to the family.. Italian, the lingua franca of the Vatican, would become the synod's official language, he said. ...
 
 

Lecrae looks to break mold of a Christian rapper

 
‎06 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:51:20 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this June 30, 2013 file photo, Christian rapper Lecrae arrives at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Last month, his seventh album, "Anomaly," became the first title to top Billboard's Top 200 and Gospel Album charts in the same week. He believes this success could help bring him closer to being embraced by both gospel and mainstream music. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Lecrae is dubbed a Christian rapper, but he considers himself a rapper who happens to be Christian.
 
 

Pope, opening Catholic gathering, tells bishops to speak frankly

 
‎06 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:10:36 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI's hall at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Monday opened a Roman Catholic assembly that will discuss marriage, gay couples, birth control and other moral issues, telling his bishops to speak frankly and not be afraid of upsetting him. After a ceremonial opening on Sunday, some 200 bishops from around the world sat with the pope in a Vatican hall to begin the working sessions of the two-week synod, which is centered on the theme of the family and could help define Francis' papacy. "One basic, general condition (for the synod) is this: speak clearly. ...
 
 

Pope seeks frank, fearless debate on family issues

 
‎06 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:26:39 PMGo to full article
General Secretary of the Synod Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri bows as he welcomes Pope Francis for the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues including contraception, pre-marital sex and divorce, at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. 200 cardinals and bishops from around the world have arrived in Rome for the meeting. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged bishops on Monday to speak their minds without fear about contentious issues like contraception, gays, marriage and divorce at the start of a two-week meeting aimed at making the church's teaching on family matters relevant to today's Catholics.
 
 

How the Russian Orthodox Church answers Putin's prayers in Ukraine

 
‎06 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:56:03 AMGo to full article
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in MoscowBy Gabriela Baczynska and Tom Heneghan MOSCOW/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - After weeks of defying international pleas to free eight European officials they had captured in May, pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine released them unexpectedly in June following a public appeal by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill. The role Kirill's resurgent church played in the release of the monitors, who were from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), sheds light on how a close cooperation between the state and the church in Russia is now playing out in Ukraine. ...
 
 

At Dallas church service, prayers of Ebola patient and families

 
‎05 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:39:14 PMGo to full article
Parishioners take part in a church service at Wilshire Baptist Church in DallasBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - It was like any other Sunday morning worship service at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, where Louise Troh, the quarantined girlfriend of the first patient in the United States diagnosed with Ebola, is a member of the congregation. Greeters passed out bulletins and shook hands at the church entrances. Members hugged each other in greeting shortly before the service began. A couple hundred people sat in the pews of the church and began to pray for the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, and for Troh and both of their families. ...
 
 

Pope backs reform as Church begins review on family, marriage

 
‎05 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:37:36 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis leads a vigil prayer in preparation for the Synod on the Family on October 4, 2014 at St Peter's square at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis on Sunday issued a strong signal of support for reform of the Catholic Church's approach to marriage, cohabitation and divorce as bishops began a landmark review of teaching on the family.
 
 

Pope opens synod with call for bishops to stop in-fighting

 
‎05 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:11:07 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis greets a cardinal as he leaves at the end of a mass to mark the opening of the synod on the family in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis opened a global Roman Catholic assembly on Sunday showing his apparent irritation with Church leaders who have waged a sometimes bitter public battle between progressives and conservatives on family issues. The synod is the first since Francis's election 19 months ago with a mandate to turn around an institution hit by declining membership in many countries and scandals including the sexual abuse of children by priests and irregularities in Vatican finances. ...
 
 

Pope to bishops: Be creative about families' needs

 
‎05 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:48:51 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis hoists the Gospel book as he celebrates a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 to open the extraordinary Synod on the family. Pope Francis on Sunday opened a two-week meeting of bishops and cardinals from around the world aimed at making the church's teaching on family life — marriage, sex, contraception, divorce and homosexuality — relevant to today's Catholic families. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has called for a creative, humble approach as the Vatican ponders why many in the Catholic Church have gone their own way on sexual and family issues like contraception, pre-marital sex and divorce.
 
 

First gay Catholic congress to press pope for change

 
‎05 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:28:58 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis (C) leads a vigil prayer in preparation for the Synod on the Family on October 4, 2014 at St Peter's square at the VaticanLisbon (AFP) - Gay and lesbian Catholic groups are holding an international congress in Portugal this week as they seek to make their voices heard by the Vatican.
 
 

Pope launches review of Church teaching on family, marriage

 
‎05 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:47:59 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis leads a vigil prayer in preparation for the Synod on the Family on October 4, 2014 at St Peter's square at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis on Sunday launches a major review of Catholic teaching on the family that could have far-reaching implications for the Church's attitude to marriage, cohabitation and divorce.
 
 

Pope seeks 'sincere, open' debate on family issues

 
‎04 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:03:47 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis arrives for a vigil in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Pope Francis on Sunday opens a two-week meeting of bishops and cardinals from around the world aimed at making the church's teaching on family life, marriage, sex, contraception, divorce and homosexuality, relevant to today's Catholic families. The pre-synod debate has been dominated by mudslinging between liberals and conservatives over divorce and remarriage, but there are many more issues up for discussion. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he is looking for a "sincere, open and fraternal" debate about divisive family issues that opens Sunday with progressives hoping for change and conservatives intent on keeping the status quo.
 
 

Methodist church to hear appeal over gay wedding

 
‎04 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:19:51 PMGo to full article
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Methodist church's highest court will decide later this month whether a minister who officiated his gay son's wedding can keep his pastoral credentials.
 

Vatican seeks Mideast Christians' right of return

 
‎04 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:36:03 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is demanding that Christians and other religious minorities have the right to return to their homes in Iraq and Syria that have been emptied by Islamic militants.
 

5 things to know about the Vatican's family synod

 
‎04 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:56:02 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Cardinal Walter Kasper poses for the photographer after an interview with the Associated Press, in his home at the Vatican. The German theologian says he fully expected the knives would come out when, at Pope Francis' request, he made a suggestion that challenged a deep church taboo and has dominated debate ahead of a landmark meeting on Catholic family life that opens this weekend - the fate of Catholics who divorce, and the outcome will be a key test of how far Francis' reform agenda will go. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday opens a two-week meeting of bishops and cardinals from around the world aimed at making the church's teaching on family life — marriage, sex, contraception, divorce and homosexuality — relevant to today's Catholic families. The pre-synod debate has been dominated by mudslinging between liberals and conservatives over divorce and remarriage, but there are many more issues up for discussion.
 
 

Pope accepts resignation of British bishop after report of affair

 
‎04 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:34:13 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a leading British Roman Catholic Bishop who acknowledged that he had broken his vows and who was believed to have had an affair with a married woman, the Vatican said on Saturday. Bishop Kieran Conry of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton, one of Britain's largest, disclosed in an announcement posted on the diocese's website last week that for years he had been "unfaithful to my promises as a Roman Catholic priest" and had decided to offer his resignation. ...

 

 

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Available in the following formats

DVD:

1 Disc
2 M4A Files
Colour, Full screen 16:9, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Region  encoding .This DVD will be viewable in other countries.
 

 

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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.

This briefing pack contains 2 hours of teaching

© Copyright 2013

Available in the following formats

DVD:

1 Disc
2 M4A Files
Colour, Full screen 16:9, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Region  encoding .This DVD will be viewable in other countries.
 

 

 

 DVD Bible Commentary

 

Price R 799.00

 

 

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