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http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/Our-Three-Expressions/Churchwide-Organization/Communication-Services/News/Releases.aspx?a=4723The website above gives a very reliable and reputable place where you can donate to our Japanese brothers and sisters. By the way 94 cents of every dollar contributed will reach the recipient. The rate for others is between 66 and 77 cents on the dollar.
Vatican secret archives document discovery gives the true story of the Templars in a 300 page account.
This is a very fine article by The Rev. Father Andrew Greely about the issue of clergy and non marriage in the Roman Catholic Church.
This is a delightfully fun story of an Anglican Bishop being ordained a deacon and joining the newly formed Anglican Personal Ordinariate. There are some surprizing elements to the story. One of them is the fact of the bishop being ordained a second time. This second ordination means that Rome denies that his Anglican ordination was valid. If his previous ordination was not valid then he was a phoney priest and a phoney bishop. Furthermore, if his ordination as an Anglican was not valid than his Eucharistic consecrations were not valid and all the good people of his diocese ever received from his hands or that of his priests was merely bread and wine and nothing else! For myself I earnestly desire unity with Rome and Moscow and Kerala and Constantinople and Antioch. But as a Lutheran my ordination is valid in every way and the Holy Communion recieved from the Altar of St. Matthew's is a complete sacrament of bread and wine and body and blood.
On my blog at http://www.bible-study-for-everyone.com I chronicled the movement of the Russian Orthodox East toward the Roman Catholic West. Now, the visit of the President of Russia to the Pope is the latest and very highly significant event in this process. The Russians have experienced what the West Europeans and Americans are feverishly pursuing. They finally emerged from their 70 year slavery to Communist Socialism. And they intend never to go back. Therefore, they see hope in only one place, it is the home of their one time arch enemy, the Christian Church. Like Saint Paul, the one time persecutors of the Church have had a Damascus Road experience. They now embrace the Church as a haven of sanity in an insane world and having experienced the dictatorship of Utopian Socialist Dictators like Lenin and Stalin, the Russians now see that the formerly Christian Europeans are blindly following materialism and liberal socialism into their own enslavement. So, the Russians have already turned to their native religion, Russian Orthodoxy and Russian Orthodoxy has reached out to Pope Paul II and now to Benedict XVI. They want to join hands and cooperate and collaborate on joint missions because they realize that rampant Secularism and resurgent radical Islamic Jihadism is a very dire threat to peace, freedom and stability.
The asteroid has nothing to do with religion. The rock in space is what it is, namely, a rock in space. The space probe and the magnificent scientists who brought it so close, have nothing to do with religion. They are simply magnificent scientists. Bravo to them and keep up the great work. We all benefit from the extension of knowledge and the practical inprovements that result. People who are always seeing everything as a proof for or a proof against religion, well, they are the ones with the problem. Grow up, dear friends, religion and spiritual matters have to do with humans and their comprehension and understanding of the forces that made all of this stuff. Sure, you have every right to be an evolutionist. Have at it. But also examine what evolutionary philosophy, not evolutionary science, has to say about you. Evolutionary science is just that science. Evolutionary philosophy, which is extrapolated from the science, has this to say about you. 1. You are a freak of nature because you are an accident. Yes, your parents had at it, but you could have just as well been the drip down your daddy's pants. 2. All human life is accidental. It is the result of helter skelter, serendipity. Therefore, there is no reason for your existence, you just are a mistake. Even planned births are open to at at least a fifty fifty chance of failure. 3. Since you are a mistake, there is no purpose for your life other than to eat, drink and shit. Oh, yeah, if you want to create others like yourself, you can have sex without a condom. Maybe a bull in rut, so to speak. 4. You have achieved whatever it is that you may have achieved by the random forces of blind and uncaring fate. Therefore, be proud of being the top of the food chain, the killer carnivore who alone among all creatures, kills for the mere enjoyment of the kill. 5. When you die, you just disintegrate into nothingness. There is no after life. There are no ghosts or disenbodied spirits. You just turn to shit. All that you are, all that you have thought, felt, loved, maybe even created, merely rots into mush and mud. Friend, that's all great, and believe it all you want. And hope that others do not believe it, because as they too are in the same situation, then you are their target and their next meal. So too are your family, especially your children since they are the easiest prey. Conclusion? Well, for me, I will serve God. And so does my household. And if ontologically there is no God, at least religion will bring me the benefits of self esteem, encouragement, psychic healing, a wholesome regard for myself, my earth and my co travelers. And if existentially I make the decison to believe and so to live, that is my choice and I am a getting big thrill out of it.
There are very few good news stories out there. But this is definitely a good news story. I will let it speak for itself, it's that good. Get a lift for you day and read about a guy who had the guts to object when he was unfairly treated.Article no longer available.
The ordinate for the Anglicans is very exciting because it is evidence of the unity of faith and structure that is very much needed as we face secularism and resurgent Radical Islam. It may seem like a tedious and slow process but thankfully Pope Benedict XVI is under the guidance of the Holy Spirit as he speeds up the process. Worldly people may not see it but his decision for including the Anglicans is a tidal wave that is just beginning to build. The pain of separation between the believers, however, is so great that one wonders if the rest of the Christians who desire unity with Rome can long stand the wait. Many others of the main line denominations, especially in the USA are ardently waiting and praying and yearning for the day when they too will join together with brothers and sisters of Rome and Constantinople and Moscow. Pray that his Holiness, is encouraged by the progress and that under the Holy Spirit's guidance, he will expand the ordinatriates quickly. We are out here, in the parishes, praying for him.
Catholics cannot confess via iPhone and technology is not a substitute for being present when admitting sins to a priest, the Vatican spokesman said yesterday.
Monsignor Peter Wells of the Vatican's secretariat of state said the broadcaster must embrace new media from the podcast to the iPad, from social networks like Facebook to microblogging platforms like Twitter to take advantage of the opportunities offered for evangelizing in the 21st century.
The Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on 1 February 2011, the second anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.Concelebrating with the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church were His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine and other permanent members of the Holy Synod, including Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, Metropolitan Philaret of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna, Metropolitan Vladimir of Kishinev and All Moldova, Metropolitan Varsonofiy of Saransk and Mordovia, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchates Department for External Church Relations,and other hierarchs of the Moscow Patriarchate who have arrived to take part in the Bishops Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches to the Moscow Patriarchate, schema-archimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin) ordained chairmen of the Synodal Departments, abbots of the stavropegic monasteries, and Moscow clergymen.GREAT PHOTOS
....This situation is a direct consequence of the erosion which has affected the traditional family way of life in the last decades. With regard to Russia it should be noted that it was the 1917 Revolution that dealt the first blow to this way of life. Then there were 70 years of atheism followed by 20 years of democracy entailing the imposition of the ideology of consumer society in our countries. Among the consequences is a terrible statistics reflecting an enormous number of abortions in our country and in the near abroad. It is a legitimized crime which takes away millions of lives.
Metropolitan Hilarion and Ambassador Landi discussed problems of upholding traditional Christian values in Europe. The Italian Ambassador expressed his concern over the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights against the use of crucifixes in classrooms in Italy. Metropolitan Hilarion reminded him that Russia intervened as a third party when the case was referred to the Grand Chamber
On 26 January 2011, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church met with the Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, who completes his ministry in Russia.
The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe, Benedict said on the day Christians mark the Epiphany, the day the Bible says the three kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following a star...
On 15 November 2010, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, at the Patriarchal resident in Chisty side street.
Accompanying the Prime Minister were Minister of Defence Elias Murr, Minister ...
The Pope expressed his appreciation today during his traditional Angelus address. Gathered with the faithful in St. Peter's Square was a group of some 200 Italian Parliamentarians, both of the majority and the opposition. They attended the midday Angelus, together with other politicians, in a show of support for the Orthodox Copts of Alexandria, victims of a Jan. 1 attack on a church that claimed the lives of 23.
I hope that the Egyptian authorities will do all that is possible to find and punish the perpetrators of this action. It is my conviction that Your Holiness together with the Islamic religious leaders in Egypt are making all the efforts necessary to prevent an escalation of the conflict and further clashes in which innocent people may suffer again
On 1 December 2010, the relics of St. Catherine the Great Martyr were brought to Moscow with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia by the head of the Autonomous Archbishopric of Sinai, Archbishop Damian of Sinai, Pharan and Raitho. Archbishop Vikentiy of Yekaterinburg and Verkhnyaya Tura arrived from Cyprus, from where the precious relics were brought to Russia
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of His Holiness Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia
to the Archpastors, Pastors, Monastics and all the Faithful Children
of the Russian Orthodox Church
The collaboration between the Christian community and the family is much needed in the current social context in which the institution of the family is threatened from many sides and finds itself faced with many difficulties in its mission to teach the faith, he said. The disappearance of stable cultural references and the rapid transformation that society continually undergoes, make the educational task truly difficult.
His Holiness reflects upon the power of God in Christ which gives heart to those who seek to live godly lives.
Violence against Christians increased in 2010.
On 12 December 2010, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchates Department for External Church Relations, currently in Armenia with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God in Yerevan.
For Churches in Eastern and Central Europe, just as for the Russian Orthodox Church, which survived the era of atheist ideology, legal and political implications of religious freedom continue to be a subject of theological discourse and practical agenda. As we see now, the collapse of the antireligious regime has not made the problems related to religious freedom less actual than they used to be. Therefore, the role of religious communities representing a considerable part of the civil society is to evaluate the tendencies and tenets that emerge on the basis on freedom of religion and belief.
In the evening of 12 December 2010, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchates Department for External Church Relations, currently in Armenia with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, visited the Vasken I Theological Seminary of the Armenian Apostolic Church located on the Sevan Peninsula of Lake Sevan.
After the Divine Liturgy on December 5, 2010, at the church of Our Lady the Joy of All the Afflicted in Ordynka, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchates department for external church relations, conducted a commemoration service for His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II who died on this day two years ago.
Addressing the congregation, His Eminence Hilarion said in particular
by Zhen YuanBishop Wei Jingyi, bishop of Qiqihar, defines illicit ordinations as wounds in the body of the Church of Christ. Solidarity with the bishops forced against their will to participate in events organized by the Chinese government.
In his address to the Roman Curia Benedict XVI spoke of great tribulations, and of responsibility for abuses committed by priests as well as for the Middle East where Christians are the most oppressed and tormented minority. Relativism, by denying the existence of invisible reality and objective truth, has eradicated all reference to evil and eliminated the shared values upon which society is built.
The Pope spoke for the first time about Christianophobia and reiterated that violence runs counter to God and counter to Reason. Islamic terrorism is ideological blindness. Gratitude for expressions of solidarity from the Muslim world. The path of the Church and the Synod is a path of dialogue and forgiveness: there can be no peace without justice and no justice without forgiveness. A comment from the scholar of Islam Fr. Samir (Part Two).
Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
With this last audience before the Christmas celebrations.....
This is a very interesting Internet copy of the English edition of Chinas Peoples Daily News. It is the authentic illustration of what Chinese people would be told about these events. Note the way everything has a happy face.
Bishop Bosco Puthur of Foratiana and participant in the Synod for the Middle East, describes to AsiaNews the situation of the 400 thousand Syro Malabar Indian immigrants who work in the Persian Gulf region. For the bishop, the faithful immigrants in Arab countries are moving away from the Church in the absence of parishes and the lack formed clergy.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) Catholics are a minority in India and the Middle East, but their presence goes back to the dawn of Christianity. In recent years, globalisation has led a number of Indian Christians to move to Middle Eastern countries where they live and work and where they bear witness to their faith. On the occasion of the Synod of Middle East Churches, set to take place from 10 to 24 October in Rome, AsiaNews has talked to Fr Anbu A., a Verbite missionary and Islam expert, to explore the meaning of the synod for Indian Christians.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) Respect for religious freedom and the rights of individual, families and communities can bring peace and justice to the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. Benedict XVI repeated this today as he also renewed his appeal for Christians in the region, to whom he expressed his solidarity, asking them to stay where they were born and not to forget their religious and cultural origins. He also asked the leaders of nations fight all forms of discrimination.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) Dialogue between the Catholic world and that of Islam requires reciprocity and openness, but also full religious freedom for Christians in the Islamic world, including the right to proclaim the Gospel. This is the claim put forward by many experts currently involved in drafting the Instrumentum laboris (working documents) of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East to be held at the Vatican October 10 to 24 2010. The key element here is the resolve of the Vatican to support the recognition of the persecution of Christians by Moslems in the Middle East. Just as the Palestinians complain that they were in Palestine BEFORE the newly arrived Israelites, so too the Christians complain that they were in Arab countiries for seven hundred years before the arrival of Islam.
Beirut (AsiaNews) Sainthood and martyrdom are the two touching words highlighted by Michel Sabbah, the Patriarch Emeritus of the Latins, at the start of the Month of the Christian East, at Beiruts Saint Josephs University. For him, the Churches of the Middle East need above all saints and martyrs. Going beyond the vague remarks that we hear every time the issue of the Christian presence in the region is raised, complaints about Islamic extremism and the communitys demographic decline, whether caused by emigration or a low birth-rate, the old Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem went to the heart of the problem.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Synod on the Middle East will have a dual objective: to confirm and strengthen Christians in their identity through the Word of God and the Sacraments, and revive the ecclesial communion between the Churches, so they may be an authentic Christian witness, in contact with other Churches and ecclesial communities. Hence the urgency of a commitment to a convinced ecumenism. Western Christianity, especially American Christianity is neglecting their duty to help, support and strengthen fellow Christians. The Protestants are especially wrong in seeing these faithful Christians as prospects for conversion to Protestantism. Such misguided proselytism is like being the Priest and the Levite who passed the wounded man of the Jericho road on the other side.
Kirkuk (AsiaNews) Christians in the East are decreasing in numbers due to wars, migration, low birth rates, the expansion of Islam and divisions within the community itself. The threats and pressures to sell land and houses, bought by Muslims and with the support of fundamentalists, suggests that the Christian presence in the Middle East is destined disappear. Great numbers of Christians who trace their roots to BEFORE the conquer and subsequent persecutions of Islam, are getting out of their homelands. Most are upper level professionals and business people who can afford to move. The middle class is greatly diminished and the poor are stuck.
Just as the Synod is about to begin, there is a growing tension in the region, both in Iran and in the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians. Will all this affect the Synod? The preparatory documents very explicitly state that the political situation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affects the lives of Christians with regards their economic prospects, emigration and their freedom.
Arab nation states must realize that their attitude of neglecting to protect their Christian populations is impoverishing their countries.
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This blog does not often get into economics. But I feel that the interview with David Stockman is essential for everyone to read. This is not only targets at the USA but the world since we are inter connected economically. Take a listen to the video and hear the actual Yahoo interview with Mr. Stockman. If you are a worker, planner, manager..whatever...this is a very important viewpoint to consider.
Threats to life, especially abortion, euthanasia and the destruction of embryos, have introduced unheard of challenges for Christian social doctrine and call for adequate answers, says the president of the Vatican's health care council.
Absolute control over the official community sufferings of the underground community, manipulation and corruption of the bishops, who risk expressing only a formal allegiance to the Pope. The problems of the Church in China also come from the hesitation of the Catholic side. Growing risk of enslavement of pastors and that the directions of Benedict XVI in his letter to the faithful of the Church in China, will be forgotten. Card. Zens report before his fellow cardinals and the pope during the Consistory.
The 12th Session of the Joint Theological Commission for Dialogue Between the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Churches began its work on 22 September 2010 in Vienna.The commission is co-chaired by Metropolitan John of Pergamon, Patriarchate of Constantinople, and Archbishop Kurt Koch, president of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Kiev Laura of the Caves is a very sacred and therefore very important place in the history of Ukraine. A very significant event.
Absolutely magnificent photos of the great Russian Orthodox liturgy as celebrated by the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia.