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Re: Faith in the News

Post by Del » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:43 am

wosbald wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:26 am
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Del wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:14 am
wosbald wrote:
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UncleBob wrote:
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Please review the forum rules concerning political posts: app.php/rules
Why on earth would a Pastor Robert Jeffress sermon be taken down?!?
The common thread throughout these pages: Whenever the secular media reports on faith or religion, they warp the story through the lens of their politics.

We might as well lock this whole thread.
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Re: Faith in the News

Post by UncleBob » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:23 am

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Re: Faith in the News

Post by tuttle » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:50 am

I remember talking about this a few years ago here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10288&start=1380#p947439

Looks like their membership has grown by 1500 since 2015 (and weird that the nordic business insider used a 3 year old quote).

I still think it's weird to build a temple dedicated to a god whose followers publicly declare disbelief in. Sounds like new-agey pagan romanticism appealing to some sense of nordic heritage nostalgia. Seems to me building a temple for a god you disbelieve in dishonors your traditions far more than it enhances/re-captures them.

EDIT: This seems like something Rusty would comment on again. I miss him.
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Re: Faith in the News

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Re: Faith in the News

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Pope: Truces imposed by force won’t bring peace to Middle East [In-Depth]
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Pope Francis is flanked by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, left, as he arrives to host a daylong prayer for peace in the Middle East with an unprecedented gathering of Orthodox patriarchs and Catholic leaders in Bari, southern Italy, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (Credit: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

ROME — Closing an ecumenical encounter with Christian leaders from the Middle East, Pope Francis on Saturday said that “truces maintained by walls and displays of power will not lead to peace,” only a concrete desire to engage in dialogue will work.

He also called for an end to the region being used for “gains that have nothing to do with the Middle East,” and demanded that Christians are treated as “full citizens.”

“With deep anguish, but with constant hope, we turn our gaze to Jerusalem, a city for all peoples, a unique and sacred city for Christians, Jews and Muslims the world over,” Francis said, calling for the status quo to be respected, as it has been decided by the international community and “repeatedly requested by the Christian communities of the Holy Land.”

The term “status quo” in the context of Jerusalem refers to an agreement among the various Christian churches of the city regulating control and access to holy sites.

According to the pontiff, only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians, which has to be “firmly willed and promoted by the international community,” will lead to lasting peace and guarantee the “coexistence of two states for two peoples.”

The pope’s words came at the closing of an ecumenical encounter he hosted in the southern Italian city of Bari, a pilgrimage site for both Catholics and Orthodox, often described as the ecumenical city par excellence. The leaders came together under the motto “Peace be upon you! Christians together for the Middle East.”

Standing next to the heads or representatives of several Orthodox churches, Oriental Orthodox churches, the Assyrian Orthodox church, members of Catholic Oriental churches, a representative for the Lutheran church, and one for the Middle East Council of Churches, Francis said that the group had committed itself to “walking, praying and working together, in the hope that the art of encounter will prevail over strategies of conflict.”

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Christian leaders arrive at the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari, Italy, July 7. Pope Francis is meeting Christian leaders for an ecumenical day of prayer for peace in the Middle East. (Credit: CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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As the pontiff noted, Christianity was born in the Middle East, and Christians too have the right to be treated as “full citizens with equal rights.”

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“Let there be an end to the few profiting from the sufferings of many!” the pontiff said. “No more occupying territories and thus tearing people apart! No more letting half-truths continue to frustrate people’s aspirations! Let there be an end to using the Middle East for gains that have nothing to do with the Middle East!”

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Pope Francis, background center, gathers with Orthodox patriarchs and Catholic leaders inside the St. Nicholas Basilica on the occasion of a daylong prayer for peace in the Middle East in Bari, southern Italy, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Pope Francis is on a one-day pilgrimage to Bari, an Adriatic port city, to reflect and pray on the plight of Christians in the Middle East. (Credit: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

War, he argued, is the “scourge that tragically assails this beloved region,” with the poor being the principal victims, and war itself being the “daughter of power and poverty,” hence it’s to be defeated by “renouncing the thirst for supremacy and by eradicating poverty.”

He also acknowledged that many conflicts have been stoked by forms of fundamentalism that, “under the guise of religion,” profaned God’s name, which is peace.

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Re: Faith in the News

Post by wosbald » Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:30 pm

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Christian college in India attacked by a mob; teachers, staff assaulted
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St. Andrew's College in Gorakhpur. (Credit: St. Andrew's College.)

MUMBAI, India — A Christian college in India was attacked by a mob on Wednesday, beating up staff and teachers.

About 40 members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a Hindu-nationalist student organization, allegedly assaulted the proctorial board staff and teachers at St Andrew’s College in Gorakhpur, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The college is over 100 years old, and affiliated with the Church of North India, which is part of the Anglican communion.

“They (ABVP activists) were alleging corruption in the institute. Around 40 of them barged into the office and wanted to meet me. The staff told them that a delegation of only 5-6 people can be allowed to meet the principal. This infuriated them and they started assaulting members of the proctorial board. They even beat up non-teaching staff,” JK Lal, the principal of the college, told the National Herald.

The principal also said the college administration has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is a native of Gorakhpur.

The ABVP has denied the allegations and said they held a peaceful protest, despite CCTV footage of the event.

“The college staff tried to interrupt the peaceful protest by ABVP workers and clashed with them,” ABVP media chief Prakash Aditya Pandey told the Hindustan Times.

The ABVP is affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the same Hindu nationalist group which is associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India’s ruling party.

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