USCCB Bp. Elizondo: When aliens break immigration laws ‘their worth as my brothers and sisters is not diminished.’

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As usual these bishops make up their own rules as they go along. Apostates.

US bishop: Broken laws – not immigrants – must change!!!

The desperation of many immigrants who have no choice but to break existing U.S. laws shows the need for comprehensive immigration reform, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ migration efforts, reports Catholic News Agency.

 Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration, told CNA that while some migrants break U.S. immigration laws to enter and work in the country, their worth as “my brothers and sisters” is not diminished.

 “There are many things that are lawful that are immoral,” he noted, adding that simply because an action “is unlawful doesn’t mean it is immoral.”

 The bishop explained that a wide array of circumstances place people in a situation where they are forced to break the law in order to provide for their families, and that this situation calls for a change in the laws to reflect what is moral and just.

 Bishop Elizondo spoke to CNA after a May 29 Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill. The Mass was held by a group of bishops from across the U.S. who had come to speak up about the importance of reforming current immigration policies. Lawmakers and leaders of faith, business and labor groups were invited to the Mass, which was offered for immigrants and their families who have been separated from one another as a result of current U.S. immigration policy. “When laws fail to advance the common good, they can and they should be changed,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, who delivered the homily.

Reflecting on the parable of the Good Samaritan, he explained that laws “must take into account both human dignity and the national interest.” Current U.S. immigration laws are “ill adapted” to the challenges of today, the archbishop said.

Also at the Mass were Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley of Washington, D.C., and Bishops Oscar Cantu and Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, N.M.

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RUSSIA: Christian activists to launch bill banning abortion!!

A pregnant woman and her child pass by a banner with an echography of a fetus during a rally against abortion in Moscow (AFP Photo / Alexey Sazonov)

Christian activists gather enough support to launch bill banning abortion

A group of Orthodox Christian activists claim that they have gathered 100,000 signatures under a petition seeking to completely ban abortions in Russia – a number enough to make it a valid legislative initiative.

In the near future all the documents will be submitted to the authorities and the activists will be waiting for an official reaction to their demands, a member of the Public Chamber, priest Aleksander Pelin was quoted as saying by the ITAR-TASS news agency.

The leader of the activists, Dmitriy Tsorionov elaborated on the initiative, and said that it seeks a complete legislative ban on all abortions, including those made on medical advice and on all abortive means of contraception, such as intrauterine devices and hormonal pills. Tsorionov said his group was not protesting against barrier contraceptives, such as condoms.

According to Russian Law any petition that gathers at least 100,000 signatures of support becomes a draft law and must be considered by parliament. The signatures must be gathered on the special government portal and come from registered Russian citizens. People can also vote against the initiatives on the same portal, but the votes against do not influence the documents’ movement, at least technically.

Continue reading – http://rt.com/politics/162196-russian-orthodox-christian-abortion-ban/

 

To be freed: Meriam Ibrahim Will be released from prison, according to reports

Sudanese woman facing ‘barbaric’ death sentence for marrying a Christian will be FREED… but her lawyer says ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’

  • Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was jailed in September following her marriage
  • She gave birth in jail earlier this week to a daughter, Maya
  • International outrage had been mounting at her treatment
  • Today foreign ministry officials announced she would be released
  • Sudanese foreign ministry claims it is committed to religious freedom
  • But her lawyers say they doubt the decision is genuine

A Sudanese woman facing down a death sentence for marrying a Christian will be freed, officials in the country have said.

Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth in prison this week, was sentenced to death for abandoning Islam, but is now set to be released in a matter of days.

The news comes after huge international pressure was piled on the Sudanese authorities, with David Cameron, Hillary Clinton and the Archbishop of Canterbury all calling for the sentence to be dropped.

To be freed: Meriam Ibrahim, pictured here holding her newborn daughter, will be released from prison, according to reports

Authorities in the country are working out a way to free her which will be consistent with the country’s laws, according to Foreign Ministry under-secretary Abdelah Al-Azrak.

He said: ‘The related authorities in the country are working to release Mariam (sic) who was sentenced to death for apostasy, through legal measures. I expect her to be released soon’.

MailOnline has led the way revealing Mrs Ibrahim’s shocking treatment.

In the past week we revealed how she gave birth while still in shackles inside her squalid prison, and reported on the heartbreak, angst and pride of her husband while she faced her ordeal behind bars. 

We also highlighted a petition for her release signed by hundreds of thousands.

After the horrifying details came to light, David Cameron described her treatment as ‘barbaric’ and said it has ‘no place in today’s world’.

Former PM Tony Blair described the case as a ‘brutal and sickening distortion of faith’.

However, Mrs Ibrahim’s lawyers said they do not believe the offer is genuine, and is a ploy to silence the growing outcry.

Elshareef Ali Mohammed, one of her legal team, told the Telegraph: ‘It’s to silence the international media. This is what the government do. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison’.

Mrs Ibrahim, 27, was thrown in jail in September and earlier this month was sentenced to death for apostasy and adultery for marrying Daniel Wani, a Christian Sudanese man with U.S. citizenship who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Adultery: Meriam has also been sentenced to 100 lashes because the court did not recognize her marriage to Christian Daniel Wani, a naturalized U.S. citizen, who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire

She was also sentenced to 100 lashes as the Sudanese court operating under strict Shariah law refused to recognize her 2011 marriage because her father was a Muslim. The judge ruled that even though Meriam’s father left her family when she was six and she was raised as a Christian, she should still worship Islam.  Her Christian marriage was annulled and she was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and death by hanging for renouncing Islam. Sex outside a ‘lawful relationship’ is regarded as adultery under Sudanese law. The case prompted questions over whether the UK should continue giving aid to countries which do not respect human rights. Conservative North Somerset MP Liam Fox, the former defence secretary and shadow foreign secretary, said: ‘We need to ask ourselves whether it is acceptable too be giving taxpayers’ money in aid to states which allow treatment such as that handed out to Meriam Ibrahim.’ Mrs Ibrahim’s husband Mr Wani said his son has become sullen and withdrawn since being incarcerated with his mother. He added that his wife was under pressure to convert so she can leave prison but that she was ‘committed’ to her right to religious freedom.

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Pope Francis, Peres, Abbas Meeting Set for Pentecost Sunday!!!

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“I saw also the relationship between the two popes… I saw how baleful (evil; harmful) would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city (of Rome) … Once more I saw the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect (Masonry), while storms were damaging it.” “I saw an apparition of the Mother of God, and she said that the tribulation would be very great. She added that these people must pray fervently with outstretched arms…They must pray above all for the Church of Darkness to leave Rome.”  – Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich

(Aleteia) –  This is an ‘encounter for prayer,’ not mediation between Palestinians and Israelis, says Pontiff.

During his visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis invited Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli president Shimon Peres to a prayer meeting at the Vatican. The date has now been agreed upon and set for June 8, which is Pentecost Sunday.
 As the Holy Father arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday, before meeting with Palestinian authorities, he made an impromptu stop at the separation barrier that divides Palestine and Israel. It was a dramatic sight to behold: the leader of the Catholic Church resting his head against the graffiti-stained wall—one of the most austere symbols of the continued conflict—in an intense and prayerful silence.
 After he offered Mass in Manger Square, the place where Christ was born, Francis spoke directly to the two leaders in front of the crowd, saying, “I desire to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, and President Shimon Peres, to raise together with me an intense prayer to God for the gift of peace,” he said. “And I offer my house in the Vatican to host you in this encounter of prayer.” 
 “Everyone wants peace,” continued the Pontiff. “Many people build it every day with small gestures; many suffer patiently and bear the fatigue of many attempts to build it. And everyone—especially those who are at the service of their people—have a duty to be the instruments and builders of peace, above all in prayer.”
 “Building peace is hard,” he continued, “but living without peace is a torment. All men and women of this earth and of the whole world are asking us to bring before God their ardent desire for peace.”
 Both presidents’ offices immediately responded, accepting the Holy Father’s invite.
 During an in-flight interview on his way home from the Holy Land, Francis referred to this unexpected move. “My gestures were not pre-planned,” he stated simply, “I just do what comes to me spontaneously.”
 “The most genuine gestures are those which are made spontaneously,” he added.
 Upon his return to Rome, at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, he implored the faithful present: “I ask you, do not leave us alone. Pray, pray so that the Lord may give us peace, give us peace in that blessed land!”

Read more – http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/article/pope-francis-peres-abu-mazen-legendary-meeting-set-for-pentecost-sunday-5802083013885952

PRAYERS ANSWERED! DEO GRATIAS! Meriam Ibrahim: Sudan ‘to free’ death row woman!!!

PRAISE BE TO GOD!! LAUS DEO!
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag pictured on her wedding day with her husband Daniel Wani
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag pictured on her wedding day with her husband Daniel Wani
Meriam Ibrahim has been sentenced to 100 lashes as well as death by hanging…

Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official says.

Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC.

Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, said Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman.

Khartoum has been facing international condemnation over the death sentence.

In an interview with The Times newspaper, British Prime Minister David Cameron described the ruling as “barbaric” and out of step with today’s world.

The UK Foreign Office this week said that it would push for Ms Ibrahim to be released on humanitarian grounds.

Apostasy debate

Ms Ibrahim, 27, was brought up as an Orthodox Christian, but a Sudanese judge ruled earlier this month that she should be regarded as Muslim because that had been her father’s faith.

She refused to renounce her Christianity and was sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy.

On Wednesday, she gave birth to a daughter in her prison cell – the second child from her marriage in 2011 to Daniel Wani, a US citizen.

The court said Ms Ibrahim would be allowed to nurse her baby for two years before the sentence was carried out.

The court had earlier annulled her Christian marriage and sentenced her to 100 lashes for adultery because the union was not considered valid under Islamic law.

Sudan has a majority Muslim population and Islamic law has been in force there since the 1980s.

The ruling has revived a debate over apostasy, with liberal and conservative scholars giving different opinions over whether – and how – the act of abandoning the Islamic faith should be punished.

Read more –  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27651483

Mexican bishop baptizes child raised by lesbian couple!!

Bishop Vera López was also head of two organizations that support abortion! The heretic should have been ex-communicated long ago! Absolutely disgusting.
 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Mons. Raul Vera Lopez, bishop of Saltillo in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, baptized a 16-month-old who is being raised by her natural mother and her lesbian partner this past week. This was the second such baptism to take place in Latin America recently, after a similar event took place last month in the Archdiocese of Cordoba, Argentina.

Bishop Vera Lopez has stirred controversy about his views on homosexuality in the past. Two years ago he was investigated by Vatican officials because he had affiliated his diocese with a group that openly promoted the homosexual lifestyle. Bishop Vera was their “spiritual guide.” Last year he also said, “You need to be sick in the head” to think homosexuality is a perversion, according to local media.

The bishop met two weeks ago with Pope Francis in Rome, and according to the Mexican newspaper Excelsior, the prelate discussed his views of “caring for vulnerable groups, such as the lesbian-gay community” with the pope.

“I have been open and given clarity to homosexual couples or whatever,” said the bishop, according to the pro-gay website CristianosGays. “But some groups within the Church say I promote promiscuity, those are conservative groups that harm pastoral care.”

“Who am I to judge? The Pope has the same attitude as Christ did,” he said.

The girl’s mother and her partner, Lourdes Badillo and Cristal Cobas, were “married” in Mexico City, where homosexual unions have legal recognition. The girl was conceived through artificial insemination. Badillo is the natural mother.

Earlier this year, the couple made the headlines by becoming the first homosexual couple in Mexico to have their child accepted into the Mexican government’s social health system (IMSS), after a long legal battle with the institution.

“I am very happy,” Cobas told the local media. “This is another small step we must take even if laws and society don’t approve of this type of relationship.”

The girl was baptized in the Church of Saint Francis alongside two other children.

“There were several couples,” said Bishop Vera Lopez. “If I find the natural daughter of one of two women, how can I deny her baptism? If the parents seek it it’s because there is a Christian faith,” he explained to the media.

“To receive baptism there is a preparation, and during these talks certain values are made clear. The Pope already said it: Who am I to judge?”

Coahuila’s governor Ruben Moreira, from Mexico’s Party of the Institutional Revolution, welcomed Vera Lopez’ actions: “I congratulate him, we needed a voice like his, full of wisdom… to tell us that we are all children of God.”

While the governor said that the bishop was acting according to Church teaching, the Church’s Code of Canon Law states that for an infant to be baptized in the Catholic Church “there must be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion.”

“If such hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be delayed according to the prescripts of particular law after the parents have been advised about the reason,” canon 868 §1 adds.

Last month’s baptism in Argentina was criticized over fears that the public ceremony was being used as a publicity stunt to undermine the Church’s teachings on homosexuality. The couple in that case chose the president of Argentina as the godmother for their child, and made an extensive media tour following the baptism.

Bishop Vera López has also functioned as the head of two Mexican “human rights” organizations that support the legalization of abortion.

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Do not walk your dog here!

‘Do not walk your dog here! Muslims do not like dogs’

Fury after poster discovered near popular London park warns dog-walkers to stay out of ‘Islamic areas’

  • Sign sparked anger after being seen on railings of Bartlett Park, east London
  • Notice advices pet owners not to walk dogs as it is an ‘Islamic area now’
  • MP Jim Fitzpatrick has written letter of complaint to Tower Hamlets mayor
  • It is not yet known who put the sign up and police are investigating

An MP has complained after seeing a sign posted near a popular park warning dog-walkers to stay out of ‘Islamic areas’.

Labour Member of Parliament Jim Fitzpatrick alerted police and the local mayor about the sign after it was flagged up by one of the residents in his east London constituency.

The sign, which was spotted on the railings of Bartlett Park, reads: ‘Do not walk your dog here! Muslims do not like dogs. This is an Islamic area now.’

 
An MP has complained after seeing a sign, pictured, posted near a popular park warning dog-walkers to stay out of 'Islamic areas'
 
Tory MP Jim Fitzpatrick, pictured, alerted police and the local mayor about the sign after it was flagged up by one of the residents in his east London constituency
 
MP Jim Fitzpatrick wrote a letter  to recently re-elected Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman, asking for the matter to be investigated
 
 

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Cd. Dolan adding million dollar front doors to St. Pat’s amidst widespread church closures!!!

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Readers sound off on the VA, the Catholic Church and The Addams Family

Dolan’s folly

Bronx: Cardinal Dolan’s Making All Things New initiative for the New York Archdiocese involves spending close to $200 million for the renovation of his cathedral — including million-dollar front doors — while closing dozens of schools and churches in New York City’s poor and working class neighborhoods. The initiative should instead be called “Making All Things Old” — as in reverting to the corrupt church policies of the Middle Ages, which involved heaping ornate riches on church leadership while the people did without. And yes, I am Catholic. 

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VA hospital chapel hides Jesus behind curtain

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                   Courtesy Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (image)  

(Fox News.com)  – I may have figured out why the Department of Veterans Affairs had such difficulty finding time to treat patients. It’s because it was working overtime to give its chapels a religiously neutral makeover. But as VA officials in Iron Mountain, Mich., learned, one man’s renovation is another man’s desecration. Some folks in Iron Mountain became infuriated earlier this month when they discovered that statues of Jesus and Mary, along with a cross and altar, were hidden behind a curtain in the chapel of the VA hospital there.

The chapel still has stained glass windows, though for how long is unclear. A VA hospital spokesman told me they are still trying to figure out what to do with the windows. The decision to hide the religious icons came after the National Chaplain Center conducted an on-site inspection and determined the hospital’s chapel was not in compliance with government regulations.

Richard Riley, pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, called the move “exceedingly disappointed.”

 He posted photographs of the hidden religious icons on the church’s Facebook page. “We are not a politicizing kind of church,” Pastor Riley told me. “But we also believe Christians have constitutional rights. We have a right to voice our opinion. Just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean you lose your First Amendment rights.” Riley said the decision to turn the formerly Christian chapel into a religiously neutral room is evidence of a bigger problem. “Christianity, not only globally, but particularly in the United States, is really under attack,” he said. “Christianity is coming under some horrendous conflict from the media and to some degree from our own government.”

Read more – http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/05/30/va-hospital-hides-jesus-behind-curtain/

Taliban Held U.S. Soldier Released In Exchange For Afghan Detainees

American soldier released by the Taliban after five years of captivity in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees

  • Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was captured July 2, 2009 by the Taliban in Afghanistan
  • He was released in exchange for five Taliban detainees being held in Guantanamo Bay
  • Qatar has agreed to to host the detainees for at least one year

The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody, officials have announced. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, sources said. Bergdahl, 28, was so grateful for his release that reportedly broke down in tears while being airlifted away from the Taliban.

Free man: Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly five years, has been released into U.S. custody

Free man: Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly five years, has been released into U.S. custody The chopper taking Bergdahl was so loud that he wrote ‘S.F.?’ on a paper plate to ask if the soldiers were Special Forces, a Pentagon official told the New York Times. ‘Yes, we’ve been looking for you for a long time,’ a soldier shouted back over the roar of the engine.The freed soldier cried tears of relief. ‘Today the American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl,’ U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement. The 28-year-old Berghdal had been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. The officials say he is in good condition and able to walk.

Propaganda: This undated image of video footage taken from a Taliban-affiliated website shows a man claiming to be Bergdahl under captivity

Propaganda: This undated image of video footage taken from a Taliban-affiliated website shows a man claiming to be Bergdahl under captivity
Staying strong: Friends and family of 23-year-old U.S. Army private Bowe Bergdahl (not pictured), march in solidarity in the days after his July 2, 2009 capture - Bowe was freed Saturday by the terror group

Staying strong: Friends and family of 23-year-old U.S. Army private Bowe Bergdahl (not pictured), march in solidarity in the days after his July 2, 2009 capture – Bowe was freed Saturday by the terror group  ‘[Obama] was able to call Sergeant Bergdahl’s parents to let them know that US has recovered their son,’ Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said in a tweet. ‘We are so happy they will be reunited.’ The president’s statement did not mention the prisoner swap, but noted the negotiation between the U.S. and the Taliban was mediated by the government of Qatar. The gulf state has agreed to ‘host’ the Taliban inmates for at least one year, the Washington Post reported. A report earlier this year by the Associated Press revealed the Taliban was mulling whether to release the Idaho native. ‘Elements in all echelons — from the top of the Taliban down to the folks holding Bergdahl — are reaching out to make a deal,’ an unnamed official said. The officials who disclosed the prisoner swap insisted on anonymity in order to describe the details on Bergdahl’s release because they were not authorized to discuss the exchange.

 

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2644788/US-solider-freed-captivity-Afghanistan.html#ixzz33JYktrSG