"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Friday, November 25, 2016

LIFESITENEWS: Polish bishops end Year of Mercy by enthroning Christ as King in presence of president

KRAKOW- ŁAGIEWNIKI, Poland, November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — On November 19, at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, Poland celebrated a historical Act of Acceptance of Christ as King and Lord with a Mass at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, with the Polish bishops, government authorities, and many faithful in attendance. President Andrzej Duda from the Law and Justice Party took part in the event, thus attracting international media attention.

More than 100,000 Poles in Krakow recited the solemn pledge: “O Immortal King of Ages, Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior! In the Jubilee Year of the 1,050th anniversary of Poland’s baptism, in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we Poles stand here before you to acknowledge your reign, to submit ourselves to your law, to entrust and consecrate to you our Fatherland and our whole people.”

The ceremony was organized by the Polish Bishops’ Conference, inspired by Pope Francis’ papal bull Misericordiae Vultus. In relation to the closing of the Holy Door of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Father wrote, “We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future.”

During the Mass, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow and the president of the Conference of the Polish Episcopate, said, “We invite Jesus into our hearts, families, communities, and surroundings … and to all which constitutes Poland.” The Cardinal added that all persons should not be afraid to proclaim such things.

The idea for this proclamation came from the Commission for the Movements of Christ’s Enthronement. In an October pastoral letter, the Polish Bishops explained, “There is no need to enthrone Christ in the sense of placing him on the throne and giving him the power or proclaiming him king.” However, “there is an urgent need to enthrone Christ in the hearts of the faithful, by reviving living faith and the life of faith.” Therefore, the Act contains a profession of faith and renunciation of evil.

Bishop Andrzej Czaja, president of the Groups for Enthronement, said that the primary purpose of the Act is “faithful recognition of Jesus, surrendering and entrusting our personal, family, and national lives to Him in all dimensions, and living according to God’s law.” He added, “As such, it should therefore also be an act of justice, in the sense of devoting what is due to God, and at the same time an act of obedience to God in response to His Love.”

Most of the people were not able to enter the Shrine of Divine Mercy and stood outside in the rain. Among them were members of the Right to Life Foundation, who were holding pro-life posters. Many participants interviewed by Polonia Christiana TV mentioned that they wanted Poland to ban abortion, which the ruling party Law and Justice is unwilling to do.

It appears that the Church authorities hinted at that. During the homily, Bishop Czaja said, “There is a need for clear respect for God’s law, so that man’s law does not supercede it.” He clarified that this respect would assure that “what’s morally good and ethical would not be neglected.” Bishop Czaja also talked about giving the first place to Christ in all aspects of life, including professional.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin commented that the enthronement had no political meaning and that politicians present accepted Christ as King and Lord only as private citizens.

The Saturday celebration in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow preceded the feast of the Solemnity of Christ the King in the Catholic liturgical year. Last Sunday, the Act of Acceptance of Christ as King and Lord was recited in all Catholic churches in Poland.

A short video from the celebration can be viewed here:

The full text of the Jubilee Act of Acceptance of Jesus Christ as King and Lord as translated by the Bishops’ Conference:

O Immortal King of Ages, Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior! In the Jubilee Year of the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Baptism, in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we Poles stand here before you [together with our authorities, clergy and laity] to acknowledge your reign, to submit ourselves to your law, to entrust and consecrate to you our Fatherland and our whole people.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

RAPPLER: Suspected anti-Iglesia blogger arrested

Rovic Canono is arrested over a case allegedly instigated by the INC. Canono is suspected to be behind the critical blogs against the powerful church, an allegation he denies.

By Katerina Francisco @kaifrancisco
Rappler.com / 11/30/2016

DETAINED. INC member Rovic Canono is detained in Camp Karingal over a case filed by his ex-wife. Sourced photo
MANILA, Philippines – An expelled member of the influential homegrown church Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has been arrested over a case filed by his wife, allegedly under the instigation of the church leadership.

Rovic Canono was arrested and detained in Camp Karingal, Quezon City, on Friday, November 11, for violation of Republic Act 9262, or the anti-violence against women and children act.

Canono is accused of violating Sections 5(h) and (i) of RA 9262, which refer to causing emotional or psychological distress to the woman or her child, and causing mental or emotional anguish, public ridicule, or humiliation.

Canono is reportedly suspected of being behind social media accounts critical of the church leadership.

Over the past year, the Facebook account "Sher Lock" and the blog "Silent No More" have been running stories alleging corruption within the church's ranks. The blog and Facebook page have also posted stories on the alleged abductions of church ministers and harassment of the estranged siblings of INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo, in an ongoing issue that has rocked the church since July last year. (READ: Revolt in the Iglesia ni Cristo)

The bench warrant of arrest against Canono was issued by Judge Jacqueline Martin-Balictar of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 9.

The charge against Canono was filed by his wife, with whom he has been separated for several years. Rappler learned that Canono was taken from his condominium in Eastwood, Quezon City by armed operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit wearing civilian clothing.

Instead of being brought to the nearby police station inside Eastwood, however, Canono was taken to Camp Karingal in Sikatuna Village, about 5 kilometers away from the Central Temple of Iglesia.

According to a joint affidavit of arrest filed by the arresting police officers, Canono allegedly violently resisted arrest and had tried to call for help from his friends instead of contacting a lawyer. SPO1 Luisito Ubias and PO1 Mario Morales allegedly sustained injuries from the incident.

Canono is now facing an additional complaint of direct assault and resistance and disobedience to a person in authority.

Wilfredo Santos from the INC's legal department has taken on the case against Canono. The INC-run news network Net25 was already in Camp Karingal when Canono arrived.

Lawyer Rene Saguisag – also the counsel for the estranged Manalo siblings – is handling Canono's case.

Rappler contacted Bro. Edwil Zabala, spokesman for the INC, for comment, but there has been no reply as of Sunday afternoon. This story will be updated once a statement or comment from the INC is released.

Similar to Menorca?

According to the "Silent No More" blog, the circumstances of Canono's arrest were similar to those of expelled member Lowell Menorca II. In July 2015, Menorca was illegally detained for nearly 3 months under alleged orders of the church's leaders, and was previously arrested in Dasmariñas, Cavite, for alleged illegal possession of an explosive. The charge is a non-bailable offense.

Menorca at the time pointed to the INC's Sanggunian or Council as the perpetrators behind his arrest and illegal detention. Later an adultery case was filed against him.

In March 2016, Menorca left the country with his family, citing an alleged death threat and continued harassment from his critics.

In a message to Rappler, Menorca said that Canono's arrest was "all too familiar" to him, and that the operation had "all the fingerprints of the well-coordinated and influenced efforts of a very powerful institution."

"I know that the pattern will emerge soon enough to reveal the powerful hand behind these series of seemless events and circumstances that can only be possible, as orchestrated by a very influential force that has perfected this craft of inquisition against those whom they consider enemies for being critical of the church," he said.

Menorca added that since Canono's case can be resolved by posting bail, he may be charged with numerous other cases to either keep him in jail or exhaust his financial resources.

The "Silent No More" blog also posted a photo of a letter supposedly written by Canono in July 2015. According to the letter, Canono had been told that he was being "hunted down by a group of men" upon the orders of the INC leaders.

INC TO BLAME? The "Silent No More" blog posts a letter supposedly written by Rovic Canono in July 2015. Photo from Silent No More blog

The letter contained a list of names "[to] be held accountable if harm/death" happens to him or his family.

The list included the INC executive minister, his wife, Babylyn; INC auditor Glicerio Santos Jr, and other church officials. – Rappler.com

Note: We initially referred to Rovic Canono as a member of the INC. We have since updated the story to reflect his status as an expelled member.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

This happened in Jerusalem when they unveiled the marble of Lord Jesus tomb. The sounds of horns were heard and the clouds formed a circle.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Another deception by the Iglesia Ni Cristo® Media of a Certain Ferdinand Mendez

A certain "Fr. Ferdinand Mendez" was featured in one of Iglesia Ni Cristo®'s Church News. And according to them, Mr. Ferdinand Mendez was a "former" Catholic priest of the "Eastern Order of Saint Basil Lady of Fatima Missions" which is nonexistent according to registered Catholic orders and congregations available in the internet.

An "eastern" Catholic wearing a "Western" priestly garments?????????????????!

According to this Tweeter user @aprilkaygardose (Nhonoy@yahoo.com), he is a member of such non-existent Easter Order of Saint Basil:

He posted his intention to MEET THE CATHOLIC POPE (FRANCIS) whom he considers HOLY!

He even followed POPE FRANCIS's Tweeter and Our Lady of Fatima Missions (OLFMissions) which are all WESTERN, not easterm.


Religious Orders

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Institutes of Consecrated Life

Agostiniani ScalziO.A.D.Discalced AugustiniansMendicant Order
Antonian Order of Saint Ormizda of the Chaldeans (Chaldean)O.A.O.C.
Monastic Order
Antonin Maronite Order (Maronite)O.A.M.
Monastic Order
Arrouhbaniat Albassiliat Almoukhalissiat (Melkite Greek)B.S.Basilian Salvatorian OrderMonastic Order
Ar-Rouhbanyat Al-Marounyat Liltoubawyat Mariam Al-Azra (Maronite)O.M.M.AleppiansMonastic Order
Augustinians of the AssumptionA.A.AssumptionistsClerical Religious Congregation
Basilian Chouerite Order of Saint John the Baptist (Melkite Greek)B.C.
Monastic Order
Basilian Order of Saint Josaphat (Order of St. Basil the Great)O.S.B.M.Order of St. Basil the GreatMonastic Order
Brothers of Our Lady of MercyLay Religious Congregation
Brothers of the Sacred HeartS.C.
Lay Religious Congregation
Camaldolese Hermits of Mount CoronaE.C.M.C.CamaldoleseMonastic Order
Canons Regular of Saint Augustine of the Congregation of WindesheimC.R.V.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Congregation of Saint VictorC.R.S.V.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Congregation of the Brothers of Community LifeOrder of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Congregation of the Most Holy Saviour of the LateranC.R.L.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Hospitaller Congregation of Great Saint BernardC.R.B.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Immaculate ConceptionC.R.I.C.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Lateran Congregation of AustriaC.R.L.A.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Mother of GodC.R.M.G.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy CrossO.S.C.Crosier FathersOrder of Canons Regular
Capuchin Tertiary Religious of Our Lady of SorrowsT.C.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Carmelites of Mary ImmaculateC.M.I.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Carthusian OrderO. Cart.
Monastic Order
Chemin Neuf InstituteI.C.N.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Clerics of Saint ViatorC.S.V.ViatoriansClerical Religious Congregation
Clerics Regular MinorC.R.M.CaraccioliniOrder of Clerics Regular
Clerics Regular of St. PaulB.BarnabitesOrder of Clerics Regular
Clerics Regular of the Mother of GodO.M.D.
Order of Clerics Regular
Clerks Regular of SomascaC.R.S.Padri SomachiOrder of Clerics Regular
Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of JesusM.C.C.I.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Company of Mary for the Education of the DeafS. M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Confederation of Canons Regular of St. AugustineC.R.S.A.
Order of Canons Regular
Congregación de San Pedro ad-VinculaS.P. ad V.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congrégation du Sacré-CoeurS.C.J.Pères de Timon DavidClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Christian DoctrineD.C.DottrinariClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Christian Workers of Saint Joseph CalasanzC.Op.CalasantiniClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Clerics RegularC.R.TheatinesOrder of Clerics Regular
Congregration of Jesus the PriestC.G.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin MaryM.I.C.Marian FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Mariannhill MissionariesC.M.M.Marianhiller MissionareClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Missionaries of the Holy FamilyM.S.F.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Saint John the Baptist PrecursorC.S.I.B.P.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Saint JosephC.S.I.Giuseppini del MurialdoClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Saint Michael the ArchangelC.S.M.A.MichaelitesClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus “Little Flower”C.S.T.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Servants of CharityS.d.C.Guanellian Priests and BrothersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of St. BasilC.S.B.Basilian FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Blessed SacramentS.S.S.Blessed Sacrament FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Holy CrossC.S.C.Holy Cross FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth of Blessed Father PiamartaF.N.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Holy SpiritC.S.Sp.Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans)Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of MaryC.I.C.M.ScheutistsClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Legionaries of ChristL.C.Legionaries of ChristClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles BorromeoC.S.ScalabriniansClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Most Holy RedeemerC.SS.R.RedemptoristsClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the PassionC.P.PassionistsClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Priestly FraternityC.F.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred HeartS.C.I.DehoniansClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus ChristC. R.ResurrectionistsClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and MarySS.CC.Picpus FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Sacred StigmataC.S.S.Stigmatine FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Schools of CharityC.S.Ch.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Sons of Mary ImmaculateF. M. I.PavoniansClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Sons of Merciful LoveF.A.M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregazione dei Figli dell’Immacolata ConcezioneC.F.I.C.ConcezionistiLay Religious Congregation
Congregazione MechitaristaC.A.M.MechitaristsMonastic Order
Congregazione Sacra Famiglia di BergamoC.S.F.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Consolata MissionariesI.M.C.Consolata MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Discalced MercedariansO. M. D.
Mendicant Order
Fathers of MercyC.P.M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Fils de Marie ImmaculéeF.M.I.Pères de ChavagnesClerical Religious Congregation
Franciscan Friars of the AtonementS.A.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Franciscan Friars of the ImmaculateF.I.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Fraternity of Saint Vincent FerrerF.S.V.F.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Hijos de la Sagrada FamiliaS.F.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Indian Missionary SocietyI.M.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Institut du Clergé Patriarcal de BzommarI.C.P.B.
Institute of CharityI.C.RosminiansClerical Religious Congregation
Institute of Schönstatt FathersP. SchönstattSchönstatt FathersClerical Secular Institute
Institute of the Josephites of BelgiumC.J.Josephites of BelgiumClerical Religious Congregation
Istituto del PradoIst. del PradoPrado InstituteClerical Secular Institute
Knights of the Cross with the Red StarO.Cr.
Order of Canons Regular
Little Brothers of JesusP.F.J.FoucauldLay Religious Congregation
Little Mission for the Deaf and DumbP.M.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Misioneros de la Natividad de MaríaM.N.M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionari dei PoveriM.O.P.
Mendicant Order
Missionari di S. Giuseppe nel MessicoM.J.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of Our Lady of La SaletteM.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales d’AnnecyM.S.F.S.FransaliansClerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Company of MaryS.M.M.Montfort MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Divine RedeemerM.D.R.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Holy SpiritM.Sp.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception of LourdesM. I. C.Fathers of GaraisonClerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Saint Mary of GuadalupeM. S. C.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of JesusM.S.C.Sacred Heart MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and MaryM.SS.CC.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Mallorca)M. SS. CC.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of WorkersM.O.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Brothers of the CountrysideF.M.R.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Congregation of the Blessed SacramentM.C.B.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Servants of the Most Holy TrinityS.T.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Servants of the PoorS.d.P.Morsel of the PoorClerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Servants of the WordM. S. P.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Society of St. PaulM.S.S.P.Paulist MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of MaryC.M.F.ClaretiansClerical Religious Congregation
Montfort Brothers of Saint GabrielS.G.
Lay Religious Congregation
Oblates of Mary ImmaculateO.M.I.Oblates of Mary ImmaculateClerical Religious Congregation
Oblates of Saint JosephO.S.I.Josephines of AstiClerical Religious Congregation
Oblates of St. Francis de SalesO.S.F.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Oblates of the Virgin MaryO.M.V.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Orden de San JerónimoO.S.H.Monjes JerónimosMonastic Order
Order of Augustinian RecollectsO.A.R.Augustinian RecollectsMendicant Order
Order of CisterciansO. Cist.CisterciansMonastic Order
Order of Cistercians of the Strict ObservanceO.C.S.O.TrappistsMonastic Order
Order of Discalced CarmelitesO.C.D.Discalced CarmelitesMendicant Order
Order of Friar Servants of MaryO.S.M.ServitesMendicant Order
Order of Friars MinorO.F.M.FranciscansMendicant Order
Order of Friars Minor CapuchinO.F.M. Cap.CapuchinsMendicant Order
Order of Friars Minor ConventualO.F.M. Conv.Conventual FranciscansMendicant Order
Order of Friars PreachersO.P.DominicansMendicant Order
Order of the Pious SchoolsSch. P.PiaristsOrder of Clerics Regular
Order of Imitation of ChristO.I.C.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Order of Lebanese Maronite (Maronite)O.L.M.BaladitesMonastic Order
Order of Our Lady of MercyO. de M.MercedariansMendicant Order
Order of Our Lady of Mt. CarmelO. Carm.CarmelitesMendicant Order
Order of Saint BenedictO.S.B.BenedictinesMonastic Order
Order of Saint Paul the First HermitO.S.P.P.E.Pauline FathersMonastic Order
Order of St. AugustineO.S.A.AugustiniansMendicant Order
Order of the Canons Regular of Premontre; NorbertinesO. Praem.PremonstratensiansOrder of Canons Regular
Order of the Holy CrossO.R.C.
Order of Canons Regular
Order of the Hospitallers of Saint John of GodO.H.
Mendicant Order
Order of the MinimsO.M.MinimiMendicant Order
Order of the Ministers of the SickM.I.CamilliansOrder of Clerics Regular
Order of the Most Holy TrinityO.SS.T.TrinitariansMendicant Order
Order of the Teutonic Knights of Saint Mary’s Hospital in JerusalemO.T.Teutonic OrderOrder of Canons Regular
Ordine Basiliano Italiano di GrottaferrataO.S.B.I.
Monastic Order
Ordre Basilien Alépin (Melkite Greek)B.A.
Monastic Order
Parochial Cooperators of Christ the KingC.P.C.R.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Pious Workers Rural CatechistsP.O.C.R.Ardorini MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Poveri Servi della Divina ProvvidenzaP.S.D.P.Don CalabriaClerical Religious Congregation
Priests of Saint Mary of TinchebrayP.S.M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of BétharramS.C.I. di Béth.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Religieux de Saint Vincent de PaulR.S.V.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Rogationists of the Heart of JesusR.C.J.RogationistsClerical Religious Congregation
Rosarian FathersC.S.R.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Salesians of Saint John BoscoS.D.B.Salesians of St. John BoscoClerical Religious Congregation
Servants of Jesus and MaryS.I.M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Servants of the Holy ParacleteS.P.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Society of Christ for Polish ImmigrantsS. Chr.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Society of Divine VocationsS.D.V.VocationistsClerical Religious Congregation
Society of JesusS.J.JesuitsOrder of Clerics Regular
Society of MaryS.M.Marist FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Society of MaryS. M.Marianist FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Society of Saint CajetanP.S.S.G.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Society of Saint EdmundS.S.E.EdmunditesClerical Religious Congregation
Society of St. PaulS.S.P.PaulinesClerical Religious Congregation
Society of the Divine SaviorS.D.S.SalvatoriansClerical Religious Congregation
Society of the Divine WordS.V.D.Divine Word MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Sons of CharityF.C.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Sons of CharityF.d.C.C.CanossiansClerical Religious Congregation
Sons of Divine ProvidenceF.D.P.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Sons of Saint Mary ImmaculateF.S.M.I.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Swiss Congregation of Canons Regular of Saint Maurice of AgauneC.R.A.
Order of Canons Regular
Third Order Regular of St. Francis of PenanceT.O.R.Franciscan Friars (T.O.R.)Mendicant Order
Ukrainian Studite Monks (Ukrainian)M.S.U.
Monastic Order
Vincentian Congregation (Syro-Malabar)C.V.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Xaverian Missionary FathersS.X.XaveriansClerical Religious Congregation

Societies of Apostolic Life

Catholic Foreign Mission Society of AmericaM.M.Maryknoll
Clerical Society of the Missionaries of the Holy ApostlesM.S.A.
Clerical Society of Virgo Flos CarmeliE.P.
Companions of the CrossC.C.
Confederation of Oratorians of St. Philip NeriC.O.Oratorians
Congregation of Jesus and MaryC.I.M.Eudists
Congregation of the Lebanese Maronite Missionaries (Maronite)M.L.Kremisti
Congregation of the MissionC.M.Vincentians/Lazarists
Emmanuel CommunityComm. l'Emm.
Fraternità Sacerdotale dei Missionari di San Carlo BorromeoF.S.C.B.Fraternity of St. Charles
Glenmary Home MissionersG.H.M.
Heralds of Good NewsH.G.N.
Instituto Español de San Francisco Javier para Misiones ExtranjerasI.E.M.E.
Misioneros de GuadalupeM.G.Guadalupe Missionaries
Misioneros Javerianos de YarumalM.X.Y.
Missionari della Santa CroceM.H.C.
Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers)M. Afr.White Fathers
Missionários da Boa NovaS.M.P.Portuguese Missionary Society
Missionary Society of Saint Paul of NigeriaM.S.P.N.
Missionary Society of St. ColumbanS.S.C.M.E.Columban Missionaries
Mission Society of the PhilippinesM.S.P.
Oblates of Saints Ambrose and CharlesO.Ss.C.A.
Paulist FathersC.S.P.Paulists
Pontifical Institute for Foreign MissionsP.I.M.E.
Priestly Fraternity of Saint PeterF.S.S.P.
Priestly Society of Saint JacquesS.P.S.J.
Priestly Society of St. Joseph Benedict CottolengoS.S.C.Cottelengo Congregation
Scarboro Foreign Mission SocietyS.F.M.
Società dei Missionari di San Paolo (Melkite Greek)S.M.S.P.Pères Paulistes
Société de l’Oratoire de JésusC.O.I.Oratorians of France
La Société des Missions EtrangèresM.E.P.
Société des Missions-ÉtrangèresP.M.E.
Society of African MissionsS.M.A.
Society of Bethlehem Mission ImmenseeS.M.B.
Society of Precious BloodC.Pp.S.
Society of Priests of Saint SulpiceP.S.S.Sulpicians
Society of the Catholic ApostolateS.A.C.Pallottines
Society of the Missionaries of Saint Francis XavierS.F.X.Pilar Fathers
Sodalicio de Vida CristianaS.C.V.
St. Joseph’s Missionary Society of Mill HillM.H.M.Mill Hill Missionaries
St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred HeartS.S.J.Josephite Fathers
St. Patrick’s Society for the Foreign MissionsS.P.S.Kiltegan Fathers
Workers of the Kingdom of ChristC.O.R.C.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

AP News: First mass in two years held in Iraq’s main Christian town

Published October 31, 2016 8:06am
By THIBAULD MALTERRE AND SAFA MAJEED, Agence France-Presse via GMA Network

In spite of church being burnt out, Mosul Archbishop Putrus Moshe defiantly leads the Sunday Mass in the Grand Immaculate church in Baghdeda for the first time in two years after this church was liberated from ISIS last week. Photo Source: This is Christian Iraq
QARAQOSH, Iraq - A handful of faithful gathered in a burnt out church Sunday for the first mass to be celebrated in two years in Qaraqosh, which was once Iraq's main Christian town.

Iraqi forces retook Qaraqosh from the Islamic State group days earlier, as part of a massive offensive to wrest back the country's second city Mosul.

"After two years and three months in exile, I just celebrated the Eucharist in the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception the Islamic State wanted to destroy," Yohanna Petros Mouche, the Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, said.

"But in my heart it was always there," Mouche, who officiated with four priests, told AFP.

IS jihadists took over swathes of Iraq in June 2014, also taking Mosul where the prelate was based.

He moved to Qaraqosh, a town with a mostly Christian population of around 50,000 that was controlled by Kurdish forces and lies east of Mosul in the Nineveh plain.

But a second jihadist sweep towards Kurdish-controlled areas two months later forced around 120,000 Iraqi Christians and members of other minorities to leave their towns and villages.

"We had no other choice but to convert or become slaves. We fled to preserve our faith. Now we're going to need international protection," Father Majeed Hazem said.

Donning a resplendent chasuble and stole, Mouche led mass on an improvised altar in front of a modest congregation mostly made up of members of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU), a local Christian militia.

‘Damaged but still standing’

"I can't describe what I'm feeling. This is my land, my church," said Samer Shabaoun, a militiaman who was involved in operations to retake Qaraqosh.

"They used everything against us: they shot at us, they sent car bombs, suicide attackers. Despite all this, we're here."

Shortly before Sunday's mass, the soldiers now guarding Qaraqosh were surprised to find two elderly women in a house, one of them bedridden.

"We stayed the whole of the occupation by the Islamic State, from the first day. Sometimes they would bring us food," one of them said.

The bell tower of the church was damaged, statues decapitated and missals strewn across the nave floor, which is still covered in soot from the fire the jihadists lit when they retreated.

But some of the crosses have already been replaced and a new icon was laid on the main altar, where the armed militiamen took turns to light candles.

"This church is such a powerful symbol that if we hadn't found it like this, damaged but still standing, I'm not sure residents would have wanted to come back," Mouche said.

Christmas in Mosul?

"But the fact that it's still here gives us hope," the blue-eyed prelate, who wears thin-rimmed glasses and sports a neatly trimmed white goatee, said as he surveyed the damage in Qaraqosh after mass.

It could be months before former residents return to a town that needs to be cleared of explosive devices left behind by IS and whose infrastructure suffered badly.

The seminary library was completely burnt down and the ashes were still warm.

"This is barely a few days old—the jihadists torched it when soldiers started entering the town," Mouche said.

In the course of his visit to Qaraqosh, the archbishop recited ritual phrases to "purify" various buildings, holding a cross in one hand and swinging a thurible of incense with the other.

Jihadists appear to have used the cloister-like back yard of the cathedral for target practice.

The ground was littered with casings, the pillars riddled with bullet impacts and IS instructors even left behind a board detailing the workings of a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

The Iraqi offensive on Mosul launched two weeks ago has yet to reach the city borders, and commanders have warned it could last months but Mouche was optimistic: "I hope to celebrate a Christmas mass in Mosul cathedral." —Agence France-Presse

Church Bells are Ringing Again in Iraq!

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Monday, October 31, 2016


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CNA: The ‘people of the cross’ are taking back Iraq

Source: Catholic News Agency
On 10.26.16,  by Mary Rezac+

Mass at a refugee camp in Baghdad. Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been killed or forced to flee their homes after the rise of the Islamic State. Credit: Amigos de Irak via Facebook.
The cross of Jesus is being lifted once more over many parts of Iraq, where for years Islamic State terrorists left a path of death and destruction.

As a military campaign to rid the Mosul area of the Islamic state rages on, videos are surfacing of “the people of the cross” reclaiming their homes by raising makeshift wooden crosses over the churches and towns they were once forced to flee out of fear for their lives.

The “people of the cross” was the term for Christians used by Islamic terrorists when they beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians in February 2015.

According to many reports, the Islamic State has a special hate for the symbol of the cross, which many say points to the religious motivations of their actions. According to a journalist for Ankawa news agency, within two weeks of seizing Mosul, the Islamic State terrorists threw down all the crosses from domes of churches in the city. They also raided the houses of Christian living in Mosul in order to destroy all the crosses and icons.

The breaking of the cross is symbolic of what many Muslims believe will happen at the end times. Muhammad prophesied that when Isa (the Muslim Jesus) returns, he will “fight the people for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill the swine and abolish jizya” and establish the rule of Allah throughout the world.

But after years of broken crosses throughout Christian towns near Mosul, Iraq, the symbol of Jesus’ triumph over death is returning.

Yesterday, “This is Christian Iraq” Facebook page posted a video of two priests and members of the Iraq military elevating a cross made of two wooden poles and copper wiring on top of Al-Tahira Church in Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian town.

Al-Tahira Church (The Church of the Immaculate Conception) is a Chaldean Catholic Church dating back to the 7th century. In 2014, some sources reported that ISIS terrorists destroyed a Virgin Mary statue outside this Church. Since then, most of the other icons and sacramentals inside the church have been destroyed, the interior of the Church burned, the windows smashed.

But now, there is hope again that the 50,000 some Christians who were forced to leave Qaraqosh may return.

“I’m very happy now that we are able to return to our church,” Father Amar, one of the priests who erected the new cross, told The Daily Beast.

But hope mingles with sorrow at the ruin of so many churches and Christian symbols.

“Its very hard for us to see our town like this. Everything is damaged. Do you see that the bell of the church is missing? They destroyed it. Why? I don’t know,” he said.

A second video, from France 24, shows the liberation of Bartella, a Christian village close to Mosul. In an emotional and symbolic gesture of their return, they too made a makeshift cross of wooden beams and raised it on top of their church.

On the church’s walls below, Islamic State graffiti read: “Our God is higher than the cross.”

A captain with the Iraqi army told International Business Times that the fight to take back Bartella was more difficult than some of the other fights to free nearby towns, perhaps because of the town’s religious significance.

A few days ago, church bells rang out in the town for the first time in two years since the Islamic State takeover. [Read: Church bells ring for first time in 2 years after Iraqi forces liberate Christian town of Bartella en route to Mosul http://abcnews.ws/2eloz3Tl]

Christian persecution has been happening in Iraq since the spread of Islamic terror and the U.S. invasion in 2003, and picked up in intensity with the rise of the Islamic State in 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been killed or forced to flee their homes, and the population of Christians – which was about 1.5 million in 2003 – is about a third of what it used to be, with approximately 500,000 Christians remaining.

And while the battle for Mosul has been liberating Christian towns, it has not been without cost.

The United Nations warned that ISIS is using civilians as human shields in the fight for Mosul, estimating that the militants have so far taken roughly 550 families from smaller towns close to Mosul in an effort to prevent them from leaving the area.

According to CNN, some 285 men and boys have already been used by ISIS as human shields in recent days, and their bodies dumped in a mass grave.

In a statement earlier this week, Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, stressed that liberating Mosul and the Nineveh plain are not enough. In addition, aid must be offered to ensure the survival of groups that ISIS had been trying to exterminate.

The Knights of Columbus have been heavily involved in supporting persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Earlier this year the Catholic fraternal group successfully advocated for the State Department to recognize the genocide of religious minorities at the hands of ISIS.

In 2014, the Knights established the Christian Refugee Relief Fund, which has raised $10.5 million to provide food, clothing, shelter, education, and medical care to persecuted Christians in the Middle East. They have also encouraged prayer for those facing persecution.

“Celebrations over the ongoing liberation of the historically Christian towns of the Nineveh, should not obscure the fact those minority groups who lived there for generations are now displaced and in danger of disappearing,” Anderson said in his statement.

Donations can be made to help the victims of Christian genocide in the Middle East at: http://www.kofc.org/en/charities/christian-relief/

Friday, October 28, 2016

Muhammad: Espiritu ng Katotohanan sa Juan 16:13?

Mula sa blog ni Kapatid na Cenon Bibe: SAGOT SA BALIK-ISLAM

May mga Muslim na nagsasabi na ang Propeta Muhammad nila ang “Espiritu ng Katotohanan” sa Juan 16:13.

Ginagamit nila ito para sabihing mababasa sa Bibliya ang pagdating ng kanilang propeta. Gusto nilang palabasin na siya ang “Espiritu ng katotohanan na darating at gagabay sa inyo sa lahat ng katotohanan.”

Hindi totoo ang mga sinasabi nila. Simple lang ang mga dahilan:

1. Sinasabi sa Juan 16:13 na Espiritu ang darating. Ang propeta ng Islam ay hindi espiritu kundi isang tao.

2. Sa Juan 16:7 ay sinasabi ni Hesus na Siya ang magsusugo sa Espiritu, na tinatawag ding Advocate (Tagapagtanggol), Comforter (Mang-aaliw) o Paracletos. Hindi si Hesus ang nagsugo sa propeta ng Islam. Ni hindi sila nagkita. EspMatagal nang nakabalik sa langit si Hesus bago pa lumitaw ang propeta ng mga Muslim.

3. Sa Juan 14:26 ay malinaw na kinilala ang Tagapagtanggol, Mang-aalis o Paracletos bilang ang Espiritu Santo. Ang propeta ng Islam ay hindi ang Espiritu Santo. Tao siya – TAO.



 Una, maliwanag sa Juan 16:13 na ang darating ay ang “Espiritu.”

Ang espiritu ay walang laman, walang buto, walang dugo. Sa kabaliktaran, ang propeta ng Islam ay isang tao na may laman, may buto at may dugo.

Kaya malinaw na hindi totoo ang sinasabi ng mga Muslim na ang propeta nila ang “Espiritu” na ipinahayag sa Juan 16:13.

Kung babasahin natin ang Juan 16:7, sinasabi ni Hesus na Siya ang magsusugo sa Espiritu, na tinatawag na Tagapagtanggol, Mang-aaliw o Paracletos.

Sinabi ni Hesus sa Juan 16:7, “Siya’y susuguin ko sa inyo.”

Itanong natin sa kahit na sinong Muslim kung si Hesus ang nagsugo sa propeta nila at baka mainsulto pa sila. Para kasi sa kanila ay propeta lang si Hesus, kaya sa isip nila ay paanong susuguin ng isang propeta (Hesus) ang isa pang propeta (Muhammad)?

Dahil diyan, muling makikita na mali ang sinasabi ng mga Muslim na ang Propeta Muhammad nila ang tinutukoy sa Juan 16:13.

Walang duda na ang Espiritu sa Juan 16:13 ay ang Espiritu Santo dahil malinaw na sinasabi sa Juan 14:26 na ang Tagapagtanggol o Mang-aaliw o Paracletos ay ang Espiritu Santo.

JUAN 14:26
“Datapuw’t ang Mang-aaliw, samakatuwid baga’y ang ESPIRITU SANTO, na susuguin ng Ama sa aking pangalan, Siya ang magtuturo sa inyo ng lahat ng mga bagay, at magpapaalala ng lahat na sa inyo’y aking sinabi.”

Muli, malinaw na mali ang sinasabi ng mga Muslim na propeta Muhammad nila ang Espiritu na darating ayon sa Juan 16:13. Bagsak at wasak ang inaangkin nilang ito.

Desperado na ang ilang Muslim na maghanap ng patunay na sugo ng Diyos ang kanilang propeta.

Marami nang Muslim ang umamin sa atin na hindi kailanman kinausap ng Diyos ang kanilang propeta. Aral kasi nila na hindi kailanman kinausap ng Diyos ang sino mang tao.

Ibig sabihin, kung hindi kinausap ng Diyos ang propeta nila ay hindi pwedeng sinugo mismo ng Diyos ang kanilang propeta. Hindi kinausap ng Diyos si Muhammad para suguin bilang propeta o mensahero sa sangkatauhan. Sa madaling salita ay hindi sinugo ng Diyos ang propeta ng Islam.

Ikumpara natin ang propeta ng Islam sa mga propeta ng Diyos sa Bibliya.

Sa Bibliya ay Diyos mismo ang pumili, kumausap, tumawag at nagsugo sa mga propeta.

Halimbawa si Moises na personal na tinawag at kinausap ng Diyos sa Exodo 3:4. Sa Exodo 3:6 ay nagpakilala mismo ang Diyos kay Moises. At sa Exodo 3:10-15 ay personal na sinugo ng Diyos si Moises para hanguin ang bayan ng Diyos sa Ehipto.

Ganun din ang nangyari sa iba pang propeta tulad nina Samuel (1Sam 3:10), Elijah (1Kings 17:2-9), Isaiah (Isaiah 7:3), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:4-10), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 2:1-9) at iba pa.

Ayon sa mga Muslim, ang kanilang propeta ang “huling sugo.”

Ang problema nila ay paano nila masasabing “sugo” ang kanilang propeta kung aminado silang hindi ito tulad ng mga tunay na propeta sa Bibliya? Ang mga tunay na propeta ay kinausap at sinugo mismo ng Diyos. Ang propeta nila ay hindi man lang kinausap so paano susuguin?

Dahil hindi man lang kinausap at hindi personal na sinugo ng Diyos ang kanilang propeta ay desperado ang ilang Muslim kung paano patutunayang tunay siyang sugo.

Ano ang silbi ng isang propeta kung hindi siya tunay na sugo o walang patunay na sugo nga ng Diyos?

Paano niya masasabing dala niya ang mga salita ng Diyos kung ni hindi niya narining ang mismong salita ng Diyos?

Paano madadala ng isang propeta ang mensahe ng Diyos kung siya mismo ay hindi narining ang mensahe mula sa Diyos? Lalabas na salita lang niya ang kanyang ipinahahayag. Hindi sa Diyos.

May maniniwala ba sa ganung uri ng propeta?

Iyan ang malaking problema ng mga Muslim kaya pilit silang naghahanap ng mga talata na susuporta sa kanilang propeta.

Kaya pilit nilang iniuugnay ang Juan 16:13 sa kanilang propeta. Ganun din ang ginagawa nila sa Exodo 18:18, Genesis 17:20, Isaiah 29:12, Awit ni Solomon 5:16 at iba pa.

Ang masaklap ay kinakailangan nilang baluktutin ang mga talatang iyan para lang mailapat sa propeta nilal.

Lalong nagiging desperado ang ilang Muslim dahil hindi iyan problema ng mga Kristiyano.

Diyos mismo ang nagtatag sa Kristiyanismo. (Mateo 16:18, Mga Gawa 2:1-4)

Diyos mismo ang tumawag sa mga unang Kristiyano (Mateo 4:18-22) at Diyos mismo ang nagsugo sa kanila upang dalhin ang Kanyang mensahe sa sanlibutan. (Mt 28:19-20)

Diyos din mismo ang pumili ng mga pinuno ng Kanyang relihiyon. (Mt 16:18; John 21:15-17)

So, mauunawaan natin ang malaking problema ng mga Muslim kung bakit pilit silang naghahanap ng talata para isuporta sa propeta nila. 


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

AP turns anti-Catholic superstar Jack Chick into an all-purpose fundamentalist hero

Source: GetReligion

This will be risky, but I'd like to talk about Adolf Hitler and religion for a moment.

The problem with creating a metaphor involving Hitler is that, as journalist Ron Rosenbaum told me long ago (this is a paraphrase): What people say about Hitler usually reveals more about their biases and beliefs than about those of Hitler. (Rosenbaum is the author of an amazing book, "Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil.")

So here goes. Readers, especially Jewish readers, what would you think if you read a news feature covering the life and legacy of Hitler and, right at the beginning, it stressed that he was known for his oppression of Marxists, Catholics, faithful Lutherans, gays, Jews and gypsies?

On one level, all of that is true. That is an accurate list of groups in Germany, Poland, France and elsewhere that Hitler attacked. But isn't it rather strange to see his war on the Jews turned into a mere bullet item in a list of what appear to be similar offenses?

Now, please hear me say this: I am not about to compare the work of Jack T. Chick with that of Hitler. So what am I attempting here?

I am saying that, when I read the Associated Press obituary for the famous – many would say "infamous" – cartoonist the lede struck me as strange. Click here for the version that ran in The Los Angeles Times – which is symbolic since Chick was based west of LA.

Now, Chick was famous for using his pen to attack lots of different targets. But there is no question that he attacked one body of religious believers more than any other and in ways that were uniquely scandalous. But read the AP lede and try to figure out which body got stabbed the most:

Jack T. Chick, whose cartoon tracts preached fundamentalist Christianity while vilifying secular society, evolution, homosexuality and the beliefs of Catholics and Muslims, has died. He was 92.

Then there was this follow-up:

Chick's pulpy, lurid cartoons combined traditional evangelism with frankly conspiracy-minded attacks. He and later other illustrators produced several hundred tracts over the decades. Latching onto the issues of the day, the tracts took aim at abortion, occultism, ecumenism and other perceived evils.

They portrayed everything from rock music to Dungeons & Dragons and Harry Potter as literal traps of the Devil. One tract, “The Walking Dead,” tapped into the hit zombie TV show but argued: “We're all like zombies. The spirits inside our souls are dead.”

OK, Catholic readers, does any of this strike you are rather strange?

I mean, all of this is accurate. There is no question that Chick fired away at all of these different targets. But isn't the lede here that the cartoonist would appear at the top of any informed researcher's list of the most influential anti-Catholic voices of the 20th Century? Isn't it – returning to my risky metaphor – rather strange to see Chick's fierce and at times lurid attacks on Catholicism turned into a mere bullet item in a list of what appear to be similar actions?

Yet throughout this piece, Chick's anti-Catholic campaign is consistently mixed in with this work criticizing other groups. For example:

Chick managed to offend Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims and Freemasons, who found their beliefs discounted, ridiculed or condemned as false – or worse.

“Learn how the papacy helped start Islam, only to have this new daughter rebel against her. You'll understand the Arab's place in Bible prophecy. Muslims have been saved by reading this book,” says the blurb for one pamphlet on the Chick Publications order website.

The tracts were criticized for using debunked or one-sided arguments and stereotypical portrayals of blacks, homosexuals, Arabs and others. But they also attracted collectors and fans who cherished them as quirky works of art.

This AP approach was not unique. The Religion News Service obituary for Chick underlined the Catholic attacks earlier, but did not cite the unique degree to which the cartoonist focused on the Church of Rome again and again.

Chick printed and distributed 800 million copies of more than 250 different tracts, according to ComicsAlliance. Each illustrated fundamentalist Christian beliefs about the way to heaven, as well as what he believed were stumbling blocks: Harry Potter books, homosexuality, even Catholicism.

With titles such as “The Death Cookie,” depicting Catholicism as a plan of the devil, and “Dark Dungeons,” about Dungeons and Dragons, they’re campy and controversial – and widely known, distributed on street corners, at churches, sometimes even in place of Halloween candy.

As you would expect, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights was not amused by this approach to describing the life and work of Chick, especially its emphasis on attacking St. Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Chick’s goal was to convince Protestants that Roman Catholicism was a false religion. He published scores of books and magazines, and released many videos, but he was most famous for his small tracts and comic books. ... His titles were provocative: “Are Roman Catholics Christians?”; “Why is Mary Crying?”; and “The Death Cookie” (meaning the Host). These were among his bestsellers.

Some of the assaults on Catholicism were quite specific. For example, Confession was the work of Satan. The Jesuits constitute a “truly secret army” all over the world. The Catholic Church was responsible for the Nazi death camps. Pope Pius XI and John Paul I were drugged. Protestants must beware of the “Catholicization of America.” The Vatican is bent on creating the “New World Order.”

OK, this analysis will not surprise Donohue's critics. However, I thought this bite of information struck home:

The fact is that Jack Chick concentrated most of his time and resources attacking Catholics. ... Indeed, on the website of Chick Publications there are 680 stories on Muslims, 260 on homosexuals, and 2,460 on Catholics.

Once again let me stress: I am not comparing Hitler and Chick. I am talking about efforts to describe their targets.

Yes, it is accurate to say that Hitler attacked all kinds of people. However, it was clear that the Jews were his primary target.

Yes, it is also accurate to say that Chick used his pen and fierce, at times bizarre, talent to criticize and even attack all kinds of people. However. it was clear that the Catholic Church was his primary target. Why not say so?

Just asking.

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