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FRC’s Tony Perkins Wraps up Visit to Israel as a part of ‘Christians in Solidarity with Israel’ Trip

 

JERUSALEM, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is wrapping up a visit to Israel this week as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip, hosted by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB).  He met with several high level Israeli officials including Nir Barkat, Jerusalem’s mayor and advisors to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   Perkins’ national radio show, Washington Watch, broadcast live from Jerusalem during Perkins’ trip.

Perkins made the following comments about his trip during which he observed missile attacks on Israel:

“We came to see first-hand what is happening in Israel, show our support for Israel’s right to defend itself, and remind Christians to pray for Israel.

“Near the Gaza border, I met an Israeli man in a bomb shelter whose recently vacated house was hit and destroyed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.   Tragically, missile attacks have become a way of life.  However, it is not the missile attacks they fear the most but the underground tunnels of terror.

“During our meeting with the mayor of Jerusalem, we read Psalms 122:6.  This Scripture took on a deeper meaning sitting with the mayor of Jerusalem knowing that he was leading the city we have been instructed by God to pray for. We prayed for him and then walked outside on the terrace overlooking the entire city. Psalm 122 does not have an expiration date.  This is why we continue to emphasize the need for American Christians to remain steadfast in prayer for the peace of Jerusalem so that all the people of that region, Jewish and Palestinian, can live without fear. In addition, we must not forget the many Palestinian Christians who are under the control of Hamas. We also stand with those in the West Bank and Gaza who truly desire peace.

“Evil unleashed is the only way to describe what is taking place in the Middle East.  Thousands of missiles are raining down on Israel at the same time Christians are being slaughtered across Iraq and Syria.  Sadly, we are seeing the ongoing consequences of the failed foreign policy of the Obama administration.

Israel is truly an oasis of freedom in a bad neighborhood.  It’s the only place in the Middle East where Christians can live out their faith without persecution.  America’s commitment to Israel’s security is and must remain sacrosanct – especially now as it defends itself from terrorism,” concluded Perkins.

Those joining Mr. Perkins and Dr. Johnson included Kay Arthur, Co-Founder, Precept Ministries; William A. Blount, President, Blount Communications Group, and Chairman, NRB Board of Directors; Richard P. Bott II, President & CEO, Bott Radio Network; Annette M. Garcia, President/GM, Son Broadcasting Co. Inc.; Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary; Anne Graham Lotz, President, AnGeL Ministries; Katie Pavlich, News Editor/Fox News Contributor, Townhall.com/Townhall Magazine; Jerry K. Rose, President & CEO, Total Living Network; and Chelsen A. Vicari, Evangelical Action Director, The Institute on Religion & Democracy.

Grossly Inadequate Iraq Response by UN and Obama, Says Coptic Solidarity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Coptic Solidarity condemns the grossly inadequate and slow response by the international community to the ongoing genocide and humanitarian crisis in Iraq driven by ISIL Jihadists against religious and ethnic minorities. The founding words of the United Nations, “Never Again” ring hollow as the UN and powerful member states lack the will-power to intervene and stop the genocide of religious minorities, yet again.

As ISIL seeks to establish a Sunni Caliphate in the Middle East, their advances bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide against communities and individuals who do not share their faith. Hundreds of thousands of Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities have been forced to convert, pay jizya and live in submission, or flee empty-handed. There are plentiful videos and firsthand accounts of the massacring of minority men, the kidnapping, rape, and selling of minority women, and even the murder of innocent minority children. Cultural cleansing has reached unprecedented levels. With such abominable barbarities, humanity is facing a real incarnation of evil.

The UN Security Council’s statement last week, condemning ISIL actions and calling on member states to provide humanitarian aid, rings hollow and shows duplicity when compared with others. The effacement of Europe on the international scene at this tragic moment is shameful.

President Obama has finally started to react, by authorizing limited air strikes to defend “American interests” in Iraq, bolster the threatened Kurdish region, and deliver some humanitarian aid. Yet, the response is woefully inadequate. It falls far short of what the catastrophic situation on the ground requires. Essentially preserving the status quo, this response fails to make it an objective of driving the dark forces of ISIL into retreating. It also fails to recognize that ISIL is an international, not just Iraqi, problem, as a hotbed of terrorism makes roots in such a vital area.

In response to the current genocide and humanitarian crisis, Coptic Solidarity makes the following recommendations to the UN and its member states, especially the United States:

  1. Authorize air strikes against ISIL forces, by NATO or an alliance of willing countries;
  2. Refer all ISIL leaders to the International Criminal Court under Chapter VII;
  3. Immediately create safe havens for the minority communities in Iraq and Syria;
  4. Provide arms to the Kurdish Peshmerga for their self-defense and protection of the minorities who have sought refuge in the Kurdish-controlled region;
  5. Expose and block the financial networks that support ISIL terrorists;
  6. Develop a plan and provide assistance and protection for refugees to return to their homes.

The West has blood on its hands by its past actions and inactions that helped “create” the current situation. Leaders of the international community bear responsibility for the agony and deaths of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. Now is the time for immediate action, not for more empty, feel-good, statements and posturing by the international community.

Coptic Solidarity is non-profit organization dedicated to leading efforts to achieve equal citizenship for the Copts in Egypt and minorities in Middle East.

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Supreme Knight’s Report Highlights K of C’s Charity, Growth & Commitment to the Faith

132nd International Convention hears of first council in Korea 

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The Knights of Columbus has set a new record in charitable giving, is continuing to experience membership growth, and has established a new council in South Korea, said the organization’s supreme knight in his annual report to the Knights’ 132nd annual international convention in Orlando.

“Florida is a fitting place for us to remember the great Catholic contribution to our hemisphere,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson as he opened his report. “Before the colonies of Jamestown and Plymouth, the first permanent European settlement was here in Florida, and it was Catholic.”

The supreme knight spoke to an audience of nearly 90 archbishops and bishops, including 11 cardinals, scores of clergy and approximately 2,000 members of the Knights and their families from throughout North and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe.

The annual convention — centered this year on the theme “You Will All Be Brothers: Our Vocation to Fraternity” — was drawn from the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace, in which the Holy Father observed: “Without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society.”

“This sense of fraternity is at the foundation of our call,” said Anderson. “Our charitable activity is all the more effective because it is supported by our fraternal brotherhood.”

For the 14th consecutive year, Anderson reported, the Knights set a new record in charitable giving, with over $170 million and 70.5 million hours of voluntary service given during 2013. According to independent sector, the time donated by Knights to charity was worth more than $1.6 billion.

In addition, “During the fraternal year ending June 30, our membership grew for the 42nd consecutive year,” said Anderson. The Knights now has more than 1.8 million members.

He also announced that the Knights has established St. Andrew Kim Taegon Council 16000, the first K of C council in South Korea.

“There are nearly 5.5 million Catholics in South Korea today. It is the fastest growing Catholic community in the world,” said Anderson. “I am sure that South Korea, like the Philippines, will play a significant role in the future of the Knights of Columbus.”

Other developments reported by the supreme knight included:

  • By percentage, the Knights grew the most in Poland, where membership increased by more than 23 percent. Notable growth has also being achieved in Ukraine and Lithuania.
  • Texas membership grew by two percent last year, making it the only jurisdiction in North America to top 100,000 members.
  • In October, the Knights will launch “Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive” to help families and parishes offer opportunities for daily prayer, catechesis, Scripture reading, charitable projects and social activities.
  • The Knights’ New Evangelization Series includes new booklets on prayer, the Eucharist, the theology of the body, marriage and consecrated life.
  • The Knights responded quickly and creatively to disasters in the Philippines and North America.
  • The Knights added 15 college councils last year, and now has 302 campus councils with 27,000 members.
  • More Catholic families are protected by the Knights’ insurance program than ever before with $8.2 billion in new insurance issued last year — another annual record.
  • The new Young Adult Insurance Program provides annual renewable term insurance at competitive rates to Knights and their spouses ages 18-29.
  • The Knights remains fully committed to Church teaching and supporting Pope Francis and the bishops in defending religious freedom.
  • The Knights has made great strides in bringing people together in appreciating the gift of life. The K of C ultrasound initiative has added 480 ultrasound machines to pregnancy resource centers in the United States, Canada and beyond, bringing together mothers and their unborn children in an important way. In addition, the K of C-Marist polling has continued to uncover an ever-growing consensus on life issues and a solid consensus in favor of greater abortion restrictions in the United States.

Follow #KofCFL14 on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for live coverage of the Knights’ 132nd International Convention.

A Personal Message From “Iron Dome” Fighters

A special message for our readers in Israel, and those who support them.

 

Preacher fatally shot by own gun while trying to stop burglar | khou.com Houston

A local pastor who also served previously as a policeman, and police chaplain was killed 4th of July with his own gun. I am and always have been a big supporter of the Second Amendment, but this tragedy shows just how important gun safety in the home can be.

 

My thoughts and prayers are with the preacher’s family, and the members of his ministry. My heart breaks for them. His voice may have been silenced from this world, but the Lord still reigns and HIS voice continues with us !

 

Preacher fatally shot by own gun while trying to stop burglar | khou.com Houston.

New York University, Jerome Cohen and ChinaAid, Bob Fu Release Joint Statement Regarding the Spyware Controversy

MIDLAND, Texas, Dec. 9, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — JOINT

SETTLEMENT STATEMENT regarding the Spyware Controversy.

Signed by Rev. Bob Xiqiu Fu, Heidi Bochun Cai, ChinaAid and Professor Jerome Cohen, New York University.

China Aid and its President, Reverend Bob Fu, Professor Jerome Cohen and New York University are all pleased to announce that they have resolved a misunderstanding related to their successful efforts to bring the blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng to the United States in May 2012.

Professor Cohen and NYU have confirmed that, contrary to media reports, an iPad and iPhone given to Mr. Chen by China Aid contained no software designed to monitor communications or spy on Mr. Chen.  Professor Cohen and NYU regret that media reports may have had any negative impact on Bob Fu, his wife Heidi Cai, or China Aid. Reverend Fu and China Aid recognize the important contributions of Professor Cohen to the cause of human rights in China and believe that his and NYU’s statements in connection with this matter were made in good faith based on a misunderstanding of technology.

All of the parties reaffirm their common support for the human rights of the Chinese people.

Signed by:

Rev. Bob Xiqiu Fu

Main Building NYU pict 1900 (Drucker/Archive/)

Main Building NYU pict 1900 (Drucker/Archive/) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China Aid Association

Professor Jerome Cohen
New York University

 

Trinity Broadcasting Network Statement on the Passing of TBN Founder Dr. Paul Crouch

English: TBN World Headquarters, offers a vari...

English: TBN World Headquarters, offers a variety of activities and tours to an estimated ***** visitors each year. Virtual Reality Theater, home of “The Revolutionary”, an original motion picture, filmed entirely on location in Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Passing of TBN Founder Dr. Paul Crouch

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Trinity Broadcasting Network issued the following statement on the passing of TBN founder and President Dr. Paul Crouch:

Dr.
Paul Crouch, founder and President of the Trinity Broadcasting Network
(TBN), the world’s largest Christian television network, died November
30th at the age 79. His passing followed a decade-long battle with
degenerative heart disease.

Dr. Crouch’s passion throughout life
was to spread the gospel, a passion that in 1973 led him and his wife
Jan to found TBN with one small low-power station in Southern
California. Under Dr. Crouch’s leadership of over forty years, TBN has
grown into 26 distinct global networks and affiliates, reaching every
inhabited continent with life-changing Christian programming.

During
that time Dr. Crouch also empowered scores of ministries to expand
their reach and influence through television, and through those
partnerships Dr. Crouch and TBN took an active role in helping to lead
tens of millions of individuals to faith in Christ. Throughout his life
Dr. Crouch pointed to that eternal harvest as his most important
legacy.

While acknowledged throughout the broadcast industry as
the foremost leader in Christian television, Dr. Crouch maintained a
characteristic modesty concerning his role, preferring to emphasize the
countless friends and partners who stepped alongside him and Mrs.
Crouch to make TBN a successful outreach. Above all, in reflecting on
his crucial role in TBN’s continued impact, Dr. Crouch inevitably
pointed to the importance of an undying faith in God, which he
characterized as “walking to the edge of all the light you have … and
taking one more step.”

While we mourn Dr. Crouch’s passing, we
are comforted with the knowledge that his influence and legacy will be
felt for many decades to come as the Trinity Broadcasting Network
continues to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the
world.

Veteran’s Day Highlight: Has Medal of Honor Recipient Fr. Kapaun Been Found?

English: Roman Catholic Chaplain Emil J. Kapau...

English: Roman Catholic Chaplain Emil J. Kapaun, United States Army (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ATLANTA, Nov. 6, 2013 /Christian Newswire/
— As the country gets ready to celebrate our veterans, a senior
pentagon analyst responsible for locating the remains of Korean War
troops missing in action said there is a “better than even chance” that
the body of Medal of Honor recipient Father Emil Kapaun will be found
buried in a national cemetery in Hawaii, according to award-winning
journalist Roy Wenzl, coauthor of THE MIRACLE OF FATHER KAPAUN,
published by Ignatius Press.

In a recent story for The Wichita
Eagle
, “Pentagon analyst thinks there’s a chance the body of Emil Kapaun
could be found,” Wenzl wrote that friends of Kapaun’s who were
prisoners of war say

Chinese Army
guards buried Kapaun in a shallow unmarked grave after he died of
starvation and disease in a North Korean prison camp in May 1951. The
assumption since then by the Army has always been that Kapaun’s remains
are still there.

But Pentagon analyst Philip O’Brien, an
authority on Korean War soldiers missing in action, said he thinks
Kapaun’s remains may have been resting since 1954 in the National
Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
, the cemetery in Hawaii better known as
the “Punchbowl.” Hundreds of unknown soldiers and other veterans from
several wars lie there.

“My best belief, a presumptive belief,
is that we have a good chance, better than even, of having Father Kapaun
in possession right now,” O’Brien said.

You can read the entire story here:
www.kansas.com/2013/08/17/2948898/pentagon-analyst-who-tracks-down.html
.

Kapaun
posthumously received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama in
April, nearly 60 years after he heroically gave his life as a POW in
the Korean War. The Vatican is also considering him a possible candidate
for Sainthood. In fact, Vatican officials just recently completed a visit to the United States in September to gather additional information.

Father
John Hotze, the Wichita Diocese priest in charge of the Kapaun
sainthood investigation for the Vatican, said finding Kapaun’s remains
would be significant news.

The Church would step in immediately and coordinate with the family to protect the remains from theft, relic hunters or any other harm, he said.

SEMINAR IN THE VATICAN ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Courtyard of the Casina Pio IV

Courtyard of the Casina Pio IV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vatican City, 31 October 2013 (VIS) – “Trafficking in human beings: modern slavery. Destitute peoples and the message of Jesus Christ” is the title of the seminar which, following a wish expressed by Pope Francis, has been organised by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences, together with the FIAMC (the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations). The seminar, which will take place from 2 to 3 November in the Vatican’s Casina Pio IV, will be attended by twenty-two participants from various countries and international organisations, including the Nigerian Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, United Nations special rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, and the Spanish doctor Professor Jose Antonio Lorente, scientific director of the Centro Pfizer – Junta de Andalucia Centre for Genomics and Oncological Research (GENYO) of the University of Granada, Spain.
The workshop aims “to establish the real state of this phenomenon and an agenda to combat this heinous crime. For example, the natural sciences today can provide new tools that can be used against this new form of slavery, such as a digital registry to compare the DNA of unidentified missing children (including cases of illegal adoption) with that of their family members who have reported their disappearance”, writes Bishop Marcelo Sanchez-Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences.
“No one can deny that ‘the trade in human persons constitutes a shocking offence against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights’, and is an accelerator of criminal profits in this new century. The Second Vatican Council itself observed that ‘slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children, and disgraceful working conditions where people are treated as instruments of gain rather than free and responsible persons’ are ‘infamies’ which ‘poison human society’ … and constitute ‘a supreme dishonour to the Creator’”.
According to the recent UNODC Report on Trafficking, “the International Labour Organisation estimated that between 2002 and 2010 ‘20.9 million people were victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation, 60% of whom are girls. Human organ trafficking reaches almost 1% of that figure, thus affecting around 20,000 people who are forced or deceived into giving up an organ, such as the liver, kidney, pancreas, cornea, lung and even the heart”.
“Some observers speculate that, within ten years, human trafficking will surpass drugs and weapons trafficking to become the most profitable criminal activity in the world”, reiterated Bishop Sanchez-Sorondo. “International sex trafficking is not limited to poor and undeveloped areas of the world – it is a problem in virtually every region of the globe. Countries with large (often legal) sex industries create the demand for trafficked women and girls, while countries where traffickers can easily recruit provide the supply. Generally, economically depressed countries provide the easiest recruitment for trafficking”.
He concluded by recalling that, during the canonisation of the Mexican saint, Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, Pope Francis said that the work the saint carried out with the poor, the abandoned, the sick and the marginalised, “taught us this behaviour: not to feel ashamed, not to fear, not to find ‘touching Christ’s flesh’ repugnant. … Pope Francis’ words are a clear reaction, following Jesus Christ’s message, to this new form of contemporary slavery which constitutes an abhorrent violation of the dignity and rights of human beings”.

THE COUNCIL OF CARDINALS: A NEW CONSTITUION FOR THE CURIA

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vatican City, 3 October 2013
(VIS) – The reform of the Curia and the attribution of of more incisive
role to the laity were among the principal themes considered yesterday
afternoon and this morning in the meeting of the Council of Cardinals,
instituted by the Pope to assist him in the governance of the Church,
said the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi
S.J., in a briefing with journalists.

Before commenting on
the issues discussed by the cardinals, Fr. Lombardi referred to the
words of the Pope at the end of the audience with participants in the
meeting held to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of John XXIII’s
encyclical, “Pacem in terris”, in which he recalled the victims,
currently numbered at 90, of the shipwreck this morning near the Italian
island of Lampedusa. “In the light of this new tragedy”, he said, “we
understand more clearly the value and meaning of the first trip of
Francis’ pontificate”.

Moving on to the work of the Council of Cardinals, he
stated that the Pope was present yesterday in the afternoon session,
held between 4 and 7 p.m. “The Holy Father goes to pray at the Chapel at
seven o’clock, and that is the end of their collaboration, although the
the cardinals may join him together, if they see fit. This morning he
was not present as he received in audience the participants in the
meeting organised by the Pontifical Council ‘Justice and Peace’”.

The cardinals worked principally on the reform of the
Curia. “The direction of their work would not indicate an updating of
the apostolic Constitution ‘Pastor Bonus’, with retouches and marginal
modifications”, explained Lombardi, “but rather, a new constitution with
significant new aspects. It will be necessary to wait a reasonable
amount of time following this Council, but the idea is this. The
cardinals have made it clear that they do not intend to make cosmetic
retouches or minor modifications to ‘Pastor bonus’”.

The intention of the cardinals is to emphasise the nature
of the service on the part of the Curia and the universal and local
church “in terms of subsidiarity, rather than the exercise of
centralised power. The intended direction would be to put this into
practice in the service of the Church in all her dimensions”.

Another important theme was the nature and functions of
the Secretariat of State, which “should be the secretariat of the Pope;
the word State should not give rise to doubt. This body serves the Pope
in the governance of the universal Church. The meeting of the Council is
very useful at the moment, in view of the directions the Pope will give
to the new Secretary of State, who will assume his role shortly, on 15
October”.

Again in relation to
the Curia, the Council will address the matter of relations between the
heads of the dicasteries and the Pope, and co-ordination between the
various bodies. “In this context, mention was made of the role of a
‘Moderator Curiae’ (moderator for the Curia), and the functions of such a
figure. The issue was touched upon but no decision has been made as to
whether it will form part of the new constitution; however, it is in
fact one of the hypotheses suggested by the Council”.

With regard to a
possible reorganisation of the administration of temporal goods, the
cardinals touched upon this matter but without exploring the theme in
depth, since they are awaiting the “reports of the referring commissions
on the matter, who will communicate the results of their work [to the
Council]”.

The question of the laity merited “significant attention”
from Council members, as they had received many suggestions and
questions on this subject from their various areas of origin. “When
dealing with the reform of the curia and its institutions, the Council
also plans to give more specific attention to issues relating to the
laity, so that this dimension of the life of the Church is properly and
effectively recognised and followed by the governance of the Church. Now
there is a Pontifical Council for the Laity, but it is still possible
to think of ways of strengthening this aspect”.

This morning, in view of the preparations for the next Synod, debate on the matter was reopened.

Finally, Lombardi
said that yesterday no date had been set for the next meeting of the
Council, although mention was made of a meeting in spring next year, of
an informal nature. “The intention”, he concluded, “is to continue,
without waiting for too long. Also, it would be incorrect to assume that
nothing happens between one meeting and another; the cardinals and the
Pope continue to exchange opinions and messages, even in the absence of a
plenary meeting of the Council”.

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