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Vatican protests against 'unprecedented' Italian bill on homophobia

The Church says the bill would stifle Catholic freedoms, but advocates say safeguards are in place.
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Gwyon.

Back in 2006 I mentioned Gaddis in my list of ten unread books; I don’t know why I picked J.R. rather than The Recognitions, since I owned them both and the latter was published first (by twenty years), but Vanya mentioned it in the first comment and I grouped them together in my 2020 comment linking to a Christopher Beha piece on Gaddis “so I’ll be able to find it when I want it, if and when I ever get around to deciding to tackle J.R. and The Recognitions.” Well, my wife and I finished Ann Pa...
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Bringing Light into Our Lonely Silos

I haven’t said a word in hours. Not because I’m shocked or angry or freezing someone out but because I spend a very high percentage of my time alone. I’m a single woman past the point of youth where you’re running from thing to thing, surrounded by roommates that all pile into a little apartment like puppies. I come home and I fold laundry and make dinner and cut flowers for a vase and try to decide what to do with my downtime. Being single at this junction is tricky because as a woman in my t...
Tags: Kingdom, Church, Inspiration, Community, Jesus, Christ, Loneliness, Singleness, Church Community, Singlehood


A Visit

I made a quick trip down into the South of France to visit a friend. There are always new and interesting places to visit in France. We made a visit to Rennes le Chateau which has some mystical stories about it along with those of the priest who worked there called Father Bérenger Saunière. He is said to have been involved in finding papers about Jesus and his marriage to Mary Magdalene, a la The Da Vinci Code but it has lately been shown that he was basically involved in a bit of fraud, ta...
Tags: Travel, Photos, France, Church, Jesus, Castle, Rennes, Mary Magdalene, Saint Roch, Rennes Le Château


The Daily Stream: ‘Angels & Demons’ is Pulpy Trash, and I Mean That as a Compliment

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching, why it’s worth checking out, and where you can stream it.) The Movie: Angels & Demons Where You Can Stream It: Netflix The Pitch: In this sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Tom Hanks must once again solve highly implausible historical mysteries. This time, though, he has a ticking clock: a terrorist is threatening to unleash a vial of antimatter (don’t ask) somewhere in Rome. Why It’s Essential ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Church, Features, Rome, Tom Hanks, Netflix, Harvard, Vatican, Catholic Church, Jesus, Dan Brown, Vatican City, Ewan McGregor, Ron Howard, Howard


Catholic Church Calls Justin Trudeau ‘Uninformed’ Amid Demands It Release Residential School Records

All because the prime minister asked the Church to release residential school records—something the Church says it's done, but others...
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UC Irvine baseball routs North Dakota State to stay alive in NCAA regional

UC Irvine wasted little time against North Dakota State on Sunday afternoon, scoring five runs in the first inning and four more in the second on the way to an 18-3 victory over the Bisons in an elimination game at the Stanford Regional of the NCAA tournament. The win sends the Anteaters into the championship bracket of the regional. They will meet host Stanford (35-14) later Sunday at 6 p.m. (ESPN3), and a UCI win would force a winner-take-all title game Monday. Stanford has beaten UCI in four ...
Tags: Stanford, Church, Sports, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Ncaa, Nevada, UCI, McGuire, UC Irvine, Peabody, McCaffrey, Tatum, North Dakota State, NDSU


Trudeau Calls for the Catholic Church to Take Responsibility for Deaths of Indigenous Children

The prime minister is asking the Church to “step up” as UN human rights experts and Canadian lawyers call for a criminal investigation...
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Top German cleric asks to quit over Church sex abuse failures

Top Catholic cleric Reinhard Marx calls sexual abuse by Church officials "a catastrophe".
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California To Pay $2M Church Legal Fees Over COVID Closures

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The state of California has agreed not to impose greater coronavirus restrictions on church gatherings than it does on retail establishments in a pair of settlements that provide more than $2 million in fees to lawyers who challenged the rules as a violation of religious freedom. A deal approved Tuesday by a federal judge comes after lawyers for a San Diego-area Pentecostal church took their challenge against the state to the U.S. Supreme Court three times and won. The settlem...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, California, Church, California News, Los Angeles, Ap, San Diego, Catholic, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Costco, Gavin Newsom, U S Supreme Court, Bakersfield, South Bay, Newsom


We Are Here for Such a Time as This

Before I met the Lord at the age of nineteen, I didn’t know I needed a Savior, but I knew all about God. I went to Mass every Sunday. I even prayed to Him through the tears of my difficult childhood. I would characterize my relationship with Him as very superficial. I didn’t know what I was missing. If you would have asked me then if I was going to Heaven, I would have said yes. I was a pretty good kid. I didn’t get into a ton of trouble. I wasn’t a cause for worry or concern. I was a good perso...
Tags: Church, Inspiration, LSU, Community, Christ, Aimee, Neighbor, Romans, Don, Adam, Loveoverall, Lovesacrifices


The Chicken and Egg of Church Planting

Truth often exists in tension. One example is which comes first in church planting: evangelism or the church. The answer is both. Here’s why. Evangelism Precedes Church Planting J.D. Payne writes: “Biblical church planting is evangelism that results in new churches. There are many ways to plant churches; however, the model in the Scriptures is one that begins with evangelism and ends with those new churches following the Lord in obedience.” In other words, don’t start with a church...
Tags: Featured, Life, Church, Corinthians, PAUL, Lesslie Newbigin, J D Payne, Church Planting, Jesus John


UC Irvine baseball rallies past Long Beach State after slow start

IRVINE — It says a lot about the makeup of UC Irvine’s baseball team that it swatted away an early five-run deficit Friday afternoon like an annoying gnat. Trailing Long Beach State by five runs before the third inning was over, the Anteaters scored five runs on six hits in the bottom of the third to tie the score, then added three in the fifth and four in the seventh to take a 12-5 Big West Conference victory at Cicerone Field. Nathan Church, the redshirt freshman right fielder from El Toro Hig...
Tags: Church, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, College sports, Ncaa, Castro, UCI, McGuire, Irvine, UC Irvine, Dirtbags, Long Beach State, Valenzuela, Orloff


Van Nuys church mural vandalized, police seek man with sledgehammer

VAN NUYS — The Los Angeles Police Department sought the public’s help Tuesday to identify the man who used a sledgehammer to deface a hand-painted mural of the Virgin of Guadalupe at a Van Nuys church. A Virgin of Guadalupe mural is vandalized and defaced by a man with a sledgehammer. Now the pastor and parishioners at a Van Nuys church are asking for prayers and your help identifying the man. The story on @CBSLA 6pm. @lapdVanNuysDiv @Patharveynews pic.twitter.com/bWG15iiiKD — Rachel Kim (@C...
Tags: News, Church, Religion, Sport, Soccer, Lapd, Public Safety, Drew Pinsky, Chino, Downey, LA County, Guadalupe, Van Nuys, Mike Lopez, Rachel Kim, Van Nuys High School


Reasons To Do Nothing About New Tech And Platforms

Technology is an enabler. It helps us not only live life, but also move the mission of the Church forward. For some the thought of new tech and platforms causes fear and anxiety. For others it inspires awe and excitement. It is this promise of making new strides that often makes us interested in the new stuff. That said, there are good and bad reasons to do nothing about new tech and platforms.  The Domino Effect As a Mac user I’ve learned to include the cost of adaptors or dongle...
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April 6 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

April 6 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s April 6 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! We’ve highlighted this week’s releases in detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!  New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar From Bridesmaids co-stars and co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo comes this comedy about two best friends who leave their small town and embark on the adventure of a l...
Tags: TV, Movies, Horror, Church, Budapest, United States, Paris, TV News, Patti Smith, Blu-ray, Dvd, Kristen Wiig, Lucas, Atlantic Ocean, Mark, Robert Scott


Christians are increasingly falling victim to online falsehoods. Meet the librarian leading the fight against conspiracy theories and health misinformation.

A worshipper wearing a protective face mask checks her smartphone while attending a Sunday service on May 10, 2020. Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images A librarian is leading the church's fight against misinformation by holding online media workshops. Rachel Wightman is teaching church congregants to identify fake news, and fact-check their sources. White evangelicals are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, recent polls show. See more stories on Insider's business page. A ...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, California, Church, Religion, US, Trends, United States, Washington Dc, News UK, Christian, Donald Trump, BLM, Conspiracy Theory, Douglas


Why Are Fewer Americans Involved In Organized Religion?

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Going to church makes my heart sing

Bongekile Macupe loved church, but Covid changed an integral part of her life. She misses congregating with other people and singing The post Going to church makes my heart sing appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Church, National, Livestream, Hymn, Maclear, South Africa (country, COVID, Bongekile Macupe, God Edition, God Edition 2021, His People Church, Mount Fletcher, St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission


Screw Those IRS Checks: Trojan Promises to ‘Stimulate Your Package’

Among the innumerable downers of the pandemic has been this statistically provable fact: Americans might be getting horizontal on the sofa to watch Netflix--but not to have sex. Just ask Matthew Farrell, CEO of Trojan condoms parent company Church and Dwight. In an analyst call last summer, Farrell couldn't have been more direct about the...
Tags: Church, Advertising, Netflix, Branding, Farrell, Matthew Farrell


Christians begin Holy Week at Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez gives communion during Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, March 28, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) Parishioners pray during Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, March 28, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Archbishop Jose H. Gomez and Deacon Phill Luevanos perform the Eucharist during Pal...
Tags: Church, Religion, Angels, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Jesus, Pope, Local News, Easter, Mediterranean, Near East, San Fernando Valley, St Patrick


Montana National Guard Chaplain Houses Anti-Gov Militia Session At Church

A round of flyers advertising recruitment for a militia to "end the hijacking of America by the deep state" and to put an end to "American communism" popped up in Helena, Montana on Sunday. [Author: Josh Kovensky]
Tags: News, Montana, Church, America, Extremism, National Guard, Helena Montana, Muckraker, Montana National Guard, Josh Kovensky


Pope Francis says Catholic priests can't bless same-sex unions because God 'cannot bless sin'

Pope Francis delivers a homily during Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican in November 2020. VINCENZO PINTO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images A decree from Pope Francis on Monday said Catholic priests can't bless same-sex unions. A Vatican statement said "any form of blessing that tends to acknowledge their unions" was illicit. The note from the Church comes months after the pope said he supported civil union laws. See more stories on Insider's business page. Catholic priests c...
Tags: News, Lgbt, Church, Trends, Gay, Pope Francis, Vatican, Catholic Church, Catholic, Francis, Catholics, St Peter, Civil Unions, American Values Survey, Same-sex Couples, Yelena Dzhanova


Vatican says it will not bless same-sex unions, calling homosexuality a ‘sin’ and a ‘choice’

By Delia Gallagher and Rob Picheta | CNN The Vatican said Monday that the Catholic Church would not bless same-sex unions, in a statement approved by Pope Francis that threatens to widen the chasm between the church and much of the LGBTQ community. Explaining their decision in a lengthy note on Monday, the Holy See referred to homosexuality as a “choice,” suggested it is sinful and said it “cannot be recognized as objectively ordered” to God’s plans; a combative stance that is certain to disapp...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Church, Religion, Sport, World news, Cnn, Soccer, Pope Francis, Faith, Vatican, Catholic Church, Lgbtq, Holy See, Delia Gallagher


A story of rebirth: After 30 years, this beautiful marble altar gets new life

For 30 years, the old marble church altar was stored on a ranch in Santa Clarita Valley, waiting for Father Norman Supancheck to give it another chance to be of service. It had been the first altar at St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Long Beach when it opened 81 years ago, and the time had come to replace it with a new, smaller altar. Father Norm Supancheck and volunteers replace the altar at St Didacus Catholic Church in Sylmar, Sep. 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Father Norm Supancheck) Fat...
Tags: Church, Religion, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Trevor, Local News, Santa Clarita, St Barnabas, San Fernando Valley, Norm, Los Angeles Daily News, Sylmar, Garon, Dennis McCarthy


The Work of the Church is Essential

A while back, I wrote a pretty hot take about how church, in terms of large, weekly gatherings, is not essential during a pandemic. I haven’t changed my mind. No, in fact, I’d like to double-down on my previous take by expanding it and redefining what we have wrongly assumed to be the main work of the church, namely, entertaining the saved. Forsake Not In my previous post, I used Hebrews 10:19-25 to explain my position because this passage is the passage used to convey the i...
Tags: California, Kingdom, Church, Seo, Jesus, Saddleback, Orange County, Southern California, Don, PAUL, Phil, Rick, Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Church Culture, Church Life


How Many Acres Do You Have?

Wild Mountain Thyme isn’t likely to win any Academy Awards, but it’s a fun date movie about an Irish woman named Rosemary who longs to win the heart of her hapless neighbor, Anthony. It’s a fun and scenic movie to watch. I wasn’t expecting to think much about any of the themes of the movie, but one theme did make me think. Anthony’s cousin Adam visits Ireland from America. “How many acres do you have?” he asks Rosemary. “I don’t know,” Rosemary replies. “How do you not know how many…...
Tags: Featured, Life, Church, America, Ireland, North America, Anthony, Rosemary, Adam, Eugene Peterson, Pastoring


Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Feb. 20-27

  Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills presents a virtual Purim Shpiel, “The Shushan Bunch,” on Feb. 25 on Zoom. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)     Here is a sampling of upcoming services and events that are online, and some in-person, in the San Fernando Valley area.   Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2021 – Proclaim the Promise!: The 65th annual event is online this year and includes “Sacred Space” (artists and musicians invite the public into their studios...
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Turns out those aren't the apostle St James’s bones after all

New research in Rome has found that bones purported to be from St. James the Less are impossible. The femoral bone fragments date to somewhere between 214 and 340 CE—a few centuries off the mark.The analysis was conducted on bone fragments, oil, and mummy remains in the Basilica dei Santa Apostoli. The most psychologically riveting undiscovered archaeology in the Western world remains "proof" of Jesus and his disciples. Dan Brown's alternative religious history, "The Da Vinci Code," was denounc...
Tags: Facebook, Church, Religion, Spain, Rome, Netflix, Christianity, Innovation, Anthropology, Archaeology, Jesus, Dan Brown, God, St James, James, Derek


Saint John Coltrane: The San Francisco Church Built On A Love Supreme

Little of San Francisco today is as it was half a century ago. But at the corner of Turk Boulevard and Lyon Street stands a true survivor: the Church of St. John Coltrane. Though officially founded in 1971, the roots of this unique musical-religious institution (previously featured here on Open Culture) go back further still. “It was our first wedding anniversary, September 18, 1965 and we celebrated the occasion by going to the Jazz Workshop,” write founders Franzo and Marina King on th...
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