“Catholics were among those who persecuted and denounced the Pentecostals, almost as if they were crazy!!,”

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“I am the shepherd of the Catholics and I ask you to forgive my Catholic brothers and sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the devil!?!”

Pope Francis-Bergoglio is our chastisement! Domine, miserere nobis.

CASERTA, Italy (RNS) Pope Francis sought forgiveness for decades of persecution of Italian Pentecostals when he met with around 300 evangelicals from the U.S., Argentina and Italy in the southern town of Caserta on Monday (July 28).

The pope made his second visit in as many days to the Mafia stronghold near Naples, this time to meet evangelical pastor Giovanni Traettino, whom he befriended while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.

During the visit, Francis apologized for the persecution suffered by Pentecostals under Italy’s fascist regime in the 1920s and 1930s and urged Christians to celebrate their diversity and unity.

“Catholics were among those who persecuted and denounced the Pentecostals, almost as if they were crazy,” Francis said.

“I am the shepherd of the Catholics and I ask you to forgive my Catholic brothers and sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the devil.”

Since his election last year, the pope has been reaching out to other faiths and has held talks with Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders. On Monday, he went even further by apologizing for what Catholics had done.

Luca Baratto, a pastor from the Italian Federation of Evangelical Churches, said the pope’s apology was unexpected and greatly appreciated.

“It is very important to remember the racial laws through which the Pentecostals were victims under fascism,” he told the Italian news agency, AdnKronos. “We really appreciate the opening of dialogue by this pope.”

Calling the pope “my beloved brother,” Traettino said the evangelical community was deeply grateful for the visit, which would have been unthinkable until recently.

Indeed, whereas now-retired Pope Benedict XVI channeled his energies into trying to reconcile with traditionalist Catholics, Francis has spent more time reaching out to conservative evangelical leaders; his recent three-hour meeting with American televangelists raised some eyebrows and resulted in what was dubbed the first-ever papal high-five.

“With a single gesture he has opened the door wider, overcoming any complications of protocol and going directly to the heart of human relations,” Traettino said of his meeting with Francis.

One participant said it was a very emotional moment when the pope asked forgiveness, and “everyone was in tears.”

The pope arrived in Caserta by helicopter and after a private conversation at Traettino’s home, he met with the community of the Evangelical  Church of Reconciliation at the site of their church, which is under construction.

A notable absentee was Bishop Tony Palmer, the charismatic preacher who used a cellphone camera to record Francis’ appeal for unity between Catholics and evangelicals. He was killed just over a week ago (July 20) in a motorcycle crash in the United Kingdom.

On Saturday, around 200,000 faithful gathered for the pope’s first stop in Caserta, a stronghold of the notorious Naples Mafia known as Camorra.

The pontiff did not mention the Camorra, which runs a vast organized crime empire including drug trafficking, money laundering and extortion, but spoke out against “corruption and lawlessness” during his address.


Galantino defends attacking… “the expressionless faces of those who recite the Rosary!”

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The Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference despised  “the expressionless faces of those who recite the Rosary before the clinics where abortion is practiced.”

Nunzio Galantino is Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference since last December, when as Bishop of Cassano all’Jonio Pope Francisco you? Appointed to that position.

The last May gave an interview to “Quotidiano” in which he referred to these derogatory terms to the many faithful that all abortorios world focus to pray the Rosary to Our Lady for an end to the scourge of abortion.

The reporter asked if the CIS had invested heavily in “non-negotiable values” (life, family, education), to which Galantino responded:

“We believe in the sacredness of life. In the past we have focused only on abortion and euthanasia. You can not, in the middle is the existence that develops. I do not identify with the expressionless faces of those who recite the rosary outside clinics who practice abortion, but with young people who are opposed to this practice and strive for the quality of life of the people, for the right to health, to work. “

On what its like for the Italian Church, Galantino said:

“You can talk about any topic, as married priests, the Eucharist to divorced, homosexuality, without taboos, from the Gospel and giving reasons for our positions.”

“And then what would you say to a couple of gay believers living together faithfully for years?”  asked the reporter:

“I would listen to your story, as I try to do for all relationships between people I have ever encountered and I am still. It is not necessary to always have something to say. Many times it is important to listen before speaking. “

His defense came in an interview to the magazine Sempre, which incorporates section agency Zenit Italian and translated into Spanish blog Secretum meum mihi

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(Zenit)  –  The Secretary believes that the CIS has been dealt a wrong due to media manipulation. “The interview in question, he explains, was born in a specific context: the influence of the media. At that time I stated that we should be particularly attentive to the television which uses only images that help support the person’s own thesis. I cited the example of framing the color expressionless face those who recite the rosary in front of abortion clinics against. “

A media method “seeks depontenciar not only recited the rosary in front of the clinic, but also the great and extraordinary movement, which is behind,” says Msgr. Galantino. Therefore, his was more of a warning to be on guard against such instrumentalities. The decontextualized statement of the interview was therefore wrong font. “Sometimes, reflects the prelate exponents of certain of our movements do not read the interview in its entirety, but only the title of the newspaper, which obviously has every interest to choose only those expressions that scandal and create problems. Thus began trills 10,000 or 15,000 Facebook posts against Bishop Galantino … “.

In this context of criticisms that have been turned against the Secretary of the CIS states he was “impressed” by the “summary malice of certain persons who claim to recite the rosary. It is disturbing to know that whoever recites the Rosary to be able to express yourself with these colors with this verbal violence. “



Just Days Before Pope Francis Was to Meet His Friend Evangelical Tony Palmer – He Dies In Motorcycle Accident!!!


R.I.P.  –  Tony Palmer

Died July 20, 2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will visit the southern Italian city of Caserta later this month to meet with both Catholic and Evangelical leaders there. Fr Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See’s press office, announced on Thursday that the Pope will travel by helicopter to the city on the afternoon of Saturday July 26th for a meeting with the clergy of the diocese, followed by an open-air Mass in front of the famous Royal Palace known as the Reggia di Caserta.
On Saturday evening Pope Francis will return to the Vatican but on Monday the 28th he will travel down to the city again for a private visit with the leader of the Italy’s Evangelical Church of Reconciliation, Rev. Giovanni Traettino. Pope Francis became friends with the Pentecostal pastor when, as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he took part in ecumenical events alongside Catholics from the charismatic renewal movement. The then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, along with Traettino and Capuchin Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the papal household, were the principal speakers at a large ecumenical charismatic gathering in the Argentinian capital in 2006. Last month, the Pope met privately with a group of evangelical pastors and televangelists at his Vatican residence.

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Mysterious tribe in Amazon Rainforest makes first contact with outside world

A 2011 photo released by Survival International of uncontacted Indians seen from a Brazilian government's observation aircraft in the Brazilian Amazon forest, near the border with Peru. Last month, the government reportedly made contact with an uncontacted tribe in the same region where the footage was taken.

A 2011 photo released by Survival International of uncontacted Indians seen from a Brazilian government’s observation aircraft in the Brazilian Amazon forest, near the border with Peru. Last month, the government reportedly made contact with an uncontacted tribe in the same region where the footage was taken.

An isolated indigenous tribe in the Amazon Rainforest has made its first contact with mainstream society, according to the Brazilian government’s Indian affairs department, FUNAI.

But some fear the peaceful encounter with Brazilian government scientists in Acre State near the Peruvian border late last month could be a dangerous development for the uncontacted people, who are said to be extremely vulnerable to illnesses like the common cold.

The journal Science reported that the June 29 encounter was reportedly the government’s first with an uncontacted tribe since 1996.

After sightings last month, Brazil’s Indian Affairs warned that the uncontacted tribe could face risk of “tragedy” and “death,” according to Survival International, an advocacy group for indigenous tribes that has called on the Peruvian government to crack down on illegal deforestation that is believed to have caused the uncontacted peoples to flee.

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Gleison Miranda/AFP/Getty ImagesA 2011 photo of uncontacted Indians in the Amazon Rainforest.

The group is said to imitate animals as a way of expressing emotion — the sound of a jaguar for anger, a wild pig when scared — according to a Survival International interview with José Carlos Meirelles, an advisor to the Brazilian government who is one of the few to know anything about the reclusive group.

In 2011, Mr. Meirelles and the BBC shot video and photographs of an uncontacted tribe in the same region as last month’s encounter, though it was not clear whether it was the same tribe.

The shots were heralded as proof of the existence of uncontaced peoples amid accusations that reports of the tribes were no different than Scotland’s Loch Ness monster. Denials of uncontacted people have long been perpetuated by those with logging interests in the region, Ms. Eede wrote.

According to FUNAI, at least 77 isolated groups are believed to be living in the Amazon.

Gleison Miranda/AFP/Getty Images


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Iraq. Jihadists are advancing on the plain of Nineveh, Christians fleeing: “The blood flowing in the streets, because the West does not do anything?”


Interview with Father Wahel Tooma, superior general of the Chaldean Catholic monastery of Hormisdas, Alqosh, home to more than 60 families fleeing Qaraqosh, Christian city where the Kurds are trying to stop the advance of jihad.

“The 90 percent of the population of Qaraqosh fled during the fighting between Kurds and terrorists. If the city falls I do not know how can they defend other villages. ” It’s very worried Father Wahel Tooma, superior general of the Chaldean Catholic monastery of Hormisdas, Alqosh, 45 kilometers from Mosul in Kurdistan.The Isil ( Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ) advances to the nearby plain of Nineveh in Iraq and its monastery and the nearby village, which already housed 40 families fled from Mosul , now we have received from other Qaraqosh 60 “but not we have more room. “Qaraqosh, just 28 kilometers from Mosul, was inhabited by 50 000 inhabitants to 90 per cent belonging to the Syrian Catholic Church.

Father Tooma, what is the situation in Qaraqosh?
It’s bad, there are bombings, war rages between terrorists and Kurds, and more than 90 percent of the population fled. They went to Erbil and Alqosh. In the village that belongs to the property of the monastery we now have 100 families. We opened the church of the village to fix them but the situation is dramatic. We did not expect in these days: we’re trying to help them. Sixty families moved between yesterday and today, we opened all the schools and houses for them. Every vacancy we have made ​​available. Unfortunately, no organization has come to bring us aid and we are trying to do what we can for everyone but we have no place to host anyone now. We do not know if all this will end tomorrow, tomorrow, or next month.

How do you feel right now?
I am very concerned about the situation frightens us. If Qaraqosh falls, we do not know how the other villages will be able to resist. We thank the Kurdistan who is struggling to stop these bandits and thank God, but we do not know what will happen tomorrow.

Rumor has it that the terrorists in Mosul have applied the sharia and imposed humiliating tribute to the Christians.
Unfortunately it’s all true. Now the situation is fairly quiet but we do not know what will happen tomorrow, maybe begin to hurt the Christians. A  statue of Our Lady was destroyed, they applied an Islamic extremist mentality and although they have not yet begun to fight against the Christians do not know what will happen tomorrow. I wonder why the western states do nothing to put an end to this war in Iraq. Everyone makes only its own interests but no one thinks of these families, these poor people.

How many Christians were in Mosul?
do not know, there is no communication. About 80 percent of Christians escaped, 20 percent at most stayed in town because he has not found a way to escape.I would like to make an appeal.

Find a solution for the poor people, not only for Christians but for all the Iraqi people. The blood flows in the streets, people are afraid, the women arrive crying, the children tremble with fear for the shots and bombs. Until the land of Iraq will have to suffer all this? Where is the human consciousness of the larger countries that have the power to put an end to this tragic situation in the countries where there is an Islamic mentality? Until the Iraqi people will have to pay? We can no longer stand against terrorism, bombs and all that.


Scalia accuses fellow justices of discriminating against pro-lifers



While Thursday’s ruling overturning buffer zones outside abortion clinics pleased pro-life activists, Justice Antonin Scalia thinks it didn’t go far enough.

The court unanimously agreed that the Massachusetts law, which barred protesters and counselors from being within 35 feet of abortion clinics, violated the First Amendment, but denied that it unfairly discriminated against abortion opponents.

“Today’s opinion carries forward this Court’s practice of giving abortion-rights advocates a pass when it comes to suppressing the free-speech rights of their opponents,” wrote Justice Antonin Scalia, with whom Justices Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas concurred. “There is an entirely separate, abridged edition of the First Amendment applicable to speech against abortion.”

The law’s opponents argued that the law was what is known as a “content-based” restriction of speech because “it creates speech exclusion zones only at abortion clinics and, as a practical matter, affects speech on only one controversial issue–abortion.” Because the law exempted clinic employees and volunteers from the buffer zone, they also argued that it privileged abortion supporters.


Content-based restrictions must pass strict scrutiny, the highest level of judicial review.

The law’s supporters argued that buffer zones are necessary because of “the severe violence, obstruction and harassment targeting reproductive healthcare facilities,” although, as Scalia pointed out, only one abortion clinic in Massachusetts “is known to have been beset by the problems that the statute supposedly addresses.”

The buffer zones, it should be noted, were demarcated by yellow lines painted on the ground surrounding the facilities — hardly anything that could stop a determined criminal.

“It blinks reality to say, as the majority does, that a blanket prohibition on the use of streets and sidewalks where speech on only one politically controversial topic is likely to occur—and where that speech can most effectively be communicated—is not content based,” wrote Justice Scalia. “Would the Court exempt from strict scru­tiny a law banning access to the streets and sidewalks surrounding the site of the Republican National Conven­tion?”

This isn’t the first time Scalia has spoken out against his fellow justices on this issue. In 2000, Scalia dissented from a majority ruling in favor of a Colorado buffer zone law: “What is before us, after all, is a speech regulation directed against the opponents of abortion, and it therefore enjoys the benefit of the ‘ad hoc nullification machine’ that the Court has set in motion to push aside whatever doctrines of constitutional law stand in the way of that highly favored practice.”

“Having deprived abortion opponents of the political right to persuade the electorate that abortion should be restricted by law, the Court today continues and expands its assault upon their individual right to persuade women contemplating abortion that what they are doing is wrong. Because, like the rest of our abortion jurisprudence, today’s decision is in stark contradiction of the constitutional principles we apply in all other contexts, I dissent.”

It is unclear whether the court’s Thursday ruling will overturn the 2000 decision.


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Days of Lot: Presbyterian Church Votes To Allow Gay Marriage


In a monumental move, the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination voted Thursday to change its definition of marriage and allow its pastors to officiate same-sex ceremonies in states where gay marriage is legal.

By a vote of 429-175, leaders of the 1.76 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted during the biennial General Assembly in Detroit to change the denomination’s Book of Order to describe marriage as being between “two people.”

The decision opens a path toward gay marriage across the denomination’s 10,000 churches.

A majority of the church’s 173 regional bodies, called Presbyteries, must now approve the decision before it’s official, a process that can take up to a year. But after years of failed efforts to get the church to approve gay marriages, LGBT activists and pastors said they were optimistic.

“This is a glorious day for the church and for LGBT people who have been seeking full inclusion here for decades,” Pittsburgh-based Rev. Randy Bush, the co-moderator of the board for pro-LGBT church group Covenant Network, said in a statement.

In a separate vote, 371 to 238, the church assembly also approved a measure to allow pastors in the 19 states where same-sex marriage is legal to officiate those weddings. That move is final and doesn’t need further approval.

Many smaller, more conservative Presbyterian denominations, including the Presbyterian Church in America and Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, don’t ordain gay people or official same-sex marriages.

But the decisions for the USA group, which came after hours of tense debate, follow years of discussions on the meaning of marriage in the church and a rapidly changing tide of support for religious and civil same-sex marriage. The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted in May 2011 to allow the ordination of openly gay men and women in same-sex relationships, and other Christian denominations have also increasingly ordained openly gay clergy.


The Episcopal Church started allowing same-sex marriage blessings last year, though individual priests have been performing gay marriage ceremonies for years in states where they are legal. The United Church of Christ has allowed same-sex marriages since 2005. Going further back, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations has officially supported same-sex marriages since 1996. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America allows individual church ministers to make decisions on gay marriages. Among Jews, two of the three major Jewish denominations, Reform and Conservative, allow same-sex marriages.

Like most religious groups that have policies allowing same-sex marriage, Presbyterians decided Thursday to let pastors who are against gay marriage make the choice to not perform them.

Some speakers at the assembly said they were afraid the decision would cause more conservative people to leave the church, which has been gradually losing members. As recently as 2010, the Presbyterian Church (USA) had 2.1 million members. According to the Presbyterian News Service, at least 100 congregations have defected in recent years, in part because of the church’s increasingly liberal views on gay issues.

To combat splintering, Presbyterians voted to include language that marriage is not only between “two people,” but also “traditionally of a man a woman” in the change passed Thursday.

While all Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations are affiliated nationally, congregations tend to differ widely in worship style and views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Liberal pastors are known to publicly and privately officiate same-sex marriages, but the church has censured some of these people. In one high-profile case in 2010, the church’s highest court found a California minister guilty of misconduct for officiating gay marriage ceremonies.

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