Nigeria’s Middle Belt Report: Dozens Murdered in Churches as Attacks Increase

05/07/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – For Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region, April has been the deadliest month in 2018 thus far. Over the past month, there have been reports of more than 350 people killed in the Middle Belt due to the Fulani militant crisis. These attacks spanned eight states; however, the … Continue reading

Pastor Sentenced to Four Years in Prison on Blasphemy Charge in Indonesia

05/07/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on May 7, the Tangerang District Court in Indonesia sentenced Reverend Abraham Ben Moses to four years in prison and issued him a 50 million Rupiah fine (~3,500 USD) for religious defamation. If he cannot afford to pay the fine, “it … Continue reading

President Trump Calls Out Killing of Christians in Nigeria

Fulani Crisis Mentioned During Presidential Conversation 05/03/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that President Trump and President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria have met in Washington D.C. where they planned to discuss security and economics in Nigeria. However, during the initial televised meeting of the two leaders, President Trump … Continue reading

Christ in the Tabernacle

Father Benson reminds us that “in the Blessed Sacrament [Christ] actually conveys to us gifts which we cannot otherwise claim. He brings near to us, and unites to us, not only His Divinity, but that same dear and adorable Human Nature which He assumed on earth for this very purpose.” “Jesus Christ, then, dwells in … Continue reading

Facebook Blocks 70 Million People from Christian and Pro-President Trump Posts

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 1, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ — Facebook continues censoring conservatives and now faces competition. After Facebook blocked 70 million people from Steven Andrew’s Christian and Pro-President Trump posts, Andrew started the USA.Life social network. USA.Life is the conservative alternative to Facebook and hopes to launch this summer. Andrew is a Silicon Valley … Continue reading

Catholic Priest Fatally Shot After Mass in the Northern Philippines

04/30/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on the morning of April 29, a 37-year-old Catholic priest in the northern Philippines was gunned down in Gattaran town, Cagayan province, shortly after the conclusion of Mass. Father Mark Anthony Ventura was giving the blessing and talking with choir members … Continue reading

Saint Paul of the Cross

Catholic Restoration

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Saint Paul of the Cross

Founder
(1694-1775)

The eighty-one years of this Saint’s life were modeled on the Passion of Jesus Christ. In his childhood, when praying in church, a heavy bench fell on his foot, but the boy paid no attention to the bleeding wound, and spoke of it as a rose sent from God. As a young man, he wished to be a religious, but his confessor, who had determined to humiliate him, commanded him to go to a dance. As he stepped out onto the floor out of obedience, the strings of the musicians’ instruments broke, and the event ended.

About this time, the vision of a scourge with love written on its lashes made him understand that God wanted to scourge my soul, but out of love. His thirst for penance would indeed be satisfied. In the hope of dying for the Faith, he enlisted in…

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Escorting Souls To Our Lord

Peg Pondering Again


This picture is called “Escorting Souls to Heaven” by Howard David Johnson.

By praying for the dying, we are in fact walking that soul as far as we can home, to our Lord..

A few months ago, I was with a good friend who was passing on from this world, to eternal life. I sat at his bedside and through our Lord, managed to break the selfish bonds I had attached to him. I started to pray. There were a few souls in the room with him at this time who were conversing about the old days when our friend was in better shape and spirits. Rather then continue in the small talk, I listened to the voice telling me to get to work. In doing so, quickly recruited them to pray with me.

I opened my purse and grabbed the rosary given to me that belonged to my…

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Divine. Incarnate.

velizar-ivanov-502066-unsplash The Mystery of Suffering

You know you’ve asked this question before.  Many have.  And I am asking it now, but – well… I’d first like to start with a little thought on the wording of this question.  Do “bad things” exist?

To quote GK Chesterton as he paraphrased Saint Thomas Aquinas: “There are no bad things.  There are only bad uses of things.”  That is to say that God doesn’t create things that are bad or evil.  God looked upon all that He created and saw that it was good.  We human beings, however, often use the things that God has created quite poorly.  The very first human beings did this when they consumed something that wasn’t meant for their consumption.  And, yes, because of that freely chosen break from Divine Will, that Original Sin, we have suffered a separation from God and live in a fallen world.  There is…

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The Culture of Death and the Killing of Alfie Evans

HOPE IN THE STORM

The Culture of Death and the Killing of Alfie Evans

The phrase “Culture of Death” was made famous by St. Pope John Paul II in his encyclical on The Gospel of Life, EVANGELIUM VITAE. If you have not read it, I strongly suggest you do. The great saint prophetically addresses the attack on life we see around us today. The case of Alfie Evans, while not isolated, shines a light on the evil forces at work which wish to destroy the value of human life at every turn.

In the Evangelium Vitae he stated:

“Choices once unanimously considered criminal and rejected by the common moral sense are gradually becoming socially acceptable.”

If he were to pope today, he would likely modify that statement by removing the words ‘gradually becoming’ and replace them with ‘have become.’ Pope John Paul II was a great defender of life, as have been all…

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