Pope Francis Goes After Freemasons and Seizes Power of the Knights of Malta

The Vatican has officially seized power from the Order of Malta. An action that amounts to one sovereign country annexing another. This news comes shortly after the head of the Order, Fra’ Matthew Festing met with Pope Francis and resigned from the Order. Now the Vatican has ceased complete power of the order ending 900 years of sovereignty in what is being called "a brutal power-grab by the Vatican."

The disorder in Malta had started in December when the Vatican demanded that the Knights of Malta dismiss Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager as grand chancellor (the order’s third-ranking official) for distributing thousands of condoms and oral contraceptives through the order’s humanitarian agency, Malteser International. (more…)

Pope Francis is convinced that the greatest threat to the contemporary age is Gnosticism

Here is an excerpt from an interesting article by Crux Now which states that Pope Francis believes that the greatest threat to the contemporary age is Gnosticism. Francis says that Gnosticism can be found in clericalism, legalism and fundamentalism. It is especially strong among the keepers of knowledge, the doctors of the law, who are more inclined to trust in the power of the world. (more…)

The Last Judgement: Rome’s Sistine Chapel to Reopen After 30 Years

Are we in the days of the Last Judgement? The signs and symbols of the End of an Age are everywhere and this story of the sistine chapelinfamous Roman sixth-century church known as the Sistine Chapel reopening to the public after 30 years of restoration seems to align with the last days of the Apocalypse (unveiling).

The Sistine Chapel was covered in 847 during an earthquake and it was only exposed in 1900. The Chapel's frescoes of saints and martyrs, queens, popes and emperors have now been restored at a cost of about $2.1 funded by the Italian state and the World Monuments Fund. (more…)

Iceland to Reinstate the Worship of Norse Gods

(Source: UK Telegraph) - Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting Odin 2this month on the island's first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.

Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago but a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.

"I don't believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet," said Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, high priest of 'Asatruarfelagid', an association that promotes faith in the Norse gods.

"We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology."

Membership in Asatruarfelagid has tripled in Iceland in the last decade to 2,400 members last year, out of a total population of 330,000, data from Statistics Iceland showed.

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Putin offers Russian refuge to European Jews facing anti-Semitism

(Source: RT) - As a rising wave of anti-Semitic attacks engulf Europe, the Russian president has offered European Jews protection by proposing that they immigrate to Russia.

In a meeting with members of the European Jewish Congress in the Kremlin, the president of the congregation complained to Vladimir Putin about the rising anti-Semitism across Europe that has manifested itself in an increased number of attacks against Jews.

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BP. SCHNEIDER DENOUNCES GNOSTIC CLERGY

The bishop of Kazakhstan says laity must defend the Faith because many priests fear losing their positions

ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan is denouncing what he calls gnostic clergy who erroneously believe doctrine and pastoral practice can be separated. To masque over their error, he added, they abuse sentimental expressions of mercy and compassion.

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Bishop Schneider, in his address last Thursday at the Lepanto Foundation, likened this Gnostic group, comprised of priests, bishops and cardinals, to the Pharisees and Scribes. Even though the Jewish leaders knew the divine truth about marriage, he said, nevertheless they sought to have Jesus legitimize the practice of divorce that had been widely adopted out of "pastoral reasons." (more…)

Germany’s Vatican ambassador: ‘Islam is part of the solution’

Germany's ambassador to the Vatican, Annette Schavan, still sees religion as a peacemaker, despite wars and terrorism. In an interview with DW, she calls for more interfaith dialogue and respect between all religions.

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Deutsche Welle: After the New Year's Eve harassment incidents in Cologne, a highly charged atmosphere with regard to migrants has developed in Germany. How do people in Rome assess the events in Germany? (more…)

After year of jihadi terror, Queen’s Christmas Day speech to focus on Christianity

The annual message from Her Majesty to the country's citizens, which has been televised since 1957, is expected to deal with the The-Queens-Christmas-mess-007Queen's own faith and the continuing importance of Christianity in Britain today.

This theme is especially significant given the growing number of terror attacks by Islamic extremists across the world this year, which have specifically targeted Christians, described by jihadis as "non-believers." (more…)

Orthodox Rabbis issue groundbreaking statement on Christianity

(Source: Vatican Radio) For the first time since the Second Vatican Council changed Christian teachings toward Judaism and the Pope Francis western wall JerusalemJewish people 50 years ago, a group of Orthodox rabbis have issued a public statement advocating partnership with Christians and appreciating the religious value of Christianity.

Published on December 3rd on the website of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) in Israel, “To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians” is signed by over 25 prominent Orthodox rabbis in Israel, United States and Europe and calls for cooperation between Jews and Christians to address the moral and religious challenges of our times. The proclamation’s authors are inviting fellow Orthodox rabbis to join in signing the statement. (more…)

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