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 infamous 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…)
(Source: UK Telegraph) - Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this 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.
(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.
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.
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 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.
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…)
The annual message from Her Majesty to the country's citizens, which has been televised since 1957, is expected to deal with the Queen'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…)
(Source: Vatican Radio) For the first time since the Second Vatican Council changed Christian teachings toward Judaism and the Jewish 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…)
The United States of America is one of the few countries in the world that practices religious freedom and the right of very individual to be a member of whatever religion they choose to align their souls with. The American law and most enlightened people do not care if you are a Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Gnostic, Freemason or an atheist. We all have the same rights and opportunities in this country.
The recent terrorist attack that was carried out by Muslim extremists in San Bernardino, California was a tragic event. The killing of 14 innocent people have caused many U.S. citizens to live in fear, and they would like special measures and surveillance placed on all Muslims. Some people would even like them all deported from the country.
What people need to understand is that there have been many hundreds, if not thousands of attacks and killings in the history of this country carried out by American Christian and non-Muslim terrorists than there have been by Muslims. The crime facts show that if you or a loved one was to be murdered, it would most likely to be done by the hands of a family member or friend than anyone else. The next most probable terrorist that may try and take your life would be at church by a crazed Christian hell bent on doing God's work or at school or a movie theater by a drugged up teenager who wants their 5 minutes of sick fame. (more…)
This past week Pope Francis had warned the Italian Church, and Roman Curia about “two temptations.” Then looking up from his script, he drew much laughter when he said, “I say two, not fifteen as I told the (Roman) Curia!”
These two temptations were not in relation to resisting sin, or the devil, but he instead focused upon the teachings of Pelagianism and Gnosticism.
Pelagianism was founded upon the teachings of the Scottish/Irish monk Pelagius (354–420 or 440). Pelagius taught that moral perfection and salvation was attainable in this life without the assistance of divine grace through human free will. In simple terms, we humans are good or bad based on our own free will based actions.
Gnosticism in its purest form is the intuitive spiritual knowledge that comes with knowing thyself and thyspirit. The word Gnosis is a Greek word for knowledge which usually refers to any type of direct communion with the divine. (more…)
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