Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Pontiff's General Audience, 13.12.2017 (about Sunday Rest)

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General Audience, 13.12.2017

Catechesis of the Holy Father

Greetings in various languages

This morning’s General Audience took place at 9.35 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and all over the world.

In his address in Italian the Pope focused on the theme “Why attend Mass on Sunday?”

After summarising his catechesis in several languages, the Holy Father addressed special greetings to the groups of faithful present.

The General Audience concluded with the recital of the Pater Noster and the Apostolic Blessing.

Sunday rest, worship are focus of Pope’s public audience

Catholic World News

Sunday rest, worship are focus of Pope’s public audience

December 13, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis devoted his weekly public audience on December 13 to honoring the Sabbath. Since many “secular societies have lost the Christian meaning of Sunday,” he said, “it is necessary to revive this awareness.” The Pope remarked: “Without Christ, we are condemned to be dominated by the fatigue of everyday life.”The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.

Pope Francis: Think 'being good' is enough? It’s not. Go to Mass

Pope Francis during his Oct. 25, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

ByHannah Brockhaus

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2017 / 03:20
Pope Francis: Think 'being good' is enough? It’s not. Go to Mass: According to Pope Francis, a Christian can’t just be a good person and skip Mass on Sundays, because it is the Eucharist that provides the nourishment needed to truly live the Gospel well in our daily lives.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Vatican’s Dirty Money Problem

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast


A mysterious firing and a new report on the Vatican’s creative bookkeeping begs the question: Why does no one ever get in trouble for laundering money at the Holy See?

Barbie Latza Nadeau

12.12.17 1:06 PM ET

ROME—In 2015, the Council of Europe’s financial-evaluation arm Moneyval laid down the law for the Vatican Bank, telling the rather unholy financiers who had been accused of abetting money laundering for years that it isn’t enough to just smoke out suspicious account holders and freeze assets. Instead they said the Vatican Bank, formally known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR, needed to start actually prosecuting criminal cases.

Two years later, thousands of accounts have been closed or frozen, but Moneyval still isn’t happy. According to its 209-page December 2017 progress report, the Vatican gets good marks for not funding terrorism and for flagging potential illegal behavior. But the holy bank fails once again to actually hold anyone accountable for what are clearly crimes such as “fraud, including serious tax evasion, misappropriation and corruption,” according to the report.

More curious still, a week before the highly anticipated report was released, the IOR Deputy Director Giulio Mattietti was fired with no advance warning and escorted from his office out of fear he might remove files from his desk.

Mattietti was hired in 2007 by Paolo Cipriani, the former head of the bank who resigned under pressure a few months after Pope Francis was elected in 2013, after a Vatican accountant nicknamed “Monsignor 500” for his penchant for 500-euro notes, was arrested for trying to smuggle $26 million to Switzerland. Mattietti’s removal followed the sacking of a lower-level IOR employee days earlier. The Vatican gives no official reason for either of the firings beyond “reforms,” but a source close to the bank says the bank employees who were let go may have been whistleblowers who were alerting officials outside the bank about continuing impropriety.

In fact, despite apparently precise record keeping on the part of IOR, Moneyval evaluators still found 69 actions involving 38 customers that were not in accordance with money laundering and fraud standards set forth by the Council of Europe. None of those suspect cases were prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law, and instead Moneyval investigators point to vague records that imply that the cases were closed.

“Eight money-laundering investigations have been closed formally without any charges, while six additional investigations have been concluded without an indictment for any offense and their formal closure has been requested,” the report states.

And that is a problem.

California gov: Trump doesn't fear God or 'existential consequences'

December 09, 2017 - 09:49 AM EST


California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says President Trump's stance on climate change demonstrates that he does not appear to fear the "wrath of God" or have any regard for the "existential consequences" of his environmental policies.

"I don't think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility ... this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed," Brown said in an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes," which is set to air on Sunday.

Brown, who studied to become a Jesuit priest prior to entering politics, has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration.

His latest comments come as the southern portion of California battles massive wildfires that in just a few days have damaged thousands of acres of property and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

Trump declared a state of emergency in California, which permits federal assistance to supplement the state and local response to the fires.

The order allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts in the areas affected by the wildfires.

Northern California grappled with a series of wildfires earlier this year that took the lives of 44 people and resulted in billions of dollars of damage.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Trump's Jerusalem declaration sparks talk of 3rd Temple

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Trump's Jerusalem declaration sparks talk of 3rd Temple

Israeli activist: 'Words of prophecy are coming forth from the Bible and becoming facts'

Published: 1 day ago

President Donald Trump addressing the United Nations Sept. 19, 2017 (Video screenshot)

WASHINGTON – While Muslims jeer, Israelis cheer President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, prompting Jewish religious activists to suggest building the Third Temple is closer to reality than ever before.

“What he did … was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” said Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality.

He added, “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.”

Fried sees Trump’s role similar to the one played by Cyrus, the Persian king who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple.

“There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God),” Fried declared.

He is hardly alone in his jubilation about the possibilities of rebuilding a Temple last destroyed in A.D. 70 – 1,948 years ago.

“The prophets’ words of prophecy are coming forth from the Bible and becoming facts right before our eyes,” said Likud lawmaker and prominent Temple Mount movement figure Yehuda Glick.

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Vatican Cheers Pro-Choice California Gov. for Global Warming Activism - Breitbart

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10 Dec 2017

The Vatican called pro-choice California Gov. Jerry Brown a leader who defends the “dignity and freedom of each person” in a tweet lauding the governor’s climate change crusade.

Earlier this month Brown patted himself on the back for a two-week European climate change tour that included the Vatican, according to Life Site News. In his Vatican address, Brown spoke of brainwashing people in order to convince them of man-made climate change. Brown called for “…not just a light rinse,” but rather, “We need a total, I might say, ‘brainwashing.’

“Bravo Jerry,” begins the tweet from Casina Pio IV. “…you are a true leader who seeks the good of the people defending the dignity and freedom of each person, and the good of the planet threatened by human activity that uses fossil fuel!”

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Danny Vierra's Cancer Journey

Danny Vierra

Published on Jun 19, 2017

Danny Vierra tackles metastatic melanoma using the Gerson Therapy, ozone rectal insufflations, supplements, medicinal mushrooms, and more.

Danny Vierra's Cancer Diagnosis

Issue #265
June 16, 2017

I want to be totally candid with you. In January I went to the doctor to have a bleeding mole on my right back flank checked out.


It was the third time the mole had bled. I applied Can-X black salve three different times, and the last application had the most violent reaction. When I showed the area to my doctor, he was alarmed and sent me to a dermatologist, Dr. Ochoa, in Tracy, CA. The area had completely healed before I arrived. Dr. Ochoa performed a punch biopsy and sent it to the lab to be evaluated.

I was driving to Southern California for a speaking engagement when I got the call. Dr. Ochoa said: "Please come see me immediately. In 20 minutes I arrived at her office to hear the news that everybody fears: "You have malignant melanoma.

It is a T-4 and stage 2B (I explain in the video below what these mean)." Dr. Ochoa scheduled a PET scan to check if the deadly skin cancer had metastasized, and then sent me to a melanoma surgeon and a melanoma specialist at Sutter Health Pacific Medical in San Francisco.

The good news was the PET scan showed no evidence that the melanoma had spread. The surgeon, Dr. Stanley Leong, explained the cancer can be microscopic and recommended surgery. He wanted to check lymph nodes it two areas above the primary site which he would remove. Every doctor I trust told me: "Danny, do not mess around with melanoma. It is fast-growing and deadly." Howard Strauss, Charlotte Gerson's son said: "Melanoma is like a volcano, highly active and aggressive, but with the right therapy it can also die fast. I thought of Charles Lawson, a friend of mine, who died not too long ago from melanoma in his sinuses.

I am not going to share what the surgeon found right now, but it wasn't good. I am thankful I had the surgery. I explain the whole story in my new video " My Personal Healing Journey (below)" which you will find both shocking and educational. In fact, I gave four health presentations, three on cancer, at this year's Health and Healing Crusade 2017. The links are below. The audience enjoyed them all, especially the " Cancer Workshop" which I gave on Sunday morning, where I explained everything from ozone rectal insufflations, immunotherapy and medicinal mushrooms, herbal medicines, enzyme therapy, the Gerson Therapy, and more.

My diagnosis is very serious. I count it a blessing because cancer wakes you up to life. So many people are writing, Facebooking, emailing, calling, and offering prayers and support. My spirits are high and Jesus is by my side. We are walking this journey together.

I will continue teaching at our BellaVita 10-Day programs and RISEN our medical missionary school. If you would like to attend the school and learn what I am doing to fight cancer this is the program for you. Check out the details at
We only take eleven students. The dates are October 8 - 22 to become certified as a Natural Hygiene Coach and open your own lifestyle home or center.

I want no pity, but empathy is OK. I do ask for your prays. I trust the Lord will be glorified by my healing. The doctor's main concern right now is that there is no recurrence within the next two years. I am strong in faith, trusting God in the journey, and know that my true healing is only through His divine power. I believe the Lord allowed this trial to get me to make some serious changes in my life. To lessen the stress, for sure. Nothing else would have persuaded me to make the needed changes. Healing on all levels, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

My health has continually declined over the past several years due to constant high stress. I have identified the areas of my life that are most stressful and am taking the necessary steps to eliminate them. I will NOT be traveling and speaking for at least one year or more. My health program runs from 6:30 AM to 7 PM seven days a week. It is not easy, but my daughter Mia helps me every day making my organic juices, Gerson soup, specially prepared food, and taking care of other duties.
Enough said for now. I hope you enjoy the cancer videos (below) and share them with others. I will be posting all the Health Crusade videos for my subscribers from the speakers for 2017 including Dr. Tim Riesenberger, Christian Berdahl, and Ron Woolsey, who spoke openly about homosexuality and the power of God to change.
If you would like to send me a letter or comment, email me at

Thank you again for your prayers.
God bless you,
Danny Vierra


I found out today 12/9/2017, that Danny Vierra is extremely sick, and a mutual friend of ours asks for prayers so that he may peacefully rest from further suffering.

Please keep Danny Vierra in you prayers.

Thank you.

Vatican Christmas Ritual Exposed (R$E)


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Go to Mass on Sunday and on Christmas, bishops say

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by Mary Rezac

Denver, Colo., Dec 1, 2017 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a newsletter issued earlier this year, the U.S. Catholic bishops addressed questions regarding whether Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligations can be fulfilled with a “two-for-one” Mass attendance at Christmas this year.

In a “relatively rare” situation which last occurred in 2006, Christmas Day this year falls on a Monday.

Because Catholics are obliged to attend Mass for Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, some have asked whether a Sunday evening Mass on Christmas Eve would fulfill both the obligation for a Sunday Mass and the obligation for a Christmas Day Mas

The U.S. Bishop’s Committee on Divine Worship has said the faithful should attend two Masses to fulfill their Sunday and Christmas Mass obligations.

Since the mid-twentieth century, the Church has allowed for Catholics to attend vigil, or anticipated, Masses for Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation as “a convenience for many of the faithful.”

“Most canon lawyers defer to Venerable Pope Pius XII’s Apostolic Constitution Christus Dominus (January 6, 1953), which gave 4:00 p.m. as the earliest time when anticipated Masses may be scheduled,” the bishops said in their 2017 letter.

This means that the Sunday obligation for Dec. 24 can be fulfilled on Sunday, or anytime after 4 p.m. on Dec. 23, and the Christmas Mass obligation can be fulfilled on Monday, anytime after 4 p.m. on Dec. 24.

In the case of two consecutive days of obligation, as at Christmas this year, the “prevailing view of many canon lawyers is that each obligation must be fulfilled with a separate Mass,” the bishops said.

“Thus, when consecutive obligations occur on Saturday-Sunday or Sunday-Monday, the faithful must attend Mass twice to fulfill two separate obligations.”

“Our father which art in the Vatican...” Rewording of “The Lord’s Prayer” would make it “The Pope’s Prayer."

December 8, 2017

Andrew & Hilari Henriques

By now, most individuals are aware of Pope Francis’ recommendation that the wording of a particular phrase in the “Lord’s Prayer” be changed. Major news media outlets have reported on the matter and it has been widely circulated to the delight of some and the displeasure of others. Fox News reported thus: “Pope Francis has suggested he wants to make a change to The Lord's Prayer, widely known among the faithful as the ‘Our Father.’ Specifically, the Catholic leader said in an interview Wednesday he would prefer to adjust the phrase ‘lead us not into temptation,’ saying that it too strongly suggested that God leads people to sin. ‘That is not a good translation,’ the pope said, according to Reuters. The phrase ‘do not let us fall into temptation,’ which the Catholic Church in France has previously decided to use, would be a more appropriate alternative, Francis said. He added that the phrase used by the French, or similar wording, should then be implemented around the globe.”1

For individuals even remotely familiar with the history of Roman Catholicism, this is not at all uncharacteristic for the head of the church to make such a recommendation. Additionally, those who have the discernment to see through the deceptive guise that Pope Francis presents, this proposed change is not surprising as he has made plenty of other statements that discredit and cast contempt upon God’s Word, while assuming supreme authority over God’s words. Proposing changes to God’s words and His laws is nothing new for Roman Catholicism; in fact this identifying mark of Popery is delineated in scripture. “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time” Daniel 7:25.

The Roman Catholic Church asserts that it has been given the authority to transfer the solemnity of the Seventh-day Sabbath to the first day of the week. In fact, this act is what the Roman Catholic Church boasts is its mark of authority. Popery was very successful in deceiving the world into believing that Sunday is the day to be honored as the Sabbath; and if she has her way, she desires to, as the above report from Fox News states, implement the new wording of ‘The Lord’s Prayer” around the globe. Daniel 7:25 not only gives one characteristic of Roman Catholicism, but multiple: the speaking of blasphemy, the wearing out or persecution of the saints of the Most High and the thinking to change times and laws. We understand that during the 1260 years of Papal supremacy (or the time and times and the dividing of time) this scripture was fulfilled to the very letter. However, it is being repeated and will culminate when Roman Catholicism reemerges to supremacy and the Mark of the Beast is enacted. Therefore, it is during the time in which the Pope and other papal leaders are blaspheming God, and attempting to change His words, that the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus, will be persecuted.

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The Plan for the Banks - Pastor Bill Hughes

True Wisdom

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Proverbs 3:13-18.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Why Catholics Should Not Pray to Dead Saints

Why Catholics Should Not Pray to Dead Saints:

Published on Dec 8, 2017

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Praying to dead people or any form of communication with the dead is strictly forbidden in the Bible.

This pagan occultic practice is described as NECROMANCY in Scripture.

But if one believes that people become gods, then it is understandable why Catholics see no problem communing with the dead - even believing that these dead people have the power to answer their prayer or communicate with God on their behalf as intercessors.

This is extreme idolatry and blasphemous to say the least.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

In LA, massive Marian procession ahead of Guadalupe feast

In LA, massive Marian procession ahead of Guadalupe feast: About 30,000 Catholic faithful walked the streets of Los Angeles in a Sunday Morning procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe nine days ahead of her Dec. 12 feast day.

When the blasts of winter come..

When the testing time shall come, those who have made God's word their rule of life will be revealed. In summer there is no noticeable difference between evergreens and other trees; but when the blasts of winter come, the evergreens remain unchanged, while other trees are stripped of their foliage. So the falsehearted professor may not now be distinguished from the real Christian, but the time is just upon us when the difference will be apparent. Let opposition arise, let bigotry and intolerance again bear sway, let persecution be kindled, and the halfhearted and hypocritical will waver and yield the faith; but the true Christian will stand firm as a rock, his faith stronger, his hope brighter, than in days of prosperity. 

Great Controversy, p. 602.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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Pastor Harry Reeder: Liberal ‘Christianity’ is antithetical to Christianity

on December 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm CST


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Read the transcript:

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, let’s go over to Europe today. I want to cover three different stories. The first, out of Reuters, Sweden’s national Evangelical Lutheran church is urging its clergy to stop gendering their Almighty Creator by using terms such as “He” and “Lord.” It’s updated official handbook to reflect the changes, which go into effect May 20th during the Christian holiday of Pentecost.

Breitbart News: Poland’s parliament has voted to slowly begin the process of abolishing Sunday shopping to allow workers to spend more time with their families. If the law passes, Poland will start by just allowing Sunday shopping on the first and last Sunday of the month in 2018 according to The Catholic Herald.

The third story, out of The Christian Post, as many as 300 people were protesting in northwest France this Sunday against a court’s recent ruling that a giant cross be removed from atop a statue of Pope Saint John Paul the Second.


DR. REEDER: Let’s start with that one, Tom. It makes me laugh because of its incoherency: So, we’re going to remove a cross atop the Pope’s statue but you’re going to leave the Pope?

Well, what is the Pope? Well, he is the head of the largest expression of Christianity in France and throughout Europe and that is the Roman Catholic Church, which is a Christian church. You’re going to leave the statue of the guy that commemorates the leadership of the Christian church but, “By the way, get that cross off the top of it”?

These battles over symbols are so, in the one hand, incoherent, and, on the other hand, so revealing. The Bible tells you very quickly, “It is the word of the cross that is a scandal.”

Well, if the word of the cross is a scandal, then the symbol of the cross is going to be a scandal and that is something that people utterly, utterly despise, I can promise you. If that was a crescent above a statue, they wouldn’t be saying a single word, but they’re going after that one.

And, in fact, part of it was it was offensive to the Muslim immigrants into France. Well, what about the crosses over the churches throughout the city? Is there going to be a law to remove those because they might be offensive?

Therefore, you see the incoherence of the secular world and life view and the loss of any sense of a protected right of the free practice of religion in various nations and, now, in France in particular.

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Masterpiece Cakeshop and how “religious liberty” became so toxic

Masterpiece Cakeshop and how “religious liberty” became so toxic

The right went too far with Masterpiece Cakeshop. But liberals need not fear reasonable religious exemptions.

By Andrew Koppelman
on December 6, 2017 12:00 pm

LGBTQ rights activists gather outside the Supreme Court before the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commissioncase is heard, December 5.
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Until recently, almost all Americans were for religious liberty. Then LGBTQ rights and the contraception mandate came along. This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over the question of whether a small cake-making business can refuse service to a gay couple — a clash both left and right have elevated into a key moment in the culture wars.

Many on the left now regard “religious liberty” as a coded term for discrimination and exclusion. Many on the right feel they are being persecuted for their unpopular beliefs.

The current unpleasantness is unnecessary. The tradition of religious liberty has the resources to handle this. Religious liberty has never meant a right to hurt people, but it has stood for a tolerance of the unfamiliar that opens a path to a reasonable settlement.

With only a slight course correction — aided, one hopes, by a Supreme Court that aims to dampen culture clashes, not exacerbate them — religious freedom can be everyone’s friend again.

We’re lawyers who support same-sex marriage. We also support the Masterpiece Cakeshop baker.

Religious liberty is in many ways the primitive core of liberalism. It was the original basis for protecting a private sphere that government could not invade. “The one only narrow way which leads to Heaven is not better known to the Magistrate than to private Persons,” John Locke wrote in 1689, “and therefore I cannot safely take him for my Guide, who may probably be as ignorant of the way as myself, and who certainly is less concerned for my Salvation than I myself am.”

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

One Step Back for Poland as Sunday Shopping Ends


As Poland's economy has grown, more luxury brands have invested in the country. But a new bill backed by the Catholic Church could knock its progress back.

Zara store at the Manufaktura mall in Lodz, Poland | Source: Shutterstock


DECEMBER 5, 2017 05:26

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s lawmakers have approved a law restricting Sunday shopping from next year, as the government pushes ahead with what it sees as a return to Roman Catholic values.

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 254 to 156 on Friday, will gradually phase out shopping on Sundays in order to provide workers with a day of rest and allowing more time to spend with their families. The bill must now be signed into law by the Polish parliament and president Andrzej Duda.

Under the new proposal, retail businesses will be required to close for two Sundays a month from March 2018, gradually leading to opening just one Sunday a month in 2019, followed by an entire shutdown of stores on Sunday by 2020.

Smaller businesses, however, are exempt from the new regulations. “Small shops that are run by an owner, alongside one or two additional employees, will be able to remain open, so long as the owner is selling the products themselves,” explained Michal Dybula, chief economist of Central and Eastern Europe at BNP Paribas, noting that shopping at petrol and railway stations and airports will also be allowed.

Critics warned that the move would negatively affect Poland's economy, the eighth largest in the European Union in real GDP terms, where domestic consumption is a main driver of economic growth. Poland’s economy grew 4.7 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the biggest increase since 2011. “We can expect a negative impact on the overall volume of private consumption in response to this law,” said Dybula.

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

China’s Top Ideologue Calls for Tight Control of Internet

DEC. 3, 2017

Wang Huning spoke Sunday at the opening of the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. Credit Aly Song/Reuters

WUZHEN, China — Little heard from but hugely influential, the professor-turned-Communist theoretician who has been a major adviser to three Chinese leaders finally stepped out of the shadows on Sunday.

Known as the brain behind President Xi Jinping, Wang Huning made his first major speech since joining the Politburo Standing Committee, the seven-member group that rules China, at a conference created to show off the country’s technological strengths to the world.

Well known for his icy remove and support of authoritarianism, Mr. Wang called for security and order on the internet as part of five proposals he made to guide the future of cyberspace. He also emphasized China’s technological prowess, and said more should be done by the government to guide the development of new industries like artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

Mr. Wang stepped onto the world stage before an audience that included Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, along with an all-star cast of Chinese tech entrepreneurs, such as Jack Ma of Alibaba.

Mr. Wang, 62, had emerged as the ideological counselor to Chinese leaders and the wordsmith of Mr. Xi’s more authoritarian style before being tapped to join the Standing Committee at a Communist Party congress in Beijing two months ago. A close confidant of Mr. Xi and the two previous Chinese presidents, Mr. Wang was promoted despite never having governed a province or run a state ministry.

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Circular: Sabbath and Reverence

Davi P. Silva

November 27, 2017

A circular by the President of the General Conference in response to a grave problem facing our churches today: the lack of reverence.

“Ye shall keep My Sabbaths, and reverence My sanctuary: I am the Lord,” Leviticus 26:2.

Here we find a very important commandment. The Sabbath on the seventh day and the sanctuary are two essential elements in our worship. And both belong to the Lord. They are holy and do not belong to us.

We have the privilege of worshiping the Lord every day. However, the Sabbath is a very special day. It is a memorial of God’s creation and God’s redemptive work. It is a day of a much deeper communion with the Lord. The Sabbath was instituted for our happiness if we fulfill the conditions God established concerning His day.

The fourth commandment (Exodus 20:8-11) begins with the word “Remember.” What should we remember about the Sabbath? “To keep it holy.” Something that is holy belongs to the Lord. We have no right to use it according to our convenience. “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.”

To enjoy all the blessings of the Sabbath, the Lord has given us abundant instructions. Before sunset, we should be ready with our family and use the time that precedes the Sabbath to sing, to pray, and to study God’s word as a final preparation to receive the holy day. And we should remember that every moment of the Sabbath belongs to God. It is not our time. It is His time.

Ellen White writes that we should be occupied in three basic things on the Sabbath: 1. Rest; 2. Worship; 3. Good works.

Psalm 92 instructs us to take time to meditate on God’s power revealed in nature. It is a major help to strengthen our spiritual power. Says the psalmist: “You, Lord, have made me glad through the works of Your hands. O Lord, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep” (verses 4 and 5) NKJV. Considering God’s work in creation, we see His power in our redemption.

Why are we told that during the sacred hours we should put aside many things of worldly character? Because the Lord wishes to give us special attention, and He expects special attention from us. By doing so our spirituality is greatly strengthened. The commandments of the Lord are not arbitrary orders but have a special purpose to bless His children.

In Isaiah 58, the Lord says that we shouldn’t follow our own ways, seek our own pleasure, nor speak our own words (verse 13) on the Sabbath day. We have the high privilege of delighting ourselves “in the Lord,”. Our greatest pleasure should be found in experiencing closer communion with Jesus.

The Sabbath is a great memorial of our creation and our salvation. God finished His work of creation on Friday afternoon. Christ finished His work of redemption on Friday afternoon when He said: “It is finished.” We should spend the Sabbath meditating on these great truths of creation and redemption and explaining them to our children. These truths should be the center of conversation on the sacred day.

Food for Thought - Walter Veith in Copenhagen - October 2017

Food for Thought - Walter Veith in Copenhagen - October 2017

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Friday, December 01, 2017

If They Knew How to Bridge This Gap with Me - Michael: Outspoken

21 November 2017 | Jared Wright

By now, for those who pay attention to LGBT+ stories from within the Seventh-day Adventist community, it is a familiar narrative: young person grows up in traditional, rural Adventist home; young person is raised knowing that homosexuality is wrong; young person realizes (s)he identifies as homosexual; young person tries to be straight, agonizes over same-gender attractions, fears that people will find out, prays for feelings to be taken away; prayer does not change things; and young person (now a bit older) comes to terms with and accepts his/her sexual identity. Tension remains between young person and the family members who have difficulty coming to terms with non-hetero identities.

And of course, as is the case for Michael, the subject of the 7th installment of the "Outspoken" documentary series, there is always more to the story. There are feelings of isolation, of not being heard or understood, and feelings of being disconnected from family and the faith community that cannot or will not embrace LGBT+ people.

In addition to all that for Michael, there was—there is—partnership: a committed relationship with Peter that began with the dating app OKCupid. Michael lights up as he discusses finding someone with whom he fits so well.

Peter (left) and Michael in a still image from the latest installment of "Outspoken."

“That feels very surreal but very good,” Michael says. But there is also a bitter to that moment’s sweet.

“I don’t know if my parents can fully appreciate how happy I am now because I don’t know if they fully understand how sad I was . . . and sometimes I still am,” Michael says.

“I know that if they knew how to bridge this gap with me, I know that they would do it in an instant. . . . Adventism is such a core thing for them and who they are.”

We’re left wondering whether Michael’s family—and whether the families of so many others like him—will ever be able to accept and embrace this part of their child.

In just sixteen minutes, filmmakers Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer manage to fill up our eyes with stars and with tears in turn.

That is the power of story . . . of Michael’s story.

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Just a Name Or a ®egistered Trademark?

an anyone who says they’re a Seventh-day Adventist use the church name in an official capacity? The General Conference Office of General Counsel—which provides legal counsel on issues such as employment, church assets, and protection of the church’s name—says “No.” Adventist Review features editor Sandra Blackmer talks with general counsel Karnik Doukmetzian and associate general counsel Dionne A. Parker to explore the specifics of this increasingly complex issue.—Editors.

BLACKMER: What exactly does the term “registered trademark” mean?
PARKER: A trademark, registered or otherwise, includes any word, name, symbol, or device—or any combination—used or intended to be used in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods. For example, the trademark “Adventist” is registered in specific areas such as missionary services, religious observances, education, and health care. So we have protection in those specific areas.

Does the Adventist Church’s registered trademark include just the church logo and the name “Seventh-day Adventist,” or does it involve more than that?
PARKER: The names “Seventh-day Adventist” and “Adventist,” and the church logo, are all registered trademarks. The acronym “SDA” is used with what’s called common-law rights, meaning that the Adventist Church has been using it for a long period of time as a name that identifies our organization. So we have rights with that, as well.

Who has the legal right to use these trademarks?
PARKER: Any entity listed in The Seventh-day Adventist Church Yearbook. This includes the General Conference, divisions, unions, local conferences, local churches and companies, educational institutions, health-care institutions, and so forth. Lay and professional groups, however, must apply to the GC Office of General Counsel for a license to use the name “Seventh-day Adventist” and then wait for approval from administration.

DOUKMETZIAN: One thing to point out is that the General Conference Administrative Committee—the group that gives the ultimate approval for licenses to use the church name—doesn’t issue licenses to use the church logo. That use is restricted to official organizations, which don’t need additional permission.

Anglican Minister Urges Prayers for Prince George to Be Gay

DEC. 1, 2017

A crowd outside St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west of London, in June. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is to take place there in May. Credit Stefan Rousseau/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

LONDON — A prominent Anglican cleric and gay rights campaigner known for contentious gestures has urged believers to pray for Prince George — age 4, and third in line to the throne — to find the love “of a fine young gentleman” when he grows up so as to advance the cause of same-sex marriage in church.

Coming just days after Prince Harry — George’s uncle, and fifth in line — announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, a divorced American actress, the suggestion by the Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth seemed to illuminate once more the role of royal romance in Britain’s imagination and conversation, especially when it collides with tradition.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have said they will marry in May at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west of London. But it is only since 2002 that the Church of England has permitted church marriages for divorced people, “in exceptional circumstances” at the discretion of parish priests. The church teaching is that marriage is for life.

While same-sex marriage is permitted by law in most of Britain, the Church of England says on its website, “it remains the case that it is not legally possible for same-sex couples to marry” in its churches.

The Startling Developments Of Our Day

Volume XXXVI Issue XII December 2017
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"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."

James 5:7-8

"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."

II Peter 3:8-10

"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

Matthew 24:44

In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will examine the startling developments of our day which show that we are ever closer to the return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The expectation of Christ's return has been ongoing since His departure. After Jesus ascended into heaven in Acts, chapter 1, His disciples stood gazing into the sky until two angels appeared and asked the men in Acts 1:11, "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." By the time the Apostle Peter wrote his second epistle, doubts had arisen in the Christian church regarding Christ's return, which prompted Peter to write in II Peter 3:8-9, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." In like manner, we are admonished in James 5:7, "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain."

As God's children, we can sense in our spirits that the day of the Lord is getting closer with each passing hour. Yet, we understand that God's timeline is unknown to mankind, and no man or woman will ever determine when the end time events spoken of in Scripture will come to pass. Jesus told us plainly that His return will be at a moment when no one is expecting it. In Matthew 24:44 we are told by Jesus, "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Despite these clear instructions from our Saviour, many men and women have made predictions regarding the end of the world. For example, Pope Sylvester II believed the world would end on January 1, 1000 AD. (1) Pope Innocent III predicted that the world would end 666 years after the rise of Islam in the year 1284. (2) Christopher Columbus, the man who accidentally stumbled across North America on a quest to reach India, first predicted the world would end in 1656 and then later in 1658. (3) Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses, taught that Jesus would return in 1874. (4) Panic ensued in 1988 when a former NASA engineer by the name of Edgar Whisenant wrote a book entitled "88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could be in 1988." The book, of which 3.2 million copies were printed, predicted that Jesus would return to perform a rapture sometime during September 11-13, 1988, at the time of the Jewish observance of Rosh-Hashanah. Thousands were impacted by this prediction with some people even going so far as to quit their jobs. (5) Radio preacher Harold Camping also made headlines in 2011 when he predicted there would be a rapture first on May 21, 2011, and later on October 21, 2011 after his first prediction failed. (6) Amazingly enough, Camping had made predictions in this manner a total of twelve times dating back to 1978. (7) On September 15, 2017, Fox News reported that a man they referred to as a "Christian numerologist" by the name of David Meade had predicted that the world would end on September 23, 2017, when the mysterious Planet X would supposedly collide with the earth. (8) In an article published by the Washington Post, Meade, who claimed he is a researcher and not a numerologist, sought to clarify his position. "The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending," Meade stated. He further went on to say, "A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October." (9)

Setting dates for end time events is a foolhardy endeavor. While it may be a good way to sell books or to achieve short-term fame, it does nothing to edify the Christian people. In reality, such predictions are counterproductive and often cause God's people to be viewed as a laughingstock. Nevertheless, I firmly believe that Jesus is coming, and it could be a lot sooner than most people think. One thing is certain, no one knows the day or the hour of our Lord's return. Yet, when our Saviour does come, it will be the greatest surprise and the biggest interruption our world has ever experienced.

UK Politician: Christians Seen as 'Dangerous and Offensive'

Dale Hurd

A member of Parliament and former leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats says Christians who actively practice their faith are viewed as "dangerous."

Tim Farron resigned his post at the helm of the left wing party in July, saying, "To be a political leader and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible's teaching, has felt impossible to me."

In prepared remarks to the ecumenical think tank Theos Tuesday, Farron said "If you actively hold a faith that is more than an expression of cultural identity… you are deemed to be far worse than eccentric. You are dangerous. You are offensive."

Farron, who is often described in the British media as an evangelical Christian, quit as leader of the "Lib Dems" after two years because of badgering by the media over his positions on social issues.

Farron was repeatedly asked whether he considered gay sex a sin. Avoiding a direct answer, he said "we are all sinners."

Finally in an interview with the BBC during the June general election this year in which he was re-elected , Farron told the BBC that he doesn't think gay sex is sinful.

Farron also flip-flopped on the issue of abortion. He reportedly once wrote that abortion was wrong, but during this year's campaign said, "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal."

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Pope Francis Faces a Problem From Hell

Ministry amid ethnic cleansing.

Sohrab Ahmari / Nov. 27, 2017

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Pope Francis on Monday began the most fraught apostolic visit of his pontificate thus far, to Burma, where a Buddhist majority is waging a pogrom against the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority.

The main purpose of the visit, according to Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, is to “encourage” the tiny Catholic communities in Burma and next-door Bangladesh. But long before the pontiff’s chartered Alitalia plane took off from Rome, he was being barraged with conflicting advice on how to address the Rohingya crisis.

There were those, such as Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch, who asked Pope Francis to forcefully denounce the anti-Rohingya campaign, which the Trump administration and the United Nations consider state-directed ethnic cleansing. According to credible reports, the Burmese military has resorted to systematic rape, among other methods, to drive some 600,000 Rohingya from their homes in Burma’s Rakhine State into Bangladesh. These gruesome realities, wrote New York Times, would put the Pope’s “status as the world’s moral compass” to the test during his visit.

But others, such as Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the archbishop of Yangon, have warned the Pope to tread carefully. Cardinal Bo, by all accounts a sound and inspiring pastor, has urged Pope Francis not to use “Rohingya,” a term that Burmese authorities reject (Buddhist nationalists regard the Rohingya as “Bengali interlopers”). Cardinal Bo himself pointedly avoids saying Rohingya, and he has used the rather euphemistic term “migration” to describe what is happening in Rakhine State.

You might say the 266th successor of Peter has a problem from hell, and Roman Catholics face a bedeviling pair of questions: Will Pope Francis diminish his moral and political stature if he sounds muted notes as a minister amid ethnic cleansing? And are Cardinal Bo, and other churchmen who are counseling caution, apologists for the junta?

The answer is no, on both counts. There is no denying the Pope’s humane concern for the Rohingya. Previously, he has not only used the “R”-word but has spoken out against their persecution at Burmese hands “simply because they uphold their culture and Muslim faith.” As for Cardinal Bo, he has long been an outspoken advocate for democratization and minority rights in Burma. The real challenge, then, is how to deploy the Petrine Office to save lives and bring peace to a land riven by ancient ethnic and sectarian hatreds.

The Pope doesn’t lead a traditional nation-state to begin with, and the Holy See’s diplomatic leverage is especially limited in an isolated Asian country that would sooner incur the wrath of the international community than cease waging ethno-sectarian war. It would do the Rohingya no good for the Pope to antagonize junta leaders who are oblivious to world opinion. Fiery rhetoric might satisfy Roth, et al, but it could also endanger Burma’s 700,000 Catholics at a time of majoritarian, nationalist frenzy.

Cardinal Bo and his allies, moreover, argue that the only viable alternative to the junta on the Burmese political horizon is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the former dissident and Nobel laureate who serves as the country’s de facto leader. Suu Kyi’s reputation in the West has taken a nosedive lately, over her shameful refusal to speak out for the Rohingyas. Even so, Cardinal Bo’s argument is compelling: Who else could restrain the junta? Is the U.S. or the European Union prepared to launch a military intervention to stop the ethnic cleansing?

Nor does caution equate silence. In a message posted to Facebook ahead of his trip, the Pope called on the Burmese people to recognize that “all of us are God’s children.” This conviction–so simple yet so profound–is at the root of human rights, and it is one of the most powerful weapons in the Church’s moral arsenal. Pope Francis commands no divisions, but he knows a thing or two about dealing with problems from hell.


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Health worker firings spark debate on mandating flu vaccine

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"Whenever you do something new it ruffles feathers." That's how Rajesh Prabhu, MD, an infectious disease specialist and the chief patient safety officer with Essentia Health of Duluth, Minn., explained the company's decision to mandate that all healthcare employees, staff, and volunteers get the seasonal flu vaccine this year, a decision that led to dozens being fired.

Employees with any patient contact were required to get vaccinated by Nov 10 or risk termination, which has happened to 50 Essentia employees so far. Now, the union that represents Essentia's nurses, the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), is planning to file a formal grievance against the company.

"In no way are nurses against the flu vaccine," said Rick Fuentes, MNA spokesman. "But mandating vaccination is not as effective as voluntary programs."

"We have 13,900 employees," said Maureen Talarico, a media relations specialist with Essentia Health. "Only 50 were let go." Essential manages 15 hospitals and 75 clinics in Minnesota, Idaho, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

For Prabhu and Talarico, the decision to mandate the flu vaccine as an employment requirement is a crucial step in patient care. People in hospitals, including the elderly, young babies, and the immunocompromised have the most to lose from an influenza infection. Thus, a healthcare worker must do everything in his or her power to not spread the flu.

"The CDC recommends that healthcare workers get vaccinated, and over 640 institutions in the United States have the same policy we do," said Prabhu. He explained that Essentia allows medical and religious exemptions for employees.
Data appear lacking

But Gaston De Serres, MD an epidemiologist at the Institute National de Sante Publique du Quebec, said that mandates like Essentia's are at best misguided attempts at patient protection, and at worst, a rule that's based more on ideology than science.

Poland’s Parliament Votes to Return Sunday to Day of Rest

Thursday, 30 November 2017 

Written by Dave Bohon

Poland’s Parliament has approved a bill aimed at abolishing Sunday shopping throughout the nation so that workers can spend more time with their families. The measure, passed by the Sejm (equivalent to the U.K.’s House of Commons), would initially limit Sunday shopping to the first and last Sunday of the month through 2018, restrict it to the last Sunday of each month through 2019, and totally ban Sunday shopping beginning in 2020. As written, the law will still allow shopping on Sundays before major holidays such as Christmas, and will exempt such businesses as bakeries and online shops.

The bill must now be passed by the Senate and approved by President Andzrej Duda in order to become law.

The measure was initially proposed by Poland’s trade unions, and was quickly endorsed by the ruling Law and Justice Party.

CBN News noted that Poland “is among the last European countries to hold on to its Christian heritage. Abortion and homosexual marriage are still forbidden in the country of 38 million, which is predominately Catholic.” The faith-based news site explained that Poland’s move to make Sunday a day of rest is, in part, based upon the biblical admonition that like God, who rested on the seventh day after he created the heavens and the earth (Exodus 20:8-11), people are likewise to rest at the end of the week.Sunday, the first day of the week, became the Catholic ‘seventh day’ and a day of rest after the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on Sunday,” explained CBN. 

While Poland's Catholic bishops have given a thumbs-up to the proposal, Father Paweł Rytel-Andrianik, spokesman for the Polish Bishops Conference, said the bill does not go far enough. “The bishops underscore the need to restore Sunday to society as a day of rest and time of building family ties as well as strengthening social relationships,” he said in a statement. “They point out also that Sunday rest cannot be a luxury for a chosen few, but is an integral part of equal treatment for all employees. Therefore, there is an urgent need to make all Sundays free from work, just as is already the case in many European Union countries."

By contrast, Polish economists have panned the proposal as detrimental the nation’s economy. “The government’s attempt to coerce part of the population not to sell or shop on Sundays is a disgrace and has nothing to do with Catholicism,” said one Polish economist and businessman, Piotr Zapałowicz. “Some people will lose their jobs or part of their income, especially those employed on hourly wages."

Similarly, economic strategist Michal Dybula from Poland’s Bank BGZ BNP Paribas, told Bloomberg News that “any restriction of economic activity, such as retail trade, results in weaker economic growth."

However, Poland’s legislators appear to be following the advice of Pope Benedict, who said in 2012 that "Sunday is the day of the Lord ... a day in which everyone must be able to be free, free for the family and free for God. In defending Sunday we defend human freedom.”

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Islamists Target Christian Converts In German Refugee Centers

"Welcome" written in Farsi at a migrant reception center in Tubingen, Germany - Sebastian Gollnow/DPA via ZUMA

Islamists are known to target apostates. For the growing number of Muslim arrivals in Germany, a minority of those who have converted to Christianity say they are subject to attack.

Sebastian Gubernator


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BERLIN — One spring evening in 2015, he said goodbye to his old life. He grabbed that despised book with the white cover, the Holy Koran, and line-by-line, page-by-page, marked all the verses on the topic that troubled him most: sura 2:191; sura 8:39; sura 33:61. These are verses that call on believers to hunt down, seize and kill apostates.

When he was done, he had marked more than 700 verses. Then and there, he decided to be baptized.

The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, is no longer a Muslim. He was born and raised in Iran, but has since fled his home in Tehran and today lives in Berlin as a Christian.

He belongs to a minority among refugees. Time and again, Christians who've come to Germany from the Middle East say they are threatened and attacked by radical Muslims. The man from Tehran says a family member back in Iran had threatened him in a text message: “I’m going to kill you when I find you.”

It is not clear how common these threats and attacks are, since crimes targeting Christians in Germany have only been recorded since January 2017 and the Interior Ministry still lacks statistics on the phenomenon. Last year, the German Bishops’ Conference and the Evangelical Church in Germany issued a joint statement about attacks against Christians in refugee centers, concluding that there was no “extensive and systematic discrimination” against religious minorities.

Independent churches and evangelical organizations disagree. According to their information, violence has been rife between converts and Muslims, especially in refugee centers, where crowded living conditions lead to clashes of minds and faiths. In October 2016, Open Doors, an evangelical charity for persecuted Christians, published a study that documented attacks on 743 Christians.

Now, one year later, experts say that the centers have become safer — but the problem has not disappeared completely.

Gottfried Martens, a pastor at Trinity Church in Berlin, knows the subject well. He says he has baptized some 1,000 Afghans and Iranians in recent years. His church has become a gathering point for refugees living in Berlin and the surrounding area. He has gained a reputation among the refugees: If you want to convert, or if you simply have a problem, go see Gottfried Martens.

Though he the number of attacks in refugee centers has dropped, Martens says the problem has simply moved to the streets. “Many of those who lived in refugee housing a year ago now have private apartments. Of course, this has not changed their attitude toward the Christian faith.” Encounters also occur on the street or the subway. He uses the word “encounter,” a strange trivialization of the problem.

In May, an Afghan Christian woman in southern Germany was stabbed to death, and police probed the possibility of a religious motive.

In July, three teenagers attacked a 39-year-old man on a tram in Berlin because he wore a necklace with a crucifix.

In September, two men in Berlin punched another Afghan man who was also wearing a cross around his neck.

Victims usually do not want to attract attention.

Facebook Announces It Will Use A.I. To Scan Your Thoughts "To Enhance User Safety"

Nov 28, 2017 12:13 PM

A mere few years ago the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) might be used to analyze and report to law enforcement aberrant human behavior on social media and other online platforms was merely the far out premise of dystopian movies such as Minority Report, but now Facebook proudly brags that it will use AI to "save lives" based on behavior and thought pattern recognition.

What could go wrong?

The latest puff piece in Tech Crunch profiling the apparently innocuous sounding "roll out" of AI (as if a mere modest software update) "to detect suicidal posts before they're reported" opens with the glowingly optimistic line, "This is software to save lives" - so who could possibly doubt such a wonderful and benign initiative which involves AI evaluating people's mental health? Tech Crunch's Josh Cronstine begins:

This is software to save lives. Facebook’s new “proactive detection” artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders. By using AI to flag worrisome posts to human moderators instead of waiting for user reports, Facebook can decrease how long it takes to send help.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long hinted that his team has been wrestling with ways to prevent what appears to be a disturbingly increased trend of live streamed suicides as well as the much larger social problem of online bullying and harassment. One recent example which gained international media attention was a bizarre incident out of Turkey, where a distraught father shot himself on Facebook Live after announcing that his daughter was getting married without his permission. Though the example actually demonstrates the endlessly complex and unforeseen variables involved in human decision making and the human psyche - in this case notions of rigid Middle East cultural taboos and stigma clearly played a part - Tech Crunch holds it up as something which AI could possibly prevent.

Earlier this year Zuckerberg wrote in a public post that “There have been terribly tragic events - like suicides, some live streamed - that perhaps could have been prevented if someone had realized what was happening and reported them sooner... Artificial intelligence can help provide a better approach.” And in a post yesterday announcing the new AI suicide prevention tool integration, he wrote that “In the future, AI will be able to understand more of the subtle nuances of language, and will be able to identify different issues beyond suicide as well, including quickly spotting more kinds of bullying and hate.”

Russian Diplomat’s Warning: ‘Apocalyptic Scenario’ Likely On Korean Peninsula

Mac Slavo
November 28th, 2017

The tense situation over North Korea’s nuclear program has one top Russian diplomat sounding the alarm. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said that the world can no longer turn a “blind eye” to alarming speed with which North Korea is advancing their weapons of mass destruction.

North Korea’s nuclear program could evolve into an “apocalyptic” scenario, Morgulov said. He was speaking at the opening of the eighth annual Asian Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club, which is being held in Seoul, South Korea, CNBC reports. “I hope that a common sense, pragmatism, and an instinct of self-preservation would prevail among our partners,” Morgulov added.

The Russian diplomat’s remarks come amid global concerns over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s refusal to abandon his nuclear ambitions despite mounting international pressure. North Korea has conducted a record number of long-range missile tests this year, and in early September it carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

Tensions continue to heighten as Kim and President Donald Trump trade numerous threats and insults. Over the summer, Trump warned Pyongyang it would be met with “fire and fury” if it didn’t stop threatening the U.S. In late September while addressing the United Nations for the first time, he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it forced the U.S. to defend itself or its allies. In a speech to South Korea’s National Assembly, president Trump denounced Kim’s regime but also offered the erratic leader a path to peace if he agreed to cease long-range missile tests and move toward denuclearization. North Korea rejected his offer and said the president had “begged” for nuclear war during his Asia trip.

Shortly after returning from his trip, Trump placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism on November 20. Kim has been far from quiet in the ongoing exchange of words as well. He has “sentenced Trump to death” and said that the U.S. president has “lit the wick of war.”

China, which is North Korea’s top trading partner and most important ally, has tried to pressure Pyongyang to change its stance on the development of nuclear weapons. But a recent visit from a senior Chinese envoy to the North Korean capital appears to have been unsuccessful. Correspondingly, China recently shut down the main road connecting it with North Korea, and the state-owned airline Air China suspended flights from Beijing to the reclusive nation.

Morgulov, whose nation, Russia, shares a border with North Korea, appears to be concerned about the rogue country’s handling of weapons of mass destruction. “We have told North Korea many times that for us [its] nuclear status is unacceptable,” the diplomat said. “We continue this work with the North Korean counterparts presenting to them our position.”

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CHRISTIAN NATION: Poland Votes To Make Sunday A Day Of Rest

“The bishops underscore the need to restore Sunday to society"

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ByPaul Bois

November 28, 2017

Poland has very quickly exceeded Western Europe in morality. On top of some of the most strict abortion laws on the continent, the formerly communist-controlled nation has further solidified its Christian nation cred by voting to proclaim Sunday a day of rest and phase out shopping on Sunday by 2020.

According to LifeSiteNews, the bill was presented by the trade unions and had the support of the ruling “Law and Justice” (PiS) party government.

"254 delegates voted for the bill, 156 were against it, and 23 abstained," reports LifeSite. "Relatively more left-wing parties as 'Civil Platform' (PO), 'Modern' and the 'Union of European Democrats' opposed the bill."

The Polish senate is expected to pass the bill which will be signed into law by President Duda.

Poland has continued to maintain a strong connection to its Catholic heritage in recent years, rejecting the progressive quest for abortion on demand and thwarting assaults on traditional marriage. Most recently, the European Union has put heavy pressure on Poland to take Middle-Eastern migrants amidst the refugee crisis.

"The cessation of Sunday trade will not affect all businesses and will be carried out gradually," reports LifeSite. "From 1 March to 31 December 2018, stores will still be open on the first and final Sundays of each month. In 2019, shops will be trading on the last Sunday of the month. Finally, in 2020, most shops will be closed on all but eight Sundays.

"Some shops, such as those staffed by their owners, will not be forced to close, and small stores in gas stations and railway stations will also be permitted to open on Sundays."

Poland's Catholic bishops have praised the move as a bold step forward, though with reservations. Father Paweł Rytel-Andrianik, spokesman for the Polish Bishops Conference, said the bill is welcomed while still “unsatisfactory.”

“The bishops underscore the need to restore Sunday to society as a day of rest and time of building family ties as well as strengthening social relationships,” he said. “They point out also that Sunday rest cannot be a luxury for a chosen few but is an integral part of equal treatment for all employees. Therefore, there is an urgent need to make all Sundays free from work, just as is already the case in many European Union countries."

Economists disagree and have denounced the bill as a "disgrace."

“The government’s attempt to coerce part of the population not to sell or shop on Sundays is a disgrace and has nothing to do with Catholicism,” Wrocław-based economist and entrepreneur Piotr Zapałowicz told LifeSiteNews. “Some people will lose their jobs or part of their income, especially those employed on hourly wages."

Michal Dybula, a Warsaw-based economic strategist at Bank BGZ BNP Paribas, told Bloomberg that “any restriction of economic activity, such as retail trade, results in weaker economic growth."

During his visit earlier this year, President Trump defended Poland's policies during the migrant crisis and their bold defense of Western values.