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If you read my blog regularly you remember that a friend of mine for over 15 years converted to Christianity and the Catholic Church about a month or two ago. He came here to my house and received the Rite of Election. You can read the post here with pictures

Turkey is 99.9% Muslim so Okan has a great price to pay. Here is an article about his conversion written by Bishop James Conley of Lincoln Nebraska. He was with me in Istanbul with our St. Paul Cruise. Okan asked him to lay hands on him for a blessing and he did. Okan felt heat rush through his whole body. 

You can read the article here. The “American friend” referred to in the article is me :-) This picture above is Okan coming out of Mass in Turkey.

http://www.lincolndiocese.org/op-ed/bishop-s-column/3273-ready-to-pay-the-price

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‘Islamic State’ begins Executing Seized Christians

by Steve Ray on February 26, 2015

Killing Christians (and Muslims)

Terrorists Murder Young Assyrians Fighting to Defend Christian Villages and Families

By John Newton

ROME, February 26, 2015 (Zenit.org) – Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has started killing hostages seized after it took Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate – with reports that around 15 are dead.

In a message sent to Catholic agencies working in the region, including Aid to the Church in Need, Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana passed on news of the executions from a contact in Hassake city – and said the number still being held exceeds 350.

Archimandrite Youkhana, who supports persecuted Christians in the Middle East,said: “Around 15 young Assyrians are martyred. Many of them were fighting to defend and protect the villages and families.”

From the village of Tel Hormizd 14 people were taken – 12 men and two women – who were fighting to defend their homes.

Reports indicate that of the Tel Hormizd fighters one woman has been beheaded and two men were shot. There is no information about who the other executed captives are.

But they may be some of the 13 Christians from various other villages, who were seized while fighting to protect their homes. Archimandrite Youkhana’s source in Hassake reported that at least 350 people have been captured by IS.

In addition to the fighters mentioned above 81 people were seized from Tel Jazira, 21 from Tel Gouran, five from Tel Feytha and three from Qabir Shamiya…

There are no families left in the 35 Assyrian Christian villages, all remaining villagers have now fled to Hassake or Qamishli.

Fr Bakos from Tel Tamar was the last person to leave and travel to Hassake.

He reported that the only people left there are Tel Tamar fighters who are trying to defend the town alongside Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Kurdish Party) soldiers.

Archimandrite Youkhana said: The displaced registered families till yesterday evening are 800 families in Hassake and 175 in Qamishli.

“The numbers are to be updated today [Thursday, 26th February]. It is expected to reach 1,200 families.”

For the whole article, click here.

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China: 33 Million More Men Than Women – Forced Abortions and Sex Selection

February 24, 2015

Picture of Chinese father handcuffed to his young daughter to keep her from being kidnapped and used for a future bride or worse. What a disaster! Read the article – a ticking time bomb: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/viral-photos-of-little-girl-and-her-dad-capture-why-china-is-a-ticking-time? ??

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China: 33 Million More Men than Women – Forced Abortions, Sex Selection

February 24, 2015

Picture of Chinese father handcuffed to his young daughter to keep her from being kidnapped and used for a future bride or worse. What a disaster! Read the article – a ticking time bomb: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/viral-photos-of-little-girl-and-her-dad-capture-why-china-is-a-ticking-time? ??

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Truth about Children of Same-sex Couples: British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science

February 22, 2015

Same-Sex “Marriage” and Children: New Study Points Outs Problems By Father John Flynn, LC ROME, February 22, 2015 (Zenit.org) – At a time when many states in America have legalized same-sex marriage a new study has provided evidence that the best results for children is that if they are raised in a heterosexual marriage. A paper [...]

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Welcome to “Throuples” – the next wave of “marriage” possibilities and realities in a twisted America

February 22, 2015

Yup. I knew it was coming. It was a mathematical certainty. Remove the traditional definition of “marriage” and all relationships and arrangements will be considered equal — and legally valid. If marriage is not defined and and protected in a society as a man and a woman in an exclusive and matrimonial relationship  with the [...]

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Chair of Moses, Chair of Peter

February 19, 2015

                          St. Cyprian of Carthage (beheaded 257 AD) one hundred and fifty years before the New Testament writings were collected into one book called “The Bible”: “The Lord says to Peter: ‘I say to you,’ He says, ‘that you are Peter, and upon [...]

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Marriage in Heaven? Will We Know and Love Our Spouses in Heaven?

February 19, 2015

My dad died almost two years ago. Mom misses Dad and was discouraged about Mark 12:25 which her paraphrased Living Bible improperly rendered “will no be married” in heaven. I wrote the following to comfort my Mom. Mom, I know it is important to you since Dad’s death as you look forward to eternity and [...]

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President Obama’s Moral Cowardice – Refusing to Call Egyptian Martyrs “Christians”

February 18, 2015

News Article and Commentary The Muslim radicals of ISIS said they were killing the Egyptians, not because they were Egyptians but because they were CHRISTIANS! – the People of the Cross. These were foreign workers in Libya who came to work so they could send money home to their families (the women crying to the [...]

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Finally Here! Pre-Order Abraham DVD – Order all 8 DVDs and get a signed book for free (Links fixed)

February 18, 2015

 After 8 years, the new DVD in the Footprints of God series is now completed! We are taking pre-orders with a special offer. DVDs will ship at the end of March 2015! ABRAHAM: FATHER OF FAITH & WORKS along with a Comprehensive Study Guide.  The story of salvation from Abraham to Augustine he left his [...]

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The Skull is Talking to Me; Lent is Upon Us!

February 18, 2015

THE SKULL TALKS TO ME EVERY MORNING! It says, “As you are now, I once was; as I am now, you soon shall be — remember your mortality!” No better way to approach Ash Wednesday and 40 days of Lent. Artists have painted St. Jerome with a skull on his desk. Popes were known to keep [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – Raising Sons

February 17, 2015

These are the questions I answered about Raising Sons on Catholic Answers Live. It was a fun show with great questions. Click here for the LINK to listen on-line. Click here for the PODCAST or other information. *************************************** 1)  I have a son who defends the Catholic Church to the death but won’t go to [...]

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Nine Things You Should Know about Lent, by Jimmy Akin

February 17, 2015

Jimmy is one of my good friends and favorite guys, especially when it comes to biblical, Catholic and apologetical issues — and square dancing :-) I also love the looks of his bushy red beard. You can visit him at http://jimmyakin.com. Now, on to the matter of Lent: 1. What is Lent? According to the Universal Norms [...]

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ISIS Beheads Christians

February 15, 2015

Sunday 15th of February 2015 02:42:40 PM   (It seems to be true, if any other info, let me know)  The victims, dressed in orange jump suits, were beheaded after being forced down on the ground. The video appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State.  Religion of peace reported: “Twenty-one [...]

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Canada’s Supreme Court Legalizes Euthanasia: The US will be next…

February 15, 2015

Neither Dignity Nor Justice: Canadas Supreme Court Legalizes Euthanasia By Father John Flynn, LC ROME, February 15, 2015 (Zenit.org) – On February 6 the nine judges of the Canadian Supreme Court legalized euthanasia in a unanimous decision, reversing a previous 1994 ruling. The move continued a tendency towards judicial activism that started with the striking down [...]

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