Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURES:

My Comments. This is just one of many instances of Christians being killed by the so-called “rebels” in Syria. I’ve read many accounts and have seen videos of whole villages of Christians being slaughtered. Isn’t it amazing that Pres. Obama is arming these Muslim rebels who end up killing the Christians. The ripe fruit of Islam when they are allowed to have their way with “infidel” Christians. Wake up America!

Atrocity Follows Wave of Mortar Attacks on Christian Targets by Rebels

Dead Christians prepared for burial

DAMASCUS, November 13, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Five children were killed Monday in a mortar attack on a Christian primary school in Damascus.

The attack, which also wounded 27 others, was on the St. John Damascene primary school in the district of Al-Qassaa in Damascus, Fides reports.

Another rocket hit a school bus in Bab Touma, a predominantly Christian suburb, injuring 5 students. In the same area, a mortar shell hit St. Cross Church, already targeted in recent days, and another damaged St. Cyril Church. Three other people were killed by a rocket, also in the center of the capital….

The attacks follow a mortar strike on the Apostolic Nunciature Nov. 5, and a further rocket attack on Sunday that killed a Christian man with his four children.

For days, the historical center and the most modern part of the center of Damascus have been the target of a large number of mortar shells by armed rebels.

These neighborhoods are “affected indiscriminately, just because they are the areas under the regular army control and the civilian population pay the price,” a Damascus priest told Fides.


Christians being crucified in Syria by Muslims

He said the suburbs, such as Jaramana, Kassaa, Malki of Damascus are being targeted “that are the most pluralistic, inhabited by people of different ethnicity and religion”.

Fr. Gabriel Dawood, a Syriac Orthodox priest of the Cathedral of St. George in Damascus, told Fides that “in our churches we continue to hope and to light candles, praying for all the faithful killed, and for those at risk, especially for the Christian villages threatened by armed gangs”.

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Below are the questions I answered this month on Catholic Answers Live. I LOVE doing this show and enjoy sharing the faith with joy and charity.

You can listen on-line here, or view other listening options here.

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A Non-denominational asked: Why don’t Catholics believe people in Africa should use condoms to stop the spread of aids?

 An RCIA member asked: Is the presence of God in the Eucharist similar to the presence of God in the Old Testament Ark of the Covenant?

 A Baptist asked: Do Catholics believe one can earn eternal life?

 A Baptist asked: Why do Catholics believe you have to confess sins to a priest? Is penance necessary and what if you don’t do them? If I am a Baptist are my sins forgiven?

 A Non-denominational asked: Can you recommend any good books written by Catholic converts?

 A Young Protestant asked: I was born and raised Catholic and am now 18 years old and live with my parents and I am the only Protestant in the family. They make me go to Mass with them on Sunday. Do I have to go?

 An Evangelical asked: How can you tell if a particular saint is making intercession for you? I heard of one saint that often provides the smell of roses.

 

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Concentration Camp guard

Authorities Carry Out Death Sentences in Several Cities Around the Country

By Junno Arocho Esteves

VATICAN CITY, November 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) – A South Korean news agency has reported that an estimated 80 people were executed in seven cities in North Korea, some of whom were executed for possessing Bibles.

According to the Korea Joongang Daily, the first large scale execution under Kim Jong-un’s regime took place on Sunday, November 3rd. Roughly 10 people were executed in each city, which included the cities of Wonsan, Chongjin, Sariwon, and Pyongsong.

Authorities in Wonsan allegedly gathered 10,000 people, including children, in a nearby stadium and forced them to watch the executions.

“I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards,” a source told the Korean news agency. Those killed in Wonsan were reportedly executed for possessing Bibles and videos from neighboring South Korea.

From N. Korean source

The United Nations established in March a “Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” to investigate the numerous human rights violations that have been committed in the North.

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Rosella Ideo, an expert in Asian diplomatic and political history, stated that reports like the recent executions, have often been stated by North Korean refugees who fled to the South. Ideo also told Vatican Radio that the UN Commission is greatly concerned after listening to testimony from North Korean refugees regarding prison camps.

Locations of Concentration Works Camps in N. Korea

The UN Commission, she said, “has asked North Korea to go and verify in person the existence of these gulags, which have been spoken of for many years and have been spotted by satellites but they have not received any permission to go and reveal these violations.”

“It is evident that these camps exists, because now there is a number of corroborating witnesses that is impossible to deny, but they would need North Korea to open its doors. I’m afraid that when the doors to these gulags are open, whose existence is already proven, it will also open Pandora’s box.”

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