Friday, October 28, 2016

Stone Bench Used for Jesus' Body Is Discovered; Found by Those Redoing Holy Sepulchre Church

Renovations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem have uncovered what many believe to be the stone bench on which the body of Jesus Christ was laid after His death, the Newser website reports today (October 28, 2016).

Work began in June to restore certain areas of the church, including the structure that encloses Jesus' tomb.

After removing a marble covering, researchers found what they believe to be the stone slab on which Jesus' body was interred.

Christian faith holds that three days after His burial, Jesus was resurrected, and when women returned to anoint Christ's remains, the body had vanished.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

School Students in Germany Learn Islamic Prayer; More Muslim Migrants Than Christians in Schools

An appalled father has revealed that students at a primary school in Germany were forced to chant "Allahu Akhbar" and "there is no God but Allah," the Express (British) website reports today (October 27, 2016).

The father discovered that his daughter  -- who attended the Bavarian school in the German ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen -- had been forced to learn the Islamic prayer when he looked over a handout she had been given.

The handout read: "Oh Allah, how perfect you are and praise be to you. Blessed is your name, and exalted is your majesty. There is no God but you."

Muslim migrants now outnumber native Christian children at many schools in Germany, as the country has been inundated with migrants in recent years. In fact, more than a million migrants -- most of them Muslims -- settled in Germany last year alone.

Transfiguration Church in Holy Land Desecrated; Burglars Destroyed the Tabernacle, Stole Chalices

Suspected burglars' desecration of the Church of the Transfiguration in Jerusalem has prompted outcry from leading Christians in the Holy Land, the National Catholic Register website reports today (October 27, 2016).

"The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, together with all churches and the Custody of the Holy Land, condemn this desecration as a heinous crime and an act that violates the sanctity of the Holy Sites," the patriarchate said.

The Church of the Transfiguration is on Mount Tabor, near the Sea of Galilee in Israel. In the care of the Franciscans, it is considered the site of the Tansfiguration of Christ.

Burglars desecrated and robbed the church October 24. They destroyed the tabernacle, desecrated the Hosts, damaged icons, stole chalices, and robbed the donation box.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Biggest NATO-Russia Mil.Buildup Since Cold War; US Sends Troops,Tanks to Poland, Readies WWIII

With Russia making military moves in recent weeks to prepare for an imminent world war, NATO has completed its biggest military buildup on Russia's borders since the end of the cold war in 1991, while the U.S. announced today (October 26, 2016) that it will send troops and tanks to Poland, and the UK promised to send planes to Romania, the Vox website reports.

Russia -- which recently placed nuclear-equipped missiles on its borders with Poland and Lithuania -- is now sending ships armed with long-range missiles to patrol the Baltic Sea.

The Baltic region has been the sight of U.S.-Russian tensions over the past few years, and is probably the most likely place to spark World War III.

Some U.S. international affairs experts are concerned that Russia plans to soon take control of the Baltic states -- Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia -- just like it easily seized Ukraine's Crimean peninsula with no NATO or U.S. military response over a year ago. Also, Syria could become a U.S.-Russian battleground; some experts worry that Hillary Clinton's plan for a no-fly zone, for example, could provoke a major war.

Philippine Pres.Wants US Troops Out by Two Yrs.; Says Troop Presence Fuels Feuds with Islamic Mil.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said today (October 26, 2016) he wants U.S. troops out of his country within two years, and is willing to scrap defense pacts with longtime ally Washington, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

The remarks -- made during a visit to Japan -- follow a series of antit-American tirades by the Philippine leader, including calling President Barack Obama a "son of a whore."

"I want them [U.S. troops] out and if I have to revise or abrogate agreements, executive agreements, I will," Duterte said.

The U.S. has a small number of Special Forces on the southern island of Mindanao to aid counter-terrorism operations. But Duterte said he wants them out of Mindanao because their presence fuels tensions on the island where Islamic militants have waged a decades-long separatist insurgency.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Russia Conducts Emergency Drills for World War; Most Russians Sure WWIII Cold Phase Has Begun

Across Russia, 40 million civilians and military personnel just finished up emergency drills -- the largest to be conducted since the end of the cold war in 1991 -- aimed at preparing the general population for a world war, the Business Insider website reports today (October 25, 2016).

Since the breakdown of U.S.-Russian talks on the fate of  Syria earlier this month, Russia has pulled out of a nuclear-nonproliferation agreement with the U.S., citing "unfriendly acts" by America.

Also, Russia recently moved nuclear-equipped missiles to its European enclave of Kaliningrad -- near its borders with Poland and Lithuania -- and has threatened "painful" retaliation against the U.S., should it decide to impose sanctions on Russia over Syria. And Russia is now building a permanent naval base on Syria's coast.

Lev Gudkov, head of the Russian polling group Levada-Center, said in Russia "most people believe that the Third World War has begun, but right now we are still in the cold phase of the war..."

Vatican Issues New Rules for Cath. on Cremation; Remains Must Be Left in Location OKd by Church

The Vatican today (October 25, 2016) released new rules for Catholics who plan to be cremated, mandating that remains cannot be scattered or separated and must be stored in a church-approved location, according to The Daily Beast website.

The new guidelines also prevent storing cremated ashes at home.

The Vatican for many years only allowed burial, but in 1963 the Catholic Church amended that regulation to allow cremation.

Burial remains the preferred choice because of the Church's belief in resurrection.