Thursday, May 13, 2021

Biden Sends Envoy to Mideast to De-escalate War; Current Conflict Is Escalating into Full Scale War

 Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced today (May 13, 2021) that the Biden administration has dispatched a top State Department diplomat to the Middle East to try to de-escalate the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to the USA Today website. 

United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, warned yesterday that the situation "is escalating toward a full scale war."

More than 80 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting, including 17 children and seven women, according to Gaza's Health Ministry, and another 480 people have been wounded. 

A total of seven people have been killed in Israel.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Vatican May Deny Communion to Abortion Pols; US Cath.Bishops Meet in June to Decide on Issue

 The Vatican sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) giving advice and warnings regarding a possible move by the American leadership to deny communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians, the Christian Post website reports today (May 12, 2021).

Cardinal Louis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Church, sent a letter to USCCB President Archbishop Jose Gomez on the issue this week, warning that having a blanket policy to deny communion to pro-abortion politicians could prevent unity in the Church.

In June, the USCCB will hold a national meeting to consider a draft document that, if approved, would recommend that pro-abortion Catholic politicians be denied communion.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Activists Condemn Deadly Raid in Rio de Janeiro; Police Killed 28 People in a Drug Raid on May 6th

 Catholic activists in Brazil are demanding an independent investigation into  the most lethal police operation in the history of Rio de Janeiro, which resulted in the deaths of 28 people, the CRUX website reports today (May 11, 2021).

The activists have joined civic organizations and social movements in condemning the massacre of May 6, and demanding an independent investigation on the actions of the policemen involved in it.

The anti-drug raid began in the morning of May 6 in the city's Jacarezinho slum.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Bombing Near Kabul School Kills Some 50 People; At Least 100 People Also Wounded in the Bombing

 A bombing near a school in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 8 killed at least 50 people, many of them young students, the NPR website reports today (May 10, 2021).

At least 100 people were wounded in the attack,. and casualties may continue to rise. 

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban for the bombing.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

French Generals: a Civil War Is Heading to France; Due to Numerous Islamic Terror Attacks in Nation

 A coalition of retired French military generals is warning that a civil war could soon come to the European nation because its government is failing to control mass migration and "creeping Islamism," the WND website reports today (May 9, 2021). 

In a letter, the leaders pointed to the problems of cultural Marxism, runaway multiculturalism, and the growth of no-go zones -- neighborhoods where it is unsafe for non-Muslims to venture -- noted Soeren Kern, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute.

The letter came after a series of Islamic terror attacks, including the beheading of a teacher.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Half US Mormons Won't Take a Vaccine Shot; Study: 50% Are Vaccine Hesitant or Refusers

 Fifty percent of Mormons  in the U.S. say they have gotten or will definitely get vaccinated against COVID-19, while the other half are either "vaccine hesitant" or "vaccine refusers," according to a recent study by PRRI and Interfaith Youth Corps, the Religious News website reports today (May 8, 2021).

The number of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the sample was small -- 105 people out of   5,625 respondents overall. This means the margin of error is relatively high.

Nonetheless, the PRRI/IFYC findings are sobering.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Biden Leaves Out God in National Day of Prayer; All Proclamations before Biden's Referred to God

 Every presidential proclamation since 1953 -- the first year proclamations were required under law -- had included "God" until this year, when  President Joe Biden left out the word "God," the National Register website reports today (May 7, 2021).

Biden's May 5 statement says "throughout our history, Americans of many religions and belief systems have turned to prayer for strength, hope, and guidance..."

He added, "We unite with purpose and resolve, and recommit ourselves to the core freedoms that helped define and guide our Nation from its earliest days..."