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No Tithe No Church Membership

9 Dec

Dr. Karry D. Wesley Kicking Out Members For Not Paying Tithes.

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Anyone who has had their lights, cable or phone turned off for Non-Payment knows how frustrating and humiliating it could be, but having your Church Membership turned off for Non-Payment of Tithes is a new one to me.

Dr. Karry D. Wesley (Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church) is now in the process of disconnecting members who have failed to send in a monthly tithe to his church. One of Pastor Wesley members sent us a copy of their Disconnect Notice for failure to pay monthly tithes – and we noticed that the letter made it very clear that the members are required to Pay in order to Stay.
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Pope Francis hugs Tagle; prays for storm-hit PH

21 Nov

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VATICAN CITY, Italy – Pope Francis prayed Thursday, November 21, for the victims of typhoon-ravaged Philippines at a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a mosaic image of the country’s youngest saint in St. Peter’s Basilica.

The ceremony was attended by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, who helped coordinate aid efforts after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which left over 4,000 people dead and 4.4 million homeless.

In a gesture of solidarity, the Pope hugged Tagle during the ceremony.

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PHOTOS: Pope Francis embraces disfigured man in St. Peter’s Square

7 Nov

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Pope Francis’s embrace of a man with severe facial disfigurement was the image worth a thousand words Wednesday, with the scene from St. Peter’s Square soaring through social media. In the pope’s prayer over the man, many saw echoes of Jesus’s healing of the leper, and the outreach of St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Pope Francis is named.

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Tagle: Youth want happy, not judgmental Church

28 Oct

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BY PATERNO ESMAQUEL II

MANILA, Philippines – The 56-year-old cardinal danced his way up the stage – which was used minutes earlier by the hip-hop group Philippine All-Stars, rock star Jett Pangan, and a university pep squad.

Priests, nuns, and students shrieked and clapped. It was Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the Manila archbishop, who made a surprise entrance.

A beaming Tagle asked, “Masaya ba kayo?” (Are you happy?)

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Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record

27 Oct

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by Benjamin Weinthal

Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.

The four men were sentenced Oct. 6 after being arrested in a house church last December and charged with consuming alcohol in violation of the theocracy’s strict laws, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. They were among several Christians punished for their faith in a nation where converting from Islam to Christianity can bring the death penalty. According to a new October UN report by Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, such persecution is common, despite new President Hasan Rouhani’s pledge to be a moderate.

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Sultan of Brunei introduces tough Islamic punishments

22 Oct

Bandar Seri Begawan — The Sultan of Brunei on Tuesday announced the phased introduction of tough Islamic punishments including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, in the monarchy’s latest step towards conservatism.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah — one of the world’s wealthiest men — said in a speech that a new Sharia Penal Code which has been in the works for years had been gazetted Tuesday and would “come into force six months hereafter and in phases”.

Based on the details of particular cases, punishments can include stoning to death for adulterers, severing of limbs for theft and flogging for violations ranging from abortion to consumption of alcohol, according to a copy of the code.

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POPE FRANCIS BIDS FAREWELL TO PROBLEMATIC NO. 2

15 Oct

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The changing of the guard is underway at the Vatican.

Pope Francis bid farewell Tuesday to the Vatican’s No. 2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was blamed for many of the gaffes and problems of the papacy of Benedict XVI. And at a ceremony inside the Apostolic Palace, Francis welcomed his new chief collaborator, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, a career diplomat who was sent from the Holy See to Venezuela during Bertone’s tenure.

The handover represented a tangible sign of change for the Vatican following Bertone’s scandal-marred term, which climaxed with the 2012 theft of Benedict’s papers by his butler. But many other problems of Benedict’s reign — from his rehabilitation of a Holocaust-denying bishop to the Vatican’s response to the 2010 sex abuse scandal — have been pinned on Bertone.

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