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ISIS: Paris Attacks ‘First Of The Storm’

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In the NY Times:

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for the catastrophic attacks in the French capital, calling them “the first of the storm” and mocking France as a “capital of prostitution and obscenity,” according to statements released in multiple languages on one of the terror group’s encrypted messaging accounts.

The remarks came in a communiqué published in Arabic, English and French on the Islamic State’s Telegram account and then distributed via their supporters on Twitter, according to a transcript provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist propaganda…

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Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

November 14, 2015 at 20:54

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Please would you take a moment to remember and pray for those who have been caught up in the horrific coordinated terror attacks in #Paris last night.

With over 150 dead and scores more injured, this is the deadliest violence in Paris since World War II.

Now while I have my own opinions as to what is going on not only in France, but Europe on the whole, and why, let me just say that things are going to get worse before they get better. Secularism will be their complete undoing. So while the French borders have now been closed, ISIS is long inside the gates. And Western Civilisation is left teetering.

St Joan of Arc, pray for us!

Charles Martel, aid us!

Read also, if you will, The Paris Attacks: The Consequence of Goodness Without Truth.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

November 14, 2015 at 11:38

Was One of Jerusalem’s Greatest Archaeological Mysteries Solved?

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Leen Ritmeyer reports:

Today the Israel Antiquities Authority announced:

A fascinating discovery recently uncovered in archaeological excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is conducting in the Givati parking lot at the City of David, in the Jerusalem Walls National Park, has apparently led to solving one of Jerusalem’s greatest archaeological mysteries: the question of the location of the Greek (Seleucid) Acra–the famous stronghold built by Antiochus IV in order to control Jerusalem and monitor activity in the Temple which was eventually liberated by the Hasmoneans from Greek rule…

Read on here.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

November 3, 2015 at 18:24

Former Historic Episcopal Parish Goes on Chopping Block

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Sad to read over at Virtue Online:

VOL sent an email to the bishop and asked him if he would consider selling it back to its original owners. We never got an answer. Based on past history and what the former Presiding Bishop ordered her bishops to do, Episcopal bishops have not been allowed to sell church buildings back to any Anglican congregation. Jefferts Schori has instead preferred to sell them to future saloon owners (her favorite) or for mosques…

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November 3, 2015 at 18:15

Ancient Winery Discovered in Central Israel Region During Storm

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Large 1,500-year-old winepress unearthed in area once known for wine production.

In the Jerusalem Post:

Israel antique winepress

A large, well-preserved 1,500-year-old winery has been exposed during a violent storm in the Sharon Plain region, located between the Mediterranean Sea and Samarian Hills, the Antiquities Authority announced Monday.

According to IAA archeologist Alla Nagorski, the discovery was made off the Eyal Interchange several weeks ago when flooding and hail disrupted an excavation at the site, where natural gas lines are scheduled to be embedded.

The northern part of the Sharon Plain is considered the most historical wine region in Israel, and is where the first roots of Israeli wine were planted in modern times.

When water was pumped from the site, Nagorski said the well-preserved winery was found. She described it as impressive and rare.

“It is evident that great thought was invested in the engineering and construction,” she said. “The wine press is huge – 3 meters in diameter and 2 meters deep, and could accommodate 20 cubic meters of wine.”

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October 31, 2015 at 21:37

Priest Builds Ministry One Lego at a Time

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Visitors to the Franklin Institute museum in Philadelphia take a look at a Lego rendition of the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica, crafted by Father Bob Simon, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow, Pa. (CNS/Chaz Muth)

… Bob Simon fell in love with two things at the age of 5 — the Catholic Church and building with Lego.

Now, as a 51-year-old priest, Father Simon has discovered a way to merge both of these passions.

The pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow finds that his Lego-building hobby not only provides him with a diversion from his ministry at a busy parish, but that it enriches his prayer life and offers him a tool for evangelization on a large stage…

… “It’s really interesting how this project has brought so much attention to the church,” he said after his audience moved on to the next exhibit. “It’s kind of serving as an unintended evangelization tool. My love of Lego wasn’t planned for that purpose, but it makes me happy that it gets people excited about the faith.” …

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October 30, 2015 at 20:20

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World’s Oldest Bible On Show

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Which we known as Codex Sinaiticus. At the British Museum:

… One of the highlights is part of the 4th century Codex Sinaiticus, a book written in Greek on animal skin by monks on Mount Sinai, and which contains the oldest complete copy of the New Testament.

“It is without question the most important book in Britain. It is a remarkable chance to see it in the context of the world in which it was made,” said British Museum director Neil MacGregor…

More info here.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

October 29, 2015 at 17:08


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