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Archeologists Discover Ancient Cross Belonging To Crusader Warrior Inside The Tomb Of Jesus Christ

Posted by addisethiopia on December 7, 2016

My Note: Please read this remarkable information in the context of these two wicked church leaders who recently removed their Crosses in Jerusalem.

Archeologists discovered an ancient Cross belonging to a Crusader warrior from the 13th century. As we read in one report:

Researchers have announced new revelations in their ongoing restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, believed to be the tomb where Jesus Christ was buried before His resurrection, and have discovered an engraved cross believed to have been left by 12th century crusaders.

The Mirror reports that workers at the famous church, which has been rebuilt and destroyed numerous times throughout the centuries, have lifted the tomb’s marble lid for the first time in 500 years. Previously, they discovered the limestone shelf where Jesus’s body is believed to have been placed after His crucifixion.

Now, they have also found a second gray marble slab they did not know about before, which is reportedly engraved with a cross carved by 12th century crusaders.

The most amazing thing for me was when we removed the first layer of dust and found a second piece of marble,” said Fredrik Hiebert of National Geographic, a partner in the restoration project.

This one was grey, not creamy white like the exterior, and right in the middle of it was a beautifully inscribed cross. We had no idea that was there,” he added.

Hiebert said getting the Greek Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church and the Armenian Orthodox Church leaders responsible for the tomb to agree to open it for repairs was a difficult task, but he was very glad when the communities came to an agreement, allowing the project to go ahead.

Everything has to be approved by the committee, so even changing a candle takes a long time,” the researcher revealed.

There is a ladder by the main entrance to the church that hasn’t moved in 240 years and they still haven’t reached a decision. It’s called the immovable ladder,” he added.

So the fact we were finally allowed to carry out this work is a triumph of negotiation.”

The archaeologists are using radar and thermographic scanners to gather information from the insides of the tomb before unsealing it, but have warned that the data is so extensive that it will take months to analyze.

The MailOnline shared dozens of new images last week of the $3.7 million restoration project, which is expected to continue into spring 2017.

Part of the project will also seek further evidence to support the claim that the tomb is indeed the location where Jesus was buried.

What a sublime moment, what a beautiful thing to behold! The God-Man, the Center of all mortals, the One Who Is, the I AM, became one with Humanity to war against the prince of darkness, to destroy the works of devil, and in the most pertinent of battles, the war for mankind’s soul, Christ died. It seemed as though the General of Heaven’s armies was crushed, defeated and had lost. In the tomb He lay, holy women came by with spices of sweet fragrance and aroma, but lo, they saw Him, triumphant over death, conquering and triumphed. He vanquished the serpent, He bridged humanity to God, He assailed the greatest foe, He surpassed death and laughed at him.

The acolytes of the darkness, the followers of Muhammad, overran the sacred land upon which God walked, upon which God conversed with His earliest disciples, upon which God looked to the city on a hill, glistening on the ascended sun, and wept. They conquered the land and slaughtered the people, the desecrated the holy sites and the churches, they ravished the women and slaughtered the priests, they tormented and crucified the inhabitants.

The Church of Rome, glorious and full of valor, called for the warriors of Christ to emulate their Savior, to take up the Cross as He took up the Cross, to ascend the mountain of sacred struggle as He treaded upwards with the most dolorous of labors to Mount Golgotha, to combat the agents of Satan as He crushed the serpent in the cosmic war for man’s soul.

The eye could have beheld all those men, countless and innumerable in their multitudes, taking up their crosses and carrying the holy wood with Christ, as Simon of Cyrene bore the weight of the Crucifixion when he lifted the heavy gibbet with the Savior. They marched into Jerusalem, and as they ascended the mountain of eternal struggle, they combated the enemies of the Cross in the midst of the heavenly Mount Zion, being in the presence of the holy warriors of bygone times. The rays of the sun gleamed upon their armor, blood and sweat tinged their faces, from their actions beamed the effulgent light that emanates from self-abnegation.

A holy people, a holy nation, under whom stood as their King — the Christ and His Mother, the Queen of Heaven, the one in whose womb Divinity became one with Humanity — they laughed at death, for in their hearts was the Defeater of death. With tears in their did they remember Christ, after the battle was finally over; with praises from their mouths did they remember the victory of Mount Golgotha, and as the moon receives glory from the sun, so did the light of glory shine through their actions from the sacrifice of their king.

In that land, which was now ruled by Christendom’s hands, soldiers of the Cross entered the tomb where death was defeated, and one of them, after stern contemplation, on death and on life, on saints and on the sacred, left a cross behind, and till this day it reminds us, of the beauty of sacrifice.

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By Betraying Its Christian Tradition Europe Has Become Like Judas

Posted by addisethiopia on December 5, 2016

LA  la-oe-0323-kapya-kaomaJudas committed suicide when he realized what he had done: he had betrayed the Son of God. [Matt 27:5] – Europe too is committing suicide by betraying its Christian roots.

More and more Europeans are thinking they are gods; their possession, their money, their stomach are what matter to them. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t want believe.

October 2010, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a gathering of young members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party that the “multikulti” concept – where people of different backgrounds would live together happily – does not work in Germany.

Exactly five years later, Angela Merkel for “refugees” to come to Germany. These refugees were not like any other refugees, but, mainly Muslim migrants who were invited to do her (their) job. Namely, to poke and anger the German populace and force it to rise up against multiculturalism. So, the motto is, in order to get rid of all non-Europeans, you should import more non-Europeans into your country, and these non-Europeans must be, non-Christian, uneducated, dependent, unintegratable, aggressive, intolerant. In short, Muslims. The Islamic world is not multicultural, and the Muslims have a very good experience in destroying multiculturalism there, so they are now invited to share their experience with Europeans. Muslims rapidly learn the rules of multiculturalism and push for their place in society, claim their customs and traditions but have no intention of adopting any sort of progressive non-Islamic ideals, no intention of reciprocating.

Can you see how satanically twisted the minds of the elite and their useful Islamic idiots are? This is Angela Merkel’s Germany, where the victims fondly welcome in their killers. Unbelievable!

A Christian father recently says, “Islam is God’s punishment for the apostasy of Europe and the West from the Faith.”

There´s a certain tribe that wants World Dominion, and this is we have to worship their god Baal, the Prince of Darkness. Islam worships that God as well, and are their pawns.

What we’re witnessing is the works of the devil. The devil is in Angela Merkel, Fiyona May, Francios Hollande, The Obamas, George Soros, The Bushes, The Clintons, Le Pens and everyone else bowing to Baal (Lucifer).

The following sad stories prove that The God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob doesn’t live in ‘Christian’ European countries anymore. These evil acts are publicized now, in the Christmas season is no coincidence, and the first name of the rape victim, “Maria” too. The third story from France proves it!

Oh What Europe Has Wrought Upon Their Own Children!

Recently Arrived Migrant Arrested After Rape and Murder of EU Official’s Teen Daughter

wSieci-Islamic-rape-europe-2German medical student Maria Ladenburger was raped, murdered by an Afghan Muslim Migrant who came in 2015 as a “teenager” and refugee to Germany and who was taken by a German family warmly as a family member. 

Arabs and Afghans raping their daughters, and like prasites, sucking up their blood, milk and honey for free.

15 years after the Taliban were overthrown, the US and other western donors continue to fund 60 per cent of the Afghan national budget and are pledged to underwrite a further “decade of transformation” in the country.

The amount the US has spent to reconstruct Afghanistan has cost more than the Marshall Plan that rebuilt western Europe after World War II.

This war has cost taxpayers between between $4 trillion and $6 trillion, plus there have been 3,407 coalition deaths in Afghanistan as part of ongoing coalition operations. Mindblowing!

Think for a minute, the rape and murder victim of this Muslim migrant was a member of an organization that helped the very same “refugees” who were ‘invited’ by Angela Merkel. This innocent young woman was trying to help those she thought were less fortunate. The Afghan Muslim hurt her and killed her. Doesn’t your blood boil? Two German girls were raped and killed in the same German town, Freiburg, and in a short time. May they all rest in peace!

A few days earlier, Angela Jezebel Merkel tells Germans frightened by the current migrant crisis, to Shut up! “We have to live with the dissent.” and ‘just approach refugees’. It doesn’t get more tragic than that, but it is almost certain that Angela Merkel will remain chancellor next year. What have Germans done to deserve this?

Uk Visas: Yes To Radical Islamists, No To Christian Archbishops

It is hard to imagine a more incongruous headline – just as the world’s attention focuses on the liberation of Mosul, the UK government has refused to grant a visa to the Archbishop of Mosul to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, a church whose flock includes many refugees fleeing persecution from Islamists in Iraq and Syria. These very senior church leaders whose church members are experiencing genocide were denied visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral by the same Home Office over which Mrs Theresa May presided before she became Prime Minister. What have Brits done to deserve this?

French Town Ordered to Remove Virgin Mary Statue From Public Park

guadalupeA town in eastern France has been ordered to remove a statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public, the local mayor said Saturday.

An administrative court ordered the commune of Publier, in the Haute-Savoie region, to remove the religious image, which has stood in a public park since 2011.

The town has three months to comply before it starts incurring a fine of 100 euros per day, according to the November 24 judgment.

Town mayor Gaston Lacroix said he intended to find a new home for the offending statue “on private land”.

Afghan’s Murder-Rape Arrest Reignites Germany Migrant Debate

Anger as German news show says migrant arrest over teen murder ‘TOO REGIONAL’ to cover

Selected comments:

— Hard to watch Germany committing mass suicide and hurting their children..

— We’ve been forced by the German government to feed them, to give them shelter, to educate them, to finance thier medical treatment and to live with them. And they rape and kill our women. And the major concern of leftie government is that the case get’s exploited by the rights. Greetings from a mad country.

— Germany keeps electing Merkel, what did you expect?

What else to elite globalist and anti family feminist do besides destroy countries?

— Merkel has perpetrated one of the greatest voter frauds in history. Her party won re-election with Merkel running on a center-right platform, yet once re-elected, Merkel turned into a left-wing human rights activist.

— Its beyond irony that anti family feminist support Islam. Its like gays who also support Islam, they are truly brainwashed beyond reason.

— What shocks most, is that there seems to be no one in her party (the conservative Christian Democrats) with enough backbone to call her out on this lunacy.

— Renzi out, Hollande not running again, and only Merkel left to oust and it will be a clean sweep of the unholy “3”

— Pretty sad when all the non-violent ways of democratic change are illegal or blocked beyond reach. I am convinced that the Germans will end up going thug on the low level Globalists such as the media, low level officials and known Leftist thugs.

— Germans can’t usually say what they want about these immigrants (if they are against immigration)

and if they do protest then the Leftist community orcs show up and attack them and then the government uses the orcs attack as an excuse to say the protests are violent and then the government attacks the peaceful protestors under the color of law.

They never seem to crack down on the Leftist mobs that attack peaceful protesters and property so that is how you know it is all government controlled theater.

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Uk Visas: Yes To Radical Islamists, No To Christian Archbishops

Posted by addisethiopia on December 4, 2016

Why do they treat Christians like this?

It is hard to imagine a more incongruous headline – just as the world’s attention focuses on the liberation of Mosul, the UK government has refused to grant a visa to the Archbishop of Mosul to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, a church whose flock includes many refugees fleeing persecution from Islamists in Iraq and Syria.

Last week saw great celebrations as St Thomas Cathedral in London was consecrated by the worldwide head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II. HM the Queen sent a personal message, while Prince Charles was the guest of honour and addressed the congregation. The service was attended by senior UK church leaders including the Bishop of London, while the UK Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, sent a letter to be read out to the congregation. Mrs May’s letter spoke of how “the appalling violence that has afflicted so many areas of the Middle East reminds us how fortunate we are to live in a country where different religious beliefs are not only tolerated, but welcomed”.

Yet that welcome did not extend to either Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Archbishop of Mosul or to Timothius Mousa Shamani, the Archbishop of St Matthew’s (which covers the Nineveh valley in northern Iraq) who were refused UK visas to attend the cathedral’s consecration in London. The UK also refused to grant a visa to Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, the Archbishop of Homs and Hama in Syria. In his case the British Embassy told him that they would not waver from their policy of not granting visas to anyone in Syria. The diocese of each of these three archbishops has been taken over by Islamic State (IS) with Christians executed, enslaved, or forced to accept dhimmitude and pay jizya. Churches there have been either destroyed or converted into mosques. The Archbishop of Mosul was in fact the last senior churchman to leave Mosul in July 2014 when IS seized it. His cathedral is now a mosque.

Yet despite this, both these very senior church leaders whose church members are experiencing genocide were denied visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, which provides spiritual care for some of their flock who have managed to obtain refuge in the UK.

The reasons given for the Archbishop of Mosul and the Archbishop of St Matthew’s being refused UK visas are at best spurious – claims that they did not have enough money to support themselves in the UK and that they might not leave the UK. Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to current world news reports would know that both men have pressing pastoral responsibilities as previously Christian areas held by IS are liberated. Not only that, both men also have long-term visas for several other western countries including the US and the EU’s Schengen zone, while the Archbishop of Mosul also has a permanent visa for Australia.

Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawood, the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the UK asked, “Why do they treat Christians like this?”

The refusal to grant a few days’ UK visa to these very senior church leaders is symptomatic of a deeper problem in the UK Home Office.  In fact they are not the first persecuted Christian leaders to be refused visas for pastoral visits to the UK, nor is this problem confined to Orthodox Christians. Earlier this year we had hoped that Majeed Rashid Kurdi, an evangelical pastor from Iraq whom Barnabas Fund’s Operation Safe Havens programme had rescued from Iraq, would join us for our recent UK speaking tour. Yet he too was refused a UK visa, even though his family is now permanently resident in the Czech Republic. A month ago we also reported two separate cases of Protestant pastors from Zimbabwe who had been severely persecuted by the Mugabe regime, and who were also denied visas to attend speaking engagements in the UK.

Yet, at the same time this is happening, radical Islamist leaders are being told they can have visas – even though they represent organisations or movements that incite violence and persecution against Christians. For example, we have previously reported that the UK Home Office recently issued guidance stating that there should be a presumption that senior members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood should be granted asylum in the UK – despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has repeatedly incited violence against Egyptian Christians, leading to around 80 churches being burnt down since 2013, and has declared a violent jihad against the Egyptian government. In July this year visas were granted for a tour of UK mosques by two Pakistani Islamic leaders who have been prominent campaigners to “honour” the murder of anyone opposed to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and who also called for the immediate killing of Christians accused of blasphemy, such as Aasia Bibi.

We have previously written to Home Office ministers to raise concerns about these issues and in response they have pointed out that, as ministers do not deal directly with visa applications, they cannot comment on individual cases. Though this is strictly speaking correct, there is clearly a serious systemic problem when Islamist leaders who advocate persecution of Christians are given the green light telling them that their applications for UK visas will be looked on favourably, while visas for short pastoral visits to the UK are denied to senior Christian leaders, such as the Archbishop of Mosul, whose congregations are facing genocide.  This is an urgent issue that Home Office ministers need to grasp and remedy.

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— Britain Bans Heroic Bishops: Persecuted Christian Leaders From War Zones Refused Entry

Mosul Archbishop: When Western Evil Is Fused With Arab Stupidity Nations Die

Some Reactions:

This is totally disgusting,if you are a terrorist they welcome you with open arms,if you are a man off peace the gates are shut.

“Makes you ashamed to be British “

I have always noticed how liberal lefty elitists hate christians.

This is disgusting !

This Christian is indeed ashamed of the country that my father and his forefathers fought for !

Having read this account and listened to these good, innocent, Christian people I am now too beset with both rage and compassion to write much coherently now.

My God – how our political elite has brought us so low….we need so much change in this, now dysfunctional society !

So this is the Home Office over which Mrs Theresa May presided until recently !

Sadly nothing new.

Do you remember the 2010 case of Gospel singer Helen Berhane who was invited by Open Door for a meeting to tell people about her torture in an Eritrean prison and denied entry. Many MP’s complained. nothing happened.

So, the Muslims are now running our Foreign Office ? What WAS our Foreign Office.

Clearly a religiously motivated political decision from the Mayor’s office (where else?) – you reap what you sow Londoners.

Proof that the Home Office is run by muslim loving lefty trash! Sack EVERY last one of the anti Christian bastards!

This is NOT an ‘unbelievable’ decision. It is an EXPECTED one with the pro muslim establishment making the decisions in this country. Only muslim filth allowed!!!!

At least they are REAL christians and not just claiming to be christians in a muslim country so they cannot go back.

Who are our politicians working for ? Not us ,The bankers ? the corporations ? The Freemasons ? The illuminati ? The invisible ruler of this world ?

Unbelievable the discrimination of christians in the UK but they let an islamic mayor rule over our capital city Islam in the UK has got to be stamped out

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Statue of Jesus Inspires Many After the Tennessee Fires

Posted by addisethiopia on December 3, 2016

I will be with you always, even until the end of time‘ (Matthew 28:20)

A Symbol of Hope and Faith during a Time of Disaster

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The wildfires that have destroyed ground and property in East Tennessee have been mostly extinguished as of late Thursday afternoon — and one shining beacon of hope, faith, and light continues to inspire residents and business owners as they begin to pick up the pieces.

In the remains of a home turned to rubble in Sevier County, Tennessee, a statue of Jesus was found still standing.

It was soiled but not broken. It stood upright and whole, but not burned.

Amid the destruction, it was there for all to see, to be comforted by — and to marvel at, even now.

“The statue of Jesus still standing in a home after the wildfires of Tennessee swept through it perhaps confirm the words of Jesus himself: ‘I will be with you always, even until the end of time’ (Matthew 28:20),” said Fr. Michael Sliney, a Catholic priest in New York and a LifeZette contributor. “Christ is always there with us, in good times and bad, in sickness and health, and He simply will never abandon His friends.”

As remarkable as the discovery of the status was — it was not the only faith-fueled relic found in the rubble left by the flames.

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Statue Of Jesus Only Thing Left Standing In House Burned By Tennessee Wildfire

Posted by addisethiopia on December 1, 2016

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The pictures coming out of the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, wildfires are just devastating. Acres of woodland blackened. Row upon row of homes and businesses reduced to ashes.

But a TV crew with CNN affiliate WVLT spotted something of a miracle amid all that destruction. On Wednesday, reporter Kelsey Leyrer and her team captured footage of what they saw at a house out in Sevier County. It was a statue of Jesus — covered with soot and ashes, but still standing. It was the only thing left after the home burned to the ground.

The Jesus statue was the second religious item this week that survived the wildfires. Earlier this week Isaac McCord, an employee at the Dollywood theme park, says he found a partially burned page from the Bible’s book of Joel. The part of the passage that’s readable, from Joel’s first chapter reads, “O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.”

McCord immediately took a picture of what he’d found and posted it to Facebook, where it’s been shared tens of thousands of times. Many commenters took it as a sign from God.

It provides hope and faith,” McCord said. “That’s why I shared it.”

At least seven people have lost their lives in the wildfires that have ravaged Sevier County and Gatlinburg this week.

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Dollywood Employee Finds Burned Bible Page After Wildfires

joel1The day after wildfires tore through Gatlinburg,Tenn., destroying more than 150 structures, killing at least three people and displacing thousands, Isaac McCord was doing his part to help out, picking up debris from the Dollywood park grounds.

Gripping his rake, he revisited a spot in Craftsman Valley he had skimmed over after his co-worker, Misty Carver, quipped, “Is that how you clean your room?” Provoked, he said he had started “really getting in the nooks and crannies” under a park bench when he caught a glimpse of a piece of paper lying in a puddle of water — soggy, seared and torn in two.

McCord, a University of Tennessee alumnus who now works as a human resources training coordinator at Dollywood, said he had no idea what the paper would read, but considering the circumstances, he was curious enough to pick it up.

“As soon as I got down on the ground, I noticed it was a Bible verse, and I was like holy crap,” McCord said in a phone interview on Tuesday night. “It was in a puddle of water. I said, ‘I want to take care of this the best way I can,’ so I gently scooped it up and carried it out the best I could.”

McCord, 24, sat on the bench where he found the paper, and called Carver over. Their work partners, Dollywood wardrobe manager Angela Davis and employee Kimberly Moore, had left to go to the restroom, McCord said.

In silence, the pair pored over the page, the edges of which were burned black, rendering many words illegible. But parts of the right side of the page were preserved enough to get the message across: it perfectly reflected, McCord said, the tragic natural disaster that had thrust Gatlinburg and Sevier County into the national spotlight the night before.

“O Lord, to thee will I cry: For the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field,” the page reads, according to a picture of the page posted on McCord’s Facebook.

At first, we didn’t know what part of the book it was from,” McCord said on Tuesday night, “but we saw bits and pieces about fire and scorching the land, and how the beast groaned and roared for help.”

The page appears to be from the first chapter of Joel from the King James version of the Bible.

“We were like this is unreal, this is unbelievable,” McCord said. “When we had both fully read it, we looked at each other — and I will never forget this moment — we both burst into tears. I was ghost white, and we just prayed. There was nothing else to do.. Still to this moment, almost four hours after the fact, I don’t have words for it.”

McCord wasn’t a highly religious man prior to his discovery — he didn’t go to church every Sunday or read the Bible often — but he said he has a relationship with God that shapes his morals and how he treats other people. He was impacted by the discovery because he said he knows several co-workers who lost their homes in the chaotic blaze. He intends to frame the Bible page, and now, he said he may re-examine the role religion plays in his life.

McCord said he knows people may doubt the truthfulness of his story. He emphasized he is not an official spokesman for Dollywood, and he does not speak on behalf of the park or its employees. He just wanted to share the story to give people hope.

“I wanted to share this message because it brought me to tears. I wanted to share this message because I think that faith and hope is very powerful in a situation like this. There are hundreds of people that are displaced and that have lost their homes. Most of these people will cling to faith. By no means was I trying to get social recognition. … I would say to anyone who wants to call it fake, call me. Please call me. It is something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

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My Note: A Statue of Jesus similar to the one seen in the above image was revealed in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, September 26, 2016 during the Feast of the Holy Cross Bonfire – at annual Demera (Meskel) Celebration. Watch the testimony on the videos: Our Lord is everywhere for those who have eyes to see. This is amazing, I’ve got holy tears in my eyes when I saw that image, very heartwarming. Thank You Lord!

And…poor guy on the next video, but Our Lord Egziahbher is The Lion of Judah — Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help!

Horrifying Moment Animal Tamer Islam Shaheen Is Fatally Savaged By A Lion In Front Of Screaming Audience At Egyptian Circus

  • Trainer Islam Shaheen, 35, was filmed motioning at a lion with a stick
  • However, another lion comes into view and launches a savage attack
  • Trainer’s companions tried to help but he died later in hospital


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Islamic Jihadists Planned To Kill Kindergarteners With Poisoned Ice Cream Before Blowing Up School In Germany

Posted by addisethiopia on November 30, 2016

Kindergartens in Germany, universities in Ohio…. all children

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Mohammed O, 17, one of the Sikh temple bombers, planned to sell poison ice cream before blowing himself up in the midst of the children.

The letter went on to say: “I work as an ice cream man with my ice cream van and sell to many children. May I, following Sharia law, use arsenic or warfarin, or better still strychnine, to kill children?”

  • The two teen jihadis are on trial for blowing up a Sikh temple in Essen
  • Letters written from one to the other while in prison revealed the plot
  • One bomber worked as an ice cream man and plotted to poison his goods
  • He also suggested crashing a van into the kindergarten or hiding a bomb
  • He wanted to ‘rape the girls of the enemies of the Prophet Muhammad

An ISIS plot to feed poisoned ice cream to kindergarten children before detonating a bomb in their nursery car park has been revealed in Germany.

The gruesome plan came to light during hearings of two teenage Islamic State fanatics who blew up a Sikh temple in the industrial city of Essen during wedding celebrations.

Mohammed O, 17, one of the temple bombers who carried out the assault in April which wounded four people, planned to sell the toxic ices before blowing himself up in the midst of the children.

A second teen, Yusuf T, 17, was the leader of the so-called Temple bomber group. 

The young Salafists first formed their murder gang on Whatsapp and built bombs from ingredients ordered from online retailer Amazon.

When they were captured after the bombing, a letter that Mohammed O. had written to Yusuf T. while he was in detention was intercepted by guards. In it he posed the question: ‘May one kill targeted children?’

The letter went on to say: ‘I work as an ice cream man with my ice cream van and sell to many children. May I, following Sharia law, use arsenic or warfarin, or better still strychnine, to kill children?’

Then the final question was put to his leader: ‘Can I make Istis hadi Amaliya (suicide) in the kindergarten too?’

He also questioned, in the two page letter written on A4 paper, if it might also be possible to crash the van into the kindergarten. And further he asked if it was permissible for him to ‘rape the girls of the enemies of the Prophet Muhammad.’

He urged Yusuf T. secretly to obtain a mobile phone so that he could make phone calls to plot the outrage. At the trial in Essen, investigators said that phone numbers of Isis sympathisers were later found on a device owned by T.

Continue reading…

The Cologne Cathedral: The Symbol of Christianity Was Attacked (“Fire Jihad”, “Sex Jihad”, “Murder Jihad”and soon, brace yourselves for the “Poison Jihad”)

German Intelligence Officer “Arrested In Islamist Plot” To Blow Up Spy Headquarters

The Beloved Goat Of The Goat Swedish Nation Set on Fire By The Goat Poeople Of Ishmael?

Thugs Burn Traditional Christmas Figure To The Ground In Sweden

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THUGS have hit out against one of Sweden’s most cherished Christmas traditions, as they burned a 13-metre-tall Yule goat to the ground.

For 50 years a 3.6 tonne straw goat has been built in Gävle, central Sweden, to celebrate the beginning of the festive season as it is believed to be a well-wishing spirit that watches over the Christmas preparations.

However, this year the festive celebrations have already taken a hit, as the Christmas icon was burned to the ground within 24 hours of being unveiled.

By 11pm on Sunday, the beloved goat was in flames on Gävle’s Slottstorget square, to the great disappointment of locals, most of whom did not get to see this year’s incarnation before it was destroyed by the fire.

The event’s organisers said the thugs managed to get past on-site security when one of the guards was on a toilet break.

Maria Wallberg, a spokesperson for the goat’s organisers, said: “There will be a great, great sadness for Gävle residents, the Gävle goat and for all of its fans over the world.”

The traditional goat is so popular in the Scandinavian country it is shown on live television and this year more than 2.3 million Swedish Kronor was spent on creating it.

2016 marked the 50-year celebration of the straw goat being erected in the town square and a number of security measures were taken to protect it, in the hope it would last until the end of Christmas as it is not the first time it has been targeted by vandals.

However, the measures were all in vein and police have now launched a preliminary investigation for inflicting gross damage and are looking for the perpetrators.

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Jill Stein & Keith Ellison Made a Deal With Satan

Posted by addisethiopia on November 30, 2016

The following two agents of Satan are added to the list of names that end with the suffix phone „N“, from my August post, like:

  • SATAN (The father of all lies)

  • Hillary CLINTON (The mother of all lies – where’s she?)

  • Paul RYAN (The soulless globalist – where’s he?)

  • John McCAIN (CAIN himself – where’s he?)

  • Tim KAINE (Vice presidential pick for Hillary Clinton – where’s he?)

  • Khizr Muazzam KHAN (The Accuser, The slanderer – where’s he?)

  • Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik PetitjeAN (The Murderers, Priest murderers – are already in hell)

1. Keith EllisoN

Spiritual son of the nation of Islam leader, Louis FarrakhaN

After the horrible things we are daily witnessing that are happening in the name of Islam, it’s a great shame a Muslim could be a congressman and take power in the most powerful country on earth — where followers of the Islamic death cult are less than 1%. This guy Keith Ellison who was a nominal Catholic freely embraced the evil religion of Islam by betraying The Lord Jesus Christ.

Now, may be his possible appointment to the post of the DNC chair might do some good in the long run, as the sheeple folks need a certain amount of evil and despotism to regularly remind them about whom is their enemy. I don’t know how American’s allowed its greatest threats to infiltrate so quietly. How is voting the trojan horse in?

Watch his recent unbelievably annoying interview from 2013 with Hannity:

2. Jill SteiN

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A nobody — feminist abortionist who was endorsed in April by Satan as the Green Party Candidate — seems to have again made a deal with Satan by filing a petition for a nationwide recount of votes for President of the United States. Jill Stein could raise twice as much money in her effort to recount election votes than she did during her own failed presidential bid.

The Green Party candidate has already raised $6.3 million to recount election votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

I pity the fool who throws his/her money away on this snake!

AbaddoN – (Hebrew) Destroyer, Advisor. Said to be chief of demons. Sometimes regarded as the destroying angel.

AmoN, Ammon Amaimon, Amoymon, Amaymon, and Aamon – (Egyptian) Sun God. Much like Lucifer except controls reproduction and life.

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Islam’s Jihad on the Christian Cross

Posted by addisethiopia on November 30, 2016

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What more evidence is needed to prove that Islam is at war with Christianity than its well documented hatred for the quintessential symbol of Christianity: the cross? 

This recently occurred to me as I was surfing Arabic-language videos and websites discussing Christianity – only to encounter one hostile video, fatwa, or sermon after another against the cross.

Only one seemingly spoke well of the cross – though for a reason that again demonstrated Islam’s hostility for Christians. According to Al Azhar professor Dr. Salim Abdul Galil, Muslims can be tolerant of the cross – they can even wear and pray before it – but only when in need of deceiving Christians, whom the learned cleric portrayed as the natural enemies of Muslims.

The most telling talk show featured Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Tarifi, a Saudi expert on Islamic law. Asked about Islam’s ruling on whether any person – in this case, Christians – is permitted to wear or pray before the cross, the learned Muslim explained: “Under no circumstances is a human permitted to wear the cross” nor “is anyone permitted to pray to the cross.” The reason? “Because the prophet – peace and blessings on him – commanded the breaking of it [the cross].”

Indeed, as with all of Islam’s hostilities, animosity for the cross begins with Muhammad. He “had such a repugnance to the form of the cross that he broke everything brought into his house with its figure upon it,” he once ordered someone wearing a cross to “take off that piece of idolatry,” and he claimed that at the End Times, Isa (Islam’s version of Jesus) will make it a point to “break the cross” as proof that Christians had gotten it wrong all along.

The reason for this animosity is that the cross symbolizes that which Islam was developed in direct contradistinction to. As Sidney Griffith, author of The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque, put it, “[t]he cross and the icons publicly declared those very points of Christian faith which the Koran, in the Muslim view, explicitly denied: that Christ was the Son of God and that he died on the cross.” Thus, “the Christian practice of venerating the cross and the icons of Christ and the saints often aroused the disdain of Muslims,” so that there was an ongoing “campaign to erase the public symbols of Christianity [in formerly Christian lands such as Egypt and Syria], especially the previously ubiquitous sign of the cross.”

According to the Conditions of Omar – a medieval text that lays out the many humiliating stipulations conquered Christians must embrace to preserve their lives and that Islamic history attributes to the second “righteous caliph,” Omar al-Khattab – Christians are “[n]ot to display a cross [on churches]” and “[n]ot to produce a cross or [Christian] book in the markets of the Muslims.”

During the aforementioned talk show, the Saudi cleric also explained that if it is too difficult to break the cross – for instance, a large concrete statue – Muslims should at least try to disfigure one of its four arms “so that it no longer resembles a cross.”

We actually have much historic and numismatic evidence of this approach going back to the century of Islam’s founding. Almost all of the gold coins that belonged to the Christian Byzantine Empire had the image of the cross on one side. After the Byzantine treasury was seized during the Muslim conquests, the caliphate ordered that one or two arms of the cross be effaced so that the image no longer resembled a cross.

As for the smaller crosses that Muslims could break, again, we have testimonies from the very earliest invasions into Christian Syria of Muslims systematically breaking every crucifix they encountered – to the point that Christians were convinced that the invaders were demons, if not worse. In the words of Anastasius of Sinai, who lived during the earliest invasions, “[n]ote well that the demons name the Saracens [Arabs/Muslims] as their companions. At it is with reason. The latter are perhaps even worse than the demons,” for whereas “the demons are frequently much afraid of the mysteries of Christ,” among which he mentions crosses and churches, “these demons of flesh trample all that under their feet, mock it, set fire to it, destroy it[.]

Sophronius, the patriarch of Jerusalem when its walls were being sieged by Muslims in 638, lamented:

Why are the troops of the Saracens attacking us? Why has there been so much destruction and plunder? Why are there incessant outpourings of human blood? Why are the birds of the sky devouring human bodies? Why have churches been pulled down? Why is the cross mocked? Why is Christ … blasphemed by pagan mouths?

Even Saladin (d. 1193) – regularly touted in the West for his “magnanimity” – ordered “the removal of every cross from atop the dome of every church in the provinces of Egypt,” according to The History of the Patriarchate of the Egyptian Church.

In light of the above, it should come as no surprise that the Islamic State (“ISIS”) also exhibits hate for the crucifix. In its communiqués to the West, hostile reference to the cross is often made: “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah[.] … [We will cast] fear into the hearts of the cross-worshipers[.]”

Moreover, the Islamic State once disseminated a video showing its members smashing crosses in and atop churches in territories under its sway (since taken down by YouTube); it beheaded and stabbed a man with his own crucifix; and it published pictures of its members destroying Christian crosses and tombstones in cemeteries under its jurisdiction.

Similarly, in post-“Arab Spring” Libya, now another ISIS stronghold, a video of a Muslim mob attacking a commonwealth cemetery near Benghazi appeared on the internet. As the Muslims kicked down and destroyed headstones with crosses on them, the man videotaping them urged them to “break the cross of the dogs!” while he and others cried “Allahu akbar!” Toward the end of the video, the mob congregated around the huge Cross of Sacrifice, the cemetery’s cenotaph monument, and started to hammer at it, to more cries of “Allahu akbar.” Other Christian cemeteries in post-“Arab Spring” Libya have suffered similarly.

Most recently, pictures emerged from a Christian cemetery in Iraq that was vandalized by ISIS. Broken and scatteredstmichael crosses appear. In one picture, the jihadis broke into a coffin, snapped off the head of the withered corpse, and threw the crucifixes surrounding it on the ground.

Lest all this still seem aberrant – limited to some obscure saying of Muhammad, or “ancient history,” or the doings of “radical” groups like ISIS – below is a very partial list of examples of how the crucifix throws “everyday” Muslims into savage paroxysms:

Pakistan: When a Muslim man saw Julie Aftab, a Christian woman, wearing a cross around her neck, he attacked her, forced battery acid down her throat, and splashed it on her face – permanently damaging her esophagus, blinding her in one eye, and causing her to lose both eyelids and most of her teeth.

Egypt: A young Coptic Christian woman named Mary was mauled to death when her cross identified her as a Christian to Muslim Brotherhood rioters. Before her, 17-year-old Ayman, a Coptic student, was strangled and beaten to death by his Muslim teacher and some fellow students for refusing to obey the teacher’s orders to remove his cross.

Even in Muslim nations deemed “moderate,” violence provoked by the cross is not uncommon.

Malaysia: A Christian cemetery was attacked and desecrated in the middle of the night by unknown persons in the Muslim-majority nation. Several crosses were destroyed, including by the use of “a heavy tool to do the damage.” Separately, a Muslim mob rioted against a small Protestant church due to the visible cross atop the building of worship. It was quickly removed.

Maldives: Authorities had to rescue a female Christian teacher after Muslim “parents threatened to tie and drag her off of the island” for “preaching Christianity.” Her crime was to draw a compass – which was mistakenly taken for a cross – as part of a geography lesson in class.

Turkey: In 2012, a 12-year-old boy in Turkey wearing a silver cross necklace in class was spit on and beaten regularly by Muslim classmates and teachers.

As Islam’s presence continues to grow in Europe, it should come as no surprise that attacks on crosses are also on the rise:

Italy:

  • A Moroccan migrant invaded an old church in Venice and attacked its large, 300-year-old cross, breaking off one of its arms while shouting, “All that is in a church is false!”
  • A Muslim boy of African origin picked on, insulted, and eventually beat a 12-year-old Catholic girl during school because she was wearing a crucifix.
  • After yet another crucifix was destroyed in close proximity to a populated mosque, the area’s mayor did not mince words concerning the identity of the culprit(s): “Before we put a show of unity with Muslims, let’s have them begin by respecting our civilization and our culture.”

France:

  • A Muslim man committed major acts of vandalism at two churches. Along with twisting a massive bronze cross, he overturned and broke two altars, the candelabras, and lecterns; destroyed statues; tore down a tabernacle, smashed in a sacristy door; and even broke some stained glass windows. (Click for images.)
  • Christian crosses and gravestones in a cemetery were damaged and desecrated by a Muslim. After being apprehended, he was described as follows: “The man repeats Muslim prayers over and over, he drools and cannot be communicated with: his condition has been declared incompatible with preliminary detention.” He was hospitalized as “mentally unbalanced.” (See his handiwork.)

Germany:

Of course, Islamic hostility for the cross is only encouraged by Europeans themselves, who happily comply with Islam’s “sensitivities.”

Spain: Real Madrid, a professional football (soccer), team stripped the traditional Christian cross from its club crest as part of a deal with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi – “so as not to offend Muslim sensibilities in the United Arab Emirates.”

United Kingdom: Offensive crucifixes are being removed from prisons in order not to offend Muslim inmates (who are further provided with food baths for Islamic rituals).

Germans in Jerusalem: At the request of their Muslim hosts, German bishops are now removing their pectoral crosses when visiting the Temple Mount. Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm (Munich) rationalized his capitulation by saying, “We acted out of respect for the hosts,” insisting that his decision is “not at all a denial of the cross, but a response to the wish of the hosts.”

Such is the history and continuity of Islam’s hate for the cross – that symbol that represents the heart of the Christian faith, including the death and resurrection of Christ, which Islam strongly denounces as a lie. Islam’s war on the cross began with Muhammad, was carried out by earliest caliphs and jihadis, and continues to this day by the new “caliphate” and many “everyday” Muslims.

Meanwhile, far from calling Islam out, Western liberal Christians continue calling for more Muslim refugees and carrying signs proclaiming, “I’m Christian and I love the Qur’an.”

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Crucifixes

The devil flees from Jesus on the cross so if you do not already have one, get a Crucifix and have it blessed by a priest, and place it in a appropriate and worthy place in your home–and most especially, pray to Jesus before it each day. Also, if you do not have one, get a crucifix on a necklace, get it blessed and wear it with devotion and prayer.

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Mysteries Surround The Opening Of Christ’s Tomb

Posted by addisethiopia on November 28, 2016

“Sweet Aromas” And “electromagnetic Disturbances” Surprised The Observers Of This Historic Event

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On October 26, 27 and 28, 2016, the marble slab that covers the tomb of Christ was removed. As the group of scientists and religious authorities had access to the place, rumors immediately began to run around. Some rumors claimed it was possible to perceive a “sweet aroma” emanating from the tomb, reminiscent of the olfactory manifestations commonly associated with both Marian and saintly apparitions. Secondly, it was alleged that some of the measuring instruments used by scientists were altered by electromagnetic disturbances. As soon as they were placed vertically on the stone in which Christ’s body rested, the devices either malfunctioned or ceased to work at all.

Marie-Armelle Beaulieu, editor-in-chief of Terre Sainte Magazine, was given permission to visit the site, and remains reluctant about the rumors associated with the alleged “sweet scent.” In addition to stating that a smell is easily suggestible, she also noted she did not perceive any particular perfume at all. On the other hand, during the last partial opening, made by the architect Nikolaos Komnenos in 1809, the chronicler also made mention of a “sweet aroma.” People who are interested in the tomb of the Holy Sepulcher are well acquainted with this text, so it is possible that they might respond to unconscious suggestion about having perceived such a smell.

Electromagnetic Disturbances

But the journalist is much less hesitant regarding the electromagnetic disturbances recorded by the scientists’ instruments. The phenomenon was confirmed by one of the scientists authorized to access the tomb. Later, one of the heads of the building and construction team, Antonia Moropoulou, indicated that it is really hard to imagine that someone would be willing to put in danger his or her reputation just because of a “publicity stunt.” Moreover, the journalist testifies to the scientists’ surprise during the opening of the slab: they hoped that the grave would be much lower than it was. Their conclusion: previously performed analyses with the instruments seemed to have been distorted by an electromagnetic disturbance.

It seems, lacking any other explanatory element, the tomb of Christ indeed affected instruments sensitive to electromagnetic disturbances. However, possible explanations on the motives for such a phenomenon do not fall short of speculation among those who are passionate about the Holy Sepulcher. And, needless to say, those speculations range from the most elaborate to the most ridiculous.

Only The Tomb Of Christ?

The opening of the slab and the revelation of the stone where the body of Christ would have rested have demonstrated the tomb indeed matches the Jewish tombs of the 1st century. But according to Marie-Armelle Beaulieu, the essential core of the issue is to be found elsewhere. “I would be delighted if a scientific expert proved that this stone was indeed where Christ rested, but even if it were proven otherwise, it would still be a sign of the Resurrection.”

The journalist, who has been a resident in Jerusalem for the last 17 years, was part of the exclusive, privileged group that was granted access to the place. As she confesses: “The church of the Holy Sepulcher is a disconcerting place. At first I did not like it very much. I was expecting a beautiful church and I found this place of strange architecture, which does not recall anything of the biblical scenes. There is no trace of the garden of the tomb, for example.”

But gradually I developed an attachment, during the processions in which I participated along with the Franciscans. It is not a place to visit, but rather a place to pray. Thanks to a friar, I was able to walk all the way in, until I reached the rock that supported the body of Christ, something I could not have imagined … I felt somehow weightless, but I remember all the details. I will never go visit the Holy Sepulcher in the same way.

Right now, they have replaced the marble slab on top, and one can only partially see the crypt, through an opening [protected with a shielded glass]. But I know the stone is there. I had the habit of genuflecting before the tomb of Christ, and then I reflected and thought it was absurd, as there was no real Presence there, and that one should rather genuflect in front of the Blessed Sacrament. But in the Holy Sepulcher, in front of this tomb, there is a ‘real absence.’ An empty tomb. A miracle before which all knees bend, in Heaven, on Earth and in Hell.”

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Crazy Claim This Picture Is Proof Jesus Travelled Through Time And Brought Back Satellite

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CONSPIRACY theorists claim this painting could be proof of time travel amid claims it shows Jesus with a Sputnik Satellite-like object.

The painting – The Glorification of the Eucharist painted by Ventura Salimbeni in 1595 which hangs in Florence, Italy, – The top part shows the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and a dove depicting the Holy Ghost holding what seems to be a space satellite.

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Very Disturbing: By Betraying The Christian Cross European Church Leaders Have Become Like Judas

Posted by addisethiopia on November 28, 2016

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Any Christian who knows much about Christian history or have even read through the Book of Acts, then he or she is aware that saints have shed their blood, spent time in prison and/or died for the cause of Christ as martyrs. The truth is, even in our time, there are Christians suffering and dying like this, especially in the Middle East and Africa. Such a mentality of commitment to death is virtually lost in today’s church world of ease, comfort, pleasure, ear-tickling sermons, entertainment, amusements, softball ministries, the ecumenical movement, rampant lukewarmness and Scriptural ignorance.

All Christians are called to be martyrs.

When the Lord Jesus openly told people they would have to take up their cross to be his disciple and to be worthy of him, they understood the cost could and would often mean physical death. They also knew to be the Lord’s disciple and to be worthy of Jesus is the language of salvation:

And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:27)

Also, the Lord also often spoke of persecution and suffering that his followers would face. It is clear that suffering to the point of physical death goes with being his disciple and if you are not his disciple you are on the road to hell.

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Why am I writing this? I am writing this because I am still infuriated, angry and shocked to learn that something disturbing and despicable occurred last month:

An “ecumenical” delegation of Roman Catholic and Protestant bishops and church leaders made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in mid October. During a visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical (Protestant) Church in Germany, Bishop Bedford-Strohm and his Catholic colleague, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Chairman of the Catholic Bishops‘ Conference, REMOVED their CROSSES while visiting the Al-Aksa Mosque they removed their pectoral crosses due to respect to the Muslims. Imagine, it was particularly wrong for them to remove their Crosses, because this place, according to Jesus „will be called a house of prayer for all peoples” [Mark 11:17]

When they were criticized afterwards Bedford-Strohm explained that they didn’t wear it at the Jewish Wailing Wall too, as they were also asked by Israeli security officials.

The Israeli side denied their claim in a letter addressed to them:

It is embarrassing enough you are bent before the radical Arab-Muslim hosts on the Dome of the Rock (which certainly would have given their symbols for a visit to a holy Christian faith ‘out of respect for Christianity’ !!!) But then also to assert that similar claims were expressed by the Jewish hosts for ‘security reasons’, almost borders on *******.

In Luke 22:31-34 Peter is Warned of a Coming Trial:

Simon Peter burst into tears when he was got with the lie. Jesus had said him that the Satan has required that the disciples are sieved like the wheat and that Peter would deny him three times before the cock crows. Isn’t it bitter for Bishop Bedford-Strohm to fall for the tricks of calculated on a pilgrim’s trip to Jerusalem of the Satan.

The mother of one of the 21 Egyptian Copts killed by Islamic State (IS) in Libya last year said that she is thankful her son “died for The Cross”. Compare that to the two heretic modern-day pharisees!

Cardinal Marx Under Fire For Removing Pectoral Cross at Temple Mount

“Where Is The Courage To Witness For The [Christian] Faith Of The German Church Leaders?”

The two most prominent representatives of German Christendom – Catholic and Protestant alike – caused a national debate by hiding their own distinctively Christian symbol and Sacred Sign – the Pectoral Cross – while they were both visiting the Jewish Wailing Wall as well as the Muslim Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount.

Kath.net, the Austrian Catholic news website, has amply reported on the developments after the release of these pictures showing the two Church representatives without their visible and publicly worn Christian symbols. Major national newspapers such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Welt, and the more populist tabloid Die Bild, have reported on this disturbing fact and have thus allowed further criticism of this obvious submission to the preferences of the two other world religions.

One of the regular contributors to Kath.net, Peter Winnemöller commented on this incident with the words:

Certain pictures should not exist.

In the newspaper Bild am Sonntag the author Miriam Hollstein says that, after Jesus picked up His Cross 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem, the bishops now laid it down there. A symbolic gesture of infidelity or dishonorable obsequiousness.

Winnemöller himself calls this “ecumenical” episcopal gesture a “bowing down before a dishonest request.” He continues, as follows:

A good collaboration between the religions cannot only demand a yielding from one of the sides. Something more is needed here. However, one also needs to have a certain stamina which our “Church leaders” have lacked.

The author admits to having had a sense of shame and a feeling of shock, and “the urgent wish that, at best, nobody had even seen it.”

matthew10Even the liberal journal, Der Spiegel, published an article whose author admits to have been “speechless” in the face of such a pandering “docility” toward their Muslim and their Jewish hosts who apparently – according to the visiting German representatives – had both asked them to remove their sacred Christian symbols out of respect for the “tense situation.” Even for the secular journal Der Spiegel, this is “a denial of the Faith.” There are “many people in the history of Christianity who have died because they had exactly refused to do that,” and we are now being reminded of this loyal fact even by this atheistic journal. “Today, they [these earlier faithful witnesses] are being revered as saints and martyrs.” Persevering endurance is what especially impresses the faithful, “not capitulation toward alien powers.”

Die Bild, a more populist, and popular, newspaper, surprisingly published an article written by the well-known Jewish historian, Professor Michael Wolffsohn, who also criticized the Christian Church leaders, even in the very title of his article: “Cardinal and Bishop Eschewed the Cross.” Wolffsohn points out that “many Christian representatives have visited the Temple Mount. To wear the cross has never been a [contentious] topic.” For him, this recent ecclesiastical gesture “is hard to believe.” The Jewish author then concludes his candid article with these words:

The conduct of the cardinal and the bishop gives alarming hints at their understanding of tolerance. It is obvious that they think that tolerance means something like submission or self-denial.

While Wolffsohn stresses, especially, the fact that the German Church leaders submitted themselves to the inordinate demands of the Islamic representatives, both Church leaders still insist that the Jewish representatives had also asked them to remove their public Christian symbol. It is still contested, however, whether these claims are solid facts or not.

Petra Heldt, a female Protestant pastor and representative of the association “Ecumenical Fraternity” in Jerusalem, moreover, has offered some very clear words herself when asked to comment upon this recent craven incident involving Cardinal Marx and Bishop Bedford-Strohm. She said: “When you come to the [Temple] Mount in Luther’s garment or in an episcopal garment, you have to keep your Cross. Otherwise, when rebuked for it, you just leave.” She reminds the readers that “here in the East of many religious wars, Christians would rather die than deny the Cross.”

Finally, once again, on 14 November 2016, Michael Wolffsohn redoubles his earlier critique of the German Church leaders, Marx and Bedford-Strohm, in an open letter addressed to both of them by saying: “just as you are tolerant toward Muslims and Jews, you may expect vice versa such a tolerance from Muslims and Jews.” He now asks: “Where is the Courage to Witness for the [Christian] Faith of the German Church leaders?”

Indeed, it seems that there is no excuse for this recent Catholic and Protestant conduct and implicit gesture of an evasion or denial of Christ – at least not in the eyes of some secular and Jewish, as well as Protestant and Catholic, commentators in Germany.

It also seems to show the limits of any ostensibly ecumenical attempt that leads to a watering down of one’s own Christian Faith and one’s own public Christian witness. Instead, one is to foster and to strengthen that Faith and Witness, certainly as a Catholic prelate.

In Catholic terms, this incident is very troubling. Cardinal Marx is a member of the Council of Nine, and one of the closest collaborators of Pope Francis. Not long ago, Francis himself had shown a certain inclination to water down the Catholic Faith for the sake of ecumenism when he visited Sweden. Only upon strong request did he consent to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass while still in Sweden, but not without also stressing that “Proselytism is the most potent venom against the ecumenical journey.” And already earlier, in 2014, he came under criticism for seemingly hiding his own pectoral cross when meeting with a group rabbis in Jerusalem.

To what extent will these Church leaders receive God’s blessing when they show embarrassment about Christ and the Sacred Sign of their own Redemption, especially when they act in such an obviously disloyal way toward Christ? Do they – do we – even adequately now remember Christ’s own trenchant and warning words: “But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)?

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