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Thread 🧵for #CatholicTwitter - I know that when I argue against withholding donations from church, it seems like I am speaking out of my own biased place. Guess what, I am. But like most things #Catholic, there is a both/and aspect that cannot be ignored. The idea that 1/
2/not giving will somehow "speak" to the diocese or USCCB is not realistic. Sure it will at some level, but what are the primary impacts when this happens? I'd like to break this down a bit from my own experience of 14 years in the parish office. The idea that all churches are 2/
3/rich is absurd. Each #Catholic parish is its own corporation & often operates in the red. You'd be surprised at heat & elec bills alone. Anyway, I digress. What happens to the $ when you put it in the basket? It goes into the operating acct which pays the church bills. 3/
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1/ To Tithe or Not To Tithe by Kenneth E. Hagin (culled from Midas touch)

From time to time over the years, people have asked me if the practice of tithing is still valid for the Church today. "The New Testament really says very little about it," they say.
2/ "Should pastors and other ministers preach and encourage tithing with so little New Testament information on the subject. Should Christians be bound by the Old Testament Law?"
3/ It is true that there is very little mention of tithing in the New Testament. Two of the Gospels, Matthew and Luke, report the only recorded incident of Jesus saying anything about it. But in this instance, Jesus clearly affirmed His belief in the practice of tithing:
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کانپور میموریل چرچ (کانپور, اتر پردیش) 1875
Kanpur Memorial Church (Canpur، Utter Pardesh)__1875
لومبارڈی گوتھک (Lombardi Gothic) اسٹائل میں ایسٹ بنگال ریلوے کے آرکیٹیکٹ والٹر لانگ بوزی گرانویل(Walter Long Bozzi Granville, 1819-1874) کا تعمیر کردہ شاہکار
یادگاری چرچ ایک متاثر کن تعمیراتی عمارت ھے جسے "All Civil Cathedral" بھی کہا جاتا ھے۔
یہ چرچ 1875میں برطانوی فوجیوں کی جرات اوربہادری کی یاد میں تعمیر کیاگیاتھا جنہوں نے1857 کےکانپور، اترپردیش میں ہنگامہ خیزسپاہی بغاوت میں اپنی جانیں قربان کی تھیں۔
میموریل چرچ مصلوب شکل(Crucifix)
میں سرخ ریت کے پتھر سے بنا ھے جس کے درمیان میں اسپائر کیساتھ کیمپینائل (گھنٹی ٹاور) ھے۔چرچ کے مرکز میں ایک فرشتہ کا ایک خوبصورت مجسمہ کھڑاھے جسے نامور بیرن کارلو ماروچیٹی نے ڈیزائن کیاھے۔
چرچ کے اندر یادگاری میزیں، نوشتہ جات اور یادگاریں ہیں جو ان فوجیوں کوخراج عقیدت پیش کرتی ہیں
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#childabuse: A Nine-Year-Old Girl Set To Give Birth In #Zimbabwe 😭
Recall the painful death of 14-year-old Anna Machaya (in the pix) while giving birth in a #church shrine in July 2021, a 9-year-old #girl (Grade 3 Pupil) has been admitted to the United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) as Image
she is 33 weeks pregnant and expected to give birth by caesarean section this November.
She was just 8 when she fell pregnant, and is being monitored by a team of specialist doctors and nurses owing to the delicate nature of the pregnancy.
She has refused to give police the name
of her abuser though shockingly, her 29-year-old father claimed that the goblins🤷🏾 visited the 9-year-old #girl on the nights only when her mother was away from home and inserted things into her privates. The police believe she's being threatened!
There are only 6 known cases in ImageImage
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@midgetmummsie The appearance of the smiling child—therefore all is ok is made worse I think in homes or circles where geniality is deemed the norm. Presenting at a school or #church with those smiles hides such pain & fear the child may lose a parent or physical security. #ParentalAlienation/1
@midgetmummsie 2/is certainly a systematic and circular circumstance by facilitator and recipient. When you first come across it all events seem one offs. However over time the mindset of the abuser & understanding their intent to harm the child — while the child smiles in blind trust becomes/3
@midgetmummsie 3/ apparent. We should not be surprised that an aggrieved parent who is rejected by a partner for abuse of a child or self lashes out this way. To suggest alienation — abuse of child and parent does not occur is highly ignorant.Again it is systematic, involves isolation, use /4
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Saint George Church (Lalibela, Ethiopia)
سینٹ جارج چرچ (ایتھوپیا)____11th AD
زیرزمین صرف مندر، محل یا یادگاریں ہی نہیں ھوتی بلکہ چرچ بھی اس میں شامل ہیں جیساکہ ایتھوپیاکایہ چرچ جسےبصارت داد دیئے بغیرنہیں رہ سکتی۔
ایتھوپیامیں چٹان کو کاٹ کرقبطی عیسائیوں
(Coptic Orthodox Christians)
نے زیرزمین یہ چرچ بنایا۔
قدیم مقدس بائبل جن عیسائی عبادت گاہوں کا حوالہ دیتی ھے وہ یہی ایتھوپیائی چرچ ہیں۔ ایتھوپیا میں 341ء میں رسمی طور ہر عیسائیت کو اپنایا گیا تھا۔
ملک کے شمال میں امہارا ریجن میں واقع للی بیلاشہر (Lalibela جو کہ یہاں کے بادشاہ کا
نام تھا) کے کھلے میدان سے منسلک پانچ زیر زمین گرجا گھروں کی ایک سیریز ھے۔
آس پاس میں مختصر گزرگاہیں اور خندقیں ہیں۔ یہ چٹان گویا ایک سرمئی، مٹی کی طرح کا ذخیرہ ھے جو 6 میٹر تک گہرے اور کشادہ صحن کو راستہ فراہم کرتا ھے۔
چٹان سے کٹے ہوئے چرچ بنانے کا عمل اکثر اوپر سے نیچے تک کھدائی
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غار کا چرچ (قاہرہ، مصر)
Cave Church (Cairo, #Egypt)__10th CE
کیامصر صرف اہراموں اور حنوط شدہ لاشوں (Mummies) کی سرزمیں ھے؟
ہرگز نہیں۔
مصر ایک بار پھر تاریخ کے جنونیوں کوحیران کرنے والا ھے۔
وہ ایسےکہ جنوب مشرقی قاہرہ میں مقتم پہاڑ (Mokattam Mountain) کے قلب میں
واقع ایک غار کے اندر دسویں صدی عیسوی کے فاطمید عہد (Fatimid Era) میں بنا یہ چرچ مصر کا ہی نہیں بلکہ مڈل ایسٹ میں واقع سب ے بڑا ھے۔
غار کے اندر بنے ھونے کیوجہ سے ہی اسے "Cave Church" کہا جاتا ھے۔ اس St. Simon Monastery کا اصل اور قدیم نام "The Tanner" ھے۔
اس حیران کن اور شاندار
خانقاہ میں 20,000 عبادت گزار کے بیٹھنے کی گنجائش ھے.
چرچ ایک شاہکار ھے جس کی دیواروں اور پہاڑی چٹانوں پر نقش شدہ دیواروں اور کہانیوں کے ساتھ ساتھ کنواری مریم (Lady Mary) اور مریم میگدالین (Mary Magdalene) کا مجسمہ بنایا گیا ھے۔
اگرچہ یہ چرچ ٹورسٹ سائیٹ نہیں ھے مگر
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Charles Kaye Okoye wrote: -

There is a common saying that problem is not giving water to the mo*nkey, the challenge is how to get back the cup from him.

This is the current dilemma in Igboland today.

The Igwe of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe rose up from a meeting
yesterday in Anambra to announce that IPOB has accepted to cancel the ongoing Monday sit at home.

He went on to declare that the decision followed the meeting by the state government, the traditional rulers and the IPOB leaders.

Igwe Achebe informed
Nigerians and Ndigbo in particular that the IPOB leaders rose from the meeting and placed call to all their members to sheath their sword.

He went on to announce that all churches in the entire Igboland will open to worshippers on Monday 4th April, for Ndigbo to pray for
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THREAD| Over the last three weeks #Russian Orthodox #Church has been consistently mentioning #Ukraine in its news stories. Let's have a look at the key narratives spread by the Church regarding the Russian invasion. What they say and what they mean:
🗣 We must do everything to prevent the enemy from destroying our spiritual unity, around which the religious and cultural life of our united people, Russians and Ukrainians, was formed

💬 We must reunite a Russian Empire, if not peacefully then by force /1
🗣 We should be careful not only to assess the information that is being disseminated, but also be extremely attentive to your own statements about recent events

💬 Be careful with what you say, consequences might follow /2
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The percentage of multiracial churches has increased over the last 20 years from 6 percent to 19 percent. That could be a sign of greater interracial understanding among Christians. BUT…
…that growth is because Black people and people of color are going to predominantly white churches. White people aren’t going to churches where PoC are the majority. The shift has been almost entirely one-way.
This one-way reshuffling may preserve majority Black and PoC churches as spaces of affirmation for those groups, but it may also speak to the (un)willingness of white Christians to follow Black and other PoC leadership.
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What does "accessibility" mean for you when it comes to Church? #disability #accessibility #welcome #church
Any specific resources or changes which you would love to see? Personally I'd love to see a box of coloured overlays in every church so that when I forget mine (which is every time) I can still use one.
I'd like (once contact resumes) for those presiding at Communion to announce the "Peace" giving instructions on how to nonverbally indicate you wish to share the peace in words, or with a handshake or a hug etc.
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I was minding my business last night, reading tweets about the Bills vs Chiefs game when the below tweet caught my attention.

It's been a while since I've done a faith-based Twitter thread, but Greg Locke's comments have compelled me to speak up. Put on your seatbelts! 🧵 1/14
Greg Locke’s comments are the very reason why I started @AutismFaithNet. His statements are HIGHLY OFFENSIVE to me as a Christian AND mom of TWO sons with autism, with one that also has a rare form of epilepsy. 2/14
My boys mean EVERYTHING to me. It would be easy to write a post about how amazing they are, assuring everyone that neither one of them has a demon. But I think it’s more important to highlight another point… 3/14
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The Jewish cemetery of #Salonica was once the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe, with over 350,000 graves. Its destruction began with the Hellenising policies of interwar Greece and concluded in 1942 during the Nazi occupation of the city. #Thread
Whereas the Jewish cemetery was destroyed and incorporated as part of the Aristotle University, #Salonica’s Dönme cemetery became a football field, and the city’s main Muslim cemetery became the International Fair Ground.
Though the vast majority of tombs in the Jewish cemetery belonged to #Sephardim, there were also many Ashkenazi tombs, as well as some headstones dating back to the Roman era.
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#wednesdaythought Houses of God

That (#Jesus) #Christ actually inhabits the nature of the regenerate believer is assumed, implied and overtly stated in the Holy Scriptures(#Bible). All the Persons of the Godhead ..
are said to enter the nature of the one that engages New Testament #Truth in #faith and obedience. "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him" (John 14:23). ..
And the doctrine of the indwelling of the #HolySpirit is too well known to need support here; everyone that is taught even slightly in the Word of God understands this. Whatever God is, the Man #Christ #Jesus is also. ..
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I am terrified of what this country has become. #Religious #dictatorship of far-right government (or rather ruling party's chairman) has destroyed the tripartite system.
An almost 100% ban on #abortion has been already introduced ([1],[2]) under the label of "being pro-life", without providing any actual support for disabled children and families in need.
Yesterday the parliament approved an anti-#LGBT bill in first step of legislation ([3]). Racism and homophobia are on the agenda ([4]), especially in the givernment-run tv stations.
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Sikh Supreme body SGPC blows bugle against #Church activities of converting #Dalit Sikhs to #Christianity in Punjab for d first time when Sikh bodies assumed silence by striking quid pro quo deal with Canada @WorldSikhOrg @sikh_coalition @Khalsa_Aid @khalsaaid_india @unitedsikhs+
गहरी नींद से जागी शिरोमणि गुरद्वारा प्रबंधन कमिटी, दलित सिखों के ख्रिश्चन धर्मान्तरण के खिलाफ उठाई आवाज!
ईसाई मिशनरी पंजाब के सीमावर्ती इलाकों में चला रहीं ‘जबरन धर्मांतरण अभियान’; अकाल तख्त जत्थेदार बोले- SGPC करेगी कड़ा मुकाबला +…
Punjab Christian missionaries menace: Concerns raised over how Dalit are lured to Christianity and their lack of representation in Sikh body Dalits and Minorities Punjab head Dr Kashmir Singh opined that to counter menace of missionaries in the Dalit Sikh+…
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#BIG Govt of India reappointed Priyank Kanungo @KanoongoPriyank as Chairperson of NCPCR @NCPCR_ for 2nd term.
Dubious NGOs tried their best to stop it through last minute frivolous petition but failed to achieve the goal!
Best wishes to him n thanks @narendramodi @AmitShah
During his 1st term as CP he had hit evangelist groups working under the guise of child rights NGOs and had ordered orphanages to repatriated FAKE orphans to their homes to reunite with parents. The ordered had irked #Church groups running orphanages of purchased kids.
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#REQUEST On Shri Krishna Janmashtami (Coming 30th August) We urge all to keep Late Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati ji's photo as Twitter, whatsapp n FB DP n status in the memory of Great Saint murdered by #Church #Naxal #Communist nexus! #Odisha
He was killed on same day in 2008!
Swami ji was standing as obstacle between Church and Tribal Vanavasi society of #Odisha for which he was assassinated in #Kandhamal as he had effectively stopped Christian Conversions in the area!
By remembering Swami Lakshmananand ji, we can defeat agenda of Church playing its victim card.
#Kandhamal violence remembrance is tool to whitewash sins of killing Swami ji n Vanavasi Culture.
Join online program, raise your questions to fix responsibility of Swami ji's murder!
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Christian groups r aggressively targeting @MinistryWCD minister @smritiirani, @NCPCR_ CP @KanoongoPriyank for enforcing inclusive values in pampered minority institutions, Catholic portal UCA News @UCANews opens propaganda/ weaponized misinformation front against @PMOIndia Govt+
Pathological India hater Father John Dayal @JohnDayal (Secy-General All India Christian Council n former head All India Catholic Union) written open letter to @NCPCR_ chief: Why minority rights r sacred under penname A J Philip lashing out repatriation order of FAKE Orphans+
As tweeted by @by2kaafi, @NCPCR_ report has stirred a hornet's nest in NGO mafia circles working under guise of minority welfare but actually minting huge money from foreign #FCRA donors+
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Judges have either ingrained fear of #Church money, muscle power or soft corner!
Sister Lucy Kalappura is running post to pillars for justice- for woman rights but she didn't get judicial patronage which non existent #Sabarimala woman entry issue got!
Judges sans Justice! +
Franciscan Clarist Congregation where Sister Lucy serving since age of 17 yrs has 750 NGOs under its umbrella, hundreds of it having #FCRA which we will strike soon!
That's the brute force which is forcing Indian judiciary to deny her police protection!
Kudos to her courage!+
Lawyers backtracking from taking up her fight legally withdrawing as Church money power flows in to force them to stay away from Sister Lucy!
Self styled women rights activists uttering no word out of #Church money- muscle power. No Badi Bindi @cpimspeak leader standing by her+
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(1/3) This incredibly detailed gold #Byzantine wedding ring is our #ArtefactOfTheDay.

Produced c. 7th century CE, the bezel depicts the bride and groom being crowned by the haloed figures of Jesus and Mary. Beneath them is the word: "Harmony".

#Classics #Christian #History #Art
(2/3) Remarkably, the exterior of the ring is also heavily inscribed with seven scenes from Jesus's life in chronological order, from the Annunciation to the Resurrection.

A personalised wish by the married couple is also featured: “Lord, help thy servants, Peter and Theodote".
(3/3) The edges of the bezel also feature a verse from the #Gospel of John (14:27) that asks God to grant the newlyweds peace.

The ring testifies not only to the intimacy of the couple, but of their steadfast devotion to #God on a small, personal level.

#Religion #Gold #Church
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#EXPOSE Christian Medical Association Of India got Rs 83.95 Cr for blatant evangelization misusing medical science behind façade of social service.
Dr Jayalal @jayalal10 head of @IMAIndiaOrg was its trustee was silent when CMAI openly spread #Church superstitions #FCRAViolation++
its official Facebook Page also promotes Doctors like President of IMA Dr. Johnrose Austin Jayalal n others, Healthcare Professionals and Christian religious leaders who blatantly admit to their outright evangelization motives. ++
“We will go together n restore. We will see d master of breakthroughs bringing great victories. We will come with one heart n one mind to make Jesus Christ d Lord of healthcare. DR. ARUL ANKETELL” during CMAI Doctor National Conference for Christian doctors from across India++
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1/ This was a dream & vision that God gave me last year on March 24th, 2020. Then, I only shared it w/ 2 other ppl, that I recall.

I saw a man in white robe with a sword in his hand fighting against an enemy. Two young women were standing beside him, one on each side. ...
2/ Fire and smoke shot toward them, and a head appeared from the midst of the smoke. The head was that of a dragon. The head of the dragon had two horns on his head like an antelope. The dragon told the man that he cannot defeat him or protect the two women. The man replied ...
3/ to the dragon, telling him that he is really weak and that he only gets his power by speaking lies. The dragon became enraged and replied, "I will show you my power and strength." The two women told the man that they will help him. The man thanked the women, and he gave ...
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