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SAUDI ARABIA AGREES WITH VATICAN TO BUILD CHURCHES FOR CHRISTIANS IN THE COUNTRY

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In November, the head of Lebanon's Maronite church, Beshara Rai, met King Salman and powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured) in a historic visit to Riyadh

 

( Daily Mail ) Saudi Arabia has agreed a deal with the Vatican to build churches for Christian worshippers in the Arab country, it is claimed by Middle Eastern media.

If confirmed, the supposed agreement between Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Mohammed bin Abdel Karim Al-Issa of the Muslim World League would mark a historic first in Saudi history.

The cardinal has visited Saudi Arabia this year and met the royal family, urging the Muslim country to treat its citizens equally.

Under the alleged agreement the churches will be built alongside the establishment of a committee to improve relations between the two, Egypt Independent reports.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Vatican. MailOnline has approached Vatican and Saudi authorities for comment but they have not yet responded.

Saudi Arabia’s anti-extremism Etidal centre hosted Cardinal Tauran last month as the crown prince pushes for inter-religious exchange in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom.

Read more: Saudi Arabia ‘agrees deal with Vatican to build churches for Christians living in the Muslim country’

TIMELINE: CHRISTIANITY FIRST 1,000 YEARS

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Apostolic Age

 

Shortly after the Death (Nisan 14 or 15) and Resurrection and Great Commission and Ascension of Jesus, the Jerusalem church was founded as the first Christian church with about 120 Jews and Jewish Proselytes (Acts  1:15), followed by Pentecost (Sivan 6), the Ananias and Sapphira incident, Pharisee Gamaliel‘s defense of the Apostles (5:34-39), the stoning of Saint Stephen (see also Persecution of Christians) and the subsequent dispersal of the church (7:54-8:8) which led to the baptism of Simon Magus in Samaria (8:9-24), and also an Ethiopian eunuch (8:26-40). Paul’s “Road to Damascus” conversion to “Apostle to the Gentiles” is first recorded in 9:13-16, cf. Gal 1:11-24. Peter baptized the Roman Centurion Cornelius, who is traditionally considered the first Gentile convert to Christianity (10). The Antioch church was founded, it was there that the term Christian was first used (11:26).

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SAD: Historic German Church Demolished as Mosques Multiply Across the Country

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PICTURES: Historic German Church Demolished as Mosques Multiply Across the Country

 

The huge building, which was “notable for its double towers and neo-Romanesque design”, according to the Catholic Herald, was demolished by the RWE mining company to make way for an opencast lignite mine.

St Lambertus and the farming village surrounding it was bought out by RWE some years ago, with the church being formally deconsecrated in 2013.

Villagers have been relocated to a new site, and provided with a new church built “according to a modern design”.

 

 

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NY CHURCH WARNING: ‘We are not a gun-free zone. We are locked and loaded’

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  • Lighthouse Mexico Church of God also offers training. Programs are designed to teach self defense and help identify any suspicious behavior

 

Spectrum News reports:

 

New York – There has been a lot of reaction to the mass shooting at a Texas church last weekend. Much of it has been centered around the push for more gun control.

One Oswego County group is inviting its members to bring their guns to services. Pastor Ronald Russell preaches at the Lighthouse Mexico Church of God. A sign in front of the building reads that it is “not a gun free zone.”

The church began to openly allow guns after the South Carolina church shooting in 2015. Russell says he knew that other church shootings would follow like that in Texas last week, so this is a protective measure for the church.

He says it’s about keeping his church members safe.

“Times are changing,” said Russell. “It’s not the congregation, per se, but the leadership. People say ‘well, pastor, you’re talking about killing some,’ and I say ‘well, if I don’t protect my people, I’m being complicit.’ A shooting here, that’s not going to happen.”

The church also offers training. Programs are designed to teach self defense and help identify any suspicious behavior.

 

 

 

Stephen Willeford : ‘I’m No Hero. My God Protected Me,’ Says ex-NRA Instructor Who Shot Texas Church Killer

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“I’m no hero. I’m not,” Stephen Willeford told 40/29 News reporter Joshua Cole in a video interview on Monday. “I think my God, my Lord, protected me and gave me the skills I needed to do what needed to be done.”

The Sutherland Springs man who came face-to-face with a madman who killed 26 people in a Texas church says God protected him and gave him the skills he needed to stop more deaths. The former NRA instructor engaged Devin Patrick Kelley as he exited the church.

Read more: ‘I’m no Hero… My God Protected Me!’ Says Man Who Shot Texas Church Killer (Video)

ANTIFA? TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTER DAVID PATRICK KELLEY A LEFT-WING CNN FAN BUT ANTIFA RUMOR YET TO BE CONFIRMED

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Texas church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley: A confirmed atheist but no concrete proof yet that he was an antifa but his LinkedIn and Facebook info shows he was left-wing CNN supporter.

What Devin Patrick Kelley had as ‘interests’ on his LinkedIn page:

Causes devin cares about:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Children
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Human Rights

 

Devin P. Kelley, who was court martialed from the U.S. Air Force, was identified as the gunman who walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and murdered at least 26 people, wounding many more in the tiny, rural community near San Antonio.

The court martial was for Felony Posession of Child Pornography.  CASE: [ No. 14-0387/AF. U.S. v. Devin P. KELLEY. CCA 38267] – LINK See March 10th, 2014  “Denied on Appeal”

 

 

 

 

TEXAS HEROES WHO TACKLED CHURCH SHOOTER DEVIN KELLEY: Johnnie Langendorff and unnamed man with rifle

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In a Facebook post, Langendorff's girlfriend Summer Caddel (pictured with him) described how the pair had 'jumped in my boyfriend's truck and they chased that sick b*****d down in pursuit until the cops could catch up

 

( Daily Mail ) Two heroic locals have been praised for stopping the worst mass shooting in Texas which left at least 27 dead.

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was leaving First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after he opened fire on parishioners during mass when a local man grabbed his rifle.

Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said that the neighbor, who has not yet been named, had ‘grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect.’

Kelley fled the skirmish and got back in his SUV to flee the scene, Martin said.

But another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, had witnessed the gun battle and both he and the unnamed neighbor jumped in his truck and gave chase.

In a Facebook post, Langendorff’s girlfriend Summer Caddel described how the pair had ‘jumped in my boyfriend’s truck and they chased that sick b*****d down in pursuit until the cops could catch up. He was able to run the shooter off of the road on 539!’

Langendorff told ABC 12 that he’d been speeding at 95mph, while on the phone to dispatch, while the neighbor kept his rifle trained on the gunman’s car.

 

Read more: How heroic locals exchanged gunfire with Texas shooter, ran him off the road as he tried to flee and shot him dead