The Dutch chapter of Christians for Israel has invested just over $30,000 to make a 36-feet-tall Star of David topped with a menorah – the nine-candle symbol of the Jewish holiday of Hannukah – which it claims will be Europe's largest menorah, to show solidarity with the Jewish community in what they believe to be the End Times.
Christians for Israel established the menorah "to show to the Jewish community in Israel and worldwide that they have friends who are praying for the restoration of Israel," Sara Van Oordt, the organization's head of communication & activities, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. She also added that current events are signs in scripture "that the Messiah will soon come – that Jesus will come again."
"For two thousand years, there hasn't been the state of Israel, and now everything is coming to fulfillment," Van Oordt added. "I really believe that this is one of the signs of the End Times." more >>
Some 20,000 child sex predators from 71 countries around the world, including at least 254 identified from the Unites States alone, approached a 10-year-old Filipina girl online in search of sexual stimulation. But the girl isn't real.
She is a computer generated avatar affectionately called "Sweetie" that was used this spring by researchers in an undercover operation by the Dutch chapter of child aid organization Terre des Hommes (TDH) to catch webcam child-sex tourists, according to a report in Canada's Globe and Mail.
Researchers spent two-and-a-half months posing as 10-year-old old Sweetie in public Internet chat rooms, and recorded contact with a diverse group of 20,000 child predators who encouraged the virtual girl to take off her clothes to arouse themselves for pay. more >>
Pope Francis is making headlines again for recently sending out a "modern family" survey to bishops around the world to ask what church leaders think about hot button issues such as gay marriage and surrogate mothers, among other topics relating to family life.
The survey has been sent to every nation's conference of bishops and asks questions on topics ranging from birth control and surrogate motherhood to gay marriage and inter-religious unions, as well as divorce, premarital cohabitation, and single-parent families. The questionnaire states that it is addressing "many new situations requiring the Church's attention and pastoral care," including some "concerns which were unheard of until a few years ago have arisen today as a result of different situations, from the widespread practice of cohabitation [...] to same-sex unions."
"The social and spiritual crisis, so evident in today's world, is becoming a pastoral challenge in the Church's evangelizing mission concerning the family," the Vatican survey reads, according to BBC News. more >>
An organization for the homeless has called for the lavish $42 million residency built by Germany's recently suspended "Bishop of Bling" to be turned into a soup kitchen, as Catholic commentators continue wondering how Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg justified the expenses.
"The residence is like an inherited sin which the bishop has left in his wake," said a spokesman for the Caritas organization for the homeless last week, according to The Independent. "People who seek sanctuary with us could be given food in the residence."
The Diocese of Limburg did not respond to a request for comments by The Christian Post by press time. more >>
Despite speculation by the media and a number of Catholic scholars that Pope Francis could name the Church's first female cardinal next February, the Vatican has rebuked those claims, saying that the unprecedented event will not take place.
"This is just nonsense . . . It is simply not a realistic possibility that Pope Francis will name women cardinals," Fr. Federico Lombardi, a senior Vatican spokesman told The Irish Times.
"Theologically and theoretically, it is possible," he added. "Being a cardinal is one of those roles in the church for which, theoretically, you do not have to be ordained but to move from there to suggesting the pope will name women cardinals for the next consistory is not remotely realistic." more >>
Dutch Christian Zionists have spent over $30,000 to build a menorah as a Hanukkah gift to the Netherlands' Jews.
The Dutch chapter of Christians for Israel (CI), an international organization whose vision is "to establish a global network of Christians having local impact, for the blessing of the nation of Israel, the Jewish people and the church," is paying for the menorah, which they claim will be Europe's largest and will be placed near its offices in Nijkerk.