Sunday, July 31, 2011

Our Lady of Kibeho: If Only We Had Listened DVD- A Superb Production

On November 28, 1981, the Virgin Mary began appearing in the tiny village of Kibeho, Rwanda. This was twelve years before Rwanda was devastated by a genocide in which one million people were slaughtered. The Virgin Mary came to Kibeho with a clear warning: “My children, it does not have to happen if people would listen and come back to God.”

According to the Kibeho visionaries Mary showed them horrifying prophetic scenes including a river of blood, people brutally killing each other, and abandoned corpses with no one to bury them.

If Only We Had Listened is a film by Sean Bloomfield (Queen of Peace Productions) and genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza (bestselling author of LEFT TO TELL). It is narrated by Immaculee Ilibagiza

It is a film which will touch the hardest hearts (even atheists). It is just not possible to view this without being deeply moved. What was particularly shocking was the fact that even people who took refuge in churches were slaughtered and that neighbours could engage in such behaviour. This was Satanic. The meeting between Immaculee and the neighbour who killed members of her family was memorable. Here was forgiveness in action.
Interesting also that her father had given Immaculee a rosary beads as she fled. She survived under Our Lady's protection. This is an indication of the power of the rosary.

The missionary priest quoted in Time Magazine stated "There were no devils left in hell they were all in Rwanda". That illustrates the depths of depravity reached in Rwanda. Thankfully forgiveness has now taken root. The killing of one million people in Rwanda could have been avoided if only people had listened to the Mother of God in time.
The more gruesome scenes are tastefully done. This is a superb production. Anybody who views it will become a better person and move closer to God and His Blessed Mother. I highly recommend this DVD. It may be purchased HERE


"Then my children, you must offer forgiveness by asking God to forgive all those who have trespassed against you, all who have given you suffering, insult or injury. Forgive them in prayer and ask God to bless and help them"-Our Lady of Kibeho

Friday, July 29, 2011

Austria: Unfair Judgement against Pro-Lifers

A ruling by a judge in Graz, Austria is a case of blatant persecution of pro-lifers, says Human Life International (HLI) Interim President Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula.

“The complete bias and disregard for the facts in this ruling shows the extent to which anti-life advocates, including judges, will go to perpetuate the culture of death,” said Msgr. Barreiro. “This is the kind of persecution HLI’s pro-life missionaries around the world face on a daily basis.”

A report released this week by the Catholic video website Gloria.tv helps explain the “contradictory” and “bizarre” nature of Jude Erik Nauta’s ruling against four pro-life advocates, including Dietmar Fischer, director of HLI Austria. Judge Nauta fined Mr. Fischer an astonishing $10,000 for his pro-life advocacy, and also charged pro-life sidewalk counselors fines between $600 and $1,200 each for what the judge considered to be “stalking” of the Graz-based abortionist, Johannes Hanfstingl... (Continue reading HERE)

US:Senator Chuck Schumer on CNN playing political games with debt issue (28 /7/2011)

Tonight on CNN Piers Morgan interviewed Senator Chuck Schumer concerning the US debt crisis. To put it mildly Schumer engaged in cynical political games. This is the type of behaviour, which gives politics a bad name. Schumer continuously used the term "Hard Right". It was entirely the “Hard Right's” fault as far as he was concerned. Of course the reality is that the Tea Party members are correct. America is living way beyond its means. This year the deficit is running at $1.65 Trillion. The National Debt is in excess of $14 Trillion (14 Thousand Billion). $40 out of every $100 being spent by Obama is borrowed. There has been an 84% increase in discretionary spending under President Obama. This is economic lunacy. It calls for very hard decisions on spending. A freeze on spending for six years and a 1% cut each one of those years is required if this is to be resolved. Schumer claimed that Harry Reid has come up with a balanced plan. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Reid plan dodges the hard decisions.
The Reid Plan would not curb the shocking rise in the National Debt. It fails to address the issue of cuts sufficiently. In short the debt problem would continue to escalate. When questioned about President Obama’s failure to produce any plan Schumer dived for cover. Schumer stated that the “Hard Right” members as he termed them should resign. No Mr Schumer it is people like you who should resign. You are driving America into BANKRUPTCY. It is time for YOUR President to produce a plan. He has put nothing on the table.

The Boehner Plan is a more effective instrument than the Reid Plan but does not go far enough.  However it buys the US some time. It is a start. Tactically Tea Party members would be better off to vote for the Boehner Plan in the House of Representatives as Harry Reid and the Democrats will kill it in the Senate anyway. Let the odium fall on them.  In addition Tea Party members in the Senate will oppose it also.

Let the Democrats and President Obama take the consequences of their  profligacy in 2012. This cannot continue much longer. It is the road to economic collapse and poverty. Just look at some European countries such as Greece.

If the ratings agencies downgrade the US (as appears highly likely) government and consumer borrowing costs will escalate very quickly. It is time to slash the borrowing. President Obama must sacrifice his re-election prospects and take the hard decisions. So far he has produced no plan.

Sadly the Democratic Party control of the Presidency and Senate is the obstacle to a resolution of the debt problem. The Democrats are the Party of Big Spending. Have they not learned from the European experience? The US cannot continue to increase spending by 8% annually.

Looking at the US political system it appears to be paralysed. It is cumbersome and unable to react quickly enough to the economic crisis. The European Parliamentary system is far superior and can tackle crises more expeditiously.

Medjugorje Priest Father Svetozar gives pilgrim advice on prayer

A pilgrim has asked Father Svetozar (Franciscans of Medjugorje): "What can you say to a man who prays every day and he would like to pray in the family, but his family refuses to do so?" The Father asked, "Are you this man?". "Yes," he said. Then the Father said: " you are on the path of holiness." Our Lady gave this message several times on the mountain: "Now more than ever before, Satan wants to destroy your families. Therefore, dear children, pray with your family and pray for the families." This message is vital!.

Many pilgrims begin to live the messages on their return from Medjugorje, but some are faced with difficulties and sometimes lose the peace, when members of their families refuse to pray together. First of all, they do not (really) lose the peace! The peace of our heart should not depend on the behavior of others. But it depends on God, who alone can give us true peace in prayer. God is always ready to welcome us and bless us. Our durable witness for peace amid the storms, will bear fruit.

From the seers I learned a very valuable lesson in this regard: Our Lady asks us only to live her messages, to do our part. Pray every day at home  and you will play your part! Since we play our part we can stay in peace.. Jesus and Mary deal with it personally. This weight would be too much for us. But our total confidence in them is essential to hasten the impact of grace for the family. Holiday time is conducive to prayer meetings and prayer so that the miracles of conversion can be obtained. Our Lady will help us to take advantage of this time of grace!
© Enfants de Medjugorje 2011 (http://www.enfantsdemedjugorje.com/)

The Horror of Abortion: Former Abortion Clinic Worker Jewels Green Speaks Out For Life

Any woman tempted to have an abortion should read this article:
One of the most powerful weapons in the pro-life arsenal is the authentic testimony of those who have advocated for and helped provide abortions, and later seen the light. People like Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Carol Everett, and Abby Johnson have information and insight that will help us win the fight against the abortion industry.

Allentown, Pennsylvania native and mother of three Jewels Green has made the courageous decision to finally speak up for life. In her first public pro-life testimony, she tells Live Action about suffering the pain of abortion as a teenager and later spending several years working in an abortion clinic.
This is her story:
“My first baby would be 22 this week. I was a 17-year-old drug-using high school drop-out, but when the lady wearing scrubs told me I was pregnant, I already thought of myself as a new mother.
Everyone wanted me to get an abortion… except me. Continue Reading at LIVE ACTION

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Irish food exports in 2011 grow by 13% from January to May

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food reported that in the January to May period this year, food exports had grown by 13%, with estimated growth of €600 million for the second consecutive year. According to the Food Harvest 2020 progress report, agri-food exports reached €7.88 billion in 2010, an increase of 11% from 2009. Continue reading HERE
For a list of Irish food companies just go to COMPANY SEARCHand go to the SECTOR search box. The number of companies is truly amazing.
Ireland's agri-food industry remains a key component of her modern economy. It accounts for some eight per cent (8%) of GDP and a similar proportion of total employment, amounting to almost 160,000 jobs. It accounts for a major proportion of exports of Irish-owned enterprises and its products are sold in over 170 markets around the world.(Source: Bord Bia)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ireland:€100 household charge in place for two years-26/7/11

Today  Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government  Phil Hogan announced the  introduction of a €100 household charge  as an  interim measure for two years pending the introduction of a property tax.  A property  tax is mandatory under the terms of the IMF/EU deal negotiated by the last FF government.

Mr Hogan said the charge was separate to water charges, which will be payable by 2014 and would yield some €160m.
Those in receipt of mortgage interest supplement will not have to pay the charge, nor will those living in social housing or so-called 'ghost estates'. Commercial property would be exempt too, as would premises owned by a charity.
The usual political neanderthals were out to condemn the measure. Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins said that the planned household charge would face massive opposition and a  boycott. Perhaps it is time for the likes of Joe Higgins to just grow up and to drop the pavlovian responses.
The government is taking in €33 billion  and spending  €52 billion. It is borrowing  €19 billion  to make up the difference. So it is borrowing  €36.5 in every €100 spent. Incidentally President Obama is borrowing $42  for every $100 spent.
State services such as Health and Education, Social Welfare and Pensions cost  €52 billion  to provide. The government is only taking in  €33 billion. So foreigners are providing  €19 billion  to plug the gap.

Social Welfare costs  €22 billion  out of a total of  €52 billion spend. That is 42.3% of the total government spend. This is something for Joe Higgins to ponder very carefully.  Joe Higgins wishes to pursue  economics of  delusion. He is seeking a Trotskyite Nirvana. The man is living in cloud cuckoo land.
The new charge amounts to €1.92 per week and is part of the IMF/EU deal negotiated by the last government. It has to be implemented if we are to draw down the IMF/EU funds to pay for government services. In addition it is ring  fenced for local authotities which are underfunded. It is much better to give a little than to lose the lot.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Medjugorje Visionary Marija Pavlovic visits Kevelaer Germany on July 9, 2011

Medjugorje Visionary Marija Pavlovic  was received enthusiastically by over 1,000 pilgrims at Kevelaer Germany on 9 July 2011

During the prayer of the rosary, led by Monsignor Richard Schulte STAAD,  The Madonna, Mary Queen of Peace, gave a message.

Our Lady blessed all those present, and asked the pilgrims to pray, especially to pray the Rosary, according to Marija. In a moving testimony Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti described her very intimate relationship with the Mother of God. Vikica Dodig, known for her translations of Radio MIR Medjugorje, and for her own testimony, translated the message given by Our Lady to Marija

In the morning P. Tomislav Pervan had reported on the latest developments in Medjugorje. The celebration of 30th anniversary of the apparitions, was attended by well over 60,000 pilgrims from various countries. Tomislav said that Medjugorje, in its importance for the world church, could be compared to Lourdes and Fatima. Over the past 30 years more  than 20 million pilgrims from almost every country in the world, with some 500,000 priests and bishops have visited the shrine in Herzegovina .

In the final evening Mass, Father Bernardin Schroeder, OFM with a passionate sermon discussed the statements made by Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti, and juxtaposed Our Lady's messages with powerful expressions of the Gospel.

A successful musical accompaniment of the day, was provided by the former opera singer Jo Landers, Brussels, a  supporter  of Medjugorje, and and the group Totus Tuus under the direction of deacon Martin Bade

Medjugorje-Gebetsvereinigung Regina Pacis Kevelaer
Sonsbecker Stra├če 2, 47626 Kevelaer
Fotos: Andreas Seegers

Friday, July 15, 2011

Video: Highlights of Super 15 Rugby Final 2011 Queensland Reds vs Canterbury Crusaders


The  2011 Super 15 Rugby Final between the  Queensland Reds and Canterbury Crusaders was played at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia on July 9, 2011 before a provincial  record attendance of 52,000. The Queensland Reds defeated the Crusaders by 18 points to 13.

Videos: Full Medjugorje ABC Nightline Programme July 13, 2011














Re Fler Gutierrez (Lady with breast cancer on programme) : Read: The Medjugorje “Miracle Mysteries” that the ABC Nightline special didn’t tell you about

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Video: Medjugorje ABC Nightline 4 July 13, 2011

A video of Medjugorje ABC Nightline 4 is available hereSee Full Programme here

The Link Between Abortion And Breast Cancer

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled in favour of applicant "C" - one of the three applicants in the ABC case – claiming that Ireland’s pro-life laws put women’s lives in danger. But, what if the opposite is actually true? Studies have shown that abortion does nothing in line of “saving women” or “saving lives”, and, rather, poses major risks to women’s health. Many researchers and experts have now stated that abortion has become a leading cause of breast cancer in women. Why is this fact concealed from the public?

The studies are clear and the evidence is endless – yet it remains a well-kept secret. In 2003, Dr Louise Brinton, the chief of the National Cancer Institute’s Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology branch, organized a conference for the NCI that claimed that it is “well established” that “abortion is not associated with increased breast cancer risk.” Then, in 2009, in a paper published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, Dr Brinton abdicated her former position, admitting “induced abortion and oral contraceptive use are associated with increased risk of breast cancer”, and citing a 40% increased risk of triple-negative breast cancer in women following an abortion. Triple negative breast cancer is a particularly virulent and treatment-resistant form of cancer. The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published a study in 2007 entitled, "The Breast Cancer Epidemic”, which stated that abortion is the "best predictor of breast cancer," among seven risk factors.

Other researchers in Iran published the results of a study showing that women who have had an abortion face a 193% increased risk of breast cancer. Similarly, researchers in Sri Lanka found that women who had abortions more than tripled their risk of breast cancer.

More recently, the Coalition on Abortion/ Breast Cancer reported that abortion has led to an additional 300,000 breast cancer deaths in America since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973. The director of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, Dr Michael Brind, based this estimate on research published in 1996 that found that women had a 30% greater chance of developing cancer after obtaining an abortion.

The overall risk of breast cancer among women is 10%; the abortion factor then raises this to a 13% lifetime risk. So, based on Dr Brind’s research, 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade, would have resulted in 1.5 million more cases of breast cancer in women. At an average mortality rate of 20% since 1973, that would mean that legal abortion has resulted in some 300,000 additional deaths due to breast cancer since Roe v. Wade, according to Dr Brind.

Yet pro-abortion advocates continue to hoodwink the public into thinking that abortion is “medically necessary”. And pro-life activists are condemned when they raise the issue of a link between abortion and breast cancer. So much for women having a right to know.
(Author: Kate Bryan-SOLAS )

Monday, July 11, 2011

Our Lady of Medjugorje and Guadalupe converts pro-abortion doctor to pro-life cause

The great US pro-life leader, Joe Scheidler, has devoted a considerable portion of his life to bringing abortionists back from the dark side. One of the former abortionists he worked with was Dr Bernard Nathanson, who died on February 21,2011 and who was famed for his dramatic conversion from a leading advocate of abortion to a stalwart and outspoken champion for children in the womb. May he rest in peace.

Other practitioners, such as Joan Appleton and Dr Tony Levatino, who have also left the abortion industry, have spoken with eloquence and passion to Irish audiences of the need to bring abortionists away from the terrible practice of killing babies.
Dr. John Bruchalski is one of those who has left the darkness behind. This obstetrician told Life Site News that when he entered medical school in 1983 at the University of South Alabama, he learned the different methods for abortion, sterilization, and artificial reproduction, and began providing them during residency.

Though raised in a devout Catholic family, Bruchalski says he was taken in by professors and friends who claimed that the Church's teachings can change with the culture. "It became a non-issue, " he explained. "You could still be a great Catholic and choose to dissent from particular Church teachings". But he began to have doubts. “I didn’t see happiness or joy in my clinics,” he explained.

“Wherever I had more abortion, more contraception, there were more broken relationships, more infections, more destruction, more brokenness.” Bruchalski first felt the call back to the faith of his childhood when a friend convinced him to take a trip to Guadalupe in Mexico City. He says there he heard Our Lady of Guadalupe - revered as the patroness of the unborn - ask him, “Why are you hurting me?” Yet he wasn’t ready to respond, and put it to the back of his mind. Then two years later, a pilgrimage to Medjugorje reawakened the great love for Christ and Mary that his parents had nurtured in him during his childhood. “It was the simplicity of the messages of getting back to conversion,”he explained. “And then I had an experience there with a young woman from Belgium who was there praying for the pro-life cause.” Dr Bruchalski said it was "life changing" for him.

When he got home, he told his professor that he could no longer commit abortions or sterilizations. LifeSite News reports that the 50-year-old Virginia native has now become a leadinglight in pro-life medicine. Through his unique Tepeyac Family Center, one of the largest free-standing prolife medical practices in the country, Dr. Bruchalski’s team offers a safe haven for women in crisis pregnancies, spreading hope through authentic health care that respects the natural processes of the woman’s body, the right to life of the unborn child, and the eternal end of the mother’s soul.

Dr John Bruchalski with one of his young patients

Source:Solas

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

ABC News/International Article and Programme on Medjugorje

ABC News/International has a detailed article on the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje.
Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief -- Miraculous Mysteries will go out on  July 13 at 10 p.m./9c on ABC.
The article is is well worth reading and has some fascinating information about Medjugorje.
One caveat. It  is important to remember that the Blesssed Virgin has never encouraged any disobedience on the part of the visionaries. Neither have the visionaries ever encouraged any disobedience.
Here is an excerpt:
The warm surf of La Jolla, Calif., isn't a setting people associate with the Virgin Mary. But on many days, there is a surfer whose passion for the perfect wave is nothing compared to his head-over-heels love for the Holy Mother.
His name is Donald Calloway and he picked up surfing as a military brat bouncing around the United States and Japan.
He also picked up marijuana, heroin, LSD, shoplifting and money laundering for the Japanese mafia. By the age of 20, he had a rap sheet, a drug habit and serious thoughts of suicide.
"After having gone to two rehabs, been in jail, kicked out of a foreign country, I was at my crisis in life. ... I picked up a book that my parents had on their bookshelf about the Virgin Mary," Calloway said.

He devoured it, fascinated particularly by the story of villagers in Medjugorje, Bosnia, who said they saw Mary in all her supernatural beauty. About 200,000 people flooded the tiny town last week to mark the 30th anniversary of Mary's first reported appearance.  CONTINUE READING HERE

Monday, July 4, 2011

Apparition to Mirjana on July 2, 2011 at Medjugorje



Our Lady's Message to Mirjana

“Dear children, today I call you to a difficult and painful step for your unity with my Son. I call you to complete admission and confession of sins, to purification. An impure heart cannot be in my Son and with my Son. An impure heart cannot give the fruit of love and unity. An impure heart cannot do correct and just things; it is not an example of the beauty of God’s love to those who surround it and to those who have not come to know that love. You, my children, are gathering around me full of enthusiasm, desire and expectations, and I implore the Good Father to, through the Holy Spirit, put my Son – faith, into your purified hearts. My children, obey me, set out with me.”

As the Virgin Mary was leaving, to her left she showed darkness and to her right a Cross in golden light, believed by Mirjana to show the difference between a clean and an unclean heart.



One Hundred Fifty Reasons I'm Catholic by Dave Armstrong

One Hundred Fifty Reasons I'm Catholic And You Should Be Too! by Dave Armstrong


1. Best One-Sentence Summary: I am convinced that the Catholic Church conforms much more closely to all of the biblical data, offers the only coherent view of the history of Christianity (i.e., Christian, apostolic Tradition), and possesses the most profound and sublime Christian morality, spirituality, social ethic, and philosophy.

2. Alternate: I am a Catholic because I sincerely believe, by virtue of much cumulative evidence, that Catholicism is true, and that the Catholic Church is the visible Church divinely-established by our Lord Jesus, against which the gates of hell cannot and will not prevail (Mt 16:18), thereby possessing an authority to which I feel bound in Christian duty to submit.

3. 2nd Alternate: I left Protestantism because it was seriously deficient in its interpretation of the Bible (e.g., "faith alone" and many other "Catholic" doctrines - see evidences below), inconsistently selective in its espousal of various Catholic Traditions (e.g., the Canon of the Bible), inadequate in its ecclesiology, lacking a sensible view of Christian history (e.g., "Scripture alone"), compromised morally (e.g., contraception, divorce), and unbiblically schismatic, anarchical, and relativistic. I don't therefore believe that Protestantism is all bad (not by a long shot), but these are some of the major deficiencies I eventually saw as fatal to the "theory" of Protestantism, over against Catholicism. All Catholics must regard baptized, Nicene, Chalcedonian Protestants as Christians.

4. Catholicism isn't formally divided and sectarian (Jn 17:20-23; Rom 16:17; 1 Cor 1:10-13).
CONTINUE READING HERE

Dublin: All-Ireland Rally for Life July 2, 2011


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Video Trailer: Our Lady of Kibeho, Rwanda Apparitions warned of impending disaster

On November 28, 1981, the Virgin Mary began appearing in the tiny village of Kibeho, Rwanda. Among Our Lady's many messages was a chilling prophecy, a stark warning which sadly came true in the nineties when the Rwandan people suffered a horrible genocide during which a million people were killed...

A miraculous apparition. A chilling prophecy. God sent a messenger to warn Rwanda about an impending atrocity, but few heeded the warning. The genocide that ensued was one of the most horrific events of the last century.

Immaculee Ilibagiza knows the story all too well. Her entire family was killed during the genocide, and she survived by hiding in a bathroom with eight other women for three months. Her faith, inspired in part by the apparitions of Kibeho, was all that kept her alive.

Join Immaculee as she returns to Rwanda with filmmaker Sean Bloomfield, uncovering the secrets of Kibeho while reconciling with her painful past. Buried beneath the bones of a million victims, a story of hope and love emerges, and Immaculee discovers that the message of Kibeho is not just for Rwanda, but for the entire world.

Visit http://www.kibeho.net

Recorded in High-Definition. Filmed on-location in Rwanda. Running Time: 1 Hour

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Video: "Why Medjugorje" is a new film by Croation director Josip Loncar

"Why Medjugorje" is a new film by Croation director Josip Loncar. It documents his own personal experience when he visited Medjugorje for the first time in 1987. This film very much captures the Spirit of Medugorje from a pilgrim's perspective. As an added bonus narration is by renowned scripture scholar Tony Hickey. After watching this film, you will have many good reasons why you should consider visiting Medjugorje.