GateHouse briefs for Faith & Values for Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013


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Posted Online: Jan. 05, 2013, 6:10 am
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Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com
Pope willing to fight same-sex marriage


The Pope has signalled he is ready to form alliances with world leaders of other faiths to oppose gay marriage, according to Reuters. The announcement was made during the annual Christmas address and is believed to be a response to several recent laws passed or proposed in the United States and Europe legalizing same-sex marriage and protecting the rights of same-sex couples.
He also showed his support for a study claiming same-sex marriage would negatively impact children and society, done by France's chief rabbi, Gilles Bernheim.
The Pope, who is the religious leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, has denounced same-sex marriage on several occasions, saying, "There is no denying the crisis that threatens it (the family) to its foundations -- especially in the Western world."
Franco Grillini, a leader in the gay community of Italy, said the Pope's statement was "great foolishness" and pointed out, "Where gay marriage has been approved, there has been no consequence on heterosexual marriage."



Survey Says
Gallup has found that Mississippi is the most religious state in America, with 59 percent of residents saying religion is an important part of their daily life and they attend church service once per week or almost every week. Only seven other states had more than half their population fall into this "very religious" category. They are (in descending order) Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennesee and North Carolina.



Good Book?
"Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action"
Being unstoppable is about believing and achieving. It's about having faith in yourself, your talents and your purpose and, most of all, in God's great love and His divine plan for your life.
Millions around the world recognize the smiling face and inspirational message of Nick Vujicic. Despite being born without arms or legs, Nick's challenges have not kept him from enjoying great adventures, a fulfilling and meaningful career and loving relationships. Nick has overcome trials and hardships by focusing on the promises that he was created for a unique and specific purpose, that his life has value and is a gift to others and that no matter the despair and hard times in life, God always is present. Nick credits his success in life to the power that is unleashed when faith takes action.
Through stories from his own life and the experiences of many others, Nick explains how anyone wanting a "ridiculously good life" can respond to these issues and more to become unstoppable.
-- Amazon.com



Quote of the Week
"You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself." -- Swami Vivekananda


The Word
Wicca: There are many forms of Wicca, but most share a worship of the divine feminine, or Goddess, and a reverence for nature and its cycles. It traditionally is believed to be based on the symbols, celebrations, beliefs and deities of ancient Celtic peoples. Many scholars consider it the largest segment of neo-paganism, saying it can be traced back to Gardnerian Witchcraft, founded in the United Kingdom during the late 1940s.
-- Religionstyles.com



Religion Around World
The religious makeup of India, according to CIA World Factbook:
80.5 percent: Hindu
13.4 percent: Muslim
2.3 percent: Christian
1.9 percent: Sikh
1.8 percent: Other
0.1 percent: Unspecified



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  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

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1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
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