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Can Christians practice Yoga

Is Yoga Beyond Religion?

November 6, 2012

Even as the debate rages on… a reader, Alexander says according to classical Yoga, the driving force in Yoga is the Kundalini. It is claimed that the Kundalini is coiled at the end of your backbone and through Yoga it can unfold. He points out it could be the serpent of 2 Cor. 11:3 and forwards the following article, being published without comment.
The following article is written by Yogi Baba Prem, who is a Hindu Yogi, a Vedavisharada trained in the traditional gurukural system. We hope that Thomas Nelson, who publishes Yoga for Christians, American Family Association, who sells Holy Yoga, and emerging leader, Doug Pagitt, who offers it at his church, will all read this article by Yogi Baba Prem.
There is no Christian Yoga
by Yogi Baba Prem, Vedavisharada, CYI, C.ay, C.va

Why did the Pope announce the new cardinals now?

Why did the Pope announce the new cardinals now?

 

Ill health? Need for geographical diversity? Vatileaks? Clearing the path for a successor? The Pope's surprise announcement has sent speculation flying.
Posted on October 25, 2012, 2:38 PM

‘Shudra The Rising’

‘Shudra The Rising’

 

Uttar Pradesh, October 13, 2012:
Slated to be released on October 19, Shudra The Rising is gathering huge controversy prior to its release.
Pro Hindutva organizations, VHP and its youth outfit Bajrang Dal have announced that they would not let the film release in Uttar Pradesh. The organizations have demanded both from the State Government and the Censor Board that the release of ‘Shudra The Rising’ should be stopped with immediate effect.
‘Shudra The Rising’, a film directed and produced by Sanjiv Jaisawal has become the latest target of Hindutva organizations who say that the sole purpose of the film is to divide the Hindu Society on caste lines. Speaking to reporters in the state capital, the state coordinator of Bajrang Dal, Rakesh Verma said that the film aims to divide the Hindu society on caste lines.

UDUPI DIOCESE

Udupi diocese opening set for October 15

 

With this, the number of dioceses in the country will rise to 166.

Mangalore:  More than 15,000 people are expected to take part in the opening of Karnataka’s the 14th diocese on Oct. 15.

With this, the number of dioceses in the country will rise to 166.

The new diocese comprises 48 parishes from Karkala, Shirva, Udupi, Kallianpur and Kundapur deaneries.

The Church of Our Lady of Miracles will be the cathedral church of the new diocese.

Earlier, Udupi was under the Mangalore diocese, which comprised the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasargod.

RIGHT OVER CHURCH PROPERTY

Laity has right over church property: court

October 12, 2012


 The Kerala High Court has ruled that the laity has right over church property.
Parishioners, independently or together as a committee of administrators, are competent to represent the parish and claim rights over the property of the church, Justice K. Vinod Chandran gave the ruling yesterday.
The court passed the ruling while hearing a case over property rights between parishioners and church authorities of ‘Mukkad Thirukudumba’ Church in Sakthikulangara, Kollam in Kerala.
As per Canon Law, church property is vested in the hands of the bishop or the vicar and clearly mandates consent from either the bishop or the vicar for initiating a litigation.The court said that the competence of the parishioners cannot be doubted even going by the Canon Law; less so by the law applicable to this land.

Pope Benedict

Vatileaks

Vatileaks trial left many more questions than answers
Concluded with remarkable haste, the trial of Paolo Gabriele left several important areas unexplored.
Posted on October 8, 2012, 3:19 PM Source: UCANEWS
Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI opened a crucial meeting of bishops from around the world on Sunday, just 24 hours after his butler was given an 18 month prison sentence for stealing confidential papers from the Vatican.
Many Vatican observers said it was no coincidence that the trial of Paolo Gabriele, one of the biggest scandals to hit the Holy See for years, was brought to a neat conclusion the day before the start of the three week long synod. Senior Vatican figures were anxious that the trial, which consisted of just four hearings lasting less than 10 hours, be dealt with quickly so that the Pope can concentrate on the synod and the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, which reformed key aspects of the Roman Catholic Church.
But the many lingering questions over the murky affair could yet tarnish the conference, in which Catholic leaders will discuss how to “re-evangelise” the West in the face of secularism and a sharp decline in church attendance.

The return of women’s veils at Mass

The return of women’s veils at Mass sparks a debate
The mantilla seems to be making a comeback
Posted on October 8, 2012 United States:
If traditionalist Catholic blogs are to be believed, veil wearing in church is making a comeback.
The biggest supporters? Young women, who see it as a countercultural sign of their devotion to the church.
A recent Facebook photo of a young woman, hands folded in prayer and head topped by a lace veil, garnered dozens of “likes” and comments gushing about how it’s an “amazing way to express our faith” and “honor the Blessed Mother,” as well as an antidote to “immodest dressing.”
Other websites supporting a return to head covering for women note that it’s a privilege, not a sign of submission, since the only other “covered” things at Mass are clergy, the tabernacle and the chalice. That’s a stretch.
Most supporters cite 1 Corinthians 11:5-6, which says that “any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head … she should wear a veil.” It’s not surprising that traditional Catholics who prefer their nuns in habits and priests in cassocks would want to get in on the dress-up fun. And I understand the power of a nonverbal message sent through clothing.

A TRIUMPH FOR FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN INDIA

Victory for Religious Freedom in Challenge to Indian “Anti-Conversion” Law

August 30, 2012

The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) took its case against the Himachal Pradesh Religion Act 2006 to the state’s high court, which ruled on 30 August that some provisions of the law were unconstitutional.

The court removed a section that required a person intending to convert from one religion to another to give 30 days’ notice to the district magistrate. Failure to do this was punishable with a fine.

Two rules regarding the implementation of the act were also struck down. One required the district magistrate to give notice of the conversion request to any affected party before granting approval, and the other required a police case to be registered if the conversion was thought to have taken place using force or inducement or without notice.

The EFI challenged the law because of the ways in which it was being used, especially by Hindu extremists, to stop people from converting to Christianity.

Those wanting to convert were listed in a public registry, which was checked by Hindu extremists, who then tracked down, persecuted, and even murdered new Christians. People wanting to become Hindus did not, however, need to give public notice.

LEMON -Use the Whole of it

God gives & forgives .... Man gets & forgets ....

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple..place the lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator.Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods.

Sprinkle it to your whisky, wine, vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes. All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore. Now that you've learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.

ADVANTAGES OF LEMON:

It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier and longer!

Lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that's what you've been wasting. But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier.It's also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body.

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