Soleimani in Baghdad confers with Shiite proxies on strikes against US forces in Iraq, also Israel......
September 19, 2019
Al Qods chief Qassem Soleimani [pictured above] arrived in Baghdad on Monday, September 16, two days after Iran’s cruise-missile drone attack on Saudi oil, reliable military and intelligence sources report.
Accompanied by his operational staff, the IRGC general was quickly closeted with three heads of pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite militias and former Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Our sources reveal their two subjects of discussion:
1. The Iraqi militias’ response in the event of a US and/or Saudi assault on Iran in retaliation for its attacks on major Saudi oil facilities on Saturday.
2. The military action the Iraqi militias would take against Israel as payback for its constant air and missile strikes against Iran’s bases in Syria and Iraq.
Our sources name the militia leaders in talks with Soleimani as Hadi al-Amiri, former chief of the Badr Brigades, Falah al-Fayyad, supreme commander of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) and his deputy Abu Mahdi Muhandis.
Al Maliki, a highly influential figure in Iraq’s Shiite south, warned Israel in late August that of “a strong response” if it continued to attack Iranian targets.
Soleimani’s consultations in Baghdad continue at present. They run parallel to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s talks in Jeddah with Saudi royal leaders on how to respond to the crippling attacks on their oil infrastructure.
Trump Wednesday ordered a substantial increase of sanctions on Iran for its crippling attack on Saudi facilities. In the face of Iranian denials., the Saudi military announced compelling evidence of Iran’s involvement.
Israeli Election Results; Central committee figures after 90.4% tally:
Netanyahu cancels trip to New York over government deadlock..
September 19 2019
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cancelled his trip to New York to attend the UN Assembly and meet President Donald Trump on the sidelines, after Israel’s national election ended in deadlock between his Likud and Benny Gantz’s Kachol-Lavan.
The results were too close to call, leaving both unable to gather a majority bloc to form a government. Tricky coalition negotiations lie ahead in the coming weeks.
Kachol Lavan 25.66pc – 32 seats.
Likud 25.03pc – 31 seats.
Joint (Arab) List 10.71pc – 13 seats
Shas 7.56pc – 9 seats
United Torah 6.25pc – 8 seats
Yisrael Beitenu 7.11pc – 9 seats
Yemina 5.73pc – 7 seats
Labor-Gesher 4.81pc – 6 seats
Democratic Union 4.30pc – 5 seats
Putin to visit Israel in January
September 19, 2019
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will pay a visit to Israel in January next year to inaugurate a memorial in Jerusalem to War World Two victims.
He made the announcement on Tuesday on Israel’s election day. Putin also told a meeting with a Jewish charity fund that Russia pays “high attention” to developing mutually beneficial relations with Israel.
The US identifies source locations of Iran attack on Saudi oil.......
September 19, 2019
CBS reports that the US has identified the exact locations from which more than 20 drones and cruise missiles were launched against Saudi oil facilities on Saturday.
The locations are in southern Iran at the northern end of the Persian Gulf.
Baptist Church Makes History, Calls Transgender Pastor..
19 September 2019
An Ohio Baptist church this northern summer called a transgender pastor to lead its church, making it one of the few Baptist congregations in the United States to be led by a minister who has a gender identity different from their birth sex.
Peace Community Church called Erica Saunders, a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and then held an official welcoming service this month for Saunders, according to Baptist News Global.
The congregation was founded as First Baptist Church of Oberlin in July 1866 and is affiliated with the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, the Alliance of Baptists and the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region.
The pastoral search committee reviewed 16 candidates and narrowed it down to two, Baptist News Global reported.
“Both candidates were very strong candidates, but Erica stood out as a candidate with unique strengths,” the search team said in a letter. “Bright, compassionate, faith-filled and spirit-led with a loving presence, she showed as much interest in each of us as we did in her. At the end of our time together on Sunday, when we formed a circle and said a departing prayer, I think we felt and she felt a sense of calling to our church.”
The letter said Saunders is “one of the first openly trans women ordained in Baptist life.” Saunders’ passions, the letter said, include “preaching, the study of Christian origins [and] LGBTQ education and advocacy.”
The congregation changed its name to Peace Community Church in 2000 – a name it says “reflects the evolving nature of the church, and better communicates the church’s mission,” according to its website.
That mission, it says, is to “reflect a vision for the church that understands work for peace and justice, and the commitment to build a community that welcomes, nurtures, challenges, and encourages all – as integral to following Jesus.”
Pope Francis is inviting world leaders and young people to come together at the Vatican on May 14, 2020, for a an event called “Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance.”
In his own words, Pope Francis is now working create a 'global alliance' that will 'foster humanism', and he wants to hold the kick-off meeting on the 72nd anniversary of the regathering of Israel, in a reptile-shaped building in the Vatican.
It boggles my mind to consider that anyone at this point could consider Pope Francis to be a man of God in ministry as Paul outlines in the New Testament.
Leaving aside for the moment that the Roman Catholic Church is nothing but counterfeit Christianity, Francis is showing his true self more and more these days.
Quoting African proverbs favoured by Hillary Clinton, working towards globalism, looking to 'nurture humanism', there is nothing biblical or Christian about the man.
Pope Francis To Launch Global Educational Pact Next Year
FROM CRUX NOW: “Never before has there been such need to unite our efforts in a broad educational alliance, to form mature individuals capable of overcoming division and antagonism, and to restore the fabric of relationships for the sake of a more fraternal humanity,” Francis wrote in the message announcing the initiative, released by the Vatican’s press office on Thursday.
According to Pope Francis, education today clashes with a process of “rapidification” that traps human existence in a “whirlwind of high-speed technology and computerization, continually altering our points of reference.” As a result, human identity loses “its solidity,” he wrote.
According to an African proverb, Francis wrote, “it takes a whole village to educate a child.” When it comes to education, that village still needs to be created, beginning by clearing the ground of “discrimination,” and fraternity “must be allowed to flourish.” According to the pope, this not only includes teachers, students and their families, but wider civil society, including science, sports, politics, and charitable organizations.
“An alliance, in other words, between the earth’s inhabitants and our ‘common home’, which we are bound to care for and respect,” Francis wrote. “An alliance that generates peace, justice and hospitality among all peoples of the human family, as well as dialogue between religions.”
In addition to the May 14 meeting in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall, Francis said that a number of seminars on related topics will take place in other locations to prepare for the event.
“I invite everyone to work for this alliance and to be committed, individually and within our communities, to nurturing the dream of a humanism rooted in solidarity and responsive both to humanity’s aspirations and to God’s plan,” Francis wrote.
According to a statement from the Congregation for Catholic Education, the initiative is a response to a request that came during several meetings Francis had with different personalities of “various cultures and religious affiliations.”
The statement said the fifth anniversary of the environmental encyclical 'Laudato Si’ was an “ideal platform” to launch the event.
“The most significant personalities in the world are invited to take part in the proposed initiative, political, cultural and religious, and in particular the young people to whom the future belongs,” the Vatican statement says. “The goal is to arouse an awareness and a wave of responsibility for the common good of humanity, starting from the young and reaching all people of good will.”
The statement from the Congregation also said that the new educational pact will aim to heal three “fractures” affecting the world:
· The first is that which separates reality from transcendence. According to the Vatican, children should be introduced to “total reality,” including openness to the transcendent, healing a “vertical rift between man and the Absolute.”
· The second fracture the pact should heal is “horizontal,” between generations, cultures, and within the family, with people who bring different cultural visions and religions, and with those who face financial, social and moral difficulties.
· The third fracture is that between humanity and the environment, with an urgent need to “create the conditions for ‘ecological citizenship’ that educates in “responsible austerity, grateful contemplation of the world, and care for the fragility of the poor and the environment.”