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“I Am Therefore I Post” from FacebookApostles.org

The Naked Emperor Page on Facebook is another project from the same Administrators or Facebook Apostles.  The Naked Emperor is solely dedicated to Politics with a Conservative bent.  Come take a look, and like The Naked Emperor on Facebook, “Where Political Hypocrisy Goes to Die!”
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FRIDAY NEWS FLASH: 9-26-14 5:00 P.M. Complete Video Release “BRING ME TO LIFE: The New Holy War” from FacebookApostles.org

FRIDAY NEWS FLASH: 9-26-14 5:00 P.M. Complete Video Release

I dare not wait a second longer to release FacebookApostles.org new music video, “BRING ME TO LIFE: The New Holy War.” The beheading in the U.S. today by a Muslim tells the story; Jihad has come to the shores of America and around the Globe.

Take your respective positions regarding military actions; this is not my concern! FBA’s timely new video announces the New Holy War, one which requires the Spiritual Response of all Christians and Jews.

My Brother and Sister Facebook Apostles. Now is the time to defend your Faith and become activists in the called-for Digital Crusades.

Our current day Spiritual War of Good vs. Evil requires your Spiritual Dedications.

See how in this hope-to-go-viral new YouTube Video.

nic haros,
Admin, FBA

PLEASE PRAY FREQUENTLY FOR THE SAFTEY OF OUR HOLY FATHER by Nic Haros, FBA, Administrator

Pope Frances ISISPLEASE PRAY FREQUENTLY FOR THE SAFTEY OF OUR HOLY FATHER

Just days before his scheduled visit to the Muslim-majority nation of Albania, Pope Francis is told he may be in the crosshairs of assassins from the Islamic State. Iraq’s ambassador to the Vatican warns of “credible threats” against the life of the 77-year-old pontiff.

Sadly, His Holiness is as obvious a target of ISIS Ideology as much as the World Trade Center and Pentagon have been.

nic haros,
Admin, FacebookApostles.org

Radical Islam and the Editorial Position of FacebookApostles.org

tumblr_mkxb3u9nxZ1ra3dz7o1_1280Radical Islam and the Editorial Policy of Facebook Apostles

by nic haros

SUNDAY NIGHT EDITORIAL:  September 14, 2014
Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Facebook Apostles:

I am steadfastly committed to sharing with you, all news dealing with the current realities of Radical Islamist-based terrorism. I use news content provided by only legitimate and vetted professional news organizations. Lately, I am getting some nasty personal messages claiming I am anti-muslim. Further a few see no place for these posts on a Catholic Social Media Network. There have been a few voices who sound downright treating. I will refer each and any instances of hate mail and threats as they do violate Facebook Terms of Service standards of good community behavior.

First, wake up America. There is a resurgent and eternal Holy War taking place between Good and Evil in the World. The entire world, (and particularly the Catholic, Christian, and Jewish faiths with one God who is loving, merciful, and forgiving) are very much invested in victory or defeat. I maintain and always will believe that current and future developments in World Jihad are most appropriate for this Catholic Facebook Page.

Second, I am not a racist or anti-muslim! I am, however at great odds with those factions who are extremists to the point of beheading followers of Christ, for their Faith if not willing to renounce their religion. Further, and even if global jihadists are muslim OR white Americans, Brits, or any other nationality, I will still resist this demonic ideology. So much for the unfair charge of racism.That having been said, it is also true that while all Muslims are not terrorists, all terrorists have been Muslim. Those who level this guttural, conversation-stopper put-downs can be compared, I believe to any other “demographic or ethnic” resorting to a “race card” to shut down intelligent debate.

Third, as suggested by your comments, many. (too many) comment that if it were not for FBA, they would not know any of the from the mainstream media. As such, I believe I am providing a needed voice through this platform.

Finally, I am an American Baptized and Confirmed Catholic. I would be betraying my Sacramental vow and commitment to spread the Gospel Message, correct errors, and have the courage of my personal convictions to defend Our Lord, His Mother, and His Holy Catholic Church.

I will not be scared into silence by some; I will not be shutdown by political correctness, and I will continue this position along with are many other daily inspirational content. One or two private messages I received said if I won’t stay quiet, they will “unlike” FBA. I say, “OK.” I believe in Democracy and all are free to make their own choices.

I always regret the loss of a fan and always hope to change minds and hearts. If you are not interested in this message of a Forgiving Loving God, and not a God of Revenge and Death, well…. I will pray for you.

nic

Admin, FBA

MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCISFOR THE 48TH WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS
FOR THE 48TH WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

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Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter

[Sunday, 1 June 2014]
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today we are living in a world which is growing ever “smaller” and where, as a result, it would seem to be easier for all of us to be neighbours. Developments in travel and communications technology are bringing us closer together and making us more connected, even as globalization makes us increasingly interdependent. Nonetheless, divisions, which are sometimes quite deep, continue to exist within our human family. On the global level we see a scandalous gap between the opulence of the wealthy and the utter destitution of the poor. Often we need only walk the streets of a city to see the contrast between people living on the street and the brilliant lights of the store windows. We have become so accustomed to these things that they no longer unsettle us. Our world suffers from many forms of exclusion, marginalization and poverty, to say nothing of conflicts born of a combination of economic, political, ideological, and, sadly, even religious motives.
In a world like this, media can help us to feel closer to one another, creating a sense of the unity of the human family which can in turn inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all. Good communication helps us to grow closer, to know one another better, and ultimately, to grow in unity. The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another. We need to resolve our differences through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect. A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive. Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances. The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.
This is not to say that certain problems do not exist. The speed with which information is communicated exceeds our capacity for reflection and judgement, and this does not make for more balanced and proper forms of self-expression. The variety of opinions being aired can be seen as helpful, but it also enables people to barricade themselves behind sources of information which only confirm their own wishes and ideas, or political and economic interests. The world of communications can help us either to expand our knowledge or to lose our bearings. The desire for digital connectivity can have the effect of isolating us from our neighbours, from those closest to us. We should not overlook the fact that those who for whatever reason lack access to social media run the risk of being left behind.
While these drawbacks are real, they do not justify rejecting social media; rather, they remind us that communication is ultimately a human rather than technological achievement. What is it, then, that helps us, in the digital environment, to grow in humanity and mutual understanding? We need, for example, to recover a certain sense of deliberateness and calm. This calls for time and the ability to be silent and to listen. We need also to be patient if we want to understand those who are different from us. People only express themselves fully when they are not merely tolerated, but know that they are truly accepted. If we are genuinely attentive in listening to others, we will learn to look at the world with different eyes and come to appreciate the richness of human experience as manifested in different cultures and traditions. We will also learn to appreciate more fully the important values inspired by Christianity, such as the vision of the human person, the nature of marriage and the family, the proper distinction between the religious and political spheres, the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity, and many others.
How, then, can communication be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter? What does it mean for us, as disciples of the Lord, to encounter others in the light of the Gospel? In spite of our own limitations and sinfulness, how do we draw truly close to one another? These questions are summed up in what a scribe – a communicator – once asked Jesus: “And who is my neighbour?” (Lk 10:29). This question can help us to see communication in terms of “neighbourliness”. We might paraphrase the question in this way: How can we be “neighbourly” in our use of the communications media and in the new environment created by digital technology? I find an answer in the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is also a parable about communication. Those who communicate, in effect, become neighbours. The Good Samaritan not only draws nearer to the man he finds half dead on the side of the road; he takes responsibility for him. Jesus shifts our understanding: it is not just about seeing the other as someone like myself, but of the ability to make myself like the other. Communication is really about realizing that we are all human beings, children of God. I like seeing this power of communication as “neighbourliness”.
Whenever communication is primarily aimed at promoting consumption or manipulating others, we are dealing with a form of violent aggression like that suffered by the man in the parable, who was beaten by robbers and left abandoned on the road. The Levite and the priest do not regard him as a neighbour, but as a stranger to be kept at a distance. In those days, it was rules of ritual purity which conditioned their response. Nowadays there is a danger that certain media so condition our responses that we fail to see our real neighbour.
It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highways, simply “connected”; connections need to grow into true encounters. We cannot live apart, closed in on ourselves. We need to love and to be loved. We need tenderness. Media strategies do not ensure beauty, goodness and truth in communication. The world of media also has to be concerned with humanity, it too is called to show tenderness. The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people. The impartiality of media is merely an appearance; only those who go out of themselves in their communication can become a true point of reference for others. Personal engagement is the basis of the trustworthiness of a communicator. Christian witness, thanks to the internet, can thereby reach the peripheries of human existence.
As I have frequently observed, if a choice has to be made between a bruised Church which goes out to the streets and a Church suffering from self-absorption, I certainly prefer the first. Those “streets” are the world where people live and where they can be reached, both effectively and affectively. The digital highway is one of them, a street teeming with people who are often hurting, men and women looking for salvation or hope. By means of the internet, the Christian message can reach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Keeping the doors of our churches open also means keeping them open in the digital environment so that people, whatever their situation in life, can enter, and so that the Gospel can go out to reach everyone. We are called to show that the Church is the home of all. Are we capable of communicating the image of such a Church? Communication is a means of expressing the missionary vocation of the entire Church; today the social networks are one way to experience this call to discover the beauty of faith, the beauty of encountering Christ. In the area of communications too, we need a Church capable of bringing warmth and of stirring hearts.
Effective Christian witness is not about bombarding people with religious messages, but about our willingness to be available to others “by patiently and respectfully engaging their questions and their doubts as they advance in their search for the truth and the meaning of human existence” (BENEDICT XVI, Message for the 47th World Communications Day, 2013). We need but recall the story of the disciples on the way to Emmaus. We have to be able to dialogue with the men and women of today, to understand their expectations, doubts and hopes, and to bring them the Gospel, Jesus Christ himself, God incarnate, who died and rose to free us from sin and death. We are challenged to be people of depth, attentive to what is happening around us and spiritually alert. To dialogue means to believe that the “other” has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective. Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.
May the image of the Good Samaritan who tended to the wounds of the injured man by pouring oil and wine over them be our inspiration. Let our communication be a balm which relieves pain and a fine wine which gladdens hearts. May the light we bring to others not be the result of cosmetics or special effects, but rather of our being loving and merciful “neighbours” to those wounded and left on the side of the road. Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world. The Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ. She needs to be a Church at the side of others, capable of accompanying everyone along the way. The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge; may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God.
From the Vatican, 24 January 2014, the Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales.
FRANCIS

 

On World Communication Day: Is the Internet a Gift from God? by Dr. Eugene Gan

On World Communications Day: Is the Internet a Gift from God?

Posted on 05/30/2014 by Dr. Eugene Gan

Pope_Francis_Sunday June 1, 2014 is the 48th World Communications Day in the Universal Church. Pope Francis’ message on this year’s theme, “Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter,” can be found in full here.

Pope_Francis_Holy Internet Batman! Gift from God? I thought they said Al Gore invented the Internet!
Pope Francis released a 2014 World Communications Day message saying that the Internet is “something truly good, a gift from God.” Are we looking at a media-savvy Pope? Or is this a variation of a “can’t beat ‘em so join ‘em” kind of resignation? Maybe even a new marketing angle for the Catholic Church to attract the young and tech-savvy?

I dug deeper. World Communications Day was the only official day of celebration proclaimed during a world-wide gathering of bishops and cardinals in Rome in 1963. The first World Communications Day message was released on January 24, 1967. January 24 was picked because it is the day the Catholic Church celebrates another festival: that of Saint Francis de Sales, who is acknowledged by Catholics as the patron of writers and journalists, and so a patron of the communications media. (And here we thought January 24 was significant because it was the day Apple Computers launched their first Macintosh personal computer. But that was January 24, 1984, many centuries later.)

Then there’s the question of origin regarding the “gift from God” phrase. Digging deeper still, you can find this phrase repeated multiple times throughout the Catholic Church’s more than 78 years’ worth of media documents and communiques, all conveniently Google-able online and searchable at http://www.vatican.va. You’ll find this phrase about media as “gifts from God” implicitly and explicitly expressed in all the Catholic Church’s official documents about the media, from the first document released in 1936 to today. We have to pause for a moment to consider the scene in 1936, since I bet many of you reading this aren’t old enough to remember what it was like back then. In 1936, most folks didn’t know what a television set was, let alone own one. 1936 was before Orson Welles’ broadcast of his landmark, media-shaking War of the Worlds drama that scared folks silly. And it was during a time in our history when the media was viewed suspiciously as a tool for propaganda. Despite all this, the Catholic Church held out that media is a “gift from God”.

There’s an elegant simplicity to the Pope’s 2014 message too: as much as the media connects so many of us, the media can’t magically unite us in solidarity. That’s a human task, not a technological one. Pope Francis writes: “Often we need only walk the streets of a city to see the contrast between people living on the street and the brilliant lights of the store windows. We have become so accustomed to these things that they no longer unsettle us.” Maybe it’s the visual contrast he uses or maybe it’s simply his own personal, lived experience expressed in so many words, but something about this statement is disturbingly familiar..

If we can choose to ignore the people around us, how much easier it becomes to ignore the human person behind the login name or behind the online avatar. Or the irony of how all this connectivity with people far off can cut us off from people close by.

“The speed with which information is communicated exceeds our capacity for reflection and judgment, and this does not make for more balanced and proper forms of self-expression.” Even this sentiment hits too close to home. It’s too easy to let the time slip by when we’re online. Whether at work or at play, we know we ought “to recover a certain sense of deliberateness and calm. This calls for time and the ability to be silent and to listen.” Listen to others, and listen to ourselves, sometimes to just be, for our own sanity if nothing else.

Again, the same positive message about media from the Catholic Church: “The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people…. As I have frequently observed, if a choice has to be made between a bruised Church which goes out to the streets and a Church suffering from self-absorption, I certainly prefer the first.” It’s not about “bombarding people with religious messages” he says, but about “patiently and respectfully” being a true friend to both that person we meet online and to Jesus Christ.

Dr. Eugene Gan is faculty associate of the Veritas Center, Professor of Interactive Media, Communications, and Fine Art at Franciscan University of Steubenville in the United States, and author of Infinite Bandwidth: Encountering Christ in the Media (available in paperback and e-book).

– See more at: http://www.cufblog.org/on-world-communications-day-a-gift-from-god/#sthash.kO4a8yUL.dpuf

“The Lord’s Prayer” World Debut of New FBA Easter Music Video

The Lord’s Prayer – Palm Sunday 2014

Music by Rick Wakeman & Choir

Produced by FacebookApostles.org
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FacebookApostles.org is proud to present our 2014 Easter Music Video, “The Lord’s Prayer.”  Musical composition, and performance by Rick Wakeman with Child Choir.  Text taken from St. Luke, from the Navarre Bible.
Happy Easter,

nic haros,

Director, FacebookApostles.org
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