A lot of people seem to have forgotten that we were literally on the brink
of war with Iran earlier this year. Back in June, President Trump
cancelled a major U.S. bombing mission against Iran at the last minute, and things
seemed to settle down quite a bit since that time. But now tensions are
rising once again. On Sunday, U.S. airstrikes targeted Iranian-backed
militias in Iraq and Syria that U.S. officials believe have been behind recent
rocket attacks against U.S. forces. Of course those Iranian-backed forces
never would have launched such attacks in the first place if they did not have
permission from Tehran itself. The Iranians love to hide behind proxies,
and for now the U.S. is only conducting airstrikes against those proxies.
But at some point President Trump’s patience is likely to run out, and at that
point we could start hitting Iran itself. Over the past six months, the
U.S. has sent 14,000 more troops to the Middle
East, and it is being reported that “the
Pentagon is considering deploying additional forces to the region”.
The drumbeats of war are starting to get louder again, and many believe that
eventually one side is likely to push the other side a bit too far.
The attacks that we just witnessed were supposed to send a very strong message
to Tehran. According to the Daily Mail, five separate
targets were hit, and at least 19 people were killed…
US air strikes left 19 people dead in Iraq and Syria on Sunday in
retaliation against an Iranian-backed militia group blamed for a rocket attack
two days earlier that killed an American contractor.
F-15 Strike Eagles hit five targets associated with Kataib Hezbollah, the
Iranian-sponsored Shiite militia group, said Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
These airstrikes were launched to directly retaliate for the casualties that
U.S. forces suffered from a rocket attack on one of their bases in Iraq on Friday…
Officials with the U.S.-led mission to defeat ISIS said Friday that a U.S.
civilian contractor was killed and several American troops were wounded in a
rocket attack targeting an Iraqi base in Kirkuk.
The attack, which occurred Friday around 7:20 p.m. local time in Iraq, also
wounded several Iraqi personnel, officials with Operation Inherent Resolve told
Military Times in an emailed statement.
U.S. officials believe Iranian-backed militias are behind a recent spate of
rocket attacks that have targeted U.S. bases and interests in Iraq over the
last couple months.
A U.S. official told Military Times that Iran-backed militias are now using
more lethal and longer range 122 mm rockets in their attacks.
Friday’s attack on Kirkuk is at least the eleventh rocket attack targeting
an outpost housing American forces in the last two months.
I am certainly not a fan of military conflict, but if I am sitting in the
White House and someone keeps lobbing rockets at my troops I wouldn’t wait two
months to hit them back.
So why did President Trump wait so long?
As I noted earlier, these Iranian-backed militias wouldn’t be doing anything
without approval from Tehran. If Trump really wants these rocket attacks
to stop, Iranian leaders need to be sent a message that will be clear and
And it appears that U.S. officials may be starting to lean in that
direction. In fact, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told the press on
Sunday that more military action “could be warranted”…
Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and General Mark Milley, chairman of
the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared briefly in a club ballroom to comment
on the airstrikes.
Esper termed the offensive “successful,” but said that Trump was informed
that a further military response could be warranted.
Personally, I don’t know what the Iranians are thinking.
Perhaps they believe that if they use their proxies to make things
uncomfortable enough for U.S. forces that Trump will eventually pull them out
of the region.
But if that is what they are really thinking, they have badly miscalculated.
This weekend, China, Iran, and Russia began their first-ever joint naval
drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. The training exercises were
announced by China’s defense ministry on Thursday, as all three nations
continue to have strained relations with the United States and its allies.
The Russians have developed a very strong military presence in the Middle
East in recent years, and Russia and China have both warned about what a war
between the U.S. and Iran would mean for the entire region.
A major war in the Middle East would have very serious implications for the
entire globe, and it would risk sparking a much wider conflict.
Right now our relations with Russia are already the worst that they have
been since the end of the Cold War, and they just continue to deteriorate.
Most Americans don’t spend too much time thinking about a potential war with
Russia, but over in Russia there is lots of talk about a possible military
confrontation. In fact, Russia’s top general recently warned that the western
powers are preparing for a “large-scale military
Russia’s top general has warned a big war is coming in a chilling prediction
amid ongoing tensions with NATO.
Valery Gerasimov, the chief Vladimir Putin’s general staff, has said he
believes the West are preparing for a “large-scale military conflict”.
He was speaking at a senior briefing for the military – saying that the West
has assigned “adversary status” to Russia.
Ultimately, one of the big reasons why Trump may have been so hesitant to be
more aggressive with Iran is because he realizes that it could potentially
spark World War 3.
Because once we go to war with Iran, the Iranians are going to start
launching missiles directly at Israel, and Israel would undoubtedly strike back
with overwhelming force.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will increase its military support to the
internationally recognized government of Libya if necessary and will evaluate
ground, air and marine options, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, after
the two signed a military cooperation accord last month.
Turkey backs Fayez al-Serraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya,
which has been torn by factional conflict since 2011, and has already sent
military supplies to the GNA despite a United Nations arms embargo, according
to a report by U.N. experts seen by Reuters last month.
Turkey has also said it could deploy troops to Libya if the GNA makes such a
request. The GNA has been fighting a months-long offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s
forces based in the east of the country. Haftar’s forces have received support
from Russia, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking in the northern province of Kocaeli, Erdogan said Turkey had
recently provided “very serious” support to the GNA, adding Libya was a country
Turkey would support “with its life”.
“They are supporting an illegal warlord, who is the pawn of certain nations,
instead of the U.N.-recognized government,” Erdogan said, in an apparent
reference to Haftar and the countries which support him.
“If necessary, we will increase the military aspect of our support to Libya,
and evaluate all our options, from the ground, air and sea,” he said.
Speaking before Erdogan, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkey will stand
by Libya’s government until peace, stability and security are established in
Last month, Turkey and the GNA signed an accord to boost military
cooperation and a separate deal on maritime boundaries, which has enraged
Greece. Ankara and Athens have been at odds over hydrocarbon resources off the
coast of the divided island of Cyprus.
While Greece has said the accord violates international law, Turkey has
rejected those accusations, saying it aims to protect its rights in the eastern
Mediterranean. On Sunday, Erdogan said Turkey will “absolutely” not turn back
from its agreements with Libya.
“Nobody should come to us with attempts to exclude us, trap us in our own
shores or steal our economic interests,” Erdogan said. “We have no intention of
starting conflicts with anyone for no reason, or robbing anyone of their
rights,” he said.
“Those who oppose us have no sense of rights, law, justice, ethics or
mercy,” Erdogan said, referring to Greece, Israel and Egypt, who have opposed
the maritime accord.
In an interview with Greek daily To Vima on Sunday, Foreign Minister Mevlut
Cavusoglu said the accord with Libya was in line with international law, adding
Ankara may consider granting exploration licenses in areas determined by Turkey
“It would be the exercise of our sovereign rights in our continental shelf
in the region,” Cavusoglu said. “The exercise of our sovereign rights also and
naturally includes our right to deploy research vessels in the area,” he was
cited as saying.
In a first reaction from the United States on the agreement, a senior State
Department official said the maritime accord was “unhelpful” and “provocative”.
Responding to those comments, Turkey’s Communications Director Fahrettin
Altun said on Sunday the United States refused to understand Turkey’s
legitimate security concerns.
“It is neither ‘provocative’ nor ‘unconstructive’ as some US officials are
claiming,” Altun said on Twitter. “Those who dare criticize Turkey should take
a look at years of provocative actions by Greece and other regional states. We
will never accept a fait accompli over our maritime borders!” he added.
ATHENS, Greece — The Greek government said Sunday that it will sign an
agreement for a huge pipeline project with Cyprus and Israel next month that is
designed to ship gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.
The move comes amid tensions with Turkey over its own activities in the area
and a contentious maritime deal with Libya, expanding Ankara’s claims over a
large gas-rich area of the sea.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s office said the agreement for the
EastMed pipeline would be signed in Athens on January 2 with Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.
The 2,000-kilometer (1,200-mile) pipeline will be able to transfer between
nine and 12 billion cubic meters a year from offshore gas reserves between Israel
and Cyprus to Greece, and then on to Italy and other southeastern European
The discovery of hydrocarbon reserves in the eastern
Mediterranean has sparked a scramble for the energy riches and a dispute
between Cyprus and Turkey, which has occupied the north of the Mediterranean
island since 1974.
The drilling vessel Fatih, which was deployed by Turkey to
search for gas and oil in waters considered part of the EU state’s exclusive
economic zone, in the Mediterranean Sea, off Cyprus, June 24, 2019. (AFP)
Turkey already faces European Union sanctions over ships searching for oil
and gas off Cyprus, whose internationally recognized government in Nicosia is
not recognized by Ankara.
The EastMed project is expected to make Cyprus, Greece and Israel key links
in Europe’s energy supply chain and aims to stymie Turkey’s effort to extend
its control to the eastern Mediterranean.
“It is really important that the countries showed they
can react quickly against Turkey’s provocative stance,” Greek government
spokesman Stelios Petsas said.
Greece responded angrily to the Turkey-Libya deal,
expelling the Libyan ambassador and urging the UN to condemn it.
Part of the deal sets a maritime boundary between the
two countries, which Greece says fails to take into account the island of
The Leviathan natural gas platform off the shore of Israel.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this month that he
envisaged joint energy exploration activities with Libya in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey already has ships searching for oil and gas off Cyprus, and says the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus — recognized only by Ankara — has the right
to explore around the entire island.
“The EastMed pipeline agreement will go forward despite
what Erdogan says,” Greek Energy and Environment Minister Kostis Hatzidakis
A consignment of Egyptian T-72 tanks and APCs arrived in Libya on Thursday,
Dec. 19, to bolster Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), which had
just broken through to the southern outskirts of Tripoli. This consignment was
personally ordered by Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, DEBKAfile’s
military and intelligence sources reveal, along with instructions to a number
of Egyptian air force squadrons to stand ready to support Haftar’s push to take
the capital from the UN-recognized Government of National Accord.
El-Sisi took those steps in response to the Erdogan government’s reported
plan to send over a volunteer force from the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood (SADAT)
to help the GNA resist Haftar’s push into Tripoli. SADAT consists of former Al
Qaeda and ISIS jihadists recruited in Syria by the Turkish MIT intelligence
agency. Our sources add that a number of Hamas activists hosted by Turkey have
trained with these units.
It was in reference to this Turkish intervention in the Tripoli battle that
El-Sisi declared this week: “The Libyan government has been held hostage by
terrorist militias in the capital, Tripoli.”
This week, the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood convinced the Tripoli government to
formally apply to Ankara for military assistance to repel the Haftar advance.
Turkish military aid to the GNA thus far consists of 3,000 army “advisers”
and a steady supply of weapons systems, including anti-tank rockets and drones.
Haftar’s army is solidly backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and
Russia. The Egyptians provide intelligence, weapons and ammo; the Russians have
deployed thousands of mercenaries, most from the Wagner Group contractors, some
transferred from Syria to Libya; and the UAE recently supplied the Haftar force
with a small squadron of six US-made Archangel ISR planes. These aircraft
usually provide police forces on the ground with surveillance and back-up
fire. The Haftar army has turned them into bombers.
If Turkey goes through with its plan to deploy Muslim Brotherhood volunteers to
Libya, The Egyptian air force will go into action for a showdown against
Evangelist Franklin Graham accused the Christian
magazine of invoking his father’s name to represent “the elitist liberal
wing of evangelicalism.”
The president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s
Purse responded in a lengthy Facebook post late Thursday to the editorial titled “Trump Should Be Removed From
Office,” just a day after the House of Representatives passed two
articles of impeachment against him.
“Christianity Today released an editorial stating that President
Trump should be removed from office, and they invoked my father’s name (I
suppose to try to bring legitimacy to their statements), so I feel it is
important for me to respond,” Graham wrote. “Yes, my father
Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree
with their opinion piece. In fact, he would be very disappointed.”
The pro-Trump evangelical revealed his father not only supported the
president but also cast his last vote for him — a fact he has repeatedly
declined to confirm before his post. Billy Graham, who died in 2018 at the age
of 99, served as a spiritual adviser to decades of presidents from Harry S.
Truman to Barack Obama.
“My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted
for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for
this hour in history for our nation,” Graham said.
President Trump responded to the editorial Friday morning, tweeting the
“far left magazine … knows nothing about reading a perfect transcript of
a routine phone call and would rather have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who
wants to take your religion and your guns, than Donald Trump as your
“No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not
even close. You’ll not get anything from those Dems on stage. I won’t be
reading ET again!” the president added.
Galli responded to Trump’s tweet on CNN saying he disagrees with the
president “on about seven or eight different levels,” calling the
magazine “centrist,” and revealing that he is stepping down as
He said fellow Christians need to speak out about “manifestly
immoral” matters and said CT is not read by “far-right
“Christianity Today, when the opportunity presented itself to speak the
truth clearly and charitably, we did it,” Galli said. “We didn’t
shirk our duty and we did what we were called to do.”
In his post, Graham points to Trump’s many accomplishments that evangelicals
have celebrated from pro-life policies to championing religious freedom at home
and abroad. “Christianity Today wants us to ignore that?”
“For Christianity Today to side with the Democrat Party in a totally
partisan attack on the President of the United States is unfathomable,”
Graham added, referencing Mark Galli, the editor-in-chief of Christianity
Today, for failing to recognize that not a single Republican voted for
In the editorial, Galli called Trump’s July 25 phone call to the Ukranian
president “profoundly immoral” and he labeled the case against the
Graham said the magazine, which rebukes evangelicals who back Trump and
warned that their support “will crash down on the reputation of
evangelical religion and on the world’s understanding of the gospel,” is
being used by the “left for their political agenda.”
“It’s obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is
representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism,” Graham
concludes. “Is President Trump guilty of sin? Of course he is, as were all
past presidents and as each one of us are, including myself. Therefore, let’s
pray for the President as he continues to lead the affairs of our nation.”
Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser for the Trump 2020 campaign, slammed the
magazine in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner as being run by “pious ‘Never
Trumpers’ who feel morally justified…in a self-serving desire to be proven
Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty University, called the editorial
“CT unmasked” on Twitter: “Less than 20 percent of evangelicals
supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 but now @CTmagazine has removed any doubt
that they are part of the same 17 percent or so of liberal evangelicals who
have preached social gospel for decades.”
China’s dreams of upsetting the United States as the dominant Pacific power
could soon face a major stumbling block: an unsinkable “aircraft
carrier” well within bombing range of the country’s coastline.
The new U.S. military advantage would come from the Japanese government’s
acquisition of Mageshima, a small uninhabited island off the nation’s southern
The announcement of the $146 million purchase was made Monday, according to The Japan Times.
A Japanese official confirmed the island would be developed for U.S. and
Japanese military use.
As far back as 2014, the island has been in the eyes of Japanese and
American defense officials as an excellent location for landing practice. Its
strategic location also means that the airfield would be an integral part of
disaster and emergency responses.
Less than 550 miles from the Chinese coast, this would put U.S. airpower uncomfortably close to the communist nation.
Mageshima (circled in red) sits less than 550 miles
from the Chinese coast.
In the event of a war with China, this island would prove invaluable in any
U.S. air campaign. Due to its proximity to China, it would doubtless be
bristling with anti-aircraft guns and missile defense systems if any conflict
were to happen.
Mageshima has several advantages over an aircraft carrier that make it a
nightmare for the Chinese and a major boon to U.S. forces.
For one, there’s no maintenance needed to keep an island afloat. Apart from
keeping equipment and structures functioning, there’s no manpower needed for
Mageshima to remain above the waves.
This would free up manpower that could otherwise be spent on the island’s
defenses or elsewhere.
Second, there’s no sinking an island.
Short of a direct hit from a nuclear weapon, there’s no amount of torpedoes,
bullets or artillery shells that can put Mageshima under the Pacific waves.
This comes as China aggressively expands its own coastal defenses.
The islands will likely serve as air bases and missile launching sites.
Fears that these artificial islands would repel a U.S. response in the event
of a Chinese campaign against Taiwan are well-founded. Anti-ship missiles based
on the islands would shred aircraft carriers and other naval vessels.
Although the U.S. Navy would be able to eliminate many of the weapons, China
can replace the missiles much faster than we can replace ships.
An unsinkable island of our own would allow the U.S. to respond with more
options, and possibly give us the advantage we need to check Chinese
Turkey is attempting to stop Israel from laying a natural gas pipeline to
Europe, Israeli public broadcaster Kan reported
According to the report, Turkey is claiming that the planned Israeli
undersea pipeline infringes on an area claimed by Turkey under an economic
agreement reached with Libya.
Turkey has officially asked the UN to recognize the agreement with Libya as
a first step toward preventing Israel from building its own pipeline.
Kan reported that Turkey’s foreign minister commented that his
country was prepared to respond powerfully against anyone who attempted to
infringe Turkish sovereignty.
If successful, Turkey’s move would most seriously affect Greece and Cyprus,
both allies of Israel, who, along with Italy, have signed a memorandum of
understanding with the Jewish state on construction of the gas pipeline.
Jewish worshipers are able to pray on the Temple Mount with what appears to be the tacit consent of police forces at the site, The Jerusalem Post observed during a visit there on Thursday. Despite the insistence by Israel Police that there has been no change in the decades-old policy, Jews now pray – in full view of the police – in an unobtrusive and inconspicuous manner. A senior Wakf Department official said the final goal is to rebuild the Temple.
Senior Wakf official: Any change would spark strong
response from Arabs and Muslims. Jewish activists: Final goal is to rebuild the
In a stunning exclusive today, the
Jerusalem Post is reporting that Jewish prayer has returned to the Temple
Mount, something that has been banned by the Supreme Court of Israel since 1970. The New York Times back in 1976 said “Government
regulations permit Jews to enter the Temple Mount but not to hold, prayer
services, owing to the sensitivity of the area and the strong feeling it might
arouse among Moslems.” Today that appears to have changed, and with that change
comes talk of a Third Temple.
“And it shall come to
pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy
fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons;
and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will
stablish his throne for ever.” 1 Chronicles 17:11,12
When I survey the end times prophetic landscape in the Middle East in
general and Israel in particular, it appears to me that all the necessary
elements are there for everything foretold in the scriptures of truth to take
place. The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the absolute true north epicenter of
Bible prophecy. It’s like kernels of corn sitting in an oiled pan, just waiting
for the heat to start popping. Today things just got a little hotter, and it
almost sounds like things are starting to sizzle just a little. And hopefully
more than a little.
“And it shall come to pass
in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be
established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills;
and all nations shall flow unto it.”
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: Jewish worshipers are able to pray on
the Temple Mount with what appears to be the tacit consent of police forces at
the site, The Jerusalem Post observed during a visit there on
Thursday. Despite the insistence by Israel Police that
there has been no change in the decades-old policy, Jews now pray – in full
view of the police – in an unobtrusive and inconspicuous manner.
A senior Wakf Department official said he was unaware of any change in
the status quo on the Temple Mount, but warned that any change would lead to
renewed protests and spark a strong response from Arabs and Muslims.
Led by Rabbi Eliyahu Weber and joyfully singing “Let us go up to the Temple,” a quorum
of 10 Jewish men ascended the Temple Mount on Thursday morning at the beginning
of non-Muslim visiting hours at 7:00
a.m. This reporter joined the group as it toured the compound.
The group began the typical counter-clockwise tour of the site accompanied
as usual by several police officers. It began at the Mughrabi Gate and worked
its way around the eastern side of the esplanade, stopping at various points
and eventually leaving out of the Chain Gate on its western side into the
Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.
Upon reaching the eastern gate of the Dome of the Rock shrine, Weber and the
group of Jewish men, and two women, stopped for between five and 10 minutes to
recite the cantor’s repetition of the central Amidah prayer, including the
components for congregational participation.
A kohen, a member of the priestly
line, gave the blessing to the worshipers that is part of the daily morning
service. The prayers were recited in full view and the immediate proximity of
the police officers escorting the group around the Temple Mount, and they
afforded the worshipers the time they needed to complete their prayers.
The prayers were said in a deliberately unobtrusive manner without the
genuflection that is usually performed in the Amidah prayer, and with Weber
leaning against a stone step to avoid drawing attention. Weber said that he and
his fellow worshipers deliberately conduct their prayers in a manner that is
“not extroverted” or to “antagonize people,” and the police do not intervene
when they do it in this way. If we would do this in the face of the Wakf
officials, it would not be accepted, but that is not our goal.”
The service – a truncated version of the full morning prayer service –
was conducted in a very discreet manner, but the worshipers were nevertheless
clearly participating in a discernible Jewish prayer service.
With this novena, the faithful implore the Holy Infant of Prague for His intercession in temporal and spiritual needs. When former Pope Benedict XVI visited the Prague church where the Infant Jesus is kept, he said he thought the image demonstrated God’s closeness and love through His child-like tenderness. He specifically prayed for children who are victims of violence and different forms of abuse, and he also prayed for broken and unfaithful families.
The Catholic News Herald invites you to pray
the nine-day Holy Infant of Prague novena with us this Advent as we prepare for
When I was a lost Roman Catholic, it seemed like the most
natural thing in the world to say a prayer to St. Jude when something seemed
hopeless, or to St. Anthony when I lost something and couldn’t find it. Of
course, as a good Catholic, the bulk of my prayers were to be directed to the ‘Virgin Mother‘
Mary who could seemingly solve any problem. It wasn’t until after I got saved
in 1991 that I realized that all of that, with the beads, statues and
candles, was nothing more than idol worship condemned in both Testaments as an
abomination before God.
“And there they burnt incense in all the high
places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before
them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: For they served
idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.”
2 Kings 17:11,12
God can absolutely save a Roman Catholic, just as He
saved me all those years ago, but here is the point I need to make. The
Catholic Church instructs, invites and even commands their followers to
pray to idols like the Holy Infant of Prague you see in today’s story. Look
closely at the photo and see the “2-finger salute” that little baby idol Holy
Infant of Prague is making. That is the same 2-finger sign made by all popes
and by the soldiers in Nazi Germany. It is a sign of war, of attack and of
conquest. Who is the target? You.
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of
Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom
God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here
before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any
other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved.” Acts
We invite you to not pray to the Holy Infant of Prague and
instead pray to Someone who can not only actually hear you but who can
also answer you as well. His name is Jesus Christ, and He is the one and only
person you should be praying to. Anything else is idol worship. The Holy Infant
of Prague can’t hear a word you’re saying.
Pray the Holy Infant of Prague nine-day
novena, Dec. 16-24
FROM THE CATHOLIC NEWS HERALD: This novena is rich in
Church history and is prayed for nine consecutive days starting on Dec. 16 and
ending on the vigil of the Feast of the Nativity, Dec. 24.
With this novena, the faithful implore the Holy Infant of
Prague for His intercession in temporal and spiritual needs. When former Pope Benedict
XVI visited the Prague church where the Infant Jesus is kept, he said he
thought the image demonstrated God’s closeness and love through His child-like
tenderness. He specifically prayed for children who are victims of violence and
different forms of abuse, and he also prayed for broken and unfaithful
WHY DO BOTH ROMAN CATHOLIC POPES AND NAZI
SOLDIERS MAKE THE TWO-FINGER ‘PEACE SIGN’ SALUTE?
Devotion to the Holy Infant of Prague began in the 16th
century. In April 1639, the Swedish army began a siege of the city of Prague.
The frightened citizens hurried to the shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague as
services were held day and night at the Church of Our Lady of Victories. When the
army decided instead to retreat, the Discalced Carmelite monks who took care of
the statue and the grateful residents ascribed their rescue to the miraculous
The statue has also merited papal recognition through Pope
Leo XIII, who instituted the “Sodality to the Infant Prague of Jesus” in 1896.
On March 30, 1913, Pope St. Pius X further organized the “Confraternity of the
Infant Jesus of Prague.”
The Cascadia and San Andreas Faults may be linked, with earthquakes on one
triggering events in the other “with minimal or no separation in
time,” scientists have said.
Chris Goldfinger and Joel Gutierrez, from Oregon State University, say their
evidence showing a relationship between the two goes back almost 3,000 years.
The controversial findings, which have not yet been published,
will be presented at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San
Francisco on Friday.
The San Andreas Fault forms part of the tectonic boundary between the
Pacific and North American Plate. It stretches about 750 miles along the east
coast and has the potential to produce major earthquakes.
It is one of the most dangerous faults in the U.S. as it is lined by heavily
populated areas, including the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San
Because there has not been a large earthquake at San Andreas for over 100
years, experts are concerned it could be due one relatively soon.
Meanwhile, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which stretches from northern
California to Canada, is known as a “megathrust” fault that can
produce some of the biggest earthquakes in the world. In 1700 it produced an
earthquake estimated to be between magnitude 8.7 and 9.2. According to the Canadian
government, there have been 13 megathrust earthquakes at the subduction zone in
the last 6,000 years. “Some have been as close together as 200 years and
some have been as far apart as 800 years. The last one was 300 years ago,”
In their research, Goldfinger and Gutierrez looked at the two adjacent
faults and their histories by using stratigraphic evidence—looking at layers of
rocks. From this, they were able to look back at when earthquakes took place at
each fault over 2,800 years. Their findings show that on multiple occasions, an
earthquake at Cascadia would be followed by one at the northern part of the San
Andreas Fault. “In one instance, a separation of [about] 100 years is
observed, but in all other cases, time separation between the pairs is not
observed,” the research abstract said.
Goldfinger and Gutierrez say their research suggests earthquakes at Cascadia
can trigger earthquakes at the northern end of San Andreas. According to Naturemagazine, the researchers found that this happened at least eight times
over 2,800 years. “This is mostly a circumstantial case,” Goldfinger
told the magazine. “I don’t have a smoking gun.”
The idea the two tectonic zones are linked was first proposed by Goldfinger
over 10 years ago. However, at the time the team did not have enough geological
evidence to back it up. By looking at the stratigraphic data, they were able to
show concurrent events.
Not everyone is convinced. Joan Gomberg, a seismologist at the U.S.
Geological Survey, told Nature that the data could be
interpreted differently, with a far less “sensational” conclusion.
Gomberg says the layers being analyzed do not show exactly when or where
earthquakes took place. “All this uncertainty leaves multiple, equally
plausible interpretations on the table,” the seismologist said.
John Vidale, a seismologist from the University of Southern California, told
Northwest News Network that many of the details of the
research are “still hazy.” However, he added: “It’s not so
common to have linkage across two different kinds of faults, from a subduction
zone onto a strike-slip fault. So this would be kind of new and
Goldfinger told Nature that he was putting
the case out there for the two zones being connected. Speaking to Northwest
News Network, he said: “When you have two big faults that connect
directly, there’s a pretty high probability they’re going to interact in some
way. So one fault triggering another, or even becoming synchronized with the
other for a period of time, is not a fantastical scenario. It is actually a
fairly likely scenario. It just isn’t on the radar anywhere yet.
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