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US orders China to close consulate in Houston within 72 hours

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Beijing: China said Wednesday that it has been ordered by the United States to close its consulate general in Houston, in a move that could inflame already strained tensions between the world’s two major powers that have been in conflict over economic and security matters.

“On July 21, the U.S. abruptly demanded that China’s consulate general in Houston cease all operations and events,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters, criticizing Washington for “seriously” violating international law.

“The unilateral closure of China’s consulate general in Houston within a short period of time is an unprecedented escalation of its recent actions against China,” the spokesman said.

“We urge the U.S. to immediately revoke this erroneous decision. Should it insist on going down this wrong path, China will react with firm countermeasures,” Wang added.

Citing a source, Reuters reported later Wednesday that the Communist-led Chinese government has been considering ordering the United States to shut its consulate general in the central city of Wuhan as a retaliation.

Chinese state-run media said the United States has given China 72 hours to close the consulate general in Houston in the southern state of Texas.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that the closure of China’s consulate general had been ordered “to protect American intellectual property and American’s private information,” according to Reuters.

Washington will “not tolerate” Beijing’s “violations of our sovereignty and intimidation of our people,” its “unfair trade practices, theft of American jobs, and other egregious behavior,” she was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Earlier, U.S. media reported, citing the Houston Police Department, that documents were being burned in the courtyard of the consulate general in the city on Tuesday night, although Wang said it has been operating “in a normal manner.”

Sino-U.S. ties have been significantly deteriorating since China decided to enact a national security law for its territory Hong Kong, sparking concerns about an erosion of human rights and freedoms in the former British colony.

Late last month, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, China’s top legislative body, went on to enact the security law, prohibiting acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces in Hong Kong.

Under China’s “one country, two systems” policy, Hong Kong was promised it would enjoy the rights and freedoms of a semiautonomous region for 50 years following its return to Chinese rule in 1997.

Beijing and Washington have also been at odds over several other issues such as business practice, trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November, in which President Donald Trump is seeking a second term in the White House.

China, meanwhile, expressed its welcome for U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s eagerness to visit the Asian country by the end of the year, even as he has lambasted Beijing’s maritime assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea.

“We expect that the United States will create a positive atmosphere for exchanges and dialogues between the militaries of the two nations,” Wang said.

On Tuesday, Esper told a virtual event hosted by an international research institute, “Before the year is out, I hope to visit the PRC for the first time as secretary,” citing the acronym of the People’s Republic of China.

He said his possible visit to China would be designed to “enhance cooperation on areas of common interest, establish the systems necessary for crisis communications and reinforce our intentions to openly compete in the international system.”

Last week, the U.S. government added tension to the relations by calling Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea “completely unlawful.”

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Franklin Graham on ‘God Loves You’ tour: I’m not a preacher of hate; my message is about love

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Evangelist Franklin Graham, who is on a U.K. tour called “God Loves You” despite opposition from LGBT activists, including a Welsh Labour Party politician, due to his biblical views on marriage, said the accusation that he’s “a preacher of hate” is a lie.

“Their criticism is a lie. They say, I’m a preacher of hate,” Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told Premier Christian News during his ongoing tour, which was scheduled for 2020, but the venues he had booked canceled the booking after activists groups complained about his past comments on homosexuality and Islam.

“The reason they say I’m a preacher of hate is because I say that marriage is between a man and a woman,” explained Graham, who also heads the Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian ministry. “And it is. What I do is I answer reporters’ questions. Well, what do you think about gay marriage? Well, it’s a sin. That’s what the Bible calls it.”

Graham’s tour involves free events throughout the U.K. from May through July.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has expressed his “regret” over Graham’s upcoming visit to Wales.

“I’m sorry to see a person of those views given a platform to express them here in Wales and they absolutely do not reflect any that the Welsh Government would be prepared to endorse or sanction,” Drakeford said, according to Christian Today.

Graham said the criticism is not fair.

“They say, Well, you’re offending a lot of people. I’m not offending them, but God’s offending them, because it’s what God says. But my message is not against gay people, or people that think differently or worship differently to us. My message is a message about love.”

Graham, who has taken legal action against the venues for canceling his tour events, said criticism was expected.

“We never expect to get 100 percent support to the churches, there’s always critics within the Church,” he said. “They’re always critics of the Lord Jesus Christ within the religious community. They’re the ones that turned on Him. So I expect to have criticism, and there are a lot of churches that have compromised and there’s division within the church.”

In the interview, Graham said the Church needs to rise up. “We don’t back up. I would hope that there would be an army of young evangelists who would come down and take their place to preach the Gospel. We cannot allow one act of violence to stop the Gospel. If anything, it should be a recruiting tool for other evangelists to stand up where she shed her blood and take the Gospel to the next generation — not be afraid and not be ashamed.”

At his event in Liverpool Saturday, Graham encouraged the audience to seek a relationship with Jesus. “We have a vacuum, an emptiness inside each of us, in our souls that only God Himself can fill,” he was quoted as saying. “God made us. God created us in His own image, the Bible says. Did you know that God has a plan and purpose for your life?”

In an interview with the BBC, Graham said he wants all to know that fulfillment in life is found in God, according to CBN News.

“I want people to know that God loves them. We have trials and storms that we go through in life, but Jesus Christ is our anchor. If we put our faith and trust in Him. He will get us through those storms of life — He loves us and cares for us.”

This isn’t the first time the evangelist has been met with opposition from LGBT groups. In 2018, bus ads for his evangelistic festival were pulled following an outcry from activists.

Graham earlier said he believes the need for preaching the Gospel in the U.K. is “greater than ever.” He added he wanted people “to know that we are all sinners and our sins separate us from God.”
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ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിയമ വിരുദ്ധമായി പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കുന്ന ബിൽ യു.എസ് സംസ്ഥാനo പാസാക്കി

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ഗർഭധാരണത്തിന്റെ പ്രാരംഭ ഘട്ടം മുതൽ ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിയമ വിരുദ്ധമായി പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കുന്ന ബിൽ യു.എസ് സംസ്ഥാനമായ ഒക്‌ലഹോമ പാസാക്കി.

ഗർഭസ്ഥ ശിശുവിന്റെ ഹൃദയം മിടിച്ചു തുടങ്ങിയാൽ (ആറാം മാസം മുതൽ) ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിയമ വിരുദ്ധമാക്കുന്ന നിയമ നിർമ്മാണങ്ങൾ യു.എസ് സംസ്ഥാനങ്ങളിൽ ഉണ്ടാകാറുണ്ടെങ്കിലും അണ്ഡവും ബീജവും സംയോജിക്കുന്ന, ഗർഭധാരണത്തിന്റെ ആരംഭഘട്ടം മുതൽ ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിരോധിക്കുന്ന നിയമ നിർമ്മാണ നീക്കം ഇതാദ്യമാണ്. അതുകൊണ്ടു തന്നെ, രാജ്യത്തെ ഏറ്റവും ശക്തമായ ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്ര വിരുദ്ധ നിയമം എന്ന വിശേഷണത്തോടെയാണ് ബിൽ പാസാക്കിയിരിക്കുന്നത്.

16ന് എതിരെ 73 വോട്ടുകൾക്ക് ജനപ്രതിനിധി സഭ പാസാക്കിയ ബിൽ ഗവർണർ കെവിൻ സ്റ്റിറ്റിന്റെ പരിഗണനയിലാണ്. ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നിരോധിക്കുന്ന ബില്ലിൽ ഒപ്പുവെക്കുമെന്ന് അദ്ദേഹം നേരത്തെ തന്നെ വ്യക്തമാക്കിയിരുന്നു. അതിനാൽ, നിയമം പ്രാബല്യത്തിൽ വരുമെന്ന ഉറപ്പിലാണ് സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ പ്രോ ലൈഫ് സമൂഹം. അമ്മയുടെ ജീവൻ അപകടത്തിലാകുന്ന സന്ദർഭത്തിന് പുറമെ ബലാത്സംഗം, ലൈംഗികാതിക്രമം, അവിഹിതബന്ധം എന്നിവയിലൂടെ സംഭവിക്കുന്ന ഗർഭധാരണത്തിനും മാത്രമായിരിക്കും നിയമത്തിൽ ഇളവുണ്ടാവുക.

നിയമം ലംഘിക്കുന്നവർക്ക് കർശനമായ ശിക്ഷാനടപടികൾ ഉറപ്പാക്കുന്ന ബില്ലിൽ, ഗർഭച്ഛിദ്രം നടത്തുന്നവർക്കും അതിന് സഹായിക്കുന്നവർക്കും എതിരെ ആർക്കും കേസ് ഫയൽ ചെയ്യാൻ അനുവദിക്കുന്ന വകുപ്പും വ്യവസ്ഥ ചെയ്തിട്ടുണ്ട്
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San Francisco Abp. Bans House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Receive Holy Communion Until Revoking Abortion Support

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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Fri., May 20, that House Speaker Nanci Pelosi is prohibited from receiving Holy Communion until she publicly revokes her support for abortion.

The San Francisco representative often describes herself as a “devout Catholic,” despite her stanch support and advocacy for abortion up to birth. Her position disregards Church teaching.

In his letter, the archbishop cited Code of Canon Law, canon 915, which states that “those…obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

He Said This Is A Pastoral Decision, Not A Political One. It Comes After “Numerous Attempts To Speak With Her.”
“After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance.”

Archbishop Cordileone also sent the announcement to the priests of his diocese.

He Also Warned This Decision Could “Increase Attacks On Catholic Churches.”
“Our churches are already being targeted for violence, and our worship services are being disrupted, which motivated me to send you the memo last week asking you to be more attentive to security measures on your property. These attacks may now likely increase. I realize this,” he said in a letter to San Francisco’s diocesan priests.

“But for us, as faithful disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, this is a cause for rejoicing, for the only reason this is happening is due to the Catholic Church’s consistent defense of the sanctity of human life in all stages and conditions, and especially at its beginning in the womb of the mother.”

“I am convinced that this is a time that God is calling us to live the last beatitude: ‘Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven’ (Matthew 5:11-12).”

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