KNews Headlines Feb 6, 2019

Social Media on a Mission
The Catholic Church in America, the founders of Koinonia News (KN) are embarking on a mission — actually Social Media on a Mission. Their idea is to leverage the popularity of the internet and social media to assist in world-wide evangelism, ministry, and missions. Their focus is primarily concerned with combating the preponderance of FAKE NEWS supporting anti-Christian morality. According to Michael Callahan, founding editor of Koinonia News, “there is a great deal of discrimination  being perpetrated by the major players in the genre of social media. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. They are often censuring conservative and Christian messages as not being compatible with their so-called community standards.” This censorship is played out with actual bans, periodic account suspensions, limiting viewership on certain accounts, and even demonetizing conservative channels. “Our goal” says Callahan is to create viable alternatives to these major platforms, supporting conservative voices, while at the same time providing a venue for Christian evangelism and conservative moral values. Follow this link to learn how you can support Social Media on a Mission. Read More 

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Pope Francis and Islam
Pope Francis is proclaiming a “new era” in relations with the muslim world. Koinonia News reported yesterday on the Pontiff’s signing an agreement of understanding in Abu Dhabi. much of this agreement appears  to be well intentioned and needed. One paragraph, however,  in particular in this historic agreement is rankling feathers of many Catholics and is causing controversy — but one theologian says it must be read in the proper context — Yes They are already attempting to spin a red herring into caviar. Heresy is always heresy. Read More

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President Trump Speaks out Against Socialism and Late-Term Abortion

Re. Abortion:

“All children, born and unborn are made in the Holy image of God.” 
President Donald J. Trump

Re. Socialism:

 “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

In his second State of the Union address last night, the President called on both sides of the aisle to come together for “greatness.” President Trump opened his speech with what should be considered bi-partisan proposals regarding infrastructure and immigration. However, his statements rejecting Socialism in the U.S.A., and late-term abortions on those children who could “feel pain,” were met with disdain from the Democrat side of the aisle. Read More

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Roman Catholic Bishops Speaking Out Against Legalizing Marijuana
Citing “rampant” drug use in modern society and a commitment to the common good, the six Catholic bishops of Illinois are speaking out against the the state’s efforts to legalize recreational marijuana. “Proponents of legalization say marijuana is not addictive, yet peer-reviewed research concludes that it is,” the bishops wrote in a Feb. 4 joint statement released by the Catholic Conference of Illinois. “Proponents also say that most people who use marijuana will not move on to harder drugs, yet other studies note that most people who are addicted to other drugs started with alcohol and marijuana,” they wrote. The push to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Illinois is being led by State Sen. Heather Steans and State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Chicago democrats, who said Jan. 29 that they hope to introduce a formal bill to the legislature soon. “We recognize the truth of that premise, while observing that recent sentencing reforms should soon reverse that trend, since possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana now results in a ticket of up to $200 and no jail time,” the bishops wrote.  Lawmakers hope to tax recreational marijuana use in the state to the tune of $350-750 million. “We ask lawmakers to say ‘no’ to legalization of marijuana, as Pope Francis explained in 2014 when speaking about marijuana and other recreational drugs,” the bishops concluded.

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One of Apple’s highest paid executives is leaving after five years at the tech giant. Retail chief Angela Ahrendts — who was previously at the helm of Burberry where she was the top paid CEO in the U.K. — has not announced where she was heading to next. Ahrendts was hired to strengthen Apple’s presence in China; Apple announced earlier this year that it would not meet its holiday sales numbers due to the slowdown in the country’s economy.

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Reddit looks set for a mammoth round of fundraising, reports TechCrunch. A Series D round led by Chinese tech firm Tencent is expected to raise between $150 million and $300 million — which could see the so-called “front page of the internet” valued at as much as $3 billion, according to multiple sources. A growing number of people looking for niche content is contributing to the popularity of the website, which attracts 330 million monthly active users, says TechCrunch.

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T-Mobile says it will not increase its prices for three years if it gets the go-ahead to purchase Sprint for $26 billion, said CEO John Legere, in a letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission earlier this week. Consumer advocates have raised concerns that the merger would hurt poorer wireless customers since Sprint and T-Mobile control a large market share of prepaid phone plans, says Reuters. The company may adjust rates for third-party fees and taxes, however.

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Only some 3% of Americans regularly buy their groceries online, compared to almost 15% in the U.K. and South Korea, says CNBC. In a recent Bain & Co. survey, a quarter of shoppers said they had tried an online grocery service in the past year, but only about 6% of those kept buying food online at least once per month. Convenience and pricing appear to be major hurdles for grocery services. Yet, online grocery ordering is expected to “explode at some point,” according to Bain & Co, as retailers such as Walmart and Amazon keep investing in it.

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The career ladder at law firms looks lopsided when it comes to gender. While women account for 87% of paralegals, they make up only 23% of law-firm partners, according to LinkedIn Talent Insights. Strong female candidates can face obstacles if hiring firms fixate on the power of their business contacts, instead of a gender-neutral gauge of the work they do. New approaches may shake up the system, however. At Axiom Law, where 55% of lawyers are female, the associate/partner hierarchy has vanished.

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MICHAEL CALLAHAN

Michael Callahan is the Presiding Archbishop of the Catholic Church in America as well as the International Catholic Confederation. Bishop Callahan is also the founder of Koinonia News and has been a conservative blogger for several years.

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