(Jn 19:25-30)
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I thirst." There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth.

When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, "It is finished." And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

@racuna Interesting, thanks!

It may never be known if this was arson or not. There is every reason to believe the authorities and media will say absolutely not unless definitive proof to the contrary surfaces (and isn't suppressed). They were making such statements within hours of the fire starting.

In an environment of church desecration, there is significant symbolism here including the 1st day of Holy Week and the 1 month anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

@AtlasFreeman
I don't know who to credit for the map, but since it shows no stats I posted it to illustrate the severity of the problem.

However, the problem is well documented and as near as I can tell, not disputed. The Central Criminal Intelligence Service (SCRC) of the gendarmerie reported thousands of cases of church vandalism from 2016 to 2018 (peaking in 2017 at 1,045) [ref: Le Figaro premium.lefigaro.fr/actualite-]

This is a map of attacks on churches in France over the last 4 years. None of these were accidents.

(Mt 26:24-25)
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born."

Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" He answered, "You have said so."

(Jn 13:25-28)
He leaned back against Jesus' chest and said to him, "Master, who is it?"

Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it." So he dipped the morsel and [took it and] handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot.

After he took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly."

[Now] none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.

@mikel
Other than North Korea, it is Islamic countries.

The top 10: North Korea (No. 1), Afghanistan (No. 2), Somalia (No. 3), Sudan (No. 4), Pakistan (No. 5), Eritrea (No. 6), Libya (No. 7), Iraq (No. 8), Yemen (No. 9), and Iran (No. 10).

christianitytoday.com/news/201

People do not seem to realize the high level of Christian in the modern world. It is increasing. On a typical day, 11 Christians are killed for their faith.

(Jn 12:7-11)
So Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."

[The] large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.

(Lk 22:19-20)
Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me."

And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.

(Jn 11:49-53)
But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish."

He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.

So from that day on they planned to kill him.

(Jn 10:40-42)
He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many came to him and said, "John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true." And many there began to believe in him.

@sobercatholic Yes, this is just an example poll. Polls were just introduced with Mastodon 2.8.

Sample poll - what version of Mastodon introduced polls?

(Jn 8:56-58)
Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad." So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM."

@sobercatholic
Not to worry! Our uptime (knock on wood) has been exceptional. New releases are tested (after our customization of around 30 files) before bringing into production. Things... are monitored.

BUT, I needed to switch to the major new release that required a database migration. So, about 5 minutes of downtime was needed. It went without a hitch so all is well now. Enjoy the new release.

RCsocial.net is now running the just released (1 hour ago) Mastodon 2.8!

This major upgrade now supports polls, featured hashtags on your profile, improved follower management, enhanced data import/export, support for Keybase identity proof and more.

The upgrade announcement is here:

blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/04/

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