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James Asquith - published on 11/25/14

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VATICAN CITY
Cardinal Robert Sarah appointed head of Vatican congregation for liturgy  
CATHOLIC HERALD LONDON
Pope Francis greets journalists on flight to Strasbourg  
VATICAN NEWS
Pope Francis discussed 
religious freedom with Egyptian President yesterday  
YOUTUBE
NEWS TIMES
Vatican officials discuss proposals for 
reform of Roman Curia
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Catholic
 bishop takes stand against Mafia by refusing to confirm mob boss’ son  
IRISH INDEPENDENT
"When the Church is humble and poor then it is faithful" – Pope Francis  
ICN
Protestant leaders defend marriage at Vatican conference  
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NORTH AMERICA
Ferguson erupts! 
REUTERS
Demonstrators close down three New York bridges over Ferguson  
DAILY MAIL LONDON
Defense Secretary 
Chuck Hagel pushed out less than two years after appointment: Hagel famously contradicted Obama by emphasizing dangers from ISIS after Obama had mocked the terror group as a ‘jayvee team’  
DAILY MAIL LONDON
General Jerry Boykin urges Hagel to speak out about Obama’s choices: 
"The American people deserve and have a right to hear the truth about the damage the president’s policies are inflicting"
CHARISMA
"If you don’t like my immigration law, pass your own" – Obama  
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Colorado High 
School bans prayer meeting during “Free Time”
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Texas Board of Education 
approves textbooks citing Bible’s influence on Founding Fathers   
CHRISTIAN NEWS
"It is repugnant that the President would quote the Bible to support his executive order exempting millions of people from immigration law 
while defending late-term abortion"– Tucker Carlson  
LIFE SITE
Catholic radio expands in Los Angeles  
LA TIMES
LATIN AMERICA
Brazilian bishop urges ordination of married community elders as priest shortage grows  
RELIGION NEWS
ISRAEL
The abusive 
brainwashing of Palestinian children
ISRAEL TODAY
Britain reviewing Israel arms export licences – (With Obama’s clampdown on support towards Israel, the Jewish state runs the risk of becoming vulnerable in her ability to defend herself and which of course is precisely what her detractors wish for)  
CHRISTIAN TODAY
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‘Why the crackdown in China?’ by Steven Mosher: – (I always find it interesting to read about the Church in China, and this article is no exception. I still recall the first video I saw of the underground Church in the late 80’s and how challenged I was by the faith I witnessed among our Oriental family. As always we need to pray for the Church universa,l and China remains in need of our goodwill, having been hard-hit by recent and repeated persecution. We must pray too for inspiration among our leaders, that they would seek to resolve the lengthy dispute over appointments to the episcopacy and the involvement of the Chinese government. One thing is certain (according to Scripture) and that is that God does not want "politicians" or "yes men" leading His Church but those who are surrendered to Him the King of kings and Lord of lords. While I enjoyed Steven’s piece, his statement, 
"But the reason why the number of Protestants in China is growing far faster than the number of Catholics is that the Church demands so much more of its members" does not rest completely well with me, not only because I am not entirely sure as to whether we really do require "so much" more of our members but mainly because I believe Christ places very little burden upon those who come to Him. St. Paul puts it this way 
"Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law," and I am inclined to agree. While we share the richness of our Christian heritage with those who come to us we should never underestimate how God is able to move among those who have received even a morsel of His teaching, for in some regions of the earth that is all that is available. The growing numbers of Chinese Christians, Catholic and non-Catholic is, I believe, a source of great hope for that land and I long to one day hear stories of how communities and regions have been transformed by the love of God at work in our brothers and sisters). 
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John Burger’s: 
The Pope in Turkey
 – (A critical preview of the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Turkey this Friday)  
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BRITAIN
UK under attack – 40 terrorist plots recently foiled  
ABC
‘ISIS have sleeper cells in the UK and will unleash war on Europe’  
DAILY MAIL LONDON
Our timid generation of parents: Mothers and fathers are afraid to discipline their children because they will be shamed by them on Facebook, says head teacher – (Yes, we’ve become timid, fearful and ineffectual – God help us!)  
DAILY MAIL LONDON
Britain
‘sleepwalking into losing religious freedoms,’says Christian leader  
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Sunday morning inconvenient for church services – says Church of England (Sometimes, actually most of the time, I despair for the CofE)   
DAILY TELEGRAPH LONDON
EUROPE
"Women equal to men? No way!" –  Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey. (Erdogan is a "great friend" of Barack Obama; in fact, it seems as though Erdogan can do no wrong in Obama’s eyes. This is the most likely reason that US support towards the Kurds is negligible. Earlier this month, Erdogan claimed that Turkey discovered the Americas before Columbus – ah yes, this must have been the the "Emperor’s new mission" which took place shortly after he received his new clothes!)  
IRISH EXAMINER
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg lost his fellow German bishops’ support because he was 
not “collegial and open” – Cardinal Karl Lehmann  
ICEIT
Istanbul’s Catholics eagerly await Pope Francis  
DAILY SABAH
Priest who served at same parish for 20 years named 
new Bishop of Galloway
CATHOLIC HERALD LONDON
Pope Francis appoints 
new Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in Ireland  
ICBC
Plans to establish 
new monastery in Cork’s Gaeltacht in Ireland  
IRISH EXAMINER
Shocking photographs emerge showing
Italian nurse accused of killing 38 patients – (Our sad bad world)  
DAILY MAIL LONDON
AFRICA
The orphans of Ebola – Children in need of love and care  
GOSPEL HERALD
MIDDLE EAST
Iran is no China – 
"One thing that is absolutely clear is that courting Iran is the centerpiece of US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy" – 
Caroline Glick
Saudi Arabian restaurants ban single women from entering because of "mentally unstable" behavior (such as using mobile phones)  
DAILY MAIL LONDON
ASIA AND AUSTRALIA
More murders in Afghanistan yesterday  
USA NEWS
14 year old Islamic State supporter abused Christian school children prior to counter-terrorism raids in Australia  
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
FAMILY MATTERS
"If you don’t support gay marriage, then get out of my class" – Cheryl Abbate, professor of ethics at Marquette Catholic University, Milwaukee. (Throughout the 20th century the Church (in the broadest possible sense) exhibited greater and greater acceptance, tolerance and yes, even love, towards those practicing homosexual lifestyles. But, the intensely pro-gay agenda which has swept the West over the past five years and of which Barack Obama is a self-proclaimed "champion" is, in my view, not simply about campaigning for equal rights or social acceptance, it seems just as much (some might say more) to do with punishing those who do not celebrate and promote homosexuality. I could be wrong but this is the impression vast tracks of the homosexual lobby are giving)  
CH
Homosexual activist organization targeting Christians
CHRISTIAN NEWS
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THE TIPS BIN
Bible App for Kids seeing 
Renaissance of Scripture among children
CHARISMA
If everything Is awesome, where does that leave God?: The Almighty in the age of exaggeration and exclamation  
CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Discovering the 
lust in a religious man’s heart
THE TABLET
A married priest .. on married priests!  
PATHEOS
Is Bieber throwing himself into religion?
BELFAST TELEGRAPH
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