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Continued violence in America, Ransoms funding Islamic State, Ten reasons to give thanks, a fake Cardinal in Brazil and more ..

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James Asquith - published on 11/27/14 - updated on 06/07/17

VATICAN CITY
Papal comments which 
attracted applause at European Parliament
YOUTUBE
Pope Francis asks for prayers for his trip to Turkey 
VATICAN NEWS
Tender moments in St. Peter’s Square 
DAILY MAIL LONDON
Three things 
Pope Francis hopes to accomplish in Turkey
RELIGION NEWS
NORTH AMERICA
America the Beautiful, 
America the Violent
CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Darren Wilson speaks out as Ferguson protests grow 
CBN
Missouri church attended by Michael Brown’s father 
burned
DAILY MAIL LONDON
Ten Reasons to Give Thanks in Tough Times 
CHARISMA
A moment of decency as Colorado 
Supreme Court throws out lawsuit challenging National Day of Prayer proclamations 
CHRISTIAN NEWS
Obama and Cupich meet for the first time and 
discuss immigration
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
The 
Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1864 
AMERICAN CATHOLIC
LATIN AMERICA
Murder surges in Mexico
ABC
German found posing as Cardinal in Brazil 
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE
RECOMMENDED ON ALETEIA
Diane Montagna’s translation of 
Pope Francis’s
 General Audience in St. Peter’s Square yesterday speaks of the temporal nature of this life and the hope of the hereafter. Amidst our activity we do well to consider from time-to-time of the "big picture" and to know that despite the many challenges which life throws at us, our Lord and Christ has an ultimate ending which is filled with benevolence, acceptance and goodwill—ultimately, love! 
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Rick Fitzgibbons’ piece: 
Risks to Couples in Same-Sex Unions offers insight as to the many physical and psychological risks associated with lesbian and gay relationships. The Church has come under enormous pressure to back away from its traditional teaching (the teaching of Holy Scripture) on this matter but we must remind ourselves that nothing can help those in need more effectively than the truth and that the guardian of "truth" is Christ Himself and His Spirit who, we are told, guides us in all truth. And the truth is—while God loves every single person on the face of His earth, He has clearly communicated His will regarding sexual relations. Indeed the sexual component of our lives is something which we should "offer" to God in sacrifice and in return for which He blesses us with His way of expressing this—through a devoted, loving union covenanted in marriage and which relationship serves (in shadow form) as a "type" of that glorious marriage which is to take place at the end of the age in which those who love God are wedded to Him. 
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BRITAIN
Ferguson protests spread to London 
CNN
The redemptive power of 
God is the only answer to ISIS, says British Member of Parliament 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
After John, now Luke: James 
MacMillan to unveil new Passion piece
CATHOLIC HERALD LONDON
Memo to the Guardian: 
Pope Francis is not ageist or sexist—(Unfortunately both the London Guardian and Independent are often obliquely anti-Catholic and anti-Christian. I’ve accepted it as one of those crosses one has to bear. My real concern though is for the negative impact their slant may have on those who are searching for the truth) 
CATHOLIC HERALD LONDON
What is the 
truth about Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor and "Team Bergoglio"? 
THE SPECTATOR
Christians in Britain can no longer assume goodwill from the powerful, so here’s what we must do—(Not a recent piece, but one most worthy of highlighting for those who missed it) 
CATHOLIC HERALD LONDON
After an identical story yesterday, 
another British couple found stabbed to death
DAILY MAIL LONDON
EUROPE
Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch suggests 
ecumenical dialogue is reaching new heights under Pope Francis 
ZENIT
Christian village welcomes fleeing Tatar Muslim
ALJAZEERA
AFRICA
Nigerian death toll rises to 78 
DECCAN CHRONICLE
Priest among freed Cameroon hostages
REUTERS
MIDDLE EAST
Ransoms provide millions for Islamic State—(We need government leaders who will resist the temptation to give in to the "weakness" of paying ransoms. It should be obvious that with every ransom paid, they are perpetuating this threat). 
CBN
ASIA
Christian man tortured and killed by Pakistan Police for no apparent reason
GOSPEL HERALD
Militants shoot health workers in Pakistan
THE GUARDIAN LONDON
FAMILY MATTERS
Judicial tyranny strikes again in Mississippi marriage amendment 
CHARISMA
Ten sins that we now take less seriously—(If issues such as those listed in this article "offend" you and you get the feeling that being a Christian is about a long list of do’s and don’ts, then go right ahead and do what you want, God won’t stop you because He’s not a God that forces people. However, if you love God, if you have reverence and respect for Him, you will naturally do those things which are right and appropriate. This is a good piece and comes with my recommendation) 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Atlanta Fire Chief 
suspended for writing about his Scriptural beliefs
CHRISTIAN NEWS
"Marriage can transform both the culture and the world"—Cardinal Francis George 
SUNDAY VISITOR
Alberta 
bill aims to force schools to accept gay clubs—(The homosexual agenda no longer seems to be about equal rights, but instead promoting the "gay" lifestyle at every possible opportunity)  
LIFE SITE
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OFFCUTS
Trying to write God out of creation: How a well-funded organization is seeking to enforce evolutionary ideas upon the Church—(Will these people never give up! "Give it your best shot" is my response. Of all the cockeyed theories floating around our world none seems more ridiculous to me than that of evolution. If you’ve never read a handful of really good studies debunking this satanic theory then you owe it to yourself to do so. In the meantime, as a sort of appetizer, you can watch 
this video) 
CH
McMass: McDonald’s in a Church! Are you serious? 
GOSPEL HERALD
China: Persecuting Christians is like fitting a race car with a steam engine! 
CHRISTIAN POST
"Kind and Humane Pope Francis Is Holy Man of the Year"—GQ Magazine (First Forbes, now GQ, where will it end?) 
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