New Kremlin-Vatican axis emerges as Europe falters: "As the home of godlessness since the French Revolution, Europe cannot expect an easy ride from the Vatican." "Massimo Franco, the political columnist for Corriere della Sera newspaper who has written about the Francis-Putin alliance, says it is not a vote of confidence in Mr. Putin or a desire to distance the Vatican from western values. Rather it is a recognition of the “contradictions, divisions and lack of strategic vision of the West in the Middle East." (I contend, as I have for some time, that despite reports to the contrary, we are going to see a closing of the gap between Russia and Rome. Time will tell!) THE NATIONAL
US entering dangerous new era in religious hostility CBN
Peter Kassig’s parents forgive ISIS killers for beheading their son GOSPEL HERALD
Randall Smith proposes a "Bishop’s Accreditation" for centers of Catholic higher education—and makes some powerful points! ALETEIA
The Aleteia Team highlight the relentless persecution of Christians. In this instance, how an entire Christina community has had to flee their homes as a result of a marriage between a Christian and a Muslim in Pakistan. "This is the third time during the past few weeks that Christian families have been forced to leave their village because of Muslims." (A point to remember when someone turns around and says "those are extremists, what they are doing is not true Islam," is that these actions are wholly mandated in the Koran). ALETEIA
Christians persecuted in the Middle East: An Interview with the Archbishop of Beirut—(We need to keep the plight of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East at the forefront of our hearts and minds. Thousands upon thousands are suffering while support from the West remains largely lethargic.) ALETEIA
Religious influence in schools criticized in House of Lords (Some who are not happy about the current direction of Pope Francis in the area of ecumenism (and by ecumenism I refer to unity between churches as opposed to multi-faith dialogue) need to consider that the Christian faith across all denominations has been under relentless attack in recent years. Some may not want us to be "close" to other Christians denominations but, I would suggest, we actually need each other in order to stand effectively against the continued and intensifying assault against our many shared beliefs) SECULARISM
Pupils at Hunterhouse College in Belfast quizzed on religious views of homosexuality: (While pupils in Ottawa are being silenced over homework highlighting gay rights, in Northern Ireland school specifically asks them for input. Again, the gay rights lobby must be laughing themselves silly as they watch us falling over our feet in our various responses to homosexuality).—I can only repeat .. what a mess!) BELFAST TELEGRAPH
And so it begins! (As well as several secular manuscripts (novels mainly) predicting the role of children in the "last days" Holy Scripture makes it clear that some children will betray their parents. It has to start somewhere .. and in the UK we seem to be getting on with it! So sad.) DAILY MAIL LONDON
How secular equality is stripping true freedom (The dark agenda of secularist liberalism) CHRISTIAN TODAY
Ratzingerians meet in St. Benedict’s birthplace— "Europe’s rejection of its Christian roots has created a cultural weakness that has allowed the resurgence of aggressive Islam," a coalition of “Ratzingerian” thinkers, activists, and politicians heard in the Italian town of Norcia LIFE SITE
Real Madrid loses Christian cross from club crest to appease Abu Dhabi bank (Yes, this is just how we should respond, by lifting up Islam and mammon above our God and Creator. God help us!) DAILY TELEGRAPH LONDON
The bishop-elect of Galloway Diocese has said he was "gobsmacked" to be appointed, but is ‘trusting the Holy Spirit’ as he asked for prayers ahead of his Episcopal ordination SCOTTISH CATHOLIC OBSERVER
6 killed and 30 injured in attack against British Embassy vehicle in Afghanistan WASHINGTON POST
Flights cancelled across Japanese region after Mount Aso volcano erupts for the first time in 22 years DAILY MAIL LONDON
Day of Solidarity with Christians of the Middle East—Sunday 7 December 2014 has been designated a Day of Solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference ACBC
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The UN loves young people. It just doesn’t want too many of them! LIFE SITE
A glimpse of San Augustin’s Church Manila JOHN FALCH
"Close your eyes, I’m coming with you"—Devoted husband’s last words to his dying wife just hours before he died by her side of a broken heart DAILY MAIL LONDON
Today’s news counts just over 60 people killed through various terrorist actions around the world within the past 24 hours; that’s a shocking number—and these are just the cases which have made it to the various news desks. I say "shocking," but is it? Our children are growing up surrounded by headlines we rarely saw. Ten years from now (probably less) will they be inured to such news? How about us, are we already there? While I am not suggesting we should feign sympathy or concern (that would be to deceive ourselves), I do recommend we pray to the Father to keep our hearts sensitive to the atrocities in our world. Speaking of what eschatologists refer to as the "end times" St. Matthew’s Gospel records the words of Christ in which He says, " And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold." The Church must not be like the world and our love must never grow cold. This means (from my own experience) regularly asking our Father to keep our hearts sensitive and loving, even if this inflicts unwanted pain (which it will). The promise of God however is that He will comfort us in our pain. St. Paul puts it this way, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
Prayer: Heavenly Father, amidst the increasing depravity in our world, please keep my heart open, vulnerable and sensitive, that I might echo Christ in my responses to those around me, trusting that you will guard my soul as I seek to serve you in loving others. This I ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ my Lord. .
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