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US entering new era of religious hostility, 40 killed in Nigeria bombing, parents forgive ISIS killers, Pope Francis calls for a “change in mentality” within Church and more ..

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James Asquith - published on 11/28/14 - updated on 06/07/17

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
EUROPE
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
AFRICA
40 killed at Nigerian bus stop 
DAILY TIMES PAKISTAN
5 killed and seven injured in additional Boko Haram attack 
ABC NEWS
ASIA, FAR EAST AND AUSTRALIA
10 killed by gunmen at Indian Army base in Kashmir 
DAILY TIMES PAKISTAN
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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ADDITIONAL
The UN loves young people. 
It just doesn’t want too many of them!
LIFE SITE
An 
unthankful nation is an unthinking nation 
CHRISTIAN POST
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
ASQUITH’S COMMENT
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. 
Amen.

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