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James Asquith - published on 12/09/14 - updated on 06/07/17

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VATICAN
"I am blessed with unawareness and am too old to do anything other than be myself"

—Pope Francis 
THE TABLET
“Salvation is a gift given freely, a gift to be given to others”—Pope Francis 
VATICAN INSIDER
Pope Francis issues decrees in sainthood causes of eight women. The Pope has recognized the miracles needed for the canonization of two Palestinian nuns and of a French woman who founded a religious order 
CN
Nuclear deterrence no longer justifiable doctrine — Pope Francis 
I09
Vatican foreign minister calls for peaceful solution to Ukraine conflict
CATHOLIC HERALD
Vatican hits out after latest Mafia cash scandal emerges
IRISH INDEPENDENT
Will a host of pontifical councils be merged into two congregations
CNA
NORTH AMERICA
Los Angeles on fire
SKY NEWSBREITBART
Explosives thrown at police in California 
CNN
Israeli stabbed outside Chabad headquarters in New York
JERUSALEM POST
"Islam is a religion of war"—Franklin Graham 
CHRISTIAN HEADLINES
Why Obama’s Executive Order 16672 is bad for business 
CHARISMA
Warning: Churches at risk. Churches are meant to be sanctuaries from all the evil that happens in the outside world. But for many reasons, churches in America today are becoming targets for protests, predators, and terrorists. 
CBN
Oklahoma: 
Feds call truce in Common Core battle
CHRISTIAN HEADLINES
How 
American Evangelicals are NOT following New Testament Christianity
CHRISTIAN POST
Bishop of Pittsburgh invites Catholics back to church .. via TV broadcast 
CBS
LA billboard aims for bold statement on persecuted Christians. A new billboard campaign in Los Angeles leading up to Christmas is hoping to raise awareness of persecuted Christians both locally and around the world. 
CNA
Catholic theologians call for community policing
CM
LATIN AMERICA
Catholicism’s Latin American Problem
CWR
Mexicans are more Catholic and often more traditional than Mexican Americans 
PRC
ISRAEL
Israel’s parliament dissolves. Israel’s parliament officially ended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s third term after less than two years, as campaigning intensified for the March 17 election. The Knesset voted 93-0 to dissolve itself following Netanyahu’s decision to fire two cabinet ministers, declaring that his multi-party coalition was out of control and sabotaging his governing agenda. (Let us pray that God’s will be done regarding the future government of Israel)
BLOOMBERG
Israel’s view of Obama slips even further! Whereas his predecessors were consistently counted among Israel’s best friends in the international arena, US President Barack Obama is seen by the majority of Israelis as being an enemy of the Jewish state, according to a new survey. 
ISRAEL TODAY
Hispanic Christians vow to support Israel "without compromise" — "Israel is the sole democracy in that part of the world and a safeguard for religious pluralism. Israel is not the problem, Israel is the solution. My message to Israel and the Jewish people is that there is a Hispanic Christian community emerging that will not abandon Israel or the Jewish people. We will build a firewall against anti-Semitism, and we will do that with integrity and compassion." — Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez 
BCN
RECOMMENDED ON ALETEIA
Tom Hoopes’ 
"Epic Failures of Modern American Secularism" offers an eye-opening overview of some startling failures in American culture. It should be added that these failures are equally apparent in Western Europe. 
ALETEIA
In her piece on US Colleges: 
"Where Faith and Virtues Go to Die," Catherine Ruth looks at the alarming prevalence of sexual violence and suggests "Temperance and sexual restraint don’t come from a high-minded resolution to be good. They come from conversion and grace." 
ALETEIA
BRITAIN 
Plot to kill British police 
DAILY MAIL
Perfection-obsessed schools have "lost sight of humanity" of pupils, Catholic head warns 
THE TABLET
"Young Africans are being seduced into modern slavery by the promise of a dream that never comes true"—Archbishop of Westminster 
CN
Parishioner issues apology after Bishop of Lancaster’s legal threat (How very sad. I wonder what happened to the Bishop’s recollections of Paul’s teachings in First Corinthians chapter six?) 
LANCASHIRE EVENING POST
Being Christian is too dangerous in too much of the world
EVENING STANDARD
EUROPE
Belarus pro-lifers saving children through campaigns inside abortion-performing hospitals 
LIFE SITE
Italian "Schindler" honored with concerts. Lesser-known Italian, Giorgio Perlasca, who saved more people than Oskar Schindler during the Holocaust, will be honored with a concert series by the Raanana Symphonette 
BIN
AFRICA
DRC: 
Family burned alive and children beheaded in brutal attack. "It was what the French call ‘arme blanche’, no guns – only machetes and knives – and these attacks are getting more and more cruel." 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Boko Haram kill More Christians and abduct 20 female children while expanding Islamic State in Nigeria: (Christ have mercy! I sometimes weep as I compile these news items. God forgive our wretched, wicked world) 
GOSPEL HERALD
Archbishop of Cape Town speaks out over African murders
ANO
MIDDLE EAST
“The world has turned its back on what is happening in Iraq and Syria"—Patriarch Louis Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church 
CRUX
Behind the ISIS mass beheading video
DAILY MAIL
ASIA, AUSTRALIA & CHINA
The "Secret Church": Welcome to Christianity in Central Asia 
WWM
What a commendable initiative!
FAITH IT
Chinese baby survives after being buried alive for two hours. A baby girl in China has survived being born three months premature and then being buried alive for two hours
LIFE SITE
FAMILY MATTERS
After losing to Hobby Lobby, 
Obama attacks Nuns over birth control mandate
CHRISTIAN POST
Will the sexual license mandate destroy Christian educational institutions? (Probably, unless clear steps are taken to prevent this) 
CHRISTIAN POST
"This will not end well": School Board Allows "transgender males" to play on girls teams (We have clearly lost our minds!) 
CHRISTIAN NEWS
Labour calls for US-style "buffer zones" around abortion clinics to stop protesters hassling patients 
DAILY MAIL
Christians have abandoned politics. And 
millions are DYING because of it
LIFE SITE
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ADDITIONAL
Can a Christian embrace evolution?
CHRISTIANITY
Christian Rapper Lecrae: 
"The cops I harassed as a teen, pointed me to the Bible" (As can be seen, there 
are "decent" police officers) 
GOSPEL HERALD
While 
talking about "decent" police .. 
LIFE SITE
Don’t let emotions dictate your faith
RELEVANT
Prayer in the Facebook Age
FIRST THINGS
Pope Francis donates football souvenirs to Vatican museum 
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Asquith’s Archives: 
Vatican cross given by Emperor Justin II restored 
SANIDOPOULOS
ASQUITH’S COMMENTS
In Catherine Ruth’s 
"Where Faith and Virtues Go to Die" on 
ALETEIA, we read about the epidemic of sexual promiscuity and 
worldly influences which are infecting students nationwide. In some instances it could be said that for a concerned family to send their child to college, is to guarantee their corruption! This discouraging dilemma presents an incredible opportunity for the Church to clean up its educational institutions and deliver what is needed most — quality education based on the acknowledgement of, and reverence for, God.

Statement by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez. How 
thoroughly refreshing to see a Church leader take a clear stand on this issue, and to base his position on the teachings of Scripture. Scriptures which, in today’s age, are become increasingly unpopular. Watch out for more and more Churches who are willing to "throw out" sections of Holy Writ to suit their particular ideologies, philosophies and politics.

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