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James Asquith - published on 12/10/14 - updated on 06/07/17

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VATICAN CITY
Pope Francis: 
"Don’t proselytize, instead heal the sick and seek the lost"
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Cardinal Turkson launches campaign against cyber-bullying
VIS
Vatican warns of "digital slum" where online porn, bullying, and abuse lives 
THE TABLET
Holy See releases preparatory document for October 2015 Synod 
ZENIT
Vatican officials visit Sri Lanka to assess the security risks ahead of next month’s papal visit 
SRI LANKA SUNDAY TIMES
Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal has praised progress in interfaith dialogue following last week’s third Catholic-Muslim Summit 
RADIO VATICANA
Leading Orthodox theologian hopes for "quick progress" towards full Christian unity — One of the leading theologians of the Orthodox world has said that he sees prospects for “quick progress” towards full Christian unity under Pope Francis 
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Cardinal Mejia, pioneer of Catholic-Jewish dialogue, dies age 91
CRUX
New Christmas greeting for Vatican staff
VATICAN INSIDER
NORTH AMERICA
Modern America: 
Texas eighth grader repeatedly slammed to ground by police after refusing to remove rosary beads at football game
CHRISTIAN POST
Modern America, Take 2 : 
Heads of statues of Joseph and Mary removed from garden of Catholic Convent 
CHARISMA
Modern America, Take 3 : 
Washington florist who declined to make arrangements for gay wedding may lose her business and personal assets
CHRISTIAN POST
Modern America, Take 4: 
Judge rules blood transfusion can be given to son of Jehovah’s Witnesses — (While I do not share the Jehovah’s Witness belief that one should not receive blood transfusions, what we are seeing is 
yet another Christian freedom being removed) 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Modern America, Take 5: 
New federal LGBT regulations advance "false ideology," and pose "serious threat" to religious freedoms
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Omnibus Bill "disappears" behind "server error" message .. just like Obamare! 
BREITBART
The War on Christmas continues 
CHRISTIAN POST
Obama unrepentant, unapologetic and rude
CHRISTIAN POST
Christian music teacher murdered in Texas
CHRISTIAN NEWS
Three Mexican cartel leaders caught in Texas since October 
BREITBART
Florida High School student led prostitution ring
CHRISTIAN NEWS
President Bush was kept in the dark — President George W. Bush was never briefed by the Central Intelligence Agency on the details of harsh interrogation techniques and secret detention of terror suspects 
NEWSMAX
American teens still joining ISIS — Three American teens, recruited online, have been caught trying to join the Islamic State 
THE WASHINGTON POST
Israeli student stabbed in Brooklyn as attacker shouts 
"Kill the Jews"
YNET
Obamacare economist regrets "stupid voter" remarks — (He 
actually regretted what he said .. or regrets that his remarks were publicized?) 
CBN
Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections has kicked off its work at the Capitol on Tuesday with former Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., R-Okla., declaring its charge to make the federal prison system 
safer, less costly and more humane
RNS
Michael Lindsay on Covenant and Conflict at Gordon College — The college’s president says the issues on campus go deeper than "homosexual practice" 
CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Canadian ethicist advocates "post-birth abortion" for newborns (
Some Canadian and some ethicist! Why don’t these people have the courage to label their proposals truthfully .. such as 
infant murder, rather than couch this wickedness in terms such as "post-natal abortion?") 
LIFE SITE
Common Core has significant conflicts with mission of Catholic schools says education leader 
BREITBART
LATIN AMERICA
Mexico City: 
5,000 confessions in one day
CATHOLIC CULTURE
ISRAEL
Congress calls for increased sanctions on Hamas allies — (Thank you America. At least
some in congress seem to know what the right thing to do is!)
THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
Irish government to accept motion to recognize Palestinian state — (The gross injustice of supporting a state who’s openly declared intention is the elimination of Israel continues as leftist liberalism seeks to destroy our world) 
YNET
The man who may spark a religious war wants Jews to pray alongside Muslims on the Temple Mount — Is his dream a death wish? 
TABLET
The Jerusalem the mainstream "controlled" media doesn’t want you to see
BCN
Israeli Police arrest man for kidnap and rape of 7-year-old girl 
JERUSALEM POST
Sheikh calls for "slaughter of Jews" on Temple Mount 
BIN
Jew-hating Arab Muslim discovers .. he’s a Jew! 
ISRAEL TODAY
RUSSIA
Nothing is true and everything is possible in Putin’s Russia — The post-Soviet, postmodern illiberal kleptocracy as a harbinger and warning bell for the West? 
TABLET
"Kowtowing to Moscow is bad ecumenism" — George Weigel
FIRST THINGS
RECOMMENDED ON ALETEIA
Mark Gordon’s 
"A Different Kind of Battlefield" looks at a recently released survey of active service members and finds some alarming signs. 
"Suicide is now the leading cause of death among active duty personnel, exceeding both accidents and combat. Currently, one active-duty service member a day commits suicide, and when that lens is widened to include all veterans, both active and separated, the daily figure swells to 22 per day."
ALETEIA
Mark Stricherz’s piece on 
"DC Catholic Schools" highlights the continued agenda to control Christianity in America. “The major concern here is the local government stepping into Church schools and telling them how to run their schools and what the balance has to be for their faith and to exist in the District of Columbia,” says Mark Trammell, an attorney for the Liberty Counsel. 
ALETEIA
BRITAIN & IRELAND
Prince Charles condemns Islamic State violence as "blasphemy" — The Prince of Wales has described the persecution of Christians in Iraq as 
"blasphemy" on the part of the Islamist militant group Islamic State (Well done, Charles!) 
CHRISTIAN TODAYCATHOLIC HERALDTHE TABLET
British families going without food is an "everyday reality," says Bishop of Middlesbrough — (As I regularly mention—for we need to be prepared—the US and the UK may be facing a future economic crisis which will plunge "ordinary" households into levels of poverty unknown since World War II.) 
CATHOLIC HERALD
Former Archbishop Rowan Williams wades into EU withdrawal debate — Leaving the EU would leave Britain “dangerously dependent” on bankers, argues former Archbishop of Canterbury. (A man who in the minds of many was probably the worst Archbishop of Canterbury in modern history, is now trying to sell us his pro-European agenda on a matter he knows little about. His understanding of what is now the "EU" and his "fears" over our withdrawal from this plague are so far removed from fact that his comments, as so often, beggar belief! Anyone with a modicum of concern for Britain and its future would make the effort to investigate what is 
actually at stake by further integration with EU political agenda)  
DAILY TELEGRAPH
17,000 without power as storms hit Britain 
THE INDEPENDENT
"Benefits system unfit for purpose and force families into poverty" — Archbishop of Glasgow 
THE TABLET
Are British women running sex slave brothels for ISIS?
CHRISTIAN POST
Catholic university appoints Cherie Blair as law professor — (
Seriously?
THE TABLET
Lost Britain: 
Advocates of sin and pornography to simulate sex acts
outside Westminster Abbey
ITV
The 12,000 strong army of foreign criminals living in Britain 
DAILY MAIL
Statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to mark International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2014 
ICBC
Unexpected row over Jim Murphy’s Catholic faith — The religious faith of Scottish Labour leadership candidate Jim Murphy has become central to an extraordinary row between the Free Church of Scotland and the Scottish Secular Society. (Would you kindly leave the man’s faith alone?) 
HERALD SCOTLAND
EUROPE
Let’s say farewell to France: France accused of "totalitarian secularism" after nativity scene removal
 CHRISTIAN TODAY
Curia responds to Malta teacher’s union protests over proposed Church school employment requirements 
TIMES OF MALTA
AFRICA
DRC: The Rape Capital of the World
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Nigerian diocese increases security after attacks
CNS
MIDDLE EAST
7 killed in Yemeni attack — At least seven Yemeni soldiers were killed and nine others wounded after suicide car bomb attacks on a military base in the city of Seyoun in southern Yemen 
CNN
ISIS trains 10 year olds to use assault rifles, then sends them to Iraq and Syria to kill 
CHRISTIAN POSTGOSPEL HERALD
ISIS encroaching on Jordan — Fears for Middle East stability 
CBN
Iraq needs more US support
CHRISTIAN TIMES
2 Million Iraqis have been displaced by Islamic State
CATHOLIC CULTURE
ISIS compiles checklist of how to treat thousands of kidnapped sex slaves
DAILY MAIL
ASIA
Muslims murder 10 innocent commuters in bus bombing in southern Philippines 
IOL
First Catholic university established in Bangladesh
CATHOLIC CULTURE
FAMILY MATTERS
Anti-Pornography groups host annual day of prayer to fight against sexual exploitation 
CHRISTIAN POST
60 Parliamentarians from 20 Countries adopt pro-family declaration at UN
ALETEIA
Killing a pregnant woman would be double murder under New Jersey bill — (And so it should be but it does make one wonder at the incongruity of a nation which licences abortion on the one hand while attempting to recognize "unborn" life on the other!) 
LIFE SITE
The new college counter culture
FIRST THINGS
Motherhood can be beautiful when Christ is at the Center of the family 
CHRISTIAN NEWS
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ADDITIONAL
Angelina Jolie dropped to her knees and prayed for a miracle during filming of "Unbroken," says Louis Zamperini’s daughter 
BCN
Family Guy airs controversial Jesus episode
"The 2,000-year-old virgin"
CHRISTIAN TODAY
World’s smallest Bible released 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Nun’s mission in comforting immigrants
EAGLE
Brotherly love?
DAILY MAIL
Facebook developing artificial intelligence assistant that will monitor everything you do on the social network 
DAILY MAIL
Melchiades Bishop of Rome
CHRISTIANITY
ASQUITH’S COMMENTS
In Mark Gordon’s 
"A Different Kind of Battlefield"
 we read about the appalling drop in morale currently affecting the US military and which, understandably, is a cause for grave concern. What Mark did not mention however is the full-frontal assault which has been unleashed upon the military by the Obama administration with regard to the expression of Christianity. The continued marginalizing and belittling of the Christian faith within the armed forces is itself demoralizing but more than that, an indictment of America’s lack of response amidst growing intolerance towards God. This isn’t just painful for Christians to observe, it affects "regular" soldiers who even if non-practicing in their faith tend (in the majority) to draw comfort and confidence from the presence of others who do and from the pastoral attentions of military chaplains. The military of the West has a rich history of dependence upon God, and I dread to think of the outcome of removing Him from such a vital organization. 
Mark Stricherz’s piece on 
"DC Catholic Schools" reveals yet another assault against Christianity in America. What we need to be mindful of is this; that if the "relative" freedoms the Church and Christians now possess are allowed to be taken away, the chances of their restoration in the prevailing political tide are less than slim. 

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