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Aleteia - published on 12/11/14 - updated on 06/07/17

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VATICAN CITY
Pope: No conservative or liberal families, family is family! 
RADIO VATICANA
The politics of Pope Francis: An anti-corruption, anti-ideology populism 
CNA
Pope sends Cardinal to Ukraine — Pope Francis has sent a special envoy, Vienna’s Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Greek Catholic Church’s return to legality 
VATICAN INSIDER
The Pontiff’s Christmas schedule
CATHOLIC NEWS
"Any attempt to divide doctrine and pastoral practice is a subtle heresy"—Cardinal Gerhard Müller (Nicely put, Cardinal!) 
LIFE SITE
Jesuits to select new leader — The Society of Jesus will hold a general congregation to elect a new leader beginning on October 2, 2016 
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Catholic
bishops call for end to fossil fuels
BBC
NORTH AMERICA
Horrific murder of 19-year-old girl in Courtland, Mississippi 
FOX
Murder of white man in St. Louis snubbed by media, says black conservative 
ONE NEWS
Chicago proposes Police chokehold ban as nation rages
CHARISMA
The New America: 
Army Chaplain punished for sharing faith — (This is utterly shameful) 
FOXCHARISMA
Fed-up Christians come out in force to keep "Christ in Christmas" 
despite ban! — (Well done, USA. Been waiting/praying for some response to the constant attack on our freedoms)
BCN
Did Police really slam teen to the ground for wearing rosary? See for yourself. 
CHARISMA
Texas teen 
on trial for gouging out girl’s eyes and then killing her in Satanic ritual
CHRISTIAN NEWS
The New America: 
Atheists launch legal attack against Hawaii Churches — (Another shameful episode in the development of a "New America") 
CHARISMA
Boehner ally admits 
Omnibus Bill was crafted in cigar smoke-filled back room
BREITBART
Congress hashes out $1 Trillion spending Bill 
at expense of pensioners and by cutting benefits of retirees — (This can only be a recipe for disaster!) 
GOSPEL HERALD
Palin throws down the gauntlet to GOP: 
"Block Obama’s Amnesty funds or face America’s wrath"
BREITBART
Catholic university employees told to file harassment complaints against coworkers who oppose same-sex "marriage" — (It is when we behave like this that we deserve the full force of criticism that the world is only too willing to throw at us. Cardinal Gerhard Müller has just stated 
"Any attempt to divide doctrine and pastoral practice is a subtle heresy," so how can a Catholic institution enforce such a policy and not be labelled as hypocrites?) 
LIFE SITE
Why millions of Christian evangelicals oppose Obamacare
 and civil rights 
SALON
Atheists push to remove language from Constitutions in Maryland and 6 other States that ban them from holding public office — (America doesn’t need faithless people in office, it needs the exact opposite) 
CHRISTIAN POST
Faith-based non-profits challenge HHS mandate
CBN
"We need the same courage as the first Christians to overcome today’s rejection of sexual morals" — Archbishop of Ottawa (Well done, Prendergast) 
LIFE SITE
LATIN AMERICA
Latin American church leaders call for church with "Amazonian face"
NCR
ISRAEL
Woman who survived Auschwitz, because Nazis ran out of gas, turns 101 
DAILY MAIL
Israel charges US citizen with 
planning to bomb Muslim holy sites
THE BLAZE
Poll: 
Palestinians support Jerusalem terror attacks
CBN
Finally!
Inciteful Arab Hanin Zoabi banned from Knesset
BIN
RUSSIA
Cold War II: 
Britain calls in NATO patrol planes to search for rogue submarine after periscope spotted near naval base 
DAILY MAIL
Eye of Sauron scrapped following Russian Orthodox complaint (Good!) 
THE INDEPENDENT
RECOMMENDED ON ALETEIA
George Weigel writes on the errors of 
Kowtowing to Moscow in the Church’s push for ecumencial advancement, stating, "For so long as the leaders of Russian Orthodoxy aspire to hegemony within Orthodoxy, claim to be the sole legitimate heirs of the baptism of Rus’ in 988, and act as agents of Russian state power in world politics, for just that long will Russian Orthodoxy be a serious obstacle to a more unified Orthodox world and to reconciliation and full communion between Catholicism and Orthodoxy." (See my comment at the end of today’s Tips) 
ALETEIA
Father Robert McTeigue shares his views on 
What One Should do When Discouraged drawing inspiration from Scripture as well as the teachings of Ignatius Loyola. Robert says: "Even if in desolation I feel abandoned by God, I know that I cannot be," and he is indeed correct, for our Heavenly Father will 
not abandon those who place their hope and trust in Him. 
ALETEIA
BRITAIN & IRELAND
The New Britain: 
Church vandalized 12 times in two months
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Prince Charles:
Pursuing Peace. Interventions by Prince Charles in support of persecuted Christians are examples of a commitment to religious freedom born out of his role as heir to the throne 
THE TABLET
The New Britain: 
Jesus Christ? Chelsea’s new superstar striker! One in five children think he plays for premiership team and half believe December 25th is Santa’s birthday (Laughable, but truly tragic!) 
DAILY MAIL
Removing pews from church is "vandalism" (Amen to that!) 
NORTHUMBERLAND GAZETTE
Concluding peace for Northern Ireland? 
BBC
Diocese of Ferns in Ireland launches spiritual support service
ICBC
New Gaelic hymn book launched
 on Skye  
COS

EUROPE
Halt to Sunday trading in Hungary promised. Prime Minister Viktor Orban says he wants to protect the Christian day of rest — (May God bless and prosper Hungary as they seek to honor God) 
CHRISTIAN POST
"Gay marriage is against human nature" — Greek justice minister (What’s happening in Europe today? Hungary seeks to honor God on Sundays, Greece is trying to enforce Biblical views on marriage .. could it perhaps be anything to do with the 
Feast of St. Damasus!)  
LIFE SITE
AFRICA
Six dead as female suicide bombers blow up market in Nigeria
NIGERIAN GUARDIAN
MIDDLE EAST
ISIS militants throw homosexual off roof
DAILY MAIL
ISIS trying to sell the remains of James Foley’s body for $1m
DAILY MAIL
Three Iranian pastors appeal 6-year prison sentence as
another Church leader is arrested — (So much for religious tolerance!) 
CHL
Syrian al-Qaeda using UN cars to conduct terror operations
YNET
ASIA & AUSTRALIA
Suicide bomber kills six Afghan soldiers on Kabul bus 
REUTERS
Pakistani family slaughtered in honor killing 
THE WASHINGTON POST
"One has to pray" — How prayer saved internationally renowned French priest Father Jacques Philippe from almost turning his back on God. 
CATHOLIC LEADER
FAMILY MATTERS
New York state senator wants to legalize assisted suicide
LIFE SITE
The most disturbing discrepancy yet in the Rolling Stone rape story 
BREITBART
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ADDITIONAL
Going to church is a privilege that people living in a free society must not waste
CATHOLIC HERALD
Catholic "Women Priests:" Can there be discussion?
CWR
Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and the devil in new film 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Sculpture of Christ stolen from Indiana gallery 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
"Mass Mob" movement energizes Catholic Church
ART VOICE
Child with cancer has just one wish — To see Pope Francis (And there I was thinking HuffPo didn’t do 
"kind to Catholics" type stories!) 
HUFFPO
Another American in Downtown Abbey! What’s going on here then! 
DAILY MAIL
ASQUITH’S COMMENT
In George Weigel’s piece on the errors of 
Kowtowing to Moscow, he concludes by suggesting that,  "The Vatican’s ecumenical default positions badly need re-setting. And that re-set must begin with a clear-eyed view of recent Russian Orthodox prevarications and aggressions. Nothing will be gained, ecumenically speaking, from further kowtowing to the self-styled “Third Rome.”" And I agree with him. However, there is (so it seems) a determined "push" in all directions, to see the gaps between East and West, and specifically Rome and Moscow, closed (or at least much closer together). This, I fear, is a political agenda and one which I believe is gaining confident momentum at a time when the Church is weary of losing its "power." I do not think we will see an 
overnight declaration of unity between Moscow and Rome but I do believe we will see greater unity than ever before, and that this will begin to manifest sooner rather than later. 

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