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James Asquith - published on 12/12/14

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VATICAN CITY
"We can’t be book-keepers of God’s love"—Pope Francis 
RADIO VATICANA
“Your task is to sow, only God can make the seeds grow”—Pope Francis tells the 4th European Congress on youth pastoral ministry 
VATICAN NEWS
Pope Francis: 
"Missing something in your spiritual life? It’s probably love"
CNA
Vatican announces that Pope Francis will hold a 
consistory to name new cardinals in February
THE TABLET
A closer look at 
next February’s consistory
CRUX
Pope Francis likely to have discussed economic inequality with IMF director
CNA
Vatican reform plans to shift into high gear in February
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Pontiff requests "eye contact" with Filipino families
RAPPLER
Pope Francis’ plan to rescue millions from modern-day slavery
PROGRESS
Tacloban airport "ready" for Pope Francis
RAPPLER
NORTH AMERICA
Obama’s alacrity with Scripture!?
THE WASHINGTON POST
From American teen to ISIS suicide bomber
CHARISMA
The New America: 
New Jersey town says "YES" to paying millions to buy land for Muslims to build mosque 
CHRISTIAN NEWS
Texas
SWAT teams raid border homes
BREITBART
Catholic Parish being sued for upholding Scriptural values
LIFE SITE
Torture: The History — Find out who else tortured like the CIA 
MEDIUM
A Bible, a toothbrush and family portrait: The pathetic possessions found on the skeletal remains of migrants who died trying to cross into the US
— (And the US administration is encouraging hundreds of thousands more to suffer the same fate!) 
DAILY MAIL
Cardinal George awarded Chicago’s highest honor
ABC
The New America: 
"Serve gays or be punished"
CBN
Americans actually 
want to keep Christ in Christmas! — Is there hope? 
CHARISMA
Will Cupich ascend to Cardinal?
NBC
Kentucky declines tax break to Christian theme park and declares they will "no longer honor pledge not to discriminate in hiring for park" 
CBN
US Pastor faces "crimes against humanity" charges for opposing gay agenda as First Circuit refuses to toss suit 
LIFE SITE
The New America: Air Force Secretary — 
"Transgender people should serve in military because ‘times change’"
LIFE SITE
Mayor de Blasio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan break ground on affordable housing project 
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Ontario College approves draft policy forcing doctors to provide abortions and contraceptives
LIFE SITE
LATIN AMERICA
Mexican faithful fighting pessimism in wake of murder of 43 students 
CHRISTIAN POST
Venezuela loses faith in socialist government 
FINANCIAL TIMES
ISRAEL
Shots fired at Israeli embassy in Athens 
JERUSALEM POST
Palestinian car drives into IDF outpost in West Bank 
JERUSALEM POST
Palestinian human rights activist implores Malala: 
"No money to Hamas"
YNET
Palestinians, NOT IDF, denied medical aid to dying PA Minister
ISRAEL TODAY
How can we pray for Israel? (Highly Recommended) 
CHARISMA
RUSSIA
The Russian Bear is Back! Is NATO ready? 
CBN
RECOMMENDED ON ALETEIA
"8 Minutes" by John Burger, is a story highlighting the unique ministry of a California minister involved in trying to rescue women from the vice of prostitution. While few may feel "equipped" for such work, there is one thing we can all do when we happen upon those less fortunate than ourselves, and that it is to pray for their salvation and well-being. The quiet prayer of the heart, offered in faith, can made a huge difference.  
ALETEIA
"Syria: The Loss of an Entire Generation of Children" reveals the alarming news that: More than 7 million people have been displaced within Syria, unemployment is at 54%, there is a 50% reduction in the numbers attending school and that more than 150,000 people have died since the beginning of the recent conflict. Syria is desperately in need of our prayers and of international assistance. 
ALETEIA
In John Burger’s a 
"Big Step Forward" we read about the surprise by some Orthodox at the revelation that the Catholic Church does not seem to be demanding a "take over" of Orthodoxy as a pre-requisite for unity. In fact, unity with the East seems closer than ever before!  
ALETEIA
BRITAIN & IRELAND
100-year-old Catholic adoption and fostering agency to close
THE TABLET
Nuns convert former pub into hostel for homeless over Christmas 
THE TABLET
Church of England plans to groom "talent" for high offices within Church — (Yawn. Why doesn’t Justin spend some more time with the Scriptures and perhaps find inspiration from Acts chapter 6!) 
CHURCH TIMES
Cardinal challenges Catholic media to "open up new avenues for faith"
CATHOLIC HERALD
Faith schools gaining the top spots in primary league tables 
DAILY MAIL
"I’m an angel!" Woman caught 
making porn movies in church claims others’ sins are far worse — (God can forgive those involved in this act of blasphemy but .. when we disrespect God to such an extent and remain unrepentant, we should not expect that there will be no repercussions. Our God is holy and such "abuses" will not go unpunished. May God help these people .. and those who approve of them) 
DAILY MIRROR
Christianity in Northern Ireland
THE ECONOMIST
Presbyterian leader accuses Scottish secularists of anti-Catholicism
CATHOLIC HERALD
The success of an innovative 
Church-led credit union in Penicuik has been commended by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament 
COS
The moment teenager took aim at police on Scottish island 
DAILY MAIL
AFRICA
Medical shortages hinder Ebola relief, survivors grieve
— (Let us help and let us pray. These are our brothers and sisters and they are in desperate need of our love and support) 
CNA
Bomb blast kills 40 in Nigeria 
REUTERS
50 die from contaminated well in Somalia 
CNN
The women who fight for life in the DRC — (Please pray for those suffering in the DRC and across Africa. Every prayer helps) 
FAITH IT
MIDDLE EAST
ISIS: The Genesis — Investigation says ISIS began in US detention camps 
THE GUARDIAN
ISIS’ money-making machine
BBC
ISIS slave trade highlights broader problem among the Muslim world
BIN
Samaritan’s Purse sending 
60,000 boxes of Christmas gifts to children displaced by ISIS (God bless you!) 
ICH
Iraqi Christians flee Mosul and find help with Caritas Jordan
RADIO VATICANA
Secretary of Sidon’s Catholic diocese robbed
LEBANON DAILY STAR
ASIA, AUSTRALIA & CHINA
4,000 Indian Christians to reconvert to Hinduism
CATHOLIC CULTURE
The New Global War Against Christianity: 
Indian Police investigate claims of forced conversions to Hinduism
CHRISTIAN TODAY
India’s Church and the Dalits: An open wound 
VATICAN INSIDER
"Francis won’t meet me"—Dalai Lama 
THE TELEGRAPH
Mandatory celibacy may have contributed to clerical abuse “in some circumstances,” a body helping the Catholic Church to respond to the Australian Royal Commission on abuse has said (Something many of us have said for many years. Only time will tell if the requirement for mandatory celibacy will be reviewed but there’s one ray of hope .. it’s not a
Scriptural requirement and was not a requirement imposed by Christ so, if we follow His lead .. we should end up in the right place!) 
THE GUARDIANABC
Australian Christian bus driver forgives women who spat at, punched and bit him 
DAILY MAIL
Female priest strip-searched in Australia 
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Chinese baby flushed down toilet .. but survives! 
LIFE SITE
FAMILY MATTERS
Ottawa Gay Pride leader pleads guilty to sexual extortion of 16-year-old boy 
LIFE SITE
Forced abortion should be remembered as a Nazi crime: Holocaust panel 
LIFE SITE
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ADDITIONAL
Superbugs to kill ‘more than cancer’ by 2050

BBC
The Poet, the Great War, and "The Break"
CWR
Angelina Jolie "would consider" going into politics — (What a surprise .. not!) 
BREITBART
Restaurateur with mob ties helps bring historic Catholic texts to Brooklyn
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Ah yes .. that 
all-time "great" American role model! — (Just what kind of message does she send to her millions of devotees?)  
DAILY MAIL
And while we’re at it (see item above) where is the Church in
this story? 
We need to reassure women that their value is their character, which is more precious than any fading attribute they may or may not have! 
DAILY MAIL
Church History: Read how 
Father Flanagan rescued impoverish children in Nebraska 
CHRISTIANITY
Vatican: Preserving ethnological artifacts, helping others do the same 
CATHOLIC SUN
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