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Hostage terror in Sydney, 129 drown in African ferry disaster, 19 slaughtered in Iraq, Chinese join ISIS, Church torched in Georgia, Hamas vows to destroy Israel ..

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James Asquith - published on 12/15/14

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ASIA, AUSTRALIA & THE FAR EAST
Sydney Hostage Terror

ABCCHRISTIAN TODAYDAILY MAIL
Shameful "Sydnians" — The disgrace of Australians posing for "selfies" as terror siege takes place (Disappointing behavior by our Antipodean cousins)  
DAILY MAIL
More dubious anti-Christian blasphemy cases arise in Pakistan after Church recently called for government to moderate its harsh treatment of Christians  
CHRISTIAN NEWS
Taliban bomb kills two American soldiers in NATO convoy  
CHRISTIAN TIMES

Christian bookstore owner to be released from Chinese prison — (How we have taken our freedom for granted in the West!)  
CHRISTIAN NEWS


VATICAN CITY

"Prayer is the breath of the soul" — Pope Francis 
RADIO VATICANA
The Pontiff’s "Five Finger Prayer" 
VATICAN INSIDER
“Christmas is not about consumerism, it’s about helping others" — Pope Francis 
VATICAN INSIDER
Pope Francis offers encouragement to beleaguered Middle Eastern faithful
CATHOLIC HERALD
Pope Francis:
"Serving the poor is how to meet Jesus" — (
Amen to that Papa Francesco!
VATICAN NEWS
Pope Francis meets with Italian Prime Minister
RADIO VATICANA
Philippines: 
Army and Maoist rebels agree to truce during papal visit 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Knights donate $2 million to papal charities
CNA
Vatican to visit front line in Ebola battle — His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will depart for Sierra Leone on Tuesday and then proceed to Liberia on 18 December 
RADIO VATICANA
Was 2014 the most progressive year for the Catholic Church?
QUARTZ
Tacloban flights canceled for Pope Francis visit — All commercial flights to and from Tacloban scheduled for January 17, 2015 will be suspended for the arrival of Pope Francis 
PHILSTAR
NORTH AMERICA
"Peaceful" California protests involved flag burning and the smashing of stores
BREITBART
Church set on fire in Roswell, Georgia — (Has anyone noticed the worldwide increase in the numbers of churches being burned?)  
WMAZ
What Jonathan Gruber taught as about Obamacare: Call it
the Arrogance of the Liberal Elite — "Gruber understood Americans had to be shielded from what the law actually did, because if they did know they would not have supported it. He additionally believed that subterfuge was necessary to pass the law because Americans are too stupid to understand what is good for them." 
CHRISTIAN POST
US cities vie for Pope’s attention
CRUX
The New America: 
California University ‘de-recognizes’ Christian group for accepting only Christians in leadership roles 
CHRISTIAN POST
Voucher backers to Colorado high court:  
"Don’t exclude religious schools" — The Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs has joined several other Christian schools and organizations in a legal brief to support a county voucher program, saying the Colorado Supreme Court should not exclude schools that are “too religious.” 
CNA
Letter: 
A defense of Catholic services — "A genuine version of history reminds us that religious schools, particularly those in the Catholic tradition, were created because of anti-Catholic sentiment that prevailed in the early 19th century public school system. Catholic schools have since gone on to provide a superior education to all students, regardless of their background or income level, and in spite of the archaic language found in Article 8, Section 2 of the Michigan Constitution" 
THE DETROIT NEWS
Calgary and Edmonton Catholic bishops pen letters on GSA’s — Calgary’s Roman Catholic Bishop Fred Henry and Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith have added their voices to the debate surrounding Bill 10, the controversial legislation about student-led gay-straight alliances (GSAs) 
CBC
LATIN AMERICA
Brazilian man confesses to killing over 40 people "for fun."
CHRISTIAN NEWS
Mexican Federal Police may have been involved in deaths of 43 students
BREITBART
ISRAEL
Hamas vows to destroy Israel 
RT
Washington undecided on UN resolution for Palestinian state
REUTERS
Muslims arrested in east Jerusalem for using Facebook to incite terrorism
JERUSALEM POST
Israel offers support in wake of Sydney hostage-taking
BIN
No reason to believe US will reverse policy on supporting imposed Palestinian state
JERUSALEM POST
Netanyahu vows support to persecuted Christians — 
“I promise we will support you” Netanyahu has said to Christians in Nazareth 
JERUSALEM POST
UN Security Council condemns attack on Israeli embassy in Athens 
YNET 
RUSSIA
Kissinger warns of West’s "fatal mistake" that may lead to new Cold War — (Welcome to the debate, Henry. Gorbachev already said this some weeks ago and others predicted a deterioration of "East-West" relations within the opening months of Obama’s administration) 
RT
Moscow condemns US aid to Ukraine
RADIO VATICANA
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church faces possible ban 25 years after legalization — Twenty-five years after its legalization in the former Soviet Union, the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church says his Church is faced once again with the possibility of being outlawed in parts of Ukraine  
VATICAN NEWS
Cold War II: 
Defense Secretary warns Putin he is playing "dangerous game"
allowing bombers to fly over UK waters 
DAILY MAIL
Why is Russia buying-up weapons?
CNN
RECOMMENDED ON ALETEIA
Greg Daly’s report on 
"Moral Authority" covers aspects of the recent report into the CIA torture of terrorist suspects and briefly quotes David Cameron’s statement defending the need to maintain moral authority
— and in this regard, Cameron is absolutely right. 
ALETEIA
The Pope’s Christmas Greeting to those in prison. Read how Pope Francis has written to prisoners in Italy encouraing inmates not to view their time as "lost" but as
an opportunity for growth
ALETEIA
BRITAIN & IRELAND
Britain to send hundreds more troops to Iraq — (Why pussyfoot around by drip-feeding troops into this situation, unless of course the intention is to drag-out the campaign for as long as possible?) 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
British Foreign Office caught funding training program for North Korean propagandists
BREITBART
British soldiers told not to shout at or insult terror suspects, report claims (Yes I can see it now, "Excuse me Sir, would you like one lump or two with your tea during interrogation?
Pathetic!
FOX
The War on Catholics: 
Catholics demand apology after Ofsted makes "unsubstantiated" extremism claim against school
DAILY TELEGRAPH
85-year-old dies after being moved out of care home in the cold — (We need to love and care for our elderly, at all times. God help us!) 
DAILY MAIL
Bishop of Durham says 
"Stay at home parenting is best for children"
CHRONICLE LIVE
EUROPE
Armed Siege in Ghent, Belgium: Four armed men have entered a flat in the Belgian city of Ghent  
BBC
Police raid Turkish media group critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — (Watch as Turkey becomes increasingly aligned with fundamentalist Islam) 
BBC
10 arrested in French jihadi recruiting network
FOX
AFRICA
129 Die in Lake Tangananyika ferry disaster
DAILY MAILBBC
Christian widow killed in Nigerian bomb blast
CHRISTIAN NEWS
Christians and Muslims gather at Egypt’s al-Azhar University to condemn Islamist terrorism
ALETEIA
African child burned by Islamists — 3-year-old Joel was on his way home from Sunday school when Islamic terrorists ripped his children’s Bible from his hands and tossed it onto a burning pile. Joel ran after his Bible and tried to scoot it out of the flames with a stick. When one of the insurgents saw him, he shoved Joel’s head into the fire and held it down with his boot.
“You stubborn infidel,” the Muslim hissed. 
VOTM
MIDDLE EAST
ISIS slaughters 19 policemen in Iraq
ALJAZEERA
Afghanistan: 
Supreme Court official shot dead by Taliban
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Does the West ignore Christians in Iraq because they lack economic stake? 
CNA
Hundreds of Chinese said to be fighting alongside Islamic State in Middle East 
JERUSALEM POST
Iraqi churches used as torture chambers by Islamic State 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s news channel to start broadcasting from Bahrain in February — (Oh joy of joys! And what, pray tell, can we expect from Alwaleed’s news channel
— fair unbiased reporting of Middle East politics?)  
FOX
FAMILY MATTERS
7 Basics for Ministers who want to maintain their sexual integrity
ICH
An open letter to my porn-watching Dad!
FAITH IT
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ADDITIONAL
New religious demographic to watch out for: 
Those who are Christian, but who are "Done" with Church
ICH
Louis Zamperini’s daughter talks about his extraordinary life and walk with God
GOSPEL HERALD
Are Christian podcasts replacing Church?
SLATE
Hallmark apologizes for ‘swastika’ wrapping paper — (Has anyone noticed how the swastika has made a "reappearance" recently?)  
CHRISTIAN TODAY
The world’s largest Hanukkah menorah, as verified by the Guinness World Records, will be proudly standing once again on New York City’s Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, just below Central Park in what is known as the Big Apple’s most fashionable plaza 
BIN
Bonhoeffer in Advent — "The joy of God goes through the poverty of the manger and the agony of the cross" 
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