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James Asquith - published on 12/17/14

James Asquith's "News Tips"

VATICAN CITY
Only a repentant heart will receive salvation, Pope Francis says 
CNA

Pope Francis thanks Salvation Army for teaching him about Christian unity as a small boy — Pope Francis has revealed that an encounter with the Salvation Army when he was just four years old opened his eyes to ecumenism and Christian unity 
CHRISTIAN TODAY

The Vatican vs. the nuns: 3 takeaways from Tuesday’s report 
RNS

Pope tells Gypsies to contribute to the common good
THE TABLET

"Bishops musn’t be like older brother in parable of Prodigal Son"—Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna 
VATICAN INSIDER

"Upcoming presidential elections should not derail papal visit"—Cardinal Ranjith of Colombo 
NCR
NORTH AMERICA
Michigan’s state capitol will host a Satanic Temple display while nativity scene has not been approved 
THE WASHINGTON POST

New York Fire Department attacked by atheists for celebrating Christmas
CHRISTIAN TIMES

Having been threatened, Georgia City permits opening of new mosque
CHARISMA

Homeland security supervisor sentenced for falsifying border investigations
BREITBART

ISIS propaganda attracting American youth
CBN

Lawsuit challenges President Obama’s Immigration Action — The American Center for Law and Justice, is representing 27 members of Congress in a federal lawsuit filed by 24 states challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s immigration action 
CBN
CENTRAL AMERICA
Catholic Bishops weaken as pro-abortionists make headway in Dominican Republic
LIFE SITE

Protests turn violent in Haiti
BBC
ISRAEL
Hamas removed from list of terrorist organisations by EU court
THE INDEPENDENT

Shai accuses EU court of hypocrisy after removing Hamas from terror list
JERUSALEM POST

Bennett on EU court Hamas decision:
 Europe will suffer from strengthening terror
JERUSALEM POST

Edelstein: 
The European Union must have lost its mind
JERUSALEM POST

Hamas ruled Gaza prepares for next assault against Israel
ISRAEL TODAY

EU lawmakers stop short of Palestinian recognition vote
BREITBART

Palestinians agree merged UN text with France — A draft resolution on ending the "Israeli occupation" will be submitted to the UN Security Council Wednesday after the Palestinians agreed with France on a merged text, Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said.  
YNET

"O Little Town of Bethlehem": The Persecution of Christians in the modern-day city of Christ’s birth 
CHRISTIAN POST

Indian migrants in Holy Land walk to Bethlehem for peace
CNA

New archaeological data confirms history of King David
BCN
RUSSIA
Saudis target Iran and Russia in high-stakes oil war
CBN

Lithuanian archbishop fears Russia attack on Baltic states — "We’re in the front line, and Russia has made its intentions clear," says the Archbishop of Vilnius 
CATHOLIC HERALD

Ukrainian Catholic leader: "The Pope is on Ukraine’s side" — At a recent prayer vigil, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), an Eastern-rite church in full communion with the Holy See, said that “The Pope is on the side of Ukraine and its people.” 
CATHOLIC CULTURE

Apple halts sales to Russia amidst rouble rumblings
BBC
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In 
"Bishops Speak Out Against Chemical Warfare on Women" we read of the response by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria to the imposition of a new self-injectable contraceptive being promoted by the Gates Foundation and Pfizer. The drug (Sayana Press) is known to possess harmful side-effects and yet, its widespread introduction marches on. Evidence (I believe) of coercion by Western "interests" upon Nigeria’s government. Let us pray the Church’s concerns will be taken-up by the people 
ALETEIA
Mary Hallan Fiorito’s 
"Putting Christ Back into Christmas" details the work of the "Next Generation" children handing-out figurines of the Christ Child to busy shoppers amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas. The Focolare Movement was founded in Italy by Chiara Lubich during the Second World War and seeks to return Christ to Christmas. “This wealthy world has ‘kidnapped’ Christmas and everything around it, and evicted Jesus! It loves the poetry, the atmosphere, the friendships, the presents, the lights, the stars, and the songs. It looks to Christmas for the best profits of the year. But there is no thought of Jesus.” 
ALETEIA
BRITAIN & IRELAND
Post-Christian Britain: 
UK’s highest court rules two Catholic midwives cannot object to being involved in abortions
DAILY MAIL

Post-Christian Britain: 
Bury St. Edmunds Catholic school "shock" at inclusion on Ofsted extremism list (The war against Christianity gets tougher every day!) 
BBC

Church of England announces first female Bishop
BBC

Evangelicalism is not about homophobia or hating women, says new Evangelical Alliance director 
CHRISTIAN
TODAY


Tory Chairman "ashamed" of terrorist apologist Warsi — The chairman of the Conservative Party youth movement has said she is "ashamed" of former Tory Chairman Sayeeda Warsi over her views on Gaza  
BREITBART

First same-sex marriages recognised in Scotland — The Catholic Church in Scotland lobbied against same-sex marriage, but a spokesman, John Deighan, admitted ahead of the final vote in February that there was an “air of inevitability” around the bill and it had been likely to become law 
THE TABLET

Church of Scotland presbyteries vote to appoint gay ministers 
BBC
EUROPE
Minister concerned that new Olympic transgender policy will cause discrimination against Christian athletes — The International Olympic Committee unanimously approved an addition to the non-discrimination policy last week that aims to stop bullying that occurs to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender athletes, but one organization believes that this will only allow more discrimination against those Christian athletes who believe that homosexuality is a sin  
GOSPEL HERALD

German bishops ready to change policy, allow divorced/remarried and homosexual employees
CATHOLIC CULTURE

Critic protests renovations at Chartres cathedral — Martin Filler laments a renovation project already underway in the cathedral of Chartres, in which the interior walls are being painted in “bright whites and garish colors"   
CATHOLIC CULTURE

French President approves report promoting "covert euthanasia"
LIFE SITE
AFRICA
Christmas officially banned by government of Sierra Leone
CHARISMA
MIDDLE EAST
31 killed, including 20 children, in Yemen bombing
GULF NEWS

Muslim rebels storm state-controlled newspaper in Yemen
FOX

Saudi Arabia passes law approving death penalty for those distributing Bibles — As part of its contribution towards world peace and unity among religions, the Islamic State of Saudi Arabia is imposing harsh new laws allowing the government to execute those caught distributing Bibles 
CHRISTIAN NEWS

Poverty, discrimination and sickness: How Syrian refugees are struggling in Lebanon 
CNA

Did Muhammad approve of torture?
FRONT PAGE

Catholic relief agency in Jordan strains to help Iraqi Christian refugees 
CATHOLIC CULTURE

Meet the Christian soldiers fighting for their lives against ISIS
HAARETZ

Iraq’s quiet Christian genocide
FOX
ASIA & AUSTRALIA
Taliban insurgents storm bank in southern Helmand, Afghanistan and take hostages
FOX

Local gov’t in Pakistan demolishes homes of Christian families under Muslim pressure — A municipal government in the Punjab province of Pakistan has destroyed the homes of 13 Christian families after they refused to become bonded laborers and work without pay.  
GOSPEL HERALD

Pakistan lifts death penalty ban
TDB

The bloodthirsty Taliban leader behind Pakistani school massacre
DAILY MAIL

Indians ramp-up anti-Christian offensive — Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi has voiced concerns over plans that schools will be open on Christmas Day and that Hindu extremists are planning a Christmas Day ceremony for the “conversion” of Christians to Hinduism 
CATHOLIC CULTURE

Catholic priest under fire in Malaysia over possession of hymns books
UCA

Kazakhstan hit by mystery sleeping sickness that causes sufferers to doze for days
DAILY MAIL

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Samson Shukardin, OFM, as bishop of Hyderabad
VIS

Archbishop of Sydney describes hellish scenes in central Sydney at Mass for victims of siege 
THE TABLET

Irish priest in Sydney says Australians turned to prayer during siege
CATHOLIC HERALD
FAMILY MATTERS
Wheaton College’s gay celibate counselor says she cannot change her sexual orientation 
CHL

Joan Collins: 
Porn led to my rape and encourages brutality
LIFE SITE

Britain’s first "elite" girls-only sex club
DAILY MAIL
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ADDITIONAL
Happy returns of the day to Pope Francis
INQUIRER

95-yr-old woman who had prayed to die
finds purpose
CBN

Priest takes drastic action after ringing phones disturb services — A priest has installed a jamming device to stop mobile phones going off during his services in Naples, Italy 
DAILY EXPRESS

The temples of today? 
CNN
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