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UK Court Forces Midwives to Assist in Abortions, Michigan Capitol to Host Satanic Display & More Headlines

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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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