Pope Francis names new Camerlengo — The Pontiff has named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as his new Camerlengo. Tauran, 71, will replace Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state CHRISTIAN TIMES
"Don’t miss God’s knock at the door this Christmas"
— Pope Francis
Archbishop of Seoul prays for reconciliation with North
— The South Korean Archbishop of Seoul, Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, has prayed for reunification with North Korea so that “through trust and reconciliation, may we become one family again” CATHOLIC HERALD
"There are promising prospects for China-Holy See relations"
— Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State VATICAN INSIDER
Man protests on roof of St. Peter’s
— An Italian man evaded Vatican security for the fifth time to reach a high ledge on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica to protest against laws he says caused him to lose his business CHRISTIAN TODAY
The Vatican and Lutherans will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 with “common liturgical material” in a move hailed as an “epoch-making turning point” in Catholic-Lutheran relationsLUTHERAN WORLD "Proposal to allow Communion for those in irregular unions attacks the very foundations of Christian life"
— Cardinal Velasio De Paolis LIFE SITE
New Ambassador of Netherlands presents credentials to Pope
— The Ambassador said of his meeting with Pope Francis that they spoke at length (in Spanish) about peace and the latest developments regarding Cuba RADIO VATICANA
How Pope Francis became the world’s BFF
— The first Jesuit Pope has endeared himself to people not so much through his religion, but through his humane politics, which were forged in repressive Argentina TDB
Cuban-Americans denounce Pope Francis:"I am a Catholic Without a Pope"— Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seeing Francis stirring hopes of progress in communist Cuba, but some Cuban-Americans say their spiritual leader betrayed them THE BLAZE Iran cites US-Cuba thaw as proof that sanctions do not work
— Tehran says "defense of Cuban government of their revolutionary ideals shows that isolation policies and sanctions against independent nations are ineffective" YNET
Liberman: Gaza rockets are response to EU decision to remove Hamas from terror blacklist — Friday’s mortar attack from Gaza was the terrorist organizations’ answer to the EU High Court of Justice’s decision last week to take Hamas off the EU’s list of terrorist organizations JERUSALEM POST Woman found stabbed in Rishon Lezion
— A woman in her fifties was found stabbed to death in an apartment on Arnon street in Rishon Lezion south of Tel Aviv on Monday morning JERUSALEM POST
Netanyahu in Europe to resist Palestinian statehood plansBIN Hanukkah candle lighting at Joseph’s tombBIN "One in three children in Israel is poor" says new report by NGOJERUSALEM POST Palestinian cleric says husbands must know password for wives’ Facebook accounts
— Sheikh Khaled al-Maghrabi said that for a woman to have an internet account that is blocked with a password unknown to her husband constitutes a violation of Islamic law. Muslim women who wish to maintain an account on social media must grant access to those accounts to their husbands, a Palestinian cleric has told worshipers at the Al-Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem JERUSALEM POST
Belarusian independent news sites blocked
— Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media CBN
Facebook’s politics: Facebook accused of bowing to Putin as site shuts down page supporting president’s rival because of pressure from the Kremlin DAILY MAIL
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Brian Fraga addressed the matter of "Jihadist Attacks on the West"
stating, "[Many] attacks [by Muslims] have been portrayed as "lone wolf" incidents perpetrated by violent and mentally-unstable individuals who are usually estranged from society. However, Turzanski said ‘there are too many commonalities to ignore the broader threat of domestic jihad. It is very much their ideology,’ Turzanski said. ‘You start putting all this together and the first thing that’s obvious is that people who intend to do us harm lack the capacity for mass-casualty attacks. If ISIS and Al Qaeda had the capacity for mass-casualty attacks against us, they would do it. This shows they have changed their mindset." ALETEIA
The Canonry of St. Leopold’s message "Any Day Now"
reflects on the need for us to take stock of the loads we carry (especially at this time of year) and encourages us to embrace Christ even as Mary embraced the calling upon her life, "We too are asked every day of our lives, and in a special way as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, if we are able and willing to accept [the Christ child] and all that comes with Him into our own arms and into our own lives." ALETEIA
BRITAIN & IRELAND
The New Britain: "Heartless" council threatens to take Violet, 100, to court on Christmas Eve
over nursing home fees DAILY MAIL
Justin Welby: "The only certainty in life is Christ"
— (Lol, well it had to happen one day. Since Welby came to office there hasn’t been much about his Archbishopric that I have agreed with, but, his most recent comment is something with which I concur! Indeed I often say something similar with the phrase"The only consistency in our lives, is the love of God."
So, today Welby and I are on the same page—
and it is in acknowledging Christ that we find this unity — just as it should be!) CHRISTIAN TODAY
ISIS The Next Generation: "God willing" says jihadist widow in London as she posts photo of 4 year old posing with ISIS flagDAILY MAIL
Britons behaving badly: Looking like a character out of Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" video, socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson is arrested by eight armed police officers at Heathrow after throwing tantrum because she was refused access to first-class loungeDAILY MAIL
UK university pays North Korean students £56,000 to learn the secrets of computer hackingDAILY MAIL
Britons in poverty: Poorest families in Britian more heavily taxed than wealthy
— (As one reads Scripture it becomes clear how such injustices deeply offend our Lord) THE INDEPENDENT
Former Archbishop of Canterbury installed as Endellion church prebendBBC Christmas is cancelled for boy, 11, as his single mother scrapes together cash needed for private school’s annual feesDAILY MAIL First arrest in forex scandal: Former RBS trader held on suspicion of rigging £3.5trillion foreign exchange market
— (Financial analysts as well as those intimately acquainted with trading practices on both sides of the Atlantic speculate that 2015 could witness the greatest fiscal fracture in recent modern history!) DAILY MAIL
Britons behaving badly: Scotland Yard is probing five VIP pedophile rings after Labour MP hands in dossier naming six serving politicians and LordsDAILY MAIL
Christmas message from the Bishop of Elphin in western IrelandICBC Christmas message from the Moderator of the Church of ScotlandCOS
Arsonist sought in fire at Turkish Bible distribution center
— Turkish authorities are searching for a suspected arsonist in connection with a fire that destroyed thousands of New Testaments and other Christian books (As I’ve mentioned many-a-time, watch out for the continuing militant "Islamification" of Turkey) CHRISTIAN NEWS
Islam in France: Islamic convert, 40, facing terrorism charges after he mows down 11 people in his car while shouting "God is great" in ArabicDAILY MAIL
Horrific new Boko Haram video shows extremists killing civilian "infidels"
— A new video from Nigeria’s home-grown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dormitory while the Boko Haram leader explains they are being killed because they are "infidels" or non-believers. "We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood, and this is how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels" NYDN
42 killed in Yemeni revenge attack
— Dozens of Houthi rebels have been killed in central Yemen in a suspected revenge attack after at least 40 people from a rival tribe were kidnapped by the Shia group ALJAZEERA
Kenyan women with HIV being sterilized by forceKELIN Bill Gates’ human experimentation with GM bananas in Africa condemned by scientists
— At least 124 food and outreach organizations, as well as 26 individual scientists, have signed a letter sent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation protesting ongoing human trials of genetically modified (GM), beta-carotene-enriched bananas intended for Africa — (Unsatisfied with the numbers likely to be killed in Africa through their push for a new "lethal" contraceptive drug, the Gates Foundation now wants to use Africans us ‘human guinea pigs" for unproven science) GLOBAL RESEARCH
Muslims trying to drive Christians out of northern KenyaMNN
Christian politicians must abide by "Biblical values"
— Lebanon Maronite Patriarch. The absence of a president exacerbates Lebanon’s already tense situation, MaronitePatriarch Bechara Rai
said Sunday, reiterating calls for Christians to stay in Lebanon and urging Christian leaders not to lose their "biblical values." THE LEBANON DAILY STAR
20 ISIS militants killed in failed airport attack
— At least 20 Islamic State group members were killed in the second failed jihadist bid in a month to take over an air base in eastern Syria YAHOO NEWS
"American church is addicted to personal peace, comfort, and affluence,"
says US pastor in Iraq hoping to engage Islamic State CHRISTIAN POST
ISIS reality TV show — Victims confront terrorists on controversial Iraqi TV show. The confessions of convicted terrorists are being broadcast on an Iraqi reality TV show in which they are also forced to face the relatives of victims.
"In the Grip of the Law"—
produced by the state-run Al Iraqiya channel in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, is part of a concerted media effort to attack the Islamic extremist group ISIS and garner public support for the Iraqi forces that were humiliated by them THE INDEPENDENT
ASIA, PACIFIC & AUSTRALIA
Hindu leader vows to continue conversions of Muslims and Christians
— The head of India’s most powerful Hindu group has vowed to press ahead in defiance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to continue to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism CHRISTIAN TODAY
30 Christians converted by Vishva Hindu Parishad in Kerala:
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) claimed to have converted at least 30 Christians on Sunday in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, adding that 150 more families would be returned into the Hindu fold in the run-up to Christmas. This is the first time Kerala has reported such a case of conversion. The incident comes just one day after the VHP claimed to have converted 225 tribal Christians in south Gujarat in a similar conversion drive HINDUSTAN TIMES
Christmas celebrations cancelled in Peshawar after school attack
— "How can we celebrate and host parties when our city has been so devastated?" — Bishop Peters ACNS
Papuan bishop makes emergency appeal amid severe food shortage
— Bishop Rolando Santos has launched an appeal during a severe food shortage following a cyclone engulfing the Catholic diocese CNA
The touching moment a Muslim bride takes a detour on her big day to lay her wedding bouquet at the shrine for Sydney siege victims
— and hundreds of stunned onlookers break into applause DAILY MAIL
Between Two Synods: An analysis of the challenge of this Catholic "moment"FIRST THINGS