Asquith's News Tips: A weekly roundup of news stories you don't want to miss
Vatican spokesman clarifies Pope’s remarks on blasphemy
— Father Thomas Rosica of the Holy See Press Office has issued a statement clarifying Pope Francis’s remarks on freedom of speech and blasphemy CATHOLIC CULTURE
Pope Francis: "I quote the Gospel and they call me a Communist"
— The Pontiff is legendary for his passion for the poor, but in a new interview he insists he’s not driven by a Communist-inspired ideology, but by the cornerstones of the Christian faith and the Gospel CRUX
"Paul VI was right to warn against contraception"
— Pope Francis CNA
Pope Francis gives Sri Lanka its first saint
— Pope Francis gave Sri Lanka its first saint at a waterfront Mass for more half a million people in Colombo on Wednesday, calling 17th century missionary Joseph Vaz a model of reconciliation after the country’s recent civil war CHRISTIAN TODAY
Pope makes surprise visit to Buddhist temple
— According to Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, the Pope made a brief stop at the Mahabodhi temple in Sri Lanka’s capital city to meet Banagila Upatissa, one of the Buddhist leaders who had welcomed the Holy Father when he arrived in the country on Tuesday CHRISTIAN TODAY
Pontiff tells families to be examples of holiness and prayerVATICAN NEWS Meet the brother and sister who traveled 12 hours on a boat to tell Pope "I love you"CNA Francis meets rescued street children in surprise visit
— Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to a foundation for rescued street children in Manila after they sent him thousands of letters urging him to visit them CATHOLIC HERALD
Pope Francis to canonize Franciscan missionary a saint during US visitRNS
"Poor have it easy"
— say America’s wealthiest CNN
Flashback: Pro-choice lawyer urged Clinton to "use abortion to eliminate poor Americans"IW FBI expands surveillance
— Declassified information reveals how the FBI’s role in warrantless surveillance is increasing SCM
Obama’s internet proposal is CISPA with a new name
— Obama proposes dragnet for American’s private data IW
CyberCaliphate vows to make Tennessee "infidels" sufferSCM 400 US Troops to Train Syrian Opposition
— (Are we never going to learn?) TDB
"The world cannot be made safe from terrorists"
— say experts RECORD
US criticized for absence at Paris unity march
— The international community is criticizing the White House and the Obama administration for missing a march in France that was meant to show unity following the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack last week (Obama, walking alongside Netanyahu in a march decrying Islamic violence? I don’t think that is something we are likely to see) CHRISTIAN TIMES
Christianity is losing in America
— Meanwhile, the Church is, in general, sitting out the fight and hoping the problem goes away AMERICAN THINKER
Is God’s hand of protection over America being withdrawn?CBN Gay activists praise mayor who sacked Christian Atlanta Fire Chief LIFE SITE Church discrimination case reaches US Supreme Court after town orders removal of religious signs
— The US Supreme Court will take up a new religious rights case when it considers whether a town in Arizona discriminated against a local church by forcing it to remove signs notifying the public of its worship services CHRISTIAN TODAY
US eases Cuba travel restrictionsOBSERVER Ten signs your church has been secularizedCHARISMA North Carolina residents rally over removal of "Religious" veterans memorialCHRISTIAN NEWS Gas tax would hit middle class right in the tank
— (Look out for federal initiatives which have the effect of reducing "middle" America’s financial security to peanuts) CBN
Duke University reverses plan for campus-wide Muslim call to prayer from chapel bell tower
— Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations at the University, said, "It was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect" (How can issuing the adhan from a historic chapel be "unifying," unless of course the Christians at Duke could care less about the integrity of their faith, and which I suppose is a real possibility) GOSPEL HERALDCHARISMA
Canada bans Russian film opposing homosexual agenda
— A Russian-made documentary claiming to expose a homosexual campaign to undermine Western morals, has been banned by Canada’s Border Services Agency (Remember .. we mustn’t speak the truth .. especially if it offends. NOT!!) LIFE SITE
"Every single French Jew I know has left Paris:"
Editor of Jewish Chronicle — Jews are fleeing terror-hit Paris because of growing anti-Semitism in France, one of Britain’s most influential Jewish journalists has said DAILY MAIL
Agency predicts mass migration of French Jews to Israel following attacksCHRISTIAN TODAY
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BRITAIN & IRELAND
British Muslim cleric offers his sincere thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo attackDAILY MAIL The New Britain:
Petrol station manager smashed grandmother’s windshield after she complained about being short-changed DAILY MAIL
Church of England’s pre-Election publication warns of lose-lose situations for many towns and cities
— Entire regions of the country are trapped in an apparently inescapable economic downward spiral. It is "a tale of two cities," and turning the tide will come only through a commitment to solidarity, the Archbishop of Canterbury says CHURCH TIMES
Indian faithful save church in England’s Catholic heartland
— A historic church in Preston that was closed two months ago will re-open after the Bishop of Lancaster offered it to Syro-Malabar Catholics CATHOLIC HERALD
The New Britain:
Teenage online predator who stabbed to death 14-year-old boy he met playing video games had been arrested three years before over claims he raped another boy DAILY MAIL
Archbishop of Armagh calls upon Catholics to oppose legalistion of abortionLIFE SITE
Anti-terror raid in Verviers, eastern Belgium
— At least two people have been killed in an anti-terror raid, while a man suspected of selling guns used in last week’s terror attacks in France was being detained elsewhere FN
French police commissioner shoots himself after meeting relatives of Charlie Hebdo victimDAILY MAIL German newspaper torched after reprinting Charlie Hebdo cartoonsRT France’s 750 "no-go" zones restrict citizens and allow Islamists to conquer territory without firing a shotIJR France to deploy 10,000 troops in wake of terror attacksBBC French Jesuit journal Études has taken down a blog with anti-Catholic cartoons posted in solidarity with Charlie HebdoREVUE ETUDES European monetary trade wars break out
— The European Constitutional Court of Justice ruled the European Central Bank has unlimited authority to massively inflate the euro causing the Swiss National Bank to drop its fixed exchange rate for the nation’s “franc” currency BB
France and Germany make anti-terror arrestsBB Fifteen detained after Belgian police kill Islamist gunmenREUTERS German town considers housing migrants in former concentration campBB Germany proposes "Jihadi" identity card BB Italy accused of paying Al-Qaeda ransom to free girls TDB Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoganblames "Western Islamophobia" for Charlie Hebdo killingsINN
Radical Islamic jihadist army carries-out the second-deadliest terrorist attack in history as the world cares less .. because it’s in Africa!
— As the world reeled from the deaths of 12 people in France last week, Nigeria’s Boko Haram murdered over 2,000 people, a massacre which has gone largely unnoticed CHARISMA
The horrific aftermath of Boko Haram massacre on Nigerian villagesDAILY MAIL Nigerian Church leader tells international community: "Please don’t forget us"
— The Catholic Archbishop of Jos in Nigeria has appealed to the world to lend the violence-torn country the same amount of support it has given France in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack (Good call by Ignatius, but sadly, unlikely to be responded to) CHRISTIAN TODAY
Boko Haram strap explosives to 10-year-old girl, then detonate bomb which kills 16CHRISTIAN TODAY UN reveals 353 killed in South Sudan attacks
— UN investigators determined civilians were deliberately targeted by ethnicity in the towns of Bentiu and Bor in some of the worst violence since the South Sudan conflict began over a year ago VOA
Kenyan priest translates Bible into Kikamba languageACNS A respected Egyptian Muslim cleric offers his most sincere thoughts on Charlie Hebdo attackJERUSALEM POST
Al Qaeda in Syria displays its interpretation of justiceDAILY MAIL Like father like son:
ISIS murderers training children in the techniques of execution DAILY MAIL
Al-Jazeera calls "I am Charlie" slogan "alienating"
— (Remember that Al-Jazeera is Qatar’s mouthpiece and that Qatar remains a wholesale sponsor of violent Islamist groups) NATIONAL REVIEW
Islamic State affiliate in Libya captures 21 Coptic Christians
— An Islamic State affiliate group known as the "State of Tripoli" in Libya have reportedly captured a group of 21 Coptic Christians CHRISTIAN DAILY
From Jihad to Jesus!
— The testimony of jihadist fighter turned Christian CHARISMA
Islam is Peace: ISIS calls for radical step up in "City Wolf" attacks across the West
— ISIS has taken to Twitter, calling on Muslims everywhere to honor and celebrate the men who massacred 12 people in Paris, by killing Westerners anywhere and everywhere to the glory of Allah CBN
8,000 Nepali girls trafficked to the Emirates
— (For over a decade I have sought to raise awareness regarding the plight of vulnerable men and women who are sent to work in the Middle East, but as you can imagine, the subject is distasteful to the regimes of Arabia who appear to wield an extraordinary
influence over the media and politics of many of their oil-consuming customers) TIMES OF INDIA
"You will never see $100 per barrel oil again"
— Alwaleed bin Talal USA TODAY
Saudi Arabian cleric issues fatwa against making snowmen
(Yes snowmen!) WASHINGTON TIMES
Saudi Arabia’s history of hypocrisy which we choose to ignoreINDEPENDENT
ASIA, AUSTRALIA & THE FAR EAST
Indian churches vandalized in series of attacks
— The most recent attack in New Delhi was on Our Lady of Graces Church. The perpetrator was caught on CCTV destroying windows and breaking a statue of Mary early yesterday morning (As is mentioned elsewhere in this week’s roundup, the church in the West largely chooses to ignore the persecution taking place globally, hoping that it will eventually go away) CHRISTIAN TODAY
Drug company uses Indian children as human guinea pigsDAILY MAIL ISIS followers in Pakistan behead soldierYN "Hang the cartoonists!"
— Pakistani Muslims demand death sentence for Charlie Hebdo staff for committing "worst act of terrorism"
.. drawing the Prophet Mohammed DAILY MAIL
Indonesian teacher threatened over cultural visit to church
— An Indonesian teacher who took a group of school children to visit a church has had her life threatened by Islamists ASIA NEWS
Philippines: Catholic Church struggles as thousands migrate to find workCHRISTIAN TODAY Ecclesial economics: The Catholic Church has a major presence in Philippine Bourse stock exchangeCHRISTIAN TIMES Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle: The Asian Pope FrancisCRUX How a Muslim doctor was ambushed by Australian media when she tried to stand up for IsraelTHE BLAZE Rejoice! Because China continues to accept Christ despite diabolical government opposition
— (Though much of the church growth in China is non-Catholic, we are obliged to support this development if we are to live Christ’s teaching. The day the Catholic Church stops defending all Trinitarian churches, is the day we cease to be the representatives of Christ. We need to be speaking-out against the persecution of ALL churches in China) GOSPEL HERALD
Speakers back out of engagements at Catholic-based "Legatus" conference over supposedly anti-gay agendaLIFE SITE Government officials collaborating with NARAL in efforts to shut down pro-life center
— Evidence reveals a seven-part plan developed by NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) to shut down pro-life pregnancy care centers that could indicate a nationwide strategy LIFE SITE
Kansas legislator introduces pro-life "dismemberment" bill
— Senate Majority Whip Garrett Love is sponsoring the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which he says is a first-in-the-nation bill. "We want to stop the gruesome practice of abortion, where baby’s arms and legs are torn off limb by limb, and end that practice in Kansas" ONE NEWS
Russian parliamentarian proposes near-total ban on abortion – but will it pass?LIFE SITE
Let’s blame Christianity for EVERYTHING, and Islam for nothing!
— After Islamic terrorists invade a newspaper office and murder 12 people, the first reaction from impartial observers, most assuredly, should not be to condemn Catholics for the Spanish Inquisition. Yet this is the disgusting and ahistorical message many liberal advocates of moral equivalence shared on social media THE FEDERALIST
Ellen DeGeneres tells conservative pastor she does not have a gay agenda
— Ellen DeGeneres resorted to using humour in addressing accusations that she is one of those in Hollywood advocating homosexuality CHRISTIAN TODAY
Meet the Catholic priest who doesn’t believe in celibacy
— (There are thousands of Catholic priests who "struggle" to accept celibacy, not least of all because there is no Scriptural mandate insisting on this) CHRISTIAN TODAY
— It was a good thing for Trinitas Cellars that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio took the name Pope Francis, and not, say Pope Malbecius. When the Argentine cardinal became pope in 2013, Trinitas didn’t have any malbec — the famous Argentine grape — in its cellars. But it happened to have a few barrels of cabernet franc RNS