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India Denies Visas to Vatican Officials; Pope is Okay with Corporal Punishment, and More…

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James Asquith - published on 02/07/15 - updated on 06/07/17

Asquith's News Tips: A weekly roundup of news stories you don't want to miss



VATICAN CITY
Vatican officials denied visas to attend India church meeting
 — The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) has stated that two key Vatican officials who were to address the 27th National Assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India in Bengaluru which began on February 3 had been denied visas 
RADIO VATICANA
Indian government now apologizes for denying visas to Vatican officials
CNH
Pope Francis endorses referendum denying gay marriage adoption
PATHEOSLIFE SITE
Francis to be first pope to address US Congress
JERUSALEM POST
"Vatican bank may be too corrupt for Pope Francis to save" — Gerald Posner 
YN
Pope Francis encourages Greek bishops in hard times
VATICAN NEWS
"Corporal punishment is acceptable" — Pope Francis 
TIMES OF ISRAEL
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has called on Hindus to nurture a "culture of inclusion"
CHRISTIAN DAILY
Archbishop Bruno Musaro
appointed 
apostolic nuncio in the Arab Republic of Egypt and delegate at the League of Arab States — Archbishop Musaro is currently apostolic nuncio in Cuba 
VIS
Peace between the Church and China would be a “gift from on high”— Bishop Joseph Han of Lanzhou 
VATICAN INSIDER
Much remains to be done, but Vatican-China relations may be improving
CNA
Pope Francis to visit Sarajevo in June
SCOTTISH CATHOLIC OBSERVER
Papal telegram to new Italian president — The Pontiff prayed that the 73-year-old president would undertake “enlightened action in the promotion of the common good, in line with the authentic human and spiritual values of the Italian people” 
CATHOLIC CULTURE
NORTH AMERICA
Ignoring America’s true greatness
 — The United States was founded on exceptional principles, that we are ignoring at our peril 

WASHINGTON TIMES
Obama shows his true colors as he defends ISIS by citing Crusades
JERUSALEM POSTONE NEWS


"We are NOT at war with radical Islam"
 — Barack Obama  
CHRISTIAN POST

Obama administration actively hindering Christian refugees who find nearly every door in America closed to them
ICH
Sunday night services canceled so church members can watch Super Bowl instead — (Good to know where people’s priorities lie) 
CHRISTIAN NEWS
Texas school forces children to remove underwear in intrusive search (Utterly shameful!) 
KSDK
Police State America: How a Christian family have had all their children seized 
CHRISTIAN NEWS
The New America: The Oregon-based Christian bakery that refused to bake cake for lesbian wedding, found guilty of discrimination and charged $150,000 
CHRISTIAN POST
Pro-Palestinian students at Cal-Davis verbally abuse Jewish students
FN
Police State California: California set to scrap exemption from vaccines based on religious beliefs 
BB
Woman and partner arrested for killing her estranged husband’s entire family — A Canadian couple have been charged with killing every member of the woman’s estranged husband’s immediate family 
DAILY MAIL
Breakaway South Carolina Episcopal diocese can keep $500 million church property, says judge
CHRISTIAN TODAY
The Catholic nun fighting Obamacare — A television network founded by a nun with a dream that has grown into an international Catholic media giant, is under attack because of Obamacare 
DAILY CALLER
Biden: "The past 6 years have been really, really hard for this country" — (I nominate Biden for this month’s "Stating the Bloomin’ Obvious Award!") 
BB
Mexican cartel kidnaps and beats newspaper director near Texas border
BB
Church minister and family beaten to death in Houston
NBC
The shame of "Bishop" Heather Cook
CHRISTIAN POST
Harvard bans professors from having relationships with undergrads
FN
Rich in money, San Francisco is poor in faith and cannot afford to run its own parishes — But faith is alive in the city of St. Francis 
CWR
"Religious believers must speak in the public square" — Archbishop of Philadelphia 
CNH
"A great evil has descended on our world" — says Canadian Prime Minister 
CHRISTIAN TIMES
LATIN AMERICA
Arrest warrant for Argentine president found in dead prosecutor’s home

BOSTON GLOBE
Policeman shoots 16 year old in Chile
DAILY MAIL
Mexico: The most dangerous place for Catholic priests
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Syncretistic Catholics depriving evangelical Christians of their homes in Mexico
CHL
World Council of Churches calls for protection of priests in Colombia
ACNS
ISRAEL
US-Israeli relations never worse

WASHINGTON TIMES
Hirelings in Jerusalem’s Churches — Protestant church leaders send clergy to Jerusalem who work against the Jews and support the Muslims. Christians in Jerusalem must search in vain for Sunday services to worship the God of Israel. Hirelings have taken over and chased away the real shepherds along with the true believers 
ISRAEL TODAY
Palestinians firebomb IDF soldiers in Binyamin region
JERUSALEM POST
Ya’alon to visit India in first visit by Israeli defense minister
YNET
Knesset Speaker: "The Bible is our deed to this land" — (How I wish there were more who could recognize this truth) 
ISRAEL TODAY
Poll: Most Israelis interested in studying Bible 
 (In the years ahead I believe we may see increasing cooperation between some sections of the Church and the Jewish people. In particular I believe we may see Jews accepting Christ as the foretold Messiah of Judaism. Indeed, this "trend" has already begun)  
ISRAEL TODAY
RUSSIA
Putin could attack Baltic states

warns former NATO chief
DAILY TELEGRAPH
"US won’t close eyes to Russian aggression in Ukraine" — John Kerry 
VOA
Vladimir Putin was diagnosed as having Asperger’s syndrome by expert working for Pentagon think tank, report reveals
DAILY MAIL
"A Cultural Chernobyl" — As Moscow fire destroys library containing over one million books and documents, including 18th century manuscripts 
DAILY MAIL
Putin likely to discuss energy cooperation during Egypt visit
JERUSALEM POST
Russian Orthodox Patriarch praises "balanced" Vatican stand on Ukraine
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Is the Pope’s view of Ukraine blurred by "ecumenical correctness?"
CRUX
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UK Parliament Okays "Three-Parent Babies." Is US Next? — Opponents say the UK vote crossed an important moral line that might lead society to a “point of no return”

Some Regions of Nigeria Now Devoid of Christians — Bishop of Maiduguri requests emergency Western intervention

Does the West Need to Intervene in Nigeria’s Terrorism Issue? Bishops Say Yes — “We are dealing with a group that has lost all rationality and has an insatiable desire to kill people," an archbishop says

Why My Generation Loves Thomas Merton — As will generations to come

BRITAIN & IRELAND
Anti-Semitic attacks in UK have doubled:
 Hate crimes exceed 1,000 for first time after being fuelled by violence in the Middle East 
DAILY MAIL
Church of England opposes "three-parent babies" legislation — The Church of England has said it would be ‘irresponsible’ to introduce laws to allow ‘three parent babies’ in the UK, ahead of a parliamentary vote on the issue (How refreshing to see the CofE taking a clear stand on a moral issue) 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
MP’s vote yes to "three-parent babies" — British MP’s have passed legislation making the UK the first country to allow a three-parent IVF technique 
CHRISTIAN TODAYALETEIA
Statement on Mitochondrial Donation following the vote in Parliament
CCIEW
Half of UK adults visited a church last year — Nearly half of British adults have visited a church or a chapel in the last year, according to a new poll (But can the CofE do something about making such visits worthwhile?) 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
BBC is failing to take religion seriously, says Anglican bishop — (A bit like saying water is wet!) 
CATHOLIC HERALD
The world we have become: Woman faces jail for possessing extreme pornography and more than 600 indecent images of children when she was just 17 — (A government which cared for its citizens would make pornography illegal) 
DAILY MAIL
Police State Britain: UK judge rules mother of 6 with learning disability can be sterilized against her will — (Social workers have been given authority to enter the woman’s house, by force if necessary, and similarly to sterilize her by force, if required. Welcome to the new world!) 
CHL
School apologizes after pupils as young as seven have nightmares after seeing Michael Jackson’s 15-certificate "Thriller" video — (What you watch directly affects you, and the younger you are, the greater the effect) 
DAILY MAIL
"Disease of Islamic extremism will hang over my generation,"
— says David Cameron 
DAILY MAIL
Mom outraged after children were exposed to gay porn at a family restaurant
LIFE SITE
The New Britain: "Stickers on your car which mention Jesus will invalidate your insurance" — Age UK Insurance 
CHRISTIAN POST
Husband builds Britain’s smallest chapel in his back garden
DAILY MAIL
Church of Scotland launches event to promote Gaelic language
COS
EUROPE
France reveals photo of Islamist who stabbed three soldiers

DAILY MAIL
Lawyer asks Pope Francis for night-time relief from Linz Cathedral bells. Wolfgang List contacts the pope after bells in Austrian town keep his client awake — (This is not about noise, but about silencing the Church globally, a job almost done in some parts of the world) 
THE GUARDIAN
Nordic pagan worship being revived in Iceland
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Religious instruction abolished in Luxembourg schools
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Police State Sweden: Swedish city bans Jews from home schooling their children 
ICH
26 killed in Ukraine
REUTERS
Ukraine crisis: Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande to fly to Russia
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Churches being destroyed in Ukraine
OCN
Why some Ukrainians feel that Pope Francis “has thrown their country under the bus”
RCL
Chaldean patriarch decries divisions — In a message issued on the second anniversary of his patriarchal election, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church lamented divisions and other problems within the Eastern Catholic church 
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Justice: Turkish style
ZAMAN
AFRICA
Nigerian Bloodbath:
 Large numbers of innocent civilians have had to lay down their lives as a result of Nigeria’s incompetence in engaging Boko Haram 
VANGUARD
Boko Haram slaughter over 100 in Cameroon
REUTERS
Islamic extremism has diverted attention from South Sudan’s growing crisis
RNS
Burundi: Priest says arrest of radio host seems a bid to silence the truth on murder of nuns
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Priest says Egypt church attack was retribution by Muslim Brotherhood
CHRISTIAN TODAY
More than 200 feared dead as boat sinks off Libyan coast
CHRISTIAN TODAY
MIDDLE EAST
Will death of Saudi’s King Abdullah be trigger for attack on Israel

CHRISTIAN POST
Two Americans working for defense contractor shot in Saudi Arabia — (Look out for the possible destabilization of Saudi Arabia in times ahead) 
DAILY MAIL
Christian workers in Middle East say, "We know it will end in death; we will die as martyrs. It’s only a matter of when."
ICH
20th 9/11 hijacker accuses Saudi of financing al Qaida
i24 NEWS
Iran — unafraid and undeterred 
CAROLINE GLICK
Iran commissions cartoons denying Holocaust as retribution over Charlie Hebdo drawings
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Tears of a Queen: Rania of Jordan consoles devastated wife of pilot murdered by ISIS, who reveals she only found out about her husband’s barbaric death on Facebook 
DAILY MAIL
The plans ISIS men have for Iraqi children
DAILY MAILDM2
ISIS crucifying and burying children alive, says UN
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Chaldean Patriarch says report that Iraqi priest’s beheading is unfounded
FIDES
ISIS implementing "justice" towards homosexuals
DAILY MAIL


ISIS sells belongings stolen from Christians and burns manuscripts
THE TABLETCHRISTIAN TODAY

Jordan execute two ISIS men in wake of pilot burning
DAILY STAR

They may be medieval barbarians but ISIS is playing a very sophisticated game (and they’re winning)
DAILY MAIL

ISIS recommends marriage for girls at 9 years of age
DAILY TELEGRPAH

ASIA & CHINA
Hundreds of Christian protesters detained by police in India 
— Demonstrators were pulled on to police buses as they tried to march from one of New Delhi’s largest cathedrals near parliament to the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh 
CHARISMA
Another New Delhi church is desecrated: The fifth church vandalized since December — Indian anti-Christian extremists have desecrated yet another Catholic church in New Delhi, prompting Catholics to appeal for a response from public officials 
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Q: What do you do if, when visiting a bath house in China, you forget your wallet? A: Leave your child as a deposit, of course! — Shocking story of how Chinaman leaves his granddaughter as a deposit, and how she is STILL at bath house a month later! 
DAILY MAIL
Chinese Bishop Shi Enxiang, Church leader imprisoned since 2001, dead at 94
CATHOLIC CULTURE
FAMILY MATTERS
"He Redeemed My Life": Man who lived as woman now shares Christ with transgenders

CHRISTIAN NEWS
LGBT activists insist that Obama bans Christian therapy for teens struggling with gender identity and same-sex attraction
CHRISTIAN POST
Italian polls shows opinion swing against same-sex marriage
CATHOLIC CULTURE
How children in the West are changing — Hooked on iPads and mobiles late into the night, they hardly sleep, here experts reveal the terrifying toll it takes 
DAILY MAIL
Republican congresswoman slams pro-life leaders as "abhorrent and childish" after backlash for stalling 20-week abortion ban
CHRISTIAN POST
"The content is sadistic": Fifty Shades of Grey is banned in Malaysia as it’s dubbed "more pornography than a movie" — (For those who are willing, please sign the 
petition against this degrading movie) 
DAILY MAILCHRISTIAN POST
ADDITIONAL
A Prophetic Warning From the Holy Spirit 
— The winds of change are blowing, separating the wheat from the chaff 
CHARISMA
Warning: Stocks will collapse by 50% — (I have said the same, only that my prediction is that 
more than 50% of share values will be wiped out) 
MONEYNEWS
The Truth Files: A brief comparison between the teachings of Christianity and the "religion of peace" 
CHRISTIAN POST
How an atheist college professor encountered Christ
TALK AMEN
How archaeology testifies to the authenticity of Scripture — (Holy Writ is the touchstone of Christian teaching, all the more reason therefore that we ought to carefully examine all that it has to say) 
BCN
A holographic Bible? — Microsoft technology offering new way to view the Bible 
CHRISTIAN POST
Christian genocide rises sharply as the world just watche
WN
Say no to porn. Boycott 50 Shades of Grey, the movie: sign the petition
LP
Swedish company implants microchips for staff to use photocopier and canteen
DAILY MAILBBC
Alice Cooper loves to hold Bible studies
CHRISTIAN TODAY
The Vatican videos!
DAILY MAIL
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