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James Asquith - published on 02/28/15 - updated on 06/07/17

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VATICAN CITY
Pope and Curia reflect on superficial religiosity

RADIO VATICANA
Pope warns mafia that criminals cannot be true believers
SCOTTISH CATHOLIC OBSERVER
Pope Francis receives German Chancellor Angela Merkel
VATICAN NEWS
Armenian saint proclaimed Doctor of the Church by Pope Francis — 10th-century Armenian mystic, poet and monk, St. Gregory of Narek, to be a Doctor of the Universal Church
— (The Church is richer for this elevation. A wonderful inclusion, and joyful news for Armenians everywhere) 
CATHOLIC HERALD
Royalty, prelates and the "great and good" sign filial appeal urging Francis to uphold traditional family values during US Synod in October
BBNSIGNATORIES
Will Pope Francis travel to Ukraine?
NCR
Synod’s chief organizer seized books by top cardinals defending Church’s marriage teachings
LIFE SITE
Leak of Vatican financial czar Cardinal George Pell’s expenses to Italian weekly was clearly aimed at discrediting him
AP
Benedict XVI in better health now than when he officially retired two years ago
AFP
Is the Pope Emeritus experiment working? 
CATHOLIC HERALD
NORTH AMERICA
Al-Shabab calls for attacks on Jewish-owned malls in UK, Canada & USA

JEWISH PRESS
Obama should know better than to attempt to manipulate history — Obama’s recent speech on Islam and America’s foundation was historically inaccurate 
CATHOLIC HERALD
The New America: Lesbian CNN journalist disappointed her six year old daughter isn’t showing signs of lesbian attraction 
DAILY MAIL
War in America: 
Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle — (And so it begins, the stripping-away of the rights and freedoms of the American people at every single level) 
WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Obama struggling to ban guns [for now] so he’s banning bullets instead — Rush Limbaugh
BBN
Treasury used unauthorized $3 billion for Obamacare
WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Obama arms savage Muslims while Christians fighters are abandoned
SHOEBAT
Obama lays open utter contempt of Jews in deal which will allow Iran to develop 6,500 nuclear centrifuges — A decade ago not even one was permitted  
TUNDRA
Obama plans to "Islamify" America with massive Muslim immigration
WESTERN JOURNAL
Why a new State Department position could spell trouble for religious liberty — The State Department’s new LGBT special envoy will promote human rights abroad, but could also pose a serious threat to religious freedom, say experts.
“I believe this administration’s long-term objective is more revolutionary,” said Dr. Tom Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University 
CNA
Coptic Christians protest outside White House wearing orange jumpsuits, hoping for aggressive US response — (Sadly, an aggressive response from the current US administration, is about as likely as seeing Turkey returning to being a "moderate" Islamic nation. It just isn’t going to happen) 
GOSPEL HERALD
Obama’s fight against the Ideology-With-No-Name — Egyptian President al-Sisi knows its name and has courageously denounced it 
CWR
The New America: City of Lake Worth begins persecution of the Christian church
CHARISMA
Atheist to open "reason station" next to Prayer Booths in City Hall
CHARISMA
Anti-Christian America: Christian group ejected from Capitol Visitor Center because their racial reconcilliation event included the phrase "an appeal to heaven" 
CHRISTIAN POST
"One day there’s going to be a President Rodriguez" — says Obama in response to those concerned over amnesty 
BBN
"Next 20 months likely to be very dangerous" — says Senator Ted Cruz as he observes "anger and defiance" which characterized Obama’s reaction to 2014 midterm elections 
WND
Why American soldier joined the frontline against ISIS
BCN
Catholic school pulls out of Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade after gay group approved — (Well done to the Immaculate Heart of Mary School of Still River. You will be judged, lambasted, accused of being homophobic and worse, but you are taking a stand for Christ; and that’s what counts) 
LIFE SITE
Christians, including former Muslim, say West misunderstands Islam — (This could be the understatement of the month!) 
CHRISTIAN DAILY
Study finds homeschoolers less likely to leave faith than those attending public or private schools
CHRISTIAN NEWS
ISRAEL
Palestinian stabs ulta-Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem

DAILY MAIL
Seminary in Jerusalem set on fire
CHARISMA
Iran planning war on Israel’s northern border
ARUTZ SHEVA
Iran deal shows Bibi was right
JEWISH PRESS
Obama intent on assisting Iran to attain nuclear weapons — Netanyahu 
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Muslims taunting Jews by hosting picnics on Temple Mount in defiance of agreed laws
INN
Muslim women taunting Christian visitors to Temple Mount
CHARISMA
Apple CEO Tim Cook Praises Israel’s integration of minorities
ISRAEL TODAY
Franciscan monks enjoy snowball flight in Jerusalem (Ah .. monks and their peculiar habits! Reminds me of the Dominican 
 some years back) 
DAILY MAIL
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For Syria, an Infusion of Hope for Desperate Christian Community
 — Western charitable organization pledges material assistance, but native bishop offers something less tangible
Threat to Attack Malls in America is Real, Says Terrorism Expert — Al Shabab has a track record in Africa—no reason they won’t try the same thing in US

ISIS Has Begun Executing Captured Christians, According to Report — Unconfirmed report warns of impending mass execution of "infidels" 

BRITAIN & IRELAND
House of Lords approves of "Three-Parent Babies" — Britain to become first nation to legalize controversial procedure 
CNBC


Jihadi John unmasked

INDEPENDENT

Outrage as campaign group describes ISIS executioner as being a beautiful, extremely kind and gentle young man — Then blames BRITAIN for radicalizing him 
DAILY MAIL
We’re optimistic about economy: Consumer confidence in their spending power hits four-year high amid falling food and fuel prices — (Do NOT be fooled. This is the prelude to what I believe will be a crushing economic collapse in the West) 
DAILY MAIL
Former Archbishop George Carey warns that free speech is under "exceptional attack" in UK
CHRISTIAN TODAY
UK anti-terrorism chief quits over failure to expel suspects
DAILY TELEGRAPH
British Muslim businessman raped teenage girls
DAILY MAIL
The New Britain: H
undreds of desperate British women have proposed marriage to ISIS thugs
DAILY MAIL
British Catholic Bishops to advise parishioners on voting
DAILY MAIL
It is vital that young Catholics involve themselves in politics
CCIEW
The abortion industry has an iron grip on Parliament — The UK abortion industry’s stranglehold on MPs is now so tight that even a modest clarification of an existing law was not possible 
CATHOLIC HERALD
Anti-Christian Britain: Scottish school bans Christian book after humanist complaint — A book designed to help with the move to secondary school has been banned at a Scottish school after humanists complained it could “distress” pupils 
CHRISTIAN NEWS
Bishop of Paisley denounces rise of anti-Semitism after reports of Jews leaving Scotland
THE TABLET
Growing Scottish opposition to assisted suicide bill
SCOTTISH CATHOLIC OBSERVER
Moderator of Church of Scotland invites Pope to Scotland
TCOS
EUROPE
In Germany, Jewish magazines are now being delivered in plain packaging to minimize attacks against Jews

JEWISH PRESS
Court gives life sentence to German nurse who says he killed up to 30 patients
FXN
Danish imam at Berlin mosque calls for "death to Jews"
THE LOCAL
Mont Saint-Michel has been cut off by the sea for the first time since 1879
RFIVIDEO
Ukrainian Catholic leader: Ukrainians "hurt" by Pope’s description of war
CATHOLIC CULTURE
AFRICA
American missionary kidnapped in Nigeria

NBC
Catholics in Uganda celebrate 136 years of their faith
RADIO VATICANA
Coptic Church mobilizing to evacuate Egyptians from Libya
CATHOLIC CULTURE
African bishops aim for observer status at African Union
CNA
MIDDLE EAST
Apostolic Nuncio in Syria says population feels abandoned 
RADIO VATICANA
Why didn’t the recent Turkish incursion into Syria draw ISIS fire?
JERUSALEM POST
Egyptian Islamist, Wagdi Ghoneim (living in Turkey) says of Coptic Christians that "treachery runs in their blood" in support of recent ISIS massacre
MEMRI
Former Miss Turkey facing prison for insulting President Erdoğan — (Recep Erdoğan views any criticism towards him as being akin to blasphemy) 
DAILY STAR
Children tortured and electrocuted in Syria
UNHCR
Dubai residential tower in flames — One of the world’s tallest residential towers caught fire in Dubai’s Marina district, sending bright yellow flames several stories high 
USA TODAY
Iran considers offer for new Russian anti-ballistic missile system
JERUSALEM POST
Iran and ISIS serve the interests of Apocalyptic Islam and are paving the way for the Islamic Messiah — Joel Rosenberg 
CHRISTIAN POST
Iran blows up replica of USS Nimitz during training exercises
CNN
We want to be like ISIS — Children of the Middle East 
DAILY MAIL
Who are the Assyrian Christians? Facts about those being targeted by ISIS
DAILY EXPRESS
Young men arrested in Saudi Arabia for playing loud music and inappropriate dancing at private party
DAILY MAIL
Saudi Arabia sentences man to death for renouncing Islam
DAILY MAIL
Christianity could disappear from Middle East entirely if persecution continues
GOSPEL HERALD
THE ISIS FILES
ISIS planning to execute 150 Christians

DAILY MAIL
ISIS blows up Church of the Virgin Mary in Mosul,  as terrorist group aims to wipe out Christianity
INQUISITR
ISIS kidnap at least 90 people from Christian villages in Syria
DAILY MAIL
ISIS kills 15 Christian hostages in Syria and beheads woman
ALF
The rise of ISIS: Map shows how terror group now extends from Algeria to Afghanistan 
DAILY MAIL
New ISIS video shows Kurdish Peshmerga fighters paraded in cages
DAILY MAIL
The Bride of ISIS
DAILY MAIL
Brainwashed in their bedrooms: British schoolgirl jihadi brides who fled to Syria to join ISIS were following SEVENTY extremists on Twitter accounts that the internet giant had refused to axe 
DAILY MAIL
How ISIS is funded by black-market oil trading, illegal drugs and internet cafes
DAILY MAIL
ASIA & FAR EAST
Pakistani Muslims humiliate rape victim by publicizing video of their depraved acts

BBC
48 dead after Bangladesh ferry carrying up to 140 passengers sinks
FXN
American blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh
FXN
Hindu leader says Mother Teresa’s work tainted because she "only wanted to convert Hindus to Christ" — (Notice how since the persecution of Christians in the Middle East has continued unchecked, so other anti-Christian groups and individuals have found the "courage" to speak out. Watch out for growing anti-Christian sentiment in the West in the years ahead) 
GOSPEL HERALDCRUX
Malaysian Muslims to be punished for missing prayers
MALAYSIA DIGEST
Muslim school principal in Indonesia abuses pupils, then calls them "demon possessed" for reporting him
JAKARTA GLOBE
Thai church attracting Buddhists
BCN
Adultery de-criminalized in South Korea (Sad really, because those nations which enshrine social Biblical commands in their statutes, are now remarkably few) 
JOONGANG DAILY
North Korea could have 100 nuclear weapons in five years, research says
CHRISTIAN TODAY
FAMILY MATTERS
If Islamic terrorists are devout Muslims, then why are they hooked on porn?

CHRISTIAN POST
Psychopathic Porn: The X-Rated Path of Destruction
CBN
Same-sex 
polyamory
: Another "breakthrough" for our tolerant world?
CHRISTIAN NEWS
ADDITIONAL
Future of the Internet at stake

TDC
Evangelical author tells Christians "Stop ignoring Sabbath"
CHRISTIAN DAILY
A call for Christian unity
CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Of parishes, priest shortages and the gifts of the Spirit 
NCR
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