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Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to ISIS, Putin Gone Missing, and More…

UN Albert Gonzalez Farran

James Asquith - published on 03/14/15 - updated on 06/07/17

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



VATICAN CITY
“There is no middle way: Either we love or we are hypocrites and corrupt”
 — Pope Francis 
VATICAN INSIDER
"I have said to the Lord: take care of me. But if your will is that I should die or that they do something to me, I ask you one favor: that they don’t hurt me" — Pope Francis 
INDEPENDENT


Francis says he believes he will only remain as Pontiff for another "two or three years" saying he misses being able to pop out for pizza!
DAILY MAIL

Vatican receives ransom demand for two letters by Michelangelo that were stolen from its archives nearly 20 years ago
DAILY MAIL
Cardinal Pietro Parolin has announced that the Vatican Secretariat of State may create office for resolving international disputes
CNA
Cardinal Zen: Vatican officials are naïve about China, but Pope Francis is not
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Pope Francis appoints Thomas Daly as new Catholic Bishop of Spokane
SPOKESMAN
Pope Francis tells Korean Bishops that ministry is a "life of service"
RADIO VATICANA
Beatification of Oscar Romero to take place on May 23rd
CATHOLIC HERALD
Pope will visit Central African Republic in November, with a view of bringing hope to war-torn nation
CATHOLIC CULTURE
NORTH AMERICA
Firestorm erupts over Republican challenge to Obama’s authority to approve Iran nuclear deal

FXN
Top Clinton aide has strong ties to Muslim Brotherhood
WND
The New America: Teenage girls attack 15 year old at Brooklyn McDonald’s while bystanders watch — After the beating ended, one member of the crowd says
“Yo, she’s dead. It’s a murder!”
BREITBART
Senator Ted Cruz calls for IRS investigation of anti-Netanyahu group
ONE NEWS
Brave New America (not): The 379 companies urging the Supreme Court to support same-sex marriage
HUFFPO
Dollar surge poses policy dilemma for Fed — The euro fell closer to parity with the dollar on Wednesday, as the US currency’s strength heightened the policy conundrum facing the US Federal Reserve as it prepares for its first interest-rate increase in nearly a decade. (Sadly, this is all a sham, leading up to what many analysts believe will be a crash of the dollar within the next 18 months. Indeed, some speculate that we could witness as much as an 80% drop in the value of the dollar against today’s levels) 
FT
Predicted persecution against the American church begins: "Florida city wages soviet-style crackdown on churches"
FXN
Obama’s shocking comparison has black pastors calling him a "disgrace" — (Some of the comments on this article are worth reading) 
WESTERN JOURNALISM
Obama operative demands that US Air Force ceases using phrase "have a blessed day"
BCN
Many black pastors are "extensions of Democratic Party" — A conservative black pastor and former Texas NAACP official says many church-going African Americans have been co-opted by the Democratic Party 
ONE NEWS
Ferguson supporters celebrate shooting of police officers
IWC
The New America: US Navy Chaplain could be dismissed for holding Christian beliefs — Attack against chaplain came from gay office worker 
CHLFXN
Celebs slam Catholic school teacher’s anti-gay post — (Freedom of speech in America seems okay, just as long as it’s pro-gay) 
USA TODAY
Abu Hamza encourages Muslims to pray for war against America
ARUTZ SHEVA
Muslim threatens to behead Jews at Miami synagogue
JW
American Atheists fail in bid to remove Ten Commandments from Oklahoma State Capitol grounds
CHARISMA
Catholicism and secular media: Ten questions for Bill Donohue
CWR
Diocese of Grand Rapids announces new Catholic school scholarship to help grow enrollment
MLIVE
Catholic bishops of Virginia issue a statement of support for pastor who cut off ties with a local council of Knights of Columbus, after group chose politician who repeatedly opposed Church’s moral teachings
CATHOLIC CULTURE
LATIN AMERICA
The Pope’s decision to appoint a bishop with ties to a notorious abuser has caused uproar in a Chilean diocese, reports Inés San Martín

CRUX
Nuns attacked in Haiti
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Mexican woman tied to bed, doused in gasoline, then set on fire and burned to death
BREITBART


"The blood pumped from a still-beating heart is the purest form of energy" — Inside the horrific Mexican satanist ‘Black Mass’ with live sacrifices that shocked disgusted tourists
DAILY MAIL

ISRAEL
Hamas rejects proposal for five-year truce with Israel

BIN
Australian Jew-haters disrupt university class to show support for Hamas
JPC


Israel’s cave of wonders: Silver coins and treasures dating back 2,300 years to Alexander the Great discovered



DAILY MAIL

RUSSIA
Putin reveals secret meeting where he gave order to annex Crimea four days before entering region

DAILY MAIL
Russian President Vladimir Putin to be "ousted in coup" as rumours swirl over ill-health
EXPRESS


Has Putin disappeared because he is fending off political coup? — Former aide claims another KGB spy is being lined up 
DAILY MAIL

RECOMMENDED ON ALETEIA
Ending India’s Culture of Rape
 — From sex-selective abortion to rape, women are victims of violence
How Should I Deal With A Forbidden Passion? — The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak — 
"
What’s the solution? There is only one: to mercilessly uproot the evil desire, without mercy for the cries of the heart. If a passion is forbidden, it must be torn up by the roots, as much as it may hurt us." 
How a "Little Course" from Spain Strengthened Christianity in America — The Cursillo Movement’s history and importance today

BRITAIN & IRELAND
Britain’s Wayward Church: Liberal Anglican clergyman defends right to offer services of thanksgiving after gay weddings and to hold Muslim prayer services in "church"
— (Let us not beat about the bush with regard to such matters. They are not of God, they are not sanctioned by Scripture, and they will attract our Lord’s hot displeasure. It’s as simple as that!) 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Un-Christian Britain: 
Growing number of Christians being mocked

 Religion losing its place in society — Equality and Human Rights Commission 
BBC
How the government plans to steal your savings
DAILY MAIL
More victories for Islam in Britain as Oxford University Press is banned from writing about bacon
AP [American Prosperity]
Muslim teacher screens film depicting ISIS brutality showing heads on spikes to 14 year olds
DAILY MAIL
"Islam can be a violent faith" says Queen’s Chaplain
DAILY MAIL
British Christians must keep faith hidden
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Mass goers walk out after priest promotes Biblical views on homosexuality — (As we can see, standing up for Christ is becoming increasingly challenging) 
IRISH INDEPENDENT
New Catholic Chaplaincy planned for University of West Scotland
SCO
EUROPE
Now the EU wants its own ARMY
 — (This was alway part of their agenda) 
DAILY MAIL
Denmark: Only 1 in 4 "refugees" in work after a decade
TUNDRA
Abortion support blights European Parliament — says Federation of Catholic Family Associations 
CNA
Turkish teacher tells girls they deserve to be raped for not wearing hijab
ZAMAN
AFRICA
Female teenage suicide bomber kills 34 in Nigeria

SEATTLE PI
Christian girl in Uganda who fled beating by Muslim uncle mysteriously dies 
MSN
Soldiers kill Catholics in Nigeria — Nigerian soldiers have killed a number of Catholics as a result of a church in Kaduna state which apparently set up a road-block as a security measure, eyewitnesses say 
MSN
Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISIS
CBC
Muslims rape woman seven months pregnant
INDEPENDENT
Children rescued from Boko Haram are so traumatized they can’t remember their names — (Anyone with even a basic understanding of psychology or professional pastoral care, will be able to understand what horrific abuses these children must have suffered in order to cause such reactions. We must pray, and pray, and pray, for our persecuted brothers and sisters, even as we would wish for prayer if the tables were turned) 
CHL
Sudan Air Force kills pregnant Christian mother
MSN
Wife of former Ivory Coast president is jailed for 20 years for organizing armed gangs following his 2010 election defeat which prompted rioting that left 3,000 dead
DAILY MAIL
How Egyptian teachers address the "problem" of young school children who fail to finish their homework
DAILY MAIL
The awe-inspiring cave churches of Ethiopia
DAILY MAIL
MIDDLE EAST
Iran’s contribution to International Women’s Day

NCR
THE ISIS FILES


ISIS attacks Christian villages in northeastern Syria
CHRISTIAN TODAY

Blindfolded and forced to their knees, three men are beheaded with blood-covered sword by ISIS executioner for homosexuality and blasphemy as crowd cheers on each blow — (Take note: There is a growing acceptance towards the atrocities of ISIS, both in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, as well as among sections of Western society) 
DAILY MAIL
The ISIS apprentice
DAILY MAIL
ISIS damages ancient monastery in Iraq
ALETEIA
Isis executes 11 guards and takes nine foreigners hostage in attack on Libyan oil field
INDEPENDENT
China’s Muslim Uighurs join ISIS
PHILLY
ISIS accepts loyalty pledge from Boko Haram
IRISH TIMES
ISIS fighter converts to Christianity — An ISIS fighter, who sustained multiple injuries in a battle and was then abandoned by his compatriots and left for dead by the Syrian Army, was rescued by members of the Saint Dominic Catholic Presbytery of Ayyash who wanted to give the man a proper burial. However, after he was carried 26 kilometers by his rescuers, the man regained consciousness and immediately told a priest of his visions during his near-death experience 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Interview: ISIS Will Be Defeated, But Will Its Ideology? — Assyrian priest says international pressure crucial for survival of Christianity in the Middle East 
ALETEIA
ISIS spokesperson: We want Paris and Jerusalem — (Dream on. Well, not so sure about Paris, but Jerusalem .. it will never happen) 
YNET
ASIA & AUSTRALIA
Delhi Police launch Facebook page in effort to address Christian persecution

ICH
Pakistani police beat 20 year old Christian to death while in custody
ASIA NEWS
Bangladeshi police lobby for torture rights
ASIA NEWS
Persecution watchdog predicts "Great Holocaust of Christians" in Pakistan following reversal of ban on death penalty
GOSPEL HERALD
Malay Muslims want to punish girl for carrying dog
MALAYSIA TODAY
Survey exposes Australian sympathies for ISIS
COURIER MAIL
FAMILY MATTERS
Vatican use of population control word “sustainable” at UN worrisome

LIFE SITE
Polyamory: The next "great sexual freedom" to be won by our debauched Western culture
DAILY MAIL
Contraception increases abortions 
and here’s the proof
LIFE SITE
Bible-believing Christian company refuses to print civil partnership invitations
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Why does the world say that an unchosen sexual disposition isn’t changeable, but an unchosen gender is?
CHRISTIAN POST
The true face of the "Sexual Revolution"
LIFE SITE
Three-parent embryos: gearing up for the US debate
CWR
Catholic Relief Services promoted MTV show glorifying promiscuous sex — (Shameful!) 
LIFE SITE
ADDITIONAL REPORTS
Juliet Stevenson treated like a saint while filming Mother Teresa movie as Indians thought the Nobel Peace Prize winner had come back to life 
DAILY MAIL
Rare solar eclipse will precede "blood moon" on Friday March 20th 2015
BIN


The antibiotics apocalypse: New mutant breeds spreading that NOTHING can treat
DAILY MAIL

"Apple Pay" prequel to "mark of the Beast?"
CBN
How God answered atheist’s prayer, then called him into the ministry
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Vatican hosted feminist conference featuring prof who compares Mass to gay sex — (Really??) 
LIFE SITE
Book Review: The Future of the Catholic Church With Pope Francis by Garry Wills
GUARDIAN

Shame on us: Christian chatter in the Twittersphere
CHRISTIANITY TODAY

Persecution of Christians at all time high
CHRISTIAN DAILY

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