Asquith's News Tips: A weekly roundup of news stories you don't want to miss
“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 agoDAILY MAIL Cardinal Pietro Parolin has announced that the Vatican Secretariat of State may create office for resolving international disputesCNA Cardinal Zen: Vatican officials are naïve about China, but Pope Francis is notCATHOLIC CULTURE Pope Francis appoints Thomas Daly as new Catholic Bishop of SpokaneSPOKESMAN Pope Francis tells Korean Bishops that ministry is a "life of service"RADIO VATICANA Pope will visit Central African Republic in November, with a view of bringing hope to war-torn nationCATHOLIC CULTURE
Firestorm erupts over Republican challenge to Obama’s authority to approve Iran nuclear dealFXN Top Clinton aide has strong ties to Muslim BrotherhoodWND 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 groupONE NEWS Brave New America (not): The 379 companies urging the Supreme Court to support same-sex marriageHUFFPO 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 officersIWC 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 AmericaARUTZ SHEVA Muslim threatens to behead Jews at Miami synagogueJW American Atheists fail in bid to remove Ten Commandments from Oklahoma State Capitol groundsCHARISMA Catholicism and secular media: Ten questions for Bill DonohueCWR Diocese of Grand Rapids announces new Catholic school scholarship to help grow enrollmentMLIVE 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 teachingsCATHOLIC CULTURE
The Pope’s decision to appoint a bishop with ties to a notorious abuser has caused uproar in a Chilean diocese, reports Inés San MartínCRUX Mexican woman tied to bed, doused in gasoline, then set on fire and burned to deathBREITBART "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 touristsDAILY MAIL
Hamas rejects proposal for five-year truce with IsraelBIN Australian Jew-haters disrupt university class to show support for HamasJPC Israel’s cave of wonders: Silver coins and treasures dating back 2,300 years to Alexander the Great discoveredDAILY MAIL
Putin reveals secret meeting where he gave order to annex Crimea four days before entering regionDAILY MAIL Russian President Vladimir Putin to be "ousted in coup" as rumours swirl over ill-healthEXPRESS 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
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."
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 savingsDAILY MAIL More victories for Islam in Britain as Oxford University Press is banned from writing about baconAP [American Prosperity] Muslim teacher screens film depicting ISIS brutality showing heads on spikes to 14 year oldsDAILY MAIL "Islam can be a violent faith" says Queen’s ChaplainDAILY MAIL 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 ScotlandSCO
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 decadeTUNDRA Abortion support blights European Parliament
— says Federation of Catholic Family Associations CNA
Turkish teacher tells girls they deserve to be raped for not wearing hijabZAMAN
Female teenage suicide bomber kills 34 in NigeriaSEATTLE 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 ISISCBC 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 motherMSN 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 deadDAILY MAIL How Egyptian teachers address the "problem" of young school children who fail to finish their homeworkDAILY MAIL The awe-inspiring cave churches of EthiopiaDAILY MAIL
Iran’s contribution to International Women’s DayNCR THE ISIS FILESISIS attacks Christian villages in northeastern SyriaCHRISTIAN 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
ISIS damages ancient monastery in IraqALETEIA Isis executes 11 guards and takes nine foreigners hostage in attack on Libyan oil fieldINDEPENDENT China’s Muslim Uighurs join ISISPHILLY 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 persecutionICH Pakistani police beat 20 year old Christian to death while in custodyASIA NEWS Bangladeshi police lobby for torture rightsASIA NEWS Persecution watchdog predicts "Great Holocaust of Christians" in Pakistan following reversal of ban on death penaltyGOSPEL HERALD
Vatican use of population control word “sustainable” at UN worrisomeLIFE SITE Polyamory: The next "great sexual freedom" to be won by our debauched Western cultureDAILY MAIL Contraception increases abortions
—and here’s the proofLIFE SITE
Bible-believing Christian company refuses to print civil partnership invitationsCHRISTIAN 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 debateCWR Catholic Relief Services promoted MTV show glorifying promiscuous sex
— (Shameful!) LIFE SITE
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 2015BIN The antibiotics apocalypse: New mutant breeds spreading that NOTHING can treatDAILY MAIL "Apple Pay" prequel to "mark of the Beast?"CBN How God answered atheist’s prayer, then called him into the ministryCHRISTIAN 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 WillsGUARDIAN
Shame on us: Christian chatter in the Twittersphere
Persecution of Christians at all time high