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James Asquith - published on 03/21/15 - updated on 06/07/17

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VATICAN CITY
Bishop predicts Pope will reign another five years 

— An Italian bishop who predicted the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has now said that Pope Francis will lead the Church for another five years  

CATHOLIC CULTURE


The Church is the "House of Jesus" and must always be open
 — says Francis 
CNS

Pope Francis expected to have lunch with 10 transsexual prisoners on Saturday
NCR
Teachers should be paid more, says Pope Francis
CATHOLIC HERALD
Pope Francis receives bishops of Bosnia and Herzegovina
VATICAN NEWS
Canadian religious leaders invite Francis to “break bread” with the residents of Vancouver’s poorest neighborhood
BRANDON SUN
Francis to speak at UN on September 25th
ALETEIA
Bishop Williamson excommunicated after illicitly ordaining a bishop
CATHOLIC HERALD
Vatican liturgy secretary rules out possibility of Catholics using 1998 Mass translation
THE TABLET
Francis greets Benedict on Feast of St. Joseph
RADIO VATICANA
Pope donates over 1,000 pounds of food to serve needy Roman neighborhood
CATHOLIC CULTURE

What exactly does the "Holy Year of Mercy" mean?
CNA
Pope Francis’ modest lifestyle personifies the message of the Catholic Church
HUFFPO
NORTH AMERICA
Cyanide sent to Obama

NBC
Obama leading America into "Jaws of Death" deal with Iran
CHRISTIAN POST
Federal judge calls Obama’s amnesty a deception and declares "I was made to look like an idiot"
BREITBART
University of New Mexico is now Sharia-compliant and bans ANY criticism of Islam
SHOEBAT
Knights of Columbus pull out of Boston parade in wake of gay marchers controversy
IRISH CENTRAL
America loses faith — 7.5 million fewer believers than in 2012 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
How Dallas cops shot dead mentally ill black man — (Some suggest there is a concerted "drive" to stir-up racism in the US and elsewhere. Events like this certainly don’t help) 
DAILY MAIL
Devil woman cuts baby out of mother’s womb
DAILY MAILDM2
The New America: 
Seattle Satanic Temple opposes "In God We Trust" sign
CHRISTIAN POST
Grandparents make 9 year old girl run laps until she has seizure and dies
TDB
DHS release a further 30,000 criminal aliens onto America’s streets
WASHINGTON TIMES
Another one falls as Presbyterians cave in to "New World" agenda
CNN
Anti-Semitism on the rise in America’s liberal colleges
TDB
Catholic bishops oppose Obama’s attempt to apply "Executive Order" style "government" to America’s largest ever foreign policy initiative
NCR
EDITORIAL COMMENT
House approves bill granting asylum to families persecuted for homeschooling children — (This is good. One question though, where do American families go when
they are persecuted?) 
CHL
New York archdiocese announces academic program to train lay people as parish managers
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Hate messages painted on Florida synagogue
JEWISH JOURNAL
US Navy Chaplain fired for being Christian
BCN
With laws set to threaten religious liberty in DC, Senate is last legal hope — With religious freedom under assault in the US capital, the Archdiocese of Washington is rallying behind its only remaining legislative recourse 
CNA
Supreme Court sides with Quebec Catholic school on religious freedom
GLOBE AND MAIL
LATIN AMERICA
Chilean cardinal urges nation to "fight for life" as new bill threatens to legalize abortion

LIFE SITE
A mission of hope in Haiti
FAITH IT
ISRAEL
Resounding victory for Benjamin Netanyahu

FINANCIAL TIMES
Obama rebukes and criticizes Netanyahu after election victory
CHARISMA
How Obama intends to punish Israel for re-electing Netanhayu 
JEWISH PRESSFOREIGN POLICYJERUSALEM POST
Obama to "reassess" Israel relationship — (Obama, angry at Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory, is desperate to punish Bibi) 
CNN
Draft Iran nuclear accord would keep 6,000 centrifuges spinning — (This fact alone makes what is being negotiated utterly ineffectual) 
TIMES OF ISRAEL
Jewish shopper attacked at mall near Vienna, Austria — (Incidents of anti-semitism in Europe have jumped up over the past 24 months) 
JTA
Palestinian tries to ram car into IDF soldiers
JERUSALEM POST
Connections abound between solar eclipse and Jewish Sabbath
BIN
RUSSIA
Russian annexation of Crimea paints a disturbing picture of religious intolerance
 — Religious freedoms have been severely restricted in Crimea since it was annexed a year ago 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Russia moves nuclear capable weapons to NATO borders
RADIO VATICANA
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The PR Guru Who Wants to Take Down San Francisco’s Archbishop Cordileone
 — PR man prays for Pope Francis to remove him (And all this .. because Cordileone dares to define Catholic teaching. This should show you the nature of the fight the Church in 21st-century 
America faces) 
Was Hospital Bullied Into Abortion Deal by Planned Parenthood? — Alliance Defending Freedom demands compliance with public meetings law

Think the Pill is Safe? Think Again, Say Scientists — Studies show birth control pill as dangerous as anabolic performance-enchancing steroids

BRITAIN & IRELAND
UK Christians face discrimination in workplace, says archbishop 
— (For a good two decades now) 
CATHOLIC HERALD
Faith schools under attack by "forces of intolerance," says Tory MP
CHRISTIAN TODAY
"Buy your own drugs" says Welsh health board as free prescriptions become unaffordable — (Britain’s poorest seem likely to see more difficult times ahead) 
DAILY MAIL
"Breathtaking" solar eclipse witnessed by millions
BBC
EUROPE
Germans protest at austerity measures

EURO NEWS

Bigger than St. Patrick: In Italy, St. Joseph is the man
CNS
11 million olive trees to be felled in southern Italy in fight against bug
DAILY MAIL
Deadly shooting in Sweden
TDB
Turkish President Recep Erdoğan unveils large scale international mosque building project to support new Islamic drive
SHOEBAT
AFRICA
Islamic State group terrorizes and murders Westerners in Tunisia

DAILY MAIL
Nigeria: At least 45 dead in ethno-religious conflict
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Boko Haram chose to slaughter "wives" rather than set them free
DAILY MAIL
Christians attacked and church burned in Kenyan coastal town
MSN
Ebola cases in Guinea double since February — (But there isn’t much reporting going on about it) 
JERUSALEM POST
MIDDLE EAST
Imam molests 8 year old boy in parents’ home
EMIRATES
THE ISIS FILES
ISIS wreaks more destruction on Iraq’s churhes

DAILY MAIL
So called Iraqi "spies" executed in latest ISIS murders
DAILY MAIL
How jihadist wives in Syria are "proud" of their lifestyle
DAILY MAIL
ASIA & CHINA
Elderly nun gang-raped in India after trying to prevent robbery at Christian school

DAILY MAILCHRISTIAN TODAY 
Raping nuns is Christian, says anti-Christian Hindu leader
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Violation of nun part of growing trend of attacks against Christians in India
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Indian authorities should care for “every human being and not just cows,” says Cardinal Baselios
CNA
Hindu leader threatens more attacks on church in India if conversions don’t stop
ALETEIA
Taliban target Christian communities in Pakistan, leaving 14 dead
NDTV
Christians in Pakistan now taking to the streets in their thousands against the Islamic persecution of Christians
SHOEBAT
Religious tensions simmer across Pakistan following church bombings
CHL
Pakistani Christians mourn for victims of latest terror attack while vowing that hateful jihadists will never deter their faith 
BCN
Women burned alive in Afghanistan for allegedly burning Koran
KHAAMA
Christian schools transform education for Nepal’s girls
CATHOLIC CULTURE
Malaysian Muslims want law allowing them to kill apostates
FREE MALAYSIA
Malaysia lobbies for right to impale and crucify those who violate sharia
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Philippine bishops pushing for resignation of President Aquino
CHRISTIAN TODAY
Myanmar drops bomb near Chinese city of Lincang, killing four
CHINA POST
FAMILY MATTERS
Why the 14th Amendment can’t possibly require same-sex "marriage"

ONE NEWS
With Presbyterians in the "yes" column, mainline Protestants solidify gay "marriage" support — 
CHL
Franklin Graham slams Presbyterian Church’s decision to rewrite its constitution to allow same-sex marriage — (This is good, but it concerns me that the Catholic Church in America isn’t saying the same thing)
GOSPEL HERALD
Children raised in same-sex households are not complete, argues Christian woman raised by lesbian couple
GOSPEL HERALD
Christian videographer faces legal action after refusing to work lesbian wedding, says it’s against her beliefs — (This represents an opportunity for the Catholic Church in America to serve as a true "mother church" by proposing legislation which would protect Christians of all denominations from being persecuted for their beliefs) 
CHRISTIAN POST
California church changes policy, allows openly gay members — A popular evangelical Christian church in San Francisco announced a change in church policy on Friday, stating that LGBT members no longer need to remain celibate. (Has something happened in recent years, such as an unreported re-visitation of Christ, or some clearly anointed prophet who, with unequivocal signs of God’s endorsement, has ushered in teachings which have done away with New Testament precepts? I think not. So, we are simply looking at "church leaders" caving in to "political correctness." Is it not obvious that these decisions have nothing to do with God?)  
CHRISTIAN DAILYCHRISTIAN NEWS
Catholic school, with priest’s backing, suspends theology teacher for defending marriage on Facebook — (The priest who supported this action will one day stand before Christ. What, I wonder, will his defense be on that day?) 
LIFE SITE
Christian activists boycott Planet Fitness over policy allowing men who declare themselves as transgender to use women’s showers — (But still so many remain silent) 
CHRISTIAN POST
ADDITIONAL REPORTS
"I am Christian" blocked by Facebook and labelled as "offensive content"

CHL
"My faith makes Hollywood uncomfortable" — Trai Byers 
CHRISTIAN POST
Google exec shares his faith in God
GOSPEL HERALD
Ten popular Easter Bible verses
GOSPEL HERALD
Denzel Washington on the Bible and marriage
CHARISMA
Fulton Sheen’s intense life of holiness worthy of sainthood, biographer writes
CWR
Communion in the hand vs. Communion on the tongue 
CRUX
Dante’s biggest fans? The "poet of popes" and his legacy at the Vatican
CNA
The boldness of Christ and the saints
THE CATHOLIC GENTLEMAN
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