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James Asquith - published on 04/02/15

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

VATICAN CITY
"The Easter Triduum is the apex of our Christian life"
— Pope Francis has urged the faithful to see the signs of the Risen Lord and open their hearts to a "present that is full of the future" 
VATICAN NEWS
Holy See and Italy sign agreement on fiscal cooperation
RADIO VATICANA
Clashes at last year’s synod may have been "appetizer" for main course this October
CRUX
British Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Nichols, says "We must not see family synod as a battle" — (And yet, this is precisely what some prelates are preparing for!) 
CATHOLIC HERALD
Versaldi is the new minister of Catholic education — Pope Francis has nominated the successor of Polish Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski as head of the Congregation that looks after universities and schools that are dependent on the Church 
VATICAN INSIDER
The disastrous appointment of Bishop Barros could spell trouble for Pope Francis — The Vatican has made a huge unforced error and it doesn’t seem to realize it 
CATHOLIC HERALD

Pope told to eat less pasta and exercise
more
DAILY TELEGRAPH

Muslim family carves chair to be used by Pope Francis during Bosnia visit on June 6


ABC
NORTH AMERICA
US and Iran said to have played chicken with deal deadline — Obama reportedly hoped to pressure Tehran by showing willingness to step away from the table and leave sanctions in place 
TIMES OF ISRAEL
National Black Church Initiative breaks ties with the Presbyterian Church over redefinition of marriage heresy — (Well done to the NBCI. You may be "hated" by the world for upholding Scriptural values, but you are honoring God, and for which purpose Christians exist) 
GOSPEL HERALD
Obama’s revenge against Netanyahu, for inspiring Congress and winning election, continues apace
TIMES OF ISRAEL
Anti-Semitism in US spikes after nearly a decade in decline
NCR
Americans Against Christ: Atheist Group, Freedom From Religion Foundation, rebukes NCAA for accepting Christian chaplains
GOSPEL HERALD
Obama’s apocalyptic betrayals make the world a more dangerous place — President Obama’s far-reaching efforts to facilitate Iran’s march towards possessing nuclear weapons amount to nothing less than an apocalyptic betrayal of US voters and their allies. These betrayals will make the world more dangerous 
CHARISMA
Catholic university officials in Miami caught on secret video approving student club devoted to raising money for ISIS
DAILY MAIL
Obama wanted to release Taliban Five without Bergdahl in return
IWC
Anti-Christian America: Christian grandma-florist fined $1,001 and ORDERED to work gay weddings, but refuses, saying she won’t betray Christ; State threatens to take away her home and business — (I don’t think much more proof is required to recognize that Christians in the West have now joined the worldwide family of those being persecuted for Christ) 
CHRISTIAN POST
Third of Americans say Obama poses imminent or serious threat to US
IWC
Biblical values in America? No thanks! Apple CEO slams Indiana over Religious Freedom Law — This is the same CEO who negotiated deal to sell iPhones in Islamic countries which execute gays (Again we see that the only "freedom" which is now acceptable is that which is pro-gay) 
WEASEL ZIPPERS
Incoherence, petulance, and Obama’s Middle East Policy — The Obama administration’s Middle East policy is becoming something worse than a failure. It is turning into a combination of ideological tics and irritable gestures even as the worst actors gain power 
FIRST THINGS
The New America: Muslims accuse Americans of being “Islamophobic” for not wanting the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited in Arabic in public schools
SHOEBAT
Disney/ABC sitcom featuring life of anti-Christian activist Dan Savage denounced by pro-family groups
GOSPEL HERALD
Iran extensions underscore Obama’s dilemma in talks
TIMES OF ISRAEL
The Fight Against Christianity: Supreme Court upholds White House preference by enforcing ban on churches renting schools for meetings
CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Michele Bachmann compares Obama to Germanwings pilot — "He is deranged, and flying our nation straight into the rocks" 
WND
Jerry Brown orders first mandatory water cuts in California’s history
BREITBART
Knights Of Columbus launches Catholic faith-based mutual funds — The Knights of Columbus have created a new class of mutual funds that will invest based on Catholic values and will be marketed to faith-based institutions such as orders of nuns, dioceses or Catholic universities 
HARTFORD COURANT
The New America: Chicago gangsters copy Mexican cartel roadblock tactic — Criminals using roadblocks as trap to carry out violent robberies against motorists 
BREITBART
Anti-Christian America: Most Americans now say Jesus sinned
WND
California father of four shot dead after minor traffic incident turns into major case of road rage: Man was followed and killed in his own home
DAILY MAIL
The War on Christianity: Indiana-based Christian pizzeria attacked by homosexual terrorists
SHOEBAT
Clueless protesters in San Francisco prove Archbishop Cordileone’s point — The fact is, there is no contradiction or conflict between Christ, His Church, the teachings of Pope Francis, and the actions of Archbishop Cordileone 
CWR
Police State America: How big business is helping expand NSA surveillance
INTERCEPT
Montreal Anglican church transformed into Inuit-language sanctuary
ACNS
LATIN AMERICA
Rogue Brazilian bishops to defy Vatican

YNC
ISRAEL
Netanyahu voices dismay that nuclear talks go on while Iran vows to destroy Israel

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Iran: "Destroying Israel is "non-negotiable"— (There was a time, not too many years ago, when such a statement would have resulted in decisive action being taken by the US. Not any more though) 
TIMES OF ISRAEL
Anti-Semitism on the rise
GOSPEL HERALD
Managing Obama’s war against Israel — Max Boot explained in the Wall Street Journal, that the Obama administration’s animosity toward Israel is a function of Obama’s twin strategic aims, both evident since he entered office: realigning US policy in the Middle East toward Iran and away from its traditional allies Israel and the Sunni Arab states, and ending the US’s strategic alliance with Israel 
CAROLINE GLICK
Palestinians join International Criminal Court — The Palestinian Authority became a member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday and marked the occasion with a low-key ceremony at the court’s headquarters at The Hague in the Netherlands  
TIMES OF ISRAEL
Israel slams Palestinians "cynical and hypocritical" ICC membership
YNET
Netanyahu on Iran: "Now’s the time for a better deal"

CBN
"David’s Sling" missile interceptor passes latest trials — Joint US-Israeli development, intended as additional layer of missile defense, passes fourth series of tests, to be declared operational in coming months 
YNET
What every Christian needs to know about Passover — Exploring the Passover helps us learn more about the context of Jesus’ own religious and spiritual life, it sheds light on Easter, the resurrection of Jesus, and the meaning of redemption 
ISRAEL TODAY
"Let them eat!" — Feeding Israel’s hungry over Passover 
BIN
RUSSIA
Russia threatens to use nuclear force over Crimea and the Baltic states
INDEPENDENT
Russian man burns ex-wife, 25, to death
DAILY MAIL
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BRITAIN & IRELAND
Women should be fully included at all levels of leadership in the Church,
 Anglicans tell the UN — (The church which is falling apart telling other churches what to do!) 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
1 in 20 students have turned to sex work to fund studies — (This practice used to be the preserve of the developing nations. Welcome to the new Britain!) 
CHRISTIAN TODAY
The New Britain: 
London schools fear Easter terror exodus as Islamic State grooms students on almost daily basis
BREITBART
Irish Association of Catholic Priests takes neutral stance on same-sex marriage — Should we REALLY be taking a "neutral" stance over issues which are clearly addressed by Holy Scripture? 
CATHOLIC HERALD
The New Britain: British Women Account for 75% of ISIS Female Brigade
TDC
Catholic weddings on the decline in Ireland
NEWSTALK
EUROPE
Cardinal Burke: Confusion about divorce and homosexuality spreading in an alarming way

CHRISTIAN TODAY
German Church to sue Italian footballer — The obscure mechanics of Germany’s "Church Tax" 
CATHOLIC HERALD
Belgian police respond with violence to legal, peaceful, pro-life rally in Brussels
LIFE SITE
Woman wielding assault rifle and grenades shot dead by Turkish police
DAILY MAIL
AFRICA

At least 147 dead in Kenyan university massacre following al-Shabaab Holy Week raid — Are you Christian or Muslim? What Al-Shabaab gunmen asked Kenyan students in worst attack in country in 17 years DAILY MAIL

Islamic brutality: How Somalian terror group fired at innocent civilians as they tried to swim to safety
DAILY MAIL
Muslim Brotherhood attacks Church in Egypt because they wanted to honor the 21 Christians beheaded by ISIS
CHRISTIAN POSTGOSPEL HERALD
68 Churches set on fire by Muslims in Niger — (But we hear little of it) 
TAB
South Sudanese Pastor tortured by Muslims
MSN
Church ban on hijab upheld by court — A Kenyan court has upheld the right of a church to ban the wearing of the hijab by Muslim students 
COEN
Al-Arabi statement on "Catholics and Protestants" sparks strong reactions, apology demanded
VATICAN INSIDER
MIDDLE EAST
Saudis would develop own nuclear program in reaction to nuclear Iran
 — (I’ve said it before and will say so again, Barack Obama is going to be responsible for "nuclearizing" the Middle East) 
JERUSALEM POST
Arab League creates joint army — The Arab League has called for the establishment of a unified military force 
AL ARABIYA
Amnesty International: Iran carried out highest number of reported executions in 2014
NCRI
Iran renounces commitment towards critical aspect of nuclear deal — (No surprises there!) 
GLOBE AND MAIL
Persecuted Christianity
NEWSWEEK
Dire warning issued over Middle East Christians
WND
The forgotten Christians of Yemen
CBN
THE ISIS FILES
ISIS seizes part of Damascus

BBC
Blindfolded, bound and led to their deaths by children
DAILY MAIL
Islamic State kills at least 37, including entire families, in Syrian village
CHRISTIAN DAILY
ASIA & AUSTRALIA
Second blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

CNN
Indian headmaster beaten with iron rods for comments on Islam
DNA
Christians in Haryana State, northern India, severely beaten by Hindu extremists
MSN
Another Catholic church set on fire in Australia
ABC
FAMILY MATTERS
"A travesty of justice": No murder charges over baby cut out of mother’s womb
 — The archbishop of Denver has lamented the law’s failure to protect all human life after it was announced that no murder charge would be filed in connection with a baby was cut out of her mother’s womb 
CNA
After thousands of complaints, FDA will consider banning dangerous Essure sterilization device — 
Food and Drug Administration finally takes some action after thousands injured or killed after being implanted with the Essure sterilization device – touted as a safer, less invasive alternative to surgical tubal ligation
LIFE SITE
Praying and fasting for enemies of the unborn — A Lenten prayer campaign for three notorious abortionists: “If we don’t pray for them, who will?” 
CWR
Pornography transforming men from protectors into predators — (Pornography is a sin, and utterly incompatible with Christianity. The church needs to make this point loud and clear, especially among our youth) 
LIFE SITE
"Hot or not?" The shattering question nine-year-olds are asking as they rate each other’s looks online and dish out public humiliation to fellow classmates
DAILY MAIL
ADDITIONAL REPORTS
Privacy Alert: Facebook ‘illegally’ tracks all visitors to its site even if they do not have accounts, are logged off or have opted out says new report

DAILY MAIL
Could this natural extract be a cure breast cancer?
BCN
"Religious liberty in rapid downward decline" — says Baylor University 
BAPTIST NEWS
The War on Christianity: Facebook page declares "Mary should have aborted"
ANF
What I wish I’d known about Catholics, and why I’m becoming one now
THE CORDIAL CATHOLIC
Where and when to see the 2015 Passover/Easter Blood Moon
BIN

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