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Trump at Davos: ‘The Time for Skepticism Is Over’

Trump at Davos: ‘The Time for Skepticism Is Over’

President Donald Trump held up America’s middle class as the primary beneficiaries of the U.S. economic boom in his address to the World Economic Forum Tuesday.

Researchers Pay Mexican Women to Get Pregnant Then Abort

Researchers Pay Mexican Women to Get Pregnant Then Abort

Researchers have conducted experiments on dozens of young Mexican women, paying them to be artificially inseminated and then extracting their embryos for analysis, NPR reported Thursday.

Donald Trump Proclaims Religious Freedom Day 2020

Donald Trump Proclaims Religious Freedom Day 2020

President Donald J. Trump has officially proclaimed January 16, 2020, “Religious Freedom Day” to commemorate “the foundational link between freedom and faith in our country.”

Vatican Echoes WCC Letter on ‘Peril’ of Climate Change

Vatican Echoes WCC Letter on ‘Peril’ of Climate Change

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano published a commentary Tuesday stressing the importance of a recent pastoral letter by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on the “peril” of climate change.

Texas Bishops Oppose Governor’s Curb on Refugee Settlement

Texas Bishops Oppose Governor’s Curb on Refugee Settlement

A number of Catholic bishops in Texas have criticized a decision by Governor Greg Abbott to place a moratorium on refugee settlements in the state, urging the Catholic governor to rethink his position.

Honduran Cardinal Condemns U.S.-Iran Conflict

Honduran Cardinal Condemns U.S.-Iran Conflict

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga said Sunday that he condemns the conflict between the United States and Iran and urged leaders to “learn the lifestyle of Jesus.

Emeritus Pope Benedict: Celibacy for Priests Is ‘Essential’

Emeritus Pope Benedict: Celibacy for Priests Is ‘Essential’

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has published a book with Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah emphasizing the importance of priestly celibacy while resisting a push for the ordination of married men originating from the recent Vatican synod on the Amazon region.

Polish Bishops Rally Behind Prelate Who Dissed Greta Thunberg

Polish Bishops Rally Behind Prelate Who Dissed Greta Thunberg

A group of Polish bishops have rushed to the defense of Krakow Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski, who has been slammed for his criticism of climate icon Greta Thunberg and the ecological movement she represents.

U.S. Archbishop on Iran: Military Pursues ‘Those Who Cause Harm’

U.S. Archbishop on Iran: Military Pursues ‘Those Who Cause Harm’

The Catholic Archbishop for the U.S. Military Services, Timothy P. Broglio, issued a nuanced statement Monday on the situation in the Middle East, signalling support for the recent drone strike on Irani General Qasem Soleimani.

Australian Archbishop Composes Prayer for Rainfall

Australian Archbishop Composes Prayer for Rainfall

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher has written a special opening prayer for the “Mass for Rain” as part of a prayer campaign to beg God for rainfall.

USA Today: Obergefell Was Never About ‘Freedom to Marry’

USA Today: Obergefell Was Never About ‘Freedom to Marry’

The 2015 Supreme Court decision imposing same-sex marriage on the nation redefined society’s most important institution and undermined a traditional understanding of male and female, argues a stinging op-ed last week in USA Today.

U.S. Bishops Call for Greater Solidarity with Migrants

U.S. Bishops Call for Greater Solidarity with Migrants

Bishops in the U.S. have released a statement calling for solidarity with immigrants in preparation for the observation of National Migration Week from January 5-11, 2020.

Iraqi Muslims Caught Selling Shoes Made to ‘Trample the Cross’

Iraqi Muslims Caught Selling Shoes Made to ‘Trample the Cross’

Shops in a Kurdish region of northern Iraq have been selling shoes with a Christian cross embossed on the sole, allowing wearers to “trample the cross,” according to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA).

China Passes Tighter Restrictions on Religious Practice

China Passes Tighter Restrictions on Religious Practice

The Chinese Communist Party has passed a series of draconian administrative measures for religious groups, which will go into effect on February 1, 2020, bringing them completely under government control.

Cardinal Dolan Condemns ‘Sickening’ Attacks on Jews

Cardinal Dolan Condemns ‘Sickening’ Attacks on Jews

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan condemned the recent string of attacks against Jewish people in New York, following a machete stabbing spree that left five people injured during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home on Saturday night.

Hong Kong Christian Denounces China’s ‘War on Christmas’

Hong Kong Christian Denounces China’s ‘War on Christmas’

China’s war on Christmas “spreads a rhetoric of hate and division,” jeopardizing religious liberty and indoctrinating children, writes Peter den Hartog in the South China Morning Post Saturday.

Suicide Bomber Slays at Least 90 in Somalia Attack

Suicide Bomber Slays at Least 90 in Somalia Attack

A suicide-bomber driving a car laden with explosives killed at least 90 persons and injured over 125 more in an attack in the Somali capital of Mogadishu Saturday.

CNET: ‘The World Is on Fire’ Because... Climate Change

CNET: ‘The World Is on Fire’ Because... Climate Change

Leaders of the biggest carbon-emitting nations like the United States just “sip their coffees and put their feet up” while the world burns from climate change, according to the newest alarmist screed on CNET.

Pope Francis Snubs Hong Kong in Christmas Message

Pope Francis Snubs Hong Kong in Christmas Message

Pope Francis called attention to a series of afflicted areas around the globe in his annual Christmas blessing Wednesday, conspicuously omitting any mention of Hong Kong's mounting crisis.

WSJ Decries Brutal ‘New War’ on Africa’s Christians

WSJ Decries Brutal ‘New War’ on Africa’s Christians

Islamist Fulani raiders are waging a barbaric war on Nigeria’s Christians, the Wall Street Journal reported this week, in a brutal campaign to rid the country’s Middle Belt of non-Muslims.

Pope Francis Tells Christians Not to Try to Convert Nonbelievers

Pope Francis Tells Christians Not to Try to Convert Nonbelievers

Pope Francis told Christian high school students this weekend that they should respect people of other faiths and not attempt to convert them to Christianity, insisting that “we are not living in the times of the crusades.

Vatican: No, There Is No ‘Opening’ to Same-Sex Unions

Vatican: No, There Is No ‘Opening’ to Same-Sex Unions

The Vatican issued a hasty denial Thursday after a number of news outlets published stories suggesting that the Church was reinterpreting the Bible to allow the possibility of homosexual unions.

Christmas Celebrations Banned in Muslim West Sumatra

Christmas Celebrations Banned in Muslim West Sumatra

Governments on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have banned Christians from celebrating Christmas in private homes, according to a report Thursday from International Christian Concern (ICC).

Pope Francis Has Migrant Crucifix Installed in Vatican

Pope Francis Has Migrant Crucifix Installed in Vatican

Pope Francis presided over the installation of a migrant crucifix in the Vatican Thursday, on which he had a migrant life vest placed on the cross in place of the body of Jesus.

Christian Persecution Rages in India as Christmas Approaches

Christian Persecution Rages in India as Christmas Approaches

Christians in India are facing one of their most difficult Christmases in memory and in just one week have suffered over a half dozen acts of targeted persecution, according to a report Wednesday from International Christian Concern (ICC).

Vatican Laments ‘Failure’ of U.N. Climate Convention

Vatican Laments ‘Failure’ of U.N. Climate Convention

The deputy director of the Vatican’s communications office declared this week that the U.N.’s COP25 climate change convention had “ended in failure” as world leaders reached no agreement regarding a global carbon market.

Exorcists Condemn Children’s Book on Summoning Demons

Exorcists Condemn Children’s Book on Summoning Demons

The International Association of Exorcists (AIE) has issued a statement warning parents of the dangers of a 2019 children’s book that gives instructions on how to summon up demons.

Vatican Bishop: ‘China Trusts Pope Francis’

Vatican Bishop: ‘China Trusts Pope Francis’

A top Vatican bishop has confirmed Pope Francis’ wish to visit Beijing and establish formal diplomatic ties with the country, as reported Monday in China’s state-run Global Times.

Climate Alarmists Cry Out: Planet Earth ‘Is Burning’

Climate Alarmists Cry Out: Planet Earth ‘Is Burning’

The rate of destruction from climate change “is now so acute and so vast that it cannot be ignored” proclaims Wired magazine in a breathless essay Saturday insisting that the planet is “burning.

PlayWay Launches ‘I Am Jesus Christ’ Simulation Game

PlayWay Launches ‘I Am Jesus Christ’ Simulation Game

The PlayWay company has announced a new simulation game called “I Am Jesus Christ,” allowing players to assume the role of Jesus — walking on water, fighting Satan, and healing the blind.