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Pope Francis Says Concern for ‘Cultural Identity’ Doesn’t Justify Opposition to Mass Migration

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Pope Francis spoke out strongly Friday in favor of welcoming more migrants throughout Europe, telling his hearers to beware of the “intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia” that have sprung up around the continent.

Germany’s Populist AfD Party Poised for Important Gains in Sunday Elections

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As Germany gears up for next Sunday’s federal elections, there is a growing fear among the nation’s elite establishment that the conservative AfD party will do considerably better than polls indicate.

Vatican Reacts to Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ Speech, No Place for ‘Military Superiority,’ ‘Unilateralism’

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In a strongly worded address before the United Nations Wednesday, a Vatican spokesman denounced President Trump’s threats against North Korea as “deplorable.”

France’s Macron Acknowledges Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Not Enough’


After defending the Iran nuclear deal as a “good agreement,” French President Emmanuel Macron conceded to reporters that in fact the deal is an insufficient safeguard against the growing power of Tehran.

Pope Francis Welcomes Leader of Muslim World League to Vatican


Pope Francis met with the secretary general of the Muslim World League (MWL) in the Vatican Wednesday, a group that has been tied to Saudi financing of jihadist terrorism and the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

France’s Macron Positions Himself as Globalist ‘Anti-Trump’ at UN Meeting


French President Emmanuel Macron presented himself as the globalist “anti-Trump” in his speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, speaking in direct opposition to the U.S. president’s pro-sovereignty theme.

Journo: Anti-Looting Laws ‘Inseparable from White Supremacy’


A Twitter-certified journalist has attributed laws protecting private property to “White Supremacy,” drawing a flood of criticisms and mockery.

Climate Realists Strike Back: No Blaming Harvey and Irma on ‘Climate Change’

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A sober, fact-based analysis from researchers has debunked hysterical reactions to recent devastating hurricanes that sought to attribute these phenomena to man-made global warming.

Pope Francis Tells Christians ‘It’s a Sin Not to Pray for Government Leaders’

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Christians have an obligation before God to pray for their rulers, and rulers have an obligation to ask God for the grace to be able to faithfully serve the people entrusted to them, Pope Francis said Monday.

Workmen Allegedly Find Bone Fragments of Saint Peter Inside Medieval Altar in Rome


During restoration works in the Roman church of Santa Maria in Cappella, workers have found several ancient pots that supposedly contain bone fragments from four early Christian martyrs and from four of the first popes, including St. Peter the Apostle.

Saudi Arabia 5th-Grade Schoolbook: The ‘Hour’ Will Come After Muslims ‘Kill the Jews’

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Saudi Arabia has come under fire for using schoolbooks for children that disparage Christians as “unbelievers” and promise that the day of resurrection will not come until Muslims have fought and killed the Jews.

Hungary Takes NY Times to School on Europe’s Migrant Crisis

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Hungary’s government spokesman has laid into the New York Times for a sanctimonious op-ed rife with errors and misconceptions regarding Europe’s migrant crisis and Hungary’s role in protecting Europe’s borders.

Hungary Takes NY Times to School on Europe’s Migrant Crisis

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Hungary’s government spokesman has laid into the New York Times for a sanctimonious op-ed rife with errors and misconceptions regarding Europe’s migrant crisis and Hungary’s role in protecting Europe’s borders.

Climate Alarmists Predict 88 Percent Drop in Coffee Production by 2050

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In a new study on climate change and bees in Latin America, a group of scientists is predicting a dramatic drop in coffee production over the next 35 years that will dramatically affect the livelihood of “100 million people.”

Chinese Gov’t Bans Christian Children from Attending Church, Vows Punishment to Offenders


In one of its more drastic moves to date, China’s ruling Communist Party has issued notices warning Christian parents not to take their children to church or they “will be dealt with severely.”

On 9/11 Anniversary, Pope Francis Says ‘Religions Cannot Want Anything But Peace’


In a message released on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 Islamic terror attacks in the United States, Pope Francis has reaffirmed his conviction that all religions want peace and cannot do otherwise.

Pope Francis: People Have a ‘Moral Responsibility’ to Combat Climate Change

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“Whoever denies climate change should ask the scientists, who speak with great clarity and precision on this,” Francis told reporters during his flight back to Rome from Colombia.

Pope Francis Demurs on DACA, Governments Must Handle Immigration Crisis with ‘Prudence’


Despite his well-known calls for open-heartedness in dealing with migrants, Pope Francis reminded reporters Monday that immigration requires regulation, while declining to lay down a judgment on President Trump’s decision to abolish Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

U.S. Bishops Decry Dems’ Hazing of Catholic Judicial Nominee


The United States Bishops have denounced the faith-based harassment of judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett for her Christian beliefs as “anti-Catholic bigotry.”

Migrants Prefer Germany Because Its Benefits ‘Are Quite High,’ Says Gov’t Minister

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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has said that his country’s generous welfare benefits act like a magnet for migrants, and called for a unification of standards throughout the European Union (EU) to better distribute new arrivals.

PM Viktor Orban: ‘Hungary Is Not an Immigrant Country and Does Not Want to Become One’

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Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s redoubtable Prime Minister, has made it clear that Hungary has no intention of caving into pressures from the European Union (EU) to become an “immigrant country,” in a new letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

Italian Foreign Ministry: International Community Pushing ‘Global Compact’ for Regular Migration

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Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has acknowledged publicly that the international community “is at work to develop a Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration,” confirming the fears of those who believed such a plan was in motion.

Hungarian PM Orban: ‘The Islamization of Europe Is Real’


In a powerful address this week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stated that Hungary’s “fiercest opponents” do not come from within but from abroad, and that Europe is falling victim to “Islamization.”

WATCH: Chinese Christians Beaten While Defending Church Property from Demolition


Chinese security officers assaulted a number of priests and laypersons last week in China’s northern Shanxi province as the Christians tried to defend church property from demolition.

Politico’s Matt Wuerker Mocks Texas Hurricane Victims in Political Cartoon


The left-leaning Politico website has taken a potshot at white southern Christians in an insulting new cartoon depicting believers as stupid and still yearning for the secession of the south.

Evangelicals Assailed for Affirming Biblical Morality on Sex in ‘Nashville Statement’

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A new manifesto by leading Evangelical Christians has drawn fire for its embrace of traditional sexual morality based on biblical norms.

Christian Bakers Attacked for Refusing Marriage Cake to Lesbian Couple


A California bakery owned by Christians has been forced to take down its website and social media accounts after a “bombardment” of criticism and a boycott followed their decision not to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding involving two lesbians.

Eco-Alarmists Tie Hurricane Harvey Damage to ‘Climate Change’

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New media reports blame climate change for the “unprecedented disaster” unfolding in Houston, alleging that climate change-related factors undoubtedly “worsened the flooding.”

Columbia Professor Urges Democrats to End ‘Disastrous’ Identity Politics


“American liberalism in the twenty-first century is in crisis,” writes Columbia University Professor Mark Lilla, due in no small part to its embrace of a “disastrous” identity politics that divides instead of uniting.

Pope Francis Invokes ‘Magisterial Authority’ to Say ‘Liturgical Reform Is Irreversible’


In a rare appeal to his magisterial authority as the Roman pontiff, Pope Francis stated Thursday that the changes made to the Catholic liturgy by the Second Vatican Council are “irreversible.”

Pope Francis Invokes ‘Magisterial Authority’ to Say ‘Liturgical Reform Is Irreversible’


In a rare appeal to his magisterial authority as the Roman pontiff, Pope Francis stated Thursday that the changes made to the Catholic liturgy by the Second Vatican Council are “irreversible.”

‘Catholic’ PM Justin Trudeau Pushes for Abortion as ‘Human Right’ in Ireland

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The nominally Catholic Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has urged his Irish counterpart to consider abortion in Ireland as a “fundamental” human right.

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Broader Options’ for Migrants to Enter Countries Legally


In a new message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees Pope Francis has called for “broader options for migrants and refugees to enter destination countries safely and legally.”

Franklin Graham: ‘Politicians Should Stop Saying Islam Is a Religion of Peace’

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Celebrated evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has urged politicians and other world leaders to stop insisting that Islam is a religion of peace, when the exact opposite is true.

Report: Barcelona Jihadists Intended to Blow Up Christian Basilica of Sagrada Familia


The Islamic terrorists who carried out a killing rampage in Barcelona earlier this week had plans to blow up the iconic Catholic basilica of la Sagrada Familia, according to new reports.

Italian Theologian Assails Trump as Cause of ‘Xenophobia, Racism and Anti-Semitism’

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Left-wing Italian theologian and journalist Massimo Faggioli has placed the blame for the Charlottesville tragedy firmly on the shoulders of President Donald Trump, whom he declares to be “theologically and morally” bankrupt.

Charlottesville Victim’s Father Quotes Jesus’s Words of Forgiveness on the Cross


In a powerful response to the death of his daughter Heather, who was killed Saturday after a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Mark Heyer quoted the words Jesus spoke on the cross, calling for forgiveness.

Pope Francis Warns Against Consulting ‘Horoscopes and Fortune-Tellers’

The Vatican and China do not maintain diplomatic relations, but since becoming head of the Holy See in 2013 Pope Francis has tried to mend ties with Beijing in the hope of reconnecting with Catholics in China
When Christians seek guidance from horoscopes and fortune-tellers rather than “holding fast to the Word of the Lord,” that’s when problems start, Pope Francis told a group of pilgrims in the Vatican Sunday.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ Pro-LGBT Message Backfires


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines released a pro-LGBT meme in celebration of Amsterdam Pride Day last weekend, only to find that its imagery completely undermined the message it was trying to convey.

NARAL: Comparing Abortion to Slavery ‘Shameful & Vile’


The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) has reacted fiercely to recent parallels drawn between abortion and slavery, calling the comparison “shameful & vile.” NARAL’s tweet Sunday that abortion “is a basic human right—not slavery” and slamming comparisons between the two institutions came in reaction to a Huffington Post article attacking Judge John K. Bush, newly appointed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who has compared abortion to slavery. African pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha retweeted the NARAL message, saying she wanted to preserve the comment for posterity, “so that one day long after we are dead, there will be records of the inhumane sentiments that held up abortion.” I’m leaving this comment here so that one day long after we are dead, there will be records of the inhumane sentiments that held up abortion https://t.co/34BpZ9c7i6 — Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) August 5, 2017 Abortion, like slavery in America, targets the black community in a particular way, and has been decried by countless black leaders as racist in its very roots. Earlier this year, former presidential candidate Alan Keyes called abortion “more evil than slavery,” arguing that many Americans today hold the same underlying prejudices that made slavery possible in
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