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 Germany supplants US as the country with the best global reputation 

America's brand has taken a major hit in the age of Trump. The United States lands with an overall No. 6 ranking in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index, which measures 50 nations in multiple categories, including governance, exports, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. The United States was the overall No. 1 in 2016, but Germany took the top spot this year.

 

              

 

 Analysis: Tax Plan Upside Down Boon to the Rich 

A new analysis of the Republican tax plan in the House of Representatives shows Connecticut's wealthiest would benefit the most, while low and middle-income earners would be harmed.

 

        

 

  DID SATAN CREATE CATHOLICISM? TRUMP-SUPPORTING PASTOR ROBERT JEFFRESS THINKS SO

An evangelical pastor and President Donald Trump supporter says Catholicism is a “cult-like pagan religion” and the success of the religion is due to “the genius of Satan.”

 

 LUCIFER IN THE VATICAN 

We all know from scripture that Satan the Devil is the god of this World. He has had devastating effects upon man since the days of Adam and Eve in the “Garden of Eden”.  He has been counterfeiting everything God has purposed, and is not backwards in stirring up venom and hatred towards righteous people who resist his wave lengths, to try and stay loyal to the true God. Wars, inquisitions and down - right hostility in the form of persecution has always been thrown up against God’s faithful.

 

             

 

 A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe 

Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarming.

 

 IS THE 'NEW ANTISEMITISM' GAINING A FOOTHOLD IN EUROPE AND AMERICA? 

There have been fears of late, perhaps justifiably so, in Jewish communities around the globe, that antisemitism is on the rise. Perhaps the main reason for this line of thinking comes from the rise of far-right parties in Europe, and a resurgent Jew-hatred from the American “alt right.”

 

 North Korea 'planning to infect MILLIONS with Black Death PLAGUE' 

Experts have repeatedly warned the hermit state is developing deadly chemical and biological weapons to wage World War 3 with. Part of the program focuses on producing deadly diseases, capable of wiping out a country by killing its entire population. They include: Anthrax, botulism, cholera, Korean hemorrhagic fever, smallpox, typhoid fever, yellow fever, dysentry, brucellosis, staph, typhus fever and alimentary toxic aleukia.

 

  Now, a Trade War — Is a Shooting War Next?

A popular thesis since the 1930s is that a natural progression exists from currency wars to trade wars to shooting wars. Both history and analysis support this thesis. Tensions rise, rival blocs are formed and a shooting war begins. The shooting wars often have a not-so-hidden economic grievance or rationale behind them.

 

 America’s new world order is dead 

China and Russia have derailed the post-Cold War movement toward U.S.-led global integration.

 

 China joins Duterte's controversial drug war pushing away the United States 

As Duterte's drug war exhausts Philippine authorities, China has offered financial assistance to Manila. It may be good diplomacy, but it is unlikely to have a big effect on the ground. China is providing the country a grant of $15 million.

 

 Germany’s Turkey Quagmire 

Germany’s relationship with Turkey has never been so fraught. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have gone from bad to worse with little improvement in sight.

 

 IS AMERICA HEADING TOWARD A CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS? 

The San Bernardino and Orlando massacres are not isolated incidents; they are the beginning of a new, bloody era in America.

 

 Is America Headed for a New Kind of Civil War? 

How fragile is the Union, our republic, and a country that has long been considered the world’s most stable democracy? The dangers are now bigger than the collective episodes of violence. America’s stability is increasingly an undercurrent in political discourse.

 

 There’s ‘no bigger story’ right now than whether or not Trump is fit to hold office 

“We’ve come to expect President Trump to attack via Twitter,” Stelter said, “but to see Corker attack back, to use his ‘adult day care center line,’ is incredible. I would make the case that there’s no bigger story in America today than the fitness of the president of the United States.” “Is he fit for office? Is he stable for office?” he asked. “And that’s what Corker is getting at. He’s getting at that big, uncomfortable story about whether the president needs babysitting at the White House.”

 

 Worried About Trump’s Mental Stability? The Worst Is Yet to Come. 

IS DONALD TRUMP psychologically unstable and unfit for office? Does the president of the United States have a dangerous mental illness of some shape or form? Ask his fellow Republicans.

 

 Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’ 

Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

 

 Donald Trump acting like reality TV star but could start World War 3, Republican warns 

DONALD Trump’s threats could spark World War 3 as the President turns the White House into an “adult daycare centre”, warns senior Republican.

 

 Here’s What Would Happen If Donald Trump Nuked North Korea 

In 1945, America won the war with nukes. Today, it could end the world as we know it.

 

 Data breaches highlight how Social Security number has to be phased out for blockchain, biometrics 

We should consider the creation of a public private partnership to begin a dialogue on replacing the Social Security Number as the touchstone for identity verification in this country. It is time to have identity verification procedures that match the technological age in which we live. Devost advocates that the U.S. government would move away from Social Security numbers and replace it with biometrics or a blockchain equivalent.

 

 JEWS IN TEXAS ALREADY IN HIDING FROM NEO-NAZIS; HOLIDAY SERVICE HELD AT SECRET LOCATION 

WWII ended badly for Hitler’s racial ideas, so those of us who are not Jewish might be excused for thinking that danger has passed.

 

 HORRIFIC FLESH-EATING PARASITE CALLED "THE NEXT PLAGUE" COULD SPREAD IN U.S., SPURRING VACCINE EFFORT 

Leishmania is the second-most deadly parasite in the world.

 

 ISIS SUPPORTERS CALL FOR POISONING OF FOOD IN GROCERY STORES ACROSS U.S. AND EUROPE 

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and its followers have traditionally used shock and awe tactics in their attacks on the West, taking knives, assault rifles and trucks on as weapons in shocking assaults. But the group’s followers are now calling for a hidden weapon: poison. The target? Western grocery stores.

 

 THE DANGER OF THE UNITED STATES LOSING TO NORTH KOREA 

The US, even if it wished to assume the mantle of the world order guardian, is incapable of fulfilling the task by political and economic means and needs the cooperation of other major players.

 

 ANGELA MERKEL: THE MORAL LEADER OF THE WEST How the German chancellor became Trump’s foil 

Trump is everything Merkel is not.

 

 Russia gears up for major war games, neighbors watch with unease 

Russia is preparing to hold large-scale military exercises it says will be of a purely defensive nature, amid concerns in neighboring nations that the drills may be used as a precursor for an invasion.

 

 Pope, Orthodox leader make climate change appeal to 'heal wounded creation' 

Pope Francis and Orthodox Christian leader Patriarch Bartholomew called on Friday for a collective response from world leaders to climate change, saying the planet was deteriorating and vulnerable people were the first to be affected. The appeal comes three months after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a global agreement, struck in Paris, to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 'We Are Living Through a Battle for the Soul of This Nation' 

The former vice president calls on Americans to do what President Trump has not. Did we think the charlatans and the con-men and the false prophets who have long dotted our history wouldn’t revisit us, once again prop up the immigrant as the source of all our troubles, and look to prey on the hopelessness and despair that has grown up in the hollowed-out cities and towns of Ohio and Michigan and Pennsylvania and the long-forgotten rural stretches of West Virginia and Kentucky? We have fought this battle before—but today we have a special challenge.

 

 Teacher: Dear parents, tell your kids to stop talking about God 

School is back in session across the fruited plain and students are getting settled in their new classes and adjusting to new teachers. So it's not all that unusual for moms and dads to receive letters from their child's teacher. But a letter written by a first-grade teacher and sent to parents in McCordsville, Indiana is causing quite a stir. The teacher urged parents to encourage their children to stop using religious words in the classroom.

 

 Merkel assuming leadership role in world of erratic strongmen 

Alarmed by the rise of unpredictable strongmen around the world, Angela Merkel feels she must do more to defend the Western order on which Germany depends.

 

 North Korea is executing, torturing and enslaving those who practice religion 

The 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom determined that the government led by dictator Kim Jong Un continues to delineate brutal punishments for those who engage in faith-bound acts outside of worshipping the country’s leadership. The punishment includes “executions, torture, beatings and arrests.”

 

 Trump meltdown for the ages 

It was like watching a human Twitter feed. A combative and unrestrained President Donald Trump opened his authentic political soul, in possibly the most memorable news conference in presidential history, that is certain to become a defining moment of his administration.

 

 Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Says White Supremacists Will ‘Fulfill’ Trump’s Promises 

As the official start of the “Unite the Right” rally kicked off in Charlottesville, Virginia, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said the gathering of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and far-right individuals pointed to a future fulfillment of President Donald Trump’s “promises.”

 

 How Trump v Kim can wreck the world economy without a shot being fired 

Tension is more likely to spark a US trade war with Beijing than a shootout with Pyongyang. China’s debt bubble will burst, with major consequences.

 

 Fleas test positive for the plague in parts of Arizona 

Health officials are urging people to take precautions after a second Arizona county in two weeks confirmed that fleas in the area have tested positive for plague.

 

 North Korea Outlines Plan to Launch Missiles Toward Guam 

(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

 

  5 bible passages that prove Trump's advisor is right: God supports Trump 'taking out' Kim Jong-un

NOTE: This is supposed to be PARADOY using God's Word!   Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers, said this in relation to the United States' rising tensions with North Korea: “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”

 

 Half of Republicans Support Postponing 2020 Election Until Country Figures Out Voter Fraud 

More than half of Republicans think the 2020 election should be postponed “until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote.”

 

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 NEW EVIDENCE OF LOST CITY OF JULIAS UNEARTHED NEAR SEA OF GALILEE 

The ancient Roman Lost City of Julias – believed to be the birthplace of Jesus’ apostles Andrew, Peter and Philip – may have recently been unearthed after decades of searches by archeologists in the upper Jordan Valley, near a delta entering the Sea of Galilee.

 

 DNA Analysis Sheds Light on the Mysterious Origins of the Ancient Greeks 

During the Bronze Age, two important civilizations emerged in Greece: the Minoans and, later, the Mycenaeans. These ancient peoples were among the earliest of the so-called “high cultures” of Europe: they communicated with sophisticated writing systems, painted elaborate frescoes, and—in the case of the Mycenaeans—built fortifications so large that later Greeks believed the structures had been created by giants.

 

 Researcher gives seal of approval to 53 biblical characters’ existence 

Thanks to a researcher’s unique system, 53 individuals in the Hebrew Bible have been proven as genuine historical characters through material evidence of their existence. The system’s creator, Lawrence Mykytiuk, an associate professor of library science at Purdue University, calls it “a way to develop historicity.”

 

 Transgender man Trystan Reese gives birth to healthy baby boy 

A transgender man has given birth to a healthy baby boy called Leo. Trystan Reese, from Portland in Oregon, was born female but started taking hormones nearly 10 years ago.

 

 Planned Parenthood: Teach your preschoolers 'their genitals don’t determine their gender' 

Apparently children as young as 4 are not too young to be told that gender and sex are different and that their genitals don't indicate their gender, according to new Planned Parenthood guidelines for parents.

 

 MS-13 isn't the only homicidal street gang in town - meet Barrio 18 

“These two gangs have turned the Central American northern triangle into the area with the highest homicide rate in the world."

 

 DNA discovery identifies living descendants of Biblical Canaanites 

DNA research is shining new light on the Biblical Canaanite civilization, which existed thousands of years ago in the Middle East. The ancient civilization, which created the first alphabet and is mentioned frequently in the Bible. Because the Canaanites kept their records on papyrus, rather than clay, relatively little is known about them. Now, however, scientists have found a genetic ‘trail’ back to the Canaanites’ ancient world.

 

 A satanist plans to ‘make a point’ by giving the invocation to a Colorado city council 

 The self-identifying satanist, who wouldn’t normally get up in front of a crowd and give a presentation. But he said he’s willing to do so at the council meeting to make a point — that the policy the city has is all-inclusive, and that means satanists, too, in accordance with the law.”

 

 It’s Happening: US Scientists Reportedly Made a Genetically Modified Human Embryo 

Researchers in Portland, Oregon have created genetically modified human embryos. This is the first confirmed case of the gene editing of human embryos in the US, and gets scientists closer to the ability to create genetically engineered humans.

 

  EU warns US over 'America first' Russia sanctions bill

The European Union has delivered a stern warning to the US over a plan to impose new sanctions on Russia, opening up the prospect of a rift between the two allies over how to deal with Moscow's foreign interventions. EU President Jean-Claude Juncker said the bloc would act "within days" if it does not receive reassurances on the potential impact of new sanctions on European interests.

 

 ‘America First’: Who Really Wins? 

When Donald Trump raised the roof at his raucous rallies with pledges to put “America First,” he hit a political nerve. The long-mothballed phrase, revived from another era of American history, became shorthand for rethinking our whole relationship to the world. Seven decades after the end of World War II, why does the United States still guarantee the security of Germany and Japan? Does boosting Mexican manufacturing through the North American Free Trade Agreement really help American workers?

 

 Experts hunt for biblical tabernacle that housed the Ark of the Covenant 

Associates for Biblical Research, a consortium of individuals and universities, recently completed four weeks of excavation in Shiloh with the goal of eventually locating the tabernacle. Dr. Scott Stripling, director of excavations at Shiloh and provost at The Bible Seminary in Houston, Texas, told Fox News that the site could offer up vital clues. “We have just begun the process of accumulating evidence but we’re confident that the tabernacle rested at Shiloh,” he said, adding that that the tabernacle was located at Shiloh for about 350 years. “The tabernacle was set up at Shiloh in 1400 B.C. - Joshua 18:1 mentions it.”

 

  Earth is on its way to the biggest mass extinction since the dinosaurs

Have humans damaged the Earth’s ecosystems so severely that we’re well on our way to the biggest mass extinction since the dinosaurs vanished 66 million years ago? And are we running out of time to reverse the negative impacts of our actions?

 

 Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In Louisiana Tap Water 

Louisiana’s Department of Health confirmed this week that brain-eating amoeba had been found in two water systems in the state. Traces of Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism that can cause a rare, but fatal, brain disease, was found during routine water testing of Ouachita Parish’s North Monroe Water System and Terrebonne Parish’s Schriever Water System. Health officials assured residents that the tap water in these parishes are still safe to drink, but warned people to avoid getting any of it in their noses.

 

 FUKUSHIMA'S NUCLEAR WASTE WILL BE DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN 

Toxic waste produced by one of the world's worst nuclear disasters will be dumped into the sea, according to the head of the Japanese company tasked with cleaning up the radioactive mess, despite protests from local fishermen. Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), told foreign media that nearly 777,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, a byproduct of the nuclear process that is notoriously difficult to filter out of water, will be dumped into the Pacific Ocean as part of a multibillion-dollar recovery effort following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

 

 Catholic journal criticizes Trump 'value voters' 

Two close confidants of Pope Francis have written an article in a Jesuit journal that strongly criticizes some American religious supporters of President Donald Trump for their fundamentalist views, which the authors say demonize others and create fear and hatred.

 

  Satanic monument to be installed on public property for first time in US history

A satanic monument is being installed on public property for the first time in United States history. The Satanic Temple’s monument — a black cube adorned with pentagrams and an upturned helmet — is slated to go up in Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

 

  Greenland's ice sheet is full of toxins waiting to break free

As the Greenland ice sheet melts due to climate change, a new study in journal Environmental Letters suggests, pollution trapped inside could ooze back into the environment. But microbes that have evolved to chow down on such toxins could help us out.

 

 Pope Francis: US-Russia alliance ‘dangerous’ 

Pope Francis issued a stark warning against “dangerous” international alliances, including between the U.S. and Russia, on Saturday.

 

  Scientists revive an extinct virus using off-the-shelf DNA

It's no longer far-fetched to synthesize a basic organism. However, a team of researchers has taken that work one step further. They recently reconstituted and reanimated an extinct virus, horsepox, using DNA they'd ordered via mail. It's clever work, but it's also a double-edged sword -- it could at once provide a breakthrough in medical research and pose a potential threat.

 

 SURGEON: 'Frankenstein' predicted a crucial part of head transplant surgery 

A surgeon aiming to do the first human head transplant says 'Frankenstein' predicted a crucial part of the surgery.  The surgeon envisions a future in which healthy people could opt for full-body transplants as a way to liv longer, eventually even putting their heads on clone bodies.

 

 AMERICA'S ERA IS OVER—WHO WILL LEAD THE WORLD NOW? 

It’s tempting to consign this year’s G20 summit in Hamburg to the long list of those that don’t amount to much as far as the long gaze of history is concerned. But, in time, it might be remembered as something rather momentous: the summit that marked the symbolic—if not substantive—end of America’s international leadership.

 

 The Declaration Of Independence, Read Aloud 

Church bells rang out over Philadelphia as the Continental Congress adopted this draft of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Here, listen to the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

 

            

 

 Experts Warn America's Power Grid Could Be Next Cyberattack Target 

Hackers have targeted energy companies in Ukraine, disrupting power grids and leaving over 200,000 people in the dark. At the same time, Russia was backing a ground war in eastern Ukraine. When Newsy visited the country earlier this year, Ukrainian Parliament member Nataliya Katser-Buchkovska told us an attack on the power grid is one of many methods used to destabilize Ukraine.

 

  Alabama health officials issue warning about flesh-eating bacteria

Health officials in Alabama are warning residents of a flesh-eating bacteria found in bodies of water throughout the state. In the statement, the department urged people who get cuts in water to immediately wash the wound with fresh water and soap, and to seek medical attention immediately. They also encouraged those with open wounds and sores to stay out of the water, and persons with low immune systems, cancer, diabetes, liver disease and chronic conditions to avoid eating raw and undercooked seafood -- especially oysters.

 

 Experts Sound the Alarm as Drug Resistant Gonorrhea Goes Global 

Describing it as a “serious situation,” the World Health Organization has issued a grim warning about the dramatic rise of antibiotic resistant gonorrhea around the world. Data collected from nearly 80 countries shows that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhea much tougher, and at times impossible, to treat.

 

           

 

  God’s Word hasn’t become less true just because it has become less popular

Of course I wasn’t surprised yesterday when I passed by a church with a rainbow flag hanging off of it. And I wasn’t surprised that it had the words “God is still speaking” written across. It’s very important for us to realize that these churches, which have made sacraments of heresy and blasphemy, are not in any sense Christian. We are sometimes led to believe that we should have a “big tent” approach to the faith — and we should, but here is the important point: we are not the ones who decide the size or scope of the tent. Our Lord has already set up the tent, and only those who choose to live under it can be called Christian.

 

           

 

 In 2016, drug overdoses likely killed more Americans than the entire wars in Vietnam and Iraq 

Every year for the past few years, we’ve gotten even more horrible statistics showing the harrowing impact of the opioid epidemic on America. In 2015, overall drug overdose deaths reached a new historic record — topping deaths from guns or cars that year, and even the toll from HIV/AIDS at the height of that epidemic’s peak in 1995. In 2016, we got another awful statistic: Drug overdose deaths reached another record — and, based on the highest estimate by a New York Times analysis of state data, topped total US casualties from the entire wars in Vietnam and Iraq.

 

 Declaration of Disruption 

ONE of the essential, if often unstated, job requirements of an American president is to provide stability, order and predictability in a world that tends toward chaos, disarray and entropy. When our political leaders ignore this — and certainly when they delight in disruption — the consequences can be severe. Stability is easy to take for granted, but impossible to live without.

 

 Germany worried Trump may start trade war with Europe 

Germany has warned that the U.S. and Europe might be heading for a trade war.  "There are things that cause us great concern that the United States is starting a trade war against Europe. This would, of course, trigger a reaction in Europe," Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told German radio station Deutschlandfunk.

 

  U.S. no longer a 'friend' in Merkel election program

 In their campaign program for the German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have dropped the term "friend" in describing the relationship with the United States.

 

 The world looks past Donald Trump 

Foreign policy, increasingly, is what is happening around the world while the United States is making other plans. More than five months into Donald Trump's presidency, American adversaries and allies alike are adjusting to a new era in which Washington seeks its own idiosyncratic and unpredictable "America First" path.

 

  Statistics Show Spike In Hate Crimes Across US

Hate crimes spiked in four major American cities in the first months of 2017, with the percentage year-over-year change in one of them, Chicago, reaching a staggering 160 percent, according to the nonpartisan Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

 

 Germany: Far-right violence and Islamist threat on the rise 

The number of far-right attacks and Islamists in Germany rose once again last year, new figures have shown. More than half of neo-Nazis are "violence-orientated," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in Berlin.

 

           

 

 Ten Commandments monument destroyed day after installation at Arkansas Capitol 

A man drove his car into a granite Ten Commandments monument Wednesday morning, destroying the memorial less than 24 hours after it was installed on Arkansas Capitol grounds.

 

 The plague is back, and it’s in the United States 

When was the last time you worried about getting the flu? A few months? Maybe a year? How about catching the plague? It’s something the civilized world hasn’t feared in ages, but two new cases of the disease just popped up in New Mexico, raising concern that the number of yearly instances of human plague infection could be growing.

 

 Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade 

Deaths from opioids have been rising sharply for years, and drug overdoses already kill more Americans under age 50 than anything else. STAT asked leading public health experts at 10 universities to forecast the arc of the epidemic over the next decade. The consensus: It will get worse before it gets better. There are now nearly 100 deaths a day from opioids, a swath of destruction that runs from tony New England suburbs to the farm country of California, from the beach towns of Florida to the Appalachian foothills.

 

 IS EUROPE WARMING TO ASSAD? 

European leaders see no successor to lesser of several evils. In comments to the press last week, France’s newly elected President Emmanuel Macron made a major shift from his predecessor on Syria policy. Discussing whether Syrian President Bashar Assad should leave office, Macron said “no one has introduced me to his legitimate successor.”

 

 Image of the U.S. has plunged...

The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center showed. Five months into Trump's presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favourability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.

 

 Most of the World Has Little Confidence in Donald Trump 

Global confidence in Donald Trump's presidency is as low as 22%, down from the 64% confidence shown in former president Barack Obama. According to a new Pew Research Center poll, which was conducted among 40,447 respondents spanning 37 nations, fewer than a quarter of respondents think President Trump will do the right thing in terms of international affairs. The ratings of the U.S. president fell in every country surveyed (including America's allies in Europe and Asia) apart from Russia and Israel. When respondents were asked their views of President Trump's characteristics, 75% of the people surveyed said they thought of him as "arrogant," 65% said "intolerant" and 62% said "dangerous."

 

 America in crisis: Is a second Civil War in the making? 

One of the most demoralizing things about America today is the feeling that we are separating into “two nations,” two estranged populations who regard one another with a hatred that defies conciliation.

 

 "No Religion" Is Now Australia's Number One Religion 

In 1966 just 0.8% of Australians ticked the "no religion" box. For the first time ever, "no religion" has overtaken any single religious denomination, toppling Catholicism as the number one religious affiliation for Australians, the latest national census released on Tuesday revealed. The proportion of people reporting no religion increased to 30.1% in 2016 – up from 22% five years ago, and nearly double the 16% reported in 2001.

 

  The World's Population Is Forecast to Reach 9.8 Billion By the Year 2050

(UNITED NATIONS) — India's population is expected to surpass China's in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a U.N. report said Wednesday. The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division forecasts that the current world population of nearly 7.6 billion will increase to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100.

 

 Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms 

Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia being proposed by the U.S. Senate end up penalizing German firms. Berlin fears that could pave the way for fines against German and European firms involved in Nord Stream 2, a project to build a pipeline carrying Russian gas across the Baltic.

 

  Christian school fears Bible verses will be banned under new human rights code in Canada

The Battle River School Division, just east of Edmonton, Alberta, is pushing a Christian school to censor certain Bible verses because they could be seen as “targeting vulnerable minorities.” EXAMPLE: The 1 Corinthians passage states, in part, “Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

 Where the Next Climate Change Wars Could Erupt 

The word “rival” comes from the Latin for sharing a river, and in a world of climate change, rivalries are bound to become more fraught. Changing weather patterns don’t cause war, but they can bring simmering tensions up to a boil. Syria’s protracted civil war, for example, was brought on by drought and crop failure, made worse by climate change, which heightened underlying political and social tensions until the country erupted under the pressure.

 

 Canada Will Build Up Its Military Because It Can't Rely on the U.S 

Canada's foreign minister said the country is making a "substantial investment" in its military, citing a decreasing reliance on the United States for global leadership.

 

 Scientists believe they can 'reverse death' 

The first attempts to bring people back from the dead are slated to start this year.

 

 What if several of the world’s biggest food crops failed at the same time? 

Less than one-quarter of Earth’s total cropland produces nearly three-quarters of the staple crops that feed the world’s population – especially corn, wheat and rice, the most important cereal crops. These areas are our planet’s major breadbaskets.

 

 Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech 

When President Donald Trump addressed NATO leaders during his debut overseas trip little more than a week ago, he surprised and disappointed European allies who hoped—and expected—he would use his speech to explicitly reaffirm America’s commitment to mutual defense of the alliance’s members, a one-for-all, all-for-one provision that looks increasingly urgent as Eastern European members worry about the threat from a resurgent Russia on their borders.

 

 Worldwide Terrorism at All-Time High 

Worldwide terrorism is at an all-time high, and violence cost the global economy $14.3 trillion last year, with a $2.5 trillion impact in the United States alone. According to the report, the annual number of terrorism incidents has almost tripled since 2011.

 

 Cracks widen in US-Europe alliance 

So it's ironic and disturbing to proponents of the transatlantic alliance that remembrances of the D-Day landings and the Marshall Plan should coincide with the most fraught period in Europe-US relations in decades. The situation darkened further on Wednesday following indications that President Donald Trump will pull out of the Paris climate agreement, even as the shock waves of his jarring trip to the continent last week still reverberated.

 

         

 

 World heading towards 'permanent cyber war' 

The world is heading towards a “permanent war” in cyberspace, the head of France’s digital security agency has warned. Guillaume Poupard said intensifying attacks were coming from unspecified states, as well as criminal and extremist groups. “We must work collectively, not just with two or three Western countries, but on a global scale,” he added, saying attacks could aim at espionage, fraud, sabotage or destruction.

 

 Europe 'can no longer rely on allies' after Trump and Brexit 

Europe can no longer "completely depend" on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says. Mrs Merkel said she wanted friendly relations with both countries as well as Russia but Europe now had to "fight for its own destiny".

 

 Trump’s Russia Scandal Is Becoming a Corruption Scandal 

It may not have made “sense” for Donald Trump to fire James Comey, let alone for him to proceed to confess — in a public interview with Lester Holt, and then a putatively private meeting with Russian diplomats — that he did so in order to stop the Russia investigation.

 

 What will the Pope tell President Trump? 

After meeting with Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia and visiting sacred sites in Jerusalem, President Donald Trump's tour of world religions will conclude Wednesday at the Vatican, the Catholic Church's holy headquarters. There, at the Apostolic Palace, Trump is scheduled to meet Pope Francis -- finally. It's a meeting millions have been waiting for, an encounter between two of the world's most intriguing and complex characters: The holy man in white who preaches good news to the poor and the brash businessman in the dark suit who embodies American extravagance.

 

 The Battle to Teach Evolution in Public Schools Is Far From Over 

In 2007, 1 in 5 U.S. high school science teachers reported experiencing community backlash for teaching evolution. Thirty-four percent of Americans reject evolution outright, and many more don't believe scientists agree on it.

 

 AN HISTORIC DAY AT THE WESTERN WALL 

US President Donald Trump stood alone in a rare moment of solitude before the Western Wall on Monday. He wore a black kippa and placed one hand on the ancient weathered stones, standing there in that pose for half a minute.

 

 A 'Superbug' Fungus Is Spreading Across the US 

Over the past nine months, the number of US cases of an emerging, multi-drug resistant fungus has ballooned from 7 to more than 122. What’s more, the fungus, Candida auris, seems to be spreading, according to a field report the Centers for Disease Control.

 

  Turkish President’s Security Beats Protestors in Washington DC

Dramatic video caught by Voice of America showed a group of suited security guards punching and kicking protestors outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Embassy Gardens. D.C. police officers had to intervene to separate the two groups. The authoritarian leader’s security charged at the small group of peaceful protestors after they saw them carrying a Kurdish flag.

 

 'Erdogan's comments are unnecessary incitement' 

Minister Ayoob Kara (Likud) responded on Sunday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Israel comments last week. Erdogan called on Muslims to ascend the Temple Mount as a show of solidarity with Palestinian Arabs in their “fight for rights and justice,” and slammed Israel’s proposed Muezzin Law, which seeks to lower the volume of muezzin calls in mosques during sleeping hours.

 

 Trump, Turkish leader hail ties despite US arming of Kurds 

The presidents of the United States and Turkey vowed Tuesday to repair a relationship battered by years of disputes over Syria's civil war and its various fighting groups, even as they broached a new disagreement over U.S. plans to arm Kurdish fighters.

 

 Italian Supervolcano Is Far Closer To Erupting Than Previously Thought 

The Phlegraean Fields supervolcano, known in its native Italy as Campi Flegrei, is potentially on the edge of an eruption. A brand new modeling study has concluded that the prolonged period of unrest it's going through has pushed the volcano closer to an eruption than previous research has suggested.

 

 ARAB STATES OFFER ISRAEL IMPROVED TIES IN EXCHANGE FOR PEACE CONCESSIONS 

Various Arab Gulf nations are reportedly prepared to improve ties with Israel if Jerusalem takes what they deem as significant efforts to relaunch the stagnant peace process with the Palestinians.

 

 A question of trust: Merkel treads carefully with Trump 

Last month, in a phone conversation between Donald Trump and Angela Merkel, the U.S. president shared his views on Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan. "He's a great guy", Trump told the German chancellor, according to sources familiar with the exchange. Merkel listened politely before pointing out that Erdogan had been lobbing vitriol at Germany and its European allies for weeks, denouncing them as the descendents of Nazis.

 

 THERE ARE SOME SCARY THINGS HAPPENING IN AMERICA RIGHT NOW 

Years from now, our descendants will ask us what we did in order to stem the tide of fascism. We all need to make sure we will be proud of our answer.

 

 Why Trump is cozying up to strongmen leaders 

US President Donald Trump's affinity for authoritarian leaders across the globe has been one of the few constants during his chaotic first few months in office. From Russian President Vladimir Putin to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Trump has gone out of his way to lavish praise on some of the world's most notorious strongmen. On Tuesday, Trump welcomed one of them -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- to the White House. The Turkish leader lands in Washington one month after winning a divisive referendum that critics say will grant Erdogan dictatorial powers back at home.

 

 How America became a lost, exhausted superpower 

What does it feel like to live through an era of precipitous national decline? I suspect it feels quite a lot like life in the United States in 2017.

 

 Canada Hates Us 

They hate us. They really, really, hate us. Well, maybe Canadians don’t hate the United States, but they certainly appear not to like their southern neighbors as much as they once did. The authors of the poll found President Donald Trump primarily responsible.

 

            

 

 As Ice Melts, Dangerous Diseases From The Past Could Rise Again 

The great thing about climate change is that there’s always some new, horrifying consequence to worry about ― like ancient viruses and bacteria emerging from the ice as the Earth warms. Unfortunately, researchers fear we may see more of this in the future. Some of these viruses and bacteria may have been trapped for millennia, and it’s not even totally clear yet what they are, let alone what kind of damage they might cause.

 

  Donald Trump Admits He Has No Use for the Constitution

President calls the country's founding document "archaic" and "bad for the American people." Trump denounced the constitutional system of checks and balances as “archaic.” “It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system,” Trump said. “It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

 

 It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon 

"Now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together. We face awesome environmental challenges: climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic disease, acidification of the oceans. Together, they are a reminder that we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity. We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it."

 

 Pope warns of broad destruction if tensions with North Korea escalate 

The pope was asked specifically what he would tell President Trump, who has sent a U.S. carrier to conduct drills near the Koreas, and other leads to try to diffuse the tensions. Francis said he would urge them to use diplomacy a negotiation “because it’s the future of humanity.” He added that the U.N. should regain its leadership in conflict resolution, saying it had been "watered down" over time.

 

 GEORGE FRIEDMAN'S INSIGHTS ON NORTH KOREA 

What does a war with North Korea look like?

 

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 Cryogenically Frozen Brains Will Be ‘Woken up’ and Transplanted in Donor Bodies Within Three Years 

The most remarkable news to come out of Canavero’s interview doesn’t have anything to do with the head transplant at all, but what he plans to do afterwards: “As soon as the first human head transplant has taken place, i.e., no later than in 2018, we will be able to attempt to reawaken the first frozen head.”

 

 Human head transplant less than a year away 

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero has revealed that the world's first human head transplant will take place within 10 months, and he's already planning his next project.   Sergio Canavero has announced further details about the plan to carry out the world’s first head transplant surgery. The operation will take place in China on a currently unselected Chinese national. 

 

 Scientists Just Transplanted Small Rat Heads Onto Bigger Rats 

Researches successfully avoided brain-damaging blood loss while the donor head was being attached to the recipient rat.

 

 This Fluid-Filled Bag Lets Lambs Develop Outside the Womb. Humans Are Next. 

Physicians at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia worked with 23 week-old lambs to in order test a synthetic device that imitates a woman's uterus, hoping to limit mortality and disease in premature children that are born before 37 weeks.

 

 Scientists Create An Artificial Womb 

Researchers have developed a functioning artificial womb.

 

 Major Report Prompts Warnings That the Arctic Is Unraveling 

The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, suggests a huge assessment of the region. The warming is hastening the melting of Arctic ice and boosting sea-level rise. The report, compiled by more than 90 scientists, documents the myriad changes already under way across the Arctic because of climate change—from declining sea ice and melting glaciers to shifting ecosystems and weather patterns. From 2011 to 2015, the assessment finds, the Arctic was warmer than at any time since records began around 1900.

 

 'Superbug' fungus new menace in US hospitals 

A 'superbug' fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals. The fungus called Candida auris is a harmful form of yeast.

 

 Almost untreatable superbug CPE poses serious threat to patients 

Immune to some of the last-line antibiotics available to hospitals, cases of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae are on the rise, NHS data reveals.

 

 Pope set to visit Egypt in 'call for peace' 

[Pope] Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, is set to pay a two-day visit to Cairo that bears a striking similarity to the one his predecessor made. Pope Jorge Bergoglio, who chose to be named after the friar of Assisi, will visit Egypt under the motto "The Pope of Peace in the Egypt of Peace".

 

 Pope heads to Egypt with Christians in retreat across Middle East 

Pope Francis flies to Cairo on Friday, less than a month after church bombings killed 45 people in two Egyptian cities as part of a concerted campaign by Islamist militants to rid the Middle East of Christians.

 

 The New Leader Of France's National Front Questioned The Existence Of Nazi Gas Chambers 

Jean-François Jalkh, Marine Le Pen's second-in-command, denied he ever said it, but BuzzFeed News spoke to a researcher who has his comments recorded on tape.

 

 Weaponized Drones: Connecticut Bill Would Allow Police to Use Lethal Force From Above 

Imagine this scenario: A terror suspect is holding hostages in a public space. A police-operated drone with a camera swoops in to assess the situation and determines he is armed and dangerous.

 

 

 

 Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease such as smallpox 

A bioterrorist attack which could wipe out 30 million people is becoming increasingly likely because it is easier than ever to create and spread deadly pathogens, Bill Gates has warned.  The Microsoft founder, who was speaking before a speech at the Royal United Services Institute in London (RUSI), warned that an outbreak of a lethal respiratory virus such as smallpox would be more dangerous than even a nuclear attack.

 

 Mental health issues at all-time high among Americans 

More Americans than ever before suffer from stress, depression, and anxiety, with those affected often too poor to afford general medical treatment, according to a new study.

 

 This Brutal US-Born Gang Is 'a Far Greater Threat to Your Life Than ISIS' 

Whether ISIS is an existential threat to the U.S. or not, ... one U.S.-born street gang is “a far greater threat to your life” — the notorious MS-13.

 

  The Origins of 11 Easter Traditions

Come Sunday, many people will find themselves scouring their yards for plastic eggs and gnawing the ears off of chocolate rabbits. What possesses us to do such strange things? Pagan rituals and old superstitions, mostly. Here are the reasons behind 11 of our favorite Easter traditions.  [http://mentalfloss.com/article/94189/origins-11-easter-traditions]

 

 Christianity's prospects of surviving in its birthplace are grim 

Persecution of the world’s largest religion has intensified throughout the 20th century and that trajectory has only intensified in recent years, especially in Muslim-dominated countries. Jihadists appear to have repeatedly carried out one of their oft-stated goals of erasing any trace of Christianity in some regions, while in others persecution against Christians and other religious minorities are being held at bay — for now.

 

 Approaching “societal collapse”: New equation shows how quickly humans are wrecking the planet 

It is impossible to predict the future. What we can do is extrapolate a vision from our current body of scientific knowledge, mixed with a bit of good old-fashioned imagination. Thanks to a new mathematical formula that charts the rate of humanity’s environmental impact, we may even have a rough idea of when to expect.

 

 Russian naval activity in Europe exceeds Cold War levels 

Recent Russian naval activity in Europe exceeds levels seen during the Cold War, a top U.S. and NATO military officer said, voicing concern that the distributed nature of the deployments could end up "splitting and distracting" the transatlantic alliance.

 

 Why we took a stand on Trump - Los Angeles Times

Why now? The answer is simple. Even though we’re only 11 weeks into the Trump presidency, there is good reason to believe that rather than grow into the job, he’ll remain the man he was on the campaign trail — impulsive, untruthful, narcissistic, ignorant of the limits on presidential power and woefully unprepared to wield it. Rather than wait until the public grew inured to the lies, the undermining of democratic institutions, the demagoguery and bluster, we decided to lay out our concerns at length and in detail.

 

            

 

 Creeping Toward Crisis 

Just days after the Trump administration shockingly signaled a softer stance on President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Assad — possibly emboldened by America’s reversed course — unleashed an atrocious chemical attack on his own people, killing dozens.

 

 North Korean Defector Tells Lester Holt ‘World Should Be Ready’ 

A senior North Korean defector has told NBC News that the country's "desperate" dictator is prepared to use nuclear weapons to strike the United States and its allies.

 

 Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of 'credible' cyber threat 

Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems. Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks.

 

 Americans’ right to protest is in grave danger, United Nations warns 

The right to protest is fundamental to American democracy. The country was born, after all, out of decades of civil disobedience by people angry about taxation without representation. But according to United Nations human rights investigators, this very basic principle is under attack. Over the past few months, on the heels of a fresh wave of organizing by liberals, at least 19 states have introduced measures that would criminalize peaceful protest.

 

 The Offender of the Free World 

Trump’s United States of America has become an unserious country, the offender of the free world.

 

 Cops Just Got One Step Closer to Killing Americans by Drone 

If lawmakers have their way, police in one US state could soon be using drones as lethal weapons against the citizens they’re supposed to protect. On Thursday, Connecticut’s judiciary committee approved a new drone regulation bill that, if passed, would make it the first state in the union to let cops use deadly drones later this year.

 

 North Korea's 'reckless' actions must be stopped 

North Korea’s “reckless” actions in regards to its nuclear weapons and missile programs “has got to be stopped.” “What they are up to there, in light of their other activities, gives us concern,” he added. “We look to (engage) with Russia on a political or diplomatic level, but right now Russia is choosing to be a strategic competitor, and we are finding that we can only have very modest expectations in areas that we can cooperate with Russia contrary to how we were just 10 years ago, five years ago.”

 

 Brexit Begins: United Kingdom Begins Formal Process to Leave European Union 

The United Kingdom officially invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, beginning a two-year exit procedure from the European Union. Tusk lamented the move, and stressed that “there is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels nor in London. After all, most Europeans, including almost half the British voters, wish that we would stay together, not drift apart.”

 

 Erdogan Warns Europeans on Their Safety as Tensions Rise With West 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey warned Europeans on Wednesday that they would no longer be able to walk safely in the street if Western politicians continued with perceived provocations against Turkish leaders.

 

 Pope urges EU: Resist 'false' security promised by populists 

Francis welcomed 27 EU leaders to the Vatican on the eve of a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the founding charter of the bloc. The summit falls just days before Britain triggers a procedure to leave the EU and comes amid a wave of anti-EU populist sentiment sweeping the continent that threatens the very essence of the EU.

 

 Europe headed for 'religion wars'    and    Turkish minister claims 'holy wars will soon begin in Europe'

"There is no difference between the mindsets of ... social democrats in the Netherlands. They all have the same mindset ... That mindset is taking Europe to the cliff. Soon wars of religion may and will start in Europe."

 

 World prepares to move on without U.S. on trade 

Here’s what happens when the U.S. pulls out of a major trade deal: New Zealand seizes the opportunity to send more of its milk and cheese to China. Japanese consumers pay less for Australian beef than for American meat. Canadians talk about sending everything from farm products to banking services to Japan and India.

 

 Fascism will soon be on our doorstep if you don’t act immediately 

Could American democracy be replaced with totalitarian rule? There’s enough resemblance that Yale historian Timothy Snyder, who studies fascist and communist regime change and totalitarian rule, has written a book warning about the threat and offering lessons for resistance and survival.

 

 The Man Who Wants to Unmake the West 

Europeans are starting to worry that Steve Bannon has the EU in his cross hairs. Here’s how the White House could genuinely help pull it apart.

 

  Enemies of the State: How The Financial Services Industry Is Destroying Democracy

The top ten banks in the U.S., along with their European counterparts have racked up over $300bn of fines, metered out by regulators since their egregious criminality caused a global crisis that unfolded in 2008. Its lingering influence is felt by billions of people worldwide nearly a decade later in a recovery slower than the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Jails are devoid of the Armani suited mobsters employed by the financial services industry that are now causing the breakdown of the rule of law, threatening democracies and even statehood itself in the countries they operate in.

 

 Drought Threatens To Drive Famine In Somalia As Hunger Kills More Than 100 

At least 6.2 million people in Somalia — or just about half the country — are grappling with the prospect of an acute food shortage due to deepening drought. And on Saturday, Somalia's prime minister made it clear that the conditions are exacting a stark human cost. Over a two-day span, at least 110 people died of hunger in just a single region, Hassan Ali Khaire said Saturday during a meeting with the Somali National Drought Committee.

 

  'THE LEBANESE ARMY WILL FIGHT ALONGSIDE HEZBOLLAH IN A WAR WITH ISRAEL'

Since the Second Lebanese War, the Lebanese army has rearmed itself, strengthening its ability in the air as well as on the ground and sea, with the help of the United States, France and Saudi Arabia. In the past two years, a new challenge has risen on the northern front. Should Israel go to war with Hezbollah, the Lebanese army would fight on the Shi’ite terrorist organization’s side, Maariv, the sister publication of The Jerusalem Post, quoted Israeli security officials as saying on Friday.

 

 A Computer Glitch Could Start World War 3 

Unfortunately, the systems in place to monitor potential nuclear threats to the United States are not foolproof. Previous false alarms have shown that the US needs to lengthen the time it would take for us to launch a nuclear response. The US early warning system is on watch 24/7, looking for signs of a nuclear missile launched at the United States. As a highly complex system with links to sensors around the globe and in space, it relies heavily on computers to do its job. So, what happens if there is a glitch in the computers?

 

 [T]he New Dawn of Tyranny 

The Founding Fathers designed the constitution to prevent some Americans from exercising tyranny. Alert to the classical examples they knew, the decline of ancient Greece and Rome into oligarchy and empire, they established the rule of law, checks and balances, and regular elections as the means of preserving the new republic. Thus far, it has worked. But it need not work forever.

 

 We No Longer Have Three Branches of Government 

[A]nother branch of government, like the Congress, is theoretically and constitutionally separate and independent. But in reality the separateness is a bit fuzzy. That’s because even in this age of hyperpartisanship, there is at least one important area in which Democrats and Republicans think alike: both parties view the federal courts, and especially the Supreme Court, not as a neutral, Constitution-bound, arbiter, but as a de facto branch of the legislature.

 

 Donald Trump’s election victory is driving 'domestic terrorism' in the US, says Homeland Security report 

Donald Trump’s election victory is driving “domestic terrorism” in the US that is expected to continue amid anger over issues including gun control and abortion, officials have warned. A field report by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) intelligence branch and analysts in North Carolina found that negative adverts and political rhetoric during the campaign “contributed to the incitement” of violent and criminal incidents.

 

             

 

 LUCIFER IN THE VATICAN 

We all know from scripture that Satan the Devil is the god of this World. He has had devastating effects upon man since the days of Adam and Eve in the “Garden of Eden”.  He has been counterfeiting everything God has purposed, and is not backwards in stirring up venom and hatred towards righteous people who resist his wave lengths, to try and stay loyal to the true God. Wars, inquisitions and down - right hostility in the form of persecution has always been thrown up against God’s faithful.

 

 A Staggering 7% Of Australian Catholic Priests Abused Children 

“Secrecy prevailed, as did cover-ups.” “Between January 1980 and February 2015, 4,444 alleged incidents of child sexual abuse [were] made to 93 Catholic Church authorities,” Gail Furness SC said in her opening address to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. “These claims related to over 1,000 separate institutions.”

 

 THE 11 MOST SCANDALOUS POPES IN HISTORY

For centuries, the Catholic Church has elected a pope to don an intricate hat and lead the religion's 1.27 billion adherents across the globe. But not all of the church's 260-odd popes have been models of piety. Actually, a handful of popes are best remembered by their violent tempers, shocking sex scandals, and shady financial practices.   Here's a chronological list of some of history's most outrageous papacies.

 

             

 

 Pope Francis warns against electing right-wing populists: ‘Hitler did not steal power’ 

Pope Francis warned against populism, saying it could lead to the election of "saviours" like Adolf Hitler. In an hour-long interview the pontiff also condemned the idea of using walls and barbed wire to keep out foreigners, among them refugees and migrants. "Of course crises provoke fears and worries," he said, but added that for him "the example of populism in the European sense of the word is Germany in 1933".

 

 

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