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Get on your knees and pray

Get on your knees and pray

Some priorities to pray for today.

  • Peace in Iraq – DIA Director sees Iraq as ‘quagmire,’ but strikes term from testimony (6/18/2015) One of President Obama’s top intelligence officers has privately concluded that the situation in Iraq is a “quagmire,” but struck the term from testimony being prepared for him to deliver on Capitol Hill.
  • Wisdom for Pope Francis – Pope Francis is urging the world to act on climate change. (6/18/2015) Pope Francis released his big, long-awaited encyclical on climate change and the environment. In the sweeping 184-page letter, he calls on the world’s nations – especially rich nations – to curtail fossil fuel use, revamp their economic
  • Peace in Nigeria – Chad bombs Boko Haram bases in Nigeria (6/18/2015) Chad’s military says it has carried out airstrikes in neighboring Nigeria on suspected positions of militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The strikes were in response to the “cowardly and barbaric” bombing of Chad’s capital, N’Djamena.
  • Comfort to Charleston families – (6/19/2015) Charleston Shooting: 5 Things to Know Your look at the five biggest stories related to the deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.  (6/18/2015) President Obama Expresses ‘Deep Sorrow’ Over Charleston Church Shooting President Obama expressed “deep sorrow” over the deadly shooting at a historic predominantly black church in Charleston.  Nine killed in shooting at South Carolina church, gunman still at large (6/18/2015) Nine people were killed late Wednesday at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. after a white gunman walked in during a prayer meeting and began shooting.
  • Comfort to California families – 5 Dead in California Apartment Balcony Collapse An apartment balcony collapsed in California early this morning, killing five people and injuring eight others, police said. The accident was reported at 12:41 a.m.
  • Peace in Yemen – Al Qaeda second-in-command killed by US drone strike, group says Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said early Tuesday that its leader and the terror organization’s second-in-command, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, had been killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.  Will the latest round of Yemen peace talks produce a solution? Rival camps from Yemen will convene in Geneva on June 14 to resume peace talks backed by the United Nations. But it’s far from likely that the next round of talks will produce a long-term political solution to the conflict. Houthis killed, injured in Yemen clashes Eight Houthi miltias were killed and 11 others injured during clashes with the Yemeni Popular Resistance – allied to internationally-recognized President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi – in the southwestern city of Taez
  • Wisdom for the Supreme CourtUpcoming Rulings In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court is scheduled to release decisions with sweeping ramifications. Though the rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare subsidies are the most anticipated, justices will also be releasing decisions on issues relating to environmental law, free speech, police brutality, immigration, property rights (and raisins), the drawing of congressional maps, the use of lethal injection – and even a patent dispute involving a popular Spider-Man toy
  • Peace in Kenya – Kenya says kills al Shabaab commander and possibly militant Briton Eleven Somali militants and two Kenyan soldiers were killed when al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab fighters attacked a military base in Kenya’s northern coastal region of Lamu County, officials said. Al Shabaab confirmed the weekend attack.
  • Comfort in Ohio – Four dead in Ohio shooting; gunman on the loose Four people were killed and a fifth person injured in a shooting in a house in Columbus,Ohio, authorities said. The shooting occurred Saturday morning, CNN affiliate WBNS-10TV reported.
  • Syria – Thousands Of Syrian Refugees Pour Into Turkey As Kurds Advance On ISIS  Hundreds of Syrian refugees poured into a Turkish-Syrian border crossing Saturday, fleeing intense fighting between Syrian Kurds and militants from the Islamic State group in nearby towns and villages.
  • Safety in Dallas – Gunman in Dallas Police Headquarters Shooting Confirmed Dead Dallas police have confirmed the death of the gunman who fired automatic weapons at officers outside Dallas Police Department headquarters before engaging in a standoff from inside an armored vehicle Saturday morning.  Suspects Open Fire Outside Dallas Police Headquarters Gunmen attacked the police headquarters in downtown Dallas from inside an armored van early Saturday morning, shooting at officers and leaving satchel bags filled with pipe bombs around the building in a brazen overnight assault.
  • Peace in Afghanistan – Taliban Overrun Police Base in Southern Afghanistan Afghanistan’s police force took another severe blow from the Taliban on Saturday, as 17 police officers were killed in a clash with the insurgents in the southern province of Helmand, officials said.
  • Comfort in Nepal – A Landslide Hits 6 Villages in Nepal; 15 Dead, Dozens Missing A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buried at least 15 people and left dozens missing as they were sleeping at night in six villages in Nepal’s mountainous northeast, officials said Thursday.
  • Peace with Iran – US Working to Block Iran From Using Recently Acquired Airbus Jets Iranian officials this week threatened to take legal action against the U.S. if it seeks to block the use of the jets, according to Iranian media. Officials have said the country plans to use the planes on international flights.
  • Comfort for the families in Connecticut – Man shot dead, eight injured at Connecticut apartment complex: media One man was shot dead and eight other people were injured at an apartment complex in Connecticut in the early hours of Thursday morning by what officials believed were more than one assailant, local broadcaster WFSB reported.