1. According to The Times of Israel, Iran’s air force commander said that the distance between Iran and Israel is the maximum range that Tehran requires its missiles to fly. Brigadier General A-mir A-li Ha-ji-za-deh made the statement in response to a US intelligence report that claimed Tehran is no longer on track to achieve an intercontinental missile by 2015. Ha-ji-za-deh said, “We don’t need missiles with more than a 2,000-kilometer range, even though have the technology to build them. Israel is our longest-range target.”
2. According to the BBC, North Korea has successfully launched a long-range rocket, defying international warnings. The Un-ha-3 rocket appears to have followed its planned trajectory, with stages falling in expected areas. North Korea says a satellite has been placed in orbit and the U.S. confirmed an object had been put into space. South Korea, the U.S. and Japan have condemned the launch as a disguised test of long-range missile technology.
3. According to The Globalist Report, the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict, has called for the establishment of a “world community”. In a speech made at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Pope called for the “construction of a world community, with a corresponding authority,” to serve the “common good of the human family”. As a means of defending global peace and justice, the pope’s vision is supposedly not to create a new superpower, but a new governing body that offers to those who are responsible for making decisions criteria for judgment and practical guidelines.
4. According to NBC News, rare December tornadoes have struck the southern United States. As many as six tornadoes slammed five southern states this week. In Florida, at least 40 homes were reported damaged and 12 were completely destroyed. The National Weather Service has also confirmed that storm damage in Birmingham, Alabama, was caused by a tornado with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph. Tornadoes were also reported in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.
5. According to the BBC, the 2011 census has revealed that the Christian population of England and Wales has fallen by four million to 33.2 million in the past decade. This news comes as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, says English cathedral congregations have grown in recent years. The number of people describing themselves as having no religion rose from 15% to 25% of the population. The Church of England said Christianity remained the most populous faith in England, but the fall in people choosing to identify themselves as Christians was a challenge.
The Bible says in Mark 13:26-27: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”
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