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CBN NewsWatch: May 23, 2014

As seen on "Newswatch" May 23: Storms bring hail, twisters, to Midwest, Northeast; Pope Francis to highlight Christian unity in Holy Land, and more. Read Transcript


> THANKS SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US FOR CBN NEWS

TODAY.

FROM WILDFIRES TO

TORNADOS,

A LARGE PART OF THE COUNTRY

IS CLEARING UP FROM WILD

WEATHER TONIGHT AND COULD

FACE

A STORMY MEMORIAL DAY

WEEKEND.

AS PROMISED, STORMS MOVED

THROUGH ATLANTIC TONIGHT AND

DAMAGING STORMS BROUGHT HAIL,

HIGH WINDS AND FLOODING.

I KNEW THERE WERE WINDS

BUT

I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS GOING

TO

TO BE THIS BAD.

TORNADOS TOUCHED DOWN IN

ALBANY NEW YORK AND DESTROYED

CIVIL HOMES AND BROUGHT DOWN

TREES AND POWERLINES AND EVEN

KNOCKED OVER THIS TRACTOR

TRAIL OR. THIS FILLED CITIES

AS LONG AS THE EAST COAST.

AS SOON AS WE PARKED THE

CAR THERE WAS HAIL THE SIZE

OF

GOLF BALLS.

WE SAW ALL OF OUR CARS, MY

WINDSHIELD, MY SUNROOF, THEY

WERE ALL SHATTERED.

THIS PLANE WAS FLYING

THROUGH THE STORM AND LANDED

WITH A CRACKED WINDSHIELD AND

STORMS PUMMELED THE MID WEST

AND COLORADO SEEING MORE

STORMS AND MORE ATTORNIES AND

-- TORNADOS AND MORE

FLOODING.

AS WILDFIRES ARE THREATENING

HOMES.

IT'S A WAR.

GOING INTO HOLIDAY WEEKEND

MUCH OF THE COUNTRY'S

MIDSECTION CAN EXPECT MORE

STORMS. FORECASTERS SAY

CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO LOOK

GOOD FOR THE COAST.

FORECASTERS WARN TO BE

MINDFUL OF THE WEATHER.

FISHING TOP THE CHARTS FOR

LIGHTNING.

> POPE FRANCIS VISIT TO

THE

"HOLY LAND" THIS WEEKEND.

SOME

ULT -- ORTHODOX CHURCH

DETECTS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

POPE FRANCIS ALSO PLANS TO

ATTEND THE REFUGEE CAMP IN

THE

WEST BANK. SPECIFYING HIS

PILGRIMAGE IS RELIGIOUS NOT

POLITICAL.

SOME ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE

POPE'S VISIT. HIS AGENDA

INCLUDES AN EFFORT AT

RECONCILIATION.

FROM SELFIES TO CLOWN

NOSES, FRANCES HAS SET UP A

NEW TOWN FOR THE POPE. HE'S

TAKEN THE PAPACY OUT OF THE

PALACE AND TO THE STREETS.

THIS HAS TAKEN THE WORLD

BY

SURPRISE BECAUSE HE'S SO

DIRECT AND UNAPOLOGETIC. HE'S

FULL OF JOY AND LOVES GOD AND

ALL OF GOD'S CREATURES.

HE'LL BE HERE ON MAY 25TH

AND MAY 26. THE FIRST VISIT

IN

THE "HOLY LAND" SINCE THE

YEAR

2000 FOLLOWING POPE JOHN PAUL

BENEDICT.

THE MAJOR EVENT, THE MEETING

OF BARTHOLOMEW OF THE GREEK

ORTHODOX CHURCH. IT INTENDS

TO

SEND A MESSAGE.

THAT OUR UNITY IS UNITY

AND

WE ALL AFFIRM THAT HE IS

RISEN

AND WE SHALL NOW WORK HARDER

AND HARDER TO WHAT JESUS

HIMSELF WANTED AND THAT IS TO

BE ONE.

THE BUILDING OF THE

GROWING

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE

JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE

VATICAN.

THE LAST THREE POPES HAVE

BEEN UNQUALIFIED FRIENDS OF

THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND NOW WE

HAVE A POPE WHO WAS KNOWN TO

HAVE HAD SUCH A GREAT

RELATIONSHIP WITH THESE

COMMUNITIES IN BUENOS AIRES

AND THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ONE

BEFORE.

POPE WILL ALSO VISIT THE

WESTERN WALL, THE HOLOCAUST

MEMORIAL AND MEET WITH THE

PRESIDENT AND PRIME

MINISTER.

ISRAEL WANTS TO SEND IT'S OWN

MESSAGE.

CHRISTIANS ARE WELCOMED

HERE AS FRIENDS, VISITORS, AS

RESIDENTS, AS FULL CITIZENS

OF

THIS COUNTRY. AND THROUGH

THIS

WELCOME MESSAGE, WE WOULD

LIKE

TO EMPHASIZE THE VALUES OF

TOLERANCE, OF UNDERSTANDING.

POPE FRANCIS WON'T BE IN

THE "HOLY LAND" LONG, BUT

MANY

HOPE THE GOODWILL GENERATED

WILL LAST A LONG TIME.

WHAT WEED LIKE TO

ACCOMPLISH IS THE CATHOLIC

CHURCH AND THE WHOLE

CHRISTIAN

RHO WORLD IS AN ELEMENT THAT

PREACHES THE GOSPEL OF GOOD

NEWS.

> BACK HERE AT HOME, A NEW

POLL SHOWS THAT MOST PEOPLE

AGREE WITH LEGALIZING GAY

MARRIAGE THAN THOSE WHO ARE

OPPOSED TO IT ACCORDING TO

THE

PRESS. 40 PERCENT OF

AMERICANS

ARE IN FAVOR OF GAY MARRIAGE

AND 39 ARE OPPOSED. YOUNGER

AMERICANS ARE ALSO MORE

LIKELY

TO SUPPORT SAME SEX MARRIAGE

THAN THOSE WHO ARE 50 YEARS

OLD AND UP AND DEMOCRATS ARE

LIKELY TO VOTE IN FAVOR THAN

REPUBLICANS.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS

VOTING FOR THE HOUSING

SECRETARY. DONOVAN HAS

APPOINTED TO BE THE WHITE

HOUSE BUDGET ANALYST. THERE

IS

RUMOR TO BE A POSSIBLE ADVICE

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN

2016. AS MAYOR IN SAN

ANTONIO

PROJECTING PEOPLE AGAINST

BIAS

AND FREEDOM AGAINST SPEECH

AND

RELIGION.

> A WHITE HOUSE POLICY IS

NOT WORKING. ADMINISTRATIVE

LEADERS HAVE BEEN HOLDING

MEETINGS WITH LAW MAKESER

THIS

WEEK TRYING TO SPEW CONCERNS

IN AFGHANISTAN AGAINST

SPENDING. ONE OF THE MEETINGS

WAS THE MOST BIZARRE EVER

ATTENDED. AND THE PROGRAM

VISORS REFUSED TO ANSWER

QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER THEY

WILL LEAVE TROOPS IN

AFGHANISTAN AFTER THE WAR AND

THE EFFORT TO FIND THE SCHOOL

GIRLS KIDNAPPED IN NIGERIA.

THE LEGITIMACY OF THE

FOLKS

IN UKRAINE.

THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT

THEIR SAFETY AFTER PRO

RUSSIANS INSURGENTS ATTACKED.

CREWS FIGHTING OVER NIGHT

IN THE DEADLIEST ATTACK IN

WEEKS. INSURGENTS LEFT BEHIND

BODIES AND CHARRED REMAINS OF

THEIR VEHICLES. TODAY THERE

IS

MORE VIOLENCE AND THE

UKRANIAN

GOVERNMENT TRIES TO FLUSH

OUT.

IN THIS CAFE, HOW CAN WE LIVE

LIKE THIS. UKRANIAN LEADERS

WONDER HOW THEY CAN HOLD SAFE

ELECTIONS ON SUNDAY. THEY

HAVE

FACED DEATH THREATS FROM THE

REBELS. INTERNATIONAL LABOR

RESERVERS ARE CALLING FOR

PEACE. VLADIMIR PUT IN HAS

ASKED FOR THOSE TO PULL OUT

FROM THE BORDER AND IT'S NOT

CLEAR HOW MANY HAVE PULLED

OUT. THE EXPECTED WINNER IN

SUNDAY'S ELECTION CHOCOLATE

MANUFACTURE AND BILLIONAIRE

HECTOR -- CHENCHO IS THE

PRIME

MINISTER, KNOWN AS A DEAL

MAKER AND COOL HEADED

POLITICIAN WHICH COULD BE A

WINNING COMBINATION FOR

UKRAINE NOW.

> CHRISTIANS IN CHINA ARE

BEING THROWN IN JAIL FOR

POSSESSING RELIGIOUS

LITERATURE. OFFICIALS HAVE

PULLED THE CROSSES OFF MORE

THAN 60 CHURCHES. THAT'S THE

TESTIMONY OF BOB IF FEW IF

-- IT'S PART OF A CRACK DOWN

ON RELIGION. THERE WON'T BE

ANY PROGRESS TOWARD DEMOCRACY

UNTIL WE ADDRESS THE FREE

RELIGIOUS VIOLATION. IN

PAKISTAN AND SYRIA TO A LIST

OF WORST OFFENDERS OF

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

STILL TO COME, THERE ARE

WOUNDED WARRIORS WITH SCARS

YOU CAN'T SEE. WE HAVE ONE

VET

GETTING THESE HEROES THE HELP

THEY NEED.

> SOLDIERS FROM THE ARMY

FROM THE THIRD REGISTRY KNOWN

AS THE THIRD GUARD MARK THIS

WEEKEND BY HONORING THE

FALLEN

AT THE NATIONAL CEMETERY

HONORING THOSE WHO HAVE MADE

THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. MANY

OF THESE SOLDIERS HAVE

RECENTLY RETURNED FROM

DEPLOYMENT AND FALLEN FAMILY

MEMBERS. THEY HAVE BEEN

CARRYING THIS TRADITION SINCE

1948.

LIFE IN THE MILITARY CAN

BE

STRESSFUL AND THIS STAYS WITH

MANY EVEN AFTER THE SERVICE.

I

MET ONE 1 MAN WHO HAS HELPED

HEAL VETERAN SCARS.

HE SPENT HIS TIME IN

MARINE

CORPS WHICH INCLUDED COMBAT.

I WAS SHOT AT THREE TIMES,

WOUNDED IN THE HEAD.

HIS WOUNDS WERE NOT ONLY

PHYSICAL.

THE BIGGEST FEAR I HAD AS

AN INSTRUCTOR WAS ONE OF THE

GUYS I WAS TAKING THROUGH

BASIC WOULD DIE. FOUR OF THEM

DID. THAT PUSHED ME OVER THE

EDGE AND I COULDN'T SPEAK FOR

WEEKS. I WAS FULL BLOWN SHELL

SHOCKED.

RECOVERY HAS MANY

CONCEPTS.

I HAD A GIVE UP -- GUN IN

MY HAND.

THAT IS FROM EMOTIONAL

PAIN

THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE.

I WAS BACK IN THE STREET.

GOD REALLY DID SOMETHING WITH

ME AND BROUGHT THE MEMORY

BACK

BUT WITH CHRIST IN THE

MEMORY.

THAT WAS THE DEFINING MOMENT.

AFTER TOURS IN THE WAR,

PERSONNEL HAVE BEEN KILLING

THEMSELVES IN ALARMING

NUMBERS. 22 VETS KILL

THEMSELVES EVERYDAY AND

RELATED TO PTSD. HE HOPES TO

HEEL THIS THROUGH HIS

MINISTRY

THROUGH HIS HOME INITIATIVE.

THIS IS FOR VETERANS WHO

SUFFER FROM PTSD DESIGNED TO

PROVIDE THEM A HEALING PLACE.

WE DON'T CONDEMN AND

CONDONE. WE LISTEN AS CHRIST

WOULD LISTEN. WE ARE DOING IS

REPLAYING THE DVD IN THEIR

MIND AND PUSHING THE STOP

BUTTON AND HAVING THEM

REMEMBER CHRIST. THAT IS THE

KEY. THESE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE

BEEN HAUNTED.

OF THE TWO MILLION

AMERICAN

VETERANS FROM IRK -- IRAQ

AND

AFGHANISTAN, THOUSANDS SUFFER

FROM PTSD.

IF I CAN SAVE LIVES AND

BRINGING CHRIST TO THEM. GOD

TOLD ME TO ANOINT THE FINGER

OF THIS TRIGGER. THE BIBLE IS

VERY CLEAR THAT WE ARE THE 10

XHANTS COMMANDMENTS, HOW

--

THOU SHALL NOT KILL. THAT'S A

BIG DEAL. I HAVE MET PEOPLE

SO

HURT BY THAT. THEY CONDEMN

THEMSELVES.

RELEASE THIS FINGER FOR

WHAT I HAD TO DO. THANK YOU

JESUS. THANK YOU FOR

RELEASING

US RIGHT NOW. IT IS FINISHED.

IT IS FINISHED. WELCOME HOME.

WELCOME HOME.

JOE LONGED TO BE FREE FROM

TOERMENTING THOUGHTS

FOLLOWING

HIS SERVICE FROM VIETNAM.

WITH

GOVERNMENT SPONSORED

PROGRAMS

ONLY LASTED A SHORT TIME. HE

DIDN'T PUT MUCH FAITH IN THE

PROGRAM INITIATIVE.

WHERE I WENT, WHAT MY

THOUGHTS ABOUT IT WAS THIS IS

ONE OF THEM DEALS WHERE I'M

GOING TO ANOTHER PROGRAM AND

I'M GOING TO LEAVE THERE JUST

LIKE I GOT THERE. I MIGHT

FEEL

BETTER IS SURFACELY FOR A DAY

OR TWO AND THEN SAME OLD SAME

OLD. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I

EXPERIENCED OUT OF ALL THOSE

COPING STUFF.

THIS TIME AROUND HE SAYS,

SOMETHING CLICKED.

THERE IS A GENERAL PEACE

ABOUT THE SITUATION THAT WAS

NEVER THERE BEFORE. I WOULD

ENCOURAGE ANYBODY AND I THINK

GOD CAN EVEN REALLY HONESTLY

USE THIS TO SHOW A PERSON HIS

REALNESS. BECAUSE IF YOU

STRUGGLE WITH THIS THING FOR

40 YEARS AND YOU SEE IT TAKEN

CARE OF, ANY PART OF IT AT

ALL, I MEAN, YOU GOT TO SEE

GOD IN IT.

OTHER VETS AGREE THAT

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION IS THE

KEY TO LASTING PEACE.

YOU CAN PROVIDE A

NURTURING

IN EVERYTHING ELSE BUT IF YOU

A SPIRITUAL BACKGROUND AND

HAVE THE LORD COME IN AND

REALLY MINISTER GRAPHICALLY

TO

THESE PEOPLE, IT'S ONLY

REALLY

A PATCH JOB.

FORD HOPES TO EXPAND

THIS

SERVICES THROUGH OTHER

CHURCHES. TO THE HOPES TO

FIND

THE COMBAT VETERANS THE

HEALING THEY NEED AND SO

RIGHTEOUSLY DETECTIVE.

-- DESERVE.

YOU ARE SEEING THAT PERSON

MELT AND COME BACK TO

REALITY.

THAT IS SUCH A NEEDED

MINISTRY TO MINISTER TO THESE

VETERANS.

EN DEED, THE POWERFUL OF

HEALING. INDEED. STAY WITH

US.

WE ARE COMING RIGHT BACK.

UP NEXT FROM THE BLENDED

FAMILY AND PREVIOUS OF THE

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE.

> THE WEEKEND IS HERE AND

IT IS TIME FOR OUR

FAMILY-FRIENDLY REVIEWS. IT'S

CALLED PLUGGED IN ONLINE.

LET'S LOOK AT THE ADAM

SANDLER

MOVIE " BLENDED "

THE MESSAGE OF THE FILM"

BLENDED "IS ABOUT A FAMILY.

ADAM SANDLER'S CHARACTER HAS

THREE GIRLS. HE LOST HIS WIFE

TO CANCER. DREW BEARRY MORE

HAS TWO BOYS. THEY GO ON A

DATE AND EVERYTHING IS A

TOTAL

DISASTER AND THEY NEVER WANT

TO SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN, BUT

OF COURSE THEY DO SEE EACH

OTHER, AND THE KIDS END UP

FALLING FOR THE PARENT. THIS

MOTHER AND FATHER DYNAMIC IS

REALLY NICE TO SEE. BUT TO

GET

TO THAT MESSAGE, ONE HAS TO

ENDURE QUITE A BIT OF RISKE

JOKING. I GAVE THIS A 2 OUT

OF

A 5 FAMILY FRIENDLINESS EVEN

THOUGH THEY HAD SO MUCH

GOING.

WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE OUT.

WE FOCUS ON PROFESSOR X IN

THE NEAR FUTURE. THE

GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD HAS

CREATED A NEW CREATURE AND

THEY BELIEVE THE ONLY HOPE IS

TO SEND WOLVERINE BACK IN

TIME

IN THE HOPES THAT HE CAN

ERASE

A MURDER THAT IS TIED TO ALL

THE EVENTS IN THE FUTURE. IF

HE CAN DO THAT IN THE PAST IT

WILL HELP IN THE PRESENT. AS

YOU MIGHT EXPECT, IT'S A

CLASSIC GOOD VERSUS EVIL

STORY, A LOT OF SELF

SACRIFICE

AND COURAGE ON DISPLAY, BUT

THE VIOLENCE ALTHOUGH NOT

BLOODY IS QUITE VISCERAL AND

PRETTY UNRELATING IN THIS

FIELD. I GAVE IT A 2 1/2 OUT

OF FIVE FOR FAMILY

FRIENDLINESS.

THE TRUE STORY FROM THE

18TH CENTURY AND IT'S CALLED

BELL. IT SOUNDS INTERESTING.

FOR THOSE IN THE CBN

WORLD

THAT CAN GET THIS, I REALLY

LIKE IT. I WOULD CALL IT A

BIT

OF A PREQUELL TO AMAZING

GRACE

STORY IN LONDON. THERE IS SO

MUCH TO SAY. I GAVE IT A FOUR

OUT OF A FIVE. I LOVED THE

STORY AND THE ROLE, WE ARE

GEPT GETTING CAUGHT UP WITH

THAT. IT'S A LIMITED RELEASE.

IF YOU FIND WHERE BELLA IS

PLAYING, DEFINITELY READ OUR

REVIEW. IT IS WORTH

CONSIDERING.

INDEED. THANK YOU, BOB.

YOU BET.

> FINALLY TODAY YOU CAN

CHANGE LIVES ALL OVER THE

WORLD WITHOUT YOU EVER

LEAVING

YOUR LIVING ROOM.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN UKRAINE, A

YOUNG ORPHAN WAS PRAYING FOR

A

HOME. SEE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN

SOMEONE STEPPED UP TO ANSWER

HER PRAYER.

AL YANN A WAS BORN WITH

DEFORMED LEGS AND HER

ALCOHOLIC PARENTS BARELY EVEN

FED HER AND SHE GOT WORSE

EVERYDAY. WITHOUT HELP SHE

WOULD HAVE WOUND UP IN A

WHEELCHAIR. WHEN THE SOCIAL

SERVICES OF UKRAINE FOUND OUT

ABOUT HER, THEY TOOK HER TO A

HOME AND WERE ABLE TO COMBAT

YEARS OF NEGLECT. BECAUSE

THIS

IS A CHRISTIAN HOME, SHE ALSO

LEARNED HOW TO PRAY.

I PRAY TO GOD FOR

STRAIGHT

LEGS SO I CAN JUMP.

OR PHANS PROMISES

SUPPORTED

IT FOR YEARS. WHEN THEY FOUND

ABOUT IT, THEY CALLED US.

WE PAID TO FIX HER LEGS SO

SHE CAN HAVE A BEST CHANCE

POSSIBLE FOR A NORMAL LIFE.

I HAD SURGERY ON ONE OF MY

LEGS.

THE DOCTORS HADN'T YET

STARTED THE SECOND OPERATION

WHEN A CHRISTIAN COUPLE CAME

TO FATHER'S HOUSE.

WE MET HER WHEN SHE WAS

GETTING READY FOR HER NEXT

SURGERY. WE LIKED HE VERY

MUCH

AND WE GOT ALL OUR PAPERS

TOGETHER AND ADOPTED HER.

ALIYONA HAS BEEN LIVING

WITH

THE FAMILY FOR 2 YEARS. ALL

OF

HER PRAYERS HAVE BEEN

ANSWERED. SHE'S HEALTHY AND

HAS PARENTS WHO LOVE HER.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING OUR

DAUGHTER THE SURGERY SHE

NEEDED. MAY GOD REWARD YOU

FOR

ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR US.

MY DREAMS CAME TRUE,

THANKS

TO YOU. I WILL ALWAYS PRAY

FOR

YOU AND THANK GOD FOR YOU.

ORPHANS PROMISE. WHAT A

BEAUTIFUL STORY. THE BIG

SMILE

ON HER FACE SAYS IT ALL.

IT'S NICE TO SEE THE

PROGRESSION FROM TWO 2 YEARS

AGO. GORGEOUS INDEED. SHE

WILL

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN HER

COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD

I

CAN IMAGINE JUST SPREADING

HER

LOVE, INDEED.

THAT IS GOING TO COVER IT

FOR TODAY.

TELL US ABOUT THE STORIES

YOU HAVE SEEN TODAY. YOU CAN

DO IT ON FACEBOOK AND AT

TWITTER. JOIN US NEXT TIME.

MAKE IT A FABULOUS FRIDAY,

EVERYBODY.

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