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 February 26 - Humility is the first step to unity, Pope tells Catholics, Anglicans
 Article: Bridges To Rome

Comment from UTT:
The path to ecumenical unity with Rome by the Anglican Church is almost complete. This is happening at the same time that Pope Francis states that all religions worship the same God. Many so-called evangelical Protestants have no problem with ecumenism either. This is exactly what the Bible indicates will happen before Jesus Christ returns.
During his Sunday visit to Rome's Anglican parish of All Saints, Pope Francis voiced gratitude for the good relations Catholics and Anglicans now enjoy, and said that on the path toward full communion, humility has to be the point of departure.

Pope Francis spoke to a crowd of both Catholic and Anglican faithful during his Feb. 26 visit to the Anglican church of All Saints, which marked the first time a Roman Pontiff has set foot in an Anglican parish inside his own diocese of Rome. This visit coincided with the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Anglican parish community in the heart of the Eternal City, and consisted of a short choral Evensong service, during which the Pope blessed and dedicated an icon of "St. Savior" commissioned for the occasion. During the ceremony, the symbolic "twinning" of All Saints Anglican Church with the Catholic parish of "Ognissanti" - the only Catholic parish in Rome dedicated to All Saints - also took place, forming strong ecumenical ties between the two.

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 March 1 - New Report Says Islam Will Surpass Christianity And Become The Largest Religion In The World
 Article: Perilous Times

Comment from UTT:
A major tenant of Islam is to win the world under the banner of the Muslim faith. The strategy to do this includes conquering those who do not believe by violence and terrorism as well as by increasing the percentage of those who believe by increasing the population through child birth. True Christianity is based on trusting and believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God which Islam openly rejects. Obviously, the battle will intensify and true Christians can expect persecution.

If current trends continue, Islam is on track to become the largest religion in the entire world by the end of this century according a stunning new report that was just released by the Pew Research Center. While it is true that Christianity is still growing on a global basis, it is not growing nearly as rapidly as Islam. So unless something changes, Christianity will only be the second largest faith in the world by the year 2070. According to this newly released report, Islam is the only major religion that is growing faster than the global population overall, and it is being projected that the number of Muslims on the planet will rise by a staggering 73 percent between 2010 and 2050

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 March 1 - Get ready for robots made with human flesh
 Article: Transhumanism

Comment from UTT:
As time goes by it is going to become increasingly more difficult to discern what is purely human and what is not.  The concept of transhumanism is an attempt by man to advance society to new levels using technology in combination with human flesh. This attempt to create a utopian society will fail when the time comes for the Creator to send the final judgment.
Two University of Oxford biomedical researchers are calling for robots to be built with real human tissue, and they say the technology is there if we only choose to develop it. Writing in Science Robotics, Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr argue that humanoid robots could be the exact tool we need to create muscle and tendon grafts that actually work.
Right now, tissue engineering relies on bioreactors to grow sheets of cells. These machines often look like large fish tanks, filled with a rich soup of nutrients and chemicals that cells need to grow on a specialized trellis. The problem, explain Mouthuy and Carr, is that bioreactors currently "fail to mimic the real mechanical environment for cells." In other words, human cells in muscles and tendons grow while being stretched and moved around on our skeletons. Without experiencing these natural stresses, the tissue grafts produced by researchers often have a broad range of structural problems and low cell counts.

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 March 1 - New Research Reveals Disturbing Trend Among America's Pastors
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Comment from UTT:
This report provides statistics showing the state of present day Christianity. Those who have studied the signs of the times in relationship to Bible apostasy will not be surprised. Without question, falling away from the faith is the norm while Christianity is in the process of being reinvented.


A landmark new study by Barna Group, conducted in partnership with Pepperdine University, offers a revealing look into the lives of America's pastors. Drawn from interviews with more than 14,000 Protestant pastors from 40 denominations spanning the theological and political spectrum, The State of Pastors is both hopeful and troubling, with unexpected bright spots and worrisome levels of struggle for some clergy. The findings are available as a 175-page full-color book that includes the full study data, analysis and infographics.


The bad news for the church is the graying of America's clergy: "As other careers woo millennials and older generations struggle to hand the baton to younger pastors, the median age of pastors has risen from 44 to 54 over the last 25 years." Protestant churches face a massive leadership shortage in the coming decades, similar to that seen in the Catholic Church. The situation appears bleak: seven out of 10 pastors report that it's becoming more difficult to identify promising pastoral candidates.

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 March 2 - Artificial human life could soon be grown in lab after embryo breakthrough
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

Comment from UTT:


Tinkering with life created by God continues by humans who have greedy ambition, and the consequences will bring catastrophe and judgment.

Artificial human life could soon be grown from scratch in the lab, after scientists successfully created a mammal embryo using only stem cells. Cambridge University mixed two kinds of mouse stem cells and placed them on a 3D scaffold. After four days of growth in a tank of chemicals designed to mimic conditions inside the womb, the cells formed the structure of a living mouse embryo. The breakthrough has been described as a 'masterpiece' in bioengineering, which could eventually allow scientists to grow artificial human embryos in the lab without the need for a sperm or an egg.


Growing embryos would help researchers to study the very early stages of human life so they could understand why so many pregnancies fail, but is likely to prove controversial and raise ethical questions about what constitutes human life. Currently scientists can carry out experiments on leftover embryos from IVF treatments, but they are in short supply and must be destroyed after 14 days. Scientists say that being able to create unlimited numbers of artificial embryos in the lab could speed up research while potentially removing some of the ethical boundaries.

"We are very optimistic that this will allow us to study key events of this critical stage of human development without actually having to work on (IVF) embryos. Knowing how development normally occurs will allow us to understand why it so often goes wrong." The embryos were created using genetically engineered stem cells coupled with extra-embryonic trophoblast stem cells (TSCs) which form the placenta in a normal pregnancy.

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