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 January 18 - Jerusalem: Pope Calls for 'True and Real' Peace
 Article: Ecumenical Movemrnt - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Comment from UTT:
Pope Francis continues to negotiate peace in the middle east by reaching out to Muslim leaders. While this seems like the right and noble thing to do, the Bible indicates that human efforts to negotiate peace will not be successful. Keep in mind the Bible foretells war and chaos in the middle-east in the future.
Pope Francis has pledged that with regard to the Middle East he "will not fail to continue to invoke God for the cause of peace, of a true and real peace."

His commitment came in a letter released by the Vatican on January 18, 2018. The Holy Father sent the letter to Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyib, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on the occasion of the International Conference in Support of Jerusalem, underway at Al-Azahr, in Egypt, from January 17 to January 18, 2018.

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 January 16 - 1 in 5 UK Nonbelievers Prays to God in Times of Crisis; Only 40 Percent Say God Answers Prayers
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Comment from UTT:
Surveys in the UK show a drastic move away from a belief in God and prayer. It is now believed that only six percent of the population can be classified as Christian.
A new survey on the prayer habits of adults in the U.K. has found that just over half turn to prayer, including one in five of those who describe themselves as non-religious, particularly at a time of crisis. The survey, released on Sunday, was carried out by ComRes on behalf of the Christian aid agency Tearfund, found that 51 percent of adults pray. Only around one in five, or 20 percent, however, said that they pray regularly, which was defined as at least once a month.

Of those who say they are nonreligious, 55 percent said they pray in times of personal crisis or tragedy. Thirty-four percent of nonbelievers said they pray "on the off chance that something could change," and 23 percent said they do so to gain comfort or to make them feel less lonely.

Those who identified as Christians were also most likely to pray in times of tragedy, at 57 percent; though 45 percent of believers also said they do so specifically because they believe in God. Another 38 percent said they pray because they believe it really makes a difference.

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 January 17 - Pope in Chile: unity is not about being the same, but about reconciling diversity
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from UTT:
Pope Francis's plea for unity goes beyond Christianity to people of all faiths to what he calls the "reconciliation of diversity". This agrees with the agenda that is in place to establish a global religious unification that will eventually condemn Bible believing Christians.

Pope Francis led the Mass this morning (10 am, local time) in Temuco, some 600 kilometres south of Chile's capital of Santiago. Some 200,000 people took part in the event amid drums, horns and traditional indigenous musical instruments, this according to organisers. In his homily, the Holy Father focused on building unity through dialogue, where unity does not mean uniformity, because what Jesus asked for were "the riches that each people has to offer" based on a "reconciled diversity" that "will not allow personal or community wrongs" or accept the notion of "higher or lower cultures".

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