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 July 27 - Dalai Lama preaches compassion, responsibility
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from UTT:
 
The following article about the Dalai Lama explains that his purpose in spending so much time in meditation is to promote compassion as the key to making planet earth a better place. This would mean working together with leaders of all religions in a cooperative effort.

This is very interesting in light of the fact that Pastor Rick Warren is holding a conference at Saddleback August 16, 2008 titled "Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion."  Further, in an article we posted July 21 titled "McCain, Obama to Appear Together at California Megachurch", the following statement was made:

In conjunction with the Civil Forum event, Warren will convene an interfaith meeting with about 30 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to discuss joint projects that can benefit all Americans."Notice the interesting common denominator with the two plans -  the Dalai Lama's plan and Rick Warren's plan - working together with all religions to benefit all. 

 
Of course, there is nothing wrong with having compassion for others - however, uniting together with other religions for a common cause to make the world a better place, may well end up being a slippery slope that will someday lead to the union of the religions of the world for the cause of peace that will eventually bring about sudden destruction by the Prince of Peace (Jesus). 
 
 
What does compassion and global responsibility really mean to you? To the Dalai Lama, they are inextricably bound to his life, his religion and his future legacy.

For years, people have asked him exactly what he is meditating on. And for years, he has given them a one-word answer that is a primary tenet of Tibetan Buddhism: compassion

Yet the word "compassion" for the Dalai Lama has come to symbolize something more than mere altruism on a local scale, but rather, on a global scale.

He then began to speak about his idea of global responsibility, which, he believes, begins not with  laws or legislation, but with changing our fundamental view of the world.

"Our basic feeling of self and desire for happiness is the same," he said. "If you look at the world from space, you see one globe. There are no real boundaries. There is too much emphasis on secondary differences - religion, nationality, ethnicity. On a basic level, we are the same. We forget basic humanity."

This concept of universal similarities among humans, according to the Dalai Lama, must guide how we act on a global level. For example, he proposed the idea of the Americas joining together with a sense of unity, and the same for Europe.

"You have to consider your neighbor not foreign, but part of yourself,"
he explained.

Moreover, the Dalai consistently harped on the importance of dialogue in terms of solving international disputes. This, of course, is a message that he has been preaching to Chinese for more than 50 years in terms of opening a discussion about the future of Tibet. "The 21st century is a century of bloodshed," he said. "This should be a century of dialogue."

Fittingly, the Dalai Lama reminded the audience that
change, compassion and global responsibility begin with individuals, not just with the Dalai Lama.


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 July 30 - Traditional Anglican archbishop praying for efforts to reunite with Rome
 Article: Bridges To Rome

Comment from UTT:
 
Now that Anglican Church leaders are favorable of the idea of joining hands with Rome, it will not be long before these predictions will become reality. The New Evangelization program is bringing back the separated brethren to the mother of all churches.
 
 
.- An exchange of letters between Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Archbishop John Hepworth, Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion shows warming relations between the two Churches as they begin to consider proposals for corporate reunion.

Archbishop Hepworth, writing in the Messenger Journal, has announced that he has responded to a letter "of warmth and encouragement" he received on July 25 from Cardinal Levada. The archbishop said the entire Traditional Anglican Communion should be encouraged by Cardinal Levada's letter, which was written to assure the archbishop that the Congregation is giving "serious attention" to the "prospect of corporate unity" raised in a 2007 letter from the Anglican primate.

"I have responded, expressing my gratitude on behalf of 'my brother bishops,' reaffirming our determination to achieve the unity for which Jesus prayed with such intensity at the Last Supper, no matter what the personal cost this might mean in our discipleship," Archbishop Hepworth wrote in the letter published by the Messenger Journal.

He said Cardinal Levada's letter should encourage "our entire Communion" and "friends who have been assisting us."

Archbishop Hepworth said he was "particularly thankful" to Cardinal Levada for his "generous mention" of corporate reunion. The archbishop wrote that corporate reunion was a path "seldom travelled in the past" but one "essential" to fulfilling Christ's desire for Christian unity.

He said his flock should be spurred to renewed prayer for the Holy Father, for Cardinal Levada and his Congregation's staff, and for all their own clergy and people "as we move to ever closer communion in Christ with the Holy See."



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 July 31 - Catholic or not: Queue up
 Article: Roman Catholic Chruch And The Last Days

Comment from UTT:
 
The Roman Catholic Eucharist is for Roman Catholics ONLY
 
The following article suggests if a non- Catholic attends mass, when the wafer is handed out, he or she should remain seated and not partake, or go forward, cross ones arms over the chest and "receive a blessing". 
 
This idea is not taught in Scripture, but it certainly places great power and authority in the hands of the Roman Catholic Church. The New Evangelization program is the newest Roman Catholic program to convince the separated brethren to accept that a priest really has the power to transubstantiate. Many are converting as the agenda becomes more widespread.

 
 
Reader Barbara Kopec asked: What is the proper etiquette for a non-Catholic attending a Roman Catholic mass? What should he/she do during the communion service? How do you politely explain this to your guest so he/she does not feel excluded? American Catholics have been debating for years how to welcome guests in their parish without offending God.

Those that consider the adage "What would Jesus do?" can't imagine him turning anyone away. The New Testament is filled with stories of how Jesus welcomed people from the margins of society, inviting them to the dinner table, healing their ailments and giving them vital roles in his ministry.

But simply sitting in a pew does not qualify someone to receive communion. For Catholics, receiving communion means they are in "communion" with the rest of the Catholic church, and live by its tenets.

For the answer to Barbara's question, I went to Rev. Bob Barron, a professor of systematic theology at Mundelein Seminary. Father Bob said there are two options for guests who are not eligible for communion.

First, there is nothing wrong with staying seated in the pew. It shows respect for the sacred ritual.

But there is a second, more inclusive option. Invite your guest to queue up with the communicants. While others hold out their palms to receive communion, instruct your guest to cross his or her arms in front of the chest (with hands on opposite shoulders) to show the priest the person is there to receive a blessing.

Anyone can receive a blessing, no matter their faith.



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 August 3 - Stampede kills 145 Hindu worshippers in India
 Article: Signs And Wonders

Comment From UTT:
 
The following article explains what happens when people are overcome by religious spiritual delusion. This phenomenon is not limited to Hinduism. Several years ago, a number of "Christians" were stomped to death when a crowd in Africa attempted to push towards the platform where a "faith healer" was standing.
 
By the way, the faith healer was not able to raise the people who died in the stampede back to life.
 
 
CHANDIGARH, India (Reuters) - At least 145 people, mostly women and children, were crushed to death under the feet of thousands of pilgrims in a stampede at a temple in northern India on Sunday, police said.

Police said the pilgrims might have panicked after heavy rains caused large stones from a retaining wall along the trail to fall.

The pilgrims started fleeing down the slope, breaking an iron railing and trampling falling women and children under their feet, said Daljit Singh Manhas, a senior police officer.

"We have confirmation now that 145 people have been killed," he told Reuters. "We found eight to 10 stones which had fallen off and probably scared the people, causing the stampede." At least 40 children and 45 women were among the dead, police and health department officials said.

Thousands of worshippers had gathered at the temple in Bilaspur district, some 150 km (95 miles) north of the town of Chandigarh, to pray to the Hindu goddess Nainadevi during the annual festival.

Authorities said at last 48 other people were seriously injured and they were looking for more injured pilgrims in private clinics.

Witnesses said people had jumped over broken railings and bodies to save themselves. Children lost hold of their mothers' hands and were crushed under the feet of scared pilgrims.

Stampedes at temples are not uncommon in India, where thousands of people gather to pray during festivals. In 2005, about 265 pilgrims were killed in a stampede near a temple in the western state of Maharashtra.



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 July 29 - European businesses back Blair for EU council president
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from UTT:
 
The fact that Tony Blair is first choice for a permanent European Union President is interesting in light other current trends. Since holding office as the Prime Minister of Britain, Blair has joined the Roman Catholic Church.
 
In addition, Blair has founded his Faith Foundation that provides encouragement to all religions to work together in order attack Malaria.
 
It seems the pieces to a One World religion for the cause of peace with headquarters in Rome may soon fall into place.

 
 
Tony Blair would make the best EU president for European businesses, according to a poll by the financial news channel CNBC Europe. Blair was by far the most popular choice by those who took part in the poll, receiving 37% of the vote.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, came second, with the backing of 23% of respondents, and the other frontrunner being mentioned for the job, Luxembourg's prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, won 12% of CNBC Europe's poll. The current EU commission president, Josť Manuel Barroso, was fourth place, with 10%.

The role of EU council president will come into being next year, if the organisation's member states ratify the Lisbon treaty. But the exact nature and status of the role is yet to be decided - some countries want a high-profile figure to represent the EU at a global level, while others would prefer a more low-key, bureaucratic figure.

Blair outlined his vision for a full-time EU president back in 2003, saying a dedicated figurehead would give the union a more powerful voice on the world stage. He said he believed the enlarged EU needed a full-time president, rather than the current rotating leadership.

He is currently working as a peace envoy to the Middle East and has taken up advisory roles with insurance firm Zurich and investment bank JP Morgan - and is reported to have signed a £5m-plus deal for his memoirs.

Under the terms of the Lisbon treaty, the president of the European council would hold office for two-and-a-half years, replacing the current system where countries take turns at being president for six months.



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