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 August 15 - Cardinal Newman's Bones to be Removed for Veneration
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from UTT:
The following article needs very little comment. The "veneration" of bones is a pagan practice that is an abomination to the God of the Bible.
LONDON (The Catholic Herald) - Bones are to be removed from the body of Cardinal John Henry Newman so that they can be venerated as holy relics. The Government has granted a licence permitting undertakers to dig up the body of Cardinal Newman more than a century after his death.

Officials from the Ministry of Justice have also given the go-ahead for Catholic experts in holy objects to fly in from Italy and retrieve "major relics" from the corpse after the coffin is opened for the first time.

These will most likely be bones from his hands which will be shared out between key churches in Britain - as well as one being sent to the Vatican.
They will be placed in shrines so Catholic pilgrims can venerate Cardinal Newman and pray for his intercession when he is made a saint.

Mr Jennings said: "Specialist people from Rome and Milan will be coming out to take relics from his body. A 'major relic' could be the bones from one of his fingers."

Newman's remains will be transferred to a new coffin that will be put on show to the public before it is placed in a marble sarcophagus after a celebratory Mass in the Birmingham Oratory.

Mr Jennings said yesterday that he was "most grateful" to Sir Suma and his officials for granting the licence in "exceptional circumstances". He added: "The Ministry of Justice has recognised the importance of Newman as a national figure and as a figure of great importance to the country, the Church and to dialogue between faiths."

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 August 17 - License Plate Readers To Be Used In D.C. Area
 Article: Technology For a Globar Monetary System

Comment from UTT:
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the threat of terrorism is becoming the catalyst that is moving the world towards a system that will monitor individual lives and become the central controlling factor that will be implemented by a one world government. The technology that is now available makes the reality of such a system possible.
Authorities plan to install about 200 automated license plate readers on police vehicles and alongside roads in the Washington area to thwart potential terrorist attacks, dramatically expanding the use of a high-tech tool previously aimed at parking scofflaws and car thieves.
The new project is much broader, installing cameras on about 160 police vehicles and at 40 fixed sites, such as airports or highway entrances, officials say. It appears to be one of the most extensive license reading systems in the nation, according to privacy experts.

"The technology has reached the point where it's very good now. It puts a tool in the hands of police officers out in the street to help fight terrorism," said Reardon, who works in his department's homeland security unit.

The readers will scan the license plate of every vehicle that zooms by and run the numbers through federal criminal databases and terrorist watch lists, Reardon said. Maryland, Virginia and the District could plug in additional databases.

When the machines get "hits," they instantly notify police or other law enforcement officials. The devices can typically read hundreds of plates an hour.

Civil liberties advocates say the tag readers are the latest sign of how surveillance programs are expanding in U.S. cities, driven by terrorism fears and rapidly developing technology. New York officials said last week that they plan to scan the license plates of all cars and trucks entering Manhattan as part of a new security system that also involves thousands of closed-circuit cameras.

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 August 15 - Pope: Feast of the Assumption, trip to Lourdes in view
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from UTT:
The pope declares that "Mary" the mother of Jesus is omnipresent. This glorification of the mother of Jesus is not only unbiblical, it is heretical in light of scripture.
Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - On the feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven (body and soul), Benedict XVI recalled the "maternal solicitude" of the Virgin Mary toward "her children", especially "in their difficult times of trial". Visiting the shrines dedicated to her, the pope continued, one encounters many "witnesses" of this concern. "At this moment, I think especially of the unique universal citadel of life and of hope that is Lourdes, where, God willing, I will go in a month, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions that took place there".

In his reflection before the Angelus, from the courtyard of the pontifical residence in Castel Gandolfo, the pope also explained the biblical and theological foundations of this feast, which expresses a "firm conviction of the Church, [which] found its highest expression in the dogmatic definition of the Assumption, proclaimed by my venerable predecessor Pius XII in 1950".

The pontiff's explanations seemed to be intended to smooth over the difficulties that the Protestants and Orthodox have in accepting this dogma: "A twofold tradition - in Jerusalem and in Ephesus - attests to her 'dormition', as the Eastern [Christians] call it, her 'falling asleep' in God. This was the event that preceded her passage from earth into Heaven, which is the confession of the uninterrupted faith of the Church. In the eighth century, for example, John Damascene, establishing a direct relationship between the 'dormition' of Mary and the death of Jesus, explicitly affirms the truth of her bodily assumption. In a famous homily, he writes: 'It was necessary that she who had carried the Creator as a child in her womb should live together with Him in the tabernacles of heaven' (Homily II on the Dormition, PG 96, 741 B)".

"As Vatican Council II teaches", Benedict XVI continued, "the Most Holy Virgin Mary must always be situated in the mystery of Christ and of the Church. In this perspective, 'just as the Mother of Jesus, glorified in body and soul in heaven, is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected is the world to come, so too does she shine forth on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come (cf. 2 Pt. 3:10), as a sign of sure hope and solace to the people of God during its sojourn on earth' (Const. Lumen Gentium, 68). From Paradise, the Virgin Mary, especially in their difficult times of trial, continues always to watch over the children that Jesus himself entrusted to Her before dying on the cross".

During the morning, Benedict XVI went to the church of St. Thomas of Villanova, in Castel Gandolfo. In his homily, he emphasized the importance of the feast of the Assumption, of this "ability to look up to heaven and to God, the true reality and the bridge to a new world", in the face of the "sad spectacle of so much false joy and tormented suffering" that reigns in our society, learning "from Mary how to be witnesses of hope and consolation".

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 August 20 - We must 'cultivate knowledge and devotion to the saints,' Holy Father exhorts
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from UTT:
The statements made by the pope encouraging "the faithful" to "cultivating devotion"  to the saints reveals that the pope is not aware of what the Bible teaches about such practices. The Roman Catholic idea that one can pray to the dead in order to receive a blessing or favor, in the Bible is called necromancy. This is an open door to the fallen spirit world and is forbidden by the God of the Bible.
The Holy Father said, "Every day the Church offers us one or more saints and blessed to invoke and to imitate." He proceeded to speak about yesterday's Feast of St. John Eudes, who confronted with 17th century Jansenism and promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Heart of Mary.

Pope Benedict also spoke about St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Bernard, who Pope Pius VIII labeled the "Honey-Sweet Doctor" for his eloquence, traveled throughout Europe defending the Christian faith.  The Holy Father added, "He was also remembered as a Doctor of Mariology, not because he wrote extensively on Our Lady, but because he understood her essential role in the Church, presenting her as the perfect model of the monastic life and of every other form of the Christian life."

Pope Benedict recounted that tomorrow the Church celebrates the feast of St. Pius X, Friday, the memorial of the Queenship of Mary, and Saturday, the feast of St. Rose of Lima.

Pope Benedict said that the Church offers human beings the possibility of walking in the company of the saints. Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote that the saints represent a real way for us to access Jesus.  French writer Jean Guitton explained that the each saint reflects the light of God's holiness. The Holy Father added that it is important "to cultivate knowledge and devotion to the saints, along with daily meditation on the Word of God and a child-like love for Our Lady".

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