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July 14 - Silence necessary to hear God's voice, explains Peruvian cardinal
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
In his Sunday homily,
the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, encouraged the
faithful to seek out moments of silence
each day in order to hear the voice of God.
"Look at the cross,
listen to that heartbeat, see the gaze of Christ, the wounds that we
have given him, read the Gospel," the cardinal instructed.
He then commented on
the words of Moses, "Hear the voice of the Lord your God." The cardinal
explained: "In order to listen, we need to separate ourselves from our
concerns, our difficulties. Perhaps Jesus is speaking to you in the
depths of your soul, but in a whisper, and you can't hear it because
of the noise.
"This is what meditation is for,
to learn to take our eyes away from our curiosity, to close our ears,
which always want to hear something," he continued.
gave several examples showing how small acts of love mean a great
deal when they are completed with faith. "If you smile at your wife and
your children, that means a lot. If you pray a
Hail Mary asking Our Lady to help you to be good, it means a lot.
If you visit a friend who is alone or sick, it means a lot. If you avoid
criticizing others, it means a lot."
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July 14 - LCMS Adopts Measures in Response to ELCA's Pro-Gay Actions
Delegates of the Lutheran Church
Missouri-Synod on Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted two resolutions in
response to last year's pro-gay actions of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
One resolution commends for "study and
reference" two documents that state that
the ELCA's actions - including allowing partnered homosexuals on the
clergy roster - are contrary to
the ELCA's highest legislative body voted last August
to allow gays and lesbians in "publicly
accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships" to serve
as clergy, the denomination received wide media
attention, prompting concerns within the LCMS that many may think all
Lutherans share the same beliefs. The ELCA had also adopted a social
statement on human sexuality acknowledging that
there is no consensus on homosexuality while at the same time
recommending that the ELCA commit itself to find ways to
recognize lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships.
The ILC affirmed: "Rooted in the Bible's
witness and in keeping with Christian teaching through 2,000 years, we
continue to believe that the practice
of homosexuality - in any and all situations - violates the will of the
Creator God and must be recognized as sin."
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July 14 - Parental outrage in Montana
Article: Perilous Times
A proposed sex education program that
teaches fifth-graders the different ways
people have intercourse and first-graders about homosexual love
has infuriated parents and forced the school board to take a closer look at
The proposed 62-page document covers a broad
health and nutrition education program and took two years to draft. But it
is the small portion dealing with sexual education that has drawn the ire of
many in the community who feel it is being pushed
forward despite its obvious controversial nature.
Parents appeared most worried about pieces of
the plan that teaches first-graders about
same-gender relationships, fifth-graders that sexual
intercourse includes variousl parts of the body, and high school students
about erotic art. The curriculum would also teach kindergartners
The board takes the issue up again next month,
and the outrage suggests that members could alter the plan to deal with all
the complaints. One resident said parents may have to
consider impeachment of board members or a lawsuit if it goes forward.
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July 5 - Biometric ATM gives cash via 'finger vein' scan
Article: Technology For Global Monetary System
Poland's cooperative BPS bank says it's the
first in Europe to install a biometric ATM -- allowing
customers to withdraw cash simply with the touch of a fingertip.
The digit-scanning ATM, introduced in the
Polish capital of Warsaw, runs on the latest in "finger vein" technology --
an authentication system developed by Japanese tech giant Hitachi. The
company says that an infrared light is passed through
the finger to detect a unique pattern of micro-veins beneath the surface -
which is then matched with a pre-registered profile to verify an
"This is a substantially more reliable
technique than using fingerprints," Peter Jones, Hitachi's head of security
and solutions in Europe, told CNN. "Our tests indicate there is a one in a
million false acceptance rate -- that's as good as iris scanning, which is
generally regarded as the most secure method."
Unlike fingerprints, which leave a trace and
can be potentially reproduced, finger veins are
impossible to replicate, according to Jones, because they are beneath the
surface of the skin.
The security and solutions expert believes
that Poland's early adoption of biometric ATMs
reflects the country's forward-thinking attitude to the role of information
technology in society. As Kenechi Okeleke, IT and telecom analyst for
Business Monitor International, told CNN: "Poland's IT sector has performed
really well in recent times. IT is a major focus for
the government at the moment and they have adopted an IT Infrastructure Plan
with money from the government and the European Union."
Jones says that there are now
over 80,000 biometric ATMs in Japan, currently used by
more than 15 million customers.
July 15 - Argentina legalises gay marriage
Article: Perilous Times
Argentina has become the
first Latin American country to legalise
grants homosexual couples all the legal
rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage gives
The approval came
despite a concerted campaign by the Roman Catholic Church and
evangelical groups, which drew 60,000 people to march on Congress
and urged parents in churches and schools to work against passage.
Norma Morandini, another member of the president's party,
compared the discrimination closeted gays face to
the oppression imposed by Argentina's dictators decades ago. "What
defines us is our humanity, and what runs against humanity is
Same-sex civil unions
have been legalised in Uruguay, Buenos Aires and some states in Mexico
and Brazil. But Argentina now becomes the first
country in Latin America to legalise same-sex marriage
nationwide. Homosexual couples who marry will now
get many more rights than civil unions, including
adopting children and inheriting wealth. The proposed law broadly
declares that "marriage provides for
the same requisites and effects independent of whether the contracting
parties are of the same or different sex."
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