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The News In Review newsletter is a service provided by Understand The Times that is a compilation of the news articles previously posted on our site . Understand The Times does not endorse these events but rather is showing the church the current events.  The purpose of posting these articles is to warn the church of deception from a Biblical perspective.

 News Alert - September 21 - Vatican bank chief investigated over money laundering claims
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days.

Comment from Understand the Times:
The Roman Catholic Church is soon to announce the collapse of "Protestantism" which has already collapsed years ago. Rome claims to be the only true church. Their dirty laundry is not that good either as many have already seen. Maybe the church should follow Jesus instead of men from now on.

The head of the Vatican bank has formally been placed under investigation in an inquiry into a suspected violation of Italy's money-laundering laws, judicial sources said today.

At the same time, a judge in Rome ordered a freeze on 23m (19.5m) held in an account opened by the Vatican bank, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), at another financial institution in the Italian capital. It was thought to be the first time such action had been authorized against the IOR in Italy.

The sources said that last Wednesday, on the eve of Pope Benedict's departure for Britain, a unit of the Italian revenue guard alerted prosecutors to an anomaly in an account owned by the IOR at the Rome branch of Credito Artigiano, which has close historic ties to the Catholic church.

The Vatican has a long history of withholding co-operation from Italian investigators seeking access to its bank's books. The IOR was involved in a major scandal in 1982 arising from the fraudulent bankruptcy of Banco Ambrosiano, then Italy's largest private bank.

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 September 17 - Make the Pledge - 40 Days and 40 Nights
 Article: Misc.

Comment from Understand The Times:
It should be no surprise that Glen Beck would utilize the same "40 days of purpose" used by Rick Warren to work together with others to do good. They both have Rupert Murdock, a member of the Council for Foreign Relations, as someone they would both consider a mentor and financial confidant.

For the next 40 days and 40 nights, I pledge...I COVENANT to practice faith, hope and charity by doing these things.

First...faith. I will pray on my knees every night for the next 40 nights...starting TONIGHT. Pray for guidance, inspiration, peace...pray for the leaders of our country. Pray for their safety, and that they will receive wisdom. I will re-establish my relationship with God.

Hope...hope comes from truth. You can't have hope based on lies. So, I will stop all lies for the next 40 days. That includes lying to myself. I will establish a pattern of honesty and make it become habitual. I will question with boldness...everything...even the things Glenn Beck tells you every night...I will do my own research...and then pray for my own confirmation on the things I have learned. I will find out what is true in my life.

And third...I will have charity. Charity begins at home. I will do something kind for every member of your family at least once a week.

Pledge of Nonviolence

1. As you prepare to march meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus

2. Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation - not victory.

3. Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.

4. Pray daily to be used by God that all men and women might be free.

5. Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.

6. Observe with friend and foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.

7. Perform regular service for others and the world.

8. Refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.

9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

10. Follow the directions of the movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.

Make The Pledge

If you agree to abide by these principles of nonviolence and to practice faith, hope and charity by doing the above things, sign your name below.

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 September 17 - Is Glenn Beck the Next Billy Graham? For a Few. (Maybe Too Few?)
 Article: Misc.

Comment from Understand the Times:
Glen Beck and Billy Graham have something in common. They are building the kingdom of God. But can there be a kingdom of God here on earth without the King? There are a number of different groups who are working together to build the kingdom right now on planet earth. Is it possible that they will prepare the way for a counterfeit king, the Bible calls the antichrist?

After Fox News host Glenn Beck led his spirit-filled "Restoring Honor" revival on the Mall last month, he seemed to be reinventing himself as an American Moses delivering America back to the Promised Land -- or perhaps the next Billy Graham, as Southern Baptist leader Richard Land suggested.

Yet a new poll shows that Beck isn't quite yet a figure of biblical proportions, with 17 percent of Americans believing Beck "is the right person to lead a religious movement" and 50 percent saying he's not. Even among Republicans and white evangelicals, a highly motivated cohort of conservative voters who view Beck more favorably than other Americans, fewer than one-third say he is the right person to lead a religious movement.

The poll, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, also showed that a majority of Americans (57 percent) don't know Beck is a Mormon, and those who do know he is a Mormon -- especially conservative Protestants who are particularly suspicious of Mormon beliefs -- are less likely to trust him as a religious leader.

Those results are in line with other surveys on Mormonism, John Green, an expert on religion and politics at the University of Akron, told RNS. "Because other surveys show that Mormons are not especially popular with Americans, as a rule, then it's likely that if more people found out Glenn Beck's religious background, that would inhibit them following him," Green said.

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 News Alert - September 23 - Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes, Worry Ex-Air Force Officers
 Article: Rising Interest In The Supernatural

Comment from Understand The Times:
This is the news event that Understand The Times has been waiting for for over 30 years. It will soon be announced that humans are not alone in the universe. This is true. There are fallen angels and demonic beings who have been influencing planet earth since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis chapter).
Be prepared for an onslaught of reports confirming that extraterrestrials are monitoring humankind. They are NOT further evolved beings. This scenario can be understood in light of the Bible and the Holy Spirit.
If you are not a born-again Christian, then bow you knee, ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for your sins, repent and follow Him. (Read John chapter 3:16 immediately and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what is going on at this time in history).

Captain Robert Salas was on duty in Montana in 1967 when a UFO shut down the nuclear missiles on his base. And he's hardly the only one to make such a claim.

On Monday, six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about similar events at the National Press Club, all centering around unidentified flying objects and nuclear missiles. They plan to urge the government to publicly confirm the incidents, stating that they were ordered never to discuss the events.

According to the pair, witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby. 

Are they evidence of unknown military action from a foreign country, or are these extraterrestrial visitors? Salas thinks the answer is clear -- and finds it curious that they're so interested in our nuclear arsenal. "There's a strong interest [in our missiles] by these objects, wherever they come from. I personally think they're not from planet Earth."

"This is only the tip of the iceberg, these stories," Salas told FoxNews.com.

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 September 12 - Unloved Pope Benedict a bust in Britain as faithful depart this pontiff
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand The Times:
Apparently the present pope is not as popular as the last pope. Another way of saying this is: white is black and black is always black. In other words, the pope is not the vicar of Christ.  He is a man just like any other man. Why is he dressed in white? Why is Prince Charles and his bride dressed in black? Shouldn't they all be dressed in black?
The people are voting with their feet when it comes to Pope Benedict's visit to Britain this week. A crowd of 300,000 was expected for a mass in Glasgow which many Irish will attend. Now they predict only 80,000 will come.

Church authorities are now trying desperately to distribute thousands of tickets through school throughout Britain
but the demand is simply not there.

In a letter sent to heads of Catholic schools in London last week, the Archbishop of Westminster, Rev Vincent Nichols, issued
an "urgent" call for parties of schoolchildren to attend the Hyde Park event.

It is no coincidence that the best selling book in Britain this week is 'The Case of the Pope" by attorney Geoffrey Robinson. The blurb says it all. "Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that has allowed so many terrible crimes to go unpunished?" This title delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican
has run a secret legal system that shields pedophile priests from criminal trial around the world.

The fact is that this pope is unloved and is proving an embarrassment. 
His cover-up of pedophile scandals clearly orchestrated from the highest levels of the Vatican have sickened and disgusted millions of ordinary faithful Catholics.

The faithful departed will have no truck with this Vicar of Christ and the Vatican enablers who let the pedophile crisis spread.  They know the message of the Gospel is not what has been preached from the Vatican over the past decade.

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 News Alert - September 17 - Pope's astronomer says he would baptize an alien if it asked him
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand The Times:
If you had a choice, who would you believe? The God of the Bible who created the universe or the pope's astronomer, who says that intelligent design and creationism is a crackpot view promoted by people who believe the Bible literally.
Further, the pope's private astronomer says that if an "alien" showed up on planet earth in a UFO someday in the future, he would have no problem baptizing a being that looked like an octopus.
Now, the pope is supposed to be the top guy in the Roman Catholic Church. Surely the pope can find a better advisor who can come up with biblical answers, rather than the astronomer he now uses as his advisor
Aliens might have souls and could choose to be baptized if humans ever met them, a Vatican scientist said today. The official also dismissed intelligent design as "bad theology" that had been "hijacked" by American creationist fundamentalists.

Guy Consolmagno, who is one of the pope's astronomers, said he would be "delighted" if intelligent life was found among the stars. "But the odds of us finding it, of it being intelligent and us being able to communicate with it - when you add them up it's probably not a practical question."

Speaking ahead of a talk at the British Science Festival in Birmingham tomorrow, he said that the traditional definition of a soul was to have intelligence, free will, freedom to love and freedom to make decisions. "Any entity - no matter how many tentacles it has - has a soul." Would he baptize an alien? "Only if they asked."

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences,, of which Stephen Hawking is a member, keeps the senior cardinals and the pope up-to-date with the latest scientific developments. Responding to Hawking's recent comments that the laws of physics removed the need for God, Consolmagno said: "Steven Hawking is a brilliant physicist and when it comes to theology I can say he's a brilliant physicist."

Consolmagno curates the pope's meteorite collection and is a trained astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican's observatory. He dismissed the ideas of intelligent design - a pseudoscientific version of creationism. "The word has been hijacked by a narrow group of creationist fundamentalists in America to mean something it didn't originally mean at all. It's another form of the God of the gaps. It's bad theology in that it turns God once again into the pagan god of thunder and lightning."

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