January 10, 2011- January 16, 2011 
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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.

 January 10 - Food skyrockets to highest prices ever
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Figures recently released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) index of 55 food commodities indicates that worldwide food prices hit a record high in December. Though the costs of some food commodities like rice, corn and soy actually decreased, oil seeds and sugar jumped significantly due to various factors including erratic weather and droughts, according to reports.

In the past, such ups and downs on the commodity market did not immediately affect actual food costs for consumers, but some experts say that this is no longer the case, and that "food
inflation" will occur right alongside the commodity price gains. And rapid food inflation has already taken place in India, for example, with recent reports indicating that the country experienced an overall food inflation rate of 18 percent in 2010.

Low food stocks, droughts and poor weather conditions have all contributed to the escalating food crisis, which has led many nations to cut off exports in order to save supplies for their own populations. And the resulting global shortages only exacerbate the problem further as importing nations scramble to source needed commodities for their own populations.

Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist at the FAO, explained in a Bloomberg report that since not all commodity prices are rising, the overall indicator can be deceiving. Even so, prices across the board may increase as a result of a domino effect from the commodities that are in short supply, or even from the same conditions like
and poor weather that have caused shortages and price increases in the other categories.

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 January 5 - Anglican Ordinariate Begins: Reception into Full Communion at Westminster Cathedral
 Article: Bridges To Rome

Church History was made in London, England on January 1, 2011. It was no accident that it occurred on the Feast of the Mother of God in the Roman Liturgical calendar - when the Church paused to commemorate the humble Virgin whose obedient "Yes" brought heaven to earth and earth to heaven. In Westminster Cathedral, a prophetic sign of the coming full communion of the Church took place.

Without any fanfare the former Anglican Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Andrew Burnham, former Anglican Bishop of Fulham, John Broadhurst and former Anglican Bishop of Richborough, Keith Newton, all dressed in suits and ties, were called forward during Holy Mass. Along with them were several members of their families and three Anglican sisters from the Anglican community at Walsingham. As Baptized Christians already, they made the profession of the Ancient Creed adding "I believe and profess all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God." They were then confirmed and returned to their seats to what one observer called "gentle applause". When the time came to receive Holy Communion, they came forward, now as Christians in full communion with the Catholic Church, to receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.

Accounts indicate that the simplicity of the reception caught the Press off guard. They probably expected a lot more fanfare. It was "Marian" for a reason. Humility forms the path toward the healing of the divisions in the Body of Christ. Those who came forward did so with humility. They gave their own "Yes" to the invitation of the Lord who continues His redemptive mission through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. 

Pope Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity. Do not underestimate the significance of what occurred. We will mark January 1, 2011, the Feast of the Mother of God, as the beginning of the healing of a division in the Body of Christ. It was no accident that the seed of the healing began in the land of John Henry Cardinal Newman. He prayed for this day. It is also no accident that the Pope of Christian unity raised him to the altars just months ago. It was a prophetic act.

Andrew Burnham, John Broadhurst and Keith Newton will be ordained to the Diaconate on Thursday 13th January. Then, two days later, Saturday, January 15, 2011 they will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood. They will be set aside to serve a beautiful expression of legitimate diversity within the Unity of the One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. January 1, 2010 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Church history.

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 January 12 - Airline Passengers Are Sprayed for Bugs
 Article: Miscellaneous

An airline flight to the tropics may involve greater health risks than a dose of airline food-- pesticides are routinely sprayed in aircraft cabins by U.S. airlines sometimes over the heads of passengers during flight. "Disinsection" is the industry term for this practice, which continues despite clear evidence of risk to passengers and crew. People more vulnerable to the effects of pesticides, such as infants, pregnant woman or asthmatics are informed, if at all, only just prior to spraying.

The International Civil Aviation Organization reports that most airlines use permethrin and pyrethroid, both are suspected endocrine disruptors, and permethrin may be a carcinogen. The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) points out that pesticides cause even greater harm on airplanes, where up to 50% of the air in the cabins is recycled. "Pesticides break down slowly in the enclosed, poorly ventilated aircraft," says a NCAP spokesperson.

The airlines are not required to inform passengers at ticket purchase of flight sprays, and there is also no control over how much pesticide is applied on the aircraft. The Association of Flight Attendants reported in 2001 that one airline used 50-60% more pesticide than the maximum recommended by the World Health Organization. Between 2000 and 2001, one cabin crew union received complaints of pesticide-related illness on more than 200 flights. Many complaints cite damp surfaces and pesticide odors in crew rest compartments. Crews and passengers have reported sinus problems, swollen and itchy eyes, cough, difficulty breathing, hoarseness, skin rashes/hives that vary in intensity, severe headaches and fatigue, and heightened sensitivity to other chemicals. Some crew members have medical documentation of reactions consistent with nerve gas exposure, such as blood, optic nerve, and nervous system abnormalities.

The Association of Flight Attendants suggests that passengers contact the airline to find out if pesticides will be sprayed on their flight, or if they will be boarding a "residually sprayed" craft. The U.S. Department of Transportation website also lists countries that require spray.

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 January 10 - Latest Food Crisis Brewing for Months
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

The United Nations, which is trying to reach out to nearly a billion undernourished people, some living in perpetual hunger, is anticipating another food crisis later this year.  And the signs of impending trouble have been there for some time.

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned last week that world market prices for rice, wheat, sugar, barley and meat will remain high or register significant rises in 2011 - perhaps replicating the crisis of 2007-2008.  Rob Vos, director of development policy and analysis at the U.N.'s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), told IPS that higher food prices are already affecting many developing countries. He said countries like India and a number of other East and South Asian countries are facing double-digit inflation, mainly caused by higher food prices - alongside higher energy prices.

The short-term implications are not only that the poor are especially heavily affected - and that more people could be pushed into poverty - but also that it will hamper the recovery in the countries facing higher inflation as consumers lose purchasing power, he noted.

"Food riots and civil unrest affected some 30 countries in 2008, and this can be repeated today since the situation has not changed in the last three years," said Mousseau, author of 'The High Food Price Challenge: A Review of Responses to Combat Hunger.' The most vulnerable countries are those which are the most dependent on food imports and the least able to handle high prices in international markets through public mechanism and public policy, he noted. 

According to the FAO price index released last week, the price of a basket of cereals, oil seeds, dairy, meat and sugar has continued to rise for six consecutive months.

Abdolreza Abbassian, an FAO economist, was quoted by a London daily as saying: "We are entering danger territory." 

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 January 8 - Rioting spreads across Tunisia; unrest also reported in Algeria
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Reporting from Beirut - Protests and strikes driven by unemployment and high food prices continued to sweep across the tightly controlled North African nation of Tunisia on Friday amid police attempts to clamp down on the unrest. Reports also trickled out about similar unrest in neighboring Algeria, where rioting youths this week burned shops in the capital and clashed with police in several cities.
At the root of the unrest in Tunisia is discontent with the autocratic government's management of the economy. Thousands of lawyers went on strike Thursday. News reports said Friday that teachers had joined the strikes.

A journalist in Tunis, the capital, who requests anonymity for security reasons, said in an e-mail interview that clashes continued Friday in the northern farming town of Siliana between security forces and residents. Banks and some government buildings there had been set on fire, the journalist said.

Censors appeared to be putting substantial effort into stopping the information flow about the unrest. Pages on Facebook criticizing the government reportedly have been taken down, and some bloggers and journalists covering the protests complain that their accounts on social networking sites have been hacked.

The demonstrations began after an unemployed 26-year-old university graduate set himself on fire last month in Sidi Bouzid to protest the police seizure of his vegetable cart. He died of his injuries Tuesday.

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 January 10 - Economy, inflation, crisis: Experts predict price shock in 2011
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

2011 is likely to become a record year in terms of inflation and price hikes for food in the world, and countries such as Algeria and Tunisia have already been rocked by social riots due to the unavailability of food.

The world economy is facing a food "price shock", which may turn into a food crisis, reports the Financial Times, quoting the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The UN believes that in many developing countries, including China and India, inflation has become a major economic and political problem.

World prices for many commodities have risen sharply in recent years. According to the IMF, the prices of maize and rice have increased by more than 40 percent since July, soybeans and wheat prices have risen by more than 20 percent. Consequently, the price of bread in Armenia has increased by more than 10 percent over the past four months.

"At the same time, the level of prices for some Armenian foodstuffs is really high as compared to international prices, which is connected with structural weaknesses in the distribution sector, limited competition between importers and producers in some sectors," said Tolosa.

Meanwhile, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), which positions itself also as a socialist party, has published a special brochure, in which it says that Armenia is facing a crisis of economic management. This crisis, according to the party, is manifested in all spheres, beginning from "the ruthless and inefficient use of natural resources" (water, soil, mines) and ending with decision-making by state bodies.

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 January 12 - Rick Warren to Lose 90 Pounds in Saddleback Fitness Plan
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comments from Understand The Times

Rick Warren has a plan to lose 90 pounds in 52 weeks. His partner in Rhwanda, President Paul Kagame, who is for a purpose driven nation, had a plan to kill millions of humans. This goes to show that if you are purpose driven you can do good or bad. What do you think of that if you are a member of Saddleback.

Rick Warren pledges to lose 90 pounds during a 52-week church fitness plan, developed by Dr. Oz and two other medical experts, that will launch on Saturday at Saddleback Church. The Daniel Plan, based on the prophet Daniel who chose healthy eating instead of the king's rich foods, is a yearlong, churchwide program to help the Saddleback parishioners get physically healthier.

Renowned physicians Dr. Daniel Amen, bestselling author and psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Hyman, a metabolism expert, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiac surgeon and host of The Dr. Oz Show, will join Warren at the church's main campus in Lake Forest, Calif., to kick off the initiative. Warren will speak about spiritual health while the three doctors address topics under their area of expertise.

Around 6,000 people signed up for the program when Warren introduced it during a sermon last year. The church will launch a website, www.danielplan.com, to help members track their progress through an interactive profile and tips on meals, food shopping and exercising.

At the Saturday event, medical professionals will record health numbers and attendants will have the chance to take a "before and after" photo. Warren said there will also be a monthly conference call to encourage those in the plan. Small groups will also be able to follow along in a six-week curriculum.

The fitness plan is part of Saddleback's Decade of Destiny, the church's spiritual growth and expansion plan for the next 10 years. The campaign aims to equip church members in seven key areas: spiritual, physical, financial, relational, vocational, emotional and mental.

Hoping that the event will also serve as a "non-threatening" platform for outreach, Warren has asked his congregation to invite their friends and neighbors to attend.

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 January 12 - Purgatory inflames hearts with God's love, Pope says
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Pope Benedict continued his recent theme of reflecting on women saints during his weekly audience, highlighting St. Catherine of Genoa and her insights on Purgatory. The Pope said that St. Catherine - a 15th century Italian mystic - didn't focus on the "torments" of purgatory but rather called it an "interior fire" that purifies and inflames our hearts with God's love.

The Pope reflected on the saint's writings, saying that "in her mystical experiences, Catherine never received specific revelations on Purgatory or on the souls being purified there."

St. Catherine, he underscored, did not see Purgatory "as a place of transit in the depths of the earth" or as "an exterior fire." Rather, she saw it as "an interior fire."

For St. Catherine, the soul in Purgatory "is aware of God's immense love and perfect justice; as a consequence, it suffers for not having responded to that love perfectly, and it is precisely the love of God Himself which purifies the soul from the ravages of sin," he said.

Pope Benedict recalled that St. Catherine used the image of a thread of gold linking the human heart to God as a depiction of the relationship between a soul in Purgatory and God.  "This situation of elevation towards God and abandonment to His will, as expressed in the image of the thread, is used by Catherine to express the action of divine light on the souls in Purgatory, a light which purifies and raises them towards the splendor of the dazzling rays of God," he said.

"By writing about Purgatory, the saint reminds us of a fundamental truth of the faith which becomes an invitation for us to pray for the dead, that they may achieve the blessed vision of God in the communion of the saints," he said.

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 "Miracles of Mary," book documents miracles of the Virgin Mary
 Article: Signs And Wonders

Comment from Understand the Times:
The apparition "delusion" will soon get hot. More and more people are placing their trust in the Queen of Heaven than Jesus now that the pope is about to show his power and try to become king of the world. Only those who follow the leading of the Holy Spirit will understand this deception. All others will be duped.


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 January 13 - Archbishop describes agenda of Pontifical Council for New Evangelization
 Article: Bridges To Rome

Comment from Understand the Times:
The New Evangelization Program is about to really intensify. The Road to Rome is wide and many are they who travel on it. The way to Jesus Christ is narrow and few are those who find it. It is better to take the narrow way and go to heaven than the wide way and go to you know where.

In an interview with L'Osservatore Romano, Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, discussed the background of the new dicastery and described its agenda.

The pontifical council, he said, has its roots in Blessed John XXIII's famous opening address to the Second Vatican Council in which the Pontiff called for the unchanging faith to be presented in new ways to the contemporary world. A milestone in the years that followed was Pope Paul VI's 1974 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, which the archbishop described as a "key document in the life of the Church." Pope John Paul II "continued to focus on the new evangelization," while Pope Benedict has set forth "the particular task of rethinking and implementing the new evangelization" in cooperation with bishops around the world.

Archbishop Fisichella said that the dicastery's mission field is the secularized countries of the West. In the years before the next synod of bishops, which will be devoted to the new evangelization, the archbishop hopes to gain "a complete picture of the various initiatives-- and there are already so many-- in place in the Church. We know that there are very well organized groups and movements, born at the time of John Paul II, with the intent to promote and support the new evangelization."

Citing evangelization efforts on US university campuses as well as Latin American and European apostolates, the archbishop said that there is a wealth of lay movements that have as their purpose the new evangelization. There are diocesan pastoral plans designed for this purpose. But all this is rather fragmented. The first objective of the department, therefore, is to know the realities in the field in order to harmonize and support the efforts of all, overcoming fragmentation and fostering greater unity. The intent is to promote the complementarity of each group    working together, while respecting and enhancing the charism of each.


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 January 10 - Sarkozy urges less international reliance on US dollar
 Article: One World Government

France is hosting this year's G8 and G20 summits, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy has started to campaign for a change to the way the US dollar plays a central role in the global economy.

In his New Year's Eve address to his country, Sarkozy said France would look to change a system which no longer reflects our modern global society.  "The system put in place in 1945 is for a world that doesn't exist anymore," the French president told the nation.

Sarkozy's plan is to update everything to what he regards as the new reality of a more multi-polar world and the rise of new powers like India, Brazil and China.

"The Federal Reserve's latest actions favor the US but have consequences for the rest of the world," Dessertine said. "Emerging countries and Europe really want to change that."

Dessertine and other economists say the dollar will remain king for now, so long as the world economy does not go into recession. But if things get worse, the US will have to work with other nations to reduce the dollar's influence.

He will now be hoping he will succeed at least in getting world leaders to talk about a new monetary system at this year's global summits in France. He will be hoping President Obama will also be prepared to join in these discussions.

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 January 7 - Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans
 Article: Technology For Glaobal Monetary System

President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.

It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.

The Obama administration is currently drafting what it's calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which Locke said will be released by the president in the next few months. (An early version was publicly released last summer.)

"We are not talking about a national ID card," Locke said at the Stanford event. "We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy, and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities."

Details about the "trusted identity" project are remarkably scarce. Last year's announcement referenced a possible forthcoming smart card or digital certificate that would prove that online users are who they say they are. These digital IDs would be offered to consumers by online vendors for financial transactions.

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 January 9 - Move Over, Joysticks: Brainwave-Controlled Gadgets Are Here
 Article: Miscellaneous

Gamers set aside their joysticks recently to test out a new video game. All they needed instead? The power of thought.

InteraXon, a Canadian digital innovations company, was the hit of CES when it unveiled the latest products incorporating Thought Controlled Computing -- a technology that lets users control a digital interface using simply the power of their concentration. Their creations include thought-controlled 3D glasses as well as an iPad game that tests a person's ability to focus their mind for an extended period of time.

"We've developed a simple sensor that sits on your forehead and reads your brainwaves," InteraXon CEO Ariel Garten told FoxNews.com. "It's just like a heart monitor that can read your heart rate. And the software translates your brainwave data and uses it to control your virtual world."

She called it a brain/computer interface, or BCI, and InteraXon builds it into a simple, lightweight headband. "You have patterns of thought that are readable," Garten explained. Enter the company's 3D TV glasses, which can detect your mood and will adjust what you're watching according to how you're feeling. "It gives you the ability to watch a movie or televised content, and it knows the state that you're in, whether it be scared, excited, or bored," Garten told FoxNews.com. "This is not just an immersive environment because it's 3D, it's an immersive environment because it understands you."

"This is just the beginning of an enormous industry to understand brain activity, to use it, and to have intelligent responses to brain-activating activities," Carlen told FoxNews.com. "Ultimately, we'll have an intelligent response simulation that can modulate to what you are thinking. These are just the early days, but this is going to be a multi-billion dollar industry."

"In the short term, we're going to see these kinds of systems integrated in home devices like cell phones and televisions. But in the long term, it's going to be the way we control the world on a regular basis."

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 January 12 - Few Millennials Interested in Religion, Study Finds
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, are not anti-Christian or anti-religion, but they are, in general, just not interested in religion, says a new book based on a survey of members of this generation.
An apathetic attitude towards religious and spiritual matters is common among members of this generation, according to The Millennials by Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Research, and his son Jess, a Millennial born in 1985. Members of this generation are likely to care less about spiritual matters than those from previous generations, the Rainers wrote.
Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of this generation rarely or never attend religious services, according to the survey conducted by LifeWay on 1,200 Millennials. And spiritual matters was ranked sixth, below friends and education, in a list based on an open-ended question on what is important to respondents.

Rainer suggested that the church has become less effective in reaching the Millennials because members of this group tend to be a high commitment generation and they see most of what takes place in churches as low commitment so they are not interested. Another possible reason is that three-fourths of these Millennials come from an unchurched background, meaning they have no Christian faith background.

The survey also found that Millennials are "a confused generation spiritually." Although, 65 percent of this generation describe themselves as Christian - notably many of them do not know or practice the basic teachings of the faith - only 26 percent say they believe they will go to heaven when they die because they have accepted Christ as their savior.

Millennials are also confused over who Jesus is. They were divided on whether Jesus is the only way to salvation and if he was sinless.  An astounding 70 percent of Millennials agree that American churches are irrelevant today.

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