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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.

 February 28 - After touching your junk, TSA now wants to scan and harvest your DNA
 Article: Technology And Global Monetary System

As if it's not enough for the TSA to feel you up at the airport, now they're experimenting with rapid results DNA scanners that can scan and analyze your DNA using just a drop of saliva. Spit at the TSA agent who is molesting you, in other words, and they can use that saliva to scan your DNA and then store it in a government database.

Why would they want to do that? We can only imagine. Remember, it was Alex Jones who broke the story about hospitals secretly taking
blood samples of babies and handing them over to the federal government for use in a national genetic database (http://www.prisonplanet.com/newborn...).

Now that
the TSA is experimenting with portable DNA scanners, their real agenda becomes apparent: They will use airport security checkpoints to harvest DNA from the public in order to build up their government "bio bank" database of stolen DNA.  Of course, they will assure the public that they aren't storing the DNA information ...and the naked body scanners don't store images, either. Oh yeah, and the TSA's security procedures make air travel safer, too, if you can believe that. Our source for this story is a report called "Genetic Patdown" published at TheDaily.com (http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/0...). That story reveals that a company called NetBio manufactures the portable DNA scanning devices.

That same story also reveals that the
TSA rolled out these DNA screening devices without even checking with the privacy committee of the DHS. Jim Harper, who serves on that committee, is even quoted in the story saying, "We're plunging into the unknown here."

And what's the limit for all these privacy invading searchers, anyway? Where does it end? Can the TSA demand your blood, your
saliva
, or even your sperm for its tests? Is it soon going to be a condition of flying that you hand over your bodily fluids to the U.S. government so they can determine whether you might be a "genetic terrorist?"


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 February 25 - Farrakhan's Nation of Islam to Argue UFOs Are Real
 Article: Rising Interest In The Supernatural

The Nation of Islam, long known for its promotion of black nationalism and self-reliance, now is calling attention to another core belief that perhaps isn't so well-known: the existence of UFOs.

When thousands of followers gather in suburban Chicago this weekend for the group's annual Saviours' Day convention, one of the main events will include a panel of scientists discussing worldwide UFO sightings, which they claim are on the rise.

"There's enough evidence that has been put before the world and public," Ishmael Muhammad, the religion's national assistant minister, told The Associated Press. "There have been enough accounts and sightings and enough movies (documentaries) made, I don't think you would find too many people that would call it crazy."

During last year's Saviours' Day speech, Farrakhan for the first time in years discussed in detail a vision he had in Mexico in 1985 involving an object he calls "the wheel." Using charts, photos and drawings, he spent almost four hours describing how he was invited aboard and heard Elijah Muhammad speak to him. Farrakhan says that experience led him to inklings about future events.

Farrakhan, 77, has said the wheel, with its great capacity for destruction, contains the "wisdom to purify the planet," but has harmed no one so far. He also claimed there have been governmental attempts to cover-up proof of the wheel, which he says many call UFOs.

Some experts have made comparisons to the Biblical concept of Rapture, which teaches believers will be taken up to heaven, while everyone else will remain on earth for a period of torment, concluding with the end of time.

"It is written, that these things would happen," he said about Scripture. "We should prepare for such calamities."

 



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 February 26 - Syria and Iran agree to cooperate on naval training
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Iran and Syria have agreed to cooperate on naval training, Reuters reported Iran's official news agency saying on Saturday. "The two parties will cooperate with each other in training issues and the exchange of personnel," the Iranian news agency quoted the agreement, signed by the commanders of both navies, as saying.

The announcement of the cooperation agreement came the same day that Russian Defense Minister
Anatoly Serdyukov said that Russia would fulfill its contractual obligation and complete the transfer of cruise missiles to Syria, according to an AFP report. The report said that news agencies in Moscow said the Kremlin did not intend to withdraw from the deal signed between the two countries in 2007, despite the objections of Israel and the United States.

Sources at the Defense Ministry said on Saturday night that they were aware of the missile deal between Russia and Syria. The sources said they have repeatedly warned Russian officials at all levels that the missiles could be used as offensive weapons and may eventually end up in the hands of Hezbollah.

Defense Minister
Ehud Barak said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer
Thursday, that the two Iranian naval vessels crossing the Suez Canal was a show of power and part of a "wider scheme" to exert influence in the Middle East. The ships' crossing was the first time the Islamic Republic has sent a naval convoy through the Suez Canal in over three decades.

Despite reports that Iran may have been bringing advanced weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Barak suggested that the focus of the trip is for Iranian cadets to visit Syria.


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 February 27 - Rocket fired from Gaza hits Israel, no casualties
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israeli territory on Sunday morning, raising Israel's alert level but causing no damage or casualties, according to Israel's military and police.

The latest rocket, which the military's spokeswoman said struck a field in the Eshkol region in southern Israel, comes after a string of Israeli air raids targeting militant training camps across the Gaza Strip on Saturday night.

The military said the attacks "targeted a number of terror hubs... in response to recent rocket fire into Israel."

The air raids came after tensions rose along the Israel-Gaza border this week following clashes in which an Islamic Jihad gunman was killed and a rocket attack on the Israeli city of Beersheba hit a house but caused no casualties.

It was the first rocket to reach the city since the devastating offensive Israel waged against Gaza December 2008 to January 2009, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn the territory's militants not to "test" the Jewish state.  Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sunday that the country's alert level had been raised in response to the renewed rocket fire and regional instability.

"The security examination was undertaken after the new Palestinian rocket fire on Sunday and because of the continued unrest in the Arab and Muslim world," he said.



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 March 1 - Evangelicals take to Twitter to debate the doctrine of hell
 Article: Emerging Church

Rob Bell didn't win an Oscar on Sunday, but his name trended alongside the likes of James Franco, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale after rumors about the evangelical pastor's new book on heaven and hell spread across the blogosphere. The book entitled "Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived" won't hit shelves until March 29, but that didn't stop a group of conservative bloggers from speculating about its contents.

Justin Taylor, vice president of editorial at Crossway, wrote a blog post suggesting that Bell had become a universalist and was moving "farther and farther away from anything resembling biblical Christianity." (Universalism asserts that all people will be saved and that an eternal hell is not a part of God's plan for a new heaven and new earth.) In response, Pastor John Piper issued a tweet that linked to the post and added, "Farewell Rob Bell," suggesting that such a position disqualifies Bell from Christian fellowship. Neither Taylor nor Piper have read the book in question.

Their questions bear a striking resemblance to the questions raised by Bell in a now-viral video trailer for "Love Wins". In it, Bell asks: Will only a few select people make it into heaven? How does one become one of these few? Is Ghandi really in hell? Will most of humanity be damned to hell? Is the gospel good news or bad news?

At this point Bell's official response to these questions remains unclear. Some have speculated that with endorsements from popular theologians like Eugene Peterson and Greg Boy, it is more likely that Bell has adopted a view called "conditionalism," which holds that the unsaved will ultimately cease to exist rather than suffer eternal torment in hell. Just the fact that a variety of terms are getting tossed around the blogosphere reveals the diversity of the Christian tradition regarding the doctrine of hell, a diversity too often brushed aside by Reformed theologians like Piper whose definition of Orthodoxy remains rather narrow.



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 March 1 - 'UFO' Lights Up Brazil Skies
 Article: Rising Interest In The Supernatural

A UFO spied in the skies over Sao Paulo has all of Brazil buzzing. The amateur footage, shown on Brazilian TV station G1, shows blurry footage of a disc-shaped object hovering in the clouds for a minute or so -- before disappearing in a bright flash of light, followed by a trail of colorful bursts.

But is it an alien visitation, or merely the latest in a storied tradition of forgeries? G1's anchors explain that two passersby saw the object as they were driving in their car, near the town of Agudos in Sao Paulo state. They hopped out of the car to shoot the video with their handheld camera.

According to the TV station, the cinematographers reported the earth shaking at about the same time the object vanishes in a blast of light, noting that other people reported the earth moving in the same general area.

Video-editing expert Philip Cavaca told G1 that the film was a well-made montage -- but a hoax nonetheless. "It can be seen in one frame," he told the station. "When the truck goes by, you can tell that the UFO was moved, which is un-noticeable to the naked eye," he said. According to Cavaca, by freezing the image you can see the exact frame in which the "UFO" alters.

Watch the UFO video and judge for yourself at G1.globo.com.

 



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 February 25 - Russia unveils huge rearmament drive
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

The ambitious overhaul will cost the equivalent of 406 billion and comes at a time when other countries around the world such as Britain are cutting their defence spending to try to balance their national budgets. But with oil prices rising, Russia, the world's biggest energy exporter, feels confident it can afford to upgrade its dilapidated Soviet-era military and believes it urgently needs to do so in order to confirm its self-proclaimed status as a major world power.
Vladimir Popovkin, Russia's deputy defence minister, said the rearmament programme would be sweeping.  "The main task is the modernisation of the armed forces," he said. "Nineteen trillion roubles (406 billion) will be allocated for this. We are not interested in purchasing any foreign weapons or military equipment."
Deputy defence minister Vladimir Popovkin boasted that the shopping spree would reshape the Russian navy, giving it 35 new corvettes, 15 new frigates and 20 new submarines, eight of which would be nuclear-powered and armed. In total, he estimated, the navy, which is currently badly trailing the US navy in terms of modern ships, would take delivery of 100 new vessels before 2020.

Russia's air force, which performed inconsistently during the country's brief and victorious war against Georgia in 2008, will also be refitted and be given 600 new planes and 1,000 new helicopters before 2020.

The planes will mostly be modern Sukhoi 34 and 35 fighters, while the helicopters will include Mi-8 helicopter gunships and the bigger Mi-26 heavy lift cargo helicopters. The country's fearsome TU-160 strategic nuclear bombers, the same planes that have begun to probe the limits of the UK's airspace in recent years, will also be completely modernised.

Much of the enormous spend will be channelled into Russia's strategic missile forces with several hundred mobile S-400 and S-500 defence missile systems on order and a new intercontinental ballistic missile in development capable of carrying ten nuclear warheads.



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 February 21 - California School District Battles Truancy with GPS
 Article: Miscellaneous

Students with a tendency towards truancy in California's Anaheim Union High School District are being assigned GPS units to make sure they're going to school on time, according to The Orange County Register. The GPS units are the size of a (chunky) cellphone and are developed by Dallas-based AIM Truancy Solutions, which operates in more than 100 middle and high schools in three states.

The Anaheim Union High School District is part of a volunteer six-week pilot program that is outfitting seventh and eighth grade students who have more than three unexcused absences with these devices. In Austin, Texas, where this experiment also ran, it was used for middle and high school students who had racked up between 20 to 25 absences.

When asked by the Orange County Register why the devices are handheld rather than strapped to the students, Miller Sylvan, regional director of AIM Truancy Solutions, said, "We don't want to criminalize the kids or have them wear any bracelet or something around their ankle that would stigmatize them."

Every school day, the participants receive an automated phone call reminding them to get to school on time. They are then required to enter a code that tracks their location during their departure for school, arrival at school, lunch period, departure from school and at 8 p.m., the Register reports.

But perhaps carrying a GPS unit and regularly logging one's location is better than the alternative: Police Investigator Armando Pardo told the Register that if the District Attorney prosecutes, truant students could be sent to juvie and get smacked with a $2000 fine.



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 February 28 - Buddhists and Christians pray together for religious freedom in places where Buddha lived
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Christianity Uniting With Other Relgions

Hundreds of Buddhist religious leaders from around the world met in Nepal last Thursday and Friday. They were joined by Christian and Hindu religious leaders. The purpose of the event was to pray together for peace and greater religious freedom for minorities.

The two-day meeting began at the Buddhist temple in Bauddhanath (Kathmandu) and ended in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. Organised by the Buddhist World Peace Association, the initiative will go on the road to Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, South Korea and other predominantly Buddhist nations. It will also travel to an additional 50 nations.

According to Kenseng Lama, one of the organiser of the Nepali event, the prayer meeting is meant to counter rising conflicts and the repression of religious minorities. The initiative will be taken to countries where religious freedom is violated, like Myanmar. Slogans will change in such locations to avoid friction with the authorities. "We Nepalis prayed to see the right to freedom of religion enshrined in a new constitution," Lama said.

A number of Christian religious leaders, both Catholic and Protestant, joined Buddhist religious leaders in prayer vigils.

"We support the event," said Binod Thapa, a Protestant leader, "because like Buddhists we want more religious freedom."

"Under the new government, minority rights and the separation between state and religion are among the new founding principles of the new constitution," he noted. Yet, Christians in Kathmandu and other Nepali cities still do not have a place to bury their dead, and are still threatened by Hindu extremists.



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 March 1 - Food prices to skyrocket, riots could follow, suggests USDA
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

When the upswing in commodity prices eventually makes its way throughout the food system in mid-to-late 2011, food prices are sure to spike with levels potentially reaching those of 2008, announced U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economist Ephraim Leibtag at the agency's annual Outlook Forum. And if conditions escalate rapidly, there is also the potential for food riots and other civil unrest.

The USDA is predicting a 3.5 percent increase in food prices in 2011, which is about twice the overall inflation rate but less than the 2008 increase, according to a recent Reuters report. In 2008,
food prices rose 5.5 percent, which represents the highest increase since 1990. But the possibility of food prices dramatically rising in 2011 like they did in 2008 is a definite possibility.

Leibtag also explained the agency's
expectation of a four percent rise in costs for meats, poultry, and fish; a 3.5 percent increase for fruits and vegetables; a four percent increase for cereals and bakery products; and a three percent increase in sugar and sweets costs. All increases represent anywhere from a 20 to 60 percent increase over last year's increases.

In 2008, food shortages and rapid price increases led to riots in 25 different countries around the world. And the same may happen again, including even in the US, due to factors like the devaluation of the dollar, crop losses, rising oil costs, and other economic factors (http://www.naturalnews.com/031408_f...).

The warning serves as a wake-up call to Americans to take back their land and begin growing more food on the local and regional scale. According to statistics from Farm Aid, a family
farming advocacy group, roughly five million US farms have been lost since the 1930s, and about 330 farmers
every week leave their land. If this trend continues, the situation will only worsen.

Factory farming operations have essentially replaced local farming throughout the country.
And government policies like subsidization of genetically-modified (GM) crops only continues to drive small-scale farmers off their land and exacerbate the problem.


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 March 1 - Peace in a Globalized Economy with Tony Blair
 Article: One World Religion

Dr. Rick Warren and Saddleback Church will host Tony Blair on Sunday, March 6 at the Civil Forum on Peace in A Globalized Economy. At the Forum, Warren will engage Blair, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1997 to June 2007, in candid conversation regarding his work in the Middle East peace process, and his role as the founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

"We are honored to have Tony Blair join us for this Civil Forum," said Rick Warren, founding pastor of the Orange County, Calif., mega church and author of the best-selling book, "The Purpose Driven Life." "His work as Prime Minister has truly contributed to subjugating the five global giants, which we work to fight in the Saddleback PEACE Plan. I am looking forward to engaging in discussion regarding how government, business and the Church can continue to help efforts toward peace."
 
Warren and Blair will talk about efforts to alleviate the five global giants Warren has identified in his PEACE Plan, including pandemic diseases, extreme poverty, illiteracy, self-centered leaders and spiritual emptiness. Warren's PEACE Plan seeks to mobilize millions of Christians around the world to Promote reconciliation, Equip servant leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick and Educate the next generation. 

"As my wife Kay and I have been implementing the PEACE Plan in 68 developing countries, we have seen first-hand many of the hundreds of thousands of lives that have been changed through Prime Minister Blair's efforts," Warren said. "I hope that this Forum will enlighten American people on Mr. Blair's work in partnering and bringing about this process of change."
 
At the upcoming Civil Forum, Blair is expected to discuss the situation in the Middle East, and its impact not only on the region but in the wider world. He will also discuss the challenges that globalization brings to the modern world, and the reasons why he has set up his Faith Foundation as a way of building peaceful co-existence and understanding of why religion matters in the world.  

The event will be held in the main auditorium of Saddleback Church on March 6 at 6:00 p.m. PDT. All free tickets were distributed to Saddleback Church attendees. No additional general admission tickets are available. Saddleback Church will have overflow venues available on the Saddleback Campus for anyone wishing to view the event via video feed and will also stream live online at http://www.SaddlebackCivilForum.com.
 



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 February 25 - Placing the Crucifix at the Center of the Altar
 Article: Roman Catholc Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
 
IN THE PAST WHEN WE HAVE COMMENTED ON THE UNBIBLICAL DOGMAS AND OCCULTIC PRACTICES OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE NAME OF CHRIST, WE HAVE BEEN ATTACKED BY ROMAN CATHOLICS WHO SAY WE ARE "BASHING" THEM. THEREFORE, WE WILL MAKE NO COMMENT ON THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE
 
Throughout its history, the Church has established sensible signs that would help the faithful to elevate their souls to God. 

The Council of Trent, referring in particular to the Holy Mass, motivated this habit by recalling that "human nature is such that it cannot be easily elevated to the meditation of divine things without external aids: on account of this the Church, as a loving Mother, has established certain rites.to render more evident the majesty of such a great sacrifice and to introduce the minds of the faithful, with these visible signs of religion and piety, to the contemplation of the sublime realities hidden in this sacrifice" (DS, 1746).

One of the oldest signs consists in turning to the east to pray. The east is symbol of Christ, the sun of justice. "Erik Peterson demonstrated the close connection between prayer toward the East and the cross, evident connection at the latest for the post Constantinian period.

We limit ourselves to conclude quoting Benedict XVI: "It is not necessary in prayer, and more than that, it is not even appropriate to look at one another reciprocally; much less so when receiving Communion. [...] In an exaggerated and misunderstood implementation of 'celebration toward the people,' in fact, the crosses at the center of the altars were removed as a general norm  -- even in the basilica of St. Peter in Rome -- so as to not obstruct the view between the celebrant and the people. However, the cross on the altar is not an impediment to sight, but rather a common point of reference.

"It is an 'iconostasi' that remains open, which does not impede being mutually in communion, but is a mediator and still signifies for everyone the image that concentrates and unifies our sight. I dare to propose the thesis that the cross on the altar is not an obstacle, but the preliminary condition for the celebration 'versus populum.' Also made clear with this would be the distinction between the liturgy of the Word and the Eucharistic prayer. Whereas the first is about proclamation and hence of an immediate reciprocal relationship, the second has to do with community adoration in which all of us continue to be under the invitation: 'Conversi ad Dominum' -- let us turn toward the Lord; let us convert to the Lord!" ("Teologia della Liturgia," p. 536).



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 March 3 - New American Bible changes some words such as "holocaust"
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
 
UTT has a question: who gives the pope, or perhaps the pope's men (the Jesuits), the right to change the original meaning of words in the Bible to fit the Roman Catholic view of things that is unbiblical? So what is next on the list? Will they try and make the word of the pope the Word of God? It seems like they are trying to make the Word of God the words of men and women! Will anyone stand up and protest?
 
A new edition of one the most popular English-language Bibles will offer substitutes for words such as "booty" and "holocaust" to better reflect modern understanding, a Catholic group said on Wednesday.

Nearly 50 scholars from all faiths and a committee of Roman Catholic bishops have labored since 1994 over the first fresh edition of the New American Bible since 1970, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said.

The annual best-seller to be issued by a dozen publishers beginning next week on Ash Wednesday "is a beautiful translation -- it's a new way to look at an old love," said Mary Sperry, who oversees Bible licensing for the bishops.

The changes go beyond a few words being altered, and include freshly-written notes that should help readers better understand the Catholic church's interpretation of biblical concepts, Sperry said. The Book of Psalms contains over 70,000 words, both text and notes, she said.

For example, the word "holocaust," which for most people refers to the World War Two genocide of Jews, was changed to "burnt offerings," which clarifies the original, positive idea of making offerings to God. "Booty," which has come to have a sexual connotation, was changed to "spoils of war;" and "cereal," which many think of as breakfast food, became "grain" to reference loads of wheat.

In a change in a passage in Isaiah 7:14 that foretells the coming of Jesus and his birth to a virgin mother, the 1970 edition's reference to "the virgin" will become "the young woman," to better translate the Hebrew word "almah."

The new edition will revert to more poetic versions of Psalm 23 to have it read, "I walk through the valley of the shadow of death," instead of "dark valley." And "I will dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come" was changed to "for endless days," which Sperry said carried a more profound and hopeful meaning.



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 March 6 - TSA, DHS plan massive rollout of mobile surveillance vans with long-distance X-ray capability, eye movement tracking and more
 Article: One World Government

Newly-released documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) reveal that the US Depart of Homeland Security has been working on plans to roll out a new wave of mobile surveillance technologies at train stations, stadiums and streets. These new technologies will track your eye movements, capture and record your facial dimensions for face-recognition processing, bathe you in X-rays to look under your clothes, and even image your naked body using whole-body infrared images that were banned from consumer video cameras because they allowed the camera owners to take "nude" videos of people at the beach.

Most importantly, many of these technologies are designed to be completely hidden, allowing the
government to implement "covert inspection of moving subjects." You could be walking down a hallway at a sports stadium, in other words, never knowing that you're being bathed in X-rays from the Department of Homeland Security, whose operators are covertly looking under your clothes to see if you're carrying any weapons.

According to a Forbes.com article (
http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenbe...), one project pursued by DHS using technology from Siemens would "mount backscatter x-ray scanners and video cameras on roving vans, along with other cameras on buildings and utility poles, to monitor groups of pedestrians, assess what they carried, and even track their eye movements."

Another project involved developing "a system of long range x-ray scanning to determine what metal objects an individual might have on his or her body at distances up to thirty feet."

Under the new Janet Napolitano regime, all Americans are now considered potential terrorists, and anyone can be subjected to government-sanctioned
radiation scanning at any time, without their knowledge or approval. And don't think these efforts will be limited merely to backscatter technology: The TSA is now testing full-power, deep-penetrating X-ray machines (like the ones that deliver chest X-rays in hospitals)
in order to check people for bombs they may have swallowed. Yes, Janet Napolitano now wants to look inside your colon! And they're willing to X-ray everyone -- without their consent -- in order to do that.


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 March 5 - Monstrance blessed by John Paul II used at St. Mary Magdalene church
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
 
If you read the following article then there is no need for a comment. If you can find any hint of biblical Christianity in the belief that you can place Jesus Christ in a container to worship and adore, please let us know and we will be glad to take down the article. Sometimes, it is better to let the deceived explain what they believe themselves than it is to help them out. Therefore, no further comment.
 
A monstrance blessed by Pope John Paul II was used recently in worship at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. The monstrance -- which holds the Eucharistic host -- was blessed by the late pope in 2004. The monstrance was used when St. Mary Magdalene had the honor to sponsor a series of holy hours to promote Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations Awareness to the Ordained Ministry and Consecrated Life.

Catholics believe since the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, the actual elements of bread and wine retain their appearance, but are transubstantiated into the body and blood of Christ. Catholicism teaches that ordained priests, during the rite of ordination after the prayer of consecration, receive the power from the Holy Spirit to transform this physical appearance into Christ's body and blood.

Eucharistic Adoration is, therefore, the act of focusing one's attention on God in a consecrated host placed for veneration in a sacred vessel called a monstrance.

On Nov. 24, 2004, Pope John Paul II commissioned and blessed six monstrances which were presented -- one each -- to six continents to promote Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations Awareness worldwide. The blessed monstrances serve as a symbol of the connection between the Eucharist and priestly vocations.

Closing day on Sunday included Benediction, or blessing of the congregation, with the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance by Deacon Dave Sandlin. Use of a cope -- a cloak like vestment -- and humeral veil -- a scarf-like liturgical garment -- so that out of respect no hands touch the monstrance, are a custom of the ritual.

The experience of this worship-filled week of adoration helped those present to see the deep love and reverence that faithful Catholics have for God and His church. The events offered an opportunity for worshippers to join together in prayer -- asking God to send more laborers into the harvest and to simply come to adore and be with Jesus and learn from Him through silent prayer.



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 March 2 - Droves of bald eagles dropping from skies in Canada
 Article: Signs Of The Last Tmes

Bald eagles in the Comox Valley of British Columbia, Can., are having a difficult time finding food these days. A recent report in The Province explains that the birds are literally starving and falling from the sky, adding to the string of strange animal events that has occurred in numerous places around the world in the past few months (http://www.naturalnews.com/031041_a...).

"This is the most we have ever had," said Maj Birch, manager of the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, concerning
the excessive number of starving and dying eagles the group has seen in recent days. "Many of them are downed before they are brought in. They are on the ground and they're too weak to fly away. Some of them are actually falling out of the sky."

According to reports, the center has taken in roughly 20 bald eagles since the beginning of the year, many of them severely malnourished, lacking body fat, laden with parasites, and generally in poor health. And while a certain number of them normally end up in the center every year, the rate thus far in 2011 is abnormal.

Bald eagles in the region typically feed on chum
salmon because the fish are rich in necessary oils and fats that help keep the birds sustained throughout the winter. But experts believe that poor stocks of chum salmon last year have left the birds without enough food this year, which has driven many of them to local landfills to scavenge through the trash. "If they can't find the carrion (meat), they go to the dump, and the problem with the dump ... is you get a lot of poisoning," said Robin Campbell from the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, to The Province.

Experts say the lack of chum salmon is likely due to pollution and overfishing, as well as recent heavy rains that allegedly washed many of the dead salmon out to sea. But the precise reason for the salmon shortage and the rise in eagle
starvation
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 March 2 - 'Extend Catholic-Jewish amity to Islam'
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religion Uniting With Roman Catholics

The historic reconciliation between Jews and Roman Catholics over the past 40 years should be extended to Muslims to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, a senior Jewish official has said.  

The regular dialogue the two faiths have maintained since the Catholic Church renounced anti-Semitism at the Second Vatican Council, should be "a model for transformed relations with Islam," Rabbi Richard Marker told an interfaith conference.

"The focus of the world is no longer specifically on Jewish- Christian amity. We must, for so many reasons, involve the third of our Abrahamic siblings... Islam."  

Christian and Jewish leaders increasingly meet their Muslim counterparts to seek common ground and better understanding, but none of these discussions have the history or depth of the Catholic-Jewish dialogue officially begun in 1971.  

In those 40 years, the Catholic Church has apologized for its sins against the Jewish people and recognized Judaism as its spiritual "elder brother," a step that Jewish leaders praise as a historic change in perspective.

"Many Jews have organized Jewish-Catholic dialogue so it is totally focused on what we Jews think are Christian failures," he said. "This situation cannot continue much longer." Catholic officials were unlikely to want to continue such a one-sided dialogue, he said, and some Jews see the need to define their role in an increasingly pluralist world.  



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