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 June 21 - New Agers, neo-pagans at Stonehenge for solstice
 Article: New Age

A damp overcast morning has failed to deter thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice.

Around 18,000 neo-pagans, new agers and curious visitors gathered Tuesday in heavy rain to watch the sun rise over the ancient stone circle on the Salisbury Plain about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of London.

The celebrations are a modern twist on solstice celebrations that were a highlight of the pre-Christian calendar. Police say the event was good natured but 20 people were arrested for drug and public disorder offenses.

Stonehenge was built in three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. It is one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions with over 850,000 visitors a year.

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 June 22 - Tsunami Warning Called Off After 6.7-Quake Strikes Japan
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake off of Japan's pacific coast struck at about 21:50 UTC or early Thursday in Japan. A tsunami warning was quickly issued due to the quake but later canceled about an hour later.

Japanese and U.S. meteorologist agencies detected the earthquake and located the epicenter to be about 330 miles (530 km) north-east of Tokyo.

According to CNN.com, 8,000 people from the cities of Kamaishi and Ofunato, coastal cities, were ordered to evacuate and so far there have been no reported deaths or injuries.

This tremor may have been generated as an aftershock of the quake that hit Japan in March which killed 23,000, although this statement is yet to be confirmed.

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 June 23 - G-20 introduces food tracking system to stabilize prices
 Article: One World Government

Comment from Understand the Times:
For years, Bible prophecy believers have realized that the world's food supply will be used to control the world's population. This article shows how close this is to happening. If you do not believe the Bible, you should.
The largest economies in the world agreed Thursday to a series of measures to stabilize world food prices after years of sudden fluctuations caused global instability, especially in poorer countries.

French Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire said the G-20 summit of agriculture ministers had agreed to calm the world market by establishing a transparent system to track global supplies, emergency food reserves, engage in more research into new wheat strains and create a rapid response mechanism to deal with drought in producer countries.

"It is a tour de force for the international community that lets you still believe in the power of solidarity and working together to address the big questions facing the planet, like the future of world agriculture," he told journalists.

In a reflection of the seriousness of the crisis, this is the first time agriculture and food security have been made a G20 summit topic.

"We all recognize the necessity of putting in place on the market of agricultural products new rules and regulations," Le Maire said.

One of the key aspects of the new accord is the Agricultural Market Information System that would stave off panic food speculation by making instantly available to all countries the state of world food stocks and consumption, Zoellick explained.

"What we saw when prices started to surge in 2008 was that the lack of information on stocks and availability can lead to panic in markets and panic is what leads to price hikes," said Zoellick. "Uncertainty leads to volatility."

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 News Alert - June 24 - Congress on Eucharistic Adoration meets in Rome
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from Understand the Times: :
This video clip is a must watch by all those who are on the road to Rome and know it, or on the road to Rome and don't know it. Do you want to bow down and worship a wafer instead of Jesus Christ our Savior?
The Roman Catholic Church led by the Jesuits has implemented a make believe policy that Jesus is present in the wafer that is consecrated by a priest during mass. This is supposed to be the only true Jesus. If you don't worship this Jesus, you are NOT a Christian according to the policy endorsed by Rome.
Watch the clip and see if you still want to be led like a sheep to slaughter or if you will stand up and refuse to be manipulated like those in the past who were even willing to give their life for true biblical faith.

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 June 24 - Obama to Gays: Re-Elect Me and 'I Promise You We Will Write Another Chapter' in Your Story
 Artcle: Perilous Times

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 June 27 - More Anglicans Complete Ordination into Catholic Church
 Article: Brdges To Rome

Three more former Anglican priests have been ordained into the Roman Catholic Church at the weekend

Earlier this month The Christian Post reported how seven former Church of England clergy were ordained into the Ordinariate, as part of a series of ordinations taking place over Pentecost.

A number of those joining the new Ordinariate have said they were forced to take action following the Church of England's increasing acceptance of same-sex blessings and gay clergy. Others have also cited the Church's movement towards accepting women bishops as a reason to defect to the Catholic Church.

According to the BBC, one of the three, Father Elliott, resigned from his post as the Anglican vicar of Holy Trinity in Reading in April. He moved to the Catholic Church, taking 15 of his congregants with him. Elliot has said he felt urged to take the action following Pope Benedict extending a "hand of friendship".

In excess of 900 laity have already moved to the Catholic Church and have been waiting for their clergy to complete training for Catholic priesthood at a seminary in West London.

According to The Times in London, Keith Newton, who heads up the Ordinariate, has explained that dozens more Church of England clergy are currently also considering their positions within the Anglican Church. Newton told The Times, "Every week somebody writes or e-mails asking how they can join the Ordinariate. They are often people I have never heard of before."

The Vatican announced in 2009 that it would introduce a new church structure that would allow former Anglicans to enter into "full communion" with the Catholic Church while preserving their Anglican traditions. Pope Benedict made the provision in response to the numerous requests he received from Anglicans who were unhappy with the ordination of women and noncelibate gay bishops.

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 June 24 - What would Jesus think? Churches now promote Islam / 'Spiritual treason' seen as 'something hostile to Jesus Christ himself'
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Christianity Uniiting With Other Religions

Dozens of Christian churches, from Park Hill Congregational in Denver to Hillview United Methodist in Boise, Idaho, and First United Lutheran in San Francisco to St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Honolulu, are planning to send "a message both here at home and to the Arab and Muslim world about our respect for Islam" with a time to read the Quran during worship this Sunday.

It's not just wrong, but dangerous
, according to Christian trends analysts.

The aim of the program, which is promoted by social activists behind the Faith Shared website, is to counter the message from Islamic activists who say opposition to their religion is the product of what they call a cottage industry of hate.

So the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First is calling on Christian clergy to read portions of the Quran during their services Sunday. The readings, supporters say, will "counter the anti-Muslim bigotry and negative stereotypes that have erupted throughout the country in the past year and led to misconceptions, distrust and in some cases, violence."

Not so fast, says apprising.org religious trends analyst Ken Silva. "I would think they need to have their spiritual heads examined. It's foolish to think that we're going to read something that originates with demons and read that in a Christian church," Silva said. The action amounts to "spiritual treason," he asserted.

But Silva said, "Second Corinthians 6:14-18 (the verse warning against partnering light with darkness)
says we're forbidden to do that kind of thing. It's one thing to be friendly with someone in Islam, but it's a whole other thing in a Christian community to be reading something that is antithetical to Christianity and is hostile to Jesus Christ himself."

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 June 20 - Number Of Recorded Earthquakes Rises Sharply
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

2011 is on target to record the largest number of earthquakes in a single year for at least 12 years.

Research by Irish Weather Online, using data from the US Geological Survey (USGS), has found that earthquake activity (5.0-9.9 magnitude) from 01 January to 19 June 2011 is already exceeding the total annual seismic activity for the years 2001, 2002 and 2003. 2011's total number of recorded earthquakes is also expected to exceed the most seismically active year of the past 12 years, 2007.

A total of 1,445 earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 5.0 to 9.9, have been recorded in the year up to 19 June. The total number of earthquakes recorded globally for the entire of 2007 was 2,270.

The massive earthquakes in Japan (2011), Chile (2010), Sichuan (2008), Sumatra (2005 and 2008) and Indonesia (2004) have served to remind us of the devastating impact of earthquakes on life and property. While the number of earthquakes ranging between 8.0 magnitude and 9.9 magnitude have shown no significant increases in recent years, the number of earthquakes ranging 5.0 magntiude to 7.9 magnitude is rising. In particular there has been a sharp rise during the past 12 years of moderate earthquakes in the range 5-6.9.

In the last 24 hours alone earthquakes ranging 5 magnitude or more have hit Tonga, Fiji, Panama, the South Sandwich Islands, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Peru and Indonesia.

Seismologists argue that an increase in detected earthquakes does not necessarily represent an increase in actual earthquakes. The USGS, for example, says improved global communication and enhancements in detection technology have both contributed to higher earthquake numbers being recorded over time. According to the USGS: "Although it may seem that we are having more earthquakes, earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have remained fairly constant throughout this century and, according to our records, have actually seemed to decrease in recent years."

Commenting on swarm earth activity in a specific geographical area, the USGS said :" A temporal increase in earthquake activity does not mean that a large earthquake is about to happen. Similarly, quiescence, or the lack of seismicity, does not mean a large earthquake is going to happen. A temporary increase or decrease in the seismicity rate is usually just part of the natural variation in the seismicity. There is no way for us to know whether or not this time it will lead to a larger earthquake. Swarms of small events, especially in geothermal areas, are common, and moderate-large magnitude earthquakes will typically have an aftershock sequence that follows. All that is normal and expected earthquake activity."

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 June 27 - Eucharistic adoration could transform the English Church in the not too distant future
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from Understand the Times:
Some may be wondering why UTT has been pointing readers to so many articles about the eucharist. The reason is because there are so many articles about eucharistic adoration because the pope is weaving the strings towards the One World Religion. The Roman Catholic dogma is based on the ideas that the priest can conjure up Jesus so that "Jesus" is present in a monstrance.
When this happens, look out. Bible prophecy will have been fulfilled, and lying signs and wonders will be everywhere there is a Roman Catholic Church.
First, we see a pedestrian area in a shopping street in Preston, Lancashire. It could be anywhere in the country. Suddenly, there appears a Franciscan friar. He puts on a white priestly stole. Then he rummages in the bag he is carrying and takes out a charged monstrance, which he lifts up on high. One person comes out of the crowd and kneels. Another friar reads out a long series of Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, and new Testament references to him; interspersed in this list is the refrain "Come and kneel before him now". Little by little, more and more do; by the time this extraordinary event has finished, there is a sizable kneeling crowd, which in the end burst into amazed and excited applause. Then, it is over. The friar replaces the monstrance in his bag, and walks away.

It is a very extraordinary thing that one of the despised "popular devotions" which those who went on and on, 30 years ago, about the so-called spirit of Vatican II really thought could safely be junked (along with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, so unecumenical) as part of their supposed "renewal" of the Church was adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Today, the renewal of the Church, this time the genuine article, means bringing it back.

On Sunday (when we kept Corpus Christi), the Pope told a crowd of 30,000 at the Angelus that the Eucharist "constitutes the Church's most precious treasure". It is "like the beating heart that gives life to the whole mystical body of the Church, a social organism based on the spiritual but real tie to Christ":

"Without the Eucharist, the Church simply would not exist. In fact, it is the Eucharist that transforms a human community into a mystery of communion, capable of bringing God to the world and the world to God. The Holy Spirit, which transforms bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, transforms all those who receive it with faith into members of the body of Christ, so that the Church is really a sacrament of unity of men with God and among themselves."

The day before, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury had said that Catholics should "ask our Lord what he has in mind for you" by meeting Christ "present among us in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar". Bishop Davies added that "I would like to say to each of you that where the Holy Eucharist is found you will also find the answer to the greatest questions of your lifetime".

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 June 28 - Bill Gates, Monsanto hijack 'humanitarian aid' efforts to push GMO agenda
 Article: One World Government

Those still in denial about the connection between the so-called "humanitarian" efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the bigger agenda to thrust genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) on the populations of the world (among other things), need look no further than the Golden Rice Project (GRP) for proof that things are not as they seem. Hailed as the solution to "micronutrient deficiencies in developing countries," GRP is actually nothing more than an attempted Trojan horse to usher GMOs into countries that have thus far rejected them.

According to a recent story published by Food Consumer, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $20 million to develop "golden rice," a type of GM rice that allegedly contains higher than normal levels of vitamin A. Monsanto, creator of this "Frankenrice," claims the crop will help end the epidemic of vitamin A deficiency (VAD) that afflicts many living in poor Asian countries. Sounds great, right? Except for the fact that introducing the rice threatens to actually worsen the VAD crisis, and promote economic and ecological debacles of epic proportions.

"Golden rice is a Trojan horse for pushing through GE-friendly biosafety regulations under the guise of humanitarian aid,"
reports Food Freedom. "Once in place, these regulations open the door for the biotech industry to bring in commercial, patented GE crops; USAID and Monsanto accomplished exactly this in Kenya with their sweet potato project."

Monsanto repeatedly uses the same strategy to sneak its Frankencrops into poor countries. It grabs hold of a food or agricutlure crisis, and claims it has the solution. Its solution, of course, is always the same -- persuade farmers to adopt its patented crops, and lock them into a system where they must rely on Monsanto for expensive pesticides and the yearly purchase of new, self-destructing GM seeds.

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 June 29 - Pope Tells Orthodox: Incomplete Communion That Already Unites Us Must Grow
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Roman Catholics Uniting With Other Religions

On June 28, 2011 a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople made their traditional visit to Rome for the Feast of Apostles, Peter and Paul.

Pope Benedict is the "Pope of Christian Unity". In his first Papal message he proclaimed, "Nourished and sustained by the Eucharist, Catholics cannot but feel encouraged to strive for the full unity for which Christ expressed so ardent a hope in the Upper Room. The Successor of Peter knows that he must make himself especially responsible for his Divine Master's supreme aspiration. Indeed, he is entrusted with the task of strengthening his brethren (cf. Lk 22: 32). With full awareness, therefore, at the beginning of his ministry in the Church of Rome which Peter bathed in his blood, Peter's current Successor takes on as his primary task the duty to work tirelessly to rebuild the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers. This is his ambition, his impelling duty."

There is a growing collaboration between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches in efforts to slow the collapse of Christian influence in European culture. There have been other signs of the Spirit at work in pulling these Churches to a along the path toward reestablishing communion.

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 June 29 - Minnesota Next Battleground for Homosexual Marriage
 Article: Perilous Times

Coming on the heels of New York's legalization of same-sex marriage, Minnesota is set to be one of the next battleground states for this controversial issue. A proposed constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot would limit marriage to one man and one woman.

Although Republicans who were strong-armed by Governor Andrew Cuomo were key to same-sex marriage passing in New York, voters are a much harder sell. Pro-marriage organizations such as the National Organization for Marriage and the Minnesota Family Council have a 31-state winning streak on their side when it comes to putting the issue before the people. Interestingly, former Governor Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann will each have their own say in the matter since both are registered voters in the state. Both Pawlenty and Bachmann support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

In 2004, then state Senator Michele Bachmann introduced a marriage amendment that was defeated. The state's governor at the time was Tim Pawlenty who promised to sign any pro-marriage legislation that crossed his desk.

"Our legislature wisely decided to let the people decide the issue of marriage - not politicians or activist judges," said Darrell. "For an eighteen month period people are going to talk about the issue around the dinner table, at work and at the coffee shop. I'm confident Minnesotans will come to the conclusion that marriage is important and needs to be protected. We're looking forward to a civilized debate on the issue."

Monica Meyer of OutFront Minnesota told AP, "These ballot measures are so expensive and so divisive. If we can defeat this, it sends a strong message that at some point soon these things just aren't going to be brought up at all anymore."

Bobbie Patray of Eagle Forum of Tennessee is no stranger to marriage issues. In 2006, she was a key player in helping pass Tennessee's constitutional amendment, stating marriage was between one man and one woman. "My concern is how and when we use the word 'marriage,'" said Patray. "Marriage is defined biblically as a covenant between one man and one woman. Anything else is simply a union or a legal contract. When voters are reminded of the true definition of marriage, they tend to agree it should be between a man and a woman."

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 June 29 - UK: Iran conducting secret ballistic missile tests
 Article: Wars and Runors Of Wars

Britain's foreign secretary said Wednesday that Iran had conducted covert tests of ballistic missiles alongside a 10-day program of public military maneuvers.

William Hague told the House of Commons that there had been secret experiments with missiles and rocket launchers. "Iran has ... been carrying out covert ballistic missile tests and rocket launches, including testing missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload," Hague said in a statement covering the Middle East and North Africa.

Iran has said it intends to triple its capacity to produce 20 percent enriched uranium, "levels far greater than is needed for peaceful nuclear energy," he said.

Britain believes Tehran has conducted at least three secret tests of medium-range ballistic missiles since October.

"These tests are provocative acts, directly contrary to Iran's obligations under U.N. (Security Council Resolutions)," a spokesman for the British Foreign and commonwealth Office told msnbc.com.

Iran, at loggerheads with the West over its nuclear program, is carrying out a 10-day military exercise in a show of strength it hopes will warn Israel and the United States against any attack. The U.S. and its allies insist it is aimed at developing atomic weapons - a charge Iran rejects.

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander said Tuesday that his country has the ability to produce missiles with an even greater range than those currently in its arsenal. But Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Guard's Aerospace Force, stressed that Tehran will not manufacture such missiles because Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf are already within reach.

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 June 27 - Alien encounters 'within twenty years'
 Article: Rising Interest In The Supernatural

Russian scientists expect humanity to encounter alien civilizations within the next two decades, a top Russian astronomer said on Monday.

"The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms ... Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years," said Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute, according to the Interfax news agency.

Speaking at an international forum dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life, Finkelstein said 10% of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth. If water can be found there, then so can life, he said, adding that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head. "They may have different colour skin, but even we have that," he said.

Finkelstein's institute runs a programme launched in the 1960s at the height of the cold war space race to watch for and beam out radio signals to outer space.

"The whole time we have been searching for extraterrestrial civilisations, we have mainly been waiting for messages from space and not the other way," he said

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