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 July 1 - Episcopal Church in Maryland to Convert to Catholicism
 Article:Ecumencal Movement - Misc.

Comment from Understand the Times:
The pathway to Rome is becoming clear, at least to those who have some discernment left. Many who once had some discernment, see ecumenism as sound doctrine. According to the Bible, ecumenism sets up the religion for the antichrist and is antichristian.

The Rev. Mark Lewis now offers a prayer every Sunday morning that centuries ago would have been considered an homage to the enemy. It's a prayer for the bishop of Rome, the pope and all the Catholic bishops and priests.

Lewis chants, "For Benedict our Pope ... Let us prayer to the Lord." And the congregation sings its answer, "Lord, have mercy."

The distinctly Roman Catholic offering is the outward sign of an inner spiritual journey. St. Luke's Church in Bladensburg, Md., will become later this year the first American Episcopal Parish to convert to Catholicism, Anglicanism's one-time nemesis.

"What really drew us was the apostolic authority, the oneness of the faith of the people," Lewis said "That's what we really wanted, and I don't think you have that in Anglicanism."

Today, the Episcopal Church, with nearly 1.5 million members, is one of thousands of Christian denominations in the U.S. Its recent conflicts over the ordination of gays and women and the blessing of same-sex unions have caused some congregations to seek more conservative branches.

But that was not an option for St. Luke's. Lewis says he felt that the same problem would persist. There was no authority concerning who would have the final interpretation of scripture over the most controversial issues the church is facing.

In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI created a special Ordinariate, a path through which Anglicans could reconcile with Rome and come back to the Roman Catholic flock. In some circles it's been called the religious equivalent of sheep stealing.

Deigh is happy to convert, saying, "I like it. To me, it's like going home. That's where the original church was. We are all one."

Parishioner Randy King says for him the conversion brings needed certainty. "We have a church that doesn't change. We don't have to worry one day or the other what is going to be said from the pulpit."

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 July 12 - US government caught in fake vaccination program harvesting DNA from civilians to target terrorists
 Article: One World Governement

An investigation by The Guardian reveals that CIA agents organized a fake vaccination scheme to harvest DNA from innocent civilians as part of a secret intelligence operation. The scheme was carried out in the town of Abbottabad, where Bin Laden's family was believed to be hiding. And the purpose of the vaccination scheme was to acquire the DNA of Bin Laden family members in order to identify where Bin Laden was hiding.

This is
the first time the mainstream media has gone public with a story admitting that vaccines are used as weapons of war, and it proves that vaccination programs sometimes have nothing to do with public health at all (and everything to do with killing people, which was the entire purpose of locating Bin Laden)
It also shows that vaccinations can be used to harvest DNA without the knowledge of the vaccine recipients. This isn't even new: The U.S. government openly admitted in 2007 that it harvests the DNA of newborn babies and keeps a "DNA database" of nearly all newborns.

It's all described in a law called The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007 which mandates that blood samples from newborns be harvested in order to extract DNA information which is held by the U.S. government. This is all done without parental consent. Hospitals do this secretly and quietly, not raising any alerts or questions over the practice. Most parents have no idea the blood of their baby is being secretly held by the U.S. government.

But now we see something far worse: The setting up of a fake vaccination drive whose purpose was solely to harvest DNA in order to track the location of an individual slated to be murdered by the U.S. government. According to The Guardian, the CIA agents even launched the fake vaccination scheme in a poor part of town just to make it look real. They also canvassed the town with vaccination posters that encouraged people to go get vaccinated.
This program was conducted in total violation of medical ethics, using a doctor and a fictitious vaccination program to trick people into giving up their DNA -- a blatant violation of human rights as well as international law. This proves that so-called "medicine" can be used as a cover story to conduct illicit government operations with the sole purpose of ending life, not protecting life. Keep that in mind the next time you consider having a needle jabbed in your arm that the government says is "perfectly safe" for you. That's what they told the children in Pakistan, too.
There is also strong evidence that vaccine programs are used around the world right now as a way to reduce the population through chemically-induced infertility. Bill Gates, who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to vaccine programs in developing nations, openly describes vaccines as part of an effort to "lower [the population] by 10 or 15 percent."

Additional Article  http://www.prisonplanet.com/newborns-dna-routinely-harvested-for-government-bio-banks.html

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 News Alert July 10 - Green Bay Bishop David Ricken leads Mass as Lifest ends in Oshkosh
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Protestants Uniting With Roman Catholics

Comments From Understand The Times

A news item titled Green Bay Bishop David Ricken leads Mass as Lifest ends in Oshkosh has caught the attention of UTT researchers. UTT is therefore compelled to post a news alert. A better title for this article from our perspective could have been "Greg Laurie Joins Hands With Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest At Wisconsin Ecumenical Gathering."

While the whole article is very revealing, please note the following portion:

Protestant devotions, a children's service and the Catholic Mass each were held separately before joint worship at 11 a.m. on the grandstand featuring Lenz; Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., and head of the international Harvest Crusades; and acclaimed worship leader Lincoln Brewster.

During the five-day event, the diocese held special activities for festival-goers such as handing out free Holy Hotdogs, Blessed Brats and Sacred S'mores, said the Rev. Daniel Schuster, diocese vocation director and a Lifest speaker." It was very successful and created a bridge between the different (faith) communities that are here," he said. That's the goal of Lifest, Lenz said.

UTT has been warning about the direction Calvary Chapel has been headed for several years. Just a few days ago UTT published an article written jointly with Lighthouse Trails called "The Jesuit Agenda." If you want to have a perspective of what was going on in Wisconsin, you will find this article very interesting.

This is one more example showing where the Calvary Chapel movement is headed. When one goes down the road of ecumenism, very seldom is there a recovery.

In June of 2005 at a Calvary Chapel Pastor's conference, Jon Courson introduced the idea that communion is more than a remembrance. Rather than Calvary Chapel leadership dealing with that issue then, the tape of Jon Courson's message (according to Paul Smith who was then the CCCOF head) was locked away in a safe. This reminds us of the numerous Billy Graham letters that are also sealed away until a date following his death. Is there a reason that this information is not been made public now?

This is just one more indicator that there are big problems ahead for the Calvary Chapel movement that seems to be moving further away from the Word of God.

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 News Alsert July 14 - Bishop Ricken Looks to Future of Marian Shrine: Updated
 Article: One World Religion

Since Greg Laurie shared the platform in Oskosh, Wisconsin at the Lifest Celebration with Roman Catholic Bishop Ricken, another news item now places Laurie and Ricken in the headlines. This time it is the fascination with Marian apparitions that Ricken supports and has been promoting.

It is well known that Jesuits are behind the devotion to "Our Lady of Peace" also called the "Queen of Heaven." This will be an important part of developing a One World Religion for Peace that will usher in the Antichrist.

The questions that need to be asked are these: Why would Greg Laurie endorse Roman Catholic Jesuit Bishop Ricker by sharing the platform with him at the Lifest gathering? Is Laurie aware of the damage he has done to Calvary Chapel by doing this or is this just part of the game plan? While this is only speculation, one could also ask, why does Laurie link hands with Rick Warren who has linked hands with the Pope of Rome through Tony Blair for the P.E.A.C.E. Plan? Would someone (for example) Chuck Smith or Brian Brodersen please stand up and explain what is happening to the Calvary Chapel movement?

Please watch the following video clip and read the news item which will highlight this information.

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 News Alsrt June 27 - Genetic Modification Gone Wild: 10 Signs That Our World May Be Destined To Resemble A Really Bad Science Fiction Movie
 Artcle:Cloning And Genetic Engineering

Comment from Understand the Times:
For those on our mailing list who have been familiar with Roger Oakland's ministry, you will find the following article very interesting. For over three decades we have been warning about the direction mankind has been headed in the area of tinkering with life and genetic manipulation. We were sounding the alarm even before genetic engineering or cloning had been accomplished. The claims about what was coming by scientists who felt they were capable of playing God seemed more like science fiction.
The warning we gave at that time was simple. When man chooses to play God, he will eventually be wiped out by God. As it was in the days of Noah, it is the same now - maybe worse. This is one more major sign that mankind is walking on thin ice. When you read this article you will be shocked.
Get ready! Judgment is coming.
Did you know that today scientists are actually producing mice that tweet like birds, cats that glow in the dark, "monster salmon", "spider goats", cow/human hybrids, pig/human hybrids and even mouse/human hybrids? The very definition of life on earth is changing right before our eyes. Many scientists believe that genetic modification holds the key to feeding the entire planet and healing all of our diseases, but others are warning that genetic modification could literally transform our environment into a desolate wasteland and cause our world to resemble a really bad science fiction movie. For decades, scientists around the globe have been fooling around with DNA and have been transplanting genes from one species to another. But now technology has advanced so dramatically that just about the only thing limiting scientists are their imaginations.

The things you are about to read about below are truly bizarre. In recent years, science has really "pushed the envelope" and scientists all over the planet are quite eager to push it even farther. The following are 10 signs that our world may be destined to resemble a really bad science fiction movie....

#1 In China, scientists have inserted human genes into the DNA of dairy cow embryos. At this point, approximately 200 hybrid cows have been successfully produced. These cows can produce milk that is virtually identical to human breast milk. The scientists hope to have huge herds of these cows producing an alternative to human breast milk soon, and they hope to have this "milk" sold in global supermarkets within 3 years.

#2 In Canada, scientists at the University of Guelph in the province of Ontario have produced what they are calling "enviropigs". These "enviropigs" have had genes from mice spliced into them, and according to the scientists they produce less phosphorous in their poop so they are being touted as environmentally friendly. Authorities in both the U.S. and Canada are evaluating whether or not to allow these "enviropigs" into the food supply.

#3 Scientists in Japan have created a genetically modified mouse that tweets like a bird.

#4 One U.S. corporation can now produce a very muscular "monstor salmon" which can grow up to three times as fast as normal salmon do.

#5 Science can now produce cats that glow in the dark. A genetically modified cat created by scientists named Mr. Green Genes was the very first fluorescent cat in the United states. But Mr. Green Genes was not the first "glow in the dark cat" in the world. That honor went to a cat created by a team of scientists in South Korea.

#6 In Japan, scientists have discovered that they can grow rat organs inside of mice. The researchers hope to use the same technology to grow human organs inside of pigs.

#7 But Japan is not the only one doing this kind of research. In Missouri, entities that are part pig and part human are being grown with the goal of providing organs for human transplants.

#8 Scientists at Rockefeller University have injected human genes into mice. These "humanized mice" are being used to study the spread of the hepatitis C virus.

#9 U.S. scientists have discovered that they can actually "grow" new human organs from scratch. The following is a quote from a recent Newsweek article...It might sound like science fiction, but growing new organs from scratch has already become reality. In addition to bladders, scientists have engineered new skin, bone, cartilage, corneas, windpipes, arteries, and urethras.

#10 Believe it or not, a company in Canada known as Nexia has actually taken goats and has genetically modified them to be part spider. The genetic modification process causes these "spider goats" to produce spider silk protein in their milk. This spider silk protein is collected, purified and spun into incredibly strong fibers. These fibers are apparently more durable than Kevlar, more flexible than nylon, and much stronger than steel.

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 July 12 - Giving teachers confidence to engage pupils on beliefs - Belfast Telegraph
 Article: One World Religion

At a recent forum exploring educational options for the future of Northern Ireland, several influential public figures - including Baroness May Blood - made it clear that the best way forward is for schools to be religion-free zones. This solution seems tantalising in two ways - in its simplicity and in its ability to unite those from a varied range of political, religious and non-religious positions.

Yet around the world there are many others who see that now, more than ever, is a time to engage our young people with issues of faith, belief and values in an educational environment. Among them is former prime minister Tony Blair, who is now patron and founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

This worldwide inter-faith organisation runs a schools programme called Face to Faith. The programme facilitates inter-faith dialogue through video-conferencing and online collaboration with the aim of providing young people with the knowledge and skills needed for meaningful inter- and intra-faith dialogue across a range of cultures.

For this reason, last year I contacted the Blair foundation to ask if, using my influence as an educator, I could help to create an opportunity for schools to learn more about the Face to Faith project. The end result was that, last month, teachers from eight schools participated in a one-day training event on the project at Stranmillis University College in Belfast.

During the session, the teachers had the rare opportunity to chat with Tony Blair during a video conference. He told the teachers: "Young people have an enormous appetite to learn about others who are different from them" and he emphasised the positive value of enabling pupils to discuss faith issues and beliefs. Jo Malone, Face to Faith international co-ordinator at the foundation, introduced teachers to the basics of video-conferencing as well as the learning materials and cooperative learning techniques at the heart of the programme.

There were also international contributions from experienced inter-faith facilitators in India and Lebanon who stressed the benefits of Face to Faith, not only for encouraging dialogue and empathy between young people, but helping them to connect with their own faith traditions. It was particularly positive that the launch of Face to Faith in Northern Ireland involved schools from across the range of management-types (Controlled, Maintained and Integrated) and it is hoped that the programme spawns local as well as international collaboration.

I left with the strong impression that a culture of sharing is emerging as an integral aspect of our education system. In both cases I look forward to seeing what the future brings.

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 July 12 - Ahmadinejad: Israel is greatest threat in Mideast
 Article: Israel And The :Last Days

Israel poses the greatest threat in the Middle East and regional states should take the necessary steps to contain it, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said late Monday as he met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the Fars news agency reported.

"Effort should be made to take all measures to contain this fake regime," Ahmadinejad said in the meeting. He warned that "any move in line with the Zionist regime's goals and objectives means committing suicide."

Ahmadinejad called on neighboring countries to remain vigilant against foreign plotters and to prevent external meddling, according to the report.

On Tuesday, Davutoglu met with other Iranian officials as part of his visit saying that regional dynamics will direct and implement a "very dynamic transformation process" in the Middle East, Today's Zaman reported.

"For this reason, there is a need for very close consultations with friendly and neighbor countries that might have an influence on regional developments," Davutoglu told the press in Tehran.

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 July 12 - Interfaith worship provides education, understanding
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Christians Uniting Wth Other Religions

Imagine the primary Sunday morning service in a Christian church that begins with a 9-year-old Muslim boy offering the Islamic Call to Prayer, followed by a woman lighting candles on a table set with bread, wine and grape juice and offering the Jewish prayers that begin the Sabbath worship, followed by an Episcopal priest offering the "collect of the day."

So began the interfaith service over the weekend at Christ Episcopal Church in Dearborn. Parishioners specifically requested the service after reading about the national "Faith Shared" project, organized by Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First. The challenge in planning such a service was in knowing who from the other faith traditions to invite to help organize and participate in the service.

The service included portions of Muslim, Jewish and Christian worship, honoring each tradition in the process. Beginning with each tradition's call to prayer and worship, the service included readings from and reflections on the sacred texts of the Torah and the Gospels, plus a reading from the Quran, chanted in Arabic and translated into English.

Katz also shared the "Parashah" of the week - the Torah portion read that week in synagogues all over the world. Younes followed the sharing of the Torah portion with a reading from the Quran. Prayers over a meal were offered by each tradition, and the bread, wine and juice were shared among the gathered congregation.

Each component of the worship offered the comparable element from each tradition. To us, the only unusual aspect of the service was that the various elements were woven into a typical order for a Sunday morning worship service in the Episcopal Church.

Dearborn is a special community that honors its diversity and enjoys sincere hospitality and compassion among the people of this city. While this worship service was a first for the community, it is just one example of the many ways that Jews, Christians and Muslims work together and learn from each other, for the good of all.

Hearing each other's prayers and learning about our diverse faith traditions are ways to move forward to break down our cultural, ethnic and religious segregation, which is often far too pronounced in greater metropolitan Detroit. The more we learn about the faith-based practices of our neighbors who might dress differently, eat different foods and speak different languages, the more we find our commonality as human beings and underscore our similar missions of unity, peace, community-building and mutual understanding.

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 July 13 - New Bible to Go on Public Release, Changes Jesus 'Son of Man' to 'the Human One'
 Article: Miscellaneous

The new edition of the Common English Translation (CET) will be released in print and made available to the public for the first time on August 1, publicist Audra Jennings has told The Christian Post.

The publisher of the new version is hoping it will make the Bible understandable and attractive to as many people as possible. To that end, the new edition of the CET has made several "bold" translation choices, including changing Jesus' "Son of Man" title to "the Human One."

With the complete edition of the Common English Translation arriving from the printers this week and rolling into stores starting next month, associate publisher Paul Franklyn said the goal of translators was to make the Bible accessible and more appealing to readers of various backgrounds and denominations.

"There are a number of translations available for conservative churches," Franklyn told The Tennessean. "This is trying to make a bridge between conservatives, moderates and liberals."

Some other changes in the Common English Translation include swapping out "alien" or "foreigner," used by some translations for passages like Leviticus 19:33-34; the Common English Translation applies the term "immigrant" instead.

The translation is also gender-inclusive, as the passage in Matthew 5:21-22 involving Jesus' teaching on the true meaning of murder shows. In the Common English Translation Jesus warns, "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with their brother or sister will be in danger of judgment."

Another translation change involves the Lord's prayer, which avoids the King James Version's "hallowed be thy name" and includes "uphold the holiness of your name" instead.

In May, Fuller Theological Seminary voted to add the Common English Bible to the NRSV and the TNIV as translations that could be required for students doing biblical studies. "We wanted something that was an academically excellent translation from Greek and Hebrew, and one that reflected our strong position regarding women in leadership," Dr. Joel B. Green, professor of New Testament Interpretation, told The Christian Post.

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 July 13 - Iran prepares for nuclear work in bunker, sources say
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Iran is preparing to install centrifuges for higher-grade uranium enrichment in an underground bunker, diplomatic sources say, a development that is likely to add to Western worries about Tehran's atomic aims.

Preparatory work is under way at the Fordow facility, tucked deep inside a mountain to protect it against any attacks, and machines used to refine uranium could soon be moved to the site near the clerical city of Qom, the sources said.

The Islamic Republic said in June it would shift production of uranium enriched to 20 percent purity to Fordow from its main Natanz plant this year and triple output capacity, in a defiant response to charges that it is trying to make atomic bombs.

Tehran only disclosed the existence of Fordow two years ago after Western intelligence detected it and said it was evidence of covert nuclear activities. The facility has yet to start operating. "They are preparing (for the centrifuges to be installed) in Fordow," one diplomatic source said.

Refined uranium can be used to fuel nuclear power reactors and also, if enriched to much higher levels, provide material for atomic arms.

But its decision in early 2010 to raise the level of enrichment from the 3.5 percent purity needed for normal power plant fuel to 20 percent worried countries that
saw it as a significant step towards the 90 percent needed for bombs.

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 July 14 - Record heat, drought, and flooding sweeps US; food supply to take a hit
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

The year 2011 is shaping up to be one of the most treacherous years in recent history, at least as far as the nation's weather patterns are concerned. While much of the Midwestern US continues to get drenched by record rainfall and torrential flooding, the Southern US is experiencing tremendous heat and drought conditions that, combined with flood conditions to the north, will have devastating effects on the nation's food supply.

For several weeks now, extreme heat conditions have afflicted much of the Southern and Midwestern US. According to the National Weather Service, Heat Advisories and Excessive Heat Warnings have been issued in 17 different states, with temperatures soaring over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (F) in many areas, and heat indexes topping 115 degrees F .

Besides threatening human life, these extreme heat conditions have contributed to the widespread destruction of US food crops
. Back in June, WATE in Knoxville, Tenn., reported that crop fields in the eastern part of the state were wilting from extreme heat conditions.
And crops are not the only thing being harmed by the heat, either. Livestock across the Midwest and South are threatened by extremely hot and humid conditions that are either limiting production of their feed, or flat-out killing them.

"High temperatures, high humidity, low wind speed -- those are the three things that really create problems for cattle in confinement," said Todd Donner, spokesman for the Kansas Livestock Association, to The Kansas City Star in a recent interview. Both crops and livestock
across the state face devastation as a result of such conditions.

To make matters even worse, many of the areas being hit by scorching heat are also experiencing devastating drought conditions that have left land parched and unusable.

A recent report in The New York Times (NYT) explains that at least 14 US states, stretching from Florida all the way to Arizona, are experiencing Dust Bowl-type conditions. Some of the worst drought areas happen to be in Texas, which NaturalNews reported back in March was experiencing its worst drought situation in over 44 years. Texas, of course, is the nation's largest cattle producer, and the second-largest producer of winter wheat, and
every single one of its 254 counties has been declared a "natural disaster area" as a result of extreme drought conditions.

This deadly combination of heat, drought, and flooding will eventually cause food prices to increase sharply as supply diminishes and demand increases. And despite the fact that the mainstream media is largely downplaying or ignoring the situation, its very real consequences will soon manifest themselves -- so now is the time to get prepared.

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 July 14 - Twelve million Africans suffering through worst drought in 60 years
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

A severe drought that spans across several east-African countries including Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, has left at least 12 million Africans in a "fight for survival," according to a recent report from MSNBC. Representing the worst drought the region has experienced since the early 1950s, humanitarian efforts there are in full swing, as hundreds of thousands of refugees continue to migrate from the worst-hit areas to those that might offer some relief.

The report indicates that Dadaab, a small town located in northeast Kenya that was built as a refugee camp, currently holds about 380,000 refugees, with an additional 10,000 more flocking there each week. Originally built for 90,000 people, Dadaab, which is the largest refugee camp in the world, has exceeded its capacity by more than 400 percent with no end in sight.

Continual conflict and wars, escalating inflation, and rapidly-rising food costs, have forced many Africans in the region to migrate wherever necessary to find relief, even if it means relocating to other less-stricken, but still stricken areas. And according to Jane Cocking, humanitarian director of Oxfam International, an international relief organization,
there are at least 12 million Africans in the area who are fighting just to survive.

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 July 15 - Communion wafer turns red in S. St. Paul -- is it miraculous?
 Article: Signs And Wondoers

Comment from Understand the Times:
The topic of "eucharistic miracles" is in the news again. Whether or not this one is declared a miracle is still up for grabs. All it takes is for the Roman Catholic clergy to make a declaration, and it will be accepted as a miracle from God.
For the record, UTT predicts that if this so called supernatural event is not declared a miracle, another mystical appearance of a "Jesus" will be just around the corner. According to those who promote the "Second Pentecost" (as Kathryn Kuhlman did), this "day of miracles" is just ahead. Jesus is supposed to appear in what the Roman Catholic church calls the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus, and there will be a great turning to God because of signs and wonders.
It is also interesting to note that Lonnie Frisbee (the so-called father of the Jesus movement and a key person apparently responsible for many young people coming to Jesus Christ in the late 60's and early 70's), was associated with Kathryn Kuhlman and her mystical powers. Please watch the following video clip of Kathryn Kuhlman to see for yourself who she was and what she said:
A consecrated host that fell to the floor last month at St. Augustine Catholic Church in South St. Paul should have dissolved soon afterward. Instead, it turned blood red.

Now Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis officials are investigating whether they have a possible miracle on their hands or if something like a fungus or bacteria could be causing the change in color.

During mass on June 19 at St. Augustine, a host was accidentally dropped on the floor. To show reverence to the wafer -- which Catholics believe becomes the actual body of Christ during the consecration -- it was placed in a chalice-like container with water so it would dissolve. Then it was to be poured into a special sink not connected to the sewer system. However, a week later, the host had not dissolved but had shrunk and turned a blood-red color. This week, the Rev. John Echert, pastor of the church, turned over to the archdiocese what was left of the host.

Instances of so-called Eucharistic miracles, such as "bleeding hosts" that emit blood, have been reported by Catholics for centuries. Archdiocese officials point out one of the most recent incidents occurred at a Catholic church in Texas. In that case, biologists determined the red coloration of the host was caused by a combination of a fungus and bacteria that were incubated in water in a glass stored in the open air.

The Catholic Church is very careful about documenting miracles, said Bruce Reichenbach, a philosophy professor at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, who has written about reason and religious belief. "Miracles are not incompatible with a natural explanation," he said.

Parishioner Mary Hover said she thinks it would be wonderful for St. Augustine if the host were deemed to be miraculous. Hover said she saw a bleeding host in Santarém, Portugal, when she was visiting Fatima, the site of reported apparitions by the Blessed Virgin Mary.

"Eucharistic miracles are a beautiful thing for the Catholic church," Hover said. "And I have seen one. It was a moving experience for me to just have that moment with that Eucharistic host.

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