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October 17 - 'New Evangelization' is natural outgrowth of Church mission, Pope says
Artical: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
Comment from Understand the Times:
to ask after reading the following article is what gospel does the
pope promote as part of the "new evangelization" program? All those
who follow the pope, believe that it is the Roman Catholic church
and the sacraments that provide salvation.
This is NOT
what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches Salvation is by Jesus
Christ alone and the finished work that was done on the cross. There
is an important difference between the gospel according to the
Scriptures and the gospel according to the pope.
At his midday public audience on Sunday, October 16, Pope Benedict XVI
spoke about the importance of the "new
evangelization," especially during the coming Year of Faith.
The Holy Father told the crowd in St. Peter's Square that he had
announced the Year of Faith "to recall the beauty
and importance of the faith, and the need to strengthen and intensify in
individuals and communities." He observed that Pope Paul VI
had also proclaimed a Year of Faith in 1967, which
was, like the present, "a period of great cultural upheaval."
The Pope reminded his audience that Blessed John Paul II had
frequently spoken of the need for a
"new evangelization," without prejudice to the unceasing campaign to
bring the Gospel to new nations. His predecessor, Pope Benedict said,
was "both a strong supporter of the mission ad gentes--that is,
the mission to peoples and lands where the Gospel has not yet put down
firm roots)--and a herald of the new evangelization."
On Saturday evening the Pontiff had met with participants in a
conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the New
Evangelization, and told them that "the world
today needs people who announce and bear witness to the fact that it is
Christ Who teaches us the art of living, Who shows us the path to true
happiness, because He Himself is the path of life." The Pope added: "The
world today needs people who speak to God in order to be able to speak
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October 12 - Will Israel Bomb Iran?
Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars
In recent weeks,
intense discussions have taken place in Israeli military and intelligence
circles about whether or not to launch a military strike against
Iran's nuclear facilities. Apparently, the key question in
the debate was how to ensure that the United States took
part in the attack or, at the very least, intervened on Israel's side if the
initial strike triggered a wider war.
Reports of these discussions have caused considerable alarm in Washington and in
a number of European capitals. Some Western military experts have been
quoted as saying that the window of opportunity
for an Israeli air attack on Iran will close within two months, since the onset
of winter would make such an assault more difficult.
Concern that Israel may decide to attack without giving the
United States prior warning is thought to be the main reason for the visit to
Tel Aviv on 3 October of the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. His aim seems
to have been to rein in the Israeli hawks. Amos Harel of the Israeli daily
Haaretz summed up Panetta's message as follows: America is standing by Israel,
but an uncoordinated Israeli strike on Iran
could spark a regional war. The United States will work to defend Israel, but
Israel must behave responsibly.
At his joint press conference with Israel's Defence Minister
Ehud Barak, Panetta said: The United States is
"very concerned, and we will work together to do whatever is necessary" to keep
Iran from posing "a threat to the region." But doing so
"depends on the countries working together." He repeated the word "together"
several times. In other words, Israel should not act without an American green
According to the 6 October edition of TTU, a French intelligence bulletin,
the United States and Israel are planning an
unprecedented joint land forces exercise next May with the goal of establishing
a common "intervention force" ready for action in the event of a major regional
war. Admiral James Stavridis, head of Eurocom -- America's
European command -- paid a recent unpublicised visit to Israel for talks with
General Benny Gantz, Israel's chief of staff. According to TTU, the plan is to
set up American command posts in Israel and Israeli command posts in Eurocom.
Cooperation between the two powers has rarely been closer.
These are dangerous times in
the Middle East.
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October 14 - Gov't cameras in your car? E-toll patent hints at Big Brotherish future
Article: One World Government
Imagine that you couldn't drive on major
highways without agreeing to put a camera in your car -- one that could film
either the occupants or the vehicle's surroundings and transmit the images
back to a central office for inspection.
You don't have to read George Orwell to conjure up such an ominous
surveillance state. You just have to skim
through filings at the U.S. Patent Office.
It's hard to imagine Americans would tolerate such a
direct, Big-Brotherish intrusion. But they might not
notice if the all-seeing cameras were tucked inside another kind of
government tracking technology that millions of Americans have already
invited into their cars.
Kapsch TrafficCom AG, an Austrian company that just signed a 10-year
contract to provide in-car transponders such as the E-Z Pass to 22
electronic highway toll collection systems around the U.S., recently filed a
patent on technology to add multi-function mini-cameras to their toll
Today, transponders are in about 22 million cars around the U.S. Adding
inward and outward facing cameras to the gadgets would create surveillance
capabilities far beyond anything government agencies have tried until now.
The stated reason for an inward-pointing
camera is to verify the number of occupants in the car for enforcement of
HOV and HOT lanes. The outward-pointing camera could be used for the same
purpose, helping authorities enforce minimum occupant rules against drivers
who aren't carrying transponders.
But it's easy to imagine other
uses. The patent says
the transponders would have the ability to store and transmit pictures,
either at random intervals or on command from a central office. It would be
tempting to use them as part of a search for a lost child, for example, and
law enforcement officials might find the data treasure trove irresistible.
The gadget could also be instructed to take pictures when the acceleration
of a car "exceeds a threshold," or when accidents occur, so it could be used
like an airplane cockpit flight recorder.
Kapsch sells its technology in 41
countries around the globe, and 64 million cars worldwide have been
outfitted with its transponders, according to the firm's website. Occupant
cameras could be attractive, and more acceptable, outside the U.S.
Tien said there's nothing inherently bad about using new technology
to enforce tolls, but he cautioned against
what is sometimes called "surveillance spillover." Technology designed for
one function is inevitably used by law enforcement officials and other
government agencies in unintended ways.
"The whole tracking thing is a bogus argument," said
Wilkins. "If you have a
cell phone you are being tracked anyway. Law enforcement can get to cell
phone records just as easily (as E-Z Pass records). And the phone company
keeps that data a very long time."
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October 11 - Humanists, atheists drive for wider global impact
Article: Perilous Times
When Switzerland goes to the
polls to elect a new parliament later this month, voters in Zurich will
for the first time in the country's history have the
chance to cast their ballot for a slate of Freethinkers.
"We decided we had to stand up and tell our politicians that
it's time they recognised that there are a lot
of non-religious people in their electorate," says
42-year-old Andreas Kyriacou, who heads the list. "We, and probably
a lot of Swiss people who have never thought
about humanism or atheism, are tired of the influence the churches and
religion still exert in this country," he said in an
interview with Reuters.
His stance -- as measured by comments at other conferences around Europe
over the summer -- reflects growing
determination among humanists and atheists on all five continents to make
themselves more visible and their influence felt. Like
their counterparts in Europe and North America,
they argue that morality is based in human nature and
does not need a father-figure god to back it up with punishment in an
afterlife, in which they do not believe.
"There are more godless groups in the world than ever before,"
Sonja Eggerickx, a Belgian schools inspector who is president
of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, told the Congress. U.S.
delegates, including a serving army major who has just established an
organisation for atheists in the military, spoke of
a surge of rejection of religion in all its forms
among young Americans -- a point some recent opinion surveys back up.
Back in Zurich two weeks before the elections, Kyriacou
says there has been a good response to the campaign he and his youthful
colleagues have fought. "It is young people
who are mainly interested, and that is good for the future,"
"We don't think for a minute we will overcome the party machines.
But there is an outside chance, if the
mathematics are right, that one of us will get elected. That would be a
victory indeed for humanists everywhere."
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