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 November 25 - U.S. Declares Cold War With China
 Artical: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Last week, President Barack Obama was in Asia to declare a cold war with China. Hopefully the U.S.-China cold war won't be like the one fought with the Soviet Union that brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation and cost trillions of dollars over 60 years.

The crux of the conflict is China's attempt to assert its sovereignty over the South China Sea, a resource-rich conduit for roughly $5 trillion in annual global trade, of which $1.2 trillion is American, which U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared last year a matter of "national interest."

Beijing's assertive behavior in the South China Sea precipitated calls from Asian allies for the U.S. to deepen its involvement to be a strong counterweight. Those calls led to the formulation of Obama's new Asia strategy, which administration officials admit changes America's "military posture toward China" into something like the former East-West cold war. The first shots of the new war were heard last week.

President Obama, while traveling in Asia, fired the first rounds of the cold war when he declared the U.S. is a "Pacific nation," and we intend to play "a larger and long-term role in shaping this region and its future."

"I have directed my national security team to make our presence and missions in the Asia Pacific a top priority,"
Obama said. The region "is absolutely vital not only for our economy but also for our national security," and then the President and his representatives unveiled an avalanche of cold war-like initiatives intended to counter China's influence.

The U.S. will increase its military presence in Asia. Obama announced an agreement to permanently station 2,500 Marines in Australia, and to increase combat aircraft such as B-52 bombers and aircraft carriers traveling to Australia. This compliments 28,000 troops already stationed in South Korea, and 50,000 in Japan.

On the economic front, Obama announced an Asia Pacific free trade deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that excludes Beijing. He also used the trip as an opportunity to admonish the Chinese to "play by the rules" and repeatedly criticized Beijing for undervaluing their currency, which makes American goods more expensive.

On the diplomatic front, Obama attended the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Bali, Indonesia -
the first time an American president has attended the annual event. Obama wants the EAS to serve as a decision-making body for policy in the region.

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 November 23 - Medvedev: Russia may target missile defense sites
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if Washington goes ahead with the planned shield despite Russia's concerns, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

Russia will station missiles in its westernmost Kaliningrad region and other areas if Russia and NATO fail to reach a deal on the U.S.-led missile defense plans, he said in a tough statement that seemed to be aimed at rallying domestic support.

Russia considers the plans for missile shields in Europe, including in Romania and Poland, to be a threat to its nuclear forces, but the Obama administration insists they are meant to fend off a potential threat from Iran.

Medvedev also warned that Moscow may opt out of the New START arms control deal with the United States and halt other arms control talks if the U.S. proceeds. The Americans had hoped that the treaty would stimulate progress further ambitious arms control efforts, but such talks have stalled over tension on the missile plans.

"The United States and its NATO partners as of now aren't going to take our concerns about the European missile defense into account," a stern Medvedev said, adding that if the alliance continues to "stonewall" Russia it will take retaliatory action.

Medvedev warned that Russia will deploy short-range Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, a Baltic Sea exclave bordering Poland, and place weapons in other areas in Russia's west and south to target U.S. missile defense sites.

Medvedev added that prospective Russian strategic nuclear missiles
will be fitted with systems that would allow them to penetrate prospective missile defenses.

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 December 2 - Angela Merkel vows to create 'fiscal union' across eurozone
 Article: One World Government

Angela Merkel has vowed to create a "fiscal union" across the eurozone with wide-ranging powers to avert catastrophe, saying the process was already under way as part of the "marathon" effort to solve the European debt crisis.

The German chancellor said she was determined to push for treaty changes at next week's EU summit, and again reiterated German opposition to eurobonds.

Despite criticism that her indecisiveness is accelerating the possibility of a collapse of the single currency, Merkel preferred to focus on what had been agreed in recent months. "It's no exaggeration to say that we have achieved an incredible amount," she said. "In Europe we are now arguing and wrestling over the fine print, not about the plan as a whole," she added.

"Anyone who, a few months ago, had said that at the end of the year 2011 we would have taken very serious and concrete steps towards a European stability union, a European fiscal union with powers of enforcement, would have been considered crazy," she said. "Now, this is exactly what's on the agenda. We're almost there. Of course, there are difficulties to be overcome. But the necessity of such action is widely recognised. We're not just talking about a fiscal union but starting to create one. I believe you can't overestimate the importance of this step."

She said she wanted to "change the basis of [European] co-operation - through, for example, treaty change - in order to create a fiscal union with powers of enforcement, at least for those countries in the eurozone."

She said: "I want to stress that we are going to Brussels with the goal of treaty changes [rather than proposing wholesale new treaties] because we want to avoid a split between eurozone member states and non-eurozone members. No one should wish for such a split," she said, adding: "The eurozone should remain open for those who want to join it."

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 November 23 - Gay Marriage OK in Denmark Churches
 Article: Perilous Times

The Lutheran Church of Denmark, to which 80 percent of Danes belong, already offers short blessing ceremonies at the end of masses, but the measure set to begin next year will allow gay couple to conduct weddings in churches also.

A recent poll found that more than 60 percent of Danes are in favor of gay marriage.

New church minister of the Church of Denmark, Manu Sareen, said it was a long time coming for the Scandinavian country. "The first same-sex weddings will hopefully become reality in Spring 2012," Sareen said. "I look forward to the moment the first homosexual couple steps out of the church."

Denmark has long been a leader in gay rights. In 1989, it became the first country to allow same-sex civil unions. One of the first two men to enter into a civil union anywhere in the world, Axel Axgil, died at age 96 in October.

Though the clear majority of Danes claim to belong to the Church of Denmark, only 5 percent regularly attend church services. A portion of tax dollars collected from Danish citizens is allocated to churches and religious groups.

Historically, Christian countries, like those in Scandinavia, are facing a congregational crisis - many can't attract the numbers they used to. Last month, a Swedish pastor started "Techno Mass" at his church to lure in young worshippers.

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 November 28 - 'Anthrax isn't scary at all compared to this': Man-made flu virus with potential to wipe out many millions if it ever escaped is created in research lab
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilisation.
The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time. The research has caused a storm of controversy and divided scientists, with some saying it should never have been carried out.

The current strain of H5N1 has only killed 500 people and is not contagious enough to cause a global pandemic. But there are fears the modified virus is so dangerous it could be used for bio-warfare, if it falls into the wrong hands.

Virologist Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands lead a team of scientists who discovered that a mere five mutations to the avian virus was sufficient to make it spread far more easily.

Fouchier admitted the strain is 'one of the most dangerous viruses you can make' but is still adamant he wants to publish a paper describing how it was done.

Paul Keim, chairman of NSABB, said: 'I can't think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one. I don't think anthrax is scary at all compared to this.'

'We don't want to give bad guys a road map on how to make bad bugs really bad,'
he said.

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 November 23 - Three faiths to worship together in Edinburgh mosque
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Protestants Uniting With Other Religions

Comment from Understand the Times:
The following interfaith meeting fits into Rick Warren's ecumenical plan for peace and doing good things together with other religions.

In what may be a 'first' in Britain, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will share worship with leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities at a mosque.

On Friday 25 November the Rt Rev David Arnott and Rabbi David Rose of the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation will join Muslims at Annandale Mosque in Scotland's capital for prayers.

The occasion is part of a unique three-day programme in Edinburgh of talks between the three main Abrahamic traditions. Mr Arnott commented: "Interfaith dialogue is about showing respect for the traditions of each other's faith. There is no better way to do that than by sharing openly in worship together."

He continued: "This is how we say to the community where we all live this is how we should live together, with respect and understanding of what is important to each other."

From Friday to Sunday representatives from the three traditions will stand alongside each other during each of the different faith services.

Rabbi David Rose, who is also co-convener of the Edinburgh Interfaith Association, said: "The mutual respect we show to each other in visiting other faiths' places of worship is a clear signal that the various faiths in our city is committed to living together in harmony and together contributing to the wellbeing of the city."

Bashir Malik, a mosque representative, said: "The Jewish and Christian faiths are deeply connected with Islam with all three being a continuation of the Abrahamic faith." He added: "We must show respect for each other from the core of our hearts, and these visits of each other's place of worship is the best way to express our respect and commitment to contributing to achieving peace and harmony within our communities."

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 November 30 - Secret Data and Keystroke-Logging Software Revealed on Millions of Smartphones
 Article: Miscellaneous

Most of us don't know exactly what software is installed on our phones when we purchase them. All that seems to matter is that it works. But when Android developer Trevor Eckhart found software installed on many popular mobile devices that logs every single one of your keystrokes - phone numbers dialed, text messages, encrypted web searches, etc. - people started to listen.

Last week, Wired reported that Eckhart had found a program called Carrier IQ installed rather secretly on smartphones; its a program that can track almost anything happening on your mobile phone. Carrier IQ threatened Eckhart, who had posted research and manuals on his website, saying he was in breach of copyright law and could face financial charges. But Eckhart didn't back down.

In fact, Eckhart has released a new video and research showing Carrier IQ at work on a phone, according to Wired. The company's website says the program is used to give "manufacturer's unprecedented insight into their customer's mobile experience." Wired states that Carrier IQ said the software is used to gather "information off the handset to understand the mobile-user experience, where phone calls are dropped, where signal quality is poor, why applications crash and battery life" - not logging keystrokes.

Now, as Eckhart notes in the video, his demonstration is shown on an HTC phone but he mentions he's seen such software on other phones like Android, Blackberry, Nokia and more. Eckhart describes the software on his website as a "rootkit" that is "enabling someone continued privileged access to our computers" and is "hidden in nearly every part of our phones."

Marcia Hofmann, an EFF senior staff attorney, said the civil rights group has concluded that "Carrier IQ's real goal is to suppress Eckhart's research and prevent others from verifying his findings."

Wired had the opportunity to interview Carrier IQ's marketing manager Andrew Coward who said the company should have control of distributing materials. Coward did acknowledge that if they wanted to look at text messages the probably could, but that wasn't the point of the program, which is designed for metric analysis.

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 December 5 - Card payment trends to watch in the retail sector 2012
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Comment from Understand the Times:
It is just a matter of time now that those who buy and sell will have the chip that is in their cell phones which is held by their hand, transferred and embedded into their right hand or their foreheads as per the Bible recorded in Revelation chapter 14.

Experts believe that by the end of 2012, we will be a big step closer to a cashless society.

Not many years ago it would have been an inconceivable idea. But, as the role and use of prepaid cards and mobile payments continues to develop in 2012, the use of cash will decline further in the next few years. The prepaid card sector is developing fast, having experienced its highest ever year-on-year increase in sales according to the latest statistics from the UK Gift Card & Voucher Association (UKGCVA).
Looking back on 2011, many of the UK's leading retailers have made significant investments in prepaid gift cards, with some now broadening the scope of their programmes by expanding to different delivery channels. Many retailers are now offering a digital voucher or 'virtual voucher' which can be sold and redeemed in store, in gift malls, online and via mobile.
The trend in innovative packaging of gift cards will continue into next year, with retailers turning their focus to the appearance and presentation of gift cards. Creative packaging helps to drive spend and boost product appeal. Having a gift card stylishly packaged with the use of a box, ribbon etc, positions it as a high worth product and enables it to be displayed at key, high footfall, areas of the store.
All of these trends have played a big part in the retail sector this year and are set to continue into 2012. However, with these trends comes complexity and pressure to invest - retailers need to consider whether they have the technology to meet demand, and, if not, invest in the infrastructure in order to keep up with what is a very fast-paced industry. This can include the installation of point of sales systems such as bar codes and hardware in order to accept mobile payments and contactless payment technology.
Indeed, contactless payment is already in operation at some outlets, and the current rate of take-up indicates that this is set to grow further next year with an increasing number of retailers installing the technology to enable customers to 'tap and go'. In fact, recent research indicates that mobile phones could replace cash by 2016 when UK shoppers will be able to use their handsets to pay for products and services on the high street with digital money rather than cash, cheques or cards. In many cases, if some of the major retailers make this investment in technology, it is likely that the others will follow.

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 November 29 - The Department Of Homeland Security Wants All The Information It Has On You Accessible From One Place
 Article: One World Government

Information sharing (or lack thereof) between intelligence agencies has been a sensitive topic in the U.S. After 9/11, there was a push to create fusion centers so that local, state, and federal agencies could share intelligence, allowing the FBI, for example, to see if the local police have anything in their files on a particular individual. Now the Department of Homeland Security wants to create its own internal fusion center so that its many agencies can aggregate the data they have and make it searchable from a central location. The DHS is calling it a "Federated Information Sharing System" and asked its privacy advisory committee to weigh in on the repercussions at a public meeting in D.C. last month.

The committee, consisting of an unpaid group of people from the world of corporate privacy as well as the civil liberty community, were asked last December to review the plan and provide feedback on which privacy protections need to be put in place when info from DHS components (which include the TSA, the Secret Service, and Immigration Services, to name a few) are consolidated. The committee raised concerns about who would get access to the data given the potentially comprehensive profile this would provide of American citizens.

The committee's recommendations are available in draft form below. DHS would not provide the original document - a "tasking letter" - that it issued to the committee describing its plans. But DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division did announce this month that it had awarded a contract to Raytheon for a "new system [that] will enhance how agencies manage, investigate, and report on law enforcement and intelligence activities by improving data sharing between multiple law-enforcement agencies," reported Information Week. Raytheon's work started on September 27, a week before the privacy committee got back to DHS with its draft privacy policy recommendations (available below). The committee noted that it had been given an "aggressive timeline" by DHS on coming up with its recommendations.

The ACLU sent DHS a letter [pdf] this month voicing its concerns about the mingling of commercial and government databases and the potential civil liberties violations, giving an example of a person's laptop being inspected by Customs & Border Control and then having any reports of its contents put into a profile accessible to the rest of DHS. "Will DHS limit sharing of this information on innocent people or purge it from the system?" asks the ACLU. " Just because an ordinary American has had an encounter with DHS does not mean that his or her movements, work history, or other data should be open to widespread scrutiny."

The ACLU urges the DHS not to "rush into" things, but as noted about, at least one contract to lay the foundation for the system is already signed.

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 December 2 - Unusual drought triggers alarm across Balkans
 Article:Signs Of The Last Times

A lack of rain has triggered the worst drought in decades for this time of year, dropping river levels to record lows and sounding an alarm in parts of central and eastern Europe. Power supplies are running low in Serbia, drinking water shortages have hit Bosnia, and crop production is in jeopardy in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. The Czech Republic is at its driest since records began in 1775.

Meteorologists say they are not sure why the region has had far less rain than average since August - but they don't see any more coming quickly. That is bad news for shipping companies that are already reporting big losses.

"This is a disaster," said Branko Savic, the manager of a privately owned Danube shipping company in Serbia that he says is operating at only a third of its capacity. "Traffic on the Danube is practically nonexistent. . . We are in dire need of enormous amounts of water, rain, or melting snow in order to better the situation."

"In my many years of experience as a boat captain, I don't remember a drought as harsh as this one," said Anton Balasz, whose ship is among those stuck where exposed sand banks are preventing boats from passing.

In Bosnia, drinking water restrictions have been introduced at night in Sarajevo and other cities. "The Bosna river is so low, you can walk from one bank to another," said Emir Emric, a fisherman. "People catch fish with bare hands - and not only any fish - but 20-kilogram (44-pound) catfish."

The current level of the river along the Bulgarian bank is at its lowest since 1941, and shipping on large stretches of the river has ground to a halt, according to the Bulgarian Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River.

In Romania, officials say that though the country had a bumper wheat harvest this year, the drought looks set to severely damage next year's production. "If the drought continues, the wheat crop will be down by at least 20 percent," said Marcel Cucu, the spokesman for the Romanian League of Agriculture Producers Associations.

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 December 7 - North Korea making missile able to hit U.S.
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

New intelligence indicates that North Korea is moving ahead with building its first road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, an easily hidden weapon capable of hitting the United States, according to Obama administration officials.

"As members of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces   , we write out of concerns about new intelligence concerning foreign developments in long-range ballistic missile development, specifically ballistic missiles capable of attacking the United States," the Nov. 17 letter said.

"We believe this new intelligence reiterates the need for the administration to correct its priorities regarding missile defenses, which should have, first and foremost, the missile defense of the homeland."

Mobile missiles are difficult for tracking radar to locate, making them easier to hide. They also can be set up and launched much more quickly than missiles fired from silos or launchpads.

It is not known whether North Korea's new mobile missile is based on Chinese technology. China in the past has provided missile technology to North Korea, a fraternal communist ally.

The first indications of Pyongyang's new mobile ICBM were made public in June by Robert M. Gates, who was defense secretary at the time. After a speech in Singapore, Mr. Gates said, "With the continued development of long-range missiles and potentially a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile and their continuing development of nuclear weapons,     North Korea is in the process of becoming a direct threat to the United States."

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 December 5 - FBI Plans Biometrics Tech Center
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

The FBI has employed new biometrics technology and is teaming with the Department of Defense to help enhance the crime-fighting and prevention work of its largest division, the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS).

CJIS is responsible for information repositories--such as the National Crime Information Center, the Interstate Identification Index, and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System--that provide law-enforcement officers with real-time data on people's criminal history, stolen property, missing persons, and other information.

This year CJIS began using a fingerprint-matching algorithm to improve the reliability of its Next Generation Identification System (NGIS), a new system it rolled out earlier this year to deliver biometric information to officers in the field, according to an interview with Special Agent David Cuthbertson, assistant director of CJIS, posted on the FBI website.

CJIS processes about 140,000 requests a day through the system, double the number it could handle on a good day a few years ago, he said. Moreover, the algorithm is allowing the FBI to match fingerprints at 99% accuracy versus 92%, which was the previous norm. "That's a significant increase in accuracy, and for police officers on the street it translates into a greater ability to identify an individual claiming to be a different person," Cuthbertson said.

The FBI also added facial-recognition and iris-scan systems to its biometrics matching system--which is gradually replacing its predecessor, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System--and next year will be able to match palm prints for the first time, he said.

To further its work in biometrics, the FBI is teaming with the Department of Defense to build a Biometrics Technology Center on its FBI campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Cutherbertson said. The center, which will focus on research to advance biometrics technology, is due to be completed in spring of 2014. "It will be a tremendous resource to carry us into the future," Cutherbertson said.

Indeed, improvements in biometrics are integral to federal plans to enhance overall security at home, including cybersecurity. For example, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency--the DOD's research arm--currently is looking for new ways to biometrically identify people when they sign in to use computers without interrupting their normal activity flow.

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 December 7 - Can Being a Good Neighbor Trump Worship Services at Church?
 Article: Emerging Church

Comment from Understand The Times:
Now Rick Warren has set another standard for his followers to adopt. While we are to treat others the way we would like to be treated, why not do that everyday of the week, rather than take the time we have committed to gather together to be taught the Word of God? Perhaps because many Christians today are more committed to studying Rick's book than they are to the study of the Bible, they don't see the problem with canceling worship services at church?
Although most Christians hearing of megachurch pastor Rick Warren's plan to cancel regularly scheduled worship services this weekend in order to help facilitate community service projects have given the thumbs up, others say the event sends a mixed message.

"Good Neighbor Weekend" has been enthusiastically received by the majority of the 20,000 members at Saddleback Church in Orange County. Many have already signed-up online for acts of kindness, according to church officials.Volunteer opportunities suggested and organized by church members include visiting severely disabled children in hospitals, serving breakfast to homeless and families living in motels, and helping families having members in the military stationed away from home with house chores.

"Why would we have to cancel any kind of service if we can easily reach out to our neighbors before or after church on any given Sunday? Going to church is something we do as a family every week and I was looking forward to another great message on Sunday," said a Saddleback Church member who wanted to remain anonymous. The husband and father of two children said that he was "scratching his head," puzzled by the announcement to cancel services for the neighborhood outreach. He wondered why the message to church members could not have been to simply serve neighbors before or after church. The member said he remains loyal to Warren's vision in general and gives him credit for knowing "what his flock needs."

"I appreciate much of Rick Warren and Saddleback's ministry, but I have to disagree here. Cancelling the worship of God to go and serve man subordinates God to man and makes the creation more important than the creator," commented Brian. "Instead of taking any of the other 160 hours during the week, they are taking the few hours they have devoted to the worship of God and using that to serve . Let's rethink it."

Erik Rees, Saddleback's pastor of Ministries and Life Worship at Saddleback, previously told CP that this type of event is typical at the church, which has "a wonderful 30-year history of maximizing the Christmas season to fulfill God's call to love our neighbors. With the current climate of the economy, the leadership team felt the greatest way to 'love' this year was to make our weekend 'service' about 'serving' our neighbors. Over the course of two days, thousands of our members and small groups will use their time and talents to show God's love."

Church officials hope to log 50,000 combined individual hours of service within the surrounding neighborhoods of Orange and Riverside counties. Many of the volunteer projects will be done by the church's small groups, or Bible studies, of which there are a total of 5,000.

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 December 7 - The Salvation of Our Century (Part 1) / Franciscan Father Cesare Cuomo of the Fatima Shrine on Our Lady's Immaculate Heart
 Article: Emerging Church

There is a very strong link between the history of Russia and the messages that the Virgin Mary left humanity in her apparitions in Fatima. In fact, on July 13, 1929, Our Lady asked for the conversion of Russia and for it to be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, to impede the spread of its "poisonous branches" throughout the world. Russia was not consecrated and, in fact, it is symbolic that a few months later the October Revolution broke out.
Now that we witness in Russia the rebirth of the Christian faith it is necessary to reread these messages of Fatima and to understand Mary's power of intercession.
ZENIT: Father Cesare, why did Our Lady speak specifically of Russia in her apparitions?
Father Cuomo: Because Russia was the nucleus from which that atheistic materialist ideology sprang that intended to remove God from the life of men, from society and from everything, through a harsh program of conquest. Our Lady herself said: "The poisons will spread from Russia throughout the world and nations will be destroyed." Unfortunately all these evils, in fact, spread beyond the Soviet Empire.
ZENIT: Hence there is no solution?
Father Cuomo: On the contrary, the Virgin has given us the remedy: her Immaculate Heart. Through true devotion, which does not mean only the recitation of certain prayers, but really putting oneself at the service of Mary, we can cover, clean little by little, all the poison spread. At times I like to think that there was a strong wave of evil, but at the same time the Heavens did not remain still, but threw an even bigger "rod," the heart of Our Lady, to absorb all this. The act of consecration that John Paul II carried out in 2000, entrusting the Third Millennium to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, confirmed this: Our Lady's heart is the support of humanity and the anchor of salvation for this century.
ZENIT: What does "Consecration to the Immaculate Heart" mean?
Father Cuomo: It is a reference to our baptismal consecration, as well as an aid to live it more profoundly under the guidance of Our Lady, our Mother, whom the Lord has given to us as a particular support to come closer to Jesus. The Christian must enter the "radius of action" of this very good, holy Mother, if he wishes to be really conformed to Jesus. In fact, it would be somewhat unnatural not to do so. ... The visionaries say that together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary must also be venerated. Among other things, this was an explicit request of Our Lady herself.
ZENIT: What is the "connection" between saying the Hail Mary 50 times and peace in the world?
Father Cuomo: Through the rosary, Our Lady changes your heart: She brings you to penetrate better into the mysteries of Jesus' life not only in thought but also leading you little by little to see these mysteries with her own heart. Moreover, the rosary gives one the capacity to see where good and evil are, to be more easily aware of where there is lying, deceit; in a certain sense, it is a protection! In addition I see that, often, after having recited the rosary I feel spontaneously a Eucharistic desire, to be in communion with Jesus. Hence, through the rosary and all the other practices connected with it, the Virgin continues to generate Christ spiritually in the life of the faithful.

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