December 12, 2011- December 18, 2011 
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 December 9 - Papal preacher: Mary is model for New Evangelization
 Artical: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
Raniero Cantalamessa is not only pastor to the pope and an important figure in the New Evangelization, he also speaks at Alpha leadership meetings in the UK and is an advisor to Nicky Gumbel, who founded the Alpha program. The Alpha Program has infiltrated almost every denomination there is including Calvary Chapel. This shows how far down the road to ecumenism we have traveled and very few are saying a word.
In his 2nd Advent Sermon, delivered on December 9, the preacher of the pontifical household said that prayer and contemplation are essential elements of any missionary effort.

Speaking on the "new evangelization," Father Raniero Cantalamessa began by tracing the history of the great missionary impulses of the Church, especially in Europe. The growth of Christendom, he observed, was spurred by St. Augustine's teaching on the distinction between earthly and divine authority. Later the monastic movement preserved the faith and formed the base for a new burst of missionary activity in the Middle Ages.

The contemplative life and the task of evangelization are inextricably connected, the papal preacher argued, and "there must rather be a synthesis of the two things in the very life of every missionary." In this respect, he observed, the model for evangelization is the Virgin Mary, who "brought the Word-not to this or that people-but to the whole world," by bearing Christ. She did not preach, he said, but "she radiated Him with her very presence."

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 December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe - She Who Crushes the Head of the Serpent
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Let us focus our attention on the First Reading from the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception taken from the Book of Genesis. In the reading we hear these words:

"The Lord God said to the serpent: 'Because you have done this, you shall be banned from all the animals and from all the wild creatures; on your belly shall you crawl, and dirt shall you eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel" (Genesis 3: 14 - 15).

"I will put enmity between you and the woman." Who is the woman in this text from Genesis. The woman is not Eve, but the new Eve, Mary.

"He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel." Scripture scholars over the years have debated regarding the word he. Should it be translated he or she or even they? But does it matter? In another words, does the he refer to the Messiah who is to come? Does the she refer to Mary? Does the they refer to the descendants of Mary; i.e., Christ and the Church?

A commentary for the Douay-Rheims says "Ipsa, the woman; so divers of the fathers read this place, conformably to the Latin: others read it ipsum, viz., the seed. The sense is the same: for it is by her seed, Jesus Christ, that the woman crushes the serpent's head."

So, how is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe connected? Here is something that is really amazing. What would you think if I told you that Our Lady of Guadalupe is not really Our Lady of Guadalupe, instead she is really Our Lady of coatlaxopeuh which is pronounced "quatlasupe" and sounds extraordinarily like the Spanish word Guadalupe? Coatlaxopeuh means She who crushes the head of the serpent.

The miraculous encounters between the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Juan Diego would have taken place in his own native language and not Spanish. The Spanish word Guadalupe refers to another Marian event that took place in 1326 in a small Spanish village called Guadalupe. Experts believe that title Our Lady of Guadalupe came from a misunderstanding of the translation into Spanish of the word Nahuatl coatlaxopeuh. Thus, Our Lady of Guadalupe is in reality Our Lady of Quatlasupe - She who crushes the head of the serpent.
The proximity of the apparitions to the site of the temple of the Aztec mother-goddess Tonantzin had an amazing effect on the Aztecs because they saw that Tonantzin (Our Mother) or Teonantzin(God's Mother) was to replace the Aztec mother-goddess.
Thus, the Mother of God led the Indigenous people away from the Aztec religion to the Catholic Faith.

Mary will lead humanity back to her Son. Mary will free us from the sins of our modern times. Mary, Our Lady of Quatlasupe - She who crushes the head of the serpent, is leading the new evangelization.


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 December 8 - Invasion of the Vein Scanners for Cashless Society
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

In an article I wrote in late October 2011 ("NJ Transit Ushers In Cashless Society With Google Wallet App For Smartphone Payment), I detailed a new policy being implemented at New Jersey Transit stations and Newark Liberty International Airport Rail Station, as well as in Penn Station and the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York. At the time, I deemed the program, "the most recent Orwellian Big Brother policy under the guise of greater traveler convenience; a cover story for privacy intrusion that is becoming more and more popular when attempting to introduce the hi-tech police state security grid."

Essentially, the new procedure being introduced is a wireless payment program that allows passengers to wave their smartphones in front of a special sensor in order to purchase a ticket for travel. The sensor is located on the ticket vending machine and both the train and bus tickets are accessed via Google Wallet - an app that provides for wireless payment capabilities. In the article mentioned above, I argued that the implementation of such technology is the foreshadowing of the coming cashless society which itself will play a major role in the totalitarian police state control grid being established right before our eyes.

Taking the cashless control grid one step further, an article published on August 8, 2011 in Technology Review, entitled "Beyond Cell Phone Wallets, Biometrics Promise Truly Wallet-Free Future," explains that major corporations are not even waiting for the "digital wallet" to catch on. They are actually moving forward with a system that will allow for an individual to swipe their palm, not their phone, in front of a digital recognition device in order to gain access to various buildings, pay for merchandise, or otherwise identify oneself.

The new system, known as PalmSecure, is not Near Field Communication, however. PalmSecure requires no tangible hardware on the part of the user, so phones are not necessary. All it requires is that the user wave his/her hands in front of an electronic reader and the small device reads the unique pattern of veins by way of near-infrared light. Indeed, this new type of technology, even this specific product, is already being introduced all over the United States.

For instance, New York University's Langone Medical Center has already implemented the vein scanners in some of its medical facilities. Manufactured by Fujitsu, the scanners are being placed in the hospital under the guise of greater convenience (the marketing gift that keeps on giving) and faster access to medical records. Health histories, insurance forms, and other documents are all handled electronically and at a much faster pace with the help of the new vein scanners.

It should be noted, however, that almost every element of any control grid begins by being optional when it is first introduced to the target population. But, as more and more individuals acquiesce to the system, the more inconvenient and, subsequently, the harder it will become for the rest of us to opt out. Eventually, the ability to opt out will be removed altogether.

Schools, too, have begun to implement the Fujitsu systems. For instance, the Pinellas County School District in Florida recently announced that it was introducing the system in order "to identify students and thereby reduce waste and the threat of impersonation."

Obviously, the introduction of the Fijitsu vein scanners in the NYU hospitals and the Pinellas County School District are simply more examples of how gradualism is used in order to condition the public into accepting these technologies as a fact of life. Particularly if the younger generation can be trained to accept palm scans even for the most basic and common goods and services, they and the generation that comes after them will never think to question the greatly enhanced digital control grid when it is rolled out into the general social sphere.

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 December 8 - Pope highlights Mary's role as 'woman of the apocalypse'
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
Anyone who risks accepting the pope's explanation that "Mary" and the church are the same thing does so under a strong delusion. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church - not Mary. To believe this distorted Babylonian deception places it in the category of being deceived and spending eternity in hell. This "Mary" veneration can be traced back to ancient Babylonianism.
Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the biblical description of a "woman clothed with the sun" in his remarks at Rome's Spanish Steps on the 2011 Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

"What is the meaning of this image? It represents the Church and Our Lady at the same time," the Pope told the crowd assembled before the nearby statue commemorating the 1854 definition of Mary's Immaculate Conception. "Before all, the 'woman' of the apocalypse is Mary herself."

The 12th chapter of the Biblical Apocalypse - also known as the Book of Revelation - describes the glorification and persecution of "a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars."

Though not named, this woman is described as the mother of the Messiah. In poetic language akin to the Bible's other prophetic books, Saint John says she faced the threat of "a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns," and "fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God."

Pope Benedict, offering white roses in his traditional yearly act of Marian veneration, gave listeners his insight into the connection between the Virgin Mary and the Church - portrayed in the Apocalypse through the single image of the sun-clad woman.

"She appears 'clothed in sunlight,' that is, clothed in God," observed the Pope. "The Virgin Mary is in fact completely surrounded by the light of God and lives in God . The 'Immaculate One' reflects with all of her person the light of the 'sun' which is God. Besides representing Our Lady, this sign personifies the Church, the Christian community of all times," he continued.

"But in every age the Church is supported by the light and the strength of God," the Pope said. "She is nurtured in the desert with the bread of his word and the Holy Eucharist. While sinless herself, Mary remains in solidarity with the Church struggling against sin. That is why the people of God, pilgrims in time, turn to their heavenly mother and ask for her help," explained Pope Benedict.

"For this also we, especially on this day, never cease to ask with filial trust for her help: 'O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.'"

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 December 15 - Alternative Nativity Scene Set Up At Capitol
 Article: Miscellaneous

An atheists' group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has set up an alternative Nativity scene in the Capitol Rotunda. The display, which was installed on Wednesday, is in response to the traditional Christian Nativity scene on display at the Capitol, which was assembled by the conservative group Wisconsin Family Action.
Aside from the manger, the Freedom From Religion Foundation's display isn't the typical Nativity scene. The display includes a baby girl in a manger, three wise people and Venus as Mary. Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Mark Twain make up the three wise people. The angels in the scene include the Statue of Liberty and an astronaut.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation said its display is meant to celebrate the winter solstice. The group said that in celebrating the winter solstice, it is celebrating reality.

"It is not intended to be offensive," said Annie Laurie Gaylor with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. "There may be Christians who consider it blasphemous. That's not why we did it. It's representing our point of view. We're honoring real people and real things." The group has asked Capitol police for extra security around its display in case of damage or theft.

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 December 16 - Tony Blair pays tribute to Christopher Hitchens as a unique character and a privilege to know
 Article: Miscellaneous

Tony Blair today paid tribute to the author, journalist and literary critic Christopher Hitchens as a "unique character" who was "fearless in the pursuit of truth and any cause in which he believed."

Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens publicly debated together in November 2010 at the 6th annual Munk Debate in Toronto. The sell-out debate focused on competing claims regarding religion's effect on human civilisation, today and into the future.

Tony Blair said: "Christopher Hitchens was a complete one-off, an amazing mixture of writer, journalist, polemicist, and unique character.

"He was fearless in the pursuit of truth and any cause in which he believed. And there was no belief he held, that he did not advocate with passion, commitment and brilliance.

"He was an extraordinary, compelling and colourful human being whom it was a privilege to know."

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 December 16 - Christmas Message 2011 from the World Council of Churches general secretary
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Protestants Uniting With Roman Catholics

Grace to you and peace in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the appearance of the gracious salvation of the Triune God enlighten our hearts, minds and spirits in this joyous season.

New Testament accounts of the advent and nativity of Jesus stress the all-encompassing nature of the Christ event. Without reservation, the Biblical text says that God's grace appears to all, offering the promise of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation with God in heaven and with our neighbours on earth.

In May 2011, one thousand people gathered in Jamaica under the theme, "Glory to God and Peace on Earth." It is the heart of the Christmas message and gave heart to the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC). This song of angels recorded in Luke called our attention to the need for Just Peace for all in the 21st century. Praying that the peace of God will appear to all, the message of the IEPC made this vow:

"With partners of other faiths, we have recognized that peace is a core value in all religions, and the promise of peace extends to all people regardless of their traditions and commitments. Through intensified inter-religious dialogue we seek common ground with all world religions."

And the IEPC message offered this exhortation to Christians:

"We as churches are in a position to teach nonviolence to the powerful, if only we dare. For we are followers of one who came as a helpless infant, died on the Cross, told us to lay aside our swords, taught us to love our enemies and was resurrected from the dead."

May the grace and peace of God appear to many more through this season of Christmas! On behalf of the World Council of Churches, I wish you well at the turning of this year, and I pray for God's blessing on our common journey in the years to come.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
General secretary
World Council of Churches

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 December 15 - Pope: Interdependence Not a Threat, But an Opportunity
 Article: One World Religion

In an address to 11 new ambassadors to the Holy See, Benedict XVI today said that the interdependence of the human family, brought about by modern technology, is not a threat, but an opportunity.
"In our time the unity of the human family is an undeniable fact," he remarked. "Thanks to the communications media that bring all regions of the planet together, transport which facilitates human contacts, commercial ties which make economies interdependent, and problems of global importance such as environmental protection and mass migration, human beings have become more aware of their shared destiny. ... Mankind must see this interdependency not as a threat but as an opportunity. We are all responsible for one another, therefore it is important to maintain a positive vision of solidarity because it is the driving force of integral human development."
Benedict XVI specifically highlighted "intergenerational solidarity," which has its roots in the family. Concern for education and for the destiny of future generations is "a significant contribution to the perception of the unity of the human race," he said.
"Shared responsibility" for the good of humankind is not opposed to cultural and religious diversity, the Holy Father went on. "The pluralism of cultures and religions does not contradict the joint search for truth, goodness and beauty. ... The Church, illuminated and upheld by the light of Revelation, encourages men and women to entrust themselves to a reason which, purified by faith ... becomes capable of seeing beyond partisan interests in order to discern the universal good necessary to all human beings: social and religious harmony and peace."
Benedict XVI said that solidarity fulfills its role of "social virtue" when it is founded on "structures of subsidiarity and on each individual's firm and unrelenting determination to work for the common good."
"Justice and solidarity," the Pope concluded, "cannot be separated from the concept of the integral development of the person. In this sense, highlighting the primacy of the spirit is not only the responsibility of religions, but also of states which must implement cultural policies that promote universal access to the things of the spirit, emphasize the importance of social relationships and never hinder human beings in their free search for spirituality."

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 December 8 - The Cashless Society: What Gadgets Will We Be Using in 2021?
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

With 2011 drawing to a close we at the International Business Times UK aren't just looking forward to the tech 2012 has to bring, but we're most excited for the technology we'll all be buying in 2021.
In ten years' time we think cash will be going the way cheques are today as near field communication (NFC) in smartphones and credit cards will make paying with notes and coins a think of the past. NFC is the same technology used in London's Oyster travel card and it has started to appear in selected smartphones. Google Wallet is an application that takes advantage of NFC and we imagine that the number of chips in smartphones and applications like Wallet will increase dramatically over the next decade.
But it doesn't have stop at smartphones...NFC is already being used in wristwatches in Hong Kong, where commuters can pass through train station barriers by touching their watch - or phone - against a terminal.

Home automation has been around for some years now, providing systems that can electronically open and close curtains, adjusting lighting depending on who is home and serving up films and music to every room. But smartphones and tablets of the future will take home automation a step further and become the control units for every aspect of our homes. Google has recently suggested that it will incorporate home automation with Android and we're certainly excited at the prospect of controlling curtains, lighting, heating, burglar alarms and more from our smartphones and tablets.

The tech-savvy amongst us carry around a whole range of devices; smartphones, tablets, eBook readers, laptops, netbooks and portable games consoles to name a few; but in 2021 we think that these will all be replaced by just two things - a smartphone and a super-powerful tablet. A tablet of the future could even replace most mid-range personal computers by incorporating a docking system for use at home that would provide a large screen, speakers, and everything else that's usually plugged into a desktop.

While technology will continue to get faster, more powerful and cheaper, more importantly it will be interesting to see how technology changes our lives - will social networks affect our real-world friendships? And will implementing more technology in schools change the way we educate? We're as excited as everyone else to find out the answers to these questions, among many others.

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