January 23, 2012- January 29, 2012 
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 January 24 - Pope emphasizes need for silence in digital world
 Artical: Roman Cathilic Church And The Last Days

Pope Benedict XVI believes that in a noisy world of constant communication people need silence more than ever. He outlined his thoughts in his message for World Communications Day 2012, which is entitled "Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization." The Pope's letter was released Jan. 24 at the Vatican press office by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

"In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves," he says.

He also observes that silence can allow other people to express their thoughts. In this way "we avoid being tied simply to our own words and ideas without them being adequately tested," and therefore, "space is created for mutual listening, and deeper human relationships become possible."

Pope Benedict believes that this use of silence is "often more eloquent than a hasty answer," because it "permits seekers to reach into the depths of their being and open themselves to the path towards knowledge that God has inscribed in human hearts."

Silent contemplation also "immerses us in the source of that Love who directs us towards our neighbors so that we may feel their suffering and offer them the light of Christ, his message of life and his saving gift of the fullness of love," he writes.

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 January 23 - India Fingerprinting, Iris Scanning Over One Billion People
 Artical: Technology For Global Monetary System

The Indian government is ramping up efforts to fingerprint and iris scan the entirety of its 1.2 billion citizens in an ambitious scheme to issue national ID cards with biometric details. The plan has so far already enrolled 110 million people and issued 60 million numbers, with the aim of enrolling 200 million by this March and 600 million by 2014.

The project stems from two separate, overlapping schemes, the Unique Identifcation program (UID), aimed at providing India's 200 million poorest citizens with failsafe access to the country's welfare system, and the National Population Register (NPR), aimed at providing a national ID card to help identify and deport undocumented immigrants.

Last month, the UID plan hit a roadblock when a Parliamentary committee issued a blistering attack on the scheme, calling it "directionless" and "full of uncertainty," while critics note the danger of the project in the absence of coherent privacy laws. Just how the government will use the information, or even who will have access to it, has yet to be properly determined.

Although fast becoming the largest such database in the world, it is not the only government-administered repository of biometric details. Nations across the globe are increasingly turning to the collection of biometric information under a host of programs, including proposed national id schemes like the one being implemented in India.

Presented as a way of streamlining and standardizing entry and exit procedures at national borders, what the public is not told is that these documents are the end result of a years-long process of coordination that has codified the technical specifications for these systems via international agreements. In addition, countries are increasingly agreeing on an infrastructure for sharing their biometric databases between each other via database sharing agreements that have received scant attention.

Governments around the world are eager to tout the potential benefits of these national identification registers in glossy promotional videos depicting gleaming science-fiction-like future societies of efficiency, however the privacy and civil liberties implications of this technology are seldom discussed.

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 January 25 - Eucharistic Congress to Have Ecumenical Touch
 Article: Bridges To Rome

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress, which will take place June 10-17 in Dublin, is planning the extensive involvement of Christians of other traditions in both the pastoral preparation and the official program for the week.

The organizing committee of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, chose the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which concluded today, as the occasion for the launch of the ecumenical program of the Congress.

One of the more significant features of the event is the dedication of one day, June 11, to celebrating and reflecting on the relationship of communion into which Christians are drawn through baptism.

International Eucharistic Congresses are celebrated every four years. While previous Congresses have sometimes included an ecumenical workshop or prayer, the extensive involvement of Christians of other traditions in so many elements of this Congress (preparation of pastoral resources; Congress week program; youth program) is quite unique, a statement from organizers explained.

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