March 26, 2012- April 1, 2012 
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 March 22 - Rwanda: Rick Warren Calls for Harmony Between Churches
 Artical: One World Religion

Comment from Understand the Times:
The basis of Rick Warren's PEACE Plan is not only to work together with all Christian denominations, but to work together to good with all religions. This is what Warren and those who follow him call the "faith sector." For those with biblical discernment, we are seeing the formation of the one world harlot which is the counterfeit bride that is being prepared for the counterfeit Christ.
Visiting American evangelist, Rick Warren, yesterday urged leaders of religious denominations in the country to work together. Warren authored one of the most popular of Christian literature, the Purpose Driven Life, and is the founder of Saddleback Church, based in the US. He made the call during a meeting with over 100 senior church leaders from eight Christian denominations across the country.

"Togetherness can bring health to this nation. Churches should, therefore, unite. Religious leaders should love one another since we are all on the same team and are one family," he said.

The famous evangelist was partly in the country to attend the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) which ended Tuesday, in his capacity as President Paul Kagame's advisor.

He added that no one in the world is better qualified to preach the message of reconciliation than Rwandans because of what they had gone through. Warren said that God has his hand on Rwanda and can turn the pain of the Genocide into an army of reconciliation.

Retired Anglican Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, who is also the President of the Rwanda Purpose Driven Ministries PEACE Plan, said that it was remarkable to see different religious denominations come together.

"These days, churches are competing with each other and building small kingdoms, but our emphasis here is to bring the church in Rwanda to unity as one parish. There are no denominations in Heaven, so we should also serve as one," Kolini said.

He urged religious leaders to mentor young people who will be the leaders in the next generation.

Elder Hesron Byiringiro, who represented the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rwanda, said the message of togetherness is an inspiration to the church in Rwanda. "Differences in churches are always there, but we should have one common message to promote which is love. The best church in the world is that of love, unity and reconciliation," he said.

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 March 21 - Mexican cardinal says 'civilization of love' is possible
 Artical: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

As Pope Benedict's March 23-25 trip to Mexico nears, Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City invited locals to open their hearts to Christ in order to change society for the better.

"The civilization of love is possible, not because of our intelligence or because of some fantasy, but because love has already been poured into our hearts and we need to discover it, experience it and above all bear witness to it inside the Church and in our world," the cardinal said after celebrating Mass on March 18.

As the country struggles in the throes of increasing violence and drug trafficking, the cardinal told members of the faith that it is "up to us to open the doors and windows so that the true sun of justice, who is Christ Jesus, can enter our world, enter into us and renew the face of the earth and give us a new heart."

Pope Benedict's highly anticipated visit to the country begins on March 23, when he will arrive in the city of Leon and be officially greeted by President Felipe Calderon, Archbishop José Martín of Leon and representatives of the Mexican bishops' conference.

On March 24 the pontiff will have an official meeting with President Calderon and his delegation at the Conde Rul House, the seat of the Guanajuato state government where Leon is located. He will then greet and bless children and the faithful who are gathered in La Paz square. On Sunday, March 25, Pope Benedict will celebrate Mass at the municipality of Silao's Bicentennial Park, at the foot of Cubilete Hill. He will later celebrate vespers at Leon's cathedral and deliver a message to the bishops of Mexico and other representatives of the bishops' conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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 March 12 - Episcopal Church Releases Draft of Same-Sex Union Rites
 Article: Perilous Times

The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church has released the first draft of the rites for consecrating same-sex unions, although the final draft probably will not be completed for many years.

In 2009, the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church decided that individual bishops would be allowed to decide whether or not to allow same-sex unions within their bishoprics, rather than outright banning the practice or creating an official rite. However, the Convention also asked the Commission to draft "theological and liturgical resources for blessing same-gender relationships," which would then be voted on during the 77th General Convention in 2012. The report, titled "I Will Bless You, and You Will Be a Blessing: Resources For Blessing Same-Gender Relationships," will be discussed by the House of Bishops and House of Deputies before the Convention begins on July 5.

If the report is approved, the rites would be used on a trial basis beginning Dec. 2, 2012, with further review at the 78th General Convention in 2015.

"Doing this will cause great fracturing and great pain," said the Rev. Canon Kendall Harmon of the Diocese of South Carolina after the draft was commissioned during the last convention. "It represents a willful American embrace of something that the Anglican Communion has said is out of bounds." In 1993, at the 13th Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops, a resolution was passed stating that homosexual acts were "incompatible with scripture."

Additionally, in a 2004 study of same-sex marriage within the Anglican Communion entitled "The Windsor Report," the commission expressed regret at both the recognition of same-sex unions within the Anglican Church of Canada and the Diocese of New Westminster in Massachusetts, as well as calling for a moratorium on the future blessing of same-sex unions.

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 March 16 - New Details on NSA's 'Spy Center' and Secrets From Domestic Eavesdropping Operation 'Stellar Wind'
 Article:One World Government

In the heart of Utah's desert, the National Security Agency is well underway on a project that has been called the nation's largest, most expensive cyber-security project. Naturally, almost all details about the building's soon-to-be inner activities are highly classified and no one is talking     officials in Bluffdale where it is being built and the nearby Salt Lake City are kept in the dark. Still, Wired's Threat Level has gotten some details on the building and provides analysis on some of its expected activity.

Wired describes that the building is ironically and "blandly" named the Utah Data Center. When completed in Sept. 2013 it will house four 25,000 square foot halls of servers, among other things. Wired states that the cost for the project is estimated at $2 billion. Here's some of the data center's purpose:

Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails-parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital "pocket litter."

Wired reports that the data center will store trillions of "words and thoughts and whispers" swirling on the Web. It states that "[to] those on the inside, the old adage that NSA stands for Never Say Anything applies more than ever." In addition to public website data storage, Wired reports that it will seek out and house information on the "deep web:"

"The deep web contains government reports, databases, and other sources of information of high value to DOD and the intelligence community," according to a 2010 Defense Science Board report. "Alternative tools are needed to find and index data in the deep web       Stealing the classified secrets of a potential adversary is where the [intelligence] community is most comfortable."

Even with data storage as its publicized purpose, Wired reports that an official involved with the program has said "this is more than just a data center." It hopes to be the ultimate code-cracking facility:

According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: "Everybody's a target; everybody with communication is a target."

Wired reports that the facility's security system - an antiterrorism protection program - alone costs $10 million. The fence surrounding the building will be able to stop a 15,000 pound vehicle driving at 50 miles per hour. What's inside that requires protections such as this? Wired has some of the specifications:

Inside, the facility will consist of four 25,000-square-foot halls filled with servers, complete with raised floor space for cables and storage. In addition, there will be more than 900,000 square feet for technical support and administration. The entire site will be self-sustaining, with fuel tanks large enough to power the backup generators for three days in an emergency, water storage with the capability of pumping 1.7 million gallons of liquid per day, as well as a sewage system and massive air-conditioning system to keep all those servers cool. Electricity will come from the center's own substation built by Rocky Mountain Power to satisfy the 65-megawatt power demand. Such a mammoth amount of energy comes with a mammoth price tag-about $40 million a year, according to one estimate.

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 March 16 - Vatican's twisted priorities / Op-ed: instead of focusing on decline of Arab Christianity, Catholic Church chooses to demonize Israel
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

In a special interview with Die Tagespost last week, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, named by Pope Benedict to represent the Vatican in the Jewish State, declared that "Israel's existence as such has nothing to do with the Bible." He then compared Christians' condition in today's Jerusalem with Jesus' Passion: "We Christians never forget that even our Lord himself suffered and was mocked in Jerusalem."

Twal's position on Israel and the Bible has been embraced at the highest levels in the Catholic Church. The Vatican synod in 2010 declared that Israel cannot use the Biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people. "We Christians cannot speak about the Promised Land for the Jewish people", the synod's document said. "There is no longer a chosen people. The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians."

A few days ago, Patriarch Twal responded enthusiastically to the agreement reached between Hamas and Fatah. He also denounced "the Judaization of Jerusalem" and attacked Israel for "trying to transform it into an only Hebrew-Jewish city, excluding the other faiths." Elsewhere, Iraq's Archbishop, Louis Sako, asked to "separate between Judaism and Zionism." Indeed, in the most influential quarters of Christianity, Jews are still regarded as an apostate group not entitled to a sovereign state of its own.

Backed by the Catholic clergy, for the first time in history the Palestinians asked the United Nations' cultural body to register Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity under the name of "Palestine." According to Omar Awadallah, who heads the UN department in the PA Foreign Ministry, "Jesus is the Palestinian prince of hope and peace and Christians all over the world want that church to be a World Heritage site."

In a period when the Vatican's anguish at the catastrophic decline of Arab Christianity should be palpable, the Catholic Church chooses to demonize Israel and to increase its collaboration with the PLO. The confirmation comes from the intensity of high profile meetings in recent weeks and the participation of bishops not only from Arab countries, but from Europe and the United States as well.

Meanwhile, Catholic and Muslim dignitaries met in Beit Sahour for a conference on "How to live together in a future Palestinian state." Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, and Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, attended the event organized by Al-Liqa, a Vatican ecumenical center. Sabbah signed a document condemning Zionism as "racial exclusivity" and "the ideology of empire and colonialism."

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 March 22 - Calif. Pastor Who Believes in 'One God, Many Paths' to Hold Easter Services at Mosque
 Article:One World Religion

A plan to hold Easter service at a Sacramento, Calif., mosque is drawing a mixed reaction from the Christian community.

Some are commending the event, especially the generosity of the Muslim community to provide a place for a Sacramento community needing space, as a needed expression of mutual respect between cultures. But the good news of a resurrected Christ won't be part of the service.

"I know that I don't believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus but I do believe his spirit ascended and his teachings are very valid and transformative," the Rev. Michael Moran, senior minister of The Spiritual Life Center, told The Christian Post over the phone.

SLC will be holding all of their upcoming Easter services at a mosque owned by the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM) - the result of an expiring lease on their building at Pioneer Christian Church.

The church is part of the Unity movement, founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889, which holds beliefs not in line with traditional Christian teaching. Their ministry embraces the controversial "one God, many paths" belief and desires to create peace and harmony among all the world religions. Though they see Jesus as a great teacher, they do not see him as the only way to eternal life.

While many of his own congregants believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus, he does not. "I believe it was more of spiritual resurrection and that it's symbolic of what everybody does when they rise above old beliefs and that we all can have a personal resurrection experience whenever we overcome the world."

During the Easter service, Moran will be speaking to that effect. "I'll mention that there are many different beliefs in our congregation. That there is the physical belief, looking at the story as a metaphor for personal resurrection and ... that Jesus showed us a different way of living life."

Professor Erik Thoennes, chair of Biblical & Theological Studies at Biola University, however, asserted that "an Easter service where the physical resurrection of Christ is not believed, is not an Easter service in any sense, biblically or historically. A church that does not follow the risen Christ is not a true church," he told The Christian Post in an email.

When asked how Moran reconciled many of his beliefs with what was in the Bible, which he taught from along with other religious scriptures on Sundays, the senior pastor said, "I don't believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God. I believe over the years it's been changed, politicized, but I believe that in the Bible that there is great truth and there is also a lot of misstatements in it." In regards to the afterlife and heaven, he teaches that no matter what someone's belief system is whether in heaven or in reincarnation, "where you go and what happens to you is determined by how you live your life now. I trust that whatever is waiting for me will be good and that it will be as good as I am able to live now on a daily basis. If I can be more Christ-like then I don't think I have a whole lot to worry about."

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