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 May 11 - Pope to create Australian ordinariate for Anglicans
 Artical: Bridges To Rome

Pope Benedict XVI will continue the expansion of the new Catholic Church structure created for former Anglicans by launching an ordinariate for Australia on June 15.

"I am confident that those former Anglicans who have made a journey in faith that has led them to the Catholic Church will find a ready welcome," said Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, who serves as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

Australia's Anglican ordinariate will be called the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St. Augustine of Canterbury. It will have the status of a diocese. The ordinariate is intended for Anglicans and former Anglicans who wish to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining some of their customs and liturgical traditions.

The Australian bishops have put in place procedures to help Anglican clergy and laity join the Catholic Church through the ordinariate, the bishops said May 11.

In England and Wales there are at least 40 ordinariate groups with 60 priests, the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham magazine The Portal reports. Several of its members are former Anglican bishops. As of January, 1,400 individuals from 22 communities have expressed interest in joining, the U.S. ordinariate. About 60 current or former Anglican priests are preparing to be ordained Catholic priests for it, according to the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

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 May 16 - Gov't green lights 'smart' ID cards program
 Artical: Technology For Global Monetary System

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved changes to the Population Registry regulations on Wednesday - including regarding the issuance of planned new "smart" electronic ID cards. The approval gives the green light for the Population Registry to begin a two-year pilot of the smart ID cards in the near future.

Under the proposals, citizens receiving a smart ID card will also be given a personal password granting access to read data stored on the card's electronic chip. That password can be changed, should a citizen request it.

Civil rights attorneys have criticized the smart ID card proposals, particularly plans to include biometric data such as fingerprints, on the cards. Opponents of the biometric ID card plans, including attorney Avner Pinchuk from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, have warned of "irreversible damage" should Israelis' biometric data, including fingerprints, be leaked. ACRI says such a leak could greatly increase the risk of identity theft, and that this is a particular concern in the wake of a massive Population Registry data theft.

The committee also approved adding new personal information to the main body of ID cards.

Israelis registered as of "no religion" and who chose to marry under the partnership covenant law will be recorded on their ID cards as a "partner in a partnership covenant."

New ID cards will also record the ID numbers of a person's spouse and those of any children, as well as the name of the person's grandfather. Where appropriate and if a parent requests it, the ID card will record that a child has died and state the date of death.

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 May 17 - Iranian Calls for 'Islamic Awakening' to Destroy Israel
 Artical: Israel And The Last Days

An Iranian official called this week for an 'Islamic Awakening' movement to help Palestinian Authority Arabs "demolish the Zionist regime", the IRNA news agency reported. The comments were made at a conference in Tehran in honor of Nakba Day - the day of catastrophe - which is what the Arabs call the English date of May 15, when the State of Israel was re-established with a declaration of independence in 1948.

Sheikholeslam said that "In near future the Islamic Awakening movement would also swallow the Zionist regime."

The first speaker at the conference, according to IRNA, was the PA Ambassador in Tehran, Salah Zawawi, who said that the one and only way to soothe the Arabs' pains and agony is the annihilation of the Zionist regime.

"Turning the Palestinians into homeless people is a Zionist-western plot to enable the illegal Zionist immigrants to settle down at our ancestors' motherlands, over the ruins of our homes," he said. "So long as the entire Palestinian groups have not united and each group is merely heeding its own factional interests the problems of this detached part of the Islamic world would never be solved," he added.

Zawawi said that other Islamic countries should hold a conference aimed at surveying and finding a final solution for the "Palestinian issue" and added, "The Palestinian prisoners are not terrorists; they are merely brave men and women, defending their own motherland."

Abbas also claimed that Israel intentionally harms the Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, saying, "The Al-Aqsa Mosque is being targeted by the occupation and together with the extremists has become the main target. They are trying to make Muslims and Christians flee the city by imposing heavy taxes, a policy which can only be called ethnic cleansing."

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 May 15 - Virgin Mary 'greatest source of hope' for Europe's crisis
 Artical: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

A top Vatican official called the Virgin Mary the "greatest source of hope" during the economic crisis now facing Spain and most of the countries of Europe.

Cardinal Antonio Canizares, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, made his remarks during the traditional "Missa d'Infants" (Children's Mass) in Valencia. The outdoor Mass at Virgin Mary Square is the largest celebration in honor of the Blessed Mother under the patronage of "Our Lady of Abandoned Children." Dozens of children's choirs participate in the Mass each year.

During his homily, the cardinal said devotion to Mary is especially important "during the difficult times of our life, amidst the great difficulties we are experiencing" and as society faces a "critical hour" in history.

He went on to say that at the root of the massive crisis facing the country, and the real problem facing mankind, "is the breakdown of humanity, the lack of a true vision of man, who is inseparable from God."

"He loses his dignity and becomes the mere product of blind evolution, to be used and abused." Only in God and with God, who loves man unconditionally, "as we feel in Mary, will the change that the earth needs come to pass," he said.

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 May 11 - Bobby Schuller to Preach on Mother's Day as Crystal Cathedral Honors Mother Teresa
 Artical: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
If Rick Warren has stated that Mother Teresa is one of the greatest evangelists of the 20th century, it would be fair to have Warren clarify what he means by an evangelist. Mother Teresa stated on numerous occasions that "doing good" was the ticket to heaven. She believed it did not matter what religion you were, just as long as you were a good person.
Rick Warren continues to confuse people from understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the scriptures. His gospel is the same as Mother Teresa's. The gospel of doing good is another gospel that is being set up for another Christ by another spirit.
The sad part of all this is that many are being seduced by the Rick Warren-Mother Teresa gospel and apparently do not know it. A perfect example of this would be the Calvary Chapel - Rick Warren partnership that is presently developing.
Crystal Cathedral, the Garden Grove, Calif., megachurch known for its "Hour of Power" broadcasts, will this weekend during its celebration of Mother's Day, honor Roman Catholic icon Mother Teresa of Calcutta and feature a special sermon from the Rev. Bobby Schuller.

Mother Teresa, humanitarian, laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize and a recognized blessed figure of the Catholic Church, has been popular with Christians, including evangelicals. Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, who is one of the most popular evangelical figures in America, has written the forward to a book released by Time magazine about the renowned nun of Calcutta. Warren praises Mother Teresa as one of the greatest evangelists of the 20th century.

Albert Mohler, the ninth president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., has written about Mother Teresa, saying: "The remarkable nun had achieved world-wide recognition for her work among those she identified as 'the poorest of the poor,' and that recognition was richly deserved."

Despite being lauded by many as providing a true example of evangelism and self-sacrificing service, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who passed away in 1997, remains a somewhat controversial figure among some observers. Mother Teresa's diaries, published in 2002, revealed that she was tormented by a crisis of faith for 50 years, which made some critics question Pope John Paul II's decision to support her speedy beatification after her death.

The ministry, founded in 1955 by Robert H. Schuller and his wife Arvella, has been struggling financially for years. In Oct. 2010, the church filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and in February of this year, its lofty glass property in Garden Grove was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County. The congregation has less than three years to find new premises while it leases the property from the Diocese.

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