Sept. 17,,2012 - Sept. 23,,2012 
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 Vol 7, Issue 30
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 September 16 - Pope: Lebanon can be beacon of religious co-existence
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

At his departure from Lebanon, Pope Benedict XVI said the religious co-existence the people of Lebanon showed during his three-day apostolic visit can become an inspiration and model for the rest of the Middle East.

"In these troubled times, the Arab world and indeed the entire world will have seen Christians and Muslims united in celebrating peace," said the Pope at Beirut's Rafik Hariri Airport September 16. "I thank in particular representatives of the Muslim communities. Through my stay here, I have noticed how much your presence has contributed to the success of my journey."

Throughout Pope Benedict's apostolic visit he has been welcomed by both Christians and Muslims at all his public events. The Lebanese population is 39 percent Christian and 60 percent Muslim.

The Pope thanked God for these occasions and thanked everyone in Lebanon and the Middle East for their prayers, "whatever their origins or religious beliefs."

Pope Benedict prayed that Lebanon would "continue to be a place where men and women can live in harmony and peace with each other" so as to witness to God's presence in the world and also to the communion between people "whatever their political, social, or religious standpoint."

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 September 13 - Intel: Your Hand Is The Password Of The Future
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Passwords for online banking, social networks and email could be replaced with the wave of a hand if prototype technology developed by Intel makes it to tablets and laptops.

Aiming to do away with the need to remember passwords for growing numbers of online services, Intel researchers have put together a tablet with new software and a biometric sensor that recognizes the unique patterns of veins on a person's palm.

"The problem with passwords -- we use too many of them, their rules are complex, and they differ for different websites," Sridhar Iyengar, director of security research at Intel Labs, said at the annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Thursday. "There is a way out of it, and biometrics is an option."

Iyengar demonstrated the technology, quickly waving his hand in front of a tablet but not touching it. Once the tablet recognizes a user, it can securely communicate that person's identity to banks, social networks and other services where the person has accounts, he said.

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 September 17 - From shrines and battlefields, Christians and others to pray for peace
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Christianity Uniting With Other Religions

At a place called Antietam, 23,000 soldiers died in the bloodiest day of the American Civil War. More than 150 years later, 20 different religious traditions will gather on this battlefield in Maryland, United States as part of the 2012 International Day of Prayer for Peace to share prayers and songs of peace.

The event, involving Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and Baha'i is one of the hundreds of ways churches and others in various regions of the world are observing the 21 September as an international day of prayer for peace.

In Davao City, southern Philippines, civic organizations are staging a day-long Peace Fair celebrating six paths to peace, namely: cultivating inner peace, dismantling a culture of war, living with justice and compassion, building intercultural respect and solidarity, promoting human rights and living in harmony with the earth.

The Church of South India is praying for solidarity with the Palestinians, "peace with our earth", and building relations between Christians, Hindus and Muslims - three issues brought home from the WCC International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) in May 2011 in Jamaica.

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 September 16 - Pope: May the Virgin Mary inspire and accompany Lebanon's Christians and Muslims
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

"The Virgin Mary, venerated with devotion and tenderness by the faithful of the religious confessions here present, is a sure model for going forward in hope along the path of a lived and authentic brotherhood. Lebanon understood this well when, some time ago, she proclaimed 25 March as a holiday, thus allowing everyone to live more deeply their unity in serenity. May the Virgin Mary, whose ancient shrines are so numerous in your country, continue to accompany and inspire you!" Benedict XVI ended his last speech in Lebanon with this invocation to Our Lady on behalf of all Lebanese, Christians and Muslims.

For Benedict XVI, the country and Christian-Muslim coexistence are an even more urgent message for the international community. "In these troubled times, the Arab world and indeed the entire world will have seen Christians and Muslims united in celebrating peace."

For the pontiff, the Bible best illustrates this unity. Indeed, when King Solomon planned to build the temple in Jerusalem, he called upon a Lebanese, Hiram of Tyre, to send cedar wood and furnishings, with garlands of sculpted flowers (cf 1 Kg 5:22; Kg 6:18).

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 September 17 - UK Churches Fear Being 'Forced' to Perform Same-Sex Ceremonies
 Article: Perilous Times

As the debate over same-sex marriage continues in the U.K., leading conservative policy makers are once again highlighting the need for some protections for churches. There are concerns that churches may be punished for not consenting to gay marriage ceremonies in their churches should a law be passed redefining marriage.

The Church of England, the Roman Catholic church, and a host of prominent conservative and religious leaders are continuing to advocate the need for certain legal protections to prevent those religious institutions from being forced to oversee same-sex ceremonies by the European Court of Human Rights.

"There are legitimate fears of European Court of Human Rights challenges and churches being forced down the line to conduct such ceremonies against their wishes," Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, told The Telegraph. "These concerns need to be explicitly addressed in any legislative reform to provide safeguards against such coercion," he added.

These warnings follow highly publicized court proceedings by the European Court of Human Rights over the termination of four separate individuals over the wearing of religious items and objections due to conflicts with religious beliefs.

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 September 19 - Pope: Christianity and Islam witnessing together against divisions, violence and wars
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

"The world today needs clear and strong sign of dialogue and cooperation" and " seems to me the time has come for Christianity and Islam to give a united, sincere and decided testimony against divisions, violence and wars. " On his return from Lebanon, the subject of his reflections to eight thousand people present at the general audience at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI repeated his call for dialogue and coexistence launched several times over the weekend from the Land of the Cedars.

It "was a moving ecclesial event and, at the same time, a provident opportunity for dialogue lived in a complex but emblematic country for the entire region, because of its tradition of coexistence and fruitful cooperation between the different religious and social components. In the face of the suffering and tragedies that continue in that area of ​​the Middle East, I expressed my heartfelt closeness to the legitimate aspirations of those dear people, bringing them a message of encouragement and peace. I am thinking in particular of the terrible conflict that torments Syria, causing, in addition to thousands of deaths, a stream of refugees that pours into the region desperately seeking security and a future; neither have I forgotten the plight of Iraq ."

The "main" aim of the visit was to give the Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Medio Oriente to the Churches of the region, " to reach all the faithful of that dear land, to support them in their faith and communion and encourage them on the path of the much hoped for new evangelization"and the very first appointment of the first day was in fact the signing of the document in the Greek-Catholic church of St. Paul in Harissa. " On that occasion I invited Catholics in the Middle East to fix their gaze on Christ Crucified to find the strength, even in difficult and painful contexts, to celebrate the victory of love over hate, forgiveness over revenge
and unity over division. I assured them all that the universal Church is closer than ever, with affection and prayer, to the Church in the Middle East: they, despite being a "little flock", need not fear, knowing that the Lord is always with them. The Pope does not forget them".

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 September 18 - Europe's most powerful countries call for elected EU president
 Article: One World Government

In a document released on Tuesday after a meeting between 11 foreign ministers in Warsaw, the bloc, which includes all the largest European countries outside Britain, charted a vision for the "future of Europe".
As well as calling for a single, elected head of state for Europe, the bloc demanded a new defence policy, under the control of a new pan-EU foreign ministry commanded by Baroness Ashton, which "could eventually involve a European army".
In order to "prevent one single member state from being able to obstruct initiatives", a reference to British opposition to a European army, the German-led grouping demanded an end to existing national vetoes over foreign and defence policy. This would give the EU the power to impose a decision on Britain if it is supported by a majority of other countries. The plan, which has the backing of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and Portugal the plan, is likely to fuel calls for a British referendum on membership of the European Union.
The document also proposed sweeping new powers for the European Parliament and further splitting of the EU by creating a new parliamentary sub chamber for the 17 countries of the eurozone.

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