Mar 11, 2013- Mar 17,2013 
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 Vol 8, Issue 11
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 March 11 - New Pope will have adoration before his presentation
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

In a change to past papal elections, the new Pope will have the chance to adore Jesus in the Eucharist before he makes his appearance on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi told journalists March 11 that, "when the Pope goes to the loggia, he passes the Pauline Chapel and will stop there for a brief moment of personal prayer and silence in front of the Blessed Sacrament."

Fr. Lombardi reminded the media of the general schedule for the Conclave and then later walked through the ceremony that occurs immediately after a new Pope is chosen.

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the cardinal deacon, will ask the candidate if he accepts his "canonical election as Supreme Pontiff" and what name will use. If he says yes, then white smoke is sent up while the Pope goes to the Room of Tears, vests in his papal garments and then returns to the Sistine Chapel.

The cardinals then hold a small ceremony that involves prayer, reading the Scriptures and a time for the cardinals to offer their congratulations to the new Pope. This is followed by the singing of the Te Deum, the Church's traditional hymn of thanks to God, and a procession out of the chapel.

As the new Pope makes his way between the Sistine Chapel and the balcony where he is presented to the people, he will stop for a brief moment of personal prayer and adoration in the Pauline Chapel.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran will then introduce the new Pope with the famous Latin words "Habemus papam!" This will be followed by the name he has picked.

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 March 13 - St. Francis of Assisi: 'A great, great figure in the church'
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Pope Francis has taken his name, captures the spirit of many Catholics because church history regards him as the pre-eminent figure passionate about imitating Christ's life.

He is known also as a patron saint of Italy, the founder of the Franciscan order of the Friars Minor, an admirer of nature and a servant to poor and destitute. The brown robe of the Franciscans is iconic.

"Francis of Assisi is a great, great figure in the church but known especially for connecting with fellow Christians and many people outside the Christian family," Rosica said.

In an encyclical, Pope Pius XI stated that "there has never been anyone in whom the image of Jesus Christ and the evangelical manner of life shone forth more lifelike and strikingly than in St. Francis." St. Francis "was also rightly spoken of as 'another Jesus Christ,'" Pius XI said.

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 March 14 - Pope spends half hour asking Mary for protection
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Pope Francis made a private visit to Saint Mary Major Basilica this morning and prayed for half an hour at the Altar of the Virgin Mary.

In keeping with his humble demeanor, Pope Francis entered the basilica at around 8:00 a.m. through a side door, accompanied by Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Father Leonardo Sapienza, the top two officials from the Papal Household.

The night before, when he was introduced to the hundreds of the thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis said that he was going to "go pray to the Madonna so that she may protect Rome."

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 March 14 - Jesuit charism is to serve the Church, priest notes
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

A Jesuit priest expressed delight at the election of Pope Francis, who is a member of the Society of Jesus, highlighting that the group was founded to serve Christ's Church.

"It seems to be God's will that at this point the Jesuit charism come to the center of the Church, in a beautiful way."

The priest expressed emotion as he called election to the papacy one of the greatest honors "a human being can have, and that it can come to a Jesuit is tremendous. I have to say, I am delighted."

Fr. Gawronski expressed an initial surprise at the election, "because we've always been at the service of the Church, but distinct from the hierarchical Church; Jesuits don't generally become bishops or cardinals, and certainly not Popes."

"He comes from the new world, and Franciscan missionaries were so important to the new world, as were the Jesuits in the new world."

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 March 5 - Homeland Security Drones Designed to Identify Civilians Carrying Guns
 Article: Miscellaneous

Recently uncovered government documents reveal that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) unmanned Predator B drone fleet has been custom designed to identify civilians carrying guns and track cell phone signals.

"I am very concerned that this technology will be used against law-abiding American firearms owners," said founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, Alan Gottlieb. "This could violate Fourth Amendment rights as well as Second Amendment rights."

Homeland Security design requirements specify that its Predator B drones "shall be capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not" and must be equipped with "interception" systems capable of reading cell phone signals.

"That drone is not just picking up information on what's happening at that specific scene, it's picking up everything else that's going on," says drone expert and Brookings Institution senior fellow Peter Singer. "Basically it's recording footage from a lot of different people that it didn't have their approval to record footage."

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 March 5 - Iran Orders Terrorists: Prepare For War
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ordered all of the Islamic regime's armed forces to prepare for war, WND learned Tuesday. According to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit, the regime believes Israel is on the verge of an attack, which could then draw America into the conflict.

Hundreds of ballistic missiles are ready to be launched against Israel and U.S. military bases in the region, the source said, and all terror groups that have long been positioned in Europe and America are ready to act should war break out.

WND reported exclusively on Feb. 28 about a warning by the regime's armed forces deputy chief of staff, Brig. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, that al-Qaida operatives will soon attack America and Europe, even as a second terror team sent by the Islamic regime is about to enter the U.S.

Regime officials have been talking of an imminent coming of the last messiah, advising loyalists to prepare the conditions for such an event. Shiites believe the 12th Imam, Mahdi, will descend to Earth at the time of Armageddon.

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 March 14 - Why evangelicals should care about new pope: Column
 Article: Bridges To Rome

Comment from Understand the Times:
The following commentary reveals the propaganda that will be used to persuade undiscerning Bible believing Christians to cross the one way bridge to Rome. The new Jesuit pope will have one goal in mind - to win back the separated brethren to the "mother of all churches."

When the stream of white smoke billowed from the smokestack above the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, there was rejoicing by Catholics in the streets of Rome, and around the world that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected Pope.

I wish I could say the same was true among all my fellow evangelicals. Earlier this week, I wrote an email to supporters encouraging them to pray for Catholics and their leaders as they select the next pope. My note prompted several derisive emails from evangelicals, who make up the majority of my support network.

One e-mailer responded in a way that I think exemplifies the view of too many evangelicals. He advised me not to "minimize" the doctrinal differences between Catholics and evangelicals. And he accused me of "blurring" the lines between evangelicals and Catholics and of advocating for a "one-world religion."

Thankfully, most evangelicals wouldn't be that uncharitable toward our Catholic brothers and sisters. But, sadly, a minority would endorse that characterization. They need to realize that they, too, have a stake in who is elected pope, because without a strong pope, evangelicals will lose their best allies in the most important cultural and political battles of our age.

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 March 13 - Rob Bell Discusses Life's Depth, God's Divine Pull at Book Event
 Article: Emerging Church

To usher in the release of his new book What We Talk About When We Talk About God, Rob Bell spoke at a live streaming event at Brooklyn's Powerhouse Arena in New York City Tuesday evening.

His talk revolved around the theme of his book and his belief that the current culture is resisting conversation about God and seeking to reconnect with a God who is "for us, with us, and ahead of us." Bell stated that the purpose of the book is to introduce new ways to talk about God.

Bell, who formerly led Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, told those in attendance at Tuesday's talk that he believes Christians are seeking to move forward with their faith and shedding a doctrine-centered God in search of a God who can connect with humans at their most flawed existence.

As Bell told those attending his Tuesday evening talk, while he was pastor of his former congregation, he realized one day, when driving to Mars Hill to deliver the Easter Sunday sermon, that he was questioning the existence of God.

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