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 March 15 - What the New Pope Means for Evangelicals
 Article: Bridges To Rome

Comment from Understand the Times:
Luis Palau's endorsement of the new pope will typify a long list of undiscerning so-called evangelicals that are eager to join hands with Rome. After the papal conclave of 2005 in which Pope Benedict XVI was elected, international evangelist Luis Palau joked to Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio that he wished the cardinal would have won so that Palau could honestly say, "The pope is my friend!" But as of Wednesday this week, when white smoke was finally sighted in the Vatican, such a statement turned suddenly accurate.

RELEVANT: Many people will be watching to see how Pope Francis navigates the relationship between Catholics and evangelicals. Do you have any thoughts on this?

Palau: He's out to make an incredible turn-around, to be a bridge-builder. He's worked on it from the very beginning of his position as Cardinal of all Argentina. He worked on it when he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the capital, which has 13 million people. And he has publicly worked with evangelical Christians.

For instance, there were some laws in the Argentine Congress for Senate going for votes, and he led the way in some of those bills contrary to the politicians on education. And he called up the evangelical leaders and said, "Look, I can lead the way on this one if you back me up." Then when there was another social issue of major proportions, again in the Argentine Congress and Senate, the evangelicals said, "Well, you lead the way, Bishop, and we'll back you." And he said, "No, no. On this one, you lead the way and I'll back you." And he did.

RELEVANT: So he's been very intentional about building relationships with other evangelical leaders?

He's met with many evangelical Christian leaders from the early days of his leadership. He's made a point of it. Not boasting of it, but simply and quietly. I just got a note this morning from the Anglican Bishop of Argentina, who's a strong leader, very evangelical. And he said the same thing I do: that they get together for breakfast, that they pray and talk about the state of the world, of the church and secularism.

His bridge-building is about fighting together for moral causes based in Scripture. We know there are differences between Christianity and the Roman Catholic theology, but those can be handled when there are gentle attitudes between us.

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 March 15 - China Is Engineering Genius Babies
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

It's not exactly news that China is setting itself up as a new global superpower, is it? While Western civilization chokes on its own gluttony like a latter-day Marlon Brando, China continues to buy up American debt and lock away the world's natural resources. But now, not content to simply laugh and make jerk-off signs as they pass us on the geopolitical highway, they've also developed a state-endorsed genetic-engineering project.

At BGI Shenzhen, scientists have collected DNA samples from 2,000 of the world's smartest people and are sequencing their entire genomes in an attempt to identify the alleles which determine human intelligence. Apparently they're not far from finding them, and when they do, embryo screening will allow parents to pick their brightest zygote and potentially bump up every generation's intelligence by five to 15 IQ points.

Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist and lecturer at NYU, is one of the 2,000 braniacs who contributed their DNA. I spoke to him about what this creepy-ass program might mean for the future of Chinese kids.

VICE: Hey, Geoffrey. Does China have a history of eugenics?
Geoffrey Miller:
As soon as Deng Xiaoping took power in the late 70s, he took the whole focus of the Chinese government from trying to manage the economy, to trying to manage the quality and quantity of people. In the 90s, they started to do widespread prenatal testing for birth defects with ultrasound, and more recently, they've spent a lot of money researching human genetics to figure out which genes make people smarter.

What do you know about BGI Shenzhen?
It's the biggest genetic research center in China, and I think the biggest in the world, by a considerable margin. They're not just doing human genetics; BGI is also doing lots of plant genetics, animal genetics, anything that's economically relevant or scientifically interesting.

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 March 16 - Interfaith leaders see hope in Pope Francis
 Article: One World Religion

Religious leaders from a wide spectrum of faith backgrounds sent their regards and prayers to Pope Francis upon his election as Bishop of Rome.

"One of the things I found very moving about the    call of the new Pope this week, has been my sense of deep gratitude for his social conscience," Doctor Mark Labberton, the new president of a leading Protestant school, Fullerton Theological Seminary, told EWTN News March 15.

Thomas Schirrmacher, an official with the World Evangelical Alliance wrote in the Christian Post that under Pope Francis evangelicals "can hope for the continuation of truly fair and honest theological discussions of both our differences and commonalities."

On March 14, Karekin II, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church and Oriental Orthodox Church, congratulated Pope Francis, noting that "we fondly remember our meetings and prayers together with Your Holiness in Argentina, during which we came to know you as a good shepherd, and a courageous, wise, and just Church Leader." Karekin II wrote that he prays for continued growth in cooperation between his Church and the Catholic Church.

Justin Welby, the head of the Anglican Communion, said, "May the love of Christ unite us, and intensify our service in a genuine and fruitful ecumenism that can be a blessing for the Body of Christ throughout the world."

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 March 15 - Pope Francis hailed by international leaders
 Article: One World Religion

International leaders greeted the election of Pope Francis with joy, noting his commitment to defending Catholic values and caring for the poor.

"I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has taken the name Pope Francis on his assumption of the papacy, and to all Catholics across the world on this momentous occasion," said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is from South Korea. Moon explained that he looks "forward to continuing cooperation between the United Nations and the Holy See." He also expressed a desire to pursue common goals, "from the promotion of peace, social justice and human rights, to the eradication of poverty and hunger," with the new Pope.

The Secretary General also affirmed "that His Holiness will continue to build on the legacy of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, in the promotion of inter-faith dialogue, which is at the heart of the Alliance of Civilizations initiative."

The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, wished Pope Francis "courage and strength." He added that a "new impetus is necessary to revive the fundamental values which are at the basis of Christianity," because these values "are needed more than ever in a world which risks being engulfed in a spiral of materialism and inequality."

Cristina Kirchner, president of the Pope's home country of Argentina, said in a statement that the nation wishes Pope Francis "a fruitful pastoral mission, with such tremendous responsibility on his shoulders, seeking justice, equality, brotherhood and peace among mankind."

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 March 18 - Indonesian Muslim leader with Pope Francis for the "neediest"
 Article: Ecunenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting with Roman Catholics

Prof Din Syamsuddin, president of Muhammadiyah, talked to AsiaNews about the election of Card Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires to the Petrine throne, saying it should lead to improvements in the already better relations between the Catholic Church and the Muslim world. In the spirit of Saint Francis, whose name the pope bears, "shared interests between Muslims and Christians" should also "guarantee better living conditions for the needy."

For the president of Indonesia's largest moderate Muslim organisation, under Pope Francis's guidance, the Vatican and Muslim organisations should soon reach a Memorandum of Understanding "to confront shared issues", especially social problems like "poverty and inequality in matters of justice and social life."

Mgr Johannes Pujasumarta, archbishop of Semarang (central Java), welcomed this "new chapter" in the history of the Catholic Church.

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 March 14 - Argentine Evangelicals Say Bergoglio as Pope Francis Is 'Answer to Our Prayers'
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from Understand the Times:
If you want a preview of what lies ahead with the new pope at the helm of the Roman Catholic Church, read the following article. As the article states, the pope is in favor of interreligious dialogue along with unity with "evangelicals". All of this is the perfect recipe for the formation of the coming One World Religion.
Remember also that the pope is a Jesuit, supports Marion apparitions, the worship of Mary and promotes Eucharistic adoration. Anyone who claims to be a born-again Christian who supports the new pope who supports these unbiblical beliefs is part of the great apostasy that is clearly revealed by last days Bible prophecy

Argentina's evangelical leaders were just as surprised as anyone when Jorge Mario Bergoglio, former archbishop of Buenos Aires, was revealed Wednesday as the new Pope Francis. But they were not surprised when his first words broke from papal tradition.

"Whenever you talk to him, the conversation ends with a request: 'Pastor, pray for me," said Bongarrá. He recalls when Bergoglio once attended a weekly worship meeting organized by Buenos Aires's charismatic pastors. "He mounted the platform and called for pastors to pray for him," said Bongarrá. "He knelt in front of nearly 6,000 people, and [Protestant leaders] laid hands and prayed."

Prayer came up frequently as several of Argentina's leading evangelicals, known for their unity efforts in Buenos Aires, described their thoughts on the new pope.

"His election has been an answer to our prayers," said Norberto Saracco, rector of Buenos Aires's FIET seminary and co-leader of the capital city's Council of Pastors. "Bergoglio is a man of God. He is passionate for the unity of the Church-but not just at the institutional level. His priority is unity at the level of the people."

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 March 18 - Rob Bell Supports Same-Sex Marriage, Says He Is for 'Fidelity and Love'
 Article: Perilous Times

Former megachurch pastor and best-selling author Rob Bell has come out in support of same-sex marriage, saying during a recent stop on his book tour that he is "for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it'a a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man."
The former pastor and founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., made the comment during a guest appearance this past Sunday at The Forum at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco to discuss his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God. Grace Cathedral is the Episcopal Cathedral of the Diocese of California and describes itself as "an iconic house of prayer for all" and is home to an "inclusive congregation." The congregation's dean, the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, moderated The Forum discussion before a live audience.

When asked by Shaw if he was in favor of "marriage equality," the politically-charged term used by some who want "marriage" redefined, Bell said: "Yes, I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it's a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think that the church needs to just     this is the world that we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are."

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 March 20 - Pope says world religious leaders united by truth, beauty
 Article: One World Religion

Pope Francis told world religious leaders that the desire to search for truth, beauty and goodness is what keeps them all united. "We feel close to all who, despite being from other traditions and religions, feel the desire to look for truth, beauty and goodness," said the new Pope when he received the leaders at the Vatican today.

He met with Muslim leaders, the head of Rome's Jewish community Rabbi Riccardo di Segni and heads of other Christian denominations including Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople in Turkey.

"From my side I wish to ensure you my firm will to continue the path of ecunemical dialogue, which the (Second Vatican) Council initiated," said Pope Francis at the Clementine Hall of his new home, the Apostolic Palace. "The Catholic Church knows the importance of promoting friendship and mutual respect between men and women of diverse religious traditions," he told the religious leaders and repeated the sentence twice.

Pope Francis noted that ecumenism can "do a lot for those who are poor, weak or suffer by promoting justice and peace."

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 March 20 - Protestant seminary to keep positive ties with Church
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Protestants Uniting With Roman Catholics

Fuller Theological Seminary, a leading center for the formation of evangelical Protestant pastors, will continue to promote positive relations with the Catholic Church, according to its new president.

"Our reach is global...and at Fuller we want to be a catalyst for healthy global ecumenism,"
Dr. Mark Labberton told CNA March 15.

Labberton is currently a professor of preaching at the Pasadena, Calif.-based seminary, and will take over as president of the school on July 1. He succeeds Richard Mouw, who has served as Fuller's president since 1993.

He said that though there are tensions in Latin America between Pentecostalism and the Roman Catholic Church,
he wants to promote good relations between the groups. "One of Rich Mouw's emphases has been evangelical-Catholic dialogue and conversation, and I'm certainly hopeful that can continue." Labberton expressed a "great respect for the Roman Catholic Church" and said he is moved by its "expression, with all its tensions and challenges," and by its "overarching unity."

"The global response and attention given to the Pope's selection this week is itself obviously a palpable expression of that, and the fact is that there's no movement within Protestantism that could galvanize the global church in such a singular way."

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