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 Mar 22 - Homily: Unite Your Sorrows With Mary
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

On this feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, Fr. Ignatius exhorts us to share in Jesus' sorrows by carefully paying attention to the sorrows of Our Lady and offering ours with Hers.

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 March 22 - Pope Wants to Partner With Islam to Tackle Poverty
 Article: One World Religion

Pope Francis urged the West on Friday to intensify dialogue with Islam and appealed to the world to do more to combat poverty.

The new pontiff made his appeal in an address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, sending a message through them to the leaders of the more than 170 countries with which the Vatican has diplomatic relations. Speaking in Italian, he also made another impassioned appeal for the defense of the poor and of the environment, saying richer countries should fight what he called "the spiritual poverty of our times" by re-forging links with God.

He urged them to help keep religion central in public life and promote inter-religious dialogue as a catalyst for efforts to build peace.

"In this work (peace building), the role of religion is fundamental. It is not possible to build bridges between people while forgetting God," he said.

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 March 20 - Pope Francis ties with Jews, Muslims could strengthen Vatican
 Article: One World Religion

The most interesting thing about Argentine Pope Francis may be not just that he's the first Latin American to head the Vatican, but also that he may become the Church's biggest champion of interfaith dialogue ever. I just read his book About Heaven and Earth, which he co-authored in 2010 with Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka, and I was struck by the new pope's commitment to not only talk about interfaith dialogue, but to do something about it.

In his book, a dialogue with Skorka about religion, the Holocaust, politics and everyday life issues, Bergoglio proudly recalls his efforts to build bridges with other religious leaders during his years as archbishop of Buenos Aires.

In addition to being a frequent guest at Jewish synagogues and inviting rabbis to Catholic Masses, hosting a TV show with Skorka and participating in ceremonies honoring the victims of the Holocaust, Bergoglio
changed the protocol at official Te Deum ceremonies to acknowledge the presence of leaders of other religions.

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 March 22 - US plan calls for more scanning of private Web traffic, email
 Article: Miscellaneous

The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country's private, civilian-run infrastructure. As a result, more private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a precaution against cyber attacks.

Under last month's White House executive order on cybersecurity, the scans will be driven by classified information provided by U.S. intelligence agencies - including data from the National Security Agency (NSA) - on new or especially serious espionage threats and other hacking attempts.

The Department of Homeland Security will gather the secret data and pass it to a small group of telecommunication companies and cyber security providers that have employees holding security clearances, government and industry officials said. Those companies will then offer to process email and other Internet transmissions for critical infrastructure customers that choose to participate in the program.

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

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit attended the mass in which Pope Francis, the new pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, was installed on 19 March at the Vatican in Rome. Tveit joined prominent religious and political leaders from around the world at the mass in St Peter's Square, marking the official start of Francis's papacy.

Ecumenical leaders present at the installation included Bartholomew I, the first Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to attend a papal installation since the schism of 1054.

Tveit attended the event in order to give a "significant expression of the WCC's collaboration with the Roman Catholic Church, as well as our mutual commitment to church unity and the ecumenical movement."

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 March 25 - Apple can now track you indoors
 Article: Miscellaneous

Still recovering from the backlash to its flawed Maps app, Apple is looking to beef up the iPhone's indoor location capabilities by acquiring WiFiSlam. According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the deal, Apple paid $20 million to scoop up the two-year-old startup based in Silicon Valley.

As per usual for Apple, which made a splash when it bought Siri back in 2010, the company didn't provide any details as to why the company made this acquisition. A spokesperson told the Journal only that Apple "buys smaller technology companies from time to time." But there are plenty of reasons why this small investment could prove to be a big deal in the stage of the location-based services war.

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 March 22 - Science Fiction Comes Alive as Researchers Grow Organs in Lab
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

Reaching into a stainless steel tray, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles lifted up a gray, rubbery mass the size of a fat fist. It was a human cadaver heart that had been bathed in industrial detergents until its original cells had been washed away and all that was left was what scientists call the scaffold. Next, said Dr. Aviles, "We need to make the heart come alive."

Inside a warren of rooms buried in the basement of Gregorio Marañón hospital here, Dr. Aviles and his team are at the sharpest edge of the bioengineering revolution that has turned the science-fiction dream of building replacement parts for the human body into a reality.

Now, with the quest to build a heart, researchers are tackling the most complex organ yet. The payoff could be huge, both medically and financially, because so many people around the world are afflicted with heart disease. Researchers see a multi-billion-dollar market developing for heart parts that could repair diseased hearts and clogged arteries.

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 March 26 - Ready to pay the tab? Get out your fingers; PayTango bets on biometrics
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Could a new payment method that uses biometrics technology, or more specifically fingerprint scanning, replace our need to carry around a wallet full of credit cards? The team behind PayTango certainly hope so, although its technology is still in the testing mode.

The YC Combinator-backed startup, founded by four Carnegie Mellon University students who graduate later this year, has piloted the readers in three locations on campus.

To use the technology for the first time, the consumer touches the finger pad with their index and middle fingers and then swipes a credit card they want associated with their prints. It also asks for their mobile phone number. The reader plugs right into a merchant's existing point-of-sale terminal and software.

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 March 28 - Biometric National ID Card could be mandated on all American workers
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Control - this is what fuels many Congressmen and women. Recently, two U.S. senators met with President Obama, vouching for a biometric national ID card that would force workers to submit to a fingerprint, hand, or iris scan. Any worker failing to comply with this biometric tracking mandate, would be terminated from their job.

The program would be titled the "Believe System," an acronym for Biometric Enrollment, Locally stored Information and Electronic Verification of Employment.

The ID card would contain a digital encryption key that would be required to match work authorization databases. The micro-processing chip on the card would store the biometric identifier. The worker would be required to carry this card and the employer would be forced to scan it. The two sponsors of the legislation, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) say the new identification cards will "ensure that illegal workers cannot get jobs, dramatically decreasing illegal immigration."

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