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 Vol 8, Issue 14
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 March 29 - Pope refers to "Muslim brothers" on Good Friday
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from Understand the Times: The new pope, like the two previous popes, calls Muslims his brothers and sisters. Since Muslims declare that God did not have a Son, this redefines the biblical definition of what it means to be a "brother" and a "sister." It is becoming easier and easier to see how a one world religion will soon be established with the pope playing the role in mediating peace.

Pope Francis reached out in friendship to "so many Muslim brothers and sisters" during a Good Friday procession dedicated to the suffering of Christians from terrorism, war and religious fanaticism in the Middle East.

This year, the prayers were composed by young Lebanese, and many recalled the plight of minority Christians in the region, where wars have forced thousands to flee their homelands. The meditations called for an end to "violent fundamentalism," terrorism and the "wars and violence which in our days devastate various countries in the Middle East." Francis, who became pope just over two weeks ago, chose, however, to stress Christians' positive relations with Muslims in the region in his brief comments at the end of the ceremony.

Standing on a platform overlooking the procession route, Francis recalled Benedict XVI's

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 March 27 - UK gov't given go-ahead for 'three-parent' genetically altered embryos
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

A technique to implant donor DNA from a third party into in vitro embryos has been approved by the British Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). The technique is a form of "germline" alteration that involves modification of the person's mitochondrial DNA (MDNA) to create genetic changes that will be carried on throughout subsequent generations.

The recommendation to allow the technique follows a public consultation ordered by the government in which the HFEA said they found "broad support". The report said that the potential benefits outweighed the risks and that there is no evidence that the procedure is unsafe.

The HFEA report said that it should only be used to avoid "serious diseases" and that clinics offering the technique must be licensed. It also recommended that the children created using this genetic alteration technique be monitored.

The HFEA has already granted individual researchers licenses to conduct human cloning experiments that would create embryos from three parents. In 2005, the body allowed an experiment in which embryos were created from the combined ova of two women with the sperm from a single father, also in an attempt to treat mitochondrial genetic diseases.

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 March 29 - Tiny computer inside the body could treat disease
 Article: Miscellaneous

The "biological computer" is made from the organic molecules and is capable of working within the living cells of organisms. The tiny biodegradable devices could detect changes in the environment, deliver drugs within the body or even destroy potentially cancerous cells. Scientists have already worked out how to use biological molecules to store information and to transmit data from one cell to another.

The latest study, published in Science and reported in The Independent, adds the third critical component of computing - a biological transistor that acts as a "logic gate" to determine whether a biochemical question is true or false.

Drew Endy, assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University in California, who led the study, said the discovery could help science develop a computer to detect disease. "Biological computers can be used to study and reprogram living systems, monitor environments and improve cellular therapeutics," he said.

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 March 26 - Madagascar Seen by UN Needing $22 Million to Fight Locust Plague
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Madagascar needs more than $22 million of funding by June to fight a "severe" locust plague that has infested half of the world's fourth-largest island, the United Nations' Food & Agriculture Organization said.

The funding would allow the FAO and Madagascar's farm ministry to spray swarms of billions of plant-devouring locusts, the Rome-based UN agency wrote in a report today. The plague threatens 60 percent of the island's staple rice crop, it said.

A locust swarm can consume as much as 100,000 metric tons per day of green vegetation, including crops, and failure to tackle the plague now will lead to "massive" food-aid needs later, the FAO said. Madagascar, home to 22.6 million people, is the world's second-largest producer of vanilla and cloves, FAO data show.

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 March 30 - North Korea says enters "state of war" against South
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

North Korea said on Saturday it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea, but Seoul and its ally the United States played down the statement as tough talk.

Pyongyang also threatened to close a border industrial zone, the last remaining example of inter-Korean cooperation which gives the impoverished North access to $2 billion in trade a year.

The United States said it took Pyongyang's threats seriously but cautioned that the North had a history of bellicose rhetoric. Russia, another a permanent U.N. Security Council member, urged all sides to show restraint.

Tensions have been high since the North's new young leader Kim Jong-un ordered a third nuclear weapons test in February, breaching U.N. sanctions and ignoring warnings from North Korea's sole major ally, China, not to do so.

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 March 29 - DARPA developing sensor tattoos for monitoring vital signs
 Article: One World Government

DARPA is developing skin-adherent sensors are to monitor troops vital signs possibly in real time. Military scientists believe that using the device - preferably a tattoo - to track heart-rate, temperature or bio-electric response during various training situations will help them crack the code of combat fatigue. The solicitation, which opened last month, hopes new technologies can transcend the current paradigm of patient monitoring of needles, gels and electrodes. And advanced materials make it possible to integrate everything from the sensors to the transmitter into thumb-sized membranes that can stick to skin - like temporary tattoos.

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 March 29 - Biological computer created with human DNA
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

The transistor revolutionized electronics and computing. Now, researchers have made a biological transistor from DNA that could be used to create living computers.

A transistor is a device that controls the flow of electrons in an electrical circuit, which acts as an on-off switch. Similarly, the biological transistor - termed a transcriptor - controls the flow of an enzyme as it moves along a strand of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). These cellular building blocks could be used to do anything from monitoring their environment to turning processes on and off in the cells. The findings were reported Thursday, March 28, in the journal Science.

"Transcriptors are the key component behind amplifying genetic logic," lead author Jerome Bonnet, a bioengineer at Stanford University, said in a statement. On their own, these devices do not represent a computer, but they allow for logical operations, such as "if this-then that" commands, one of three basic functions of computers (the other two being storing and transmitting information).

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 News Alert April 1 - Rick Warren Endorses 2013 Book, "Catholics Come Home" - Calls Catholic Evangelization "Critically Important"
 Article: Bridges To Rome

This article was written by the Lighthouse Trails Editors

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 April 2 - The Evangelizing Power of Eucharistic Adoration
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times: The following personal testimony by a Baptist who converted to Roman Catholicism shows the connection between the practice of Eucharistic adoration and the New Evangelization. This is a preview of what is coming in the near future as more and more worship another Jesus as part of the One World religion foretold in the Bible.

Before my wife and I entered the Catholic Church in 2005 I found myself spending increasing amounts of time in Eucharistic Adoration at our local perpetual adoration chapel in Grand Rapids, MI. As a young twenty-something Baptist I was struck by the sense of peace I found in this "sacred space." During my three-year journey into the fullness of faith I started attending Adoration even before I went to Mass on a regular basis. The fast pace of life had left me constantly strained and stressed out and Catholic friends suggested I spend quiet time in prayer at Adoration to regain my bearings. The chapel was less distracting than praying at home and Protestant churches were not open late at night.

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 March 26 - 77% of Americans Think Morality Is on the Decline - and One in Three Think the Bible Is the Answer
 Article: Miscellaneous

A new report released today finds Americans overwhelming (77%) believe morals and values are declining in the U.S. The most-cited cause for the decline? A lack of Bible reading. The findings are reported in American Bible Society's annual State of the Bible survey released today. The report details Americans' beliefs about the Bible, its role in society, its presence in U.S. homes and more. As in previous years, the survey found that the Bible remains a highly valued, influential force in America.

The research also uncovered a significant disconnect in belief versus behavior. While 66% of those surveyed agreed that the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life, 58% say they do not personally want wisdom and advice from the Bible, and about the same amount (57%) read it fewer than five times per year.

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 April 1 - Percent of Americans Believing in the Resurrection Drops To 64% From 77% Last Easter
 Article: Perilous Times

A study released by the Rasmussen Reports polling firm on Good Friday found that 64% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

While Americans who believe in the resurrection remain in the majority, that number is down significantly when compared to a Rasmussen Poll that asked the same question, released a year ago.

On April 7th, 2012 Rasmussen released a poll finding that 77% of Americans believed the resurrection of Christ to be historical fact.

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 March 23 - Temple Groups Practice Passover Sacrifice
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Jewish groups held a mock Passover sacrifice on Thursday opposite the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The ritual slaughter was not merely a historic reenactment, but, they say, practice in advance of the reconstruction of the Temple.

The practice sacrifice has been held annually for the past several years. This year organizers were unpleasantly surprised by a veto from Israel's Veterinary Services, which refused to authorize the event. Organizers took the matter to court, and were able to quickly get a ruling permitting the ritual.

The various groups involved in the event were represented by Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who told Arutz Sheva that the ritual was carried out with as much Biblical accuracy as possible.

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