May 13, 2013- May 19,2013 
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 May 4 - Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?
 Article: One World Government

The real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the US government, it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. But a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterterrorism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are.

BURNETT: Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone companies to give that up at this point. It's not a voice mail. It's just a conversation. There's no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?

there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It's not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out.

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 May 7 - Federal Europe will be 'a reality in a few years', says Jose Manuel Barroso
 Article: One World Government

The president of the European Commission has fanned the flames of British debate over EU membership by insisting that fiscal union in the eurozone will lead to "intensified political union" for all 27 member states.

"This is about the economic and monetary union but for the EU as a whole,"
he said. "The commission will, therefore, set out its views and explicit ideas for treaty change in order for them to be debated before the European elections. "We want to put all the elements on the table, in a clear and consistent way, even if some of them may sound like political science fiction today. They will be reality in a few years' time."

Mr Barroso's announcement that he will set out plans for a European federation next spring, before elections to the European Parliament in May 2014, will further deepen Conservative divisions over the EU.

The intervention will add weight to the argument made by Lord Lawson, and other anti-EU Tories, that it is pointless to try and improve Britain's membership terms when the dynamic, set by the eurozone, is towards a fully-fledged federal Europe.

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 May 10 - Coptic Pope stresses urgency of Christian unity at Vatican
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.

The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and spoke about the urgent need for unity among Christians in the Middle East. "We must prepare our people for this very real and needed unity that we know and live, we must work quickly and seriously," said Pope Tawadros II in May 10 remarks provided to EWTN News by his office.

His visit to the Vatican is significant because he leads Egypt's largest Christian Church with ten million members, as well as historic, since the May 9-13 trip is the first to Rome in 40 years.

"So we hope our brothers will not help us with money, but with solidarity and that they take our message out to their governments to feel all Christians worldwide are one heart," he added.

Pope Tawadros prayed with Pope Francis for about 20 minutes after their 15-minute meeting in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

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 May 10 - Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.

Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named "photo tool," a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver's license or other state-issued photo ID. Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.<

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 May 14 - Pontificate of Pope Francis consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

At the Holy Father's personal request, Cardinal Jose Polycarp, the Patriarch of Lisbon, consecrated the pontificate of Pope Francis to Our Lady of Fatima on her feast day.

Addressing Our Lady of Fatima during the ceremony, Cardinal Polycarp said, "Grant (Pope Francis) the gift of discernment to know how to identify the paths of renewal for the Church, grant him the courage to not falter in following the paths suggested by the Holy Spirit, protect him in the difficult hours of suffering, so that he may overcome, in charity, the trials that the renewal of the Church will bring him."

In statements to EWTN News, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said, "As we know, an important celebration takes place on May 13 in Fatima during which it is normal that the pontificate be entrusted to Our Lady of Fatima."

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 May 7 - WCC general secretary encourages working together with Pope Francis
 Article: Bridges To Rome

In a panel discussion at the German Protestant Kirchentag in Hamburg, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, expressed positive hopes for the leadership of Pope Francis.

Coming from Argentina, a country with widespread poverty, the pope speaks "from the bottom of society as a pastor about the issues of our world," said Tveit. "Pope Francis has seen poverty as a reality and has dealt with it," he said.

The panel discussion was held on Saturday, 4 May, where Tveit was accompanied by Dr Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the conference of Roman Catholic bishops in Germany and Dr Katajun Amirpur, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Hamburg. The discussions were moderated by noted journalist Beatrice von Weizsäcker.

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 May 14 - Text of Prayer Consecrating Francis' Pontificate to Our Lady
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Here is a translation of the prayer by which Cardinal José da Cruz Policarpo, patriarch of Lisbon, Portugal, consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima the pontificate of Pope Francis. Monday was the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. The consecration was made at the end of Mass for the feast at the Fatima shrine. * * *

The bishops of Portugal and this multitude of pilgrims are at your feet, on the 96th anniversary of your apparition to the little shepherds in Cova de Iria, to fulfill Pope Francis' clearly expressed wish, that we consecrate to you, Virgin of Fatima, his ministry as Bishop of Rome and universal shepherd.

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 May 13 - Thoughts on the New Cashless Society
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

To say that living without cash has been the stuff of legend would be an exaggeration     but only a slight one. And the reality may come sooner than we think. For literally hundreds of years, the thought of a society without cash, or money at all, has been on the minds of utopian philosophers, financial activists, anarchists and other groups, usually upset at the limitations and abuses of a representative money system. During most of this time, "cashless" - often literally "moneyless" - was a hallowed vision in the minds of some but, being virtually impossible to implement in a society beyond the near-tribal agrarian state, it was pretty much all talk.

Well, it's back, this time driven by the intersection of consumer, banking, commerce and mobile automation forces that together may make its realization more likely than ever and of major importance to our burgeoning mobile automation world.

While once based on lofty or pecuniary considerations, today's interest in a cashless society appears to be largely driven by convenience. People, especially a younger generation weaned on "anywhere-anytime" automation, like being able to do things instantaneously wherever they happen to be. They also like buying things and paying for them without having to count the money they have in their pockets. Merchants like selling to more willing credit users, and the financial industry likes lending money at rates much higher than normal loan or mortgage interest. And, of course, the automation industry likes anything that makes their newest gadgets seem indispensable.

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