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July 16 - Vatican offers 'time off purgatory' to followers of Pope Francis tweets
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of
its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering
"indulgences" to followers of Pope Francis' tweets.
The church's granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics
believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed
and been absolved of their sins. The remissions got a bad name in the
Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of
money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century.
Indulgences these days are granted to those who carry out
certain tasks - such as climbing the Sacred Steps, in Rome (reportedly
brought from Pontius Pilate's house after Jesus scaled them before his
crucifixion), a feat that earns believers seven years off purgatory.
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News Alert - July 17 - Why millions of Muslims are seeing apparitions of the Mother Mary
Article: Signs And Wonders
Comment from Understand The Times:
One of the great signs that we are in the Last Days will be when
Muslims embrace false appearances of a woman believed to be the
mother of Jesus that will bring about peace and unity. As mentioned
in the article below this happened at Zeitun, Egypt in 1968.
One of the common denominators between Roman Catholics and Muslims
is their reverence for "Mary." Current problems in Egypt may well
bring about another round of apparitions, or as described in
biblical terms, "lying signs and wonders" that will occur in a time
of great deception.
Why have apparitions of
the Mother Mary appeared across the Muslim world in recent decades,
and why was St George celebrated just as much in 19th century
Anatolia as he is in modern Britain? Margaret Coffey
explores the inter-religious saints that have bound together
different faiths in shared ceremony and respect.
In 1968, when Egypt was
experiencing something of a political, social and economic crisis,
the image of the Virgin Mary was
seen above the dome of a Coptic Christian church in the Cairo suburb
Mary's image was seen
first in April 1968, a month after workers had gone on unprecedented
strike in another Cairo suburb, by two Muslim watchmen at a garage
across the road from the church. The
apparitions recurred for five months, for hours on end, and more
than a million and a half people claim to have seen Mary during this
time. There was no verbal message received, but many Egyptians
interpreted the apparitions as a message about Egyptian unity and
peace, and as testimony to the power of the spiritual realm.
Again, in December 2009, a
Muslim neighbour of a Coptic Church in Giza, Egypt's third largest
city, claimed to have seen a light over the Church from the vantage
point of the coffee shop over the road. Over the following days,
200,000 people, Christian and Muslim,
shared his observation-and took it as a sign of difficult times to
come, when unity would be a challenge to the Egyptian people.
where is Mary now, when Egypt is again in a
time of crisis?
Mary has been
one of the strongest symbols across the Middle East for unity,
across religions, tribes and nations. In fact, Mary has made an
appearance in another trouble spot, Syria.
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July 15 - Controversial New 'Religion That Embraces All Religions'
Article: One World Religion
If you're a part
of a specific denomination or religious sect, Living Interfaith
Church of Lynnwood is probably unlike anything you've seen before.
The house of worship, based in Lynnwood, Washington, is run by the
Rev. Steven Greenebaum, 65,
and, as per
its name, the church offers an "interfaith" experience. So, what,
exactly, does that mean?
Rather than focusing solely upon Jesus, Muhammad or other central
religious figures that are specific to certain faiths, the Living
Interfaith Church focuses upon a more interconnected sentiment - one
that brings together people of any and all theological views.
Not simply mixture of people who come together to worship and
celebrate their own heritage and religious culture, the house of
worship claims that its interfaith nature is an actual "faith" in
its own regard.
Here's how the church defines its theology:
Interfaith is a faith that
embraces the teachings of all spiritual paths that lead us to seek a
life of compassionate action. Interfaith, as a faith, does not seek
to discover which religion or spiritual path is "right." Rather, it
recognizes that we are all brothers and sisters, and that at
different times and different places we have encountered the sacred
Interfaith celebrates our differing spiritual paths, recognizing it
is our actions in this world that count; that we are called to
engage the world, and to do so with compassion and with love.
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