August 12 2013- August 18,2013 
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 August 14 - Fatima statue headed to Rome, as Pope plans to consecrate the world to Our Lady
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

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 August 11 - Pope Francis greets Muslims and urges both Christians and Muslims to promote mutual repect.
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Pope Francis on Sunday urged Christians and Muslims to promote mutual respect , especially through the education of new generations. His remarks came at the end of his Angelus address when he sent greetings to Muslims throughout the world who have just celebrated the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. 

Addressing the pilgrims directly, Pope Francis asked them two questions, "do you have a heart with a wish or do you have a closed heart, a sleeping heart, a heart that is anesthetized." His second question for the pilgrims was: "Where is your treasure", what for you is the most important and precious reality that attracts your heart like a magnet?" "Is it" he asked, "God's love which is the desire to do good to others and live for the Lord?" Pope Francis went on to describe how God's love keeps a family united and gives meaning to our daily tasks and also helps us to face up to the big challenges. This, he declared, is the true treasure for mankind. God's love isn't something vague and generic, "it has a name and a face, Jesus Christ." The Pope said "God's love gives value and beauty to every human activity" and it gives meaning to negative experiences. That's because God's love allows us to move beyond those experiences and not remain prisoners of evil but also be open to hope and the final destination of our pilgrimage.

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 August 14 - Church Remixed: DJs Added to Sunday Worship to Draw Youth to Services
 Article: Emerging Church

When you're DJing a Baptist church service, is it more appropriate to mix electronic music by Daft Punk and Fatboy Slim as congregants are being ushered in or as they exit?

Such were the choreographic and theological questions at play Sunday at the 104-year-old high-steepled Church at Clarendon, which for the day replaced its usual eight-piece band and singers on the pulpit with an Atlanta wedding DJ who has hipster glasses, a table of music-mixing technology and a tendency to fist-pump while playing.

The concept may have been radical at the 125-member church a decade ago, when worship meant a piano and traditional hymns. But in order to keep its doors open during a period of churn in American religion, the Arlington church has changed its pastor (three times), rebuilt its building, overhauled its services and now finds itself in one of the epicenters of young Washington life.

Music is perhaps the most powerful spiritual tool there is, and experimentation is hardly rare for institutions trying to connect with a fickle public. Sixth and I synagogue in Chinatown puts racily dressed klezmer rockers on its altar, and the Community of Hope AME in Hillcrest Heights incorporates a go-go band, an improvising rapper and Christian hip-hop.

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 August 15 - Mary is with us in our struggles, Pope Francis teaches
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

During his homily for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis said that this feast helps us reflect on the Christian themes of struggle, resurrection, and hope.

"Mary      has of course already entered, once and for all, into heavenly glory. But this does not mean that she is distant or detached from us," the Pope preached Aug. 15 during a Mass said at the Piazza of Liberty in Castel Gandolfo.
"Rather Mary accompanies us, struggles with us, sustains Christians in their fight against the forces of evil."

This struggle is faced by every Christian disciple, and "Mary does not leave them alone," Pope Francis said. "The Mother of Christ and of the Church is always with us. She walks with us always, she is with us."

The Pope recommended the rosary as a prayer with Mary that "has this 'suffering' dimension, that is, of struggle, a sustaining prayer in the battle against the evil one and his accomplices. The Rosary also sustains us in the battle."  He chided his listeners to pray the rosary daily, saying: "Do you pray the Rosary every day? But I'm not sure you do      Really?"

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 August 14 - 'Messy Middle' Evangelicals Show More Tolerant Attitude Toward Homosexuality
 Article: Perilous Times

A new voice is emerging in the evangelical community, and it's turning away from the church's vocal opposition to homosexuality in favor of a more tolerant attitude.
Researchers at Baylor University found that 24 percent of evangelicals were "ambivalent," meaning they support civil unions or legal recognition of gay relationships, despite harboring a moral opposition to homosexuality. "What you have is this increase in people coming out publicly and saying, 'I don't want to be a part of this anti-gay rights movement as an evangelical,'" said Lydia Bean, assistant professor of sociology at Baylor and co-author of the study. The study, "How the Messy Middle Finds a Voice: Evangelicals and Structured Ambivalence towards Gays and Lesbians," analyzed national data from the 2010 Baylor Religion Survey, conducted by Gallup. On the acceptance spectrum, these "Ambivalent Evangelicals," fall between those who oppose civil unions -- "Gay Rights Opponents" -- and those who affirm homosexual behavior -- "Cultural Progressives."

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