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 August 28 - Modern Marriage: Oxford Dictionary Now Includes Same-Sex Spouses
 Article: Perilous Times

It may seem like a small change in the wake of legislation granting equal rights, but the fact remains that millions of children around the world will be brought up with a definition of marriage that is LGBT-inclusive.

According to Gay Star News, the Oxford Dictionary, the largest and most renowned dictionary of the English language, has changed its definition of marriage to include gay couples.

The addendum, first reported on Aug. 25, has been effective immediately on OED's website and will be printed on every future edition.

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 September 1 - Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.

"There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming," continued the Pope. "For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church," he announced. It will be "a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout world." The vigil will take place on Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace. Those who can will gather in St. Peter's Square from 7 p.m. until midnight: other local Churches are requested to join in the fasting and prayer by gathering together.

Pope Francis extended his invitation to "fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!" said the Pope. "All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace," he charged.it belongs all of humanity!"

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 August 29 - Strikes on Syria will leave Israel in flames: Iran army chief
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Any military action against Syria will have consequences beyond the region and leave Israel in flames, Iran's army chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi said in remarks reported Thursday.

"Any military action against Syria will drive the Zionists to the edge of fire," Firouzabadi said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency.

His remarks came in response to reports of possible US-led military strikes against Syria -- Iran's chief regional ally -- in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus last week. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the rebel forces fighting to oust it accuse each other of carrying out the attacks that are said to have killed hundreds of people.

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 September 1 - Pope Francis Bows to Jordan's Muslim Queen, Breaks Protocol
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Pope Francis bowed before Queen Rania of Jordon, who was visiting the Vatican with her husband, King Abdullah II, breaking once again with protocol that requires visitors to bow to him when they see him at the Holy See.

"Up until the 19th century visitors would kiss the pope's shoes, and the tradition is still that all visitors, women included, bow to him, but Francis behaves as he did before he became pope and is not interested in protocol," U.K.'s The Daily Telegraph quoted a senior Vatican official as saying.

The leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide bowed to Queen Rania, who has been vocal about the importance of cross cultural and interfaith dialogue, on Thursday. Francis apparently did not bow toward her husband, the king, Daily Mail noted.

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 August 28 - Finger-vein biometrics poised to win festival-tech battle, says Nick Dryden, CEO of Sthaler
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

The brave new world of festival technology is upon us. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and contactless payments are leading the charge: over 40 festivals worldwide have used RFID in wristbands or other forms, while Wireless was the first UK festival at which all stallholders accepted cashless payments (also via wristbands). The recent British Summer Time Festival also featured heavy promotion by Barclaycard of its own contactless payment system.

Moving away from cash towards electronic payments suits festival goers worried about petty-theft and the need to withdraw wads of cash before a big weekend.
The technologies also have obvious attractions for events organisers, who have traditionally struggled to harness the potential marketing benefits of such a captive audience. A cashless festival brings with it the promise of real-time intelligence on who festival goers are, what they are buying, and perhaps most importantly, what they might buy more of with a well-placed promotion.

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 September 4 - Mary's Nativity draws tens of thousands to Indian basilica
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Huge crowds started gathering in Bangalore, India, last week, as the city's novena leading up to the Nativity of Mary began with the city's archbishop raising a Marian flag in prayer.

"The Virgin Mary is the Mother of God and also our heavenly mother, and thus people tend to venerate her motherly affection and dress her in local culture as their mother," said Father J. Sandhayagu, administrator of St. Mary's Basilica in the capital of the south-western Indian state of Karnataka. The statue of Mary found in the basilica is daily dressed in an elaborate sari, often laced with gold thread and jewelry, offered as a fulfillment of vows.

"The Nativity of Mary is an important feast for the Archdiocese of Bangalore," Fr. Sandhayagu continued. He told EWTN News on Aug. 30 that millions of people, irrespective of culture and religion, flock to participate at the city's Marian novena.

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 September 5 - Russia Warns Of Nuclear Disaster If Syria Is Attacked
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman warned any military intervention in Syria would create a nuclear disaster.

"If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MSNR) near Damascus, the consequences could be catastrophic," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich stated, according to Russia Today. Lukashevich said if a military strike were launched without seeking approval from the United Nations Security Council  that new suffering for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa would occur. He added that the region could be at risk of "contamination by highly enriched uranium and it would no longer be possible to account for nuclear material, its safety and control."

A Senate panel voted Wednesday to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.  The resolution would permit Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn't exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations.

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 September 5 - Vatican's Ecumenism, Interreligious Councils Welcome Participants in Day of Prayer
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

The Vatican councils charged with relations with non-Catholic Christians and members of other religions today offered a welcome to anyone who wants to associate himself with the Pope's Day of Prayer for Peace this Saturday.

A brief communiqué today from the Pontifical Councils for Promoting Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue noted that "peace is a good to which everyone aspires."

In announcing the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Syria and in the world, Francis "also invited members of other Churches and Ecclesial Communities, members of other religions and all men and women of good will to associate themselves to the initiative in the ways they deem most opportune," the communiqué noted.

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