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 October 1 - Pope to atheist: all people can receive grace, seek the Good
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Emphasizing that grace is available to all people, Pope Francis stressed dialogue and encounter rather than proselytism and underscored the need for each person to seek the Good while following his conscience.

"Even you, without knowing it, could be touched by grace," Pope Francis told Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist with whom he recently corresponded.

From there, Scalfari asked Pope Francis if he himself feels touched by grace. The Roman Pontiff replied, "No one can know that. Grace is not part of consciousness, it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason."

Pope Francis added that grace can be given to those without faith, those who do not believe, because "grace has to do with the soul." Although Scalfari said he does not believe in the soul, the Pope said, "You do not believe in it but you have one."

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 September 23 - MasterCard tracks global 'cashless journey'
 Article: Miscellaneous

MasterCard (NYSE: MA) today unveiled a new global report, "The Cashless Journey," that tracks how 33 major economies are progressing from cash-based to cashless societies.

The report, produced by MasterCard Advisors, identifies new technologies, government programs and consumer preferences as key factors that are driving this shift, creating more productive and inclusive economies.

Key findings of MasterCard's "Cashless Journey" report:

The report identifies Belgium (where an estimated 93% of the value of consumer spend was cashless), France (92%), Canada (90%), the UK (89%), Sweden (89%), Australia (86%) and the Netherlands (85%) as countries where cashless payments are nearly ubiquitous, and attributes the broad movement away from cash to the uptake of new cashless payment technologies such as mobile, contactless and EMV Chip and a modern payments infrastructure.

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 September 30 - Va. starting to develop a master identity database
 Article: One World Government

Using Department of Motor Vehicles records as its core, the state government is quietly developing a master identity database of Virginia residents for use by state agencies. The state enterprise record - the master electronic ID database - would help agencies ferret out fraud and help residents do business electronically with the state more easily, officials said.

While officials say the e-ID initiative will be limited in scope and access, it comes at a time of growing public concern about electronic privacy, identity theft and government intrusion.  "It makes it easier to compromise your privacy," said Claire Guthrie Gastaņaga, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia. "They're using DMV for some other purpose than driving."

DMV points out that, in today's world, state driver's licenses are the fundamental identification documents used by most Americans.  State officials say participation in the e-ID system will be voluntary, but the reason that the state has been moving to offer "privacy-enhancing credentials" to Virginia residents is the increasing number of government services offered online.

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 October 2 - Christian Leaders Expresses Solidarity With Muslims in Jerusalem
 Article:Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Senior representatives of Christian Churches of Jerusalem expressed their solidarity with the local Muslim community on Monday. According to Fides News Agency, the delegation visited the Al-Aqsa mosque to give their support in response to "recent provocative actions staged by Jewish settlers" near the Muslim holy site.

Among the members of the delegation was Catholic Bishop William Shomali, the Patriarchal Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate, Anglican Bishop Suheil Dawani, and the Armenian Patriarchal Vicar, Joseph Kelekian.

Mufti Muhammad Hussein and Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib welcomed the delegation according to sources close to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Fides News Agency reported that the leaders from both faiths sign a joint declaration denouncing the actions committed against the Mosque.

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 September 26 - 50 'Hand-Picked' Christians Trained To Convince Churches To Re-Interpret Scripture's Gay Boundaries
 Article: Perilous Times

Fifty hand-picked Christians were part of a seminal conference last week planned by Matthew Vines, a 23-year-old gay Christian who believes Scripture allows for monogamous homosexual activity, in an effort to spread the idea in the American church over the next decade. 
Vines says he has had success in convincing lay members of churches over the last year that monogamous homosexual activity is allowed by Scripture, but is encountering resistance from Scriptural scholars. He is likely to encounter much more, say theologians.

"The goal of the conference was to be training Christians who are in churches that don't currently support LGBT people and to give them the biblical tools and knowledge that they need to go back to their churches and have constructive, persuasive conversations with other believers on these issues," Vines told CP.

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 October 4 - WCC general secretary calls on churches to work for justice and peace
 Article: Bridges To Rome

During a visit to Rome the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit called on the churches to be congregations of peacemakers. Tveit also met with Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church as part of his participation in an event sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Tveit invited the Roman Catholic Church and the Pontifical Council to join in the "ecumenical pilgrimage for justice and peace", saying that "churches are included in God's work for peace". Tveit made these comments at a 50th anniversary celebration of the encyclical letter Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) issued by the late Pope John XXIII in 1963. The event took place from 2 to 4 October in Rome.

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 October 3 - Morpho launches long-distance iris recognition device
 Article: Miscellaneous

Morpho has announced the launch of a new product, the Morpho IAD (Iris at a Distance), which the company says is capable of capturing iris images at a distance of one metre.

According to the company, the IAD combines both iris and face capture, and can collect iris images at a distance of one metre in a second. This, says Morpho, makes it the fastest device available on the market.

"Innovation is in Morpho's DNA - that is why we constantly develop disruptive technologies to meet ever-evolving security needs" Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman & CEO said. Our teams have worked hard for the past few years to accomplish this technological feat and we are thrilled to be launching the market's fastest and most advanced iris capture device."

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 October 7 - Italy's Orvieto miracle inspires thousands during jubilee
 Article: Signs And Wonders

In light of the jubilee instituted by Benedict XVI in honor of the Eucharistic miracle in Orvieto, Italy, the number of pilgrims coming to the area has increased, deepening the faith of those who come.

"It just makes you thankful that you can come somewhere where these things have happened that just reiterate the faith. It's so real, it's so tangible,"
Jenna Schaffer of San Francisco, Calif., told EWTN News Oct. 6.

While he was Pope, Benedict XVI dedicated the years 2013 and 2014 as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Jubilee. The event celebrates the 750th Anniversary of the Bolsena Miracle of 1263, in which the Host began to bleed in the hands of the priest during the prayer of consecration.

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