January 6, 2013- January 12, 2014 
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 January 6 - More Americans Believe Aliens Have Visited Earth Than Believe That Jesus Is The Son Of God
 Article: Miscellaneous

According to a National Geographic survey, 77 percent of all Americans "believe there are signs that aliens have visited Earth", and according to a recent Harris poll only 68 percent of all Americans believe that Jesus is God or the Son of God. That means that the number of Americans that believe that UFOs have visited us is now greater than the number of Americans that believe what the Bible has to say about Jesus Christ. 

With each passing year, the frequency of UFO sightings seems to keep increasing, as does the number of movies, television shows and video games featuring aliens and extraterrestrial life. It is almost as if the population of the planet is being primed for something. Could this phenomenon be the "strong delusion" of the last days that is talked about in the Bible? And if there are beings out there that are not human, what is it that they want? Could it be that they have an extremely insidious agenda?

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 January 7 - Ex-DARPA Head Wants You to Swallow ID Microchips
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Former DARPA director and now Google executive Regina Dugan is pushing an edible "authentication microchip" along with an electronic tattoo that can read your mind. No this isn't a movie script about a futuristic scientific dictatorship, it's trendy and cool!

Dugan, who is Head of Advanced Technology at (Google-owned) Motorola, told an audience at the All Things D11 Conference that the company was working on a microchip inside a pill that users would swallow daily in order obtain the "superpower" of having their entire body act as a biological authentication system for cellphones, cars, doors and other devices.

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 January 4 - Rise of the exorcists in Catholic Church
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Dioceses across Italy, as well as in countries such as Spain, are increasing the number of priests schooled in administering the rite of exorcism, fabled to rid people of possession by the Devil.

The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija boards, often exploring the dark arts with the help of information readily found on the internet, the Church said.

The diocese of Milan recently nominated seven new exorcists, the bishop of Naples appointed three new ones a couple of years ago and the Catholic Church in Sardinia sent three priests for exorcism training in Rome, amid concern that the Mediterranean island, particularly its mountainous, tradition-bound interior, is a hotbed of occultism. 

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 January 10 - SmartMetric boasts world's first biometric bitcoin card
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

SmartMetric has announced that it has developed and will soon launch the SmartMetric Biometric Bitcoin Card.
"SmartMetric's bitcoin card can significantly accelerate the growth and rate of adoption for bitcoins as the new global currency," SmartMetric President and CEO Chaya Hendrick said. "By applying our patented biometric technologies to a bitcoin payment card, we offer the world's first fingerprint-secured method to safely store and use bitcoins."
Acording to the company, the SmartMetric Biometric Bitcoin Card uses the company's patented fingerprint technology, located on the card itself.

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 January 11 - Pope voices gratitude for group committed to Christian unity
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.

Pope Francis met with an ecumenical scholarship organization on the morning of Jan. 11, thanking them for their dedication to the work of Christian unity. "I express my deep gratitude to all the benefactors who have supported and (continue to) support the committee," he told members of the Catholic Committee for Cultural Collaboration.

"Without your valued contribution this work would not be possible. Therefore, I encourage you to continue in the action that you perform."

The committee, begun by Paul VI in 1963, is meeting to mark the occasion of their 50th anniversary. The organization is dedicated to helping students from the Orthodox Churches of the Byzantine tradition and the Oriental Orthodox Churches by a student exchange and scholarship program.

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 January 14 - Buddhist Singing Bowls
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university.
Q: At our parish during Lent, a Buddhist singing bowl is used at the start of Mass in place of the gathering or entrance song. According to one popular resource (Wikipedia), singing bowls are "used as a support for meditation, trance induction and prayer." On the Internet several websites assert that singing bowls provide "positive energy" and provide "beneficial therapy" because their "specific vibrations ... hit our energy bodies" (Sound Bliss). I know that instruments have to come from somewhere, but the background of singing bowls sounds as if it might be introducing a spirituality that is different from Catholicism. So my question is this: Is it appropriate to use a singing bowl or similar instrument in a Catholic Mass? -- A.C., Texas
A: Singing bowls would be, technically speaking, a kind of bell, and, as our reader mentions, are used above all in the Buddhist religious tradition.

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