February 24, 2014- March 2, 2014 
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The News In Review newsletter is a service provided by Understand The Times that is a compilation of the news articles previously posted on our site . Understand The Times does not endorse these events but rather is showing the church the current events.  The purpose of posting these articles is to warn the church of deception from a Biblical perspective.

 February 24 - Pope: "An absurdity to love Christ without the Church, to feel Christ but not the Church"
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

It is "absurdity to love Christ without the Church, to feel Christ but not the Church", Pope Francis reiterated during the mass celebrated at Casa Santa Marta, pointing out that following Jesus is not an "idea " but a "constant abiding at home", the Church , where Christ always welcomes everyone, even if they are distant.
"Because Jesus did not only come from Heaven. He is the Son of a People. Jesus is the promise made to that People, which, beginning with Abraham, made its way toward the promise. These gestures of Jesus teach us that every healing, every [act of] pardon, always helps us return to our People, which is the Church".

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 February 19 - Report: Vatican Pushing for Control of Mount Zion
 Article: One World Religion

Christian leaders reportedly pressured Israel to turn over control of Mount Zion in Jerusalem during a clandestine meeting of senior city officials.
The meeting took place Tuesday in the office of Attorney Amnon Merhav, the director-general of the Jerusalem municipality. It was attended by officials from the Prime Minister's Office, President's Office, Tourism Ministry, Police, Kotel Rabbi's Office, and more.
During the meeting, representatives of Christian groups in the capital pushed Jerusalem leaders to give the Catholic Church control over the Mount Zion area that includes the "Hall of the Last Supper." There have been reports that Israel's government is planning to turn the building in question over to the Vatican prior to the Pope's expected visit in May.

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 February 24 - Vatican theologians recognize miracle attributed to Paul VI
 Article: Signs And Wonders

The consulting theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Pope Paul VI, moving him closer to sainthood.

Vatican Insider's Andrea Tornielli reported Feb. 21 that earlier that week, the congregation's theological experts had unanimously recognized the healing of an unborn child through the intercession of the late Roman Pontiff.

In the mid-1990s in California, the then-unborn child was found to have a serious problem with a high risk of brain damage. Physicians advised that the child be aborted, but the mother entrusted her pregnancy to Paul VI.

The child was born without problems, and now that he is an adolescent and remains healthy, he is regarded as having been completely healed. 
The healing had already been announced as medically inexplicable by the medical commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

A miracle must be approved by both the members of the congregation and Pope Francis in order for Pope Paul VI to be beatified - the last step in the canonization process prior to being named a saint

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 February 24 - FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children.
The Food and Drug Administration has framed its two-day meeting as a "scientific, technologic and clinical" discussion about how to test the approach in humans. But the technique itself raises a number of ethical questions, including whether the government should sanction the creation of genetically modified humans.

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 February 21 - Inter-religious dialogue explores challenges offered by modernity and spirituality
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.

An international team representing the World Council of Churches (WCC) and its longstanding dialogue partner the Center for Inter-religious Dialogue in Tehran held the seventh round of dialogue under the theme "Modernity and Spirituality", leading to a stimulating exchange with their Shia Muslim counterparts.
There has been an on-going series of meetings between the WCC and the Center for Inter-religious Dialogue in Tehran beginning in 1995.
The papers offered in the meeting ranged widely over the topic, making it clear that for both Muslims and Christians, the possibilities - and difficulties - presented by modernity were a creative challenge to their faiths.

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 News Alert - February 21 - Pope Francis and the Future of Charismatic Christianity
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from Understand The Times:
The following news item and video clip reveals how far the ecumenical movement has gone and how close we are to the unification of Rome with "Charismatic evangelicals" and eventually all religions. This is something that Understand The Times has been predicting for some years as the present Pope Francis and the last two Popes, Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul have been active in promoting the New Evangelization.

The purpose of the New Evangelization is to promote the Roman Catholic gospel by reaching out to all religions as well as the separated brethren and introducing them to the Eucharistic Christ.

Evangelicals who believe there will be a great revival (rather than a great apostasy) in the last days centered around the outpouring of the Holy Spirit are candidates for this delusion. Eventually all religions and a false Christianity will form the counterfeit bride also called the harlot. This will happen as the result of the "lying signs of wonders".

So-called evangelical Bible believing Christians who fall for the Pope's call for unity will become members of the One World Religion that prepares the way for the antichrist. Roman Catholics promote that the outpouring of the "Holy Spirit" in the last days will bring about unity of religions for the cause of peace. They say that "Mary" is the one responsible for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. They say that the "Eucharistic Reign of Jesus" will soon be established and the "Kingdom of God will be established here on earth with Rome as the headquarters. "Kingdom Now" evangelicals like Copeland and his followers are more than ready to follow the Pope and his plan.

Also, remember that Pope Francis is a Jesuit. The Jesuit plan is to reunite "Christianity" by declaring that the Reformation was not valid and that the Pope is the Head of the Church.

Christians who have discernment and understand what is happening because of insight from their knowledge of the scriptures will be labeled as troublemakers and persecuted for refusing to accept this final delusion.

The return of Jesus Christ is at hand.

A recent meeting of ministers associated with the prosperity-preaching Word of Faith branch of charismatic Christianity received a surprise announcement: Pope Francis had sent a message to the conference. It was something of a historic moment.
Beginning around the thirty-minute mark of the above video, Francis speaks in Italian and English subtitles are provided at the bottom. As part of his greeting, the pope chose to highlight two themes, his joy at their desire to worship together in prayer to the Father for the Spirit to come and his yearning for Christians to become one again.
Francis described the current state of Christianity as one of separated families, by which he meant both biological families and the family of God. It was not lost on the Holy Father that the fractures in Christianity are also fractures between individuals. He asks, "Who is to blame for this separation?" and answers, "We all share the blame. We have all sinned." Such a statement expresses the fraternity Francis wishes to restore, nothing more, nothing less. He went on to say that his desire is for this separation to end and a communion to begin again.

YOUTUBE VIDEO CLIP:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5TwrG8B3ME

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 February 23 - Central Bank kicks off 1m euros campaign for cashless society
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

The Central Bank is launching a major national campaign to persuade consumers and businesses to stop using cash and cheques in favour of online transactions.
Dame Street mandarins calculate that it would save the Irish economy 1bn euros a year to increase the use of electronic payments with debit cards, smartphones and online transfers and is tendering for ad agencies to power a major marketing drive with a budget of up to 1m.euros
The State itself is setting an example - it is one of the heaviest users of cheques, but from September government departments and local authorities will no longer use them

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 February 25 - Visa is Exploring Biometric Payment Systems
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Apple's iPhone 5S has a fingerprint scanner, and now Samsung's revealed a print-reading Galaxy S5. Each allows for payments to be verified using a swipe of your digits. Is this the possible future of all transactions? Perhaps, and Visa is now exploring the area too to ensure it will be ready for the possible sea-change.
"Smartphones equipped with fingerprint scanners are definitely useful. There are all kinds of technologies that we are seeing, and a lot of innovation in this space. We're working with these technologies, and they are all very interesting," said Jon White, Visa's Head of Marketing, Mobile Strategic Alliances.
"It's a different consideration between drawing a squiggle to unlock a phone or putting in a four-digit password to access my mobile to what's required to access my bank account," continued White. "Secure management of payment credentials are the priority. I think there will be moves to form partnerships in this space though. That will continue, and we will pursue these technologies, but we need these multiple layers of encryption to preserve customer trust and integrity."

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 February 26 - 'We Are Brothers,' Pope Declares in Heartfelt Message to Pentecostals
 Article: One World Religion

Pope Francis sent a video message to a gathering of U.S. Pentecostal leaders, voicing his "yearning" that separation between Catholics and other Christians may end.
"We have a lot of cultural riches and religious riches. And we have diverse traditions," he said. "But we have to encounter one another as brothers. Let's give each other a spiritual embrace and let God complete the work that he has begun," he said, adding that "the miracle of unity has begun. "He will complete this miracle of unity," the Holy Father said.
Pope Francis' message was delivered to a meeting of the Fort Worth, Texas-based Kenneth Copeland Ministries by Pentecostal Bishop Tony Palmer, who had recorded it on an iPhone in a Jan. 14 meeting with the Holy Father. Palmer knew Pope Francis from his time in Argentina, when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. The video was later uploaded to YouTube. The Pope described Palmer as "my brother," saying the two have been "friends for years."

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 February 27 - Getin Bank deploys Hitachi finger vein authentication in self-service branches
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Getin Bank has completed the first implementation of the self-service VTM branches in Poland, which include finger vein authentication technology from Hitachi.

According to the company, these new self-service bank branches - called Getin Point - allow customers to perform operation typically made in a bank branch. This includes cash, payment of bills, setting up deposits, making transfers, as well as setting up new accounts and the instant issuance of payment cards.
These self-serve banks also include identification document scanners, and a secure hand-writing tablet.

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 February 28 - Calling the Ecclesial Movements: Pope Francis Encourages Focolare, all the Movements, So Do We!
 Article: One World Religion

On February 27, 2014, Pope Francis held a special meeting with Bishops who are friends of the Focolare movement. They were attending meetings in Castel Gandolfo for the 37th international meeting of the movement. The theme was "Reciprocity of love between the disciples of Christ.".

As he has done in the past,
not only with Focolare but with other ecclesial movements, Pope Francis affirmed the movement. He encouraged his brother Bishops to pastor the work and "bring to these meetings the wide-ranging breath of the Church." He asked them to ensure that all of the efforts of the movement are "for the benefit of the whole church."

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 February 27 - 'Three-parent babies' could be born in Britain next year
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

The first three-parent babies could be born by 2015 after the government set out new draft regulations which will allow donor DNA from a 'second mother' to be implanted into a defective egg. 
Under the new rules, IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) clinics will be able to replace a baby's defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA from a female donor's egg.  It is controversial because it would result in babies having DNA from three people.

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