March 10, 2014- March 16, 2014 
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 March 3 - Fujitsu To Implement Palm Scanning To Keep Smartphones Secure
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Biometrics is increasingly being used in keeping security on mobile devices and Fujitsu plans to put more than just a finger on security for its smartphones. In a statement, the company announced it plans to deploy palm-vein scanning to address security on its mobile devices.
The palm-vein scanning feature will be used specifically in Fujitsu smartphones, SlashGear reports. The company already has experience in developing and using the technology.

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 March 10 - Medical experts confirm miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton Sheen
 Article: Signs And Wonders

When James' mother, Bonnie Engstrom was pregnant, a feeling came over her that "God wants this baby to exist", she said. "Maybe he's going to be the pope. We didn't know, but we were shooting high."

Mrs. Engstrom described what happened at a 2012 gathering of the Midwest region of the Catholic Press Association in Peoria. She says that during delivery, what caused James to be stillborn was that his umbilical cord had knotted itself, cutting off his blood flow and oxygen supply. The further he progressed through the birth canal, the tighter the knot became. "He was born stillborn," Engstrom said, remembering how "his arms flopped by his side" when she reached for him to hold him.

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 March 8 - WCC general secretary shares with pope aspirations for unity, justice and peace
 Article: One World Religion

In an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit stressed the significance of Christian unity. He also expressed appreciation for Pope Francis's call to pray for peace in Syria and his call for churches to remember the poor, encouraging Christians to work for economic justice.
The WCC general secretary,
who represents a fellowship of 345 member churches in more than 110 countries, expressed these views on 7 March during his visit to Rome hosted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity of the Roman Catholic Church.

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 March 10 - Sweden's Pentecostal Megapastor Converts to Catholicism
 Article: Bridges To Rome

Comment from Understand the Times:
The welcome back to the Roman Catholic Church and the announcement that the Reformation is over at the recent Kenneth Copeland conference in Texas by Jesuit Pope Francis continues. Now the pastor of a large group of Pentecostal Charismatics has made the choice to follow the pope. This trend will continue as we are now in the age of full apostasy with the formation of the One World Religion in the name of Christ on the threshold.

The founder of a 3,300-member megachurch in one of Sweden's largest cities announced yesterday [Sunday, March 9] his decision to leave his charismatic congregation and join the Roman Catholic Church.  Ulf Ekman, who introduced Sweden to the prosperity-emphasizing Word of Faith movement when he founded Word of Life Ministries and Word of Life Church, had stepped down from the pastorate at the Uppsala church last spring.

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 March 12 - Churches Draw Crowds with Gun Giveaways
 Article: Miscellaneous

Churches in Kentucky and upstate New York are giving away guns to draw people in to hear religious and 2nd Amendment messages, the Los Angeles Times reports. The churches are hoping the free raffles will draw people in to hear about Jesus.
John Koletas, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Troy, N.Y., told the Albany Time Union, "I'm just trying to be a blessing and a help to the gun owners and the hunters and give away a free AR-15. It's the right thing to do."

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 March 10 - Positive meeting between Pope and ecumenical leader
 Article: One World Religion

Pope Francis and Reverend Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, met last Friday to discuss new opportunities for Christian unity.  The Pope described the meeting as marking "an important chapter in the long and fruitful relationship between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches".
Praising the WCC's commitment to unity, the Pope said "Since its creation, the World Council of Churches has offered a great contribution to forming the sensibility of all Christians with regard to the fact that our divisions represent a major obstacle to our witness to the Gospel in the world."

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 March 13 - Rabbi Skorka: Pope's Holy Land Trip Will Usher in New Era of Jewish-Christian Dialogue
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

"Whether I am present or not, I am convinced that this trip will usher in a new era in Jewish-Christian dialogue: the era of empathy." These were the sentiments of Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Rabbinical Seminary of Buenos Aires, on Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the Holy Land. Rabbi Skorka, a personal friend of the Holy Father, was interviewed by the Italian bishops' newspaper, Avvenire, on his friendship with the Pope and the impact of the Holy Father's first visit to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jordan on May 24-26.
When he served as Archbishop of Buenos, the then Cardinal Bergoglio and Rabbi Skorka worked together in fostering relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish community in Argentina.

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