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 May 7 - Pope Francis: Ecumenical Movement Is Taking Great Steps Toward Reconciliation, Peace
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Miscellaneous

In the midst of ongoing conflicts, European Christians must intercede with prayer and work actively together toward peace and dialogue. Pope Francis said these words this morning in the Vatican when addressing the Joint Committee of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE).
Noting how the committee intends to support the ecumenical journey in Europe, "where many of the divisions that still exist between Christians had their beginning," Francis said, "today, thank God, the situation is very different."
The ecumenical movement, the Pope stated, has enabled the Churches and the Ecclesial Communities in Europe "to take great steps on the way of reconciliation and peace."

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 May 8 - The Catholic Church will now forgive your abortion
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Pope Francis will send an army of globe-trotting priests - his "missionaries of mercy" - to absolve women who've had abortions, in the latest Vatican bid to catch up with modern times. The effort, which includes reaching out to doctors and nurses who've performed abortions, will commence in the Holy Year of Mercy, which Francis has declared will be celebrated between Dec. 8, 2015, and Nov. 20, 2016.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, announced the bold initiative and said the church should always be in the absolution business. "The missionaries of mercy are priests sent out by the Holy Father . . . as a tangible sign of how a priest should be a man of pardon, close to everyone," Fisichella said.
"There are a number of clergy with the ability to pardon abortions already, it is not that rare," said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman.

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 May 8 - Tracking kids via microchip 'can't be far off,' says expert
 Article: One World Government

It's a thought that is just a little too Orwellian for most people -- putting a microchip inside your body. But there are people who are doing just that already.
For most of those who have, it's a matter of convenience. Now, they can log onto their computer, lock or unlock their front door, or even start their car with a wave of a microchip implanted in their hand.
Now let's take the technology one step further. What if you could implant a chip in your child which could help bring him or her home in the event they were lost or worse -- kidnapped?
Experts are working on that possibility right now. There are already working on products you can buy, like watches or bracelets or tracking bugs to drop into a backpack which can be tracked by GPS. But tracking a microchip, placed inside a human body is another matter.

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 May 7 - Iran: 'We Welcome War With the U.S.
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

A senior Iranian military commander on Wednesday said the Islamic Republic would "welcome war with the U.S." and "set fire to every military base from which a hostile U.S. plane takes off," according to reports in Iran's state-controlled media.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander Hossein Salami threatened the U.S. during a television interview aired on Tehran's state-run television.

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 May 10 - Germany sees 25.2% rise in anti-Semitic crime in 2014
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Germany's top security official said new statistics show a sharp rise in anti-Semitic offenses last year, as well as in crimes against foreigners. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters Wednesday that anti-Semitic offenses rose 25.2 percent last year to 1,596 after declining in 2013. Crimes against foreigners were up 21.5 percent to 3,945.

De Maiziere said the rise was partially due to new reporting methods that more closely track the motivation of perpetrators, but said nonetheless "this development is worrying and must be stopped." He said there was no political solution alone, but the "whole of society is needed."

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 May 6 - Elton John and Rick Warren Hold Off on Would-Be 'Kiss Heard Round the World'
 Article: Miscellaneous

At a Senate hearing on Wednesday on funding global health programs, including those to fight HIV/AIDS, pop icon Sir Elton John and celebrity Pastor Rick Warren joined hands and smiled as the cameras clicked and a packed crowd in the room looked on.
After taking their seats at the witness table, the pair laughed and smiled as they held hands, with Warren saying "Amen" and cautioning John that if they kissed it would be "the kiss heard 'round the world." Video reporters and photographers, who are allowed to film and photograph witnesses until the hearing is called to order, caught the moment on camera.

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 May 7 - Anti-evolution legislation introduced in Alabama House
 Article: Creation/Evolution

Legislation that would allow Alabama educators to teach alternatives to mainstream scientific theories like evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning was introduced late last month in the House of Representatives.
The bill is similar to controversial legislation, nicknamed the 'monkey bill,' that passed in Tennessee in 2012; Louisiana also has a comparable law.  Critics of those laws said it would open the door for science teachers to teach creationism, which is unconstitutional.  The ACLU of Alabama is already speaking out against the bill introduced by Rep. Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City. The bill has yet to be considered in committee.

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 May 12 - America Is Getting Less Christian And Less Religious, Study Shows
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Even though some politicians claim America is a "Christian nation," the share of the population that identifies as Christian has declined significantly in recent years.
New statistics from the Pew Research Center show that between 2007 and 2014, the number of Americans who identify as Christian dropped by nearly eight percentage points, from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent.

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 May 13 - For Cardinal Mamberti, dialogue with Muslims is a must
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Roman Catholics Uniting With Other Religions

Among all the difficult situations in the world, the Middle East situation - including the plight of the region's Christians - is one of the most compelling, says a former top Vatican diplomat who adds that dialogue with Islam must be fostered. Cardinal Dominique Mamberti, currently the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, served as the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States - the Vatican's 'foreign Minister' - from 2006 to 2014.
He granted an interview before the presentation of second-level master degrees in International Relations awarded by the Catholic-oriented university LUMSA of Rome. In his lecture, Cardinal Mamberti stressed the importance of the Holy See in the international arena. He underscored that "Church law and international law are intertwined, as international law is rooted in the universal vision of the Church."

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 May 13 - Netanyahu: Israel is the focus of contemporary anti-Semitism
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Israel has become the focus of latter-day anti-Semites, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday evening at the opening of the fifth Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism. Speaking to a crowd of more than 1,000 Jewish community representatives, diplomats and members of civil society gathered for the biennial conference, the premier said he believes "contemporary anti-Semitism doesn't just slander, vilify and target Jewish people, it first and foremost targets the Jewish state."

While there were those who believed that, following the Holocaust, "humanity would discard one of history's oldest hatreds" - and, indeed, blatant anti-Semitism became far less common in the "liberal West" - "there is no doubt we are living in an age of resurgent anti-Semitism," he added. "Today's anti-Semitism is not limited to the various sects of militant Islam or the xenophobic elements of the fringes of European society.

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 May 12 - Top Khamenei Advisor: We Have Divine Permission to Destroy Israel
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

An official close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei asserted that his government has a godly ordained right to annihilate Israel, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday. The "government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has divine permission to destroy Israel," said Mojtaba Zolnour, a Khamenei representative in the elite Revolutionary Guards.
According to semi-official state news agency Fars, Zolnour said that, "the Noble Koran permits the Islamic Republic of Iran to destroy Israel." He added that, "Even if Iran gives up its nuclear program, it will not weaken this country's determination to destroy Israel." This is by no means the first time that Iranian political or military officials have threatened Israel with destruction.

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 May 11 - Iris Scanners, Widely Used By US Military, Could Be Coming To A Police Department Near You
 Article:One World Government

Iris scans could become part of a routine traffic stop, thanks to technology being developed by researchers at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University that can grab an image from a distance of 40 feet. The technology would allow police to take an image the second a driver glances into the rear-view mirror.
"It's no different than a camera taking a picture of you," said Marios Savvides, a research professor at CMU's computer engineering department and the director of the CyLab Biometrics Center.  "You could be anywhere within a 6- to 12-meter radius and it will find you and zoom in and capture your iris."

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