The Weekly News In Review Newsletter is a
compilation of the news articles that have appeared
on the Understand The Times website during the
July 2, 2006 - Pope calls for peace talks between Israel and Palestinians
Article: Israel and the Last Days
Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called for peace talks
between Israelis and
Palestinians and an end to spiraling violence in
Speaking to thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's
Square, Benedict for the second
time this week warned a spiral of "atrocious
carnage" in the Holy Land and Iraq
risked being aggravated if all sides failed to
"In the face, on one side, of blind violence and
atrocious carnage, and on the
other, of the threat of aggravating the crisis in the
last dramatic few days,
there is a need for justice and a serious and credible
peace plan: that
unfortunately there is no sign of," Benedict
..."All must remember
that every man, from whatever
population, is a brother," Benedict
...Benedict, on Sunday, welcomed the meeting of
Russian Orthodox and Catholic
delegations in Moscow this month.
"This important meeting reveals the shared wish
to promote the dialogue among
civilizations and the search for a more just and
peaceful world order," Benedict
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July 3, 2006 - When You go to Mass, Remember That it's NOT Just a Ritual
Article: Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days
Note from UTT: While Roman
Catholics may believe that the following experience
based faith is Christianity,
the Bible does not support this
By Michael Brown
During Mass we're part of the Heavenly court. We're
surrounded by angels. Too
often we don't realize that.
Back a couple years ago I received a letter from a
woman who lives in Minnesota.
I get many letters, but this one touched me.
She sounded very level-headed and recounted how,
in 1986, during Consecration of
"I looked up and all of a sudden I could see
with my physical eyes a multitude
of adoration angels, suspended in a devout posture,
encircling the altar,
adoring the Eucharist -- Jesus.
"Their presence enhanced the devotion to God
within my own heart. At the very
moment of Consecration, several angels were lying
prostrate at the foot of the
altar. I noticed every single adoration angel
positioned lower than the
Eucharistic Host as Father held it up for all to praise
and take notice of. Many
were dressed in light, translucent gowns of heavenly
colors shown in pinks,
aqua, yellow, blue, and green, bathed in light.
"I was given the knowledge that these are
adoration angels and their place
before God is to adore the Eucharistic Jesus during
Mass and they are always
present during Consecration."
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July 7, 2006 - Religious Leaders Unite to Promote Common Causes
Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.
MOSCOW, JULY 6,
2006 (Zenit.org).- The World
Summit of Religious Leaders ended on Wednesday
with a joint message from
Christians, Muslims, Jews,
Buddhists, Hindus and
Shintoists to the G-8 leaders and all
"We, the representatives of different religions
and confessions, were unanimous
in affirming that it is indispensable to put an end to
the constant increase of
opposition between people, with violence, cruelty and
terrorism," said Patriarch
Alexy II, on closing the summit.
"Our mission is to remind the world of the
imperishableness of the moral values
that each religion and confession professes. Each one
of us preaches on this.
But today, we say it with one voice, which heads of
public opinion and our faithful must finally
heed," said the Patriarch.
..."We call for an end to
any insult to religious feelings
and defilement of texts, symbols, names or places
held sacred by believers."
...The final message states that "interreligious
dialogue should be maintained
by religious leaders and experts, and enriched by the
contribution of ordinary
The summit leaders concluded
with a "special appeal to all
believing people," urging them "to respect
and accept one another regardless of
their religious, national or other
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July 8, 2006 - 'Purpose-Driven' pastor to preach in N. Korea
Article: Social Gospel
Rick Warren's popular "The Purpose-Driven
Life" - the Christian bestseller
credited by many last year with playing a role in
convincing an Atlanta
courthouse-shooting suspect to surrender after his
murderous rampage and to
release his hostage - may be put to an even tougher
test next year when the
Southern California preacher holds the first
evangelical stadium crusade in 60
years in North Korea.
Warren, who is on a 40-day, 13-nation tour, will visit
Kaesong on July 17 to
plan for the March 2007 crusade after being invited
by a group of North Korean
businessmen who visited him at his Saddleback
Church's Lake Forest office last
"I will be the first preacher in 60 years to speak
publicly in North Korea,"
Warren told the Orange County Register. "I'm
..."When you go in they have to loosen up on
religious freedoms," Warren said.
"They have to just by your presence. It's like
Mandela going into a country.
Automatically people start loosening up."
Suzanne Scholte, chairman of the North Korea
Freedom Coalition isn't so sure.
"This is a Satanic
regime," Scholte told Chad Groening of
American Family Radio, "and to go in there and
believe that you could actually
preach freely is an illusion. It won't do anything to
help the church. It will
only put the true church at risk, and it will be used as
a propaganda piece by
the Kim Jong Il regime."
Warren said he is aware that some might misinterpret
his visit as an endorsement
of the North Korean regime.
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