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 Vol 1, Issue 65
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 December 12, 2006 - Rosary at Rose Bowl set for May 19, 2007
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Los Angeles (PRWeb) December 12, 2006 -- The largest outdoor celebration of the Rosary in Southern California in nearly 50 years will take place at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, on May 19, 2007, it was announced on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12, by Holy Cross Family Ministries, Easton, Mass., and its local member Family Theater Productions, Hollywood, which are planning the event in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

"A World at Prayer Is a World at Peace: A Rosary Celebration, The Rosary Bowl" will take place between 6-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The special Eucharistic celebration will combine adoration, music, inspirational talks and prayer of the Rosary with people of different cultures and languages leading some of the prayers. The Rosary combines prayer, meditation and reflection on important events in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through his mother, Mary.

Bishop Oscar Solis, Vicar for Ethnic (Multi-cultural) Ministries for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the archdiocesan director of "The Rosary Bowl," said, "The Blessed Mother is the special patroness of the City of Los Angeles and the object of special veneration by the Southland's many ethnic communities. This Rosary celebration in Mary's honor will enhance the prayer lives of our families, strengthen family unity and rely on Mary as an intercessor for world peace."

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 December 14 - Pope appears to support Syrian role in Middle East
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Pope Benedict appeared to back a greater role for Syria in resolving Middle East conflicts on Thursday, putting himself at odds with Israel, the United States and France.
The Pope made his comments in an address to Syria's new ambassador to the Vatican in which the Pontiff defended Israel's right to exist within secure borders and condemned terrorism.
"The world looks especially to countries with significant influence in the Middle East in the hopeful expectation of signs of progress towards the resolution of these long-standing conflicts," the Pope told the new ambassador, Makram Obeid.
A report released last week in Washington by the Iraq Study Group recommended the United States engage Syria and Iran to bring about stability in Iraq.

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 December 14 - Severe space storm headed to Earth
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Space weather forecasters revised their predictions for storminess after a major flare erupted on the Sun overnight threatening damage to communication systems and power grids while offering up the wonder of Northern Lights.

"We're looking for very strong, severe geomagnetic storming" to begin probably around mid-day Thursday, Joe Kunches, Lead Forecaster at the NOAA Space Environment Center, told SPACE.com this afternoon.

The storm is expected to generate aurora or Northern Lights, as far south as the northern United States Thursday night. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are not expected to be put at additional risk, Kunches said.

Radio communications, satellites and power grids could face potential interruptions or damage, however.

Solar flares send radiation to Earth within minutes. Some are also accompanied by coronal mass ejections (CME), clouds of charged particles that arrive in a day or two. This flare unleashed a strong CME that's aimed squarely at Earth.

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 December 15 - Comets hold life chemistry clues
 Article: Creation/Evolution - Misc.

Scientists studying the tiny grains of material recovered from Comet Wild-2 by Nasa's Stardust mission have found large, complex carbon-rich molecules.

They are of the type that could have been important precursor components of the initial reactions that gave rise to the planet's biochemistry.

The first full analysis of the Wild-2 grains is reported in Science magazine.

"Whatever it took to get life started, the more variety of molecules you had in the mix and the more they looked like the kinds of molecules that life uses now then the easier it should have been," Dr Scott Sandford from Nasa's Ames Research Center told BBC News.

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 December 15 - EU backs peace plan worded by Spain, France, Italy
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

European Union foreign ministers on Thursday discussed a five- point plan to revive the Middle East peace process first put forward by Spain, France and Italy in mid-November.

The plan breaks no new ground but underscores a European wish to maintain the momentum for peace even as a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians hangs in the balance, and an insurgency rages on in Iraq.

The plan has five components: an immediate ceasefire; formation of a Palestinian unity government acceptable to the international community; an exchange of prisoners - including the Israeli soldiers whose kidnapping sparked a 34-day war between Israel and Hizbullah earlier this year; talks between Israel's prime minister and the Palestinian president, and an international mission in Gaza to monitor a ceasefire.

The 25 foreign ministers reaffirmed the initiative Thursday and leaders from the 25 EU nations will formally endorse it Friday.

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