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Kingdom in 2007: Encouraging Historic Interfaith Dialogue Arab News (December 30, 2007) - Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s historic meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Nov. 6 was one of the highlights of his two-week-long European tour in 2007. It opened a new era in Muslim-Christian relations as the two leaders called for dialogue between the followers of major religions in order to promote world peace. The Vatican meeting captured world attention. German Chancellor Angelo Merkel commended the king for his meeting with the pontiff. “We have been following up your meeting with the pope with great interest. It was a fruitful meeting and we know that you support interfaith dialogue to resolve all issues and problems,” she said. King Abdullah arrived in Rome on the second leg of his four-nation European tour, which also took him to the United Kingdom, Germany and Turkey. The visits were instrumental in strengthening relations with the four countries and mobilizing their support for Arab and Islamic causes. King Abdullah was the first Saudi monarch to have an audience with the pope. Benedict warmly greeted the king, grasping both his hands before leading him to a library for their brief private meeting, which lasted 60 minutes, with both leaders speaking through interpreters. The Vatican said the talks allowed a wide discussion on the need for religious and cultural dialogue among Christians, Muslims and Jews “for the promotion of peace, justice and spiritual and moral values, especially in support of the family.” Both sides emphasized the need for a “just solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. About a million Catholics, many of them migrant workers from the Philippines, live in Saudi Arabia, home of Islam’s two holiest mosques. The BBC’s Frances Harrison in Rome said the symbolism of the meeting was huge for those who believe there should be more dialogue between Islam and Christianity, especially after the pontiff’s controversial September 2006 speech at Regensburg University, denigrating the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Benedict’s speech sparked anger across the Muslim world. Later he said he was misunderstood and regretted offending Muslims. Since then, he has met a number of Islamic leaders and a year ago visited predominantly Muslim Turkey. The Vatican has said it wants to pursue a dialogue with moderate Muslims. Marco Politi, the Vatican correspondent for the Italian daily La Repubblica and a biographer of Pope John Paul II, said: “I think it is extraordinarily important that an official communiqué from the Vatican and an important Islamic state like Saudi Arabia mentions ‘cooperation’ between Christians Muslims and Jews — not dialogue but cooperation.” The meeting, presaged by an upbeat front-page article in L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s newspaper, was also a clear attempt by the Vatican to repair damage done by the pope’s statement on the Prophet, which the Islamic world had seen as insensitive if not incendiary. more...
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According to the Scriptures The Berean Call (December 1, 2007) - The Bible makes uncompromisingly clear to all mankind its claim to be the infallible, inerrant Word of the only true and living God. It denounces all other gods and scriptures as false, as well as the religions they represent. Of Jesus, God's Word declares, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36). Peter told Jewish religious leaders (and was beaten, imprisoned, and killed for testifying to Christ's resurrection): "There is none other name...given among men whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Such unequivocal statements cannot be misunderstood. Jews would not have been persecuted and killed had they presented Yahweh as just one more god to be added to the Roman Pantheon. Christians were considered an even greater threat because in obedience to Christ they preached the gospel everywhere and thereby "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6). Even they would not have been persecuted and killed had they presented Jesus Christ as merely one of many possible saviors. It was their firm proclamation of Christ's claim, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6), that threatened Caesar and aroused such vicious hatred. Today, however, to avoid the objectionable exclusivity of their faith, "Christians" often compromise and many ecumenically deny the biblical gospel. Christianity is a biblical faith, and the Bible is not an "ecumenical" book. It makes no compromise with any of the world's religions. Those who support ecumenism to any extent, no matter how loudly they defend their orthodoxy, are not Bible-believing Christians. At worst they are deliberate frauds; at best they are confused into simultaneously professing two contradictory beliefs (syncretism). Which do they really believe? Speaking out of both sides of their mouths is a popular ploy today of both political and "Christian" leaders. Anyone is free to invent any new religion-but not free to call it Christianity. That faith is founded upon facts: Scripture, history, and prophecy, all of which are a matter of clear record and none of which can be changed. These facts cannot honestly be denied. What must we say of "Christian" leaders and even entire denominations that do not follow Christ and His Word? We have exposed many by name and have documented in these pages their inexcusable hypocrisy and deceit, which must be summarily rejected. Away with all duplicity! Whoever (Bush, Rice, et al.) insists that Islam is a "religion of peace" and that Allah is the God of the Bible is either deceived or lying. Islam has its founding prophet, Muhammad, who began his career with numerous murders, attacked peaceful villages and caravans, and beheaded hundreds who surrendered in exchange for his sworn promise of peace and safety. Islam has its scriptures (the Qur'an and Hadith) and 1,350 years of the bloodiest and most violent history of any religion ever known, including the merciless slaughter of millions (more millions in the take-over of India than Hitler killed in all of Eastern and Western Europe). We fully document the truth about Islam in Judgment Day , which every Berean ought to donate to his or her local public library. One can only say that all those (from Bush and Rice on down) who turn a blind eye to the indisputable truth about Islam and call this violent religion "peaceful" are engaged in a cover-up. It is indisputable that today's Islamic terrorism may not honestly be blamed upon "extremists." This is true Islam as it always has been from the beginning! Terrorists are sincere Muslims following both the teaching and example of Muhammad, the obedient example set by his loyal followers, and Islam's scriptures, which command the take-over of the entire world and death to all who will not convert. True, not every Muslim is a terrorist, but nearly every terrorist is a Muslim! more...
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 NewWorldOrder | America | Apostasy |

Ankara welcomes Pope's EU comments The Irish Times (November 29, 2006) - Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan reacted positively today to comments made by Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to Turkey but there were more difficulties over the country's bid to join the European Union. The Pontiff began a 4-day visit yesterday with the aim of defusing Muslim anger over his recent comments implying Islam was violent religion that should not be allowed spread throughout the EU. Yesterday, the Pope made comments which gave apparent support to Turkey's controversial bid to join the EU and today he made conciliatory comments about Islam. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan after a private meeting with the Pontiff that the Pope was in favour Turkey's membership bid. "He said 'we are not political but we wish for Turkey to join the EU'," Mr Erdogan told journalists. At the Nato summit in Riga, today Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said Mr Erdogan had declared himself "very satisfied" with the start of the Pope's trip. Celebrating mass at a shrine in southwestern Turkey today, where believers say the Virgin Mary lived her last days, Pope Benedict stressed that Christians and Muslims share a common devotion to the mother of Jesus. Benedict said in his sermon: "From here in Ephesus, a city blessed by the presence of Mary Most Holy - who we know is loved and venerated also by Muslims - let us lift up to the Lord a special prayer for peace between peoples." The Koran describes Mary as the virgin mother of Jesus, whom Muslims consider the greatest prophet after Mohammed, and some Muslims - especially women - visit shrines to her. Benedict's comments on his first official visit to a Muslim country appeared to go a long way towards making up for a speech in Germany, which led to several attacks on churches in the Muslim world and the murder of an Italian nun in Somalia. A columnist in the Milliyet daily newspaper today said the Pope's comments were "a big warning for conservative politicians who think the EU is a Christian club." The EU has criticised Turkey for its treatment of non-Muslim religious minorities and today the European Commission put a further barrier to accession when it recommend the suspension of some strands of negotiations over Ankara's failure to open its ports to EU member Cyprus. more...
| Islam | RCC | Apostasy |

I'm learning a little more about the Vatican's place as the woman riding the beast of Revelation 17. I just read a good historic look at the Vatican and her history of "reigning over the kings of the earth." Revelation 17:18 It is by S.H. Venour and is called New World Order: The Counterfeit Kingdom. It was written in 1998 and so the more current news of Europe's rise to power and the 10 kingdoms is missing in the assessment, but the history of the Roman Catholic Church remains the same and as the Bible states is at the core of planning for a New World Order. But her judgment will come in one day and the 10 kings will maul her and burn her with fire according to God's judgment He has put in their heart to fulfill. Revelation 18
"It is very important that the visit of Pope Benedict XVI coincides with a period in which the final declaration of Alliance of Civilizations Initiative Istanbul Summit was released," said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who held a news conference regarding his meeting with Pope at Ankara's Esenboga Airport on Tuesday. Link
This brings me to this article brought to attention by Bjorn on his blog regarding the Alliance of Civilizations. If you have been reading my comments in past issues, you know that the Alliance of Civilizations is heading for a war on those with fundamentalist religious beliefs that claim sole ownership to the Truth. At the core of the Catholic Church is still the Bible and although this Bible is changed from its original, it still states that Yeshua is the only way to salvation. I think therefore that this is why the woman who has controlled and guided world politics over the millennia (riding the beast), will be hated by the 10 horns. In order for the plans for a One World Religion to come to fruition, the foundation of belief must be destroyed. In the case of Christianity, that is the Bible. The Vatican is working toward that end of a One World Religion through the method of accepting all belief and mixing them to dilute the Truth, a trademark of Babylon. In this way, if nobody reads the Bible for themselves and rather trust in the interpretations of men like the Pope for direction, when the great deception is unleashed with power, signs and lying wonders, the world without a firm foundation will have signs and wonders to deceive them from the Truth that has been written in the Bible from the beginning. I believe we may see the Pope at the time act as the 12th Mahdi for Islam and redirect worship of traditional means to the antichrist. It this is the case, then those who listen to the Pope over the Bible will be deceived and lost.
Another aspect of this plan is stated by Albert Pike in 1871 regarding the three world wars he saw as necessary to bring about the "pure doctrine of Lucifer," or as the Bible puts it, "...he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time." Daniel 7:25 This is the abomination of desolation we are foretold in scripture, "...that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." But like I said, the Bible is still at the core of what many Catholics believe and so to bring forth this new god, the One True God must be eliminated. God will accomplish His wrath and her destruction for her wickedness through history in one day through the 10 horns.
Revelation 17:15-18
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore [woman riding the beast] sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Pope invites senior Muslims to Vatican meeting (November 29, 2007) - Pope Benedict XVI invited a delegation of senior Muslim personalities, who signed an appeal for greater dialogue between religions, to a meeting at the Vatican, according to a letter released Thursday. The pope praised the "positive spirit" behind the October 11 message signed by 138 top Muslims from around the world and sent to Christian leaders, said Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in the letter sent in Pope Benedict's name. The pope wanted to meet a representative group of the signatories at the Vatican, he added in the letter sent to Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, head of the Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman. "The Pope has asked me to convey his gratitude to Your Royal Highness and to all who signed the letter," Bertone wrote. "He also wishes to express his deep appreciation for this gesture, for the positive spirit which inspired the text and for the call for a common commitment to promoting peace in the world. "Without ignoring or downplaying our differences as Christians and Muslims, we can and therefore should look to what unites us, namely, belief in the one God, the provident Creator and universal Judge who at the end of time will deal with each person according to his or her actions. We are all called to commit ourselves totally to him and to obey his sacred will." The letter said the pope "was particularly impressed by the attention given in the letter to the twofold commandment to love God and one's neighbour." It recalled Pope Benedict's statement in August 2005 soon after he took office that "we must not yield to the negative pressures in our midst, but must affirm the values of mutual respect, solidarity and peace. "The life of every human being is sacred, both for Christians and for Muslims. There is plenty of scope for us to act together in the service of fundamental moral values." "Such common ground allows us to base dialogue on effective respect for the dignity of every human person, on objective knowledge of the religion of the other, on the sharing of religious experience and, finally, on common commitment to promoting mutual respect and acceptance among the younger generation," the letter went on. "The Pope is confident that, once this is achieved, it will be possible to cooperate in a productive way in the areas of culture and society, and for the promotion of justice and peace in society and throughout the world." more...
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Alaskans recall alleged abuse by Jesuits Associated Press (November 21, 2007) - Holding photos of themselves as children, Elsie Boudreau and James Niksik described what they said were years of sexual abuse by Jesuit priests that led to the announcement of a $50 million settlement. They said Tuesday that their abusers were venerated in the isolated western Alaska villages where they grew up. "This is a crime that our parents and our grandparents couldn't even conceive of," said Boudreau, who said her photo was taken for her first communion in the village of St. Mary's. The press conference was held two days after the announcement of the $50 million settlement with the Pacific Northwest branch of the Society of Jesus, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Jesuit organization's settlement covers 110 Alaska Natives who say they were abused by more than a dozen priests. "This is how big I was," said Niksik, from the village of St. Michael, pointing to a photo of himself and another child at what he said was age 7 or 8. "We put our trust in the people who taught us religion." When he told his father about the abuse, Niksik said, his father didn't believe him. The settlement does not include the Fairbanks Roman Catholic Diocese, which owned and managed churches in rural Alaska. The settlement doesn't require the Jesuits to acknowledge wrongdoing, but lawyers for the plaintiffs said the size of the settlement spoke for itself. John Manly, who has handled several abuse cases, said the plaintiffs believe that church officials knowingly sent "the worst of the worst" to isolated villages and that the Jesuits continue to care for abusers. He said he believes abusers are still in the ministry. The Very Rev. John Whitney, provincial superior of the society, has denied that Alaska was a dumping grounds for pedophile priests. more...
| Apostasy | RCC |

I haven't posted some video documentaries here because I want to put more focused research into this before doing so. The implications have to do with ritualistic abuse of children, a method of traumatizing children young and destroying their lives. Yes there are wicked people out there, that's why God's wrath is coming to deal with them and those that align with them. I believe that the Vatican is the woman described in Revelation 17 riding the beast. Of course they don't advertise the real them because dark deeds are done in darkness. Don't be naive enough to believe that wicked men can't control the world. The Bible says that very thing will happen and bring about the greatest persecution in history. We are much closer than most believe and the Truth is getting harder to conceal in these days. It is entirely possible for wicked men to say one thing and do another, some are very good at it and have no problem doing it. This is the opposite of love.

'Vatican-Israeli ties worsening' The Jerusalem Post (November 17, 2007) - A senior Vatican diplomat who served as papal envoy to Israel has described Vatican-Israeli relations as worsening, blaming Israel for failing to keep promises related to church land, taxes and travel restrictions on Arab clergy. Archbishop Pietro Sambi lashed out at Israel in an interview posted Friday on, an online publication about the Holy Land. "If I must be frank, the relations between the Catholic Church and the state of Israel were better when there were no diplomatic ties," said Sambi, interviewed earlier in the week in Washington, where he now serves as Pope Benedict XVI's envoy to the United States. "The Holy See decided to establish diplomatic relations (in 1993) with Israel as an act of faith, leaving to latter the serious promises to regulate concrete aspects of the life of the Catholic community and the Church" in Israel, Sambi said. Among the issues hanging are the status of expropriated church property, services that Catholic groups perform for Israel's Jewish and Arab population, and tax exemptions for the Church. The Vatican diplomat also cited a current sore point - the granting of permits for Arab Christian clergy traveling to and around the West Bank. Israel has rescinded some travel privileges for those clergy because of security concerns. Israel and the Palestinian territories are home to a small Christian minority. Sambi complained that the Knesset has failed to give necessary approval to various accords that had been signed by both sides, and noted that an impasse over taxes has been discussed on and off for nearly 10 years without resolution. He blamed the situation on Israel's "absence of political will." "Everyone can see what kind of trust you can give to Israel's promises," Sambi said. Asked about Sambi's criticisms, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said: "Israel is interested in good relations with the Vatican and Israeli and Vatican officials are working to overcome gaps that exist." Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the interview with Sambi "reflects his thinking and his personal experience" during the diplomat's former posting in Israel. Lombardi said the Holy See reiterated the hope, expressed in September when Benedict met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, for a "rapid conclusion of the important negotiations" and a common solution to "existing problems." Earlier this year, tensions developed between the Vatican and Israel when the Holy See's ambassador to Israel initially decided to boycott a Holocaust memorial service because of allegations that during World War II Pope Pius XII was silent about the mass killings of Jews.

Please learn a little of the history of the Vatican and their connection to and control of the plans for global governance through history. Much of my life I had a tendency to just accept without research and I'm discovering that things are not at all what they are made to appear to be. Keep watching.

Saudi king to visit the Vatican Gulf Times (November 1, 2007) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will make an unprecedented visit to the Vatican next week, the Pope’s press office announced yesterday.  Abdullah, currently on a state visit to Britain, will have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI on November 6.  It will be the first time a Saudi king has visited the Vatican and the two states do not have diplomatic relations. Abdullah will meet Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi later that day, the chair of the cabinet announced. Last month the Pope met the Saudi foreign minister at his summer residence outside Rome to discuss the Middle East and the “defence of religious and moral values” — as well as the political and religious situation in Saudi Arabia.
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World Religious Leaders Meet For Peace Summit (October 22, 2007) - Leaders of the world's main religions kicked off an annual interfaith peace summit in Naples today with calls for a global organisation uniting their faiths. Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Israel's chief rabbi Yona Metzger and the imam of the United Arab Emirates, Ibrahim Ezzeddin, were among those attending the gathering. "Civilisations don't dialogue directly, but through those who carry their traditions and cultural values. So we should not speak of a dialogue of civilisations, but a culture of dialogue," Bartholomew told the opening. In a similar vein, Rabbi Metzger proposed a "United Nations of Religions" that would "embrace the heads of religious communities that have a profound influence on their congregations". "If we sit down together around one table ... surely we could arrive at effective solutions," he said. Ibrahim Ezzedin, too, advocated a formal structure linking world religions, saying: "This important grouping of God-fearing people cannot and should not limit itself to processions, conferences and seminars." "We need to form a permanent and authorised executive machinery for ... executing any decisions we may make," he added. The Muslim leader however spoke harshly of "unjustified provocations in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan and ... unfair dealings in Palestine" that have prompted "some Muslim individuals and groups (to go) astray and wrong themselves by violent actions". He added: "We are dismayed by the behaviour of some great powers who continue to act aggressively against other countries, by means of military occupation under fabricated pretexts ... forced regime changes and blunt interference in other countries' affairs." The Sant'Egidio summits are meant to carry on the "spirit of Assisi" and were launched 21 years ago by John Paul II in the birthplace of Saint Francis. The first summit, dubbed a World Day of Prayer for Peace, was attended by the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and other religious leaders. The Pope, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, stayed away, reportedly out of concern that it put all religions on an equal footing. Thus the timing of his pastoral visit to Naples has been billed as a "happy coincidence" by Sant'Egidio, a lay Catholic organisation that has mediated in several world conflicts. The theme of this year's peace summit is "A World Without Violence: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue", with topics to include AIDS, immigration, the plight of Africa and the quest for peace in the Middle East. more...
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In the name of peace and security, some people are willing to drop their religious beliefs. Christians in particular will always be removed from these groups because Yeshua said that He is the only way to the Father. This is one reason we will be hated in the coming years and the Alliance of Civilizations being developed currently works against those who claim sole ownership to the Truth. Christ defined us as Christians in that way because we profess what He stated, that He is the only way to heaven. How many Christians would stick to that in the face of death? Would you?

'Make peace with us – or we'll kill you!' World Net Daily (October 12, 2007) - An open letter issued by a group of 138 Muslim scholars, clerics and academics issued an "invitation" to the Vatican, the archbishop of Canterbury and other Christian leaders to "make peace" with Islam. At least, that is the way most mainstream news reports styled it – "an invitation to make peace." It was actually more of an ultimatum than it was an invitation. Boiled down to its essence, the letter warned Christians to "make peace with us or we'll kill you." The letter just phrases it more nicely. "As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them – so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes." It was hard to know what to make of that statement. If it refers to the war on terror, it was Osama bin Laden who declared this a war of religions, in which he identified his enemies as Christian Crusaders and Jews. The so-called "invitation" to make peace with Islam suggests that the price of peace is Islamic freedom to make war on others without fear of retaliation. At no point in the conflict has anyone other than Islam defined it as a conflict between Christians and Jews against Islam. The statement was timed to coincide with the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan and one year after the pope inflamed the sentiments of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage by quoting the words of an obscure 14th century Byzantine emperor. The letter was hailed by Newsweek as "something of a miracle" – treating it as if were an olive branch being offered by the victim to the aggressor, if only the aggressor were humane enough to accept it. Gushed Newsweek in it's column headlined, "Give Peace a Chance" – as if it were the West who opposed peace and had suddenly run amok attacking innocent Muslims everywhere – "It is addressed to Christianity's most powerful leaders, including the pope, the archbishop of Canterbury and the heads of the Lutheran, Methodist and Baptist churches, and, in 15 pages laced with quranic and biblical scriptures, argues that the most fundamental tenets of Islam and Christianity are identical: love of one (and the same) God, and love of one's neighbor." I hardly know where to begin to address that statement. In the first place, if it were true, then no Muslim could make a credible argument to his co-religionists based on the most fundamental tenets of Islam that there is any eternal reward to be had for killing one's enemy in jihad. If it were true, then the word "jihad" wouldn't be an Islamic concept. There is no identical fundamental belief within Judaism or Christianity that ascribes special spiritual benefits to dying in religious combat. In fact, there is no such concept of "religious combat" of any kind in Christianity or Judaism. The Bible relates combat involving Jews against their enemies, but those were territorial political battles, not battles to impose Judaism on the vanquished. Jews don't particularly encourage converts, and Christians believe that conversion can only be accomplished by the Holy Spirit. The job of the Christian is limited to sharing the Gospel, not imposing it by force or threats. Christians are taught by no less an authority than the Lord Himself, "And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them." The Quran tells the faithful that, should an infidel reject Islam, "you will fight against them until they submit." And of course, those who continue to reject are to be slaughtered. The document is peppered with references to the Islamic contention that Muslims, Christians and Jews all worship the same God, which got rave reviews from the press. Time magazine enthused, "The letter notes that 'whilst Islam and Christianity are obviously different religions – and whilst there is no minimizing some of their formal differences,' both require believers to believe in only one god, and it's the same god." Time, in its excitement, is emulating Newsweek's style of making sweeping theological pronouncements disguised as news. From their perspective, who can blame them? If you don't believe in any god at all, what difference does it make? One god is as good as the next – or as some Americans would say, as offensive as the other. Islam not only demands that its followers believe that Allah is the same god as the God of Christians and Jews; it demands that Christians and Jews agree. Neither Christianity nor Judaism imposes that requirement on their adherents, although Christians and Jews generally agree that the God of Israel is also the God of Christianity. Not because one side or the other demands it, but because both understand from the Bible that the nature of the God of Israel and the God of Christianity are the same. The mainstream media embraced the letter as vindication of their long-held but difficult to believe faith in the existence of a vast, moderate Islamic majority that follow the kinder, gentler Islam that we keep hearing about, but for which we see little evidence. That is one way of interpreting it, if you really squint hard. Unfortunately, there are verses in the Quran that nobody wants to talk about – probably because nobody wants to consider the awful implications of their meaning. The ignorance of our political leaders and the media concerning Islam's true beliefs is beyond deplorable; it is more in the range of criminal negligence in time of war. Under Islamic law, before Islam can make war against the infidel with Allah's blessings, the infidels must first be offered an opportunity to submit to Islam. Osama bin Laden has just recently asked the leaders and people of the United States to embrace Islam. So has Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. All these letters offer the West the "opportunity" to submit to Allah as being equal to God. They also warn that, should their offer be rebuffed, "The very survival of the world is at stake." Islam just finished the feast of Ramadan. Here is what the Quran says should be the attitude of all Muslims at the end of this sacred feast season: "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters [particularly Jews and Christians] wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. …" (Quran, Surah 9.5) The irony of our leaders' and media's response is mind-boggling. This is not an offer of peace – it is a prelude to war. In the cold light of day it means, "Make peace with Islam and Allah, or we'll kill you."
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I believe that the current conflict between the West and Islam was part of a plan to exhaust the world with conflict and then provide someone to resolve what they themselves created. Albert Pike in 1871 wrote a letter detailing three world wars he said were necessary to bring about their desired end, the introduction of the "universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view." Read whole description of the three world wars at the link above.

The Bible talks about that too but calls it the abomination of desolation, when the man of sin declares himself god in the Holy of Holies and demands that the world worship him or die. This is the beginning of the great tribulation and the dragon's war on the saints from Daniel 7:25 and elsewhere. If you do a little research on Islam and the 12th Mahdi in light of scripture, I think you will see the possibility that the 12th Mahdi is the false prophet of Bible prophecy. He has power to call fire from heaven, which would be enough of a sign for Islam to follow him and he is prophesied to direct the world to worship the antichrist. If indeed the Vatican constitutes the woman riding the beast, that would bring Catholics that put the Pope's authority over that of the Bible to worship the antichrist as well. Think that's not possible? The Vatican is already saying we all worship the same God, etc. Trust the Bible over man always.

Muslim scholars reach out to Pope BBC News (October 12, 2007) - More than 130 Muslim scholars have written to Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders urging greater understanding between the two faiths. The letter says that world peace could depend on improved relations between Muslims and Christians. It identifies the principles of accepting only one god and living in peace with one's neighbours as common ground between the two religions. It also insists that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. The letter comes on the anniversary of an open letter issued to the Pope last year from 38 top Muslim clerics, after he made a controversial speech on Islam. Pope Benedict sparked an uproar in September last year by quoting a medieval text which linked Islam to violence. The letter coincides with the Eid al-Fitr celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan. It was also sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the heads of the Lutheran, Methodist and Baptist churches, the Orthodox Church's Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I and other Orthodox Patriarchs. The letter, entitled A Common Word Between Us and You, compares passages in the Koran and the Bible, concluding that both emphasise "the primacy of total love and devotion to God", and the love of the neighbour. With Muslims and Christians making up more than half the world's population, the letter goes on, the relationship between the two religious communities is "the most important factor in contributing to meaningful peace around the world". As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them - so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes," the letter says. It adds: "To those who nevertheless relish conflict and destruction for their own sake or reckon that ultimately they stand to gain through them, we say our very eternal souls are all also at stake if we fail to sincerely make every effort to make peace and come together in harmony." One of the signatories, Dr Aref Ali Nayed, a senior adviser at the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme at Cambridge University, told the BBC that the document should be seen as a landmark.
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It is very clear that Christianity and Islam do not mingle, in fact they are mutually exclusive. If a belief is defined by its holy book, then true Islam and true Christianity can never claim to be the same. But then again, the Vatican does not represent the Christianity of the Bible, although they claim sole position as the Christian church. The truth of the matter is made clear once again by just reading what the Bible actually says in comparison to the fruits of the Vatican. I have nothing against Catholics, but if you profess faith in Yeshua, you must also be obedient. If practices of a "church" go against the Bible, God's Word, and if we love Yeshua then we obey Him, John 14:15-21, then it follows that what we are clinging to is not really Christianity because our foundation is the Word of God, not the word of men. I urge everyone to read the Bible for themselves and see how we are supposed to act if we are really Christians. That is the foundation, not tradition. This I say in love because there is Truth, let us align ourselves with Truth, wherever that leads us.

Need of the Hour Fulfilled Prophecy (September 27, 2007) - You know the old saying, "The devil is in the details"? It couldn't be more true of the United Nations gathering taking place right now. For two weeks each year, world leaders swoop on the U.N. headquarters in New York, where they're given a platform to address their concerns. Media has aired sound bytes from their speeches -- mostly juicy ones about Iran's president -- yet much of the real news is happening on the sidelines, out of the spotlight. Yesterday, for example, the Alliance of Civilizations Group of Friends held its second ministerial meeting, attended by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim. The presence of the U.N's top two leaders shows that this meeting was not viewed by them as peripheral. Quite the contrary, in his remarks to the Group of Friends, Ban called the AoC's task of healing the divide between Muslim and Western societies "the need of the hour." Ban went on to say that the AoC "can help reinforce the work of the United Nations system." For those who don't know what the AoC is -- let's just say it's "the U.N. meets religion." The U.N. realized it can't achieve world peace without getting religious people onboard -- those who are the source of so much conflict. So, in 2005, it launched this initiative -- co-sponsored by the prime ministers of Spain and Turkey -- which "hopes to contribute to a coalescing global movement" against religious extremism, according to its Web site. Unfortunately for Christians, it labels as "extremists" all those who claim sole ownership to the truth -- not just terrorists. (Learn how it may play into the end-times false religious system in league with the Antichrist.) During his speech yesterday, Sampaio enlisted the help of the Group of Friends -- made up of representatives from governments and multilateral organizations -- in fulfilling his vision for the AoC, as outlined in the "Implementation Plan 2007-2009." But, first, Sampaio pointed out how many nations have joined the Group of Friends since late April, from about 40 to over 70. See the list here. This means the AoC now has weight to throw around. Or, in Sampaio's words, "our ever-enlargening Group of Friends has now reached the critical mass of participation." Read his speech here. He said it's time to turn the AoC's momentum into concrete action in the form of commitments from governments. He urged the Group of Friends to go back to their countries and seek suggestions for projects and policies that can be implemented nationally, regionally and locally -- targeting the AoC's four areas of focus: education, youth, migration and media. According to the Implementation Plan, such projects should include programs to train journalists, major-motion films, AoC youth groups, advertisements at cultural and sporting events, and new curriculum on religion for schoolchildren. As Sampaio said yesterday, the AoC is much more than conferences and lectures: It "needs to be integrated in the domestic agendas of the countries, in the international agenda and indeed in all aspects of the work of the United Nations." In other words, the AoC is planning some big stuff. If the Implementation Plan is, indeed, implemented, then schools around the world may soon be required to use AoC-approved curriculum. Yes, even religious schools (don't believe me, read the Implementation Plan). Do you want your kids being taught that all religions are equally valid -- that Jesus was wrong and he isn't the only way? Of course, this excludes, for now, the United States, which hasn't yet joined the Group of Friends. But, oh, the difference one election can make! The participating government's suggestions will be presented at the AoC's first annual forum, Jan. 15-16, in Madrid Spain. Sampaio urged them to view this event as a golden opportunity for the AoC to go public. You think Hollywood's got a liberal agenda, wait until film directors catch the AoC vision. And don't forget the very real possibility of Super Bowls sponsored by the Alliance of Civilizations. The good thing is then the media will have to report on it.
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Holy See's speech addresses a 'serene dialogue of civilizations'

The Secret Nazis Covet the Temple Mount Ezine @rticles - "Even before the end of this war, I revealed to you the plans for a NAZI UNDERGROUND MOVEMENT, to go underground as a SECRET organization the very moment they lost the war - to lay low...then come forth when least expected, RESTORE GERMANY TO POWER, and go on to finally accomplish their aims in a WORLD WAR III" - The Plain Truth, Sept. 1948. The Philadelphia Trumpet magazine (Feb. 2000) reminded its international audience that Herbert W. Armstrong wrote those prophetic words long before they were confirmed by Reuters Arthur Spiegelman, who wrote on May 10, 1996: "Realizing they were losing the war in 1944, Nazi leaders met top German industrialists to plan a secret post-war international network to restore them to power, according to a newly declassified U.S. intelligence document. The document...says an SS general and a representative of the German armaments ministry told such companies as Krupp and Rohling that they must be prepared to finance the Nazi Party...when it went underground." Ella Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress stated: "Now that the Nazi secret plan has been confirmed, the central question is whether it has been carried out." Need we wonder? Considering German hegemony throughout Europe is practically a done deal (with the Vatican's blessing), aren't Herbert W. Armstrong's warnings about the final revival of the "Holy Roman Empire" being fulfilled before our very eyes? Only the deaf, dumb and blind could deny that the Germans have thoroughly carried out their plans! But what is the German-Catholic kingdom without the crown of Jerusalem? "Woe to Ariel, Ariel, the city where David dwelt!" (Isaiah 29:1). The Vatican covets Mount Zion and the Temple Mount and Europe won't quit until it occupies the eternal capital of Israel! Both the Arabs and the Jews had better beware any European moves into the Middle East. David Ben-Ariel, a Christian-Zionist writer and author of Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall, shares a special focus on the Middle East, reflected in hard-hitting articles that help others improve their understanding of that troubled region. Check out the Beyond Babylon blog.
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Woe to Ariel! (Jerusalem to suffer EU occupation) Ezine @rticles - Isaiah 29:1 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! Carl Sandburg, an American writer warned: "If America forgets where she came from...if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution." The same principle applies to our Jewish brethren in Israel. The most merciful God of Jacob-Israel resurrected the nation of Israel from the graveyard of history and offered us a new opportunity to fulfill our unique calling to become a model nation, a kingdom of priests, a light to all nations, based upon the Law and the Prophets. Yet secular Jews, Hellenist Jews, UNJews, have divorced themselves from the Bible and have sought to make Israel just like all the other nations. And the corrupt Chief Rabbinate and blind religious leaders have woefully neglected (and forfeited by default) Judaism's most holy site: the Temple Mount. Despite the faithlessness of many of Israel's leaders, the Great God of the Universe liberated areas of Judea and Samaria and restored Judaism's holiest site (supposedly) - the Temple Mount - into Jewish hands. Did Israel immediately invite the God of history to return with our exiles (now making aliyah) by building the Third Temple? Did they honor the God of our fathers by creating an Embassy for the Eternal upon the Temple Mount? No! Instead Israelis despised their most sacred inheritance, the crown jewel of Jerusalem, and permitted militant Muslims to continue their abominable occupation. The foreign foxes terrorize faithful Jews and Christian Zionists who attempt to worship upon the Temple Mount and illegally refuse to let them pray or read the Bible. Israel has failed to uphold religious rights for non-Muslims (that are trampled daily) and has failed to guarantee "freedom of access." The biblical solution is to build the "House of Prayer for All Peoples" spoken of by the Prophets. Queen Victoria said: "I think it very unwise to give up what we hold," referring to territories of the British-Israelite empire. Judah has been "very unwise" to surrender holy land to the enemies of God and Israel in the name of a lying peace. The accursed and treacherous Oslo accords, like a murderous cancer, continue to eat away at the very foundations of the Jewish state and the Jews have only themselves to blame. Does someone have to be a prophet to recognize prophetic trends and to be grieved about them? Or to perceive that divine judgment is surely coming upon our beloved nations? Can't we just be like righteous King Josiah who HEARD AND BELIEVED the inspired words of the PROPHETS? (2 Chron. 34:15-33). He took God's "ancient" warning seriously and then did everything he could to avert national disaster! God respected him for it. Yet the American, British and Jewish peoples today despise those who dare come forth, teaching and preaching the Word of God, encouraging repentance to spare our people from the unprecedented "Time of Jacob's Trouble," "the Great Tribulation" (Jer. 30:7, Matt. 24:21). At least, when they're temporarily crushed under the heels of a German-led Europe, when the Jewish Quarter is made Judenrein and the Temple Mount seized and occupied by Vatican forces that are intent on ripping the heart out of Israel for their pagan purposes (Dan. 11:45, Zech. 14:2), they will remember that they had been warned by a loving God, and hopefully will then have a change of heart and attitude that will hasten the process of redemption and welcome home the Messiah whom Two Witnesses will announce to the cities of Judah and proclaim to the world (Zech. 12:10).
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Pope reinstates Islam department BBC News (May 28, 2007) - Pope Benedict XVI has reversed a controversial decision he took a year ago to downgrade the Vatican department which deals with the Islamic world. The Council for Interreligious Dialogue will be restored to its former position as a department in its own right. It is not clear if the department's former head, British archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, will also be reinstated. His removal was seen as a sign the Pope was more interested in improving ties with other Christian denominations. The BBC's David Willey in Rome says that by reversing his decision, which was interpreted negatively in the Muslim world, the Pope has tacitly admitted that this was a mistake. Relations between the Vatican and Muslims have deteriorated over the past year, particularly over remarks made by the pontiff during a visit to Germany last September, in which, some thought, he appeared to equate Islam with violence. The Pope insisted his words had been taken out of context and that he meant no offence to the Muslim religion. In a rare about face, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told the Italian newspaper, La Stampa, that the Council for Interreligious Dialogue would again become "a dicastery in its own right". In March 2006, the Pope had downgraded the office by merging it with the Pontifical Council for Culture. "The change highlights the importance of inter-religious dialogue," Cardinal Bertone said. The cardinal did not, however, identify who would be asked to lead the council after its reinstatement. The last president, Archbishop Fitzgerald, an expert on Islamic affairs, was appointed papal nuncio to Egypt and the Vatican's representative at the Arab League in Cairo. Our correspondent says the archbishop, a fluent Arabic speaker, is much respected as a negotiator for the Vatican within the Muslim world.
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Blair-faced Liars: Blair, Clinton and the New World Order European Institute of Protestant Studies (May 18, 2000) - A very perceptive article by Steve Pierce entitled "My peace I give you", published in the January, 1998, edition of Workers of Iniquity, exposes the fact that it is really the Roman Catholic Church that is behind the façade of Tony Blair and New Labour. It could also be shown that the same is true of Bill Clinton and his universal 'peace' missions. The already proven sympathy of both men with the Romanist faith and system, as well as their active dedication to promoting the policies of the Papacy world-wide, is a reflection of the real men behind the masks. On page 8 Pierce writes:

"Until he attended the 1993 meeting [of European Heads of State] in Athens, Tony Blair was merely the Shadow Home Secretary. Following this meeting, however, he was carefully groomed and 'raised up' to fulfil the requirements of the 'coming New Order' which he briefly mentioned in a political speech on March 18, 1997, though few noticed or understood the implications of what he said. Since then he has been carefully steered and has regularly received much guidance and counselling from Bill Clinton, who not only accompanied him to the Amsterdam Summit, but afterwards instructed our Parliament, though the voters who put Blair into office were not allowed to know what was discussed; and what is an American President doing instructing our Parliament in the first place? If it was something beneficial or acceptable to the United Kingdom's populace we would have been told, so obviously whatever was discussed was either alarming or unacceptable. […] It looks like we are going to find out the hard way."

What is this 'New Order' being promoted behind the pressed suits and contrived body language of Blair and the hypocritical moralising of the arch-immoralist Clinton? What Tony Blair is really doing, says Pierce, is ushering in the [resurrection of the] 'Holy' Roman Empire. This is entirely consistent with our analysis that the real aim of the European Union is a United Roman Catholic States of Europe, which was the ideal pursued by Pius XII through his Concordat with Adolf Hitler. In a remarkable speech given in French in 1975, Pope Paul VI said that it was "the [Roman] Catholic faith that made Europe" and added: "No other human force in Europe can render the service that is confided to us, promoters of the faith, to awaken the Christian soul of Europe, where its unity is rooted." [Reported in The Reformer, January/February, 1976. Note that it is a "human" force, not one of God.] It is the Papacy that is behind the drive for European unity. The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) once remarked: "The Papacy is no other than the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof." [Leviathan, Part 4, Chapter 47 (1651).] The Microsoft Encarta Encyclopaedia 99 article on the Roman Empire states:

"It was the [Roman Catholic] Church, more than anything, that was the real heir of the Empire, and which was able to provide a measure of continuity after the collapse of temporal power and civil administration. The Papacy continued to be based in Rome and to exert enormous authority over most of Europe, keeping alive not only many of the ideas of the Roman world but also a sense of a wider community which looked to the ancient city for support and leadership."

The dream of re-establishing that Empire has never been abandoned. Napoléon and Hitler failed in their attempts. The late Enoch Powell alluded in the Evening Standard (December 2, 1987) to a "profound rearrangement now taking place" involving the "dissolution of the North Atlantic Alliance versus Warsaw Pact confrontation" and resulting in an arrangement which would "reappear like some submerged landscape revealed when the floodwaters fall, an older pattern, which previous generations would have no difficulty in recognising. [...] Its old name is Holy Roman Empire." The comparison is strongly reminiscent of the Biblical prophecy in Revelation 17:8 of a beast ascending out of a bottomless pit. more...
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Pope: Other Christians not true churches Associated Press (July 10, 2007) - Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches. Benedict approved a document from his old offices at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that restates church teaching on relations with other Christians. It was the second time in a week the pope has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that modernized the church. On Saturday, Benedict revisited another key aspect of Vatican II by reviving the old Latin Mass. Traditional Catholics cheered the move, but more liberal ones called it a step back from Vatican II. Benedict, who attended Vatican II as a young theologian, has long complained about what he considers the erroneous interpretation of the council by liberals, saying it was not a break from the past but rather a renewal of church tradition. In the latest document — formulated as five questions and answers — the Vatican seeks to set the record straight on Vatican II's ecumenical intent, saying some contemporary theological interpretation had been "erroneous or ambiguous" and had prompted confusion and doubt. It restates key sections of a 2000 document the pope wrote when he was prefect of the congregation, "Dominus Iesus," which set off a firestorm of criticism among Protestant and other Christian denominations because it said they were not true churches but merely ecclesial communities and therefore did not have the "means of salvation." In the new document and an accompanying commentary, which were released as the pope vacations here in Italy's Dolomite mountains, the Vatican repeated that position. "Christ 'established here on earth' only one church," the document said. The other communities "cannot be called 'churches' in the proper sense" because they do not have apostolic succession — the ability to trace their bishops back to Christ's original apostles.  more...
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That they may be One (April 25, 2007) - The efforts of Pope Benedict XVI to restore Church unity in his two years as Vicar of Christ. From the first moments of his pontificate Pope Benedict XVI perceived God’s plans clearly. “The current Successor (of Peter) assumes as his primary commitment that of working tirelessly towards the reconstitution of the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers. This is his ambition, this is his compelling duty.” Now, on his second anniversary as Pope, his track record shows us the seriousness of his commitment. Few people expected Pope Benedict, now 80, to keep up the pace of world travel that the young Pope John Paul II had set. The consequent drop in worldwide media coverage of the Pope’s activities is understandable. However, the quiet insistence of the current Vicar of Christ merits more attention. His various apostolic visitations, numerous ecumenical gatherings and even his weekly Wednesday audiences demonstrate his focused goal of achieving unity. This mission takes place on three levels. First, there is the difficult task of achieving full Christian unity. Second, there is unity within and among increasingly secular societies that needs to be considered. Third, and this is something the Pope has particularly stressed, there is the issue of the unity between faith and reason. On his first apostolic visit to Germany for World Youth Day, Pope Benedict met with Christians of all denominations to express with clarity his great hope. “What does it mean to restore the unity of all Christians? … This unity subsists, we are convinced, in the Catholic Church, without the possibility of ever being lost. This does not, however, mean uniformity in all expressions of theology and spirituality, in liturgical forms and in discipline.” For some that may sound a bit too ambitious, but as Pope Benedict has repeated on various occasions, “We can only obtain unity as a gift of the Holy Spirit.” In that same World Youth Day address he stressed that “spiritual ecumenism -- prayer, conversion and the sanctification of life -- constitute the heart of the ecumenical movement. It could be said that the best form of ecumenism consists in living in accordance with the Gospel.” Given this firm interior preparation, the Pope expressed his sincere hope in the fulfilment of this mission given to him from on high. “I am convinced,” he said, “that if more and more people unite themselves to the Lord’s prayer ‘that all may be one’, then this prayer, made in the name of Jesus, will not go unheard.” The papal visit to Valencia, Spain, gave the Pontiff an opportunity to expound his deep concerns for the unity in secular society. He especially addressed the secularist trend causing Europe’s demographic suicide. This ongoing theme of the unity of faith and reason at the service of humanity also motivated his speech at the University of Regensburg. There, in his visit to Bavaria the Pope argued that reason without faith threatens the unity of Christians as well as unity among societies. “Secularized reason is unable to enter into a true dialogue with the religions. It remains closed to the question of God, and this will end by leading to the clash of cultures,” he recalled in his address to the Curia. Pope Benedict does not suggest that the clash of civilizations is inevitable, but sees a clear connection between this threat and Christian unity. He stressed that “religions must encounter one another in the common task of putting themselves at the service of the truth and thus, of the human being.” Contrary to the misinterpretations of his speech in Regensburg, the Pope’s visit to Turkey showed the world his respect for the Islamic religion. In the Blue Mosque in Istanbul he prayed “that all believers might recognize themselves as creatures and give witness of authentic fraternity.” Amidst a crowd of 400,000 gathered in the celebration of Pentecost, he called upon the various ecclesial movements present to “accept the active directives of the Successor of Peter, but also of the bishops of the various local Churches who, with the Pope, are custodians of truth and charity in unity.” He encouraged the enthusiasm and initiative of these new lay groups in the Church reminding them that their various activities should converge in a common end. “He wants your diversity and he wants you for the one body.” more...
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The desire for peace among those in the world is not lost on me, but not at the loss of Truth. The inter-religious connections do not attempt to share Truth, but fall under the false belief that we all just have different names for God and that all roads lead to God. This is not Truth according to the only Holy Book that tells the future from the beginning. Pandering to destructive belief systems in the name of compromise and peace is heading toward the Babylonian mixing of belief that dilutes the Truth and introduces lies that deceive. Kissing the Koran and having all the religious leaders from the world unite in prayer to their gods does not bring peace, it gives the false impression of it without changing reality.
I believe that the bride of Christ should be united as one mind and one body as God intended. However, that should be according to God's Word alone and not a modified version of it. The NIV and other modern translations, has over 200 verses missing with the verse numbers left printed and many changing of scripture also found in the Catholic Bible! Examples Then there's the subtle elimination of the 2nd commandment regarding idols in Catholic displays of the Commandments and the division of the 9th and 10th Commandments to make it 10 again. Also, something I missed on Rosh Hashanah, 2005 is the following story: Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible 
So my point is let those who accept the Bible as the infallible Word of God be united in that faith and in one accord, but one has to put aside what they hold as Truth to be accepted with those who reject Yeshua is not a place the true Church should be seeking acceptance, rather from God alone. People are welcome to believe what they want, God never takes away our free will and choice so neither would I, but I've seen too much proof sola scriptura to be deceived by those who wish to erase Christ from history. Just because the world does not like the Truth, doesn't mean that there is no longer only one Truth. Christ said we should be one, but He was speaking of those who accept Him, not of the world in general. When we compromise Truth to get along, we do everyone a disservice because reality will always catch up to us once we die. We are promised to be hated by the world for holding our faith in Christ alone that will lead to the war on the saints. My prayer is that Christians return to the Book of the origin of their beliefs for the answers and not men. In so doing myself, all has become clear and errors exposed in many places. God has not left us in darkness and will guide us personally through His Word if we only ask and do. Continued discussion here.
John 15:16-21
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
1 John 2:15-17
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in himFor all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
John 17:20-23
I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word[Bible]; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, {are} in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

Pope's Retreat Preacher Speaks on Antichrist as a "pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist" (March 1, 2007) - Papal watchers are wondering what message Pope Benedict XVI was giving when he selected retired Bologna archbishop Cardinal Giacomo Biffi to preach the annual Lenten retreat to the Pope and the top members of the Vatican. Rocco Palmo, expert Vatican reporter for The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly published in London England has noted the significance of the selection of the Lenten retreat preacher. "Since time immemorial -- or, at least, the retreat's heightened profile over the 20th century -- the selection of the preacher has become a closely-watched indicator of the prevailing winds in the papal apartment," said Palmo on his blog. "(T)he choice often falling to a voice the Pope might like to tout... and not just for a higher prominence on the preaching circuit." Palmo added weight to his remarks noting that "Before their respective elections to the papacy, both Joseph Ratzinger and Karol Wojtyla were tapped to lead the annual exercises." This year's selection when it became known created a stir since Cardinal Biffi, while he is known for orthodox faith and frank words, is most well known, at least in the secular media, for his preaching on the Antichrist. In fact, the Times of London reported in 2004 that the Cardinal described the Antichrist as "walking among us". The Lenten retreat did not disappoint. Cardinal Biffi picked up on his oft repeated theme of the Antichrist, basing his remarks on the works of Vladimir Soloviev, a Russian theologian who has received praise from Pope Benedict prior to his elevation to the pontificate. Quoting Soloviev, the Cardinal said "the Antichrist presents himself as pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist." "He will convoke an ecumenical council and will seek the consensus of all the Christian confessions, granting something to each one. The masses will follow him, with the exception of small groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants," he said according to a Zenit translation of a Vatican Radio summary here. In his "Tale of the Antichrist" Solovyov foresees that a small group of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants will resist and will say to the Antichrist: "You give us everything, except what interests us, Jesus Christ". For Cardinal Biffi, this narrative is a warning: "Today, in fact, we run the risk of having a Christianity which puts aside Jesus with his cross and resurrection." The 78-year-old cardinal added that if Christians "limited themselves to speaking of shared values they would be more accepted on television programs and in social groups. But in this way, they will have renounced Jesus, the overwhelming reality of the resurrection." The cardinal said he believes that this is "the danger that Christians face in our days … the Son of God cannot be reduced to a series of good projects sanctioned by the prevailing worldly mentality." The preacher of the Spiritual Exercises added that "there are relative values, such as solidarity, love of peace and respect for nature. If these become absolute, uprooting or even opposing the proclamation of the event of salvation, then these values become an instigation to idolatry and obstacles on the way of salvation." Cardinal Biffi affirmed that "if Christianity -- on opening itself to the world and dialoguing with all -- dilutes the salvific event, it closes itself to a personal relationship with Jesus and places itself on the side of the Antichrist." Cardinal Biffi's reflections, in fact, are very similar to remarks Pope Benedict made last Fall in a meeting with Swiss Bishops. While Pope Benedict did not speak of the Antichrist, he spoke of a new false or "substitute" religion, calling it also a "successor" of religion. "Modern society is not simply without morality, but it has, so to speak, 'discovered' and professes a part of morality", the Pope told the Swiss bishops. "These are the great themes of peace, non-violence, justice for all, concern for the poor, and respect for creation." However, the Pope warned that these "great moral themes" have "become an ethical complex that, precisely as a political force, has great power and constitutes for many the substitute for religion, or its successor." "It is only if human life is respected from conception to death that the ethics of peace is also possible and credible," concluded the Pope. "It is only then that non-violence can express itself in every direction; only then that we truly welcome creation, and only then that we can arrive at true justice."
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Not everyone in Roman Catholicism has put aside a personal relationship with Yeshua the Christ for the traditions and ceremony and Mary. While I prefer an approach to Christ outside of man's added rules, there are many true believers with a personal relationship with Christ in many different denominational variances of scripture. Our focus must remain Christ and our foundation in the Word of God. Cardinal Giacomo Biffi clearly has a heart for Christ, desiring that He remains in the forefront and that is encouraging to see. I think he's pretty right on in his assessment too.

No Negotiations Regarding Mt. Zion (February 7, 2007) - Minister Yaakov Edry says that contacts will not be held with the Vatican over the transfer of the David's Tomb complex on Jerusalem's Mt. Zion. Despite the repeated requests by the Vatican, Edry said that Israel views the area as totally Israel and will not hold talks on the matter. Edry was responding to a Knesset query submitted by MK Yaakov Amsalem of United Torah Judaism.
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Well it's good to see Israel stand up for her heritage and Promised Land. I think this shows that it won't take much for Israel to return to the ways of their fathers once they see God's real protection in the Gog/Magog invasion. I think that will be one of the defining moments in Israel's modern history and they will no more profane the name of God. Ezekiel 38,39

Writer's Block Herb L. Peters (January 8, 2007) - Some call it writer's block. It's a condition that usually happens when a writer can't think of anything to write. In my case, I think it's the opposite -- I have too much to write. You may have noticed: Although I've been posting links to news reports that I believe may be significant, I haven't posted my usual commentary for several days. So, today we'll go over why I felt some of these recent reports may be important. Yesterday it was reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be going to Israel to, as the report says, "exploit what she perceives as an opportunity to break the deadlock on the stalled peace process". And, Rice is quoted as saying, "there is a potential opening here to make progress on the issue of a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security" Read about it here. The next report makes it obvious where this "opportunity" may have actually come from -- the amazing success of the recent Euromed summit held in Tampere, Finland. Before the summit, the problem was getting the Euromed's Arab partners on board the peace train. In fact, at last year's Euromed the majority of these Arab partners didn't even bother to show up. Regarding this year's summit, the report says: The European Union and its Israeli and Arab neighbours on November 28 vowed to work together for Middle East peace and to help pave the way for a two-state solution. It also says: But Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, whose country currently runs the rotating EU presidency, said he had “never experienced such a positive atmosphere” in talks on the Mideast peace process Read about it here. So, what has happened since last year's Euromed to change the Arab partners mind? Friends, what's happened was last January's so-called "cartoon intifada" -- the crisis triggered by cartoons seen as offensive to Islam -- and the world's resulting embrace of the UN's new Alliance of Civilizations (AoC). In July another thing that happened for the Arab Euromed partners was, in the Israeli/Lebanon war, a new enemy emerged -- one more dangerous to their interests than Israel -- Iran. And now, as of January 1, 2007, the EU's "New" European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) kicks in, promising good things to all of them -- if they join the Euromed way of making the peace. Already the Euromed and ENP partners of Jordan, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority and Israel are agreeing to a regional peace summit. Syria, the last ENP hold out, is now under renewed pressure to get on board too Read about it here. In the meantime, Pope Benidict has openly and clearly thrown his hat into the AoC ring and calling for a "renewed humanism". The Pope is quoted saying, "The need emerged to elaborate a new world political and economic order, but at the same time and above all, a spiritual and cultural one _ that is, renewed humanism". The report also says, "The pope said that while politicians, scientists and researchers play important roles in the modern world, "today, more than ever, it is necessary to place at their side the leaders of the great non- Christian religious traditions" as well as Christian leaders Read about it here. Notice the kind of new world order that the Pope is calling for -- a political, economic and spiritual new world order. Bible believing friends, if that doesn't concern you, I don't know what would. You see, the Bible tells us, in the end times, a new global religious leader (not suggesting the Pope) will appear who will have the political power to enforce his religious views by economic means. An economic system will be introduced that, if people don't participate in this leader's form of religion, they will not be able to buy or sell. In the book of Revelation we read: And he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six (Revelation 13:17-18 New American Standard Bible). Notice in the above passage it says, "the number is that of a man". People who know Greek will tell us that, since there is no article in the Greek text, this passage can also be correctly read to say, "the number of man". And, it's my opinion that that's what's being said. And, that's why the Pope's call for a "renewed humanism" may be significant. The biblical number of man is the number six. God created man on the sixth day. Three sixes indicates the highest level of man, as God Himself is revealed as a Trinity. You see, humanism is actually defined as a religion. And, for some who don't believe in the God of the Bible, it can be a belief that man is God. So, the man who ascends into the ultimate position of worldly power is, in the mind of some humanists, Godmore...
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Pope Urges Need for 'Renewed Humanism' (January 5, 2007) - Religious leaders of all faiths must play a role in ensuring that the spiritual and cultural aspects of life are not forgotten as mankind tackles the challenges of globalization, Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday. In his homily during Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the pope said recent decades have seen a "challenge to global civilization, where the center can no longer be Europe and not even that which we call the West or the North of the world." "The need emerged to elaborate a new world political and economic order, but at the same time and above all, a spiritual and cultural one _ that is, renewed humanism," he said. "At the start of the Third Millennium we find ourselves smack in the middle of this phase of human history, that has been for some time dubbed 'globalization.'" The pope said that while politicians, scientists and researchers play important roles in the modern world, "today, more than ever, it is necessary to place at their side the leaders of the great non-Christian religious traditions" as well as Christian leaders. Benedict appeared to be building on a theme often stressed by his predecessor, John Paul II, who worried that modernization was coming at the cost of spirituality. more... 
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Pope hailed for praying toward Mecca like Muslims (December 1, 2006) - Pope Benedict ended a sensitive, fence-mending visit to Turkey on Friday amid praise for visiting Istanbul's famed Blue Mosque and praying there facing toward Mecca "like Muslims." The Pope, who sparked protests across the Muslim world with a speech two months ago seen as criticizing Islam, looked relaxed and pleased as he entered the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit for a mass at the end of the four-day trip. His first visit to a mostly Muslim country, held under tight security for fear of protests by nationalists and Islamists, was highlighted by a series of conciliatory gestures culminating in a stop on Thursday afternoon in Istanbul's famed Blue Mosque. Istanbul Grand Mufti Mustafa Cagrici, who prayed with him there, said Benedict had faced Mecca and stood like Muslims do when they pray aright. "These were very nice gestures," he told NTV television. "The Pope's dreaded visit was concluded with a wonderful surprise," wrote daily Aksam on its front page. "In Sultan Ahmet Mosque, he turned toward Mecca and prayed like Muslims," the popular daily Hurriyet said, using the building's official name. Just before leaving, Benedict said he hoped his visit was seen as "a sign of friendship between religions" that helps bring countries and cultures closer together. His gestures, including support for Ankara's bid to join the European Union and praise for Islam as a peaceful faith, seem to have persuaded the Turks to move beyond the tension following his speech quoting a Byzantine emperor as calling Islam violent.
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Erdogan calls on pope to back 'alliance of civilizations' (November 24, 2006) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan has urged Pope Benedict XVI to back the "Alliance of Civilizations" between the West and the Muslim world launched in 2004 by Ankara and Madrid. "The pope, who is both a politician and a religious figure, can play an important role in replacing a climate of war with a climate of peace," Erdogan said over Italian television late Thursday. Erdogan, who will not be in Ankara during the pope's visit next week, said his "only message" for Benedict was "to support the Turko-Spanish initiative of an 'Alliance of Civilizations' as an alternative to the clash of civilizations." The initiative, launched at the United Nations in September 2004, is designed to join Western and Muslim states to fight radical Islam. It calls on institutions and civil society to overcome prejudices and misunderstandings between peoples of different cultures and religions. Erdogan, the head of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, which has Islamist roots, reiterated his stance on the pope's remarks in September viewed by Muslims as linking Islam to violence. "We have never allowed ourselves to insult the prophets of other religions," he said. "Our faith even orders us to respect them. Thus we have the right to expect the same treatment from members of other religions." Erdogan will be unable to meet the head of the Roman Catholic Church during his November 28-December 1 visit because he will be at the NATO summit in Riga, Latvia. "We cannot neglect the Atlantic Alliance because the pope is coming to Turkey," he said.
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Vatican officially confirms Pope trip to Turkey (October 16, 2006) - The Vatican on Monday officially confirmed that Pope Benedict will visit Turkey at the end of November, a trip that had been put into doubt by Muslim anger over controversial comments he made about Islam. The confirmation of the Nov 28-Dec 1 trip to the predominantly Muslim nation came in an advisory to journalists on accreditation and a separate announcement that he was making the trip at the invitation of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. The German Pope will spend four days in Turkey, making stops at the capital, Ankara, as well as Izmir, Ephesus, where legend says Christ's mother went after his death, and Istanbul. The main purpose of the visit is to meet in Istanbul -- the former Constantinople -- with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual head of the world's Orthodox Christians. In September, the Pope met ambassadors from predominantly Muslim countries, including Turkey and assured them that he was committed to dialogue with Islam. Church sources have said the Vatican's annual message to the Islamic world to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan due to be released on Friday, was rewritten to address the tensions that arose after the Pope's lecture. more...
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Vatican opens pre-WWII archives (September 18, 2006) - The Vatican has opened to scholars and historians part of its vast collection of archives. The section being opened covers the rise of Mussolini and Hitler and the run-up to the World War II. It dates from the reign of Pope Pius XI, who was pope from 1922 until just before the outbreak of war in 1939. Details of the Vatican's relations with Germany's Adolf Hitler and Italy's Benito Mussolini are expected to be of great interest to scholars. The Vatican houses one of the world's most important historical archives, the so-called "secret archive" which contains some 2m documents dating back up to 1,000 years. They are kept for safety mainly in underground fireproof bunkers and storerooms placed along some 50 linear miles (80.4km) of shelving. Periodically the pope decides to open to scrutiny by scholars and professional historians a new treasure house of documents. The latest release covers the years when no less than four notorious dictators came to power - Benito Mussolini in Italy, Joseph Stalin in Russia, Adolf Hitler in Germany and Francisco Franco in Spain. Details of relations between the Vatican and these countries during this period will be of outstanding interest to scholars. more...
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Calls for calm as militants threaten to kill the Pope / additional reporting (September 19, 2006) - The Vatican tried to appease Muslim anger over the Pope’s remarks on Islam yesterday, as protests continued and a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda vowed to kill the pontiff. Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, defended Pope Benedict XVI, saying: “There are elements in Islam that can be used to justify violence, just as there are in Christianity and Judaism.” He added: “The Pope has issued an apology, and I think his views on this need to be judged against his entire record, where he has spoken very positively about dialogue.” Security around St Peter’s Square remained tight as al-Qaeda militants in Iraq vowed to “conquer Rome”. The Mujahidin Shura Council, an umbrella group for Sunni Islamists, said in a statement: “We tell the worshipper of the Cross (the Pope) that you and the West will be defeated . . . May God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahidin.” Another militant group in Iraq, Ansar al-Sunnah, added: “The day is coming when the armies of Islam will destroy the ramparts of Rome.” Effigies of the Pope were burnt from Basra in Iraq to Muzaffarabad in Kashmir. The president of the Islamic Association of China said that the Pope had insulted both Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. more...
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This conflict between the Catholic church and Islam is laid out in Bible prophecy, I believe. There is a prophecy about a woman that rides the beast (antichrist) and who sits on many waters (multitudes, nations, and tongues). It can be found in Revelation 17:1-6; 16-18. The 10 horns of the beast hate the woman, making her desolate and naked, eating her flesh and burning her with fire. I believe these 10 horns (10 kings that rule 1 hour with the beast) are the 10 Muslim nations who will align with the EU, which is the seat of the antichrist. To those not into Bible prophecy, it may all sound a little bizarre, but the information is all there. Read my Bible studies on: The beast from the sea (antichrist) | The beast from the earth (false prophet) | Woman who rides the beast (RCC)

Pope and former students ponder evolution, not "Intelligent Design" (September 4, 2006) - Pope Benedict and his former doctoral students spent a weekend pondering evolution without discussing controversies over intelligent design and creationism raging in the United States, a participant said on Sunday. The three-day closed-door meeting at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome ended as planned without drawing any conclusions but the group plans to publish its discussion papers, said Father Joseph Fessio S.J. Media speculation had said the debate might shift Vatican policy to embrace "intelligent design," which claims to prove scientifically that life could not have simply evolved, or even the "creationist" view that God created the world in six days. "It wasn't that at all," Fessio, who is provost of Ave Maria University in Florida, told Reuters by telephone from Rome. The Pope's session with 39 former students was "a meeting of friends with some scholars to discuss an interesting theme". "We did not really speak much about intelligent design," said Fessio, whose Ignatius Press publishes the Pope's books in English. "In fact, that particular controversy did not arise." Fessio said Benedict took part in the discussions but said nothing different from previous public statements, in which he has recognized evolution as a scientific fact but argued that God ultimately created the world and all life in it. more...
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I recommend watching Kent Hovind's series on the creation/evolution debate if you don't feel informed enough to make a decision on what you believe. He lays it all out scientifically and logically. You can view his videos via YouTube here. Macro-evolution does not exist and has never been observed. Changes within a kind of animal are very common, that's why we have so many breeds of dogs and cats, but they're all the same kind of animal, a dog or a cat. This is a must foundational piece for all believers and a common-sense tool to reach non-believers.

Mary can bring Christianity and Islam together says Muslim writer (July 3, 2006) - Mary can bring religions together says Muslim writer. An Egyptian Muslim and deputy director of a prominent Italian newspaper has suggested that Mary could be the figure to bring Christians and Muslims together. Mr Magdi Allam of Il Corriere della Sera has launched an appeal in the pages of the national daily newspaper to Muslims in Italy to visit Marian shrines. The journalist said that he is convinced that the Virgin Mary is a meeting point between Christians and Muslims. "Mary is a figure present in the Koran, which dedicates an entire chapter to her and mentions her some thirty times. In Muslim countries there are Marian shrines that are the object of veneration and pilgrimage by Christian and Muslim faithful," he said. "Therefore, I believe that if this happens in Muslim countries, why can't it happen in a Christian country, especially in this historical phase in which we need to define symbols, values and figures that unite religions, spiritualities and cultures?" he asked. more...
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World Religious Leaders Hold Interfaith Summit in Washington (April 26, 2006) - Religious leaders from a broad swath of worldwide faiths met Wednesday at Georgetown University for an annual interfaith forum being held in the United States for the first time. The two-day International Prayer for Peace is the largest regular interfaith gathering in the world, with an expected 100 speakers from many religions, including Roman Catholics, Jews, Methodists, Muslims, Mennonites, Eastern Orthodox Christians and Shintoists. Charity groups, academics, journalists and diplomats will also take part. Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick welcomed the crowd of 500 and called the interfaith summit the dream of Pope John Paul II, who started the meetings 20 years ago. "He knew the more we could get on the same page, the same place, the same relation to a God that loves us all, the more powerful our prayers would be," McCarrick said. While the meeting's goal is not to draft policies, organizers hope it will foster greater ties and communication between major faiths that come into contact more frequently — not always peacefully — in an increasingly globalized world. This year's panel discussions include the role of religion in combating AIDS, poverty and genocide, and in resolving conflicts between faiths. Religiously motivated terrorism also is a central theme. more...

St. Malachy's "Last Pope" - The Catholic church has a prophecy concerning the succession of the Popes and the next Pope will be the last according to the prophecies of St. Malachy. The line of Pontiffs have almost come to an end. Malachy undertook to list in advance the proper succession of Roman pontiffs from Celestine II (1143) to "the end of the world." He did not name them, but revealed the successors under symbolic titles, set down in Latin. His prophecy contained a motto for111 Popes starting with Celestine II (1143). St. Malachy's family name was O'Morgair and he was born in Armagh, Ireland, in 1094, more than one thousand years ago. He was baptized as Maelmhaedhoc (this name has been Latinized as Malachy) and he studied under Imbar O'Hagan who later became the Abbot of Armagh. In 1119 he was ordained priest by St. Cellach (Celsus), studied under St Malchus and in 1123 he was elected Abbot of Bangor. A year later he was consecrated Bishop of Connor and in 1132 he became Primate of Armagh. However, according to Bander, owing to intrigues, he had to wait two years before he could finally take possession of the See of Armagh; even then he had to purchase the Bachal Isu (staff of Jesus) from Niall, the usurping lay-primate. He died in 1148 at Clairvaux in the arms of St. Bernard. Unlike the life of many saints, that of St. Malachy is well documented because his contemporary, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, acted as his biographer at the request of the Abbot of Mellifont. St. Bernard describes Malachy as distinguished for his meekness, humility, obedience, modesty and as truly diligent in his studies. He also tells us at length of Malachy foretelling the day and hour of his death. The Breviary in its office for the festival of St. Malachy mentions that he was enriched with the gift of prophecy. 


The final legend is self-explanatory and the revised Catholic Church version of The Prophecies of St. Malachy conclude with this short but fascinating statement: "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people."

Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible Times Online (October 5, 2005) - The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true. The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, that they should not expect “total accuracy” from the Bible. “We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision,” they say in The Gift of Scripture. The document is timely, coming as it does amid the rise of the religious Right, in particular in the US. Some Christians want a literal interpretation of the story of creation, as told in Genesis, taught alongside Darwin’s theory of evolution in schools, believing “intelligent design” to be an equally plausible theory of how the world began. But the first 11 chapters of Genesis, in which two different and at times conflicting stories of creation are told, are among those that this country’s Catholic bishops insist cannot be “historical”. At most, they say, they may contain “historical traces”. The document shows how far the Catholic Church has come since the 17th century, when Galileo was condemned as a heretic for flouting a near-universal belief in the divine inspiration of the Bible by advocating the Copernican view of the solar system. Only a century ago, Pope Pius X condemned Modernist Catholic scholars who adapted historical-critical methods of analysing ancient literature to the Bible. In the document, the bishops acknowledge their debt to biblical scholars. They say the Bible must be approached in the knowledge that it is “God’s word expressed in human language” and that proper acknowledgement should be given both to the word of God and its human dimensions. They say the Church must offer the gospel in ways “appropriate to changing times, intelligible and attractive to our contemporaries”. The Bible is true in passages relating to human salvation, they say, but continue: “We should not expect total accuracy from the Bible in other, secular matters.” They go on to condemn fundamentalism for its “intransigent intolerance” and to warn of “significant dangers” involved in a fundamentalist approach. “Such an approach is dangerous, for example, when people of one nation or group see in the Bible a mandate for their own superiority, and even consider themselves permitted by the Bible to use violence against others.” more...
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The neocons new strategy for Europe (October 3, 2005) - The European scene has been modified by the rejection of the European Constitutional Treaty in France and the Netherlands and the result of the recent legislative elections in Germany. Thierry Meyssan reveals the analyses of US neoconservatives and their new strategy for Europe. As a result of the lessons learned from the events that have shaken Europe over the past two years, the neoconservatives have decided to change their own agenda for this region of the world, which originally involved:

1) Redeploying the US military forces stationed in Europe, moving them to the East and the South to control Central and Eastern Europe, and establishing a “containment belt” around the Russian Federation;

2) Neutralizing any efforts towards an independent European Defense and reinforcing NATO’s leadership;

3) Leaning on the Brussels Commission to attain a merger between the US free trade zone and that of Western Europe. In order to achieve that goal, they counted on a supposed “constitutional” treaty that would establish, in advance, the powers and the political program of the Commission so that the latter would be completely free from any opposing power.
The redeployment of US troops has been taking place without any questioning. The European Union affectively participates – not complaining – in all destabilization operations carried out around Russia; with the pretext of carrying out programs of assistance and economic development, the EU facilitates US interference in the Caucasus; Javier Solana himself was in Ukraine supervising the “Orange” Revolution; and the Commission is financing a destabilization program against Belarus. The loyal Solana, who has not forgotten that he was the NATO General Secretary before he was appointed General Secretary of the European Union, managed to have the Council of Heads of State and Government adopt a strategic doctrine that copies very faithfully that of President Bush. This is why the EU’s defense is more than ever dependent on NATO. However, although Solana was successful in involving the European Union in Afghanistan and Sudan, he failed in the case of Iraq. Based on this incomplete result, the neoconservatives concluded that it was possible to manipulate the European Union within the European continent, but its members have so differing interests around the world that they are unable to perform the role the conservatives have given them. After interpreting these events as an illustration of the fears of expansion of the European Union and the immigration it is causing, or as a depressive crisis in the face of unemployment, equally translated into extremist votes, and even anti-Semitic ones, the neoconservatives understood that they would not be able to impose the Anglo-Saxon socio-economic model on recalcitrant populations through the political way. They have now changed their plans and have decided to look for the support of the world faction of national business owners. José Manuel Barroso, appointed president of the Commission thanks to George W. Bush after he organized the Summit of the Azores prior to the invasion of Iraq, was ordered to put the European Constitution aside and to readjust the mechanism. Thus, last week, Barroso announced the burial of the 70 legislative projects saying they are too complex and annoying for the public opinion. The truth is that the strategy has been changed: it is no longer about ruling under the authority of the Commission, but about dismantling what currently exists and transferring the making of the regulations to a transatlantic Regulation Forum controlled by the top chiefs of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD). In accordance with this new trend, the directives of Reach and Bolkenstein, which had been sacrificed so that the Constitution could be approved, have now resurfaced. The first one aims at eliminating regulations for chemical production. The second, obviously more important, aims at eliminating national social legislations so that the European Union may be compatible with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The principle is simple: taking free circulation as a pretext, the business owner has the possibility of choosing which social legislation he will put into practice for his employees and transferring the social headquarters of his companies to the country where the legislation best fits his interests. In addition, so as to convince the European people of what politicians have not been able to impose on them, the neoconservatives are now turning to Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church. The leaders of the US Episcopal Conference and the Episcopate Commission of the European Union met in Brussels, from September 21st to the 23rd, to express their support of the “New Transatlantic Agenda”. In Washington, the neoconservatives decided to adapt their organizational mechanism to the new strategy. In the American Enterprise Institute, the group in charge of writing the presidential program of George W. Bush, the Project for a New American Century, was discreetly disbanded last week. It was replaced with the American Committee for a Strong Europe. “Strong Europe” actually means a Europe that can do the work that US troops currently do around the world and one that can defeat any anti-globalization efforts on its own continent. This Committee, which will try not to interfere too openly with the European Union policy, immediately asked the “friends of America” to do it for them. Thus, Saudi Arabia said “present” and will finance the next electoral campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy in France so that the neoconservatives can get rid of Dominique de Villepin. Similar measures were taken with respect to each and every big state of the European Union.
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