Is the Vatican planning to establish a United Nations of Religion with Francis as its head?

Pope Francis waves as he delivers a "Urbi et Orbi" message at the Vatican April 5, 2015. (photo credit:REUTERS)

In less than a month, the pope will be in New York. On September 25, he will address the United Nations. Most news agencies have the event on their calendar but are not yet giving it attention. In spite of the fact that no one knows what he will say, there has been very little in the press about the pope’s pending pontifications at the UN podium. What is his agenda? For any number of reasons, journalists are not asking. At least not yet.

Israel's Minister of Intelligence, Yuval Steinitz On the eve of a final round of superpower negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program, Israel is "deeply concerned, deeply disturbed."

Fresh from confidential talks with the US negotiating team, Israel's Minister of Intelligence, Yuval Steinitz, addressed the press yesterday afternoon [Sept. 17]. Five times he said that Israel is “disturbed.” And at least nine times he said it is “concerned.”

Tomorrow the world’s five superpowers plus Germany, the P5+1, begin a seventh and final round of negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program. Iran maintains that it is only interested in nuclear power for civilian use to generate energy. But its consistent activity and developments have made Iran capable of producing a fully functional nuclear bomb.

The Grand Mufti’s claims are puzzling at best.

MUHAMMAD AHMAD HUSSEIN. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, 26 October 2015. The foremost legal scholar of Islam in Jerusalem is the Grand Mufti, Muhammad Hussein. He recently asserted that the first man, Adam, perhaps with the help of angels, built today’s Dome of the Rock, the 1,300-year-old Islamic shrine that sits atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Accordingly, he said, the site has been an Islamic mosque “3,000 years ago and 30,000 years ago.”

With no corporate sense of good versus evil, democratic states find themselves unable to lead the world toward meaningful human rights.

A woman holds a candle as she pays her respect at one of the attack sites in Paris, November 15, 2015. (photo credit:REUTERS)

In the aftermath of the November 13 massacre in Paris, there is a growing sense that the terrorist attack may have furthered a tectonic shift in world leadership and direction. In spite of pledges to get tough, France, the US, Europe and most Middle East countries cannot find it in themselves to pursue a meaningful strategy to combat Islamic State (IS, ISIL or ISIS). Their failure to produce a clear-cut plan is propelling the West straight into Moscow’s coalition with Tehran.

Temple Mount In the face Jerusalem's rising tide of violence and heated rhetoric, Prime Minister Netanyahu has issued a call for calm. Meanwhile, Israel's President Rivlin insists that Israel must "act forcefully in order to bring an end to these bloody events."

Rivlin's strong words, counter to his type as a kindly grandfather pursuing reconciliation with Israel's Arab communities, were part of a memorial ceremony yesterday [Nov. 2] at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. Although the event was unrelated, it took place at the same location where, last week, Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, was shot four times in the chest by an Arab terrorist in an attempted assassination. It is reported that Glick is in stable but serious condition.


Ban Ki-Moon visiting
Hamas terror tunnel
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 | One week ago today, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon expressed "shock and alarm" after visiting a Hamas terror tunnel in Gaza. Days later Hamas military commander, "Abu Khalid," publicly announced aggressive reconstruction of tunnels destroyed by Israel in this summer's war.

Israel called the war, "Operation Protective Edge."

Hamas invited reporter Mahmoud Fouda on an exclusive tour of tunnel reconstruction. Fouda is a reporter for the Gaza newspaper Al-Resalah. He filed his report last Sunday.

  Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount Friday, 17 October | Speaking from his luxurious home in Qatar, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal yesterday called on Palestinians to "defend" the Temple Mount Islamic mosque, Al Aqsa, from an "Israeli takeover."

"We call on all our people inside the country to hurry up to al-Aqsa to defend it," he said according to a Reuters report filed Thursday. Meshaal also summoned "the nation to be angry and to send a message of painful anger to the world that the Palestinian people, the Arab and Muslim nation, will not be silent at the Israeli crime."

  During Second Intifada, 17 died in this Haifa suicide bus bombing A Palestinian poll released yesterday [Sept. 16] indicates that roughly half of all Palestinians support a third intifada against Israel.

The poll, conducted 11-13 September by An-Najah University in Nablus, makes a distinction between Palestinians in Gaza and those in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria]. When asked, do you support the rise of an armed intifada in the West Bank, 59 percent of Gazans said “yes.” Among West Bank Palestinians, those who said “yes” were 43.5 percent.

  Flag of Sweden Last Friday [Oct. 3] Sweden's Prime Minister stood before his country's Parliament. There, in his inauguration speech, he declared, "Sweden will recognize the state of Palestine."

 Failing to say how or in what manner this would happen, most analysts assumed the context was the United Nations. Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is seeking state recognition by negotiations with the United Nations in lieu of Israel. Responses from Israel came as swift reprimands. On Saturday evening, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, "Prime Minister Stefan Löfven must understand that no declaration and no measure by an external party can serve as a substitute for direct negotiations between the parties and a solution that will be part of an overall arrangement between Israel and the entire Arab world."

  Bridges for Peace donates the first of two ambulances in 2014 to Magen David Adom. L-R: Rebecca Brimmer, CEO of Bridges; Jess Gibson, Board Chairman of Bridges; Yoni Yagodovsky, MDA Director. Thursday, 13 November 2014 | At last night's gala in Jerusalem, Bridges for Peace celebrated 50 years of standing firm with Israel.

 Conceived a half-century ago by its founder, Dr. G. Douglas Young, Bridges for Peace today is a leading international Christian organization that actively promotes and supports the Jewish state. Its explicit mission: "Christians supporting Israel and building relationships between Christians and Jews in Israel and around the world."

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