Thursday, January 29, 2015
Britain hit by second earthquake as 3.8 magnitude tremor hits East Midlands
Richard Hartley-ParkinsonRichard Hartley-Parkinson for Metro.co.uk
Thursday 29 Jan 2015 7:04 am
Second earthquake in two days hits UK with 3.8 tremor
A second earthquake in two days has struck the UK.
The latest earthquake, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, hit the East Midlands village of Cottesmore, in Rutland,at 10.25pm last night, according to the US Geological Survey.
It came after an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 was recorded in Winchester on Tuesday.
Residents took to Twitter to tell of their shock after realising an earthquake had struck.
Sally Smart wrote: ‘Earthquake wow that was a biggen!! Thought a truck was coming through the house #adrenalinepumping.’
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
WASHINGTON – A terrorist attack on the Pakistani national grid plunged more than 140 million people into darkness before power was restored, prompting U.S. experts to warn that terrorist cells and “lone wolves” in the United States could cause similar damage to the vulnerable national electric-grid system.
The blackout in Pakistan affected more than 80 percent of the country’s population and all public services in all the major cities, including the capital, Islamabad.
A separatist group in the Naseerabad district of Baluchistan province in the country’s southwest caused the blackout by blowing up a major transmission line connected to the national grid.
It was the third such attack in two weeks.
“It shows the bad guys definitely do know what they’re doing when they want to – in a country with upwards of 100 nuclear weapons,” said Clare Lopez, vice president for research and analysis at the Washington-based Center for Security Policy.
In the latest attack on a major transmission line in Pakistan, two nuclear plants went offline after the outages while problems occurred at the country’s main international airport in Lahore.
Michael Maloof’s “A Nation Forsaken: EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe” exposes the startling threat that could destroy the nation’s critical infrastructure in a moment, sending the U.S. back to the 19th century technologically.
“(At) the prime minister’s directive, we are not to sleep until this problem is resolved,” said Pakistan’s Ministry of Water and Power in a Twitter message.
Explosions at two of the transmission sites in Naseerabad created a backward surge also affecting the system, making repairs difficult.
The massive blackout from the terrorist attack came just after Pakistan went through a gasoline shortage which caused Indian Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to cancel his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Plunging oil prices are creating a condition in which the national utility companies cannot make a profit to pay for maintenance and upgrades.
According to one expert, the attackers apparently found what is termed a “systempunkt,” an essential, focal point in the network.
“An attack on a systempunkt can generate cascades of failure that take down the entire network,” the source said. “It’s possible, although unlikely, the attackers knew this was the network’s systempunkt when they destroyed it.”
The source said the success of the attack was due largely to the strain on Pakistan’s grid. The shortfall in electricity has led to “load shedding” of more than 15 hours a day already,” the source added. “When a complex network is operating at or near its capacity, it is many times more vulnerable to collapse and thereby much easier to attack,” he said.
The source said the attack will prompt more attacks on the grid as other groups attempt to replicate the success. The reason, he said, is that militant groups in Pakistan and across the world use open source development to improve themselves.
“When an attack this simple and inexpensive yields outsized result, he said, “other groups will copy it.”
The latest attack in Pakistan suggests jihadist fighters have determined they can get more destructive results by attacking a country’s national grid system.
Last June, fighters from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, attacked power lines in the central province of Marib in Yemen, knocking out the country’s entire national power grid and leaving services such as gas stations and other services without power.
The Yemeni attack was “the first case where a terrorist attack on a power grid blacked out an entire nation,” according to Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the congressional advisory Task Force on National and Homeland Security.
Pry, who once was staff director of the congressionally mandated commission to determine the effects of electromagnetic pulse events on the U.S. critical infrastructure, told WND at the time that the Yemeni attack “absolutely confirms that attacking electric grids – not just for a city but for an entire nation – is an al-Qaida weapon.”
The terrorist attacks on the Yemeni and Pakistani national grid systems bring to mind the attack in April 2013 by unknown assailants on the grid system in San Jose, California. In the attack, 17 transformers that supply electricity to the Silicon Valley were knocked out using AK-47 rounds that targeted locations meant to cause seepage of the oil that keeps the transformers from burning up.
Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said the San Jose attack was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred.”
He called it a “dress rehearsal to a larger terrorist attack.”
In addition to pumping more than 100 rounds of AK-47 rounds into the 17 transformers, the attack included a professional cutting of 911 fiber optic lines.
To this day, the attackers have not been found.
In addition to the San Jose case, there was an attack last year by a Mexican drug cartel, the Knights Templar, in which members blacked out an entire Mexican state, affecting some 420,000 people, to enable drug lords to go into towns and villages to kill opponents of the drug trade
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Blizzard heading toward Massachusetts could leave up to 3 feet of snow
By Jeremy C. Fox
GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JANUARY 25, 2015
Public safety officials around the region spent today bracing for a “crippling” storm that could drop up to 3 feet of heavy snow, whipped into white-out conditions by hurricane-force wind gusts starting Monday night into Wednesday morning.
“This storm definitely has the capability of being not only historic but also catastrophic,” said Benjamin Sipprell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.
The storm is expected to be heaviest from Monday night through Tuesday afternoon, with north-northeast winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour and gusts of 65 to 75 miles per hour, according to the weather service.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Did something begin in the year 2012 that will reach its apex in 2016? Have recent US Presidents and other global leaders been deeply involved in a scheme to enthrone the Man of Sin? What role is Pope Francis—the FINAL POPE—preparing to play during the installation of the King of the NWO? And what about the eight-hundred-year-old prophecy of Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel that predicted the Shinar Directive in 2016? Why did Protestant Reformers believe the Antichrist and False Prophet would arrive between 2012–2016? What about the Blood Moons in 2015, the feast days, and the comet of the century. Is God, Himself, preparing to light the first real candle of Chanukah!? And how is all this connected to the return of the Watchers and the year 2016?
by Mohamed Akram
May 19, 1991
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This May 1991 memo was written by Mohamed Akram, a.k.a. Mohamed Adlouni, for the Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood. In the introductory letter, Akram referenced a "long-term plan…approved and adopted" by the Shura Council in 1987 and proposed this memo as a supplement to that plan and requested that the memo be added to the agenda for an upcoming Council meeting. Appended to the document is a list of all Muslim Brotherhood organizations in North America as of 1991.
Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims' causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims' efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic state, wherever it is.
In order for Islam and its Movement to become "a part of the homeland" in which it lives, "stable" in its land, "rooted" in the spirits and minds of its people, "enabled" in the live [sic] of its society and has firmly-established "organizations" on which the Islamic structure is built and with which the testimony of civilization is achieved, the Movement must plan and struggle to obtain "the keys" and the tools of this process in carry [sic] out this grand mission as a "Civilization Jihadist" responsibility which lies on the shoulders of Muslims and – on top of them – the Muslim Brotherhood in this country.
The process of settlement is a "Civilization-Jihadist Proecess" with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim's destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.
Learn more about the civilization jihad being waged by the Muslim Brotherhood here in the U.S.
Is the return of Jesus closer than you think? What are the most powerful prophetic signs being fulfilled in the earth today? How is the new Middle East after the Arab Spring aligning with the testimony of the biblical prophets? What are the little known prophetic signs that few are paying attention to?
"End Times Eyewitness" takes you on a firsthand journey into the heart of the biblical world, to the front lines of the ongoing Middle Eastern revolutions, to discover the shocking answer to all of these questions. Filmed in several nations and featuring the testimonies of global Christian leaders, pastors, theologians, and missionaries – as well as some of the most prominent Islamic scholars in the world – End Times Eyewitness reveals which biblical prophecies of the last days are being fulfilled on the earth today and what is coming next.
Join New York Times bestselling author Joel Richardson as he interviews:
The legendary Old Testament scholar Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
Adnan Oktar, a Turkish Muslim leader who talks about the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple – with the help of Muslims
Sheikh Ekrima Said Sabri, the son of the late Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who explains Islamic eschatological belief that Jesus will return to lead the Caliphate and require Christians to convert to Islam
Rabbi Yehuda Glick, head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation
International House of Prayer director Mike Bickle
And many other Christian leaders from Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and the United States
Filmed in the Middle East in the midsts of uprisings and revolutionary fervor, End Times Eyewitness, produced by WND Films with Joel Richardson, goes farther and deeper into the heart of the conflict than what network news teams dare to venture. The access provided was unprecedented. The footage captured is remarkable. The biblical insights from scholars, reporters, Rabbis, and Christian leaders are startling.
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Joel Richardson is an artist, human rights activist, New York Times bestselling author, internationally recognized speaker and recognized expert on Bible prophecy and the Middle East. He is also an ongoing contributor to WND, and has been featured on or has written for “The Glenn Beck Show,” “The Mike Huckabee Show,” “The Gordon Liddy Show,” “The Dennis Miller Show,” Chicago Public Radio, “The Steve Malzberg Show,” “The Sid Roth Show,” "Jewish Voice Today," Janet Folger, Jan Markell, Janet Parshall, Kirby Anderson’s “Point of View,” the New York Daily News, the Blaze and FrontPage Magazine.
Richardson is a husband and a father committed to the pro-life and adoption movements. His books include “The Islamic Antichrist,” “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist” and “Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out.”
Norway: The People's Revolution vs. The "Religion of Peace"
by Bjorn Jansen
"...How, then, does one express dissent in a country whose politicians and media are rooted in socialist thinking; where discussing religion is a no-go; where politics has replaced religion and where there is a small population ensuring conformity of thought, with the risk of being sanctioned for expressing other thoughts?"
Bjorn Jansen is a journalist based in Norway.
See more on the political Islamic incursion of Europe.
Study: Fukushima plume spread worldwide, far exceeding the hundreds of miles mentioned previously — 100 Quadrillion becquerels of Cs-137 released tops Chernobyl — “Implicates radiological hazard at distances otherwise overlooked”
Published: January 21st, 2015 at 12:17 pm ET
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (pdf), University of Florida College of Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical College, etc. (2014):
The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident is an example of a contemporary nuclear plant accident with serious implications.
The Fukushima NPP accident has had health implications due to the high levels of radiation released and vast area over which the radiation has disperse.
The significant radiation release, as likened to Chernobyl, reflects the context and severity of the Fukushima accident.
The level of 137Cs that was released is likened to Chernobyl levels, with 100,000 TBq released.
Radioactive plume dispersion occurs worldwide, far exceeding 300 miles previously mentioned. This should implicate radiological hazard at distances otherwise overlooked.
Potassium Iodide Distribution
Radioactive plumes from the Chernobyl accident containing 131I caused benign and malignant thyroid nodules to develop, especially in children within a 310 miles radius of the incident.
The current recommendation is for KI [potassium iodide] availability to people 200 miles from a NPP. Plume radii for nuclear events have been shown to exceed 300 [miles]. Extension of KI availability to 300 miles only further underscores the inadequacy of current preparedness plans.
In regard to KI prophylaxis, TEPCO utilized 17,500 KI tablets for 2,000 onsite workers… with one individual receiving and taking 85 tablets.
Radiological plumes containing 131I cause benign and malignant thyroid nodules to develop within a 300 mile radius… This necessitates KI pre-distribution to all schools, hospitals and other of-interest sites extending 300 miles from any nuclear reactor. Evacuation or sequestering is impossible in congested urban areas… There is currently virtually no compliance with [the] 20 miles radius KI pre-distribution law, section 127 of the Bioterrorism Act of 2002. In fact, there is little compliance with the 10 miles Ki pre-distribution radius law in the United States.
Japan did not utilize KI for prophylaxis of the general public, acknowledging it was not prepared to act accordingly.
Study: Daily release from Fukushima of 100+ Quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 early on in crisis “seems reasonable” — Chernobyl total release was ~70 Quadrillion Bq of cs-137
Canadian officials estimated Fukushima cesium-137 release almost double Chernobyl -- Based on the "most conservative and credible" projections
“One of largest mass die-offs of seabirds ever recorded” now underway on West Coast — Gov’t: “I’ve never seen anything like this, ever” — Experts: “Just massive, massive, unprecedented” … “Strong possibility of it escalating to affect other species” — “Significant uptick in mass-mortality events in marine world”
The Archbishop of Munich recently delivered a lecture at California’s prestigious Stanford University. “The Church has the special responsibility of identifying the positive elements within society" rather than “complaining about the things that are wrong”
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Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s visit to Stanford University in California on 15 January was among many signs that show that the credibility of the Catholic Church is being restored particularly following the dramatic scandal of clerical sex abuse against minors. Many say his visit was a complete first. No one remembers a cardinal from the Roman Catholic Church speaking at the prestigious West Coast university, not to mention delivering a speech with a socio-economic slant.
In actual fact, the Archbishop of Munich and Freising - who is a member of the C9 (the group of papal cardinal advisors, referred to as the “Gang of Nine” in the US), President of the German Bishops’ Conference and of the Bishops' Commission accredited to the European Union – frequently gives addresses on economic and financial issues but until now only in Germany or other European countries. He always speaks at high-level meetings, such as one that was held in Oxford last year. His strong background in moral theology and his interest in the field of social morality (he is the son of a trade unionist) led to him publishing a text titled: “Das Kapital - Eine sozialethische Streitschrift”, which brought him into the international media spotlight in 2008. His book gives a scathing criticism of capitalism in the footsteps of Karl Marx to whom the book is dedicated, adding a touch of irony: the text begins with a letter addressed to his “dear namesake”.
It is precisely on these kinds of issues that the Church is attracting criticism under Francis’ pontificate (Marx is also a member of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy headed by Cardinal George Pell), as it is accused of being “a little too left-wing”, particularly by Tea Party members.
At Stanford university, Marx spoke about the challenge of the "The Contribution of Christian Values to the Common Good." “It is important for the Church to address the big questions affecting social justice. It needs to be more active and engaged in the Western political scene so that it can be part of the development process that is able to give the poor a “chance”.” “We must look beyond capitalism,” he said thinking back to the reflections he shared with his father as a young boy. “We must create a model that is closer to a “social market economy” (the “soziale Marktwirtschaft” that Maiz’s Bishop Ketteler had been hoping for back in 1869) that is able to give a solid guarantee of social protection to the more vulnerable members of society.”
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Friday, January 23, 2015
- Saudi Arabia has been pumping oil like crazy to drive the price of oil down. It worked. Prices dropped. Lower oil prices are undercuting the funding ISIS gets from its illicit oil sales across the region.
- Given time, the Saudis believed that this reduction in funding from oil sales would eventually force ISIS to approach Saudi Arabia for financial support. When it did ask for financial help, the Kingdom would be able to gain the leverage necessary to neutralize the threat it posed (as it did with al Qaeda decades earlier).
- Needless to say, this gambit didn't work. ISIS proved much more resilient financially than al Qaeda and other non-state groups are. ISIS has many, many more sources of income than donations from sympathisers and oil sales.
- ISIS would pivot forces from Syria and Iraq for a push south (indications are that this is apparently already underway), and then use these forces to rapidly overwhelm numerous border posts to create widespread confusion within the Saudi security forces. If done correctly, the rapid advances of black flags will cause a mass rout that will yield significant equipment and a considerable number of new jihadis (as troops flip to join the ISIS jihad).
- Simultaneous with the drive south, cells of ISIS jihadis and lone sympathizers will activate across the Kingdom, causing disruption and confusion. With this, lines of authority and communication within the kingdom will begin to break down.
- The advancing jihad will connect with local forces along a massive front moving south, jumping from city to city. The speed of this will depend on how willing the population is to accept ISIS. However, since Saudi Arabia has already indoctrinated its population with a religious ideology that is sympathetic to ISIS, the speed of the advance may be very rapid.
An ancient prophecy written over 3000 years ago reveals that the Arab states and terrorist populations, which presently share common borders with Israel, will soon confederate in order to wipe Israel off of the map. While many of today’s top Bible experts are predicting that Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya, and several other countries are going to invade Israel according to a prophecy in Ezekiel 38,
Bill Salus explains how Psalm 83 occurs prior to this anticipated biblical event.
See also: Bill Salus "Prophecy of Elam"
See more posts on Bill Salus' work here.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Vice President of Iraq Nuri al-Maliki says the ongoing decline in oil prices is not a normal economic situation and has not happened on its own, but was rather instigated as an economic war targeting mostly Russia and Iran.
MOSCOW, January 17 (Sputnik) — Vice President of Iraq Nuri al-Maliki has recently commented on the ongoing decline in oil prices.
"The economic war on countries may be more damaging and influential on humanity than conventional wars. The drop in oil prices is not a normal economic situation, it is a political process aimed at destroying the economies of specific countries," the IraqiNews website quotes the politician as saying in an interview with a number of journalists in the country’s province of Basra. "Russia and Iran are the first of those countries, and Iraq is affected incidentally."
"The economic war against these countries is complementary to the role of terrorism that kills innocent people," he added. "Economic wars are devastating the structure of the targeted countries and result in starvation of their people."
Oil prices remain near multi-year lows, having dropped from slightly over $100 a barrel in June to under $50 a barrel on Thursday. OPEC, the world’s oil cartel, has said they will maintain production levels despite falling price.
Major oil giants have already announced job cuts in response to the falling prices.
BP, the British energy giant, has announced 300 job cuts in its North Sea operations. The company employs nearly 4,000 people in the North Sea, with a further 11,000 elsewhere in Britain.
In December the company said it would cut thousands of jobs across its global oil and gas business following steep falls in the price of oil.
The world’s largest oilfield services company, the Houston-based Schlumberger, is set to cut as many as 9,000 jobs, a representative from the company told Sputnik Thursday.
On Wednesday Royal Dutch Shell announced the decision not to proceed with its $6.4 billion joint project with Qatar Petroleum — Al Karaana.
On the same day, Premier Oil said it would not proceed with its $2 billion Sea Lion project on the Falkland Islands while oil prices remain below $50 a barrel.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Fighting in eastern Ukraine is fiercer than ever in some locations, NATO's top commander in Europe said Thursday — adding that the weapons systems seen now in the region have in the past heralded a fresh incursion by Russian troops.
"Violence has intensified and changed character in Ukraine," U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told a news conference at NATO headquarters. He said the fighting has re-escalated to levels seen before the Sept. 5 Minsk cease-fire agreement "and in some cases beyond."
Questioned by reporters, Breedlove, the alliance's chief commander in Europe, said he couldn't confirm Ukrainian authorities' statements that 9,000 Russian troops had entered the country.
"(But) what we do see is that the Russian-backed forces have renewed capability now to bring pressure on the Ukrainian forces, and have in several places moved the line of contact to the west," he added.
What's more, said Breedlove, NATO intelligence has begun to detect "the signatures of air defense systems and electronic warfare systems that have accompanied past Russian troop movements into Ukraine."
He declined to specify which systems, and whether they include the Buk mobile surface-to-air missile battery blamed for shooting down a Malaysian jetliner on July 17, killing all 298 people aboard. But on two prior occasions, Breedlove said, deployment of such weaponry was accompanied by a border crossing by Russian troops.
"We see the same types of equipment, etc. in eastern Ukraine now," he said.
Breedlove spoke after defense chiefs from NATO's 28 nations met to help the alliance meet its wide-ranging agenda for 2015.
Without disclosing many details, Breedlove said a decision was made taken to restore direct contacts between NATO and the chief of the Russian general staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, ties that were broken off after Russia's annexation of Crimea last March.
See also: US Army Europe to Start Training Ukrainian National Guard in Spring
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Steven DeNoon and Mark Biltz set down together in Jerusalem to discuss the prophetic impact of the blood moons. AS Mark put it 2015 is the year to watch as the final Blood Moon appears over Jerusalem.
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BOISE, Idaho – Barack Obama met with the wife of an American pastor imprisoned in Iran on Wednesday after she made the request when she learned that he would be visiting her area to give a speech at a public university.
Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini, who has been incarcerated in Iran for two years, posted about the private meeting on her Facebook page later in the day. She had requested the face-to-face discussion in an effort to seek help for her husband as she learned that Obama would be coming to Boise State University.
“I got to meet with President Obama today! The kids and I were in a small office room with him and he was gracious with his time (we met for over 10 minutes),” she wrote. “I told him that I had refrained from food for three days and prayed and fasted, and God had ordained this meeting.”
“He said that getting Saeed out is a top priority and he is working very hard to get Saeed home back to our family,” Abedini explained.
She stated that her young son also made a special request of Obama.
“Jacob then asked him, ‘Mr. President, can you please bring my daddy home for my birthday?'” Abedini recalled. “President Obama asked Jacob when his birthday was, and Jacob said March 17. President Obama said, ‘I am going to try very hard to make that happen, Jacob. I am going to try very hard…’ Praise God!”
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She said that Obama advised her to get in touch with his administration’s new religious freedom ambassador, and that Secretary of State John Kerry has mentioned her husband on a number of occasions.
As previously reported, Saeed Abedini, a former Muslim turned Christian, left Iran in 2005 and moved to the United States with his wife and two children to find religious freedom after facing conflict with authorities for planting house churches in the county. In 2012, he traveled back to Iran to build an orphanage and visit his parents—and was about to return to the states—when he was taken into custody.
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See also: Ask President Obama to Meet With Pastor Saeed’s Wife
TV Program: Petrus Romanus (2012 re-airing)
By Gary Stearman on February 11, 2013
In light of recent events at the Vatican we decided to re-post the original TV program we recorded in 2012 with Tom Horn and Cris Putnam. Tom and Cris related the “The Prophecy of the Popes and now, it appears these ancient predictions are coming true! This document identifies the soon-coming Pope, the successor to Pope Benedict, as Peter the Roman, the long awaited False Prophet! What will happen in the days ahead? Who wil be the next Pope? Watch it and be amazed at the uncanny accuracy of this program.
In his discourse to the Finnish delegates, Pope Francis applauded the progress achieved in ecumenical dialogue between the two Churches over the last thirty years and said, “a shared Christian witness is very much needed in the face of the mistrust, insecurity, persecution, pain and suffering experienced so widely in today’s world.”
"...there is so much that Catholics and Lutherans can do together to bear witness to God’s mercy in our societies. A shared Christian witness is very much needed in the face of the mistrust, insecurity, persecution, pain and suffering experienced so widely in today’s world.
This common witness can be sustained and encouraged by progress in theological dialogue between the Churches. The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine on Justification, which was solemnly signed some fifteen years ago between the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church, can produce further fruits of reconciliation and cooperation between us. The Nordic Lutheran–Catholic dialogue in Finland and Sweden, under the related theme Justification in the Life of the Church, has been reflecting on important questions deriving from the Joint Declaration. Let us hope that further convergence will emerge from that dialogue on the concept of the Church, the sign and instrument of the salvation brought to us in Jesus Christ."