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The Gregorian calendar is internationally the most widely used civil calendar.[1][2][3] It is named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582.
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The Enoch Calender is shown in the 1st Book Of Enoch and was given by the Angel Uriel (YahEl), and is the original Priestly Calendar that was used in the Torah. The Enoch Calendar is a 12-Month Solar Calendar having 364 Days Only, and it was used by the antediluvian patriarchs and by Noah, Abraham, and Jacob.
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© AFP 2016/ FAYEZ NURELDINE Middle East 03:10 21.12.2016(updated 09:25 21.12.2016)

 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken a near 600-year leap into modernity. The second deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, has announced that the kingdom will transition from the Islamic calendar to the Gregorian calendar, widely used in the Western world.

The Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar, as it corresponds to the movement of the Earth around the sun, loosely based on the theorized birth of Jesus Christ. The Islamic Calendar is a lunar calendar, as it corresponds to the movement of the moon around the Earth, and is tied to a 622 AD pilgrimage from Mecca to Medina by the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

The dating modernization has been greeted with skepticism by other Saudi Arabian authorities. The Wahhabi Rite, a conservative state-sponsored Islamic group, warned that switching to the Gregorian calendar, as it is based on the life of a Christian figure considered to be an Islamic prophet, could steer Saudis away from Islam. Islamic holidays, including the holy month of Ramadan, correspond to the 354-day Islamic calendar which does not correspond with Gregorian months. Wahhabists worry that this change will undermine Islamic tradition.

More pressing are the 11 days to be added to the calendar in the kingdom. Government employees are reportedly complaining about extra work days they will face as a result of this change. Prince Mohammad recently cut benefits and pay for government workers, as part of widespread reforms meant to modernize Saudi Arabia and bring down operating costs.

Some have speculated that the adoption of a longer work year, without additional pay, is a cost-saving measure rather than a modernization attempt. In 2015 Saudi Arabia announced a $98 billion budget deficit brought on by the falling price of oil. The oil industry accounts for 45 percent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP, but oil prices hit a six-year low in 2015, with no apparent lift in sight.

Prince Mohammed is a controversial figure in his home country, as he successfully lobbied for restricting the power of the religious police and pushed for a more diverse, privatized economy. "Our vision is a tolerant country with Islam as its constitution and moderation as its method," he stated in an interview posted on his website.

While most of the world follows the Gregorian calendar, portions of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia also use alternative models. Saudi Arabia is one of a handful of countries which did not use the Gregorian calendar at all, along with Iran and Afghanistan (which use a solar version of the Islamic calendar,) Pakistan (which uses both the Islamic calendar and a unique variant called the Bikrami calendar), and Ethiopia (which has its own unique calendar.)

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Written by Jeanne Castillo
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Washington, D.C., United States—More than 200 leaders from 54 nations attended an International Leadership Conference (ILC) which featured the launch of a parliamentarians’ peacebuilding association known as the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP).

The international and interreligious assembly, held from November 28 to December 1, 2016, was the culmination of other ILCs that were held worldwide this year, in South Korea, Nepal, Burkina Faso, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Zambia, and Japan.

With the theme “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: The Role of Government, Civil Society and Faith-Based Organizations,” the ILC was organized jointly by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and The Washington Times Foundation (TWTF), an affiliated organization.

The participants of the assembly, which was held in the J.W. Marriott hotel, included parliamentarians from around the world, members of the U.S. Congress, elected officials and civic, religious, policy and NGO leaders. During the four days of the conference these leaders would discuss the most pressing and challenging issues of our time, including global conflict, the breakdown of the family, and protection of the environment.

In line with the ILC’s goal of building a growing leadership network that can contribute to world peace, the participants reached across political and national lines in the search for solutions.
 
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Richard de Sena, president of UPF-USA, acted as master of ceremonies at the opening banquet, during which leaders of UPF and TWTF expressed the goals and hopes for the conference: to forge a new era of principled leadership.

Tom McDevitt, chair of The Washington Times and of UPF-USA, encouraged networking and the exchange of “ideas that can shape nations, communities, families, characters and people.”

Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, regional chair of UPF of North America, gave a preview of the three remaining days of the conference, which would explore the critical challenges facing the world. “Our nations are at a turning point in history,” he said, “and the ideals and accumulated experience that you each bring to this gathering could very well set the course for many years ahead.”

Dr. Michael Jenkins, president of TWTF, listed the organization’s founding values of freedom, faith, family, service and citizenship, noting particularly the significance of family as the cornerstone of society, the common ground we all share, and the place where love is generated. He added that peace is born when the lines of race, culture, and religion are transcended. “How can we turn this corner and make sure this world becomes better and better?” he asked. “It takes every nation to build a better world,” he said, noting that “resentment will never be destroyed by force, but liberated by forgiveness.”

Dr. Thomas Walsh, president of UPF International, drew the connection between this conference, those that came before it, and the culminating launch of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) that would take place on November 30, “drawing together parliamentarians from all political parties and nationalities to form a global network that represents the people and every faith background.” He also invoked the guiding principle of unselfishness as the golden rule of peacebuilding.

 
Session I: Principles and Best Practices in Leadership and Governance

The first of nine panel sessions covered three key techniques of leadership that are critical in this time of history and generation of leaders. Each of the three panel members offered a perspective on best practices in leadership and governance.

MK Dr. Nachman Shai, a senior member of Israel’s Knesset, outlined the challenges currently faced by Israel, stressing the importance of leading with vision, courage, and accountability. He described the daily reality of conflict and the rise of terror in the Middle East, and the need for “strong, determined, and tough leadership.” The only democracy in the Middle East, Israel is revered as a major, stable power in the region and strives to “speak the language of values, democracy, human rights, and freedom,” he said.

Hon. Michael G. Aguinaldo, chair of the Commission on Audit of the Philippines, described successful initiatives under way in the Philippines that engage citizens to become part of the nation’s progress and improvement. Put in place by the previous administration in pursuit of institutionalizing open, transparent, accountable, and participatory governance, the Citizen Participatory Audit of the Philippines promotes partnership between citizens and government by forming an auditing team that assesses whether public services are delivered properly. This initiative “brings the process closer to the public so it’s something they can understand and take stock of” and increases community involvement and ownership, he said.

Sen. John Barrasso, the junior U.S. senator from Wyoming and a former orthopedic surgeon, spoke on the importance of democracy and freedom for the health of a nation and its people. If a nation has the principles of democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech in its leadership and governance, he said, “that’s helping you care for yourself.” He also   noted, “If you look at the system we have in the United States, the rules are known by everyone, but the outcome is uncertain. In some countries, the rules are unknown and the outcome is certain.”

Hon. Donzella James, a member of the Georgia State Senate, spoke on leading with courage and integrity, and balancing one’s personal values and identity with being open to new perspectives.

“It can be a slippery slope when you go against your values, even just once,” she said. “You don’t become successful in government without a strict sense of personal values. It is the lens with which we view the world, and influences every personal and professional decision we make.” She quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but a molder of consensus.” She continued, “However, as an elected official, your job is to serve everyone, not just those who agree with you. Ultimately, we cannot get anything done unless we work together and find the common denominator with people who believe differently than we do.”
 
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In its first full day, the ILC discussed freedom of conscience, marriage and family, protecting the environment, and freedom and responsibility of the press.
Participants also took part in a much-anticipated highlight of the conference: the announcement of the recipients of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize, awarded to the person or persons who best contribute to human development in the spheres of stewardship of the environment and sustainable peace.

A theme resonating throughout the conference was the importance of engaging respectful dialogue across political and religious lines. “An overarching theme I’m hearing today is that it’s time we come together, and I think it’s particularly meaningful in the aftermath of the American election” said Hon. Bill Delahunt, a former U.S. congressman from Massachusetts, who was the moderator of Session IV. “We are at a moment when the country is divided. That’s not healthy for democracy, and if America is divided, it’s not healthy for the world. What we all realized during the course of the [recent U.S. election] campaign is that there are multiple Americas and large segments of the American population that have profound anger. We need to meet that challenge as well,” Mr. Delahunt said.

Another theme, highlighted by Ambassador R. James Woolsey Jr., a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was the need for action and the courage to face difficult issues, despite how uncomfortable or insurmountable they may seem. During lunch he gave a talk in which he invited participants to educate themselves on the threat of nuclear war. He delineated the severe consequences of such an event and expressed his hope for people to “wake up” to this issue. “We can’t duck hard problems” and “think it’s so unpleasant to work on because the consequences are so bad,” he said. According to Ambassador Woolsey, addressing this issue in a fruitful way “requires a certain spirit of rejection of the way this has been dealt with for decades.”
 
Session II: Securing Freedom of Conscience—A Universal Concern

Hon. Charles “Woody” Burton, a member of the Indiana House of Representatives and the driving force behind the “In God We Trust” state license plate, opened the second session by describing his experience of standing with resolve to protect freedom of speech and religion, specifically the right to practice prayer in government.

Professor Viktor Yelenskyi, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, presented historical facts and statistics demonstrating the gradual exile of religion from government and society, juxtaposed with a rising consensus that religion must be free to manifest itself in all social spheres. He summarized the state of religious freedom and peace among religions: “Historians estimate that 200 million people in the last two millennia have been killed because of religious affiliation,” he said. “Religious affiliation plays a role in 65 percent of all armed conflict today, and in only 20 percent of countries are all religious groups treated the same.”
Dr. Sam Zakhem, a former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain, expressed both positive experiences with and continued hopes for religious freedom and peace among religions. “I served as ambassador for the United States under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and served in the Colorado State Senate and House, but I’m most proud to be a UPF Ambassador for Peace,” he said.

Hon. Jose de Venecia Jr., a former speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines and chair emeritus of UPF, addressed the theme of interfaith reconciliation. He described his campaign to create an interfaith council in the United Nations that can generate ideas for ending violence in the Muslim world, as well as uniting civilizations that encompass multiple religions. “Territorial, geopolitical, and religious problems intertwine and remain a constant problem in many parts of the world,” he said, adding, “All too often, atrocities are committed in the name of religion. However, violence in the name of religion is contrary to reason and God’s nature, for there can be no religious motivation for violence.”

The session closed with a question-and-answer session. Conference participants presented thought-provoking questions to the panel, such as “What will it take to solve these problems peacefully?” “How do we talk about religion in America and highlight its role as a key source of love?” and “How do we bring religion back?” Among solutions discussed were bringing people together and encouraging a focus on similarities as well as dialogues toward reaching understanding and unity.
 
Session III: Why Marriage and Family Are Important for a Healthy and Stable Society

Hon. John Doolittle, a former U.S. congressman from California, moderated the third session, stating in his introduction that “we tend to idealize families, but they’re often less than ideal. However, the resilience of the family is important, even if the family is not ideal.”

Hon. Danny K. Davis, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois, gave an insightful and anecdotal talk about the value of family, speaking of his own family with great reverence. Married for 47 years, Hon. Davis said he sometimes imagines “how different life would have been” if he had not had his wife by his side. “I wouldn’t have the peace of mind, companionship, or a shoulder to lean on,” he said. He supplemented his address with thought-provoking quotes from astute thinkers, including English poet William Blake. (“I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother, and I found all three.”) He concluded that “the concept of family begins to grow as you have greater experiences, and, rather than thinking of just the immediate group in the household or even extended relatives, family becomes part of what you believe, dream about, and hope for.” In his call to action he stated, “I’m hoping to convince people to spend more time together as opposed to being apart.”

Hon. Victoria Kalima, a member of the Zambian Parliament who is also her nation’s newly appointed minister of gender, talked about Zambian society, laws, issues, and programs, drawing a parallel between signs of cultural instability and resulting national instability. She insisted that “relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, and brothers and sisters should be characterized by a profound and enduring love.” She also spoke about the recent ILC in Lusaka, Zambia, and its focus on alleviating social ills currently faced by the nation, including gender-based violence, child marriage, teen pregnancy, single parenthood, and divorce. She stressed the importance of programs that empower women, so that “society can look at a girl child as someone who can receive an education, not just get married young” for the family’s financial gain. “My appeal,” she said, “is that we work together to have a healthy and stable society. I invite you to partner with us through UPF to end gender-based violence and child marriage.”

Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, former minister for peace and reconstruction in Nepal, boldly stated that “family education determines the future destiny of the entire nation.” Hon. Dhakal presented news of the marriage rededication and Marriage Blessing movements in Nepal, which are becoming national festivals of marriage and families attended by tens of thousands of people. The former prime minister of Nepal H.E. Madhav Kumar Nepal officiated a recent marriage rededication ceremony that was attended by 70,000 people; at the time he stated that “if the family is strong, our nation is strong.”

Mr. Kenneth Muhammed El, the commissioner of the Housing Authority in Rowan County, North Carolina, like Hon. Davis, spoke about his marriage and family, and then asked forward-thinking questions such as “How do we raise expectations of marriage?” and “How do we address the issue that ruin begins in the home?” He noted that our challenge as a nation is to elevate women and acknowledge women as the “key to life.” He said that “marriage needs to be dissociated from trends and fashions, and reinstated as a sacred extension of the Creator.”

Mrs. Cheryl Wetzstein, the manager of special sections for The Washington Times, closed the session with statistics and facts about family issues faced by the United States, including falling marriage rates, the “tsunami of pornography causing problems between men and women in their romantic relationships,” and alternative family forms. She provided evidence for why traditional marriage is the best family structure for children, adults, and society.
 
Session IV: Protecting Our Environment—Public and Private Sector Solutions

Hon. Rob Wittman, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, opened the fourth session with a talk on the responsibility of both the public and private sectors to protect the environment for future generations. He expressed his interest in seeking opportunities for these two sectors to join in partnership in this joint mission.

Hon. Kessai Note, a former president of the Marshall Islands, described the fragile environment of his Pacific island nation and its susceptibility to sea level rises caused by climate change. Environmental negligence is “already creating insurmountable challenges to our environment, economy, and way of life,” he said. “The entire Marshall Islands could become submerged in water in less than 100 years, and neighboring countries in the Pacific have similar conditions.”

Dr. Richard Lindzen, a professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, took a different approach to the issue of climate change. He presented thorough scientific evidence that favors avoiding extremism in today’s campaigns on the greenhouse effect and global warming, and he relayed the perspective that the issue of global warming is “almost an entirely political one.”

“The most important and useful measure for both the public and private sphere will be the ending of anti-carbon-dioxide climate alarmism,” he said. “The fact that the alarm shifted from global cooling to global warming in the 1980s provides ample evidence that the issue was not with climate per se, but market control of the energy sector.”

Hon. Richard T. Schulze, a former U.S. congressman from Pennsylvania, told anecdotes about his lifetime of “pride, enjoyment, and love of the outdoors” and how he came to be involved in wildlife conservation. “In America, the conservation attitude is that the user pays and the public profits,” he said. “The amount of money that the hunter, fisher, and outdoorsman pay into the funds for outdoor conservation is enormous.” On a more emotional level, he told the story of a friend who came closer to his daughter in three hours of hunting together than he had in his entire life. “It’s not about the hunting,” he said. “It’s about the personal relationship that such things build, the kind of relationship that overarches politics and religious differences.” He closed by saying that the “most effective and sensible approach to good stewardship of the earth and its inhabitants is to continue the work we’ve done in conservation, not only for sports and the outdoors but for all people of the earth.”
 
Session V: The Role of Media—Freedom and Responsibility of the Press


Mr. Guy Taylor, a senior writer on national security issues at The Washington Times, moderated the final session of the day, about the media as the “absolute intersection of technological change and the human ability to speak truth to power.” He challenged participants to deliberate whether the media are having “a positive or a corrosive effect on our collective ability to provide honest journalism.”

Hon. Tim Huelskamp, a U.S. congressman from Kansas, gave his perspective on the U.S. media and the evolution of the Internet. He invited participants to practice an active awareness of the biases that exist in the mainstream media and to be mindful of the nature of the media in terms of their geographic concentration and motivations, and how those factors affect the distribution of information.

Hon. Biman Prasad, a member of Parliament in Fiji, enlightened participants on the reality of freedom of the press around the world. In many regions, he said, the media serve primarily to “amplify the voices of elected representatives in government.” He stressed that “democracy cannot flourish in an environment where media freedom is restricted.”

Mr. Humphrey Hawksley, a foreign correspondent with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as well as an author, spoke about the role of the media in Europe, particularly the effects of uninformed popular sentiment promulgated through social media. He also spoke of “the post-truth era,” in which “political campaigns are based on facts that are untrue and policies that are unachievable, yet they garner votes in the millions.” He brought up the concept of an echo chamber, defined as “a newspaper or TV [station] that agrees with or bolsters your point of view.” He explained that “voters prefer the certainty of the echo chamber to the muddle of both extremities,” and he challenged the audience to “find a Tweet or somebody on Facebook whose views you totally abhor. Find out where they’re coming from and what their weakness is” in order to move beyond the safety of your own standpoint.

Mr. Charles Hurt, a political columnist for The Washington Times, closed the session by speaking to the role of the media, mainstream and non-mainstream, including everyone who is participating in this age of social media. He brought up thought-provoking ideas, such as the fact that the U.S. president-elect is very active on social media. “I have faith that people have a voice and greater access to shaping the media than ever before,” he said.
 
Sunhak Peace Prize Recipients Are Announced



During the dinner break, the names of the two individuals who have been chosen to receive the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize were announced.

These two individuals, who have devoted their lives to helping the world’s refugees, Italian doctor Dr. Gino Strada and Afghan educator Dr. Sakena Yacoobi.

The awards program was presented by Dr. Thomas Walsh, chair of the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation, who explained the background of the prize and its vision to inspire “living with a sense of responsibility that envisions making this world better for future generations.”

An informational video introduced the founders, the vision, and this year’s theme of the Sunhak Peace Prize: the global refugee crisis. The video presented alarming statistics, notably that one in 113 people in the world today is a refugee and that over half of refugees are children.

Dr. Il-Sik Hong, chair of the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee, announced the names of the 2017 laureates, who were chosen from a pool of 225 nominees from 76 nations.

Dr. Gino Strada has provided medical and surgical care to the victims of war and poverty and to refugees around the world. His achievements in advancing medical and surgical aid over the past 28 years are widely known. His work and compassion for humanity have taken him beyond national borders, even into the epicenter of conflict in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa. His work has brought healing and relief to 8 million people around the world. Dr. Strada maintains that “the right to be cured” is a basic and inalienable human right, and, on that basis, in 1994 he established the international humanitarian organization known as Emergency, which has been operating more than 60 emergency medical facilities in 17 nations.

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi developed an innovative solution to the refugee settlement problem through education. She has been widely recognized for developing educational programs linked to refugee resettlement, working especially in Afghan refugee camps that are put under additional stress by years of war. Dr. Yacoobi is a committed educator who has devoted herself to women’s education. She has developed an innovative vision for education in the Islamic world, based on her belief that “educating girls is educating future generations.” In 1985 she founded the Afghan Institute of Learning, which provides education and health services for more than 13 million refugees. She also operates more than 80 underground schools in hopes of improving the rights and social status of women in Islamic society, working even at the risk of her own life. Presently she is actively assisting the international community, including the United Nations, as an expert in countering refugee crises. Her achievements led to her being nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Hong said, “Today, facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II, the citizens of the world must remember the value of each human being, which binds us together. Through solidarity and cooperation we need to solve this problem together.”

Hon. Dan Burton, a former U.S. congressman from Indiana, led the audience in applause for the founders and the selection committee of the Sunhak Peace Prize, and spoke on the impact of this year’s award. “This world is in real turmoil right now,” he said. “We’ve got millions of people that have left their homes in fear for their lives.” He continued, “These two people who have been nominated tonight have gone way above and beyond to care for those who have become refugees. … It’s our responsibility to help these refugees around the world. It’s a tragedy, and we’re all involved.”

The prize includes a cash award totaling 1 million U.S. dollars. According to Dr. Walsh, “Both recipients have indicated that they will roll their prize money directly into their organizations and their work.” The awards ceremony will be held on February 3, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea.

The Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation was established in 2015 to promote and develop the Sunhak Peace Prize, an annual award given to individuals or organizations that have contributed substantially to peace and human development for the sake of future generations. The Sunhak Peace Prize was founded by UPF Co-Founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon to recognize key movers and shakers for peace who are leaving a lasting legacy and to honor selfless individuals who recognize family values as the cornerstone of society.

In 2016, the inaugural Sunhak Peace Prize was awarded to President Anote Tong of Kiribati for raising awareness about the global impact of climate change, and to Dr. Modadugu V. Gupta of India for being a leader in the development of aquaculture in developing nations.

In the evening of November 29, the conference participants attended a performance at the National Theatre by the world-renowned Little Angels Children’s Folk Ballet of Korea. This performance conveyed the peace-loving spirit of the Korean people and the beautiful culture and arts produced throughout Korea’s 5,000-year history. Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, co-founder of the Little Angels troupe, was present at the performance, as well as Dr. Sun Jin Moon, the chair of UPF International.

The Little Angels’ performance was held to benefit the Children’s National Hospital, located in Washington, D.C. At the end of the performance Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, the regional chair of UPF for North America, presented to the hospital a check for $25,000 on behalf of the founders of the Little Angels.
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016


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The panel discussions during the third day of the conference, November 30, focused on national and global security, foreign policy, solutions to terrorism, and global collaboration.
 
Session VI: Northeast Asia Issues and Solutions

A diverse range of views were expressed at this session, in which speakers addressed the issue of extremism and offered their expertise on the political landscape of Northeast Asia.
Mr. Hitoshi Tanaka, a senior fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange and chair of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute, spoke of endeavors to discourage “North Korea’s nuclear ambition” and China’s activities to “revise the status quo” through a union between Japan, the United States, and South Korea. He observed that the “importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance has been increasing” and said he hopes the new U.S. administration “will solidify our partnership.”

Ambassador Joseph Robert De Trani, former special envoy to the Six Party Talks and president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, spoke about his work in negotiations with North Korea and described that nation’s “extensive nuclear program,” an issue that “has to and can be resolved peacefully.” Ambassador De Trani encouraged perseverance in addressing this growing threat as well as the human rights issue in North Korea.

Hon. Matt Salmon, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, described his experience living in and visiting Northeast Asia, and his recent involvement in hearings regarding the North Korean regime. He emphasized the importance of developing a “foreign policy consistent with our values and interests” in this new administration, particularly regarding the U.S. policy for Asia. He called for a “focus on strong leadership” and “strategic clarity” as the “basis for our goals abroad,” and also prescribed a “proactive approach” when it comes to addressing aggressors and building strong allies. Not only do we need to support like-minded allies, he said, but also we need to “encourage them to overcome historical obstacles to strengthen relationships with each other.”

Hon. Jong-seong Lim, a member of the National Assembly of South Korea, addressed the implications of the new Trump administration on the U.S.-Korean alliance, stating his hope that “we can have clear ideas of [incoming U.S. President Donald] Trump’s policies regarding the Northeast Asia region.” Over the past six years, South Korea and the United States have “forged an unbreakable bond,” he said, but there is a certain concern that “American interests will be placed ahead of other nations.” Hon. Lim urged that the U.S.-Korean alliance be strengthened and implored the ILC participants to partner with UPF to encourage this trend.
 
Session VII: Global and Local Responses to Terrorism

Mr. Bill Gertz, senior editor of the conservative Web site The Washington Free Beacon, moderated this panel. Speakers offered visions and practical steps toward unity on this issue.

Hon. Robert Pittenger, a U.S. congressman from North Carolina, spoke on the importance of courage and clarity when facing terrorism. “It’s easy to be complacent,” he said, “because we don’t know where we’ll be tomorrow.” He named practical components of an anti-terror strategy, including “stopping the flow of money,” developing “good intelligence on the ground,” and hosting forums around the world for “information sharing.” He concluded that “what we must do is collaborate together.”

Hon. Madhav Kumar Nepal, a former prime minister of Nepal, described the reality of the “disruption and damage of war” and stated that, fortunately, Nepal has “ended its state of insurgence by peaceful means” through a “comprehensive peace process.”

Hon. Dana Rohrabacher, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California, recalled his experience fighting communism, the “threat to civilization” of his generation. Because the United States is made up of every race, religion and ethnic group and is united by a love of liberty, he said, “America understands that God gave us the job of leading the way in destroying enemies of civilization.” He noted that today’s primary threat to the peace and security of civilization is terrorism, and that again America is central to defending the safety of the world. “It’s up to the people of the United States, the government, to lead the way, because we represent humankind.”

MK Issawi Frej, an Israeli Arab member of Israel’s Knesset from the Meretz party, admitted that, as a Muslim, it’s “not easy” and “not comfortable” to hear people connecting terrorism to Islam. “Terrorism is the enemy of all of us,” he said. “In order to be a terrorist, you can be Muslim, Christian, Jewish, any religion.” He called on everyone to imagine if each Muslim had to “prove that he is not a terrorist,” and he encouraged everyone to “join each other to fight terrorism” and not to “fight hate with hate.”

Mr. Pinhas Inbari, a journalist and senior Middle East analyst for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, spoke about the nature of the conflict in Syria, and Hon. Shri Bhubaneswar Kalita, a member of Parliament in India, spoke of different forms of terrorism around the globe. Hon. Kalita stated that “the only answer to terrorism is dialogue for lasting peace” and that a “stronghold is not a long-term solution.” Because parliamentarians represent and connect people, they can help resolve and prevent conflict, he said.

The session activated several members of the audience to line up at the subsequent question-and-answer session and give their perspectives on terrorism.
 
Session VIII: Foreign Policy Priorities for the U.S. and Global Community

Hon. Jose de Venecia Jr., a former speaker of the House of Representatives in the Philippines and chair emeritus of UPF, opened the session by naming top issues in today’s world and proposing models of global synergy to address them. “We meet at the decisive juncture of American and world history,” a time of transformation that “will chart history’s course,” he said. Hon. Venecia described the Asian Parliamentary Assembly consisting of 40 members of Parliament, and his hopes for the organization to be “the frontrunner of an eventual Asian Parliament like the European Parliament.”

Hon. Jean M. Augustine, a former commissioner of fairness in the Canadian province of Ontario, described the nature of foreign policy in Canada. “The basis of what we do connects nicely with the work of UPF,” she said of her nation’s determination to work together with other nations, embrace the global community, and, currently, provide shelter and education to Syrian refugees. “Canadian participants at the ILC are happy to have this opportunity to dialogue and hear perspectives on issues,” she concluded.

Hon. Mark Meadows, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina, closed the session with a talk on the change of the U.S. administration and provided insight into “what we could look forward to in terms of foreign policy changes.” He explained that there is a sense that the nation is becoming “isolationist in rhetoric,” but there is importance in “strong alliances and daily involvement in matters of mutual interest.” He added that he “[doesn’t] see that changing” and said that there is a “real commitment in a long-term, bipartisan way” to clarify foreign policy.
 
Launch of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace

A bipartisan group of former U.S. congressmen—Dan Burton, R-Indiana; Bill Delahunt, D-Massachusetts; Todd Tiahrt, R-Kansas; and John Doolittle, R-California—invited colleagues from Capitol Hill to a reception in the Russell Senate Office Building on the evening of November 30, 2016. The event was held in honor of 56 legislators from nearly as many countries who had come to Washington to form a global organization of parliamentarians who want to work beyond the boundaries of partisanship to address pivotal issues involving terrorism, the environment, freedom of conscience and other pivotal issues common to all nations.

At the event, held in the Kennedy Caucus Room, Dr. Thomas Walsh, the president of Universal Peace Federation, introduced the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace and its co-chairs, Hon. Dan Burton and Hon. Jose De Venecia Jr., former speaker of the House of the Philippines. The two co-chairs lauded the organization’s purpose, calling for those who guide policy in their nations to look beyond their borders to their neighbors worldwide who have the same concerns as they do. “The world is a global community, and together we can make positive differences,” Hon. De Venecia said.

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who founded the parliamentarians association. She was introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate.

“Dr. Moon is truly an amazing woman, and one that I deeply respect,” Sen. Hatch said. “She is a champion of peace and someone who I hope will have a lasting impact for years to come.”

Dr. Moon spoke of the responsibility of global leaders to work together to create peace and called for a new and international commitment to unselfish good governance. She spoke of the challenges that have stood in the way of world peace throughout human history to this day, and introduced the proposal for an International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP). “We look at this world and see unspeakable, inarticulate misery happening all around the globe,” she said. “This is impossible to solve with mere human power.”

She concluded: “All of you esteemed leaders, members of parliament, beloved leaders who have gathered here, members of parliament from all over the world, your responsibility is great and important. You are extremely important, especially in this era when a new providence is unfolding. More than just one person, you who represent the people, you are the mediator. God needs each one of you.”

Following Dr. Moon’s remarks, Hon. Burton, Hon. Doolittle and Hon. Delahunt presented the ILC 2016 Exemplary Leadership Awards to Hon. Matt Salmon, a U.S. congressman from Arizona, for his efforts for peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region, and to Hon. Danny K. Davis, a U.S. congressman from Illinois, for his work for religious freedom and securing opportunity for all people.
 
Thursday, December 1, 2016

The fourth day of the conference had just one panel discussion before a final lunch and the departure of the participants.
 
Session IX: New Leadership and New Scenarios for Global Collaboration

Dr. Alexandre Mansourov, a professor of Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, began the last session by speaking of the United States’ transition into a new administration. He expressed his worry about the government’s blind spots—occurrences of low probability yet high impact. “These disruptive events shake and shift the international system and create a new world way,” he said, adding that, though it would be nice for people to remain in their comfort zones, it’s important to think about the future.

Hon. Matt Salmon, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, commended UPF for its unparalleled “ability to be able to really achieve meaningful peace in this world” and to “bring disparate organizations, countries, parties and religions” together along the way. He also focused on the upcoming administration shift and foreign policy, stating his belief that “solidarity with our friends and allies … is incredibly important.” He closed by calling on politicians to not ignore the threat of terrorism.

Following Hon. Salmon’s talk, Mr. Tom McDevitt, chair of The Washington Times, read and presented a plaque to Hon. Salmon which honored him with the Excellence in Leadership Award for working to bridge the gap between Asia and the United States.

Dr. Thomas Walsh, president of UPF International, then remarked on his observation of “a strong tendency in a growing interfaith movement, a movement of receptivity, and a desire to learn without feeling threatened from other faith traditions.” On the one hand, he said, “Some people are becoming almost hybrid in their spirituality, of being a Christian who has felt enriched by Buddhism”; on the other hand, “we also feel that in many traditions there is some erosion, dilution, or threat through secularization, as well as other forms of evangelism that are threatening our identities.” He stated UPF’s goal in easing these conflicts—specifically that the ILC is moving in a direction “where we’re learning from one another.” He encouraged participants to engage in ongoing conversations between people of varying political standpoints, different faiths and backgrounds, and to find common ground to create harmony.

Professor Akiko Yamanaka, vice minister of foreign affairs in Japan, spoke on the “trilateral alliance between the U.S., Japan, and Korea” and the key role of “preventative diplomacy” in combating “human-induced disaster.” She concluded her message by quoting Aristotle, who said, “It is more important to organize peace than to win a war, but the fruit of victory will be lost soon if the peace is not well organized.”

“Let’s walk and work together for the better world community together,” she said.

Hon. Joe Wilson, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina, spoke on the importance of facing international terrorism. He described his military background and the collaboration of one of his units with Afghan troops to fight terrorism. “That’s the kind of service that we need—where it’s not telling people what to do, but it’s working with our allies around the world to make a difference,” he said.

Hon. Richard T. Schulze, a former U.S. congressman from Pennsylvania, gave brief remarks, speaking of his first visit to Congress for a class trip during the Ford administration. Hon. Jose de Venecia Jr., co-chair of the ILC, then closed the session with recommendations for future collaboration, calling for “a session to see how we can advance causes of freedom and democracy, human rights, and our common battle against poverty and ISIS, and the forces of bio-level destruction.”

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STATEMENT OF THE GRAND MAGISTRY

Rome, 23/12/2016 



The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta has learnt of the decision made by the Holy See to appoint a group of five persons to shed light on the replacement of the former Grand Chancellor.

The replacement of the former Grand Chancellor is an act of internal governmental administration of the Sovereign Order of Malta and consequently falls solely within its competence. The aforementioned appointment is the result of a misunderstanding by the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.

The Grand Master respectfully clarified the situation yesterday evening in a letter to the Supreme Pontiff, laying out the reasons why the suggestions made by the Secretariat of State were unacceptable. :roll:

He assured the Holy Father of his filial devotion and asked the Pontiff for the Apostolic Blessing, both for him and for the Sovereign Order of Malta, its 13,500 members and its 100,000 staff and volunteers who continue to provide a permanent and efficient hospitaller presence in more than 120 countries in the world according to the centuries-old charism of the Order of Malta.

https://www.orderofmalta.int/2016/12/23/statement-of-the-grand-magistry/


Fra’ JOHN EDWARD CRITIEN APPOINTED GRAND CHANCELLOR OF THE SOVEREIGN ORDER OF MALTA
 
Rome, 14/12/2016



  The Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, with the deliberative vote of the Sovereign Council, has appointed Fra’ John Edward Critien to the office of Grand Chancellor ad interim

The Sovereign Council met on December 14 at the Grand Magistry in Rome.


Fra’ John E. Critien, after taking the oath, has officially entered today into the fullness of his powers. Within the Government’s structure of the Sovereign Order of Malta, the Grand Chancellor is both the Foreign Minister and the Minister of the Interior. He is the head of the chancery and its related offices, and is responsible for relations with the national Associations of the Order. He is also the Order’s representative in dealings with third parties, and the implementing of policy and of internal administration of the Order. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he is in charge of all diplomatic missions of the Sovereign Order of Malta in the world.

John E. Critien, born in Sliema, Malta, on 29 September 1949, is the younger son of the late Major Frank Edward Critien, and the late May Grech.

After graduating Bachelor of Arts at the Royal University of Malta, John E. Critien continued his studies in Italy at the University for Foreigners of Perugia and the State University of Pisa. John E. Critien then settled in Pisa for 22 years where he taught English Language and Literature.

John E. Critien was admitted into the Grand Priory of Rome of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 1983 after having distinguished himself in the formation of voluntary youth groups of the Order of Malta in Pisa and Florence. In 1993 he professed perpetual religious vows as Knight of Justice. He was member of the Sovereign Council (Government) of the Order between 1994 and 1999 and was elected again in 2014. John E. Critien also occupied the position of Conservator of the Magistral Palace Library and Archives and Curator of the art collections of the Order. He has also been the curator of art exhibitions.

In July 2000 Fra’ John E. Critien was appointed Knight Resident at Fort St. Angelo, Malta, a position he currently holds. In September 2001 he was elevated to the rank of Knight Grand Cross of Justice and in 2012 to rank the Bailiff Grand Cross and Justice, the first ever Maltese to hold this grade in the Order.

He succeeds Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager who, as announced by the Grand Master in a letter sent to the heads of the national structures of the Sovereign Order of Malta on December 8, has ceased from office.

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MARY IN GOD'S PLAN

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, offer a manual to get to know, understand Marian devotion

December 30, 2016 ZENIT Staff Mary and Mariology

 

Courtesy of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, have recently published a Manual for Marian Devotion.

The Manual  is meant to be a tool to nourish love of Mary with the Scriptures, stories of the saints, prayers, devotions and more. It’s divided into two parts. Part One lays the framework for understanding the Church’s veneration of Mary, and Part Two is a rich resource of devotional material to nourish private devotions to the Mother of God.

This excerpt provided to ZENIT is from the chapter on Mary’s role in God’s plan and focuses specifically on Mary in the New Testament.



MARY IN GOD’S PLAN


The original cell of all redeemed mankind is Mary, in whom first took place the purification and sanctification through Christ and impregnation by the Holy Spirit. Before the Son of Man was born of the Virgin, the Son of God conceived of this very virgin as one full of grace, and He created the Church in and with her.

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Mary’s place is at the center of God’s plan. Christ’s story is hers; she is mother to God’s people. As we enter more deeply into the mystery of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we find Mary walking before us. She is the one chosen from all eternity to bring God’s Son into the world, and she is the perfect believer who teaches us to love her Son.

Mary in the New Testament

The Annunciation

In the Gospels, Mary’s role, dimly hinted at in the Jewish Scriptures, comes into full light. At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel approaches Mary to ask her to be the Mother of God’s Son. He addresses her not by her name but by a title, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” (Lk 1:26).
This title points to her unique holiness: Mary already shares in the fruits of Christ’s redemptive death. The annunciation invites Mary to obedience and faith, and she responds wholeheartedly.

With her “ fiat,” her “Let it be to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38), she receives the Word of God into her heart and the Son of God into her womb, truly becoming the Mother of God. As others come to believe in Christ, they share in Mary’s faith, which remains at the heart of the Church.


The Visitation

The first action Mary takes after accepting the Word into her body is to bring Him to her cousin Elizabeth. This mission of mercy to her elderly cousin teaches us that our proximity to Christ should always issue forth in apostolic zeal. The exchange between the two pregnant women has inspired beautiful meditation and art over the centuries.

Little John leaps for joy within Elizabeth’s womb, and Elizabeth exclaims, “Why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Church Fathers such as St. Ambrose saw this as the moment when John received grace through the physical proximity of his God. The similarity of language between this passage and 2 Samuel 6, where David asks “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” and later dances before the ark, suggests Mary as the new Ark of the Covenant. = Pure blasphemy

In response to Elizabeth’s greeting, Mary pours forth the Magnificat, a song of praise that is today enthroned like a jewel among the readings and prayers that make up the Church’s daily Evening Prayer. In the Magnificat, Mary prophesies that her unique role will give joy to many believers through- out the centuries: “For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Lk 1:48–49). From her time forward, all those who praise the Lord for saving His people will bless the name of Mary.

Christ’s Life and Ministry

Mary’s motherhood of Christ is the central mystery of her role in God’s plan, yet from this flows a continuing cooperative role. Mary cooperates in God’s plan when she watches over Jesus throughout the many years of her hidden life in Nazareth. We know very few details of the Holy Family’s life during this period, but the Gospels tell us that Joseph worked as a carpenter and that Christ was “obedient” to him and to Mary (Lk 2:51). These two likewise lived in obedience to the Jewish law, presenting their infant Son in the Temple after forty days—as prescribed in Exodus 13 and Numbers 18—and travelling to Jerusalem for the various annual feasts.

It was on one of these trips, when He was twelve, that Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without His parents’ knowledge, displaying unusual wisdom as He discoursed with the scholars of the law in the Temple. Meanwhile, with an anguish that prefigured Mary’s suffering during the three days following Christ’s death, she and Joseph searched for their Son. Sin distances us from Christ, and Mary, though sinless, also experienced the pain of losing Him. Upon their reunion, Jesus returned with His parents to Nazareth.

During the “hidden years” of work and family life in this small town, Mary represents the patience of the Church, who, in turn, patiently encourages the growth of Christ’s life in her members. At the wedding at Cana, it is her petition to Jesus to remedy the lack of wine that signals Him to begin His public ministry of healing and teaching. This ministry will culminate in Christ’s redemptive death and resurrection. The link between the two episodes is highlighted by Christ’s addressing her in both instances as “woman” (Jn 2:4, 19:26).

As at Cana, Mary continues to encourage us to “do whatever He tells” us. Whenever we follow her advice, Her Son transforms the ordinary water of our feeble human efforts into wine, abundant, delightful, and exhilarating.

At the Cross and Beyond

Mary’s faith shines most brightly when she stands beside Jesus at the foot of the cross. Here, Mary offers her own sufferings in union with Christ’s for the salvation of all peoples. Christ, looking down on her, sees the fruit of His redeeming death already before Him.

He entrusts John, His beloved disciple, to Mary, saying to her, “Woman, behold, your son!” and to John, “Behold, your mother!” (Jn 19:26–27). With this, Jesus gives His mother to be a mother to the whole Church, a maternity she exercises through the merits of her suffering, as well as through her prayer and presence.

The Scriptures are silent about Mary’s experience of Christ’s resurrection, but fifty days later, the Apostles are gathered with her in the upper room as they await the Spirit promised by Christ (Acts 1:14). With what anticipation must she have awaited their experience of the Spirit who had filled her womb with the Creator of the universe! At Pentecost, the Church receives that same Spirit as the beginning of its mission to preach the Gospel. Mary does not go forth to preach like the Apostles but remains a source of strength and faith at the heart of the Church.

Mary appears again in the Book of Revelation, “a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rv 12:1). The “woman” of Revelation births a son who will rule the nations. She continues to exercise her motherly concern as many other children join the cosmic struggle between Christ and Satan. The twelve stars adorning her crown represent both the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve Apostles, whose preaching crowns the Church, of which she is the model. Taken up by Christ into heaven, she remains engaged in the struggle of the Church militant.



Excerpted from MANUAL FOR MARIAN DEVOTION by The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Copyright © 2016 by TAN Books. Excerpted by permission of TAN Books, a division of Saint Benedict Press. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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About the Author
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist were canonically established in 1997 and have joyfully taken their messages of faith to the modern world through education, television and music, to name a few of their outreaches.  With over 130 Sisters and an average age of 30, they teach in preschool through college all over the United States; their Motherhouse is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  They also serve as librarians at the North America Seminary in Rome.  Several of the Sisters have been guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show more than once and made it to the finals of the Game Show Network’s The American Bible Challenge.  The Sisters have released two international albums, to wide acclaim including reaching No. 1 for several weeks on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Chart. Their open spirit has unexpectedly attracted widespread international media coverage. Most recently the Sisters made headlines for reaching one million likes on their much beloved Facebook page.

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2016 : A YEAR WITH POPE FRANCIS 

"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
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POPE PRAYING FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY IN JANUARY

Asking God to bring all Christians to strive for unity with prayer and charity

December 30, 2016 Kathleen Naab Pope and Holy See


  https://zenit.org/articles/pope-praying-for-christian-unity-in-january/
L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis in January will be praying for Christian unity, that Christians will strive together to meet the challenges facing humanity.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity falls in January, concluding on the Jan. 25 feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This year’s theme for the week will be “Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us  (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20).”

The Pope’s intention for January was announced by the Apostleship of Prayer.

The January intention in full is: “That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.”

This is the only monthly prayer intention thus far released, as Pope Francis has decided to make a change to the practice of having two monthly prayer intentions established beforehand for each month.

Instead, the Apostleship of Prayer announced, “Starting in 2017 the Pope will present only one prepared prayer intention per month, rather than the two presented before this year. He plans, however, to add a second prayer intention each month related to current events or urgent needs, like disaster relief. The urgent prayer request will help mobilize prayer and action related to the urgent situation. The Apostleship of Prayer will publish these urgent prayer intentions on this website as soon as we receive them from the Vatican.”

See more: https://zenit.org/articles/pope-francis-to-change-practice-of-his-monthly-intentions/

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CHRETIENS ENSEMBLE, RELEVONS LES DEFIS DE L'HUMANITE, PAR LE P. MONFILS SJ
 
L’engagement à la prière et à la charité, intention de prière du pape François

31 décembre 2016 Rédaction Pape François, Spiritualité, prière


Intention de prière du pape François, Janvier 2017

« Bonne année, bonne santé », dit-on à juste titre au début de janvier. Notre santé, comme chrétiens, se mesure entre autres choses à notre sens de l’unité que l’on célèbre d’ailleurs tous les ans, en ce début d’année, par une semaine de prière. Ce mois-ci, nous sommes invités par notre  Pape à prier « pour tous les chrétiens afin que, fidèles à l’enseignement du Seigneur, ils s’engagent par la prière et la charité, à rétablir la pleine communion ecclésiale et collaborent pour relever les défis actuels de l’humanité ».

2017 est le cinquième centenaire des thèses de Martin Luther.   Aussi, prier avec nos frères  protestants prend spécialement sens cette année. L’unité se construisant de manière dynamique, en faisant face ensemble aux défis de l’humanité, où nous pouvons servir le Christ dans sa chair. Osons chercher ce qui entre chrétiens favorise notre communion. Notre webmagazine vous propose de nombreuses facettes de ce défi.

La communauté de Taizé est un symbole phare de l’unité. Marie-Gabrielle, responsable en pastorale de jeunes a mené l’enquête auprès de  lycéens qui y ont vécu une expérience :
« Taizé c’est quoi pour vous ? »

L’unité se tisse aussi dans les relations, le couple, la famille : Jean et Françoise, couple mixte réformé-catholique nous offrent  leur « Prière pour la communion familiale »  appuyée sur un diaporama.

« Qu’eux aussi soient un en nous… » (Jean 17,21.) Cultiver une vraie charité entre disciples est déjà un témoignage et nous prépare à étendre cet amour à tous les hommes. Cherchons-nous vraiment l’entente et la vraie compréhension mutuelle, selon la prière de Jésus à son Père ? Lire le commentaire de Daniel Régent, jésuite.

L’unité entre chrétiens progresse : le Concile panorthodoxe, en juin de l’an dernier a reconnu le catholicisme comme Église. Apprenons de nos frères d’Orient le sens de l’image, de l’icône. Christian en dialogue avec une amie orthodoxe, nous partage son expérience d’écriture d’icônes, il nous dit comment cet art l’a aidé à dépasser les différences.

Enfin, lors de son voyage l’année dernière, en Géorgie et Azerbaïdjan, le Pape François nous a offert une méditation de l’image de la tunique sacrée qui lui est chère : tunique du Christ, « sans couture, tissée tout d’une pièce de haut en bas » (Jean 19,23). Déchirée, partagée, la tunique sacrée — le vêtement de Dieu — n’en reste pas moins un signe d’unité.

Autant de jalons de l’œcuménisme au service de l’humanité ! Avec l’équipe francophone de notre Réseau, je vous souhaite ainsi une bonne année 2017.

Thierry Monfils s.j., Luxembourg
Apostolat de la prière

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INSIDE A ROMAN CATHOLIC BONE CHURCH. ( MARTYRED CHRISTIAN COLLECTION)



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MessagePosté le: Mar 3 Jan - 06:04 (2017)    Sujet du message: JAE RHIM LEE: MY MUSHROOM BURIAL SUIT / CHURCH CLARIFIES TEACHING ON CREMATION Répondre en citant

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JAE RHIM LEE: MY MUSHROOM BURIAL SUIT


 


VIDEO : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7rS_d1fiUc

Here's a powerful provocation from artist Jae Rhim Lee. Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Naturally -- using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms. Yes, this just might be the strangest TEDTalk you'll ever see ..
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CHURCH CLARIFIES TEACHING ON CREMATION 

An other control domain of Rome : the burial of the death body. A other control industry and a lot of money for this church. What about all the skeletons in churches all around the world? What about the dignity of all these peoples? 


Emphasizes that ashes should be put in a sacred place, not transformed into jewelry or other commemorative memorabilia

October 25, 2016 Sergio Mora Culture and Society


 
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An Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding burial of the dead and conservation of ashes in case of cremation, entitled Ad resurgendum cum Christo was presented today in the Holy See Press Office, by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; its Consultor Father Angel Rodriguez Luno and Father Serge Thomas Bonino, O.P. Secretary of the International Theological Commission.

Cardinal Müller said that, because cremation is becoming more widespread, it will be considered as an ordinary practice. This development, he noted, is accompanied by another phenomenon: “the conservation of the ashes in a domestic environment, their conservation in commemorative memory or their dispersion in nature.”

Therefore, the specific issue of this document refers to the conservation of the ashes, without forgetting that “the Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom be kept of burying the bodies of the deceased,” although cremation “is not prohibited unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian Doctrine.”

In fact, a canonical normative on the preservation of the ashes did not exist; therefore, some Episcopal Conferences requested the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for guidelines on how and where the funerary urn should be kept, he said.

Cardinal Müller reiterated: “the Church continues to recommend insistently that the bodies of the deceased be buried in a cemetery or other sacred place.” Moreover, burial “is the most fitting way to express faith and hope in bodily resurrection.”

He acknowledged that there can be legitimate reasons to choose cremation, but the ashes must normally be kept in a sacred place, namely, in a cemetery or sacred place; it is necessary to avoid pantheistic or naturalistic ambiguities; therefore, the dispersion of ashes in the air, on the earth, in water or other way, or to convert the ashes into commemorative memories is not permitted.”

With this new Instruction, noted the Cardinal, we wish to contribute “so that Christian faithful have an ulterior awareness of their dignity.” He concluded by reminding that it is necessary to “evangelize the meaning of death in the light of faith in the Risen Christ.”

Responding to ZENIT, Father Bonino pointed out that the process of cremation is not natural as burial is, because technology intervenes. “It is a process in which man attempts to have control over life and death.” It has something of the brutal, because it destroys the body immediately without giving close individuals the possibility of engaging in the process of acceptance over time, as in a sort of privatization of death.

Father Bonino also pointed out that in the newly published Instruction, the first part on the burial of the deceased must not be forgotten and that the intention was to “reiterate the doctrinal and pastoral reasons for preferring the burial of bodies,” which the Church “recommends insistently.”

Father Rodriguez Luno added that the document reflects the Church’s care so that the bodies of the faithful deceased “inspire respect and charity and can express appropriately the Christian meaning of death and hope in the resurrection of the body.”

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MessagePosté le: Mar 3 Jan - 06:22 (2017)    Sujet du message: LA SEPULTURE, LE MYSTERE DE LA RESURRECTION ET LA DIGNITE DU CORPS HUMAIN Répondre en citant

LA SEPULTURE, LE MYSTERE DE LA RESURRECTION ET LA DIGNITE DU CORPS HUMAIN

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Sous-titré, en français. Un autre plan diabolique de nos chers jésuites et du Vatican concernant notre enterrement. Lien avec le programme environnemental et sauver la planète. Aussi article en français sur la sépulture, article du site Zenit, donc directement du Vatican.


Mis en place par la congrégation de la doctrine de la foi, autrefois appelée l'inquisition....

On peut penser que le vidéo et l'article se contredisent, et c'est en partie vrai, mais n'oublions pas que ce sont les Jésuites et le Vatican qui contrôlent tout l'agenda du programme environnemental via Laudato Si', qui leur donne pouvoir sur toutes les nations par l'application de ce programme global.
 


VIDEO (Sous-titré en français)  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7rS_d1fiUc

Présentation de l’Instruction sur la sépulture par le p. Bonino OP

25 octobre 2016 Marina Droujinina Rome

 
Cimetière San José, Grenade (Espagne) © wikicommons-cc-yhim

La pratique de l’inhumation est liée au mystère de la résurrection et à l’enseignement du christianisme sur la dignité du corps humain, estime le père Serge-Thomas Bonino, O.P., secrétaire de la Commission théologique internationale: « La résurrection chrétienne n’est ni une réincarnation (…) ni une recréation ex nihilo ».

Il est intervenu lors de la présentation de l’Instruction de la Congrégation pour la doctrine de la foi intitulée « Ad resurgendum cum Christo » sur la sépulture des défunts et la conservation des cendres en cas de crémation, ce mardi 25 octobre 2015 au Vatican. Il a réaffirmé « les raisons doctrinales et pastorales pour la préférence de l’inhumation des corps », que l’Église « recommande vivement »: « Pour la foi chrétienne, a dit le père Bonino, le corps n’est pas toute la personne, mais est une partie intégrante, essentielle de son identité ».

Il s’est arrêté sur la « signification anthropologique, symbolique et cohérente » de l’inhumation, en notant son lien avec le mystère de la résurrection du Christ. « La résurrection de Jésus, a-t-il dit, est présentée dans l’Instruction comme « la vérité culminante de la foi chrétienne»: « Dans la résurrection, Dieu porte à son achèvement l’ensemble du travail de l’amour qui a commencé avec la création. »

Le père Bonino a expliqué « la discontinuité et la continuité » qui existait entre « Jésus pré-Pâques et Jésus ressuscité ». La discontinuité, parce que « le corps de Jésus après la résurrection est dans un nouvel état » : « au point que ni Marie-Madeleine, ni les disciples ne l’ont pas reconnu ».

« Mais, en même temps, a-t-il poursuivi, le corps de Jésus ressuscité est le corps qui est né de la Vierge Marie, a été crucifié et enseveli, et il porte les traces. » Donc, a-t-il résumé, « on ne peut pas nier une véritable continuité entre le corps enterré et le corps ressuscité, un signe que l’existence historique, si bien de Jésus comme la nôtre, n’est pas un jeu, n’est pas abolie dans l’eschatologie, mais est transfigurée. »

« La résurrection chrétienne n’est donc ni une réincarnation de l’âme dans un corps indifférent ni une recréation ex nihilo, a affirmé le père Bonino. Dans « le corps dans lequel nous vivons et mourons », nous ressusciterons «  au dernier jour »: c’est « la raison » pour laquelle le peuple chrétien « vénère les reliques des saints ».
« Même si la continuité matérielle devait être interrompue, a-t-il expliqué, comme c’est le cas dans la crémation, Dieu est très puissant pour reconstituer notre propre corps de notre propre âme immortelle, qui garantit la continuité de notre identité entre le moment de la mort et la résurrection. »

Mais « au niveau symbolique », a-t-il souligné, « la continuité est exprimée de manière plus adéquate par enterrement– « un grain de blé tombé en terre» (Jn 12, 24) – plutôt que par la crémation qui détruit le corps d’une manière brutale ».

En s’arrêtant sur l’enseignement du christianisme sur la dignité du corps humain, le père Bonino a dit que le « corps humain »  était une « partie intégrante de la personne dont le corps partage l’histoire ».

« Le corps est comme le sacrement de l’âme, a-t-il noté,  qui se manifeste en lui et par lui. En tant que tel, le corps participe à la dignité inhérente de la personne humaine et au respect qui lui est dû. »

https://fr.zenit.org/articles/la-sepulture-le-mystere-de-la-resurrection-et…


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MessagePosté le: Jeu 5 Jan - 05:43 (2017)    Sujet du message: JORDANIE, IRAK, MOYEN-ORIENT : LA PAROLE DE DIEU EST UNE PAROLE DE CONSOLATION Répondre en citant

JORDANIE, IRAK, MOYEN-ORIENT : LA PAROLE DE DIEU EST UNE PAROLE DE CONSOLATION

Le pape accueille les pèlerins de langue arabe

4 janvier 2017Anita BourdinAudience générale, Pape François

 
Message du pape en arabe lu par Mgr Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, capture CTV

La Parole de Dieu est « définitivement une parole de consolation », affirme le pape François dans sa salutation en arabe, lors de la première audience de l’année civile qu’il a consacrée à l’espérance chrétienne, en la salle Paul VI du Vatican, ce mercredi 4 janvier 2017.

« Je salue cordialement les pèlerins de langue arabe et en particulier ceux qui viennent de Jordanie, d’Irak et du Moyen Orient », a dit le pape en italien avant d’être traduit par son secrétaire Mgr Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, copte d’Egypte.

« L’évangéliste saint Matthieu a appliqué le texte du prophète Jérémie au massacre des innocents, en nous plaçant devant la tragédie du meurtre d’être humains sans défense, devant l’horreur du pouvoir qui méprise et supprime la vie », a continué le pape.

Il a souligné que « les enfants de Bethléem sont morts à cause de Jésus » et qu’ensuite Jésus « l’Agneau innocent devait mourir à son tour pour tous ».
« Le Fils de Dieu est entré dans la douleur des hommes, l’a partagée, et il a accueilli la mort. Sa Parole est définitivement une parole de consolation, parce qu’elle naît des larmes », a affirmé le pape.

Il a conclu par sa bénédiction: « Que le Seigneur vous bénisse tous et vous garde du malin. »

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PATRIARCH SAKO'S CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE : ‘PEACE FOR HUMANITY’

‘These difficult choices represent a project of survival against the emergence of new struggles that otherwise, will divide our country and our people.

 These choices must be transformed into a message that expresses the will of God for us, and accept it with an open heart and joy, that will be for us a fountain of goodness, peace and prosperity’ :twisted: = Deception and the control of the Catholic church over these countries.

January 3, 2017 Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako Ecumenism and Interreligious dialogue


 
Patriarch Louis R. Sako -Photo Courtesy Of The Chaldean Patriarchate Of Babylon's Website

Below is the Christmas and New Year’s message of Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, entitled: ‘Christmas: Peace for Humanity’ to his people. The text has been provided by the Patriarchate:

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Sisters and brothers

Amidst the concerns and worries of Iraqis, Syrians, and people of the Middle East, in which children and civilians are victims of a harsh war, millions of persons are displaced from their homes, driven out of their lands, are living in tragic conditions, after the destruction of their towns’ infrastructure. Here is Christmas coming to remind us of the importance of peace and the drastic need for it. “Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, and good hope to men of good will!” is a call that aims at reviving our faith and enthusiasm to realize a just and lasting peace for all humanity, which consolidates the bonds of brotherhood, and strengthens coexistence against fanaticism, extremism, and violent acts.

What was delivered to the shepherds on Christmas Eve is Good News for us as well. “I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people” (Luke 2:10-11). So, let us entrust ourselves to this grace that offers us peace of mind and joy. This Good News is not mere wishful thinking. It is the title for a lifelong project that can be realized by the one who can understand it and find joy in it. Also, for those who have the courage to go ahead with it and were reborn from above. Those who are able to stand before God cleansing their hearts and minds by dedicating their love to God and his people.

Sisters and brothers

Through the birth of Jesus Christ, God became close to us, Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us’. He wants, from eternity and forever, to be a human God rather than a God without human beings. Therefore, the story of Jesus Christ is the story of God incarnated for our sake, and to be with us, so that we may be free and happy.

We sing during Christmas for love and peace. Here is an example of one of our hymns: On Christmas Eve love blossoms, to wipe out hatred, and war fire is turned off. If we offer a glass of water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, wipe tears from eyes, and fill hearts with hope, we are in a Christmas spirit. When the spirit of revenge dies out in us, when hatred disappears from our hearts, we are in a Christmas spirit, which means to live the values of charity and joy amongst ourselves away from shaping of backward thinking.

Christmas aims to offer a new life and a better future, as stated by Pope Francis, who calls upon us to “live a life entitled by peace desired by humanity whereby wars and struggles are ceased”. Consequently, the realization of an authentic and harmonious Iraqi National Accord is urgently needed at both levels, of Iraq and Regional Government(Kurdistan). It is also necessary at the moment to adopt a new culture for a new time that would secure a peaceful communal life for us. Hence the Iraqi leaders must build a strong civil state, revise the current conventional educational system, out of a tribal mentality, with an inclination for revenge, and envious behaviors, and replace it with one opened culture that aims to rehabilitate men, and teach them the worthy human and moral values on which every integrated society is founded.

In this Christmas and in the coming New Year of 2017, a week from now, I invite you to intensify your prayers so that there will be an end to war and the anguish from which people suffer, especially the civilians, including children, displaced families (IDPs) as well as the destroyed infrastructure of their home towns in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and elsewhere around the world. I also call upon the world leaders to work steadfastly for peace and justice and to protect people’s lives and respect their dignity.

Sisters and brothers

I would like on this occasion to express my heart-felt congratulations for a Merry Christmas, trusting that I am closer to you than ever so that this feast may revive our people’s hope to return to their homes, ancestral lands, history and memories. I would like here to express my gratefulness to all those who extended their hands to ease the suffering of the IDPs, especially the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Church Charitable Organizations, and Civil Society. I would like also to thank the heroes of the Iraqi Army, the Peshmerga, the Popular and National Mobilization, and those from the Christian Component of Iraq, for liberating the Iraqi lands occupied by the ISIS terrorists :roll: . I definitely feel your worries, pain and suffering and will continue to work to the best of my ability with my brothers, the bishops and priests, support you by all means.

Sisters and brothers

At this particular time, I urge you to hold fast to your land, maintain your homes, and keep good relationships with all the components of the Iraqi society, instead of declining, fearing, and being a victim of random emigration, I encourage you to engage in humanitarian, educational, social, health, and political institutions in order to contribute to the spread and promotion of tolerance, acceptance of others, mutual respect, and cooperation, in a framework of unity and diversity plurality for the sake of laying down a solid foundation for an integrated civil society away from the sectarian form, that will honor our country and serve all our citizens.

These difficult choices represent a project of survival against the emergence of new struggles that otherwise, will divide our country and our people. These choices must be transformed into a message that expresses the will of God for us, and accept it with an open heart and joy, that will be for us a fountain of goodness, peace and prosperity. Finally, I am assuring you that our Church will not spare any effort for cooperating with Muslim religious authorities, civil society, organizations and all people with good will to support this promising project.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year! May peace triumph in Iraq, Kurdistan and the world.

 [Original text: English] [Courtesy of Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon]

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STATISTICS : PARTICIPATION AT SUNDAY MASS IN POLAND HAS RISEN TO NEARLY 40%  


An important element of Polish Catholicism is its Marian spirituality, which is characterized by great diversity and richness of forms, practices and customs

January 5, 2017ZENIT Staff Church & Religion


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The percentage of people participating in Sunday Mass Increased from 39.1% to 39.8% in 2015 in comparison with the preceding year, while reception of Holy Communion rose from 16.3% to 17% – according to recent research conducted throughout Poland by Statistics Institute of the Catholic Church.

Poland has one of the best-structured networks of parishes in the Catholic world. The number of religious working in parishes has been relatively stable since 1972 and amounts to about 7%. In 2015, 35.5 million people, including 32.7 million Catholics (i.e., 92% Catholics), live in Poland’s Catholic parishes. In 2015, there were approximately 20.8 thousand priests doing pastoral work in Catholic parishes in Poland, while the number of women religious working in parishes was close to 7 thousand.

Steady increase in the number of parishes and priests, as well as a slight decrease in the number of the faithful recorded in the last two decades, has affected the average number of faithful in the parishes and the number of faithful per priest. In 1991, these indicators were as follows: 4.0 thousand Catholics per parish and 1.5 thousand Catholics per priest. At present, the numbers are respectively 3.2 thousand. and 1.1 thousand. At the same time, there is a visible decline in vocations, which may result in the reversal of this trend in the future.

Reception of the Sacraments in parishes is massive. In 2015, there were 369,000 Baptisms, 360,000 Confirmations, 270,000 First Communions, and 134,000 marriages.

In 2015, the number of the faithful at Sunday Mass increased from 39.1% to 39.8%, while the percentage of people who received Holy Communion rose from 16.3% to 17%.

The form of Polish Catholicism is determined by the religious activity of the laity, which represents an important element of the Poles’ social engagement. In 2014, more than 60,000 parish organizations, involving 2.5 million people, were active in Poland. In addition to the activities of the parish organizations of the Catholic Church, there are also nearly 1.8 thousand dynamic Catholic social institutions such as schools or hospices. About half of them work for the benefit of children and adolescents. Alongside these organizations, support is provided to the elderly, the poor, and the disabled.

An important element of Polish Catholicism is its Marian spirituality, which is characterized by great diversity and richness of forms, practices and customs. On the basis of the data, it can be said that there are three basic forms of Marian devotion in Poland: the Rosary, May devotions and the Devotion to the Virgin of Fatima.

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MessagePosté le: Jeu 12 Jan - 02:44 (2017)    Sujet du message: PALESTINE : LE PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS AU VATICAN LE 14 JANVIER / Pope Francis to Meet With President Mahmoud Abbas Répondre en citant

PALESTINE : LE PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS AU VATICAN LE 14 JANVIER

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Pope Francis to Meet With President Mahmoud Abbas
https://zenit.org/articles/pope-francis-to-meet-with-president-mahmoud-abba…

Rencontre avec le pape François et inauguration de l’ambassade près le Saint-Siège

10 janvier 2017 Anne Kurian Pape François, Rome


  Le pape et Mahmoud Abbas, capture CTV

Le pape François recevra au Vatican le président palestinien Mahmoud Abbas, le 14 janvier 2017, a annoncé le Bureau de presse du Saint-Siège quatre jours plus tôt.

D’après la presse italienne, à l’occasion de son voyage à Rome le président inaugurera l’ambassade de Palestine près le Saint-Siège, ouverte après l’entrée en vigueur en 2016 de l’accord global bilatéral du 26 juin 2015.

Mahmoud Abbas est déjà venu à plusieurs reprises au Vatican : en octobre 2013, puis pour la prière pour la paix en Terre Sainte le 8 juin 2014, et en mai 2015 pour la canonisation des deux Palestiniennes Marie-Alphonsine Daniel Ghattas (1843-1927), fondatrice des Sœurs du Rosaire de Jérusalem, et Mariam de Jésus Crucifié Baouardy (1846-1878), du Carmel de Bethléem.

Lors de cette dernière visite, le pape François avait souhaité au chef d’Etat de « devenir un ange de la paix ». Les entretiens avaient été l’occasion d’évoquer le processus de paix israélo-palestinien, en exprimant le souhait que les négociations reprennent « en vue de trouver une solution juste et durable au conflit » et qu’avec l’appui de la Communauté internationale, Israéliens et Palestiniens « prennent des décisions courageuses pour l’établissement de la paix ».

Le 9 janvier dernier, devant le Corps diplomatique accrédité auprès du Saint-Siège, le pape a souhaité « que reprenne le dialogue entre Israéliens et Palestiniens pour arriver à une solution stable et durable qui garantisse la coexistence pacifique de deux Etats à l’intérieur de frontières reconnues internationalement ».

« Aucun conflit ne peut devenir une habitude dont il semble presque qu’on ne puisse se défaire. Israéliens et Palestiniens ont besoin de paix. Tout le Moyen Orient a un besoin urgent de paix ! », a-t-il insisté.

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GENERAL AUDIENCE: ON IDOLATRY

‘The Psalm’s message is very clear: if one places one’s hope in idols, one becomes like them: empty images with hands that do not touch, feet that do not walk, mouths that cannot speak.’

January 11, 2017ZENIT Staff General Audience


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Here is a ZENIT working translation of Pope Francis’ address during this morning’s General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall:
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THE HOLY FATHER’S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

Last month of December and the first part of January we celebrated the Season of Advent and then that of Christmas, a period of the Liturgical Year that reawakens hope in the People of God. To hope is a primary need of man: to hope in the future, to believe in life, so-called “positive thinking.” = new age philosophy and recognize your divinity "I AM"

However, it is important that such hope be placed in what can truly help us to live and to give meaning to our existence. It is because of this that Sacred Scripture puts us on guard against the false hopes that the world presents to us, unmasking their uselessness and showing their folly. And it does so in several ways, but especially by denouncing the falsity of idols, in which man is continually tempted to place his trust, making them the object of his hope.

The prophets and wise men insist on this in particular, touching a neuralgic point of the believer’s journey of faith. Because faith is to trust in God — one who has faith trusts in God –, but the moment comes when, running into the difficulties of life, man experiences the fragility of that trust and feels the need of different certainties, of tangible, concrete securities. I entrust myself to God, but the situation is quite bad and I need a certainty that is somewhat more concrete. And therein lies the danger! And then we are tempted to seek even ephemeral consolations, which seem to fill the emptiness of solitude and soothe the fatigue of believing. And we think we can find it in the security that money can give, in alliances with the powerful, in worldliness, in false ideologies. Sometimes we seek them in a god that can bow to our requests and intervene magically to change the reality and make it as we wish; an idol, in fact, that as such can do nothing, is impotent and a liar. But we like idols, we like them so much!

Once, at Buenos Aires, I had to go from one church to another, a thousand meters, more or less. And I did so walking. And there was a park in between, and there were small tables in the park, but many, many, where seers were seated. It was full of people, who also formed a queue. One would give one of them one’s hand, and <the seer> would begin, but the discourse was always the same: there is a woman in your life, a shadow is coming, but everything will go well … And then, one paid. And this gives one security? It is the security of a – allow me the word – of a stupid thing. To go to a male seer or a female seer that reads cards: this is an idol! This is an idol, and when we are very attached to them, we buy false hopes. Whereas that, which is the hope of gratuitousness, which Jesus Christ has brought us, freely giving His life for us, that sometimes we do not trust so much.

Psalm 115, a Psalm full of wisdom which depicts for us in a very thought-provoking way the falsity of these idols, which the world offers to our hope and to which the men of all times are tempted to entrust themselves, states:
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them” (vv. 4-8). = Under the ecumenical Babylonian one world religion, how many gods and goddess do they have and worship? Is Pope Francis not an idol and a rock star for thousand of peoples? Is Pope Francis worship himself idol?

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The Roman Catholic Church changed the Ten Commandments


Pope Francis swings incense before the Blessed Virgin Mary


Pope Francis kissing the feet of the Blessed Virgin Mary in St. Peter's Square



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The Psalmist presents to us, also in a somewhat ironic way, the absolutely ephemeral reality of these idols. And we must understand that it is not only about depictions made in metal or another material, but also those built with our mind, when we trust in limited realities which we transform into absolutes, or when we reduce God to our schemes and to our ideas of divinity; a god that is similar to us, comprehensible, predictable, in fact like the idols of which the Psalm speaks. Man, image of God, makes a god to his own image, and it is also a botched image: it does not feel, does not act and, above all, it cannot talk. But we are happier to go to idols than to go to the Lord. Many times we are happier with the ephemeral hope that this false idol gives us than with the great and sure hope that the Lord gives us.

To the hope in a Lord of life who with His Word has created the world and directs our existences, is contrasted trust in dumb simulacra. Ideologies with their claim of the absolute, riches – and this is a great idol –, power and success, vanity, with their illusion of eternity and omnipotence, values such as physical beauty and health, when they become idols to which to sacrifice everything, are all realities that confuse the mind and heart and, instead of fostering life, lead to death. It was awful to hear and it pained my soul what once, years ago, I heard in the diocese of Buenos Aires: a good, very beautiful woman, boasted about her beauty and commented, as if it were natural: “Ah yes, I had to abort because my figure is very important.” These are the idols, and they lead one on a mistaken way and do not give happiness.

The Psalm’s message is very clear: if one places one’s hope in idols, one becomes like them: empty images with hands that do not touch, feet that do not walk, mouths that cannot speak. There is nothing more to say, one becomes incapable of helping, of changing things, incapable of smiling, of giving oneself, incapable of loving. And we also, men of the Church, run this risk when we become “worldly.” It is necessary to remain in the world but to defend oneself from the illusions of the world, which are the idols I mentioned.

As the Psalm continues, it is necessary to trust and hope in God, and God will give a blessing. Thus says the Psalm: “Israel, trust in the Lord […] house of Aaron, put your trust in the Lord […] you who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord […] the Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us” (vv. 9.10.11.12). The Lord is always mindful of us. He is also mindful of us in awful moments, and this is our hope, and hope does not disappoint – never, never. Idols always disappoint: they are fantasies, not reality. Behold the stupendous reality of hope: trusting in the Lord one becomes like Him, His blessing transforms us into His children, who share His life. Hope in God makes us enter, so to speak, in the ray of action of His remembrance, of His memory, which blesses us and saves us. And then an alleluia can burst forth, the praise of the living and true God, who was born for us of Mary, died on the cross and rose in glory. And we hope in this God, and this God – who is not an idol – never disappoints.

[Original text: Italian] [Translation by ZENIT] In Italian

A warm welcome goes to the Italian-speaking faithful. In particular, I greet the priests-teachers in the Major Seminaries or Institutes affiliated to the Pontifical Urban University; the “Fidelis Andria” Sports Society and the youngsters of the Caetani Institute of Cisterna di Latina. I exhort all to live generously their ecclesial commitment with a humble spirit of dedication to brothers.

Now I must say something that I do not want to say, but I must say it. There are tickets to enter the Audiences in which it is written in one, two, three, four, five and six languages, that “The ticket is totally free.” To enter an Audience, whether in the Hall or in the Square, one must not pay; it is a free visit made to the Pope to speak with the Pope, with the Bishop of Rome. However, I have learnt that there are wise guys that make one pay for tickets. If someone says to you that to go to the Pope’s Audience you need to pay something, he is cheating you: be careful, be careful! The entrance is free. One comes here without paying, because this is everyone’s home. And if someone makes you pay to come into the Audience he commits an offense, as a delinquent, and does something that shouldn’t be done!
A special greeting goes to young people, the sick and newlyweds. Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, a propitious occasion to rethink our Baptism in the faith of the Church. Dear young people, rediscover daily the grace that comes from the Sacrament received. Dear sick, draw from Baptism the strength to face moments of pain and discomfort. And you, dear newlyweds, be able to translate the commitments of Baptism into your journey of family life.

[Original text: Italian] [Translation by ZENIT]

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SEMAINE DE PRIERE POUR L'UNITE DES CHRETIENS



 

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Thème pour 2017:
«Nous réconcilier. L'amour du Christ nous y presse»






Au moins une fois par an, les chrétiens sont invités à se remémorer la prière de Jésus à ses disciples pour que tous soient un afin que le monde croie (cf. Jean 17,21). Les cœurs sont touchés et les chrétiens se rassemblent pour prier pour leur unité. Dans le monde entier, des communautés et paroisses échangent leurs prédicateurs ou organisent des célébrations œcuméniques et services de prières spéciaux. L'événement qui permet cette expérience exceptionnelle est la Semaine de prière pour l'unité des chrétiens.

Traditionnellement, la Semaine de prière est célébrée du 18 au 25 janvier, entre la commémoration de la confession de foi de saint Pierre et celle de la conversion de saint Paul. Dans l'hémisphère Sud, où janvier est une période de congés, les Églises trouvent souvent un autre moment pour la célébrer, par exemple aux alentours de la Pentecôte, qui est aussi une date symbolique pour l'unité.

Afin de préparer la célébration annuelle, des partenaires œcuméniques d'une région spécifique sont invités à mettre au point un texte liturgique de base sur un thème biblique. Ensuite, une équipe rédactionnelle internationale constituée de représentants du COE et de l'Église catholique romaine retravaille ce texte pour veiller à ce qu'il puisse servir de prière dans le monde entier et à ce qu'il soit lié à la quête de l'unité visible de l'Église.

Ce texte est publié conjointement par le Conseil pontifical pour la promotion de l'unité des chrétiens et le COE, par les soins de sa Commission de Foi et constitution qui participe à tout le processus de son élaboration. La version définitive est alors envoyée aux Eglises membres http://www.oikoumene.org/fr/member-churches/list?set_language=fr et aux conférences épiscopales catholiques romaines, qui sont invitées à le traduire et à l'adapter à leurs contextes spécifiques pour en faire usage.


Brochure pour 2016Brochure pour 2017
Pour consulter les ressources des années précédentes, rendez-vous dans la section documentation.

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PALESTINE : LE PAPE RECOIT LE PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS

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14 janvier 2017 Anne Kurian Pape François


Le pape et Mahmoud Abbas, capture CTV

Le pape François a reçu le président palestinien Mahmoud Abbas au Vatican, durant plus d’une vingtaine de minutes en privé, le 14 janvier 2017. Le processus de paix au Moyen-Orient a été au cœur de cette visite durant laquelle le président a aussi rencontré le cardinal secrétaire d’Etat Pietro Parolin et Mgr Paul Gallagher, secrétaire pour les relations avec les Etats.

La rencontre avait lieu dans le cadre de l’inauguration de l’ambassade de Palestine près le Saint-Siège, après l’entrée en vigueur de l’accord global bilatéral du 26 juin 2015. Le pape a accueilli son hôte un peu après 10h en le saluant en espagnol : « Cela me fait plaisir de vous revoir ». « Moi aussi je suis content d’être là », lui a répondu Mahmoud Abbas.

D’après un communiqué publié par le Saint-Siège, les échanges ont été l’occasion de saluer la « contribution importante des catholiques en faveur de la promotion de la dignité humaine et dans l’aide aux plus nécessiteux », notamment dans les domaines de l’éducation et de la santé.

Il a aussi été question du « processus de paix au Moyen-Orient » : la reprise des « négociations directes » entre les parties en conflit a été souhaitée, afin de « mettre fin à la violence qui cause des souffrances inacceptables aux populations civiles » et de parvenir « à une solution juste et durable ». A cet effet, les dialogues ont appelé « des mesures qui favorisent la confiance réciproque et contribuent à créer un climat qui permette de prendre des décisions courageuses en faveur de la paix », avec « le soutien de la communauté internationale ».

Durant les discussions, « l’importance de la protection du caractère sacré des Lieux Saints pour les croyants des trois religions d’Abraham » a été soulignée. Enfin, « une attention particulière a été dédiée aux autres conflits qui affectent la région ».

Après la rencontre en privé, le président a offert au pape cinq cadeaux : une pierre du Golgotha ramenée du Saint-Sépulcre à Jérusalem, un DVD documentaire sur la restauration en cours de la basilique de la Nativité à Bethléem, l’ouvrage “La Palestine et le Saint-Siège” sur les relations diplomatiques bilatérales ainsi que deux icônes représentant le visage du Christ et la Sainte Famille. = Seul un bon catholique remettrait de telles choses!

Le pape a quant à lui offert à Mahmoud Abbas la médaille de l’Année jubilaire de la miséricorde ainsi que deux de ses textes en arabe : l’exhortation apostolique Amoris laetitia sur la famille et l’encyclique Laudato si’ sur le développement humain intégral.

Le chef de l’Autorité palestinienne était accompagné d’une délégation d’une quinzaine de personnes, parmi lesquelles un homme marié à une Argentine, qui a offert au pape un maillot de football aux couleurs de la Palestine.

Il s’agissait de la quatrième visite de Mahmoud Abbas au Vatican après celles d’octobre 2013, du 8 juin 2014 à l’occasion de la prière pour la paix en Terre Sainte, et de mai 2015 pour la canonisation des deux Palestiniennes: la fondatrice des soeurs du Rosaire, Marie-Alphonsine Daniel Ghattas (1843-1927), et la carmélite de Bethléem, Mariam de Jésus Crucifié Baouardy (1846-1878).

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MessagePosté le: Lun 16 Jan - 04:44 (2017)    Sujet du message: ANGELUS ADDRESS : ON THE NEED TO PREPARE FOR CHRIST'S COMING / Comme Jean le Baptiste, l’Eglise annonce « le Christ » Répondre en citant

ANGELUS ADDRESS : ON THE NEED TO PREPARE FOR CHRIST'S COMING

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Comme Jean le Baptiste, l’Eglise annonce « le Christ »
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“Jesus is the Messiah, the King of Israel … the Lamb of God, Who Takes upon Himself and Takes Away the Sin of the World”

January 15, 2017 ZENIT StaffAngelus/Regina Caeli


Angelus / PHOTO.VA - OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

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Before the Angelus:

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

At the heart of today’s Gospel is this word of John the Baptist: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (v. 29) — a word, accompanied by a look and gesture of the hand that indicates Him, Jesus.


We imagine the scene. We are on the bank of the river Jordan. John is baptizing; there are so many people, men and women of different ages, who have come there, to the river, to receive Baptism from the hands of that man who reminded many of Elias, the great prophet who nine centuries before had purified the Israelites of idolatry and led them back to true faith in the God of the Covenant, the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob.

John preaches that the Kingdom of Heaven is close, that the Messiah is about to manifest Himself and that it is necessary to prepare oneself, to be converted and to behave with justice; and he begins to baptize in the Jordan to give the people a concrete means of penance (cf. Matthew 3:1-6).

These people were coming to repent of their sins, to do penance, to begin their life again. He knows, John knows that the Messiah, the Lord’s consecrated, is now close, and the sign to recognize Him will be that the Holy Spirit will alight on Him; in fact He will bring the true Baptism, Baptism in the Holy Spirit (cf. John 1:33).

And behold, the moment arrives: Jesus appears on the bank of the river, in the midst of the people, of sinners — as all of us –. And His first public act, the first thing he does when He leaves the house of Nazareth at thirty years of age: He goes down to Judea, goes to the Jordan and has John baptize Him. We know what happens — we celebrated it last Sunday –: the Holy Spirit alights on Jesus in the shape of a dove and the voice of the Father proclaims Him beloved Son (cf. Matthew 3:16-17). It is the sign John was awaiting. It is He! Jesus is the Messiah. John is disconcerted, because He manifested Himself in an unthinkable way: amid sinners, baptized like them, rather, by them. However, the Spirit illumines John and makes him understand that in this way God’s justice is fulfilled, His plan of salvation is accomplished: Jesus is the Messiah, the King of Israel, but not with the power of this world, but rather as
Lamb of God, who takes upon Himself and takes away the sin of the world.

John Indicates Him thus to the people and to his disciples, because John had a numerous circle of disciples, who had chosen him as spiritual guide, and some of them in fact would become the first disciples of Jesus. We know well their names: Simon later called Peter, his brother Andrew, James and his brother John — all fishermen, all Galileans, like Jesus.

Dear brothers and sisters, why have we paused at length on this scene? Because it is decisive! It is not an anecdote. It is a decisive historical fact! This scene is decisive for our faith, and it is also decisive for the mission of the Church. The Church is called at all times to do what John the Baptist did, to point out Jesus to the people, saying: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” He is the only Savior! He is the Lord, humble, in the midst of sinners, but it is He, He: there is no other powerful one coming; no, no, it is He! = The coming of the false christ in the false church.

And these are the words that we priests repeat every day during the Mass, when we present to the people the bread and wine that have become the Body and Blood of Christ. This liturgical gesture represents the whole mission of the Church, which does not proclaim herself. Woe betide, woe betide when the Church proclaims herself; she loses her compass, knows not where she is going!  The Church proclaims Christ; she does not bring herself, she brings Christ. Because it is He and He alone who saves His people from sin, who frees them and guides them to the land of true freedom.

May the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Lamb of God, help us to believe in and to follow Him.*

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« L’AGNEAU DE DIEU, LE SAUVEUR », PAR MGR FOLLO

"22 Jésus est par cela même le garant d'une alliance plus excellente.

23 De plus, il y a eu des sacrificateurs en grand nombre, parce que la mort les empêchait d'être permanents.
24 Mais lui, parce qu'il demeure éternellement, possède un sacerdoce qui n'est pas transmissible.
25 C'est aussi pour cela qu'il peut sauver parfaitement ceux qui s'approchent de Dieu par lui, étant toujours vivant pour intercéder en leur faveur.
26 Il nous convenait, en effet, d'avoir un souverain sacrificateur comme lui, saint, innocent, sans tache, séparé des pécheurs, et plus élevé que les cieux,
27 qui n'a pas besoin, comme les souverains sacrificateurs, d'offrir chaque jour des sacrifices, d'abord pour ses propres péchés, ensuite pour ceux du peuple, - car ceci, il l'a fait une fois pour toutes en s'offrant lui-même.
28 En effet, la loi établit souverains sacrificateurs des hommes sujets à la faiblesse; mais la parole du serment qui a été fait après la loi établit le Fils, qui est parfait pour l'éternité."
Hébreux 7

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Commentaire des lectures du dimanche 15 janvier 2017

13 janvier 2017 Francesco Follo Spiritualité, prière


  Mgr Francesco Follo, eglise.catholique.fr

« L’Agneau de Dieu, le Sauveur » : c’est le titre de la réflexion de Mgr Francesco Follo, Observateur permanent du Saint-Siège à l’UNESCO, à Paris, sur les lectures de la messe de dimanche prochain, 15 janvier 2017 (II Dimanche du Temps ordinaire – Année A ; Is 49, 3.5-6 ; Ps 39 ; 1Cor 1, 1-3 ; Jn 1, 29-34).

« Jésus-Christ est l’Agneau immaculé et porte sur ses épaules la croix de nos péchés. Il monte sur la croix et s’immole comme un Agneau sur cette croix. Il porte sur ses épaules nos péchés, absolument tous, et, sur la croix, ils sont lavés par son sang, brûlés par le feu du Saint Esprit qui se propage avec son sang », écrit Mgr Follo.

Et « cette montée sur la croix se renouvelle sacramentellement à chaque Messe », ajoute-t-il. C’est pourquoi la « façon privilégiée » d' »introduire cet amour en l’homme est celle de la communion », explique Mgr Follo : « Le but de cette communion est l’assimilation de ma vie à la sienne, ma transformation et conformation à celui qui est Amour vivant ».

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NEW HOUSE OF WORSHIP OPENS DOORS IN THE HEART OF SILICON VALLEY

Growth of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) Beats the Odds in Global Religious Decline

Contact: Lois Paula Riturban, 650-581-5463

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 16, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- When people think of the Silicon Valley, what comes to mind is the principle that life can somehow be perfected through innovation and technology; that mission seems to trump seeking religious purpose. The Silicon Valley is one of the least religious parts of the country, 30 percent below the national average, with less than five percent of residents attending church services on Sundays.

Yet the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) https://incmedia.org/inc/ , with nearly 40 growing local congregations throughout Northern California, remains to go against this trend. In fact, a newly renovated house of worship in Mountain View, just a few blocks away from tech giant companies, opened its doors this past Sunday.

The 215-capacity edifice on 1880 California Street was purchased for about $2 million from the Calvary Church of Mountain View in 2009. For years, Church Of Christ members rented space in nearby community halls to worship twice a week, and before then travelled to other INC congregations throughout the region.

This past Sunday, INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo, who just came from visitations in Brazil https://incmedia.org/january-1-2017-rio-de-janeiro-brazil/ and Russia https://incmedia.org/feature-news-moscow-russia/, dedicated this Mountain View house of worship.

Thousands of churches globally are closing daily due to decline in membership, economic instability and people's growing indifference with religion. But in 2016 alone, the INC dedicated 350 houses of worship worldwide https://incmedia.org/learn-more-about-the-growth-of-the-iglesia-ni-cristo-c… – of which were in the US, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and the Philippines. Voluntary contributions from members all over the world allow for the building and renovation of INC edifices.

The Mountain View local congregation is one of six other growing INC congregations in the Silicon Valley http://iglesianicristo.net/directory/ , namely in San Jose, Redwood City, Milpitas, Fremont and Hayward.

"The INC arrived in San Francisco in 1968 and since then, has seen steady growth worldwide, including here in Northern California. One of the main factors has been the youth. Many churches are losing their young people, but the INC continues to have programs for families, kids and young adults that keep them close to God and tight knit in the Church community," said Robert Pellien, a minister of the Gospel who joined the INC in the 1970s.

Worship buildings have historically been the fabric that threads a community together. And although many in the Silicon Valley may be focused on entrepreneurship and financial success, this additional INC house of worship in Mountain View will hopefully lead people to a true connection to God. It's the kind of lasting connection that the most innovative technology cannot provide.

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of a multi-billion dollar IT company in the Valley noted that, "This area with all its wonderful things, still experiences brokenness."

"We hope that this new house of worship will welcome more residents of the area, providing a community establishment they can also call their own, to hear the words of God and simply find something more meaningful in this fast-paced and competitive hi-tech environment, " said Pete Dela Cruz, an INC Northern California District Minister.

INC missions in Latin America, Europe and most especially Africa have also increased, including growth in the intensified programs https://incmedia.org/have-you-heard-about-the-church-of-christ/ to combat poverty and assist struggling communities internationally – a result of the increased availability of houses of worship and membership inside the INC.

122 additional chapels are currently under construction or renovation in 2017. The Church's unprecedented growth under the leadership of Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo is expected to continue in 2017 with the support of its membership worldwide.

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THE NAME "EDOM" IS USED BY THE TALMUDISTS FOR THE ROMAN EMPIRE

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EDOX, IDUMEA (, 'Ιδονμάια):

By: Richard Gottheil, M. Seligsohn
Table of Contents

Biblical Data.
Rulers of Edom.
Post-Biblical Times.
Use of Name.

Biblical Data.

Edom is the name which was given to Esau, the first-born son of Isaac, on the day he sold his birthright to Jacob for a mess of pottage, the reddish color of which gives it its name—"Adom" (Gen. xxv. 30). The country which was subsequently inhabited by Esau and his descendants was called "the field of Edom" (Gen. xxxii. 3, R. V.) or "the land of Edom" (Gen. xxxvi. 16; Num. xxxiii. 37). "Edom" in the Bible is also used as an equivalent for "Edomites," though the expression "the children of Edom" occurs but once (Ps. cxxxvii. 7). The country had before that been called "Mount Seir" (Gen. xxxii. 4 [Hebr.], xxxvi. 8), from "Seir" the progenitor of the Horites, who lived there previously (Gen. xiv. 6; xxxvi. 20, 21). According to Josephus ("Ant." i. 18, § 1), the name "Seir" is due to the fact that Esau was hairy (Gen. xxv. 25), but according to Gen. xiv. 6, the mountain was called "Seir" long before Esau's birth. The boundaries of Edom are very concisely defined: The country stretched along the route followed by the Israelites from the Sinaitic peninsula to Kadesh-barnea, that is, along the east side of the valley of Arabah. Southward it reached as far as Elath, which was the seaport of Edom (Deut. i. 2; ii. 1, 8). On the north of Edom was the territory of Moab (Judges xi. 17, 18; II Kings iii. 8, 9). The boundary between Moab and Edom was the brook Zered (Deut. ii. 13, 14, 18). The ancient capital of Edom was Bozrah (Gen. xxxvi. 33; Isa. xxxiv. 6, lxiii. 1, et at). In the time of Amaziah (838 B.C.), Selah (IIέτρα) was its principal stronghold (II Kings xiv. 7); Elath and Ezion-gaber its seaports (I Kings ix. 26).

Contrary to the promise of Isaac that Esau's dwelling would be of the fatness of the earth and of the dew of heaven (Gen. xxvii. 39), Edom was a rocky and calcareous country. Esau is described as a man who subsisted by hunting (Gen. xxv. 27 et passim), as his descendants, the Edomites, did, living amid rocky fastnesses and mountain heights (Jer. xlix. 16; Obad. 3, 4). The name "Mount Seir" or "Mount of Esau" shows that Edom was a mountainous country, and therefore it was called by later writers "Gebalene" (the mountainous).
Rulers of Edom.

According to the Bible, immediately after Isaac's death Esau settled in Mount Seir (Gen. xxxvi. 6, 8), where he had lived before (Gen. xxxii. 3). The Edomites soon became powerful enough to extirpate the Horites, the former inhabitants of the country (Dent. ii. 12), whose ways of life they adopted. As among the Horites, each tribe was ruled by a prince or chief (), whose position resembled probably that of an Arab sheik (Gen. xxxvi. 15-19, 29-30). Later the Edomites organized themselvesinto a kingdom, and had had eight kings when the first king in Israel began his reign (ib. xxxvi. 31-39). However, a list of chiefs given after that of the kings (ib. xxxvi. 40-43) shows that subordinate chiefs ruled under the sovereignty of the king. In the time of Moses both chiefs and king are mentioned (Ex. xv. 15; Num. xx. 14). When the King of Edom refused to allow the children of Israel to pass through his land on their way to the land of Canaan the Israelites were expressly ordered not to wage war upon the Edomites, but to go round their country (Num. xx. 14-21; Deut. ii. 4-6). Neither did the King of Edom attempt hostilities against the Israelites, though he prepared to resist aggression.

Nothing further is heard of the Edomites until their defeat by Saul four hundred years later (I Sam. xiv. 47); forty years later David overthrew the Edomites in the "valley of salt," and his general Joab slew all their males (II Sam. viii. 13, 14; I Kings xi. 15, 16). Hadad, one of the royal family, fled to Egypt, and after David's death returned and endeavored to excite his countrymen to rebellion; failing in which he went to Syria (ib. xi. 14-22; Josephus, "Ant." viii. 7, § 6). From that time Edom remained subject to Israel. David placed over the Edomites Israelite governors or prefects (: II Sam. viii. 14), and this form of government seems to have continued under Solomon. When Israel divided into two kingdoms Edom became a dependency of Judah. In the time of Jehoshaphat (914 B.C.) a king of Edom is mentioned (II Kings iii. 9, 10, 13, 26), who was probably a Judean appointed by the King of Judah. It is stated further (II Chron. xx. 10-23) that the inhabitants of Mount Seir invaded Judea in conjunction with Ammon and Moab, and that the invaders turned against one another and were all destroyed. Edom revolted against Jehoram, elected a king of its own, and afterward retained its independence (II Kings viii. 20-22; II Chron. xxi. 8). Amaziah attacked the Edomites, and slew 10,000 in battle; 10,000 more being dashed to pieces from the cliffs. Their stronghold, Selah, was taken, but the Israelites were never able to subdue Edom completely (II Kings xiv. 7; II Chron. xxv. 11, 12).

In the time of Nebuchadnezzar the Edomites took an active part in the plunder of Jerusalem and in the slaughter of the Jews (Ps. cxxxvii. 7; Obad. 11, 13, 14). It is on account of these cruelties that Edom was so violently denounced by the Prophets (Isa. xxxiv. 5-8; Jer. xlix. 7-22; Obad. passim).
Post-Biblical Times.

Edom is mentioned in the cuneiform inscriptions in the form "Udumi" (u); three of its kings are known from the same source: Ḳaus-malaka at the time of Tiglath-pileser (c. 745), Malik-rammu at the time of Sennacherib (c. 705), and Ḳaus-gabri at the time of Esarhaddon (c. 680). According to the Egyptian inscriptions, the "aduma" at times extended their possessions down as far as the borders of Egypt (Müller, "Asien und Europa," p. 135). After the conquest of Judah by the Babylonians, the Edomites were allowed to settle in southern Palestine. At the same time they were driven by the Nabatæans from Idumea. In southern Palestine they prospered for more than four centuries. Judas Maccabeus conquered their territory for a time (B.C. 163; "Ant." xii. 8, §§ 1, 6). They were again subdued by John Hyrcanus (c. 125 B.C.), by whom they were forced to observe Jewish rites and laws (ib. xiii. 9, § 1; xiv. 4, § 4). They were then incorporated with the Jewish nation, and their country was called by the Greeks and Romans "Idumea" (Mark iii. 8; Ptolemy, "Geography," v. 16). With Antipater began the Idumean dynasty that ruled over Judea till its conquest by the Romans. Immediately before the siege of Jerusalem 20,000 Idumeans, under the leadership of John, Simeon, Phinehas, and Jacob, appeared before Jerusalem to fight in behalf of the Zealots who were besieged in the Temple (Josephus, "B. J." iv. 4, § 5).

From this time the Idumeans ceased to be a separate people, though the name "Idumea" still existed the time of Jerome.

According to the Law (Deut. xxiii. 8, 9), the congregation could not receive descendants of a marriage between an Israelite and an Edomite until the fourth generation. This law was a subject of controversy between R. Simeon and other Talmudists, who maintained that female descendants were also excluded until the fourth generation, contrary to R. Simeon, who regarded the limitation as applicable in only to male descendants (Yeb. 76b).
Use of Name.

The name "Edom" is used by the Talmudists for the Roman empire, and they applied to Rome every passage of the Bible referring to Edom or to Esau. In Leviticus Rabbah (xiii.) Rome, under the name of "Edom," is compared to a boar, and the symbolic name "Seir" was used by the poets of the Middle Ages not only for Rome (comp. Ecclus. 1. 26, Hebr.), but also for Christianity (Zunz, "Literaturgesch." p. 620). On this account the word "Edom" was often expunged by the censor and another name substituted (Popper, "Censorship of Hebrew Books," p. 58). In place of "Edom," the word "Ḥazir" (swine) was occasionally used, perhaps as a mere term of reproach (but see Epstein, "Beiträge zur Jüd. Alterthumskunde," p. 35). In Midrash Tanḥuma Bereshit, Hadrian is called "the King of Edom." The Talmudists, however, made an exception in favor of Antoninus Pius, whom they assured would attain paradise, because he had not acted in the manner of Esau ('Ab. Zarah 10b). 'Abodah Zarah 10a, however, explaining Obadiah, verse 2, says that Edom had neither written nor spoken language. This is inconsistent with its application to Rome. See Teman.
Bibliography:

Buhl, Die Edomiter, 1893;
Nöldeke, in Cheyne and Black, Encyc. Bibl. ii. 1181;
Trumbull, Kadesh Barnea;
Baethgen, Beiträge zur Semit. Religionsgesch. p. 10;
Hommel, Ancient Hebr. Trad., Index;
Rapoport, Erech Millin, p. 14.

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Données Bibliques.
Règnes d'Edom.
Post-temps bibliques.
Utilisation du nom.

Données Bibliques.

Edom est le nom qui a été donné à Esaü, le premier-né d'Isaac, le jour où il a vendu son droit d'aînesse à Jacob pour un mess de pottage dont la couleur rougeâtre lui donne son nom: «Adom» (Gen. xxv 30). Le pays qui fut par la suite habité par Esaü et ses descendants fut appelé «le champ d'Edom» (Gen. xxxii.3, RV) ou «le pays d'Edom» (Gn xxxvi, 16, N ° xxxiii, 37). "Edom" dans la Bible est également utilisé comme équivalent pour "Edomites", bien que l'expression "les enfants d'Edom" se produit mais une fois (Ps. Cxxxvii. Le pays avait auparavant été appelé «le Mont Seir», de «Seir», le progéniteur des Horites, qui y vivaient auparavant (Gen., xiv, 6, xxxvi. 20, 21). Selon Josèphe («Ant.», I, 18, § 1), le nom de «Seir» est dû au fait qu'Esau était velu (Genèse xxv, 25), mais selon Gen. xiv. 6, la montagne s'appelait "Seir" bien avant la naissance d'Esaü. Les limites d'Edom sont très concises: Le pays s'étendait le long de la route suivie par les Israélites de la péninsule du Sinaï à Kadesh-barnea, c'est-à-dire le long du côté est de la vallée de l'Arabah. Au sud, il atteignit Elath, qui était le port d'Edom (Deut., 2, 2, 1, 8). Au nord d'Édom, il y avait le territoire de Moab (Juges xi, 17, 18, II Rois, III, 8, 9). La limite entre Moab et Edom était le ruisseau Zered (Deut., II, 13, 14, 18). L'ancienne capitale d'Edom était Bozrah (Genèse xxxvi, 33, Is. Xxxiv, 6, lxiii, 1, et at ). Au temps d'Amaziah (838 avant JC ), Selah (IIέτρα) a été sa principale forteresse (II Rois xiv. 7); Elath et Ezion-gaber ses ports de mer (I Rois ix. 26).

Contrairement à la promesse d'Isaac que l'habitation d'Esaü serait de la graisse de la terre et de la rosée du ciel (Genèse xxvii, 39), Edom était un pays rocheux et calcaire. Esaü est décrit comme un homme qui a subsisté par la chasse, comme le faisaient ses descendants, les Edomites, vivant au milieu de forteresses rocheuses et de hauteurs de montagne (Jérusalem, 16, Obad 3, 4). Le nom de «Mont Seir» ou «Mont d'Esaü» montre que Edom était un pays montagneux, et par conséquent il a été appelé par des écrivains plus tard «Gebalene» (le montagneux).
Règnes d'Edom.

Selon la Bible, immédiatement après la mort d'Isaac, Esaü s'établit dans la montagne de Séir (Gen., xxxvi, 6, 8), où il avait vécu avant (Gen., xxxii, 3). Les Edomites devinrent bientôt assez puissants pour extirper les Horites, les anciens habitants de la contrée, dont ils adoptaient les modes de vie. Comme parmi les Horites, chaque tribu était gouvernée par un prince ou chef ( ), Dont la position ressemblait probablement à celle d'un cheik arabe (Gen. xxxvi, 15-19, 29-30). Plus tard, les Edomites se sont organisés dans un royaume, et avaient eu huit rois quand le premier roi en Israël a commencé son règne ( ibid., Xxxvi, 31-39). Cependant, une liste de chefs donnés après celle des rois montre que les chefs subordonnés gouvernaient sous la souveraineté du roi. Au temps de Moïse, les chefs et le roi sont mentionnés (Exode xv, 15, Nb xx, 14). Lorsque le roi d'Edom refusa de laisser passer les enfants d'Israël dans son pays, en route vers le pays de Canaan, les Israélites furent expressément ordonnés de ne pas faire la guerre aux Édomites, mais de faire le tour de leur pays (Nbx 14). Deut., II, 4-6). Le roi d'Edom ne tenta pas non plus les hostilités contre les Israélites, quoiqu'il se préparât à résister à l'agression.

On n'entend plus parler des Édomites jusqu'à sa défaite par Saül quatre cents ans plus tard (I Sam., Xiv, 47); Quarante ans plus tard, David a renversé les Edomites dans la «vallée du sel», et son général Joab a tué tous les mâles (II Sam., VIII, 13, 14, I Rois xi, 15, 16). Hadad, l'un des membres de la famille royale, s'enfuit en Egypte, et, après la mort de David, il s'efforça d'exciter ses compatriotes à la rébellion; À défaut de quoi il est allé en Syrie ( ib., Xi, 14-22, Josèphe, "Ant." Viii.7, § 6). Depuis ce temps, Edom resta soumis à Israël. David a placé sur les Edomites des gouverneurs ou préfets israélites ( : II Sam. Viii. 14), et cette forme de gouvernement semble avoir continué sous Solomon. Quand Israël se divisa en deux royaumes, Edom devint une dépendance de Juda. Au temps de Josaphat (914 avant JC ) Un roi d'Edom est mentionné (II Rois III, 9, 10, 13, 26), qui était probablement un Judéen nommé par le roi de Juda. Il est dit plus loin que les habitants de la montagne de Seir ont envahi la Judée en conjonction avec Ammon et Moab, et que les envahisseurs se sont retournés l'un contre l'autre et ont été tous détruits. Edom se révoltait contre Joram, élu roi de son propre chef, et après avoir conservé son indépendance (II Rois VIII, 20-22, II Chron., Xxi, 8). Amasias attaqua les Edomites, et tua dix mille hommes dans la bataille; 10.000 de plus sont jetés en morceaux des falaises. Leur forteresse, Selah, fut prise, mais les Israélites ne purent jamais subjuger Edom complètement (II Rois XIV, 7).

Au temps de Nabuchodonosor, les Édomites prenaient part activement au pillage de Jérusalem et à l'abattage des Juifs (Ps., Cxxxvii, 7, Obad 11, 13, 14). C'est à cause de ces cruautés que Edom fut si violemment dénoncé par les Prophètes (Ésaïe xxxiv, 5-8, Jérôme xlix 7-22, Obad.
Post-temps bibliques.

Edom est mentionné dans les inscriptions cunéiformes sous la forme "Udumi" (u); Trois de ses rois sont connus de la même source: Ḳaus-malaka au temps de Tiglath-pileser ( vers 745), Malik-rammu au temps de Sennacherib ( vers 705), et Ḳaus-gabri au temps d'Esarhaddon (Vers 680). Selon les inscriptions égyptiennes, les «aduma» étendaient parfois leurs possessions jusqu'aux frontières égyptiennes (Müller, «Asien und Europa», p. Après la conquête de Juda par les Babyloniens, les Edomites ont été autorisés à s'installer dans le sud de la Palestine. En même temps, ils furent chassés par les Nabatéens d'Idumea. Dans le sud de la Palestine, ils ont prospéré pendant plus de quatre siècles. Judas Maccabeus a conquis leur territoire pendant un certain temps ( avant JC 163; "Fourmi." Xii. 8, §§ 1, 6). Ils furent à nouveau assujettis par John Hyrcanus ( vers 125 avant JC ), Par lesquels ils étaient forcés d'observer les rites et les lois juifs ( ib., Xiii, 9, § 1, xiv, 4, § 4). Ils furent ensuite incorporés à la nation juive, et leur pays fut appelé par les Grecs et les Romains «Idumea» (Marc III, Ptolémée, «Géographie», v. Avec Antipater a commencé la dynastie Idumean qui a régné sur la Judée jusqu'à sa conquête par les Romains. Juste avant le siège de Jérusalem, 20.000 Iduméens, sous la direction de Jean, Siméon, Phinées et Jacob, se présentèrent devant Jérusalem pour combattre en faveur des zélotes qui étaient assiégés dans le Temple (Josèphe, BJ, iv, 4, § 5 ).

A partir de cette époque, les Iduméens cessèrent d'être un peuple séparé, bien que le nom «Idumea» existait encore à l'époque de Jérôme.

Selon la Loi (Deutéronome xxiii, 8, 9), la congrégation ne pouvait pas recevoir les descendants d'un mariage entre un Israélite et un Edomite jusqu'à la quatrième génération. Cette loi faisait l'objet d'une controverse entre R. Simeon et d'autres talmudistes qui soutenaient que les descendantes féminines étaient également exclues jusqu'à la quatrième génération, contrairement à R. Simeon, qui considérait la limitation comme applicable seulement aux descendants mâles (Yeb 76b) .
Utilisation du nom.

Le nom "Edom" est utilisé par les talmudistes pour l'empire romain, et ils ont appliqué à Rome chaque passage de la Bible se référant à Edom ou à Esaü. Dans Leviticus Rabbah (xiii.) Rome, sous le nom d'Edom, est comparée à un sanglier, et le nom symbolique "Seir" a été utilisé par les poètes du Moyen Âge non seulement pour Rome (comp. 26, Hebr.), Mais aussi pour le christianisme (Zunz, «Literaturgesch», p.620). De ce fait, le mot «Edom» fut souvent effacé par la censure et remplacé par un autre nom (Popper, «Censorship of Hebrew Books», p. À la place de «Edom», le mot «Ḥazir» (porc) a parfois été utilisé, peut-être comme un simple reproche (mais voir Epstein, «Beiträge zur Jüd Alterthumskunde», p. Dans Midrash Tanḥuma Bereshit, Hadrien est appelé «le roi d'Edom». Les talmudistes, cependant, ont fait une exception en faveur d'Antonin Pie, qu'ils ont assuré d'atteindre le paradis, parce qu'il n'avait pas agi à la manière d'Esaü ('Ab Zarah 10b). 'Abodah Zarah 10a, cependant, en expliquant Abdias, verset 2, dit qu'Edom n'avait ni écrit ni langue parlée. Cela est incompatible avec son application à Rome. Voir Teman .
Bibliographie:

Buhl, Die Edomiter, 1893;
Nöldeke, dans Cheyne et Black, Encyc. Bibl. Ii. 1181;
Trumbull, Kadesh Barnea;
Baethgen, Beiträge zur Semit. Religionsgesch. P. dix;
Hommel, ancien Hebr. Trad., Index;
Rapoport, Erech Millin, p. 14.

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“In a highly polarized America where identity politics often trump unity and the public good, the venerable tradition of civil religion seems more needed and important than ever.”
-Mark Tooley, IRD President

Washington, DC—Washington National Cathedral will host an inaugural prayer service this Saturday that President Donald Trump will attend. Despite objections from some within the Episcopal Church, including the Cathedral’s former dean, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has defended the rectitude of churches praying specifically for the new President.

Inaugural prayers began under Franklin Roosevelt, who appealed to the craft of civil religion. Across nearly 70 years the clergy at inaugurations have been Mainline Protestants, Catholics, Jewish rabbis, and evangelicals like Billy Graham. Mainline Protestants, however diminished, continue to bolster American civil religion .

Bishop Curry noted that the Episcopal Church’s liturgy traditionally includes prayers for “those who bear the authority of government,” as the Bible admonishes the faithful to pray for kings and all in power. He recalled that the black congregation in which he grew up prayed for political leaders on both sides of civil rights. And he explained that “when we pray for [political leaders], we are actually praying for our nation, for our world, indeed we are praying for ourselves.”

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“Bishop Curry’s observations should be instructive for a growing number of American Christians, both conservative and liberal, who are discomfited by American civil religion.

“Inaugural prayers have become one of the rites of American civil religion.

“The original Protestant architects of American civil religion crafted it as an innovative blend of civic and private piety. Unity is sought in the common pursuit of transcendent purpose for the public good.

“In a highly polarized America where identity politics often trump unity and the public good, the venerable tradition of civil religion seems more needed and important than ever. That this tradition is sufficiently flexible to include prosperity preachers, rabbis, Catholic bishops, evangelicals and many others who don’t typically coalesce is a confirmation of its strength.”

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Dans « El Pais »‘, le pape renvoie aux leçons de l’histoire, à Hitler notamment

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On ne peut jamais confisquer le «dialogue» d’un peuple avec ses voisins, estime le pape François qui renvoie aux leçons de l’histoire dans un entretien accordé au quotidien espagnol « El Pais » dans lequel il évoque ces moments de « crise » où les peuples cherchent un « sauveur » qui restitue une « identité » et défendre « par des murs ». Il évoque la crise des réfugiés, la situation des femmes, et la violence contre elles, mais aussi sa préoccupation quand l’Eglise se retrouve « anesthésiée par la mondanité » au point de se tenir loin des problèmes des gens. Pour les Etats-Unis il invite à attendre de voir ce que fera Donald Trump. El Pais lui demande aussi ce qu’il y avait dans les documents que Benoît VI lui a remis à Castelgandolfo le 22 mars 2013.

Les populismes, Hitler, l’identité et les frontières

A une question sur les « populismes » et aux « antisystèmes », le pape répond : «  C’est ce que l’on appelle les populisme. C’est un mot équivoque parce qu’en Amérique latine le populisme a une autre signification : là-bas, cela signifie le rôle principal des peuples, par exemple, les mouvements populaires. Ils s’organisent entre eux. C’est autre chose. Quand j’entendais « populisme » ici, je ne comprenais pas bien, je me perdais, jusqu’à ce que je m’aperçoive que les significations étaient différentes selon les lieux. Il est clair que les crises provoquent des peurs, des alarmes. Pour moi le cas le plus typique des populismes au sens européen du terme, c’est le 1933 allemand. Après [Paul von] Hindenburg, la crise de 29, l’Allemagne anéantie, cherche à se relever, cherche son identité, cherche un leader, quelqu’un qui lui rende son identité et il y a un gars qui s’appelle Adolf Hitler et qui dit : « Moi, je peux, moi, je peux ». Et toute l’Allemagne vote pour Hitler. Hitler n’a pas volé el pouvoir, il a été élu par son peuple, et ensuite, il a détruit son peuple. Voilà le danger. Dans les moments de crise, le discernement ne fonctionne pas, et pour moi c’est une référence continuelle. Nous cherchons un sauveur qui nous restitue une identité, et nous nous défendons par des murs, des câbles, n’importe quoi, contre les autres peuples qui pourraient nous enlever notre identité. Et c’est très grave. C’est pour cela que je dis toujours : dialoguez entre vous, dialoguez ! Mais le cas de l’Allemagne de 1933 est typique, un peuple qui se trouvait dans cette crise, qui a cherché son identité, et ce leader charismatique est apparu qui a promis de lui donner une identité, et il leur a donné une identité déformée, et nous savons ce qui s’est passé. Est-ce que les frontières peuvent être contrôlées ? Oui, tout pays a le droit de contrôler ses frontières, qui entre et qui sort, et les pays qui sont en danger – du fait du terrorisme ou des choses de ce style – ont plus de droit à les contrôler davantage, mais aucun pays n’a le droit de priver ses citoyens du dialogue avec ses voisins. »

Mais ce qui préoccupe le plus le pape, c’est aussi les « disproportions économiques » dans le monde : « Qu’un petit groupe de l’humanité détienne plus de 80% de la fortune mondiale, avec ce que cela signifie pour l’économie liquide, où, au centre du système économique il y a le dieu argent et pas l’homme te la femme, l’humain ! On crée ainsi la culture du rebut ».

Le concret et l’idéologie

Pour ce qui est de l’élection de Donald Trump comme 45e président des Etats-Unis, le pape attend le concret de son action pour se prononcer : « On va voir ce qui se passera. Mais m’effrayer ou me réjouir de ce qui pourrait arriver : je crois que nous pouvons ainsi tomber dans une grande imprudence. Le fait d’être des prophètes de catastrophes ou de bien-être, qui ne vont pas venir, ni l’un ni l’autre. On verra. Nous verrons ce qu’il fait et de là on évalue. Toujours du concret. Le christianisme o il est concret ou ce n’est pas le christianisme. C’est curieux : la première hérésie dans l’Eglise commença dès que le Christ est mort. L’hérésie des gnostiques, qui l’apôtre Jean condamne. C’était une religiosité en spray, pas du concret. Oui, moi, oui, la spiritualité, la loi… mais du spray. Non, non, des choses concrètes. Et du concret on tire les conséquences. Nous perdons beaucoup le sens du concret. Un penseur me disait l’autre jour que ce monde est si désordonné qu’il lui manque un point fixe. Et c’est précisément le concret qui te donne les points fixes. Ce que tu as fait, ce que tu as décidé, comment tu te comportes. Par conséquent, face à cela, j’espère et je vois. »

El Pais insiste : « Vous n’êtes pas préoccupé parce que vous avez entendu jusqu’ici ? » « J’attends. Moi, Dieu m’a attendu si longtemps, avec tous mes péchés… »
Et puis, plus loin, le pape revient sur l’importance du concret: « On est toujours plus à l’aise dans un système idéologique qu’on a mis ne place parce que c’est abstrait ». Il explique qu’il en a « toujours » été ainsi : « Je ne dirais pas que cela s’exacerbe. Parce qu’on a été très déçu de cela aussi. Je crois qu’il y en avait davantage avant la Seconde guerre mondiale. Je n’y ai pas beaucoup réfléchi. Je raccourcis un peu…

Au restaurant de la vie, on te propose toujours des plats d’idéologie. Toujours. On peut se réfugier là-dedans. Ce sont des refuges, qui t’empêchent de toucher la réalité. »

Réfugiés, le modèle suédois

A propos de la façon dont les gouvernements gèrent la crise des réfugiés, le pape répond : « Chacun fait ce qu’il peut et ce qu’il veut. C’est très difficile de donner un jugement. Mais évidemment, la méditerranée est devenue un cimetière doit nous faire réfléchir. »

Et, en Espagne, à propos de Ceuta et Melilla, les deux enclaves espagnoles sur la côte méditerranéenne du Maroc où personne ne peut passer, le pape ajoute : « Oui, oui, je sais. Ils veulent aller dans le nord. Le problème est donc : les recevoir, oui, quelques mois, plus ou moins, les accueillir. Mais il faut commencer un processus d’intégration. Accueillir et intégrer. Et le modèle mondial qui vient à l’esprit est la Suède : la Suède a 9 millions d’habitants, parmi eux, 890.000 habitants sont des nouveaux Suédois, fils d’immigrés, ou migrants avec la citoyenneté suédoise. La ministre des Affaires étrangères – je crois que c’est elle qui est venue me raccompagner – est une personne jeune : elle est fille d’une mère suédoise et d’un père du Gabon. Des migrants. Intégrés. Le problème c’est d’intégrer. En revanche, lorsqu’il n’y a pas d’intégration, on crée des ghettos, et je ne rejette la faute sur personne, mais de fait il y a des ghettos. Peut-être ne s’en est-on pas aperçu. Mais les jeunes qui ont opéré le désastre à Zaventem étaient des Belges, nés en Belgique. Mais ils vivaient dans un quartier de migrants fermé. C’est-à-dire que le second chapitre est une clef : l’intégration. Au point que : quel est le grand problème de la Suède actuellement ? Ce n’est pas d’empêcher les migrants de venir, non ! On n’a pas assez d’offre pour les programmes d’intégration ! Ils se demandent quoi faire de plus pour que les gens viennent ! C’est impressionnant. Pour moi c’est un modèle pour le monde. Et c’est quelque chose de nouveau. Je l’ai dit d’emblée après Lampedusa… Je connaissais pas le problème de la Suède par des Argentins, des Uruguayens, des Chiliens qui, à l’époque de la dictature militaire, ont été accueillis là-bas, parce que j’ai des mais là-bas, et réfugiés. C’est clair qu’après ton arrivée en Suède ils te traient avec toute l’organisation médicale et tout, les documents, et ils te donnent un permis pour vivre… Et tu as déjà une maison, et pendant la semaine tu as l’école pour apprendre la langue, et un petit boulot, et en avant.

Ici, en Italie, Sant’Egigio est un modèle. Ceux qui sont revenus avec moi dans l’avion de Lesbos, et les neuf autres qui sont arrivés ensuite : ce sont 22 personnes prises en charge par le Vatican, on les prend en charge et peu à peu ils prennent leur indépendance. Le deuxième jour, les enfants allaient au collège. Le deuxième jour ! Et les parents, placés lentement dans un département, un travail là… Des professeurs pour la langue… Sant’Egidio a la même approche. Le problème est donc : sauvetage immédiat oui, là, tous. Deuxièmement : recevoir, accueillir le mieux possible. Ensuite intégrer, intégrer. »

Trois discours sur l’Europe

Et quand on l’interroge sur l’Europe, le pape répond qu’il n’est « pas un technicien » et il renvoie à ses trois discours : deux à Strasbourg et un pour le Prix Charlemagne. Il souligne qu’il a accepté ce Prix parce qu’ils ont « beaucoup insisté » vu le moment que « l’Europe était en train de vivre » : « Je l’ai accepté comme un service. Ces trois discours disent e que je pense de l’Europe. »

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