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Pope prays for migrants, as 200 more die at sea [In-Depth]
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Rescue workers from the Proactiva Open Arms Spanish NGO retrieve the bodies of an adult and a child amid the drifting remains of a destroyed migrant boat off the Libyan coast, on Tuesday July 17, 2018. (Credit: Proactiva Open Arms via AP)

ROME — Pope Francis Sunday marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, asking the world to pray for those forced to flee their homes at the close of a deadly week in which around 200 migrants seeking entry into Europe drowned in the Mediterranean.

Speaking during his Sept. 27 Sunday Angelus address, the pope waved and offered a special greeting to a group of migrants and refugees standing next to the “Angels Unaware” statue in a rainy St. Peter’s Square.

A group of around 50 people were standing next to the statue, some of whom were holding banners for the Italian Sant’Egidio community, known for its charitable social work.

Pope Francis, who has made the issue of migration a cornerstone of his papacy, blessed the statue by Timothy Schmalz — which depicts 140 migrants ranging from a Jewish man escaping Nazi Germany to a Syrian refugee fleeing war, as well as Mary and Joseph, the parents of Jesus — during last year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

This year, the day was marked throughout Italy with Masses, photo exhibits, special soup-kitchen lunches, conferences, and prayer events.

In his remarks to pilgrims, Francis noted that like the parents of Jesus, migrants, refugees and the internally displaced are also “forced to flee.”

“This is the same for migrants and the displaced,” he said, adding, “They, and those who assist them, in a special way receive our remembrance and our prayer.

Francis’s remarks come after a particularly deadly week for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, which the pope has often likened to a “cemetery” due to the number of people who drown attempting to escape violence and poverty.

In the past week alone, nearly 200 migrants traveling from Libya to Europe died in five separate incidents at sea. While migrants in distress are often helped by passing boats or NGO rescue vessels, no Italian ships were in the waters to come to their aid at the times the incidents occurred due to restrictions on civil sea rescues.

According to Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, one migrant ship sunk Sept. 21, leading to the death of 111 people. Only nine of the boat’s passengers survived thanks to a fishing boat which found them only after several days at sea and brought them aboard.

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"[T]he emergency of irregular migration has to be met with justice, solidarity and mercy. Forms of collective expulsion, which do not allow for the suitable treatment of individual cases, are unacceptable."
— Pope Francis, Morocco

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Who is like unto Whom?

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• Ps 112*:5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high?

• Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?










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"[T]he emergency of irregular migration has to be met with justice, solidarity and mercy. Forms of collective expulsion, which do not allow for the suitable treatment of individual cases, are unacceptable."
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wosbald wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:35 am
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Who is like unto Whom?

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• Ps 112*:5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high?

• Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?










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Ack! What an unfortunate choice of words Mr. Metaxas used. Maybe he didn't know any better!??? :lol: BTW, he has a funny last name. I keep hearing a pirate complaining about, "What 'A wreck me taxes' are! Argh!".

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BTW, your new avatar looks like the Death Star.
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Pope Francis: Prayer and crying out to God is only source of salvation
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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Oct. 14, 2020. A few days after four Swiss Guards tested positive for COVID-19, the pope broke from his normal pattern and did not personally greet people in the crowd. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The purpose of crying out to the Lord in prayer is not to get used to suffering, but to remember that God, and not humankind, is the only source of salvation and consolation, Pope Francis said.

The Book of Psalms, with its many prayers of supplication, teaches Christians how to ask "God to intervene where all human efforts are in vain. That is why prayer, in and of itself, is the way of salvation and the beginning of salvation," the pope said Oct. 14 during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI audience hall.

"The prayer of the psalms is the testimony of this cry: a multiple cry because in life, pain takes a thousand forms and takes the name of sickness, hatred, war, persecution, distrust; until the supreme 'scandal,' that of death," he said.

Prior to the pope's arrival, participants were told that he would not be greeting them from up close and that they were to maintain proper distance from each other.

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During the audience, the pope continued his series of talks on prayer, reflecting on the Book of Psalms, which "communicates 'knowing how to pray' through the experience of dialogue with God."

"In this book, we do not encounter ethereal, abstract people, those who confuse prayer with an aesthetic or alienating experience," he explained. "The psalms are not texts created on paper, but rather they are invocations, often dramatic, that spring from lived existence."

The Book of Psalms, he continued, is where Christians can "hear the voice of men and women of prayer in flesh and blood, whose life, like that of us all, is fraught with problems, hardships and uncertainties."

In the psalms, the pain, suffering and sorrow are not "meaningless, without purpose," but instead it "becomes a relationship, a cry for help waiting to intercept a listening ear."

"Even the pains we suffer cannot be merely specific cases of a universal law: they are always 'my' tears, which no one has ever shed before me. All human pains for God are sacred," he said.

Departing from his prepared remarks, the pope said he met earlier with the parents of Father Roberto Malgesini, a priest from the Diocese of Como who was stabbed to death Sept. 15 by a mentally ill homeless man he was helping.

"The tears of those parents are 'their' tears and each one of them knows how much they suffered to see their son who gave his life in the service of the poor," the pope said.

"When we want to console someone, we do not find the words. Why? Because we cannot get to 'their' pain, because 'their' pain is theirs, 'their' tears are theirs. The same, with us: the tears, 'my' pain is mine, the tears are 'mine' and with these tears, with this pain, I turn to the Lord," he said.

Pope Francis said that while not all problems are solved in prayer, sometimes, it is enough for one to know that "the Lord listens."

"Those who pray are not deluded," the pope said. "They know that many questions of life down here remain unresolved, with no way out; suffering will accompany us and, after one battle, others will await us. But if we are listened to, everything becomes more bearable."

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G20 Interfaith Forum urges putting ‘human dignity back at the center’ of global debate [In-Depth]
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Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, left, and President of the Pontifical Interreligious Council Cardinal Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot arrive at a press conference to present the full text of the new Pope Francis encyclical "All Brothers" at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP)

As leaders from ten different religious traditions “gathered” through Zoom at an interfaith forum hosted in Saudi Arabia, Pope Francis’s latest document on human fraternity had a central place in the discussions.

“We must put human dignity back at the center and on that pillar build the alternative social structures we need,” said Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, directly quoting from Fratelli Tutti, the papal encyclical released Oct. 4.

His words came during a high-level summit called the G20 Interfaith Forum ahead of the meeting of the G20 leaders in Riyadh next month, where government leaders from 19 countries and the European Un𝗂on will gather to discuss international economic cooperation.

The Oct. 13-17 interfaith forum was organized online due to the COVID0-19 pandemic.

The line-up of the seventh edition of the forum included Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Vatican’s Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople; representatives from the United Nations, the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the World Muslim League, and the European Commission.

KAICIID was founded by Saudi Arabia, Spain and Austria with the Holy See as a Founding Observer Member. It is an effort on behalf of the Islamic world to reach out to other faiths in pursuit of transnational, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue.

“The story of this G20 Interfaith Forum does not begin tonight and end in five days’ time however,” said KAICIID Secretary General Faisal bin Muaammar. “The story began in July, with the first consultation between religious leaders, faith-based experts and policy makers in the Arab Region.”

After this first stage, there were consultations that brought together 500 participants, representing 10 faith traditions in 70 countries on five continents.

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During his remarks, Ayuso argued that believers of different religious traditions can offer valuable contributions to universal fraternity wherever they are. Quoting the pope, he said that the voices of the powerful and “experts” shouldn’t be the only ones heard in public debate.

“Room needs to be made for reflections born of religious traditions that are the repository of centuries of experience and wisdom,” the cardinal said.

To address the “very dark moment” humanity is going through, Ayuso said, adequate solutions are needed to address the problems of “our existential life,” with the human family coming together in a spirit of friendship, proposing answers to common problems.

Religious leaders in particular, he said, need to be a “contagion of hope.”

“Let us then witness to our religious communities as well as to our societies in which we live: Unity, solidarity and fraternity, for bettering our ‘common home,’ as Pope Francis is continuously reminding us all,” Ayuso said. “This is our public responsibility be it political, socio-economical or religious.”

In order to find an adequate “therapy” to end the world crisis and to prevent a new one in the future, it’s necessary to answer Pope Francis’s call to “reaffirm that we are members of the one human family.”

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Post by wosbald » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:34 am

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When looking to future, include most vulnerable, Catholics tell G-20 forum [In-Depth]
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Migrants walk with their belongings as they make their way to the Kara Tepe refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos Oct. 14, 2020. Religious leaders have an opportunity to make sure that preparation for a post-pandemic world includes the most vulnerable, said Catholic participants in the annual G-20 Interfaith Forum. (Credit: Elias Marcou/Reuters via CNS)

COVID-19 provides an opportunity for people to prepare the future, and religious leaders have an opportunity to make sure that preparation includes the world’s most vulnerable, said Catholic participants in the annual G-20 Interfaith Forum.

Leaders and representatives of major religions and global policy institutions participated in the Oct. 13-17 meeting streamed from Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh.

Father Augusto Zampini Davies, an official at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, told the forum that as well as causing enormous problems, COVID-19 is also worsening existing inequalities and injustices and showing the “inability of the world to face a common problem together.” The Argentine priest said interreligious dialogue and cross-cultural cooperation are crucial in times of crisis.

The world needs reconnection through values such as “fraternity, compassion, care,” as well as friendship and cultural enrichment, he said.

As well as COVID-19, the forum is addressing modern slavery and human trafficking, the needs of migrants and refugees, hate speech and racism, climate change, among others. It is organized by the G-20 Interfaith Forum Association, the KAICIID International Dialogue Centre, the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations and the National Committee for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia currently holds the presidency of the Group of 20, made up of representatives of industrial and emerging-market nations.

Zampini told the forum the role religion plays in the world is a choice: It can be turned into “a source of hostility or even war,” or it can serve to connect people through healthy values and “help in the cure of the virus of individualism.”

Zampini said he and other Vatican officials, with their counterparts in other churches and faiths, are listening “to what’s happening on the ground” and providing assistance, as well as working with governments on matters concerning health care, jobs, food security and ecological crises.

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Catholic Extension, Kino Border Initiative host virtual event along border
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A little girl on the Mexican side of the border fence peers into Sunland Park, N.M., on the U.S. side in this April 2019 photo. Catholic Extension and the Kino Border Initiative plan to host a virtual prayer event to show support for asylum-seekers looking to start new life in the U.S. (Credit: CNS photo/Rich Kalonick, courtesy Catholic Extension)

CHICAGO — Days after Pope Francis issued his encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” calling for people of goodwill to care for one another as brothers and sisters and not to erect new borders between people and nations, Catholic Extension announced a 2,000-mile act of prayer along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Chicago-based Catholic Extension is partnering with the Kino Border Initiative, a ministry funded by Catholic Extension in the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona, to host and livestream “The March of the Children Seeking Asylum” Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. (Central Time) at http://www.catholicextension.org/children.

The two organizations are inviting the public to participate in virtually “joining hands and hearts” in prayer to show unity and support for asylum-seekers.

“As Catholics, we affirm the inherent human dignity of every person and the ability of migrants to seek security and safety for themselves and their families in the United States. Catholic Extension respects the right to seek asylum,” said Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Border Initiative and other asylum advocates have organized and livestreamed a series of events on the 21st of each month to support migrants affected by current policies blocking all asylum processing at the U.S.-Mexico border. This date was symbolically chosen because the current restrictions renew on the 21st of each month since the pandemic began.

Catholic Extension said in a news release it was honored to collaborate with the Kino Border Initiative “to raise awareness of the issue and the immediate need for a solution to advance humane, just and workable migration.”

Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Catholic Extension’s chancellor, along with Sister Norma Pimentel and several other members of Extension-supported parishes will virtually join hands along the 2,000-mile border wall to pray for all asylum-seekers.

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Subject Header: Holy Land Peace
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"The Catholic Thread": pg 142 / pg 142 / pg 143
"Something Good": pg 2
"Faith in the News": pg 119 / pg 120 / pg 121 / pg 121 / pg 121 / pg 123
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"President Trump is a problem...": pg 15 / pg 16 / pg 18 / pg 19 / pg 23



Archbishop Pizzaballa: "Dialogue is not simply a word! Dialogue is something that must be practiced" [In-Depth]
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Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa

ROME — The following are some subjects taken from the live conference of Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, addressed to the Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulcher, from Palazzo della Rovere in Rome, on October 21, 2020.

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COEXISTENCE

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DIALOGUE

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ENCYCLICAL OF POPE FRANCIS: FRATELLI TUTTI

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SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST … PALESTINIANS … CATASTROPHIES … PEACE AGREEMENT … HOW TO EMERGE?

“If I knew how to do this, they would award me the Nobel Prize! But it's not at all simple. These are critical issues that are different from each other. The agreement with the Emirates, promoted by Trump Administration, has isolated the Palestinians even more. The Palestinian issue is no longer on the international agenda; Palestinians have been in isolation for a long time, and even concerning the Arab world, they are even more isolated. So, this is, let's say, the end of a particular era or cycle. We need to think of how to go ahead. The balance of relations in the Middle East are changing, but I am convinced that unless there is a clear solution, a dignified solution to the Palestinian situation, there will not be any stability in the Middle East.

The Palestinian issue, which is no longer on the agenda of the world, still exists. There are millions of persons waiting to know about their future as a people. And to answer your question, despite the impression that now this issue is no longer central, the Palestinian problem is part of a Middle Eastern situation that is continually evolving: Syria, Lebanon, and the presence of Erdogan points out how the situation in the Middle East is changing. The leading players are Turkey, the Emirates with Saudi Arabia, and Iran. Lebanon and Syria and also Iraq are the battlefield of these big players together. Then there is also Iran, Russia, the United States, and even China in the background …”

EUROPِEAN ROLE?

“Well, so far, Europe is so immersed in its problems that it has forgotten the international agenda. It has been on the sidelines for a long time, now and even the interventions in the recent events, it hasn't taken a stance.”

LONG TERM PEACE AND TWO-STATE SOLUTION

“The Two-State solution for Two People is the starting point that cannot be overlooked. In principle, the Two-State for Two People solution is the only possible solution. You can't say to the Palestinians that they don't have a right to their own land and to their own nation! That is something that you can't say. Now, technically, how is this possible given the current political situation? It is very difficult to say the two-state solution is no longer feasible; that is something that you can't say. At the same time, you wonder how you can bring it about. Right now, it is complicated to bring this about; because there isn't any dialogue between Israel and Palestine. There's no confidence; there is no dialogue. The international bodies are not present apart from statements made here and there. Nothing is being done apart from some economical support to the Palestinians. So, the situation is in a way suspended. It's a “wait and see” situation. We don't know how it will evolve. However, the Two-State for Two-People solution ideally is the only possible solution which, however, is not technically feasible right now (…).

We need to look to the future. Today and in this context, speaking about peace between the two sides is utopian. It's not that I don't want peace! Of course, I want peace, but we need first to build up confidence between the two parties, which no longer exists. There is no confidence, no trust. There is a wall that divides them, and it shows that there is no prospect for the future; there is no mutual trust in this territory. We need to reconstruct or reintroduce actions that may build up confidence and trust from both sides, which cannot be done overnight. And it takes vision; it takes leadership, something that we don't have right now. So, we need to start from scratch, bearing in mind and learn from the past and its failures: the Oslo and other various agreements that were not kept. So we need leaders on both sides that have a vision, something that is going to take time. The only thing that we can do now at the local level is to work in schools, hospitals, and cultural centers, even though these may seem little things, niches, but that is where we need to do more. That is what is on the ground and needs to be promoted. We need to create a fabric, a network, and we can't expect changes overnight.”

US ELECTIONS and the ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

“Reinstating confidence is something that requires work at the local level. Elections in the United States have always had a significant impact on the Holy Land, particularly on Israel and the Israeli and Palestinian governments. I believe that the Trump administration has focused a lot on the Israeli government, and there is a strong coalition. Therefore, there would be an evident and immediate impact on the Israeli government.

Now I think that it would be indispensable, but difficult, to reconstruct the confidence of the Palestinians in the U.S. administration. In recent years, US Administration policies destroyed the trust of the Palestinian Authority, and that of the Palestinian people. So, rebuilding this confidence will take time and decisive actions. There is a difference between the statements made before the elections and what is actually done afterward; so, we will see. But it's not going to be simple.”

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A SURPRISING APPEAL DURING THE PANDEMIC

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