The Roman Catholic Church is moving forward with its agenda of becoming the world’s ultimate moral authority, exalting itself over all men and religions; through the means of taking leadership of a World Peace Movement.
This move will escalate as the coming war in the Mideast unfolds, until the Papacy and the man in the Vatican leading the Catholic Peace Movement gains the public personna of righteous godly peacemaker.
The man leading this peace surge and being identified with it, and deeply incvolved in the rise of the new Europe, is Vatican secretary of State, Cardinal Torcisio Bertone. Will he be the next Pope?
2012-09-10 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) A two-day international interfaith conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Held under the auspices of the Turkish Religious Foundation Center for Islamic Studies and the Marmara University Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, and with the participation of the new Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Fr. Miguel Ayuso, the conference explored Muslim and Christian perspectives on the Arab Spring and peace in the Middle East. Please find, below, the full text of the final communique published by the conference organisers.
The Arab Awakening and Peace in the New Middle East: Muslim and Christian Perspectives7-8 September
The Arab Awakening has been discussed and debated by political leaders, policymakers, scholars, opinion makers and journalists within and outside the region from different perspectives. This conference brought together for the first time major Muslim and Christianreligious leaders from the Arab world, experts and opinion makers to discuss the role of religion in the new Middle East.Discussions and debates recognized the problems and challenges ahead and affirmed that inthe new Middle East emerging political cultures should be rooted in a national unity andidentity based upon equal citizenship, and the recognition of religious pluralism and culturaldiversity. Rather than seeing diversity as a problem, participants spoke of it as an asset andsource of richness.
Establishing the rule of law is seen as critical in the protection of the freedoms of individualsand diverse faith communities and groups. However different state systems might be, principles of equality of citizenship, rule of law, and protection of liberties are thefundamental foundations of strong and vibrant civil societies.
Authoritarian regimes have too often utilized religions for their own purposes. Thus,instrumentalized religions can become part of the problem. However participants discussed the ways in which religions can also be a powerful resource in the transformation of societiesin the new Middle East.
Participants argued that discourses and languages used in the media, popular culture, schoolsand religious centers are extremely important. Religious leaders and decision makers should lead a process of reforming these areas.This meeting is envisioned to be the beginning of a process of future workshops to discuss
and explore the implementation of reforms in emerging political cultures in the Middle East.
POPE WRITES TO THE TWENTY-SIXTH INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR PEACE
Vatican City, (VIS) – Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. has sent a message, in the name of the Holy Father, to Cardinal Vinko Puljic, archbishop of Vrhbosna-Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which he greets representatives of Churches, Christian communities and the great world religions, “as well as the population of Sarajevo who are particularly dear to him”, and participants in the twenty-sixth International Meeting for Peace which has been organised by the Sant’Egidio Community and its currently taking place in that city.
“It is a source of joy and comfort to see that this pilgrimage for peace, which was begun at Assisi in October 1986 by Blessed John Paul II, continues to bear fruit”, the cardinal writes. He likewise recalls how Benedict XVI relaunched, also from Assisi, “the alliance between people of religion and others who feel no sense of belonging to any religious tradition but who are sincerely seeking the truth. He did so in the conviction that profound and sincere dialogue can lead, for the former, to commitment to an ever necessary purification of the religion they profess and, for the latter, to openness to the great questions facing humankind and the Mystery which surrounds the life of man. In this way, the joint pilgrimage towards truth can be translated into a joint pilgrimage towards peace”.
“The Holy Father”, Cardinal Bertone concludes, “in the hope that the meeting will prove fruitful, spiritually unities himself to all those present, in the certainty that the Lord, Father of all mankind, will continue to guide us along the paths of peace and of peaceful encounter between peoples”.
SARAJEVO: REMEMBRANCE AND HOPE
2012-09-11 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Leaders of Catholic, Orthodox,, Muslim and Jewish communities have made a pressing call for peace from Bosnian capital Sarajevo, which was the scene of the worst atrocities committed in Europe since World War II.
Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, which saw the country’s three main ethnic groups – Orthodox Serbs, Catholic Croats and Muslims – fight each other, left some 100,000 people dead. Relations between the three main communities remain deeply damaged 20 years on.
That’s why the Church-backed Sant’Egidio Community chose to host its annual Peace Meeting in the city of Sarajevo.
During the 3-day Sarajevo gathering which began on Sunday September 9, some 300 religious leaders and officials, together with world class politicians and representatives of culture, took part in about 30 conferences on such themes as poverty, immigration, religion in Asia and the Arab world, and dialogue between Christians and Muslims, all under the banner “Living Together is the Future”.
Chairing the meeting was Katherine Marshall, a Professr at Georgetown University, Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and expert on the issues of religion, development and humanitarian relief.
Professor Marshall told Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni that the overall feeling at the Meeting is one of great hope. “Though there is also a sober tone of remembrance of the history and the pain of war in this region. Sarajevo, she says, is a dynamic capital with lots of shops full of goods, but with the marks of war still on all the buildings, and with graveyards in the city: a combination of a sober memory of what war can bring but also a great hope for the future”.
Professor Marshall also says that at the Meeting there is a very strong sense of community. Many of the participants, she says, have been on what Sant’Egidio describes as the “Pilgrimage of Peace”, looking back to 1986, when the Pope convened the leaders of all the world’s major religions in Assisi. Every year since then there has been this gathering “in the spirit of Assisi” which represents a determination to bring peace in the world and to pass that message”.
She says that at the Meeting there is also a sense that peace is about justice and offering everyone an opportunity to thrive in the world. So, she points out, it’s a much broader understanding of what peace is about than you generally have at Peace meetings.
Professor Marshall says the Pope’s upcoming journey to Lebanon is very much in the minds of organisers and participants of this meeting.
Regarding her hopes for the Meeting in the longterm, she says it is an opportunity to build on the friendships and the relationships on which a solid and lasting peace must be built. “This human dimension is critical”.
This creative effort to build peace has at its core the participation of all these religious leaders, but Prof. Marshall says “it is also important that the media capture the essense and the message of the Meeting and carry it far beyond this particular session”.
There is also a sense that this is a crossroad for Bosnia-Herzegovina where there has been tremendous progress in building a peaceful veneer, but where enormous social, economical and political problems still seethe underneath.
“Clearly the picture for Europe is a much more complex picture where there are many uncertainties as to where Europe is going, but one of the key messages is that the world of religion has much to contribute to these matters”.
Professor Marshall speaks of her area which focusses on development challenges. It is an area – she says – where the Church plays an enormous role.
She observes that “the world’s religions have views on virtually every social, cultural, political and economic challenge that the world faces, and yet there are very few effective ways in which those views can be channelled. The broad definition of peace and the continuity from year to year makes it possible in this Meeting to make that much more concrete than it is elsewhere”.