Vatican Work’s for Moral Leadership; Reaching Out to Islam

The scriptures tell us that the final “man of sin” will be set up in the Papacy soon, and will deceive the whole world into accepting him as their ultimate moral authority above even the word of God, simply by claiming that he is God’s spokesman on the earth while teaching his own traditions instead of keeping all the commandments of God.

This ecumenical effort regarding non Catholic based religion [protestants are the daughters of Rome] is now under way, as the Vatican works to bring Islam into the papal fold, through exploiting a mutual desire  for peace by the average person. 

Presenting the Papacy as a godly office of peace to the world, the Vatican will make great strides in this direction during and immediately after the soon coming war in the Middle East.

The stage is now being prepared for the Vatican to step forward with calls and proposals for peace in the region and between the world’s religions, thus making this and perhaps the next pope, appear as great men of God and of peace.

This will elevate the office of the Vatican above all religions, as an ultimate moral authority for mankind, even by those with different doctrine and liturgy.   It will be thought that there are many paths to the same god, and that the world’s ultimate moral authority and most god-like person sits in his temple in Rome.

2012-09-07 Vatican Radio
Muslim and Christian perspectives on the Arab Spring and peace in the Middle East are the theme of an international interfaith conference in Istanbul, Turkey September 7-8.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will deliver the opening address of the conference, held under the auspices of the Turkish Religious Foundation Center for Islamic Studies and the Marmara University Institute for Middle Eastern Studies.

The Conference aims to “bring together eminent regional figures such as scholars, intellectuals, community and religious leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa with a view to enhancing interfaith dialogue for the preservation of peaceful co-existence among all communities from various religious, sectarian and ethnic backgrounds, against the backdrop of the recent political developments in the region.” Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Professor Mahmet Gormez, President of the Directorate of Religious Affairs are also expected to attend the conference.

The new Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot will address participants as the Holy See’s representative. In an interview with Vatican Radio, Fr. Ayuso said the aim of his participation was to “add the voice of the Holy See to those that support peaceful and orderly transition in the region as well as the legitimate aspirations of the people of the Middle East and in particular North Africa for freedom, dignity and democracy.”

Beirut (Agenzia Fides) – A Muslim-Christian vigil to invoke the protection of God and the Virgin Mary on the visit of Benedict XVI.

On the evening of September 12, the eve of the Pope’s arrival in Lebanon, four processions of young people will depart from four points of Beirut to converge in the so-called “garden of Mary”, in the Museum Square area, carrying candles and flags of Lebanon.

There, around eight o’clock in the evening, the meeting will begin, with a program including songs, Muslim-Christian readings and prayers to ask God and the Mother of Jesus that the papal visit is welcomed by all and lived as a blessing for the Country of the cedars.

“The title of the initiative is ‘together in peace, love, freedom and security’. It will be a national and popular holiday, to show to the world that Lebanon can be in this moment in history the Country of coexistence between Christians and Muslims,” explains to Fides father Antoine Daou, Secretary of the Commission of the Lebanese episcopal Conference for dialogue with Islam.

The meeting will be attended by representatives and authorities of all religious communities in the Country, along with thousands of faithful. Among the main sponsors of the initiative there are also several organizations of Muslim-Christian dialogue, from Ensemble Autour de Marie, which in recent years has given rise to joint Muslim-Christian celebrations on the feast of the Annunciation. Since 2010, this feast has been proclaimed a national holiday, with the declared intention to find in the devotion to Maria – shared also among Muslims – a point of convergence among the different religious communities.

The wake on September 12 – explains Father Daou – is not an isolated event: in these days there are hundreds, in every Lebanese diocese, initiatives of prayer and reflection with which the faithful of the various Christian communities prepare themselves to meet the successor of Peter: “All the Lebanese, all the political and religious leaders – including the Hezbollah, Druze, Sunni political leaders – are waiting for the Pope’s visit as a grace for Lebanon, which can favor a moment of true national unity, beyond division, and show the whole Middle East world that Lebanon can be a model of coexistence.” (GV). (Agenzia Fides 07/09/12)

2012-09-07 L’Osservatore Romano

“The Arabic word haqq has two meanings: truth and law, in the sense of justice. No other language, as far as I know, has this particular richness of expression in a single word. For the Arab peoples might the fact that there is such a close link between truth and justice not be a significant coincidence, and even a commitment?”.

For Ignace Youssif III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch for Syrians, whose headquarters are located in the Syrian district of Beirut, “if violence has always been abhorrent in the Middle East, perhaps it is becoming even more so”. These are words which the Patriarch speaks “with sorrow”, noting that, on the contrary, “peace is unfortunately very far from the life of our people today”.

 In the interview with our [the Vatican] newspaper, the Patriarch, Syrian by birth, relaunches the proposal of a round table for peace, to put an end to the acts of violence and to find a peaceful, shared solution that will guarantee greater democracy and respect for human rights. In this perspective much is expected from the now imminent Visit of Benedict XVI, who is scheduled to arrive in Beirut on 14 September.
For the Patriarch “the basic idea is simple: to spell out clearly the desire of Christians and of Muslims to live side by side in peace, collaborating in order to build together a more democratic system of a pluralistic coexistence”. In the complex Middle-Eastern context, the Pope’s Visit “could open up new vistas, now unthinkable, and inspire hopes of peace and reconciliation”. And the Muslims are ready to listen to him.




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